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The Larches

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Lynchat near Kingussie, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 10 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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8 Customer Reviews

  • "The house was lovely and absolutely spotless."

    My only complaint would be the size of the fridge. With having 10 of is staying it made it difficult to have a lot of fresh food stored in the fridge and we had to go shopping most days but apart from that everything was great. I would definitely recommend this house for friends and family if they wanted to book somewhere. We had a family trip for my mums 70th birthday and had family from Glasgow, Ireland, Dundee and the Orkney Islands inuding 2 children and a dog. The garden was very spacious and had a tree house and Swing which the kids loved.

    Reviewed by Donna4.7Mar 2024

  • "This property was amazing, and perfect for the purposes of our stay."

    It was set in a beautiful location and there was lots a or room for all 10 of us. It was also fully stocked with plates and cups etc, which you don’t always get when you go away. We brought extra amenities but didn’t need them all all! The only thing I would say is it probably isn’t great for 10 adults as the bunk bed room is tiny and the beds creaky and didn’t feel too safe for the weight or an adult. Two of us had to sleep on sofas which wasn’t great. I’d say it’s absolutely perfect for 8 adults and two kids though because the toys and books in the bunk bed room were great!

    I agree the bunks are better for kids although full size. We will look at getting a pull out sofa bed … something we used to have maybe need to revisit this … thank you for your feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ashleigh4.7Dec 2023

  • "The Larches is undoubtedly a property with a unique charm and bags of character in a stunning location."

    However its a real shame that we can’t publish the photos as part of this review, as this property was extremely unclean and unhygenic. Blood stained bedding, torn mattresses and pillowcases, rusting kitchen utensils, dirt on floors and the bedding hadn’t been changed from the previous guests who departed the morning of our arrival. We spent the first 2 days washing and drying the bedding and had to buy new baking trays and a frying pan from the Tesco supermarket. One of the bedrooms we didn’t even use because there was dried blood stained into the mattress itself. The property is nothing like the photos on the Sykes website, all of the upholstery is tired, grubby, worn and run down. We’ve complained to Sykes who say they can’t help us despite confirming that the photos we have submitted show the property is clearly unclean and has obvious issues (the owner apparently doesn’t think that blood stains and bodily fluid stains on mattresses are a hygiene/cleanliness issue). The property has a small guest book, I note that cleanliness was mentioned several times and that several pages have been ripped out so clearly feedback isn’t taken particularly well with regards to this property. A real shame as the location is stunning and the property has bags of character, quite simply it just hasn’t been looked after and needs a thorough deep clean and restoration work throughout. I paid £914 for 4 nights and I can honestly say I feel genuinely wronged about the experience, this was a special trip for us and the state/hygiene of the property impacted our ability to enjoy our time there. After seeing the photos, Sykes informed us we should receive a refund and that the owner had agreed to this - but then Sykes messaged us again a few days later saying there has been an error and no refund has been agreed ? Very strange and confusing, our experience with Sykes has been staggeringly poor. I reluctantly write this review as I had hoped our feedback and complaint submitted to the owner via Sykes would be dealt with seriously and the owner recognise that our photographs and account constitute a breach of section 8.1 of the hire agreement, sadly the owner has failed to recognise this. I can only suggest that anyone considering coming here gets an assurance prior to booking this accommodation that it has had all bedding updated and replaced and a deep clean given throughout. We are in the process of escalating further - if the owner would like to reach out to us directly to amicably discuss the condition of the property and our stay, we would be happy to have this discussion.

    The problem arises with the fact you didn’t complain about the issues at the outset… you should’ve left the property if it was found in the state you describe. We had issues with a previous cleaner and addressed these. Our new cleaners were working for your stay and we have had no issues since they’ve been employed. Everything was clean when you arrived. Admittedly some of the quilts were old but they were clean but in response to your claims we have changed all the linen as some of it was old but it was cleaned. Over time quilts get worn and stained. These were covered by new quilt covers but all linen was freshly laundered and put on the beds. My belief is that you are trying to get a retrospective refund instead of complaining at the moment the “problems” arose. You could’ve contacted myself or Sykes on day one and we could’ve helped. We both would’ve helped at that stage and would’ve compensated you if you had communicated the problems before choosing to use the house for the rental period. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sam1.3Sep 2023

  • "We arrived at 5pm and could not unlock the key storage due to a change in code we were not updated on."

    The rental property did not have the new code and notified me they’d contact the owner. Thankfully, the owner’s number was in a book at the cottage and I was able to reach out myself after not hearing back from the rental company. The owner called back a few hours later with the new code and was very nice and apologetic. We never heard from the rental company. The clean was okay - there were quite a few crumbs left on the floors and trash in some of the baskets. The downstairs toilet was a bit wobbly, but no major maintenance concerns to note. The owner asked us to leave the heat on due to a bad valve that’s in the process of being repaired - we did not have heat issues during our stay. The written directions provided to access the property were a little confusing, but Apple Maps got us there perfectly. The location was beautiful and the cottage itself was very nice.

    We have addressed the issues with the key code and heating valves. Sorry for these inconveniences. We also have new cleaners so hopefully things will be better for future guests. Thank you for your feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alexis3.8Sep 2023

  • "We had a fabulous week at The Larches."

