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Boat of Garten near Nethy Bridge, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park (Ref. 918163)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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40 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a lovely stay at Tombae cottage."

    The directions were easy to follow and when we arrived the cottage was warm and cosy. The views from the cottage was gorgeous. We loved the log burner. It would have been nice if a bag of logs was in the basket so that we could have put it on the first night we arrived. Overall we had a lovely six days and the weather was on our side.

    Reviewed by LindaFeb 2022

  • "Great base, fantastic 360 degree views."

    Great local walking

    Reviewed by GrahamFeb 2022

  • "Overall a very plesant stay and no doubt we will be returning to this delightful cottage."

    Reviewed by StuartJan 2022

  • "A fully accommodated, stylish, warm, cosy cottage in the heart of Highlands."

    You feel the wind, the sky, the stars, the trees, the birds, the colours, the fantastic nature on maximum, staying on this sweet "home". We could stay there for ever. Definitely we will come back soon x

    Reviewed by LampriniJan 2022

  • "We had a fantastic stay at Tombae."

    The house is spacious and well-equipped, with lovely views in all directions. Warm and cosy too - especially thanks to the woodburner. Walks from the front door and a very comfortable bed too. Would definitely return!

    Reviewed by IsabelJan 2022

  • "Great location and helpful host."

    Some of the best sunset/night sky views we've come across anywhere (happening to coincide with a period of meteor showers).

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2021

  • "Had a wonderful week in Tombae, and I am fussy!"

    The house was very well equipped, nicely furnished & views which surpassed our expectations! We were also blessed with the most amazing weather. We would love to return.

    Reviewed by PhilipJun 2021

  • "Tombae is a very comfortable cottage and extremely well placed for exploring the Spey valley and Rothiemurchus forest."

    We particularly appreciated the quiet position and beautiful views. There were a couple of rather worn or missing items in the kitchen and we left a note for the owner about these. We would certainly book the cottage again if we return to this area.

    Reviewed by RobertMay 2021

  • "Immaculately clean and very well kitted out inside."

    The cottage is just outside Boat of Garten and has fantastic views over open countryside in all directions. It is on the edge of Abernethy Forest and there are great walks and bike rides right from the door. Would thoroughly recommend staying here.

    Reviewed by RobertNov 2020

  • "A week here has been completely relaxing, a home from home."

    Cosy and comfortable with outstanding views. The cottage is modern without losing its charm. Deer can be seen at various times of the day running from the woods across the road, we got used to waiting for them each day, we also saw a stoat in the garden. A great place from which to explore the Cairngorms, take local walks and even take a trip to Chanonry point to see the dolphins. Brilliant

    Reviewed by ColinAug 2020

  • "We were very impressed with your service - far better than Hoseasons who we have had recent dealings with."

    Reviewed by JaneAug 2020

  • "The accommodation is excellent, having stated before we knew what to expect, and even with the new CoVid restrictions the property was very clean and the linen change arrangements etc."

    .. we're very well organised. The property owner, Jennifer, is very friendly and helpful and contactable if any problems. We had a great holiday. However was very disappointed the level of support, or lack of it!, from Sykes prior to the holiday. We weren't sure if we would be able to travel and what the options would be if we couldn't, but we were unable to contact anyone. There was no contact number, no facility to email etc... So we just had to wait and see if we could go. When companies are happy to take your money off you, I think that the least they can do is keep you informed about these issues.

    Reviewed by SusanJul 2020

  • "The cottage is in a stunning rural location with all the main windows looking out over rolling fields to the mountains in the distance."

    The property has excellent facilities and is very warm and cosy even in the worst winter weather. There is great walking opportunities close by as well a directly from the property to Loch Garten. A truly excellent property to have a relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by MalcolmMar 2020

  • "Great accommodation, everything worked and everything we needed was available, the only improvement we would recommend would be a "User Guide" to do's and don'ts in the property and surrounding area!"

    Reviewed by DavidDec 2019

  • "We had such a lovely stay at Tombae cottage!"

    It had everything we needed and is a great base from which to visit the surrounding sights! Would highly recommend

    Reviewed by MarvinNov 2019

  • "Tombae was a lovely place to stay, the cottage was well equipped and all appliances were clean and in good working order."

    Rooms were very comfortable and it was very spacious. Would definitely go again!!

    Reviewed by SusanAug 2019

  • "Despite the weather being a bit iffy had a good week."

    Found lots to do and places to visit. The holiday cottage was very comfortable and we were never cold. A radio would be a good addition to the otherwise well equipped place. A list of restaurants in the area would have been helpful.

    Reviewed by MadelineJul 2019

  • "The view every morning from this lovely warm and cosy cottage is wonderful and it has all you need for a relaxing away from it all break."

