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Alvey House

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Newtonmore, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park Show on map

4.9

Sykes rating

  • 19 Guests

  • 9 Bedrooms

  • 9 Bathrooms

  • Pets No

Features

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

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44 Customer Reviews

  • "Clean, well-presented, well-equipped property."

    The only downside was the dog mess at the bottom corner of the garden facing the street - assumption being that a previous visitor did not clear it up rather than it being dogs coming in from outside the property. Nonetheless, an enjoyable week was had by all and we would consider a return visit.

    Reviewed by Keren5.0Mar 2024

  • "So enjoyed our stay - beautiful house in a lovely position We will return xxx"

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Feb 2024

  • "So lovely our group keeps coming back - our sixth year!"

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely house with lots of space."

    Owners responded quickly to questions and went above and beyond to make us comfortable.

    Reviewed by Joanna5.0Aug 2023

  • "Third time for our walking group of friends at this great property."

    Plenty space for preparing and eating food. Very comfortable and relaxing stay. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Frank5.0May 2023

  • "What a wonderful cottage, we had 3 generations and extended family all stay."

    House was very comfy with lots of space for everyone. Kitchen was excellent and very well stocked with equipment to feed a large group. The owners were brilliant with communication and extremely accommodating. The area is just beautiful with lots of walks to enjoy with the dog. Cannot fault this property.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Apr 2023

  • "The house was perfect for us."

    Its a little dated, but felt very homely. The bedrooms all having ensuites, made getting 11 people ready at the same time a breeze. The rooms were comfortable and very clean. The two lounges were again comfortable and clean; the TV package, books & dvd selection great for quiet times. The dining room easily seated us all and the kitchens had everything we needed. Definitely recommend this property. Newtonmore itself is a great location, we've stayed in the area a number of times over the years. The Wildcat Walk is good fun to do ovee a few days and there are plenty of other walks. Aviemore is around 20 minutes drive away, with loads to do there. The Reindeer Experience is excellent. We hired quad bikes this year, which everyone enjoyed. I can't remember the company name, but it's advertised on billboards in Aviemore. We took an hours rib ride across Loch Ness, with Beastie Boats, which was absolutely brilliant! Food wise, The Glen does good bar food and The Balavil has an excellent restaurant, with good vegan options. We had a lovely breakfast and lunch at The Antler tearoom and delicious coffee and cakes at The Wilde Flour. We collected fish and chips from Joe's Chippy in Kingussie one evening, with everyone really enjoying their meal. The co-op has a good range of products, around an 8 minute walk away, plus there's a large Tesco and Aldi in Aviemore.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Feb 2023

  • "2ND TIME AT THIS PROPERTY."

    WE LOVE IT.

    Reviewed by Janette5.0Dec 2022

  • "What a wonderful property for a large family gathering."

    It appears to have previously been a B&B, so all the bedrooms bar one are en-suite which is grand. The beds were incredibly comfortable, the house is large but so very warm and cosy. Three sitting areas meant there was more than enough space for 16, aged 4 to 80! The dining room became the hub for us all. The kitchen is really well equipped and modern. The outside space is lovely and enclosed for the dog and small children. Lots of parking. The owners are so very kind and thoughtful. There was champagne, flowers and a lovely card for my in-laws celebrating their Diamond Wedding Anniversary. Walks from the door, a wee wander up the high street, and jump in the car and you’ve all the wonderful places in the National Park to explore. Would highly recommend and we’ll be back! Thanks to the owners again for such a warm welcome.

    Reviewed by Jen5.0Dec 2022

  • "The kitchen was superbly equipped and was a joy to cook in."

    We couldn't quite work out the right hand dishwasher but weren't sure if it was the appliance or us that was at fault! When there was a minor problem this was dealt with very quickly which was impressive. All the rooms were comfortable and there is loads of space for people to do their own thing. Not having tv in both rooms is a really good idea. If more recycling space could be arranged that would be an improvement but overall this may well be the best self catering accommodation I've stayed in and I've been doing this for 40 years.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Nov 2022

  • "Stunning property in a beautiful part of the Cangorians."

    House is lovely and spacious as is the garden.. the villages is beautiful and residents are very friendly. There the wildcat experience in the village you pay £ 10 for the pack ( which goes back to the local charity) Had a lovely day looking for cats.. and the residents will help you. I do recommend you buy the pack early on as there are around 127 to find.. need a couple of days to find them all, but really good fun. Highly recommended this property Simply stunning and extremely helpful owners.

    Reviewed by Joanne4.7Oct 2022

  • "This is a great house for a gathering of friends or relatives."

    From the location to the en-suites for every room to the spotlessness of the whole place, everything is perfect.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Oct 2022

  • "What a beautiful and very well resourced house!"

    We had everything we needed for a fabulous family holiday. Will certainly recommend!!

    Reviewed by Audrey4.7Oct 2022

  • "Brilliant. Couldnt fault it at all."

    15 of us ranging from 5 to 62. So much to see and do. Recommend to anyone.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Aug 2022

  • "A wonderful place to stay to meet up with old friends and explore the beautiful area."

    Stunning views. Lots to do in the area. Super comfy beds, clean, everything you could possibly need in the kitchen. From the 2 year old to the adults in the group, we all loved it.

    Reviewed by Mairead5.0Aug 2022

  • "Alvey house is absolutely beautiful, it has a very homely feel and it has everything you need in that there was enough of everything."

    Newtonmore is a gorgeous village and if you didn’t want to travel it has all the amenities that you want. It is easy ti get from A to B plus a train station which we used. Just wonderful and the weather was beautiful and we came home very chilled. There were 12 of us and we all felt there was enough space for everyone. 5 stars all the way

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Jun 2022

  • "Second time at this property."

    Highly recommended. Great for a large group as 2 kitchens and long dining room table that could comfortably accommodate us all. Very helpful communications with owner before and during our stay. A third visit likely!

    Reviewed by Frank5.0May 2022

  • "Fantastic House with amazing view Highly recommend !"

    !!

    Reviewed by Sylwester5.0Apr 2022

  • "We had a brilliant time on holiday at Alvey house."

    Very clean, comfortable home, with all the facilities an extended family of 16 needed. Plenty of space to spread out and come back together as well. Kitchen has all the utensils we needed and we would have no hesitation in recommending Alvey house. The Sykes website needs updating as not everything mentioned there was actually in the house, ( 2 TV's, no breakfast bar in kitchen) it made no difference to us but may to other families. Brilliant holiday, brilliant house.

    Reviewed by Eunice5.0Apr 2022

  • "A mixed party of 15 friends (plus dog) stayed for 4-night short break whilst hill walking in the area."

    The property was absolutely ideal for our purposes with the added bonus that all but one of the rooms was en suite. The dining room sat us all in comfort and the kitchen was well equipped. We were blessed with good weather and we made use of the outside patio furniture at the end of the day to soak up the last rays of the sun. Would have no hesitation in recommending the property to others and are seriously thinking about rebooking for next year already.

    Reviewed by Fraser5.0Mar 2022

  • "We stayed at Alvey House for 3 nights to celebrate an 80th birthday."

    There were 18 of us and we all had a wonderful time. The house was lovely and clean and very cosy, the real fire was enjoyed by all in the evenings. The kitchen has everything you could need for a large group and the en suites in the rooms are great. Beautiful views of the hills from the house too and lovely outdoor space. Would definitely book this property again.

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0Mar 2022

  • "Beautiful house with plenty of space for everyone to be comfortable."

    We’ll equipped with everything you could need and spotlessly clean. We all had a wonderful stay and would recommend the property for any large group.

    Reviewed by Rachael5.0Oct 2021

  • "The house was amazing."

    Situated in a great place.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Sep 2021

  • "Having read a previous review from July 2021 from Mrs P, I have to say I was worried that I’d made a mistake in booking this property, but my fears were completely allayed, when our group of 15 arrived."

    This property was perfect, no dirt, exceptionally clean and every bedroom was appointed beautifully, with bed linen & towels supplied. The photos do not do this property justice. Superb kitchen facilities (two) with everything you could ever want, down to the tea, coffee & sugar canisters being full. Some very nice touches were left for our group, fresh flowers on the dining table, a nice bottle of 15yr old spirit & shortbread. It was those small details which went a long way to making us feel very welcome. There is WiFi in the property and the signal is better at the front of the house (downstairs) and although Sky TV was available in the second lounge room, the signal seemed to struggle in the back bedroom & freeview was a bit intermittent, but then again we’d come away on holiday to get away from TV, so perhaps that’s a good thing. The location of the property is great, with some lovely views and walking to the local amenities was good, although due to COVID, numbers were restricted at some restaurants, The Glen Hotel being one, give at least 48hrs if you want to book a table for a large group. The local Co-op had plenty of supplies though. Everyone in our group, aged 17 - 87 have all said that Alvey House is great and would definitely come back. It was a perfect place, but I don’t want to recommend it for anyone else, it’s a secret best kept.

    Reviewed by Andrea4.7Aug 2021

  • "The house was extremely dirty, dust in glasses cupboard, doors and wood all dirty had to wipe down some frame work and handles, windows inside and out very dirty, some bedroom carpets marked."

