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Kincraig near Aviemore, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • wildlife (13)
  • hot (11)
  • hot tub (10)
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  • views (9)
  • location (9)

30 Customer Reviews

  • "Stunning location with walks from the door in woodland and down to the loch, plus amazing views from the many picture windows inside this elevated, cosy and comfortable house, which make it ideal for spotting wildlife and a relaxing break."

    Plenty to do and see nearby as well.

    Reviewed by Christine4.7Feb 2024

  • "Beautiful area, beautiful property."

    So peaceful. Very homely and well stocked with wildlife surrounding the property. Walks and snow capped mountains easily accessible. Log fire and hot tub to come back to every evening. Again, all well maintained and clean. Just short drive to aviemore which has shops, restaurants and bars. We would love to return.

    Thank you Sally we would love to have you back. Happy New Year and thanks for the lovely feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Dec 2023

  • "Absolutely stunning location and property!"

    Amenities were perfect and exactly what we looked for. Had a fantastic stay thank you very much!

    Hi Harry . Sorry to have missed responding to this lovely feedback. I am glad your stay and please do come again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Harry4.7Dec 2023

  • "Katchana is the perfect home from home."

    It was warm, comfy, peaceful and extremely well equipped. It was so well equipped it felt like someone had leant us their home for a week. It has everything you need. The bed is comfy, the shower was great. Sofas are great. The sky Q box is a nice touch so you can record something you don't want to miss and watch it later. Then there's the hot tub.. just amazing. The location is incredible with lovely views over Loch Insh. And there are some amazing walks either a very short drive or walkable from the door. I would recommend walking to Feshiebridge and checking out the sculpture trail. Also highly recommend driving to Uagh Lochan and walking the red route. The views are breathtaking. I've loved other places I've stayed, but this is the first time I felt devastated to be leaving a location. If you're lucky enough to be booking Katchana you won't be sorry.

    Thank you so much Emma. Thrilled you sound like you loved Katchana as much as we do . Thank you for the glowing and enthusiastic feedback and hope you visit again soon. Merry Christmas Property Owner

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Dec 2023

  • "This was our second stay at Katchana and it never fails to dissapoint."

    The abundace of wildlife that comes to the cottage is amazing and I would be quite happy to spend my holiday just looking out of the windows. The cottage was very cosy and clean it had everything you could wish for a good stay, the kitchen had all you would possibly need, the beds are very comfortable, there are books, jigsaw, games to use. The scenery from all the windows are beautiful, it is so peaceful and quiet. The owner of the property is a lovely lady and easy to contact.

    Thank you Michael for the great feedback. Glad you loved the house and had a relaxing week. It is so nice to hear . And would be great if you wanted to visit again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Nov 2023

  • "Loved the property and we all really enjoyed our stay."

    Great to hear Anthony and thank you for taking the time to feedback. It is lovely to hear and hope you can visit again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Aug 2023

  • "Unique and relaxing with amazing architecture."

    Comfortable and clean with comfy beds, a good kitchen and huge sitting room with excellent TV etc. the heating was automatic and hot water was plentiful. Everything was perfect apart from one small point.The road could do with a scrape and fill in of holes. One of our cars had rather limited ground clearance. Local things to do are many and varied. Our kids especially liked wildlife park, water activities on the loch, and the Scottish folk museum site at Newtonmore.

    Thank you so much Richard. It is lovely to hear you had a good time. Re the road I do take your point but it remains an uphill struggle especially with winter and rain. Please do come and visit again sometime Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay."

    What a beautiful place. So peaceful, and so much wildlife to see. Comfy beds, lovely log fire, amazing hot tub, dog friendly. Everything you need and more for a fab self catered stay, and more! We loved walking by the loch and exploring all the local foest trails. We would love to return. Xx

    Thank you Hilary so glad you and family loved Katchana as much as I do…it is a special place and look forward to having you back siin Property Owner

    Reviewed by Hilary5.0Feb 2023

  • "Katchana is the perfect home from home."

    It's comfortable and has all the facilities you need, plus more. The hot tub is a bonus and was the perfect way to unwind after a day in the wilderness. The views and walks from Katchana is what made it for us. Words can not describe how stunning it is, particularly the autumn colours. There are so many great walks right from the door. Loch Insh Watersports Centre can be walked to in under 30 mins and has loads of activities and lovely food. Thank you Jenny for a lovely stay!

    Hi Sarah …in remiss of checking my feedback. Love that you enjoyed your stay but would be good to know where we tripped up on cleaning? This is such a rare low scoe Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah3.8Oct 2022

  • "Well equipped and dog friendly property with shops close to and plenty to see/do."

    Whole family and dogs thoroughly enjoyed the stay.q

    Reviewed by Alexandra4.7Sep 2022

  • "We had a perfect week."

    It is a wonderful, magical house with views in all directions and with room for all to find a peaceful place to sit and read or daydream. We saw couple of deer, red squirrels and the badgers who came to the door for the peanuts scattered at night. We walked trough forests and by the lochs remembered from frequent visits to he area in the past. Thank you Jenny and team.

    Thank you so much Joan for your review . It is lovely that you saw the wildlife and had a relaxing break. You seem to have enjoyed Katchana special atmosphere. Please do visit us again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joan5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, well equipped with everything you could need."

    Hot tub is wonderful! Fantastic location - so good to be able to walk down to Loch Insh in a few minutes and close to lots of activities: we particularly loved visiting the Highland Wildlife Park and paddle boarding on Loch Insh and Loch Morlich.

    Thank you An r so glad you enjoyed your week and all Katchana and the area has to offer. Please do return soon Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Jul 2022

  • "Fantastic individual property in a stunning, tranquil location."

    Be sure to pack your binoculars as lots of local visiting wildlife

    Thank you Alan so glad you enjoyed our special spot…. Please do come back Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jun 2022

  • "The beauty of Katchana is that it is timeless."

    If you want a busy winter holiday or a action packed summer break or in our case, a place to relax and let the world drift past lazily, then Katchana is the perfect place. On clear nights the skies share a billion miles of stars and in the morning, feathered friends gather to be fed at your door. Pine Martins and Deer are also around the property and if you’re lucky, the pine Martins come close to the cottage. The beds are comfortable, the living area is relaxing and the kitchen has all you need to suit your needs. And that hot tub!! A perfect way to end or start your day. Love love love this place.

    Thank you Colin forthright great feedback. So glad you enjoyed your stay and we would love to welcome you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Dec 2021

  • "Had a fab time staying at this cottage , a really good homely feel to it defianately go again , cottage was well equipped ."

    Reviewed by Diane3.8Nov 2021

  • "Amazing and private place to stay in the cairgorms with plenty of things to do nearby."

    Hot tub a real bonus! Wonderful wildlife, seems like every kind of garden bird visits the house along with late evening visits from the resident badger (comes right up to the window). Roe Deer out front in the morning and Red Deer in the field at the back at night. Large modern TV and cosy log fire if staying in. Friendly and helpful owner on hand if any problems. Recommended.

    Thank you Gresham it s so nice to hear you enjoyed your stay. Please do come back again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Graham4.7Oct 2021

  • "Beautiful location Fabulous wildlife Will definately return"

    Thank you Sharon. So glad you enjoyed what Katchana offers. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sharon4.7Sep 2020

  • "We would go again, really good"

    Reviewed by Pascal4.1Sep 2020

  • "The views around the property were exceptional the wild life that came to visit ie different variety of birds, deer, red squirrels, badger, fantastic."

    Hot tub was ideally located to view over the Loch whilst relaxing in it

    Reviewed by Gail5.0Jul 2020

  • "Great service and cottage and surrounding area were fantastic."

    Owner was extremely helpful

    Reviewed by George5.0Oct 2019

  • "Katchana has spectacular views and beautiful wildlife."

    The owner was extremely kind to us. I left the brand new Harris Tweed purse I had purchased there at the cottage and Mrs. Anderson's housekeeper has agreed to mail it to me! Mrs Anderson told us where we could attend church and much other useful info. She is extremely helpful and pleasant.

    Reviewed by Gayle3.8Oct 2019

  • "Beautiful place."

    Badgers at the windows squirrels birds sheep cattle hares and deer can be seen without leaving the house. We have loads of memories at this place and love going there. So peaceful.

    Reviewed by Eric4.1Aug 2019

  • "We had a great week in this house, the nature and wildlife is it’s best asset!"

    We had a number of wild birds, a hare and deer outside the door! The hot tub gives it an added dimension and the environmental biomass boiler was great! We had snow and great walks on the doorstep. Definitely plan to return...