    Boat of Garten, Nethy Bridge and Grantown-on-Spey are all nearby. I definitely recommend Tombae.

    Reviewed by TimFeb 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in great location."

    Clean and comfortable.

    Reviewed by HannahJan 2019

  • "A lovely family cottage located on a farm property."

    Warm & cosy, nicely appointed with a great kitchen. Nice view of sheep and hills. We did see some deer on several mornings. Very clean & comfortable house. Our 2 teenagers enjoyed their stay and so did we. it was great to come home to Tombae at the end of the day and put our feet up.

    Reviewed by MarkDec 2018

  • "We had a lovely holiday."

    The cottage is very comfortable and even if the weather was bad it was a pleasure if we had to stay in, we could enjoy the comfort of the log fire and still enjoy the view.

    Reviewed by ElsieNov 2018

  • "Tombae is a lovely cottage in a great location within easy reach of many of the sights of the national park."

    The cottage is well equipped with everything you need, it’s cosy and warm.

    Reviewed by IngridNov 2018

  • "This cottage has the three ‘C’ s."

    Clean, comfortable and cosy. I had read a recent negative review and was slightly concerned before we arrived. Although all other reviews were very positive. We found the cottage to be excellent. Everything worked and it was beautifully clean. Not sure why anyone could have given this a poor review?? Peace and quiet. Fabulous location. This cottage had everything needed for a perfect highland holiday. We self cater a lot and this cottage more than compared well with others. It was well equipped and the lay out suited us really well with a large social kitchen diner. We are looking forward to returning next year. Great place to stay!!

    Reviewed by FionaOct 2018

  • "The cottage was very clean and comfortable."

    Everything worked and it was well equipped. It is in a lovely situation with far reaching views and it was a pleasure to watch a barn owl hunting over the fields while having breakfast.

    Reviewed by BrianOct 2018

  • "This was our second visit to Tombae and indeed we chose to stay in Nethybridge once more because we loved this property so much."

    As soon as we walked in, the house felt warm and welcoming. It is tastefully decorated with comfortable furniture and a well-stocked kitchen. There were even tea & coffee containers for our use. The views from all the windows are lovely - looking over fields , the forest, and the mountains in the distance. We had two deer in the field most mornings and saw a hare too. The heating in the house is very efficient - indeed, on some days we had to open the windows to cool down a little. There's a nice seating area in the garden, with a wooden table and chairs, and a barbeque is provided if required. We met the owner of the property when she came to attend to the garden and she was happy to suggest places of interest in the area to visit. We got the impression she wanted us to have a lovely relaxing break which was very easy at Tombae. We hope to be back next year. (For Sykes' information - despite the same surname, we are no relation to the owner of the property!)

    Reviewed by SandraSep 2018

  • "We have just returned from a weeks stay at Tombae where we had a lovely holiday."

    Unlike a recent reviewer we cannot think of anything negative to say about the cottage. When we first arrived it was very hot in the cottage because the sun had been shining on it the whole day and so the first thing we did was open ALL of the windows without any problem. All of the appliances that we used during our stay were in good working order and the cottage was spotlessly clean and comfortable. We loved the fact that the cottage offered peace and quiet but was situated within a short distance from a variety of little villages. All in all it is a lovely place to stay and we would not hesitate to return for another weeks holiday.

    Reviewed by MargaretSep 2018

  • "Tombae is centrally located for hiking in the Cairngrom area, and if the weather is not too good for a nice drive."

    Reviewed by JanSep 2018

  • "This cottage was more than just disappointing."

    When we first arrived we found no more than 5 mugs/cups in the kitchen (the cottage was for 5 people). All 5 of the mugs were dirty - two were furry on the inside with mould. We found plates and bowls in the same state. Later it transpired that the dishwasher had no salt and no rinse aid in it, and none was provided. Whether that was the root cause or not, the dishwasher did not wash anything properly during our entire stay. The microwave did not cook or even heat food either. So two major appliances were broken. The main fridge was also broken, so we had a second fridge in the middle of the kitchen when we arrived. None of the windows opened, being stuck together on old paint - we experienced wonderful warm sunny weather every day of our stay, so this was unacceptable. As the toilet window did not open, we had been left with an aerosol of air freshener instead - the aerosol was just an empty can. There was no ice tray, no tablecloth, and we were supplied with towels for only 3 people, when we had paid for a cottage which slept 5. We will never use your services again. Please DO publish this account - you failed to publish one recently which said more or less the same things as we have said here (broken equipment, dirty cottage). That one was published on tripadvisor by the clients when you refused to publish it. We will do the same unless you publish both theirs and ours. It is not fair to withhold valid complaints.