    The windows were dirty inside and you could not see out of some of them, months of grime and marks on them, cleaned a few. Dead flies in a lot of the rooms on the window sills and floors. Bedroom and main bathroom both looked like there has been water leaks with parts of the ceiling coming down, in bedroom the bits that had fallen down were left behind the room door. Back door outside light did not work, so pitch black when going out the back last thing at night. One of the bedroom was not able to be used as previous occupants had broken the toilet, not attempt to have repaired whilst we were there, meaning we had only 8 bedrooms when booked a 9 bedroom house. A note was let to tell us about the broken bathroom and stated that there was still ample rooms/beds for our size of party. Only we knew our sleeping requirements/arrangements. The house and decor is very tired and not what we expected at all, really in need of upgrading and some TLC,simple things/details as well like in the dining room on one curtain had a tie back. The curtains in the tv room were dirty and you could feel the dirt on them Overall a real shame as the location, view and size of the property all fantastic.

    Reviewed by John2.5Jul 2021

  • "Perfect for group Motorcycle holidays"

    Reviewed by Vicki5.0Sep 2020

  • "This is the second time we have stayed at Alvey House and again we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here."

    Would highly recommend it to any large group to use it after the Co-vid crisis is over.

    Reviewed by Alexandra5.0Sep 2020

  • "Comfortable house in commanding position."

    Good location in pleasant village. Lots to do for activity lovers but also restful.

    Reviewed by Anthony4.7Aug 2020

  • "This has been my third time to Alvey House, and it has provided a very relaxing break once again."

    The owners keep making improvements, and it is now a very comfortable and cosy place to stay, and in an ideal location for us. We intend to come back again.

    Reviewed by Fergus5.0Nov 2019

  • "Absolutely loved Alvey House."

    It has everything you need and more. The house was spotless and very well kept. We will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Janette5.0Nov 2019

  • "We had a lovely family experience at Alvey house."

    There were 15 adults and 2 children but it didn't feel crowded as there was plenty of space for all of us. We loved the large dining table where we could all eat together. The only small criticism would be that as the weather was getting colder there was not enough coal provided. We had an elderly mum and a couple of guests with health issues who felt the cold and loved to sit in the lounge with the fire lit. We were however able to purchase coal at the local co-op. The area is lovely and we found plenty to do. We would definitely consider returning to Alvey house.

    Reviewed by Maureen4.4Sep 2019

  • "We are a local history group who go away for 4 nights in September every year and we all agreed that Alvey House was one of the best we have stayed in."

    Reviewed by Alexandra5.0Sep 2019

  • "Staying at Alvey was very enjoyable for the eight of us."

    It's great location in the center of Scotland.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jun 2019

  • "Great house!"

    We were a group of friends who regularly spend a week in Scotland for hill-walking. The house was an ideal size with very comfortable bedrooms and plenty space across the 2 kitchens for a large group to manage evening cooking and morning breakfast/prep of packed lunches. With everyone having their own toilet/shower there was no queuing for facilities and we were never short of hot water. Really appreciated having a large dining room and table that gave everyone plenty space and a good view too. Easy to pop out to the local Co-op and lots to do on our doorstep when the weather wasn't so great for doing Munros.

    Reviewed by Frank5.0May 2019

  • "Alvey House was the perfect venue for a weekend away for our party of 7 couples."

    Each couple had a very comfortable room with their own ensuite bathroom.The whole house was spotless clean from top to bottom, and the views of the Cairngorm mountains from the front of the house are simply stunning. The house has plenty of room for entertaining, whether it be in the lounge with the open fire, or the huge dining room with a table which easily accommodated our party of 14. With a 5min walk from the town all hotels/pubs and shops are within easy reach. All in all, we had a fantastic weekend and are hoping to make a return visit next year.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Nov 2018

  • "We went to this property for a family celebration and it was perfect for that."

    The whole family enjoyed the provision of a property that was so well placed for numerous attractions and was itself situated in gorgeous surroundings. All rooms but 1 were en-suite - the one without its own bathroom was only a short distance from the family bathroom. All the beds were comfortable - a very pleasant surprise. The double kitchen was a particular hit with us - and the 2 dishwashers made life so much easier. We felt we had seldom been to a better appointed house - everything we wanted was provided. There was no TV in the main sitting room (though there was one in the small sitting room) and not all rooms had their own TV - no problem for us but may be for some holidaymakers. The only other observation we'd make was the lacl of power in the showers - not a problem, just a wee disappointment. We loved Alvey House and hope to return for our next family celebration.

    Reviewed by Kay5.0Oct 2018

  • "This house is one of the best we ave stayed at."

    Great facilities,encolsed garden was perfect,kitchen has been renovated to a high standard,2 dish washers ,and 3 fridges was a real bonus. We will cetainly return. Lovely area and local shops great

    Reviewed by Linda4.7Sep 2018

  • "Family holiday second time we went here last year and again not disappointing."

    ideal location beautiful views from most of the rooms. large size dinning room, well stocked double kitchen its like a home from home,

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Sep 2018

  • "The house was perfect in terms equipment, comfort and of location with lots to see and do in the vicinity."

    The back garden was well fenced so not even the discerning small dog or child could escape. We all had a wonderful holiday and Alvey House definitely played a big part in the enjoyment.

    Reviewed by Teresa5.0Jul 2018

  • "Alvey House is a great property in a great location for touring and walking."

    Significantly improved since our last visit in 2015, we have already booked it for next year.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Oct 2017

  • "Excellent location."

    great area ,dog friendly was important also a down stairs bedroom ideal location to travel plenty in area to visit

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Jul 2017

  • "Fantastic holiday - what a wonderful place, ideal for a large group, very well equipped and fitted our needs perfectly - thank you."

    Reviewed by Mags5.0Dec 2016

  • "Alvey House is beautiful, will definitely be going back, every one of our party ..."

    Alvey House is beautiful, will definitely be going back, every one of our party of 15 loved the house, the views from the house are lovely and it was so quiet and peaceful, would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Nov 2016

  • "Great property for large groups and great location"

    Reviewed by Lezlie4.2Oct 2016

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Summary

  • Nine bedrooms, (eight with en-suite shower, basin and WC): 1 x super king-size double, 1 x double, 2 x ground floor double (one with en-suite shower, basin and WC), 2 x twin, 1 x single, 2 x family room with 1 double and 1 single
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Basement utility
  • Dining room (seats 19)
  • Sitting room with open fire (seats 8)
  • Second sitting room (seats 6)
  • Entrance conservatory (seats 4).
  • Gas central heating with open fire
  • Two range cookers with electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, 2 x freezers, washing machine and tumble dryer, dishwasher, 1 x TV, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 6 cars
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Enclosed lawned garden to rear and lawned garden to front with furniture
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 mins walk
  • River Spey 10 mins walk
  • Note: Charging of electric vehicles is not permitted
  • Note: Check-in 4.30pm.

The property

A superior Victorian-styled villa, privately located in the desirable village of Newtonmore in the fabulous Cairngorms National Park.

Built of local stone over a century ago, this large and welcoming Cairngorms cottage has elevated views to the surrounding mountains and yet is within easy reach of the village facilities.

With so much space and most rooms with their own en-suite facilities, this Cairngorms villa is ideal for a large family group or a group of outdoor enthusiasts who want to embrace the fabulous outdoor activities on offer in the area.

The flexible accommodation ensures plenty of relaxation space for guests.

The lovely sun room at the front is a perfect place for enjoying a morning coffee while appreciating the views and the formal sitting room is a sociable place to gather for a chat at the end of a busy day.

The kitchen in this Cairngorms cottage is very well-equipped and leads through to the impressive dining room, which seats 19 and provides a great place for a lively dinner with friends and family.

Outside there is an acre of garden, with a fully-enclosed, child-friendly, rear garden and a terraced front garden with private seating areas.

The friendly village of Newtonmore offers good local services and shops and if you fancy a spot of golf you are just two minutes’ walk away from the clubhouse.

The Cairngorms National Park offers so much in terms of outdoor pursuits and sight-seeing at all times of the year.

If you are tempted to climb a few Munros then Alvey House is within one hour’s drive of over 50 Munros and just 30 minutes away is the CairnGorm Mountain, a skier’s paradise.

If you prefer some wildlife watching then Insh Marshes is one of the most important wetlands in Europe and ospreys, hen harriers and many more birds can be regularly seen.

This Newtonmore cottage will welcome you back at the end of a busy day.

EPC Rating: Band F

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: HI-70350-F

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About the location

NEWTONMORE

Kingussie 3 miles; Aviemore 15 miles; Fort William 45 miles; Inverness 47 miles.

Overlooking the River Spey, in the Cairngorms National Park (Britain's largest), Newtonmore has several shops and pubs, as well as two excellent, award-winning museums - the Highland Folk Museum and Clan MacPherson Museum. Newtonmore's Wildcat Trail is a popular, 7-mile circular walk around the edge of the village, taking in the River Spey with woodland, moorland and wonderful views across the valley to the Cairngorms, and behind the village to the Monadhliath Mountains - a fitting introduction to the delights of the National Park. For younger visitors, the Folk Park, the Wildlife Park at Kincraig, Landmark at Carrbridge and the Steam Railway are all outstanding local attractions. The area offers fine golf, fishing, pony trekking, walking, birdwatching, cycling, mountain biking, climbing and skiing, making it an ideal base from which to discover all that this scenic area of Scotland has to offer.

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Note: Charging of electric vehicles is not permitted.