    Reviewed by Ana5.0Mar 2019

  • "Wow wow wow!"

    Katchana is a very special place, amazing views, hot tub, beautiful accomodation. Stunning wildlife visiting each day and the most wonderful walks and location. We will be back! Thank you

    Reviewed by Renco5.0Feb 2019

  • "On arriving at Katchana , everything was lovely the views are exceptional ,going inside I thought the decor was very dated, in areas it was very dusty the windows could do with a clean as they are so big, to really benefit the views they were not clean."

    Shower room rather grubby but we managed with it. I did find paying a £250.00 bond rather high and then keeping £75.00 of it as a cleaning charge , I can say we left katchana clean and tidy apart from 2 bins of rubbish which would not go in the wheelie bin our bottles were taken to the bottle bank also as requested.

    Reviewed by Vera2.5Dec 2018

  • "Amazing place and lots to do"

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Nov 2018

  • "Excellent location with lovely views."

    Spacious accommodation.

    Reviewed by Raj4.4Jul 2018

  • "Perfect dog friendly accommodation, owners was more than helpful."

    Great location and very enjoyable stay with our four dogs.

    Reviewed by Lyndsey5.0Jan 2018

  • "Brilliant thanks"

    Reviewed by Jamie5.0Oct 2017

  • "Katchana is a remote country paradise no neighbours relaxation guaranteed tons ..."

    Katchana is a remote country paradise no neighbours relaxation guaranteed tons of wildlife to observe comfortable spacious rooms will definately return

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Sep 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with TV, 1 x twin, 1 x family room with TV and DVD 2 x adult bunks
  • Shower room with shower, basin & WC
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin & WC
  • Well-equipped kitchen with small breakfast area
  • Dining room
  • Large sitting room with double sofa bed, open fire & large windows with loch views
  • Hot tub
  • Note: Third bedroom is suitable for a maximum of 2 adults and 2 children or 4 children, additional sofa bed available in sitting room
  • Note: Property is on a hill & can be accessed at ground floor level, with a ramped path suitable for wheelchairs, or via steps at bottom of hill.
  • Oil central heating with open fire
  • Electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 3 x TV's (one with HD, Sky+ with family pack and sports with catch up TV and box sets.), video, DVD, CD, WiFi, small library of books/DVDs/games
  • Electricity & starter pack for open fire inc. in rent
  • Additional logs can be purchased from the owner
  • Bed linen & towels inc. in rent
  • Cot, highchair & stairgate on request
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Secure storage for bikes/skis etc
  • Well-established garden with furniture and hot tub
  • Up to 3 pets welcome at £40 per pet, per holiday
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop & pub 1 mile
  • Note: No stag/hen or similar
  • Please note: That gardens are not enclosed

The property

Kincraig 1 mile.

An appealing and unusual detached property in the isolated hamlet of Farr, 1 mile from the village of Kincraig, between Kingussie and Aviemore.

In an elevated position overlooking Loch Insh on one side and with magnificent views of the Cairngorms from the other, this welcoming and extremely well equipped cottage offers superb accommodation, with an open fire and well placed windows to afford easy viewing of the plethora of bird and wildlife on the doorstep, including red squirrels, pine martins and ospreys.

Sit and relax in the fabulous hot tub or enjoy outdoor activities in the Cairngorms National Park, relax in the wonderful surroundings or tour the area's many attractions and trails.

Katchana is the perfect base.

EPC Rating: Band G

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: HI-70328-F

Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Aviemore 6 miles; Inverness 40 miles.

Kincraig is an attractive Highland village midway between Kingussie and Aviemore, which is the hub of the skiing industry in Britain. Close to Loch Insh and Glenfeshie, in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park and with the Cairngorm Mountains as a backdrop, Kincraig offers an unrivalled choice of activities and pursuits for all ages and abilities all year round. Enjoy walking or climbing, fishing, riding, cycling or the watersports at Loch Insh where equipment hire and instruction is available. A wide variety of birds can be seen from the RSPB hide overlooking the flood plains of the Insh Marshes Reserve and at the nearby Highland Wildlife Park wolves, bison, red pandas, wildcats and arctic foxes can be seen.

Note: No stag/hen or similar.

Pet charges are as follows: Up to 3 pets welcome at £40 per pet, per holiday. Any more than 3 would be at owners discretion. Please contact us for further details.

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