    Reviewed by ChristineSep 2018

  • "Lovely cottage in very relaxing setting."

    Reviewed by SusanJul 2018

  • "Tombae was a lovely cottage and very well equipped."

    It is in a prime location and provides great access to the Cairngorms. I would highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by RobynJun 2018

  • "We found the pillows uncomfortable to sleep on."

    Everything else was perfect.

    Reviewed by SusanMay 2018

  • "Straightforward booking and payment system via website ."

    All went to plan Thank you

    Reviewed by MarlynMay 2018

  • "Cottage 40 min walk from Boat of Garton"

    Reviewed by KarenApr 2018

  • "A wonderful clean and cosy cottage in a very peaceful location."

    A real home from home which we’d highly recommend.

    Reviewed by SueMar 2018

  • "A perfect spot to unwind, relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the Cairngorm National Park."

    Reviewed by GrahamFeb 2018

  • "The location was all we could have hoped for."

    There was a slight hiccup with the keybox having been damaged but the owner texted us and we were able to go to the cottage even sooner than the 3.00 pm time so we could be let in by the cleaning team. The house was very warm and cosy. The owners had even arranged for good weather for the week, too! We will be booking it again for round about the same time next year.

    Reviewed by SandraOct 2017

  • "The spacious cottage has been superbly renovated and decorated."

    Comfortable, clean and quiet with views from every window. An excellent place from which to explore that area of Scotland.

    Reviewed by PatriciaMay 2017

  • "Beautiful location, lovely cottage"

    Reviewed by AndrewFeb 2017

  • "The cottage is amazing."

    Everything we needed to relax and chill.the pics on here don't do it justice it's stunning

    Reviewed by AngelaSep 2016

  • "There is construction work being carried out on the cottage next door."

    It didn't affect us because the weather was cold and we didn't have our windows open. Had the windows been open however, or we wanted to sit in the garden, the noise would have been very intrusive. We booked the cottage primarily because of it's remote location and to get away from construction noise which we experience everyday at home.

    Reviewed by GaryAug 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • Two king-size double bedrooms
  • Bathroom with freestanding bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Reading room with stacker day bed.
  • Electric central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Garden with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • River 5 mins walk
  • Note: No children under the age of 14

The property

Nethy Bridge 2 miles.

This tastefully presented cottage is located in the desirable Cairngorms National Park, close to a number of pretty villages that all offer excellent local services.

Presented to a high standard, Tombae benefits from beautiful views over pretty green fields to the rolling hills and mountains.

The cottage suits couples who are looking for a romantic break, or a group of friends who are keen to explore the area and all it has to offer.

The bright and spacious accommodation has two king-size double bedrooms and a quiet reading room with a day bed style stacker bed which can also be used as a third bedroom.

The smart fitted kitchen has French doors that lead out to the private rear garden, and with double doors that open through to the sitting room, this a really sociable and friendly space.

The stylish sitting room with its welcoming woodburning stove provides the perfect place for relaxation at the end of an active day, where you can appreciate the far-reaching views through the window.

Tombae is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty mid-way between the villages of Nethy Bridge and Boat of Garten.

Boat of Garten is known as the Osprey Village as it is close to the RSPB Osprey Centre where you can see these fascinating birds nesting and hunting over the local lochs.

For outdoor lovers, this area is simply paradise with the Speyside Way passing close to the cottage and two golf courses just a few minutes’ drive.

Aviemore is also very close by and offers a wide choice of outdoor pursuits along with an array of shops and restaurants.

This cottage is the perfect holiday home in the perfect location!

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About the location


Aviemore 7 miles; Grantown-on-Spey 7 miles.

Boat of Garten is a small village situated in the Cairngorms National Park near the River Spey. Due to its rural location, the village is a great base for those seeking to discover the impressive, rugged landscape of the region and the abundance of wildlife that resides here. Due to its close proximity to the large population of Ospreys at RSPB: Loch Garten, the village is also known as Osprey Village. In the village itself, you can find the family run 1896 Gallery, Anderson's Restaurant, a Post Office with a delicatessen, a shop with a cafe and The Boat Hotel where you spend an evening dining out in style. Enjoy fishing on the River Spey, or play a round of golf at the Boat of Garten Golf and Tennis Club, which boasts an 18-hole course designed by professional golfer and golf-course architect, James Braid. The village is a short drive from the town of Aviemore, where you can enjoy outdoor activities all year round; enjoy skiing in the winter months, or walk, climb and cycle through the summer. Also nearby is the Caledonian Pine Forest, with many marked walks and trails to explore. Boat of Garten is a wonderful spot from which to enjoy a holiday exploring this stunning national park.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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