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Spruce Lodge

(Ref. 30494)

Strathpeffer near Inverness, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park Show on map

4.7

Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes

Features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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56 Customer Reviews

  • "2nd visit. Great cabin, great location."

    Hope to return.

    Reviewed by Robert4.7Mar 2024

  • "Great place to stay for a break."

    Second time here in 6 months. Great base for exploring. Applecross, Torridon all within relatively short driving distance. Strathpeffer itself is beautiful and there's great walks behind the village.

    Reviewed by Colin4.7Feb 2024

  • "Lovely lodge in a lovely area we were working in the area , but would make an ideal base for a break"

    Reviewed by Kevin4.7Jan 2024

  • "Just spent a week in the spruce lovely and clean comfortable and warm."

    Kitchen has everything you need would recommend this place to anyone

    Reviewed by Marilyn5.0Dec 2023

  • "This is my second stay at Spruce Lodge."

    It's the perfect getaway for Christmas, and has great walks for our dogs. The lodge has a fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities. It's lovely and warm with enough space for a family of four or four adults. My only criticism is the internet, it is slow and patchy. With much of the entertainment being online, it would be good to have a better service. Starlink do a super fast service for £70 a month that would give the Lodge the edge over the competition.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Dec 2023

  • "An excellent log cabin set in Blackmuir Wood."

    Fantastic location. Cabin has all you need for a short break or a week away from the city. Plenty of places nearby to visit with the dog. Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Oct 2023

  • "Really enjoyed the holiday."

    The cottage is spacious, nicely furnished, with a well equipped kitchen. The beds are comfortable. If I was being ultra picky, then my only negative would be the slow internet. Other than that this is a great property, in a great location.

    Reviewed by Philip4.7Jun 2023

  • "Thank you, Mrs."

    Stewart for all your help! We had a great stay and weren't missing anything at all. Very cosy place in the middle of the forest, calm and clean, comfortable and well equipped. Lots of day trips to do from Strathpeffer. We'd gladly stay again at Spruce Lodge if we ever come back to that region of Scotland!

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Jun 2023

  • "Too much emails about every detail but stay was very comfortable and nice!"

    Close to nature but with all comfort you need.

    Reviewed by Liene5.0Apr 2023

  • "It was lovely and peaceful."

    Could have stayed there forever. Loved listening to the birds. Definitely coming back. Dogs had wonderful walks. Nice to come out of the door to no traffic.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely place to stay and it was very tranquil."

    . Being March it was genuinely quiet as a trail goes past the property.. The enclosed balcony was good as our dog could come in and out as she pleased which let us relax... Would atay again as the cabin had everything you would need wether it is a weekend or a week...

    Reviewed by Matthew4.7Mar 2023

  • "Spruce Lodge was lovely, warm, inviting and wonderfully situated within a wood, close by other Lodges too."

    I would recommend this Lodge.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Oct 2022

  • "Fantastic lodge, brilliant location."

    Lots to do in the area and we’ll definitely be back!

    Reviewed by Douglas5.0Sep 2022

  • "Great wee lodge, plenty to do and excellent location for dog walks etc."

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Jul 2022

  • "Enjoyed our stay at the lodge."

    Have stayed in three of these lodges over the years. Spruce's advantage is the private parking space directly outside the lodge. No more lugging suitcases along pathways. Only observation I would make is the lighting. It was difficult to do a jigsaw in the lighting available. Not really a big deal as the weather was, on the whole, quite fair and we were not stuck indoors.

    Reviewed by Margaret4.7Jun 2022

  • "There a smell of damp on entering the Lodge which comes from the bathroom."

    However it is very well equiped, good location, dog walks almost outside the door. Owner had kindly left us a welcome gift. Would visit again.

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Sep 2021

  • "The cabin left a lot to be desired."

    So much needed maintenance would be required. Starting with the patio doors handle and lock being replaced, the bathroom sink missing sealant against the wall instead of old paint, decking at back of property needs cleaning and adding grip surface like the one at the front as I found out after injuring myself on the greasy decking, the trees could do with trimming back as well, there needs to be a info booklet on various aspects of the cabin and surrounding area. I have to say we will not be going back to this cabin again.