    The house was beautiful and set in an amazing location. The conservatory was bathed in sunlight in the morning with amazing views over the mountains. The log shed was well stocked and we made use of this on chilly evenings. The bedrooms were all lovely and the kitchen had everything we could need. The activities and walks on offer in the area were fantastic and we only touched the surface. We climbed Cairngorm Mountain, paddleboarded on the stunning Loch Morlaich, went mountain biking at Laggan Wolftrax and had an amazing day at the Highland Wildlife Park. A few small points to make The Larches even better for next time: One bedroom door wouldn't close fully and a clothes horse for wet things would have been useful. We would highly recommend The Larches and would love to come back. Thankyou so much.

    Thank you Leah…. We will get a clothes horse and address the issues with the door … Property Owner

    Reviewed by Leah4.7Aug 2023

  • "Das Haus war ausreichend, 2,5 von 5 Punkte."

    Aber Sykes Cottages: Nie wieder! - Die Dusche im unteren Bad war verstopft - Die Waschmaschine defekt und mit alter Wäsche befüllt - Kein Spiegel im Bad - Ein Wespennest direkt am KeySafe KEINES der Probleme wurde gelöst, Sykes regierte weder auf 4 Anrufe noch auf 7 Mails. Wir mussten abreisen ohne Kontakt aufnehmen zu können. So etwas haben wir in noch nie erlebt.

    Sykes did not manage your booking well and I’m very disappointed with the experience you had with them. There was an issue with the washing machine and you were supposed to have been informed prior to your visit. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sebastian1.9Jul 2023

  • "The house was stunning and in a fabulous location."

    Thanks Catherine … very glad you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely holiday home - everything we could have wanted!"

    Apart from the hairdryer…. Next time !! Thank you Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Feb 2023

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  • Five bedrooms: 2 x king-size, 1 x ground-floor king-size, 1 x double, 1 x child's bunk
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with bath, handheld shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Conservatory with double-sided woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher
  • TV, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 4 cars
  • Large garden with lawn, patio and furniture
  • One well-behaved pet welcome with an additional charge of £30
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.8 miles, pub 2 miles
  • Please note that between 1st of June and the 1st of September 2024, this property will only accept 7 or more day stays.

The property

Kingussie 1.9 miles.

Perched in the small village of Lynchat near Kingussie, Highland, is this stunning detached Victorian villa, The Larches.

Enjoying a superb location in the Cairngorms National Park, with walking paths and outdoor pursuits available right from your front door and views out towards the Cairngorm Mountain ranges, The Larches is a fantastic pet-friendly choice for a group or family of ten.

The property benefits from off-road parking for four, and a large wrap around garden with lawn, patio and furniture, perfect for alfresco dining with a view!

Step inside to discover a fully-equipped kitchen where you can conjure up your best dishes, ready to savour at the breakfast table or in the dining room at the table for ten as you recount the day's adventures.

After dinner, enjoy evening drinks in the conservatory which benefits from the warmth of the double-sided stove, or head through to the sitting room, complete with plush seating, a woodburning stove, and a TV, ideal for relaxing evenings with loved ones after an adventure-filled day.

Completing the ground-floor is a well-appointed shower room where you can freshen up after exploring your exceptional surroundings, along with a spacious king-size bedroom, well-suited to those with limited mobility.

Upstairs, four more beautifully presented bedrooms await, along with a sleek bathroom for indulgent soaks with your favourite book.

Your local amenities can be found in nearby Kingussie, where you can treat your loved ones to a delicious meal at The Cross and Café Bistro, ordering fresh fish and chips from the takeaway, stocking up on essentials at the convenience store, embark on a pony trek with Highland Horse Fun, test out your swing at the excellent Kingussie Golf Club, or head to the outskirts where you can explore the RSPB Insh Marshes and sample local ales at the Speyside Distillery.

Next stop is Newtonmore, where you can wander the Clan Macpherson and Highland Folk Museum, hike with the Cairngorm Alpacas, spend an afternoon at the Wildcat Centre, and sample the delights of Newtonmore Grill.

Continue onto Aviemore, where you can dine at the Scottish Steakhouse, The Balavoulin, and Cheese and Tomatin, spot the local wildlife at Craigellachie National Nature Reserve, get your skates on at the Aviemore Ice Rink, or embark on a Highland Wildlife and Birdwatch Safari.

All this and more awaits at The Larches.

EPC Rating: Band E

EPC Rating: Band E

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: HI-70137-F

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £600.

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About the location


Aviemore 12 miles.

Situated in the glorious Cairngorms National Park, Kingussie attracts visitors all year round. The town has a fine selection of hotels, shops and restaurants, as well as being home to one of Scotland's most beautiful golf courses. At the award-winning Highland Folk Museum, just 2 miles from Kingussie, demonstrations of traditional crafts take place most days during the summer months in the ‘streets’ of the village-like grounds. Just 12 miles south of Aviemore it is also a popular winter destination for skiers along with the Lecht, with skiing and snowboarding for all abilities. Visit Dalwhinnie, where you can tour Scotland's highest distillery and have the mysteries of whisky making explained (and purchase a bottle!) or go to the Highland Wildlife Park, and explore the habitat walks and be amazed at the wolf territory and a diverse collection of Highland wildlife. An excellent location to tour this attractive part of the Central Highlands, with many of the main attractions an easy drive away.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas