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Kincraig near Aviemore, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park (Ref. 2666)


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  • Icon/Feature/Hot Tub Hot tub
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/Sky TV Sky TV
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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54 Customer Reviews

  • "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 ColinDec 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 DianeNov 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 GrahamOct 2021

  • "Beautiful location Fabulous wildlife Will definately return"

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

    Reviewed by SharonSep 2020

  • "We would go again, really good"

    Reviewed by PascalSep 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 GailJul 2020

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

    Owner was extremely helpful

    Reviewed by GeorgeOct 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 GayleOct 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 EricAug 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 AnaMar 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 RencoFeb 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 VeraDec 2018

  • "Amazing place and lots to do"

    Reviewed by PeterNov 2018

  • "Excellent location with lovely views."

    Spacious accommodation.

    Reviewed by RajJul 2018

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

    Great location and very enjoyable stay with our four dogs.

    Reviewed by LyndseyJan 2018

  • "Brilliant thanks"

    Reviewed by JamieOct 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 DianeSep 2016

  • "We particularly enjoyed the house itself and the beautiful views surrounding the property."

    The hot tub was also a highlight of the trip, as well as being able to watch badgers, deer and birds outside the windows. The house itself was beautiful inside and out and we enjoyed spending time in the lounge area which overlooks the loch. The house is also ideally placed for activities in Aviemore and even closer at the Loch Insh watersport centre.

    Reviewed by RebeccaMay 2016

  • "An amazing place to stay."

    Reviewed by RichardDec 2015

  • "The location of the property was perfect for our needs, getting to mountain bike trails and water sports."

    The hot tub in the property was also a favourite for relaxing after a long day.

    Reviewed by NeilJun 2015

  • "This is a wonderful house to holiday in."

    We felt at home from the minute we arrived. It was fully equipped with stunning views enjoyed from the luxurious hot tub. A superb area with so much to do. We can't wait to go back.

    Reviewed by RachaelFeb 2015

  • "The setting of this Lodge is breath taking, as was the location with good views over the Loch."

    The surrounding area is very peacefully located in a wood land with an abundance of wild life, some of which i.e. grouse you see coming right up to the dinning room window every day. The hot tub is a massive bonus with views over the Loch. The log fire was lovely on some of the cold nights, there is also a very good selection of games, videos/DVD's and books to keep us entertained. Will be definitely be returning. Enjoyed by all.

    Reviewed by FionaOct 2014

  • "The house was situated in a nice area with local amenities close by."

    It had plenty of room and was very comfortable. The owner contacted me on arrival to make sure we were happy and enjoying our holiday - a nice touch.

    Reviewed by FrancesSep 2014

  • "We had a fabulous time here."

    Wonderful views, accommodation and owners. Would love to come back. Without leaving the house, we enjoyed the cosy log fire, relaxing hot tub and bird watching was varied and exciting.

    Reviewed by DavidFeb 2014

  • "The atmosphere of the property was unique and unlike any previous cottages I have stayed at."

    The views were excellent, as were the surroundings. The hot tub was a welcome addition too! Thanks for a great stay.

    Reviewed by FionaFeb 2014

  • "Katchana was everything we were hoping for."

    Nestled away from the hustle and bustle with awesome views of the snow covered peaks and over a beautiful loch. The owner of the property was easily accessible via phone and was very helpful during a wind storm where we lost power. It is close to Aviemore and the Cairngorms. A scottish friend of ours who visited us whilst we were there was so impressed by the property and its location that he will be booking it for family. The photographs are accurate of the property in the advertising. We loved it and think of our stay at Katchana as the highlight of our month long UK stay.

    Reviewed by TinaDec 2013

  • "The bungalow was large and would be lovely to take my grandchildren to."

    The hot tub was a real treat and very relaxing, I loved every minute in it.

    Reviewed by GloriaSep 2013

  • "Beautiful property in a beautiful location, the local wildlife also added to the holiday."

    The house is very large and very well equipped, like a home from home!

    Reviewed by RyanJul 2013

  • "The house is unusual, and in a perfect location."

    The diversity of wildlife in its own grounds is amazing. The views are stunning from all aspects of the property. It offers privacy, and is the perfect location for a relaxing summer holiday.

    Reviewed by SueJun 2013

  • "The location, the wildlife, the views, the hot tub."

    We saw red squirrels, deer, woodpeckers and a badger from the front window.

    Reviewed by PamJun 2013

  • "The location and size of the property were excellent."

    To go into the kitchen in the morning and look out of the window at deer and red squirrels was magical.

    Reviewed by AnneApr 2013

  • "It was in a wonderful location with everything needed to enjoy a great holiday and the hot tub is lovely."

    Owner was helpful and easy to contact.

    Reviewed by MichelleDec 2012

  • "We particularly enjoyed the location and seclusion of the property - the wildlife, the views and the heating."

    We had a lovely time.

    Reviewed by KevinMar 2012

  • "Beautiful well kept accommodation, set within amazing scenery."

    We did not want to leave!

    Reviewed by MarkFeb 2012

  • "The wildlife was lovely and the setting was superb."

    The house was very cosy and had everything you need including board games etc for when the whether turns bad. Exceptionally clean and a gorgeous open fire. Our dog loved it too and it even accommodated a large dog run if you wanted to use it.

    Reviewed by AngelaDec 2011

  • "The setting of the cottage is great, and we where able to explore easily from it."

    Reviewed by LucyNov 2011

  • "A remarkable house in a marvelous setting."

    It was wonderful.

    Reviewed by TonySep 2011

  • "The scenery and wildlife was amazing and we were so lucky with the weather."

    We had badgers and pine martins feeding outside the back door every evening and saw lots of red squirrels. There were plenty of things to do and most of the activities weren't too expensive, we will definitely come back. We particularly enjoyed kayaking on the loch's.

    Reviewed by HeidiAug 2011

  • "This property is in a glorious location overlooking Loch Insh with the Cairngorm Mountains behind."

    A particularly beautiful spot for a very relaxing holiday with walks, amazing wildlife on the property and many sporting activities and interests in abundance nearby.

    Reviewed by CarolJun 2011

  • "Wonderful property to relax in, excellent location."

    We loved barbecuing with music playing. Wonderful food at local Boathouse. Brill!

    Reviewed by CatherineJun 2010

  • "If you are looking for peace, quiet and comfort, Katchana is ideal."

    If you have an interest in nature and sport the Cairngorms National Park is perfect.

    Reviewed by MagaretJun 2010

  • "Fabulous holiday with great weather but property very cosy and welcoming."

    Great for children and dogs. Hope to go back.

    Reviewed by ElaineApr 2010

  • "The property was fantastic ."

    .... all that we could have hoped for and then a bit more! It looked like a "Grand Design", but was extremely comfortable - it felt like home.

    Reviewed by MeganFeb 2010

  • "The house was amazing, it had everything you could ever need."

    It was hot and the log fire gorgeous. The views and wildlife fantastic. It was truly idyllic.

    Reviewed by LynnJan 2010

  • "Katchana - a beautiful setting and a lovely property."

    We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

    Reviewed by WendyOct 2009

  • "Excellent food at The Loch Inn Boathouse."

    Do not take anything to read as the house has hundreds of books!

    Reviewed by NormaOct 2009

  • "We liked Katchana and the surroundings, weather was good, found a good place to eat, wildlife and views at Katchana, walks around the Lochs."

    Reviewed by TimSep 2009

  • "The scenery, wildlife on the doorstep, open fire, comfortable property and ideally positioned for exploring the area."

    Ospreys, red squirrels and pine martin a real bonus.

    Reviewed by KyleAug 2009

  • "A wonderful property in a fantastic location."

    There are views from every window. Ideal for the person who is interested in wildlife as there are red squirrels and an amazing amount of bird life too. Lots of walks nearby and the RSPB reserve. I am so glad I chose Katchana for our holiday!

    Reviewed by HeatherJun 2009

  • "Excellent property - 5 stars, ideal location, amazing views."

    One of the best properties we have stayed in over the past 20 years.

    Mr EdwardsMar 2009

  • "Watching the wildlife from the house was fantastic!"

    Excellent location for walking from the door step. Wonderful views all around

    Reviewed by ChristineFeb 2009

  • "Location was great - lots of wild life."

    red squirrels, badger, pine martin, deer, woodland birds, birds of prey. Great view of Spey valley and the mountains.

    Reviewed by PatrickJan 2009

  • "I liked everything about the accommodation including the location and would love to go back, even the dog loved it."

    The owners had even put up a Christmas tree for us and we had snow! What more could we ask for? Must recommend the reindeer visit.

    Reviewed by LDec 2008

  • "We had a great time, it really is a superb location and an incredible property; we both want to return again soon."

    The house is exceptionally well equipped, very homely and truly welcoming! The house is most intriguing - almost a tangible presence, underlined by grace, charm, style and quality.

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2008

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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.


  • 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
  • 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
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Up to 4 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 but there is a secure dog run available.

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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Last minute
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