    Reviewed by Joanne2.5Sep 2021

  • "The location of this lodge is excellent."

    Straight out the front door into the surrounding countryside. Wonderful. It's quiet, has it's own parking right next to the lodge, easy to walk into the village too, and plenty of internal space for all of us. As dog owners we couldn't ask for anything more really. The only negative was the bath/shower. The plughole/drain was partially blocked, and water wouldn't drain away while showering. There's an issue there and the smell of damp supports this. However, this is a minor issue that didn't spoil our enjoyment of what was a great holiday (super weather helped too).

    Reviewed by Martin4.4Aug 2021

  • "Loved it! Gorgeous setting, clean accommodation, pet friendly - what more can you ask?"

    As a small aside, could be even better if there were more than four plates, mugs etc... Rear decking needs scrubbing to remove moss/dirt as EXTREMELY slippery when damp!!

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Aug 2021

  • "Very relaxing stay in a lovely location."

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Jul 2021

  • "The online photos showed a lovely outside space with furniture at front and area at back with plants and well kept."

    Reality was no furniture and rear patio area unswept, bird feeders with weeds growing in them. Did not get the full benefit of the outside area and beautiful setting. . The fridge was small and inadequate. On the plus side lovely location, beds excellent. Longe area very comfortable.

    Reviewed by Manus3.1Jun 2021

  • "We felt safe with regards to the covid 19."

    The lodge is situated in a lovely quiet spot and was ideal for us with having a dog. Everything on arrival was clean and tidy. It was great to be able to have the car right at the door.

    Reviewed by Wilma3.8Jun 2021

  • "Whilst we thoroughly enjoyed our stay we would recommend that the cutlery set provided is upgraded for better quality ones."

    A guide on troubleshooting the TV and freestat would be useful for techno idiots like me (Google helped solve the issue). Not sure if it's feasible but a hot tub would make Spruce Lodge absolutely brilliant and not just really great.

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2021

  • "A brilliant lodge."

    Situated in lovely surroundings. Everything in the lodge we could have wished for. It was spotlessly clean, tidy, warm ..... loved every minute of our stay.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0May 2021

  • "Great location and wonderful setting in the forest nearby the picturesque village of Strathpeffer."

    Ideally suited for touring the North of Scotland. The cottage is well appointed and has everything required to make a great base. Loved the walks literally on the doorstep!

    Reviewed by Graham4.7Oct 2020

  • "Great wee place to visit"

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Oct 2020

  • "We had the most wonderful time in Strathpeffer."

    Spruce Lodge is in an ideal location for walks and just minutes from shops etc. The lodge was very cosy and comfortable and had all the facilities you would need, including a utility room which was great for drying the dogs, removing walking boots etc. The little decking area accessed from the living room was great, especially for the dogs, who love birdwatching. Would definitely recommend this lodge.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Sep 2020

  • "For the third year running, Sykes have provided wonderful, high quality holiday accommodation for my family and I."

    We also felt completely safe with the current coronavirus situation. The accommodation was clean and hygienic and we were grateful for the additional information and advice provided, for example we brought our own pillows for the duration of the stay. My only disappointment was the lack of communication from Sykes when the original cottage that I had booked was unexpectedly cancelled with no notification from Sykes. I only discovered the cancellation when I went on the mobile phone app to check details of the accommodation.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2020

  • "No negatives!"

    Reviewed by Stanley5.0Jul 2020

  • "The cabin was warm & friendly & pet friendly too!"

    Everything was perfect & will go back again. Thanks to Jean for a wonderful holiday.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Dec 2019

  • "Excellent lodge in beautiful surroundings the owner is really helpful and we really enjoyed it"

    Reviewed by Dave5.0Nov 2019

  • "Had a great stay cottage was very good clean and tidy, we wood stay there again ..."

    Had a great stay cottage was very good clean and tidy, we wood stay there again and would recommend it to all our friends

    Reviewed by Jack5.0Nov 2019

  • "Every thing was perfect ."

    We enjoyed our stay.The cabin was cosy and very quiet .Perfect surroundings we had our spaniel with us he very much enjoyed his stay

    Reviewed by David4.7Nov 2019

  • "The lodge is an ideal location if you enjoy walking and especially if you have dogs."

    In less than a minute your at a safe track where your dogs can have some freedom

    Reviewed by Gina5.0Sep 2019

  • "The outside seating area is not up to standard for sitting out there is a damp ..."

    The outside seating area is not up to standard for sitting out there is a damp smell in the entrance way and the freezer compartment of the fridge is iced shut

    Reviewed by Lesley3.8Aug 2019

  • "Great wee cabin in a great location, brilliant for walking straight from the front door."

    Reviewed by Derek4.4Apr 2019

  • "Very nice lodge, no complaints about it or the service."

    Reviewed by Maximilian5.0Feb 2019

  • "Owner was very friendly and accomadating, received a warm welcome on arrival and shown around the property."

    Would book again.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Dec 2018

  • "Lovely cabin in the woods."

    Perfect for dog walking and with easy access to shops and local amenities. Lovely and warm with comfortable seating and beds. The fixtures and fittings were a little worn in places and there was mould on the walls in the main bedroom. This certain wasn't a deal breaker as it was easily rectified. I would definitely recommend Spruce Lodge.

    Reviewed by Christopher4.7Dec 2018

  • "We had a fantastic week at Spruce lodge, the surroundings were absolutely perfect if you love the outdoors and the Cabin itself was clean and cosy, would definitely recommend and will be back ourselves, and the welcome goodies from the owner was a lovely touch."

    Reviewed by David4.4Oct 2018

  • "A very warm and comfortable lodge ideally situated for visiting Inverness and the beautiful surrounding area."

    We were greeted with a lovely welcome pack including treats for our dog and Jane the owner is extremely friendly and helpful. The lodge is perfect for people with dogs with many walks on the doorstep We would stay in these lodges again if visiting the area in the future

    Reviewed by Archibald5.0Sep 2018

  • "Spruce Lodge was just what we were after for relaxing and walking our dogs around the wooded walkways around Strathpeffer."

    Reviewed by Gary3.8Sep 2018

  • "I would highly recommend this lodge."

    It was clean, comfortable and provided us with a lovely home for he week. The location is very good.

    Reviewed by Hannah4.7Aug 2018

  • "The lodge was in the woods and we enjoyed the quietness of the place and the dark sky at night in which we Sat outside and watched the stars and meteor showers."

    . The lodge is one of four in a small group so don't expect to have no neighbours. The owner was very friendly as were all the locals we met. We had a very old dog with us who as quoted in the rules Sat and slept on his bed. Unfortunately and this is not a reflection on the owner we had to buy some air freshener for one of the sofas as it smelt of dog and this would not be the case if dog owners followed the rules of the lodge. The lodges position is everything we wanted. Strathpeffer is a beautiful place as is the surrounding areas.many thanks for the treats you left. We definately would visit you again.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Aug 2018

  • "Spruce Lodge was comfortable and had just about everything we needed."

    However it would be helpful to have simple instructions/manuals as to how certain things work. For example we could not get the grill to work. The wifi would not connect and we ended up using a less than perfect free wifi which was not protected.A tumble drier would be helpful as it wasn't easy drying washing in summer when it was raining outside and there was no heating on to dry it on radiators. Also the lights were very dim so perhaps brighter bulbs would help.

    Reviewed by Janet4.1Jul 2018

  • "Just got back from a weeks stay at Spruce lodge and cannot sing it’s praises enough!"

    The lodge is comfortable and like a home from home..even having yummy goodies left for our arrival. It is.situated in a beautiful part of the world! We enjoyed walks around the local area and when we mentioned to Jane that the only thing missing were some games to play in the evening, she appeared with some for us! Would definitely recommend staying here. Thank you for a fab week!

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0May 2018

  • "Helpful owner."

    Beautiful quiet location.

    Reviewed by Douglas5.0May 2018

  • "The cottage is a lot older than the photos used on Sykes website suggest."

    The wifi would not allocate an IP Address on any device at any time during our stay, 4G was good however so we managed without wifi. The staff are friendly and helpful and the location is wonderful

    Reviewed by Smith4.4May 2018

  • "Perfect location, met the owner first night lovely and friendly."

    Beautiful lodge.we took our twin daughters for their 18birthday and they loved it too xx beautiful countryside,our dogs loved it and certainly we all slept at night.wish we would have booked for longer.would certainly recommend without hesitation. Mrs J.king and family x

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Mar 2018

  • "Fantastic accommodation set in perfect surroundings."

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Mar 2018

  • "Location accommodation brilliant recommended it to any one"

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Feb 2018

  • "Cottage was amazing, so comfortable."

    This is the second time we've stayed with Jane and she couldn't be more helpful and accomodating.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Jan 2018

  • "Cosy cottage for 2."

    Very comfortable. It snowed while we were. We walked from the cottage into the woods. There was good access to the main road and to shops.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Nov 2017

  • "I would expect the Vacuum to actually suck even though I emptied and cleaned the filters it still did not work to expectations."

    I like to leave a premise to look as we were not there!

    Reviewed by Catherine4.0Nov 2017

  • "Nice welcome."

    Ideal situation.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Oct 2016

  • "It was wonderful we thoroughly enjoyed it an so did the dog"

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Aug 2016

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Summary

  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Utility.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off road parking
  • Decked patio with furniture
  • Two well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Note: Although all ground floor, there are two steps to front door and five steps to decking and rear entrance.

The property

Located in a pretty, quiet woodland setting, this comfortable, detached log cabin is one of a few similar properties situated within their own private garden areas.

Surrounded by attractive woodland that offers lovely walking routes and unparalleled views, this cosy log cabin is also within easy walking distance of the pretty spa village of Strathpeffer, with its good selection of tourist attractions and shops.

Spruce Lodge is spacious and bright with a sociable open plan living area comprising of a well-equipped kitchen, a dining area and a welcoming sitting area with French doors that lead out to a private balcony, an ideal place to enjoy alfresco dining during the warm weather.

Step back inside after an evening spent on the decked balcony and retire to one of two lovely bedrooms, plus this log cabin has a convenient utility room for storing walking boots and coats.

Strathpeffer attracts many cyclists with its abundant selection of cycle tracks and bikes can be hired locally - what a wonderful way to appreciate the fabulous highland countryside!

For keen bird spotters, nearby Loch Kinellan is a popular and well-known place, home to Slavonian Grebes amongst many other rare birds.

Also close by is Castle Leod, which is the oldest intact castle in Britain, set amidst beautiful unspoilt scenery and, within easy access is Loch Ness with its famous monster and castle, as well as the lovely Moray Firth coast with its fabulous dolphins.

There is so much to see and do nearby, making this log cabin perfect to return to at the end of a busy day!

Note: This property is 20 yards away from Ref: 915605, together they sleep 8.

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About the location

STRATHPEFFER

Inverness 20 miles.

Often compared to a Bavarian Mountain resort, the picturesque spa village of Strathpeffer owes its growth to the discovery of water springs during the 1700s, and was declared in 1819 to be the healthiest drinking water in Britain! The original Spa Pavilion has been magnificently restored after a period of disuse and now serves as a venue for a variety of events, including concerts, dances, dramas and exhibitions. The former Victorian railway station, which in times past brought many visitors from near and far, has now been beautifully restored to house craft workers and their shops, and is also home to the Highland Museum of Childhood. Visit the restored Pump house (also a Tourist Information point), take a walk along a forest track, or enjoy the views from the nearby pictish hill fort at Knockfarrel. Whatever you decide there's plenty on offer for all the family.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas