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Thistle Dhu

Newtonmore, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park (Ref. 5914)



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  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets No

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

Reviews & Ratings

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "Another lovely stay at this property."

    very peaceful and a great welcome basket. Thank you.

    Reviewed by SuziApr 2022

  • "Second time at property."

    .....now booked for a third time !

    Reviewed by AlanFeb 2022

  • "A lovely property that is well equipped and warmly inviting."

    Reviewed by PaulDec 2021

  • "Relaxing. Good views."

    Lots of animal activity around cottage. Pleasant owners and villagers. Would love to come back again.

    Reviewed by EuanSep 2021

  • "Wonderful holiday let."

    Great facilities. Good location. Perfect !

    Reviewed by KevinJul 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay."

    The hosts were very welcoming and knowledgeable. The house has plenty of room, very clean, well equipped with a wonderful welcome basket.

    Reviewed by SuziJun 2021

  • "The house was warm, comfortable and very well equipped."

    The welcome basket is the best I have had at any holiday home.

    Reviewed by PaulMay 2021

  • "We were absolutely delighted with Thistle Dhu."

    A wonderful warm welcome with the hosts nearby to make recommendations and help with anything. The house had everything you would want and more. Clean, comfortable and cosy. Plenty of information provided on eating out and places to visit as well. We would highly recommend this beautiful holiday home. With plenty to see and do in the area you didn’t need to venture far!

    Reviewed by SusanAug 2020

  • "A Very well presented house."

    A nice touch of welcome presents were very much appreciated. To keep writing wouldn't do justice...this is simply "top accommodation".

    Reviewed by AlanFeb 2020

  • "We had a brilliant holiday at Thistle Dhu."

    The house was fantastic, the setting close to the Cairngorms was perfect and the weather was great for February. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by JulietFeb 2020

  • "This was far the best new years I have ever had!"

    The house was absolutely amazing and we had the best time in Newtownmore!

    Reviewed by JoanneDec 2019

  • "This is the most excellent house I ever net."

    I can not find any negative thing. Compliments forvtge owners!!

    Reviewed by HSep 2019

  • "Extremely well provided for in all aspects."

    Beautiful accommodation, extremely clean and they’ve thought of everything. Situated is a very pretty location, the house is within easy access of the village, Co-op, golf course and pub. Couldn’t have been better.

    Reviewed by HilaryAug 2019

  • "Everything was provided you could possibly need and more."

    The house felt welcoming and homely. It wasn't far from main street and shops and restaurant and shops and restuarants we're only minutes to walk to. Only met owner once as away at time but very friendly and phone call to arranged key pick up lots of use fully advice given. All in party couldn't fault accommodation.

    Reviewed by NaomiJun 2019

  • "My husband, children and their spouses spent a wonderful week at Thistle Du."

    I can't say enough good things about this exceptional home in Newtonmore. Thistle Du was well equipped for 8 people, in fact, this is the only holiday home that I have rented were they provided more than enough dishes so that we didn't have to run the dishwasher half full just to have clean dishes. I loved all the little touches in the home like a lovely welcome pack, lots of folders with instruction manuals, house information and local menus plus a whole bookcase of books on the area, movies and games. In the bedrooms were extra blankets and hair dryers. Oh, and we loved having two french presses so we could make two different coffees each morning. The location was perfect for us as Newtonmore is close to a lot of local activities - Leault Sheepdog demonstrations, Wildcat trail, several munros, The Highland Folk Museum, Dalwhinnie Distillery, Ardvirikie Estate - plus had enough restaurants and pubs for 7 evening dinners without having to repeat. The owners of Thistle Du couldn't have been nicer and were very responsive to any communication. Thanks for the hospitality!

    Reviewed by BarbaraMay 2019

  • "A truly amazing place to stay."

    Absolutely everything you could need is provided.....even down to the 8 umbrellas and cupboard full of games and DVDs. Each bedroom is as comfortable as the others, so nobody in the party gets "the worst room." Patsy and Gregor are friendly and nearby should you need anything....I doubt you will. To cap it all milk, bread, tea, coffee are provided for when you arrive, as is a welcome pack, but that's a secret!

    Reviewed by BeverleyApr 2019

  • "Best equipped we have stayed in."

    Reviewed by WilliamApr 2019

  • "Fantastic house."

    We visited in 2018 and returned in 2019. Would thoroughly recommend.

    Reviewed by JimMar 2019

  • "Amazingly beautiful Cottage, very nice and friendly owners: we had a great holiday !"


    Reviewed by HSep 2018

  • "House was great in every way, from comfort through to being well equipped with everything you need."

    There was also lots of things to do in Newtonmore eg. Wildcat trail, plenty of walks and a great day out at the Highland Folk Museum. Would definitely recommend this house and location for a holiday.

    Reviewed by FionaAug 2018

  • "A wonderful situated cottage in Newtonmore with nice owners, never seen such a cosy and well equipped cottage in my past journeys and there were already some good ones."

    Spacey, comfortable, unbelieveable good equipped. A+++. And Newtonmore is a good base for travels to the Cairngorms, also to have some medium walks around. A surprising Highland park in 6 miles with polar bears (also a young one), tigers, red panda and many more what you don't believe to find in the Highlands. Also a short visit to Dalwhinnie distillery is a good choice but many more also. Nice little village with all facilities you need and at least a very good restaurant. (The Letterbox). For all which do need some space in a beautiful luxury cottage this is the first choice.

    Reviewed by RainerJun 2018

  • "Having rented cottages for many years now Thistle Dhu is by far the best (though it is much more modern than previous rentals)."

    Well, and thoughtfully, laid out. The kitchen was great to use - plenty of room for a number of people to contribute to cooking without getting in each others way. More than enough crockery, cutlery, utensils, etc. (all matching as well) - too many cottages are spoilt by insufficient items, usually ill matched 'cast-offs'. First rate.

    Reviewed by MartinFeb 2018

  • "Wonderful house."

    Great location. Very well equipped. Welcoming owners. We had an excellent family holiday.

    Reviewed by MarieFeb 2018

  • "This is a superb holiday cottage."

    Excellent sized rooms. Extremely comfortable beds. Lovely bathrooms. Cosy and comfortable with all possible needs thought about and covered. The local area has beautiful walks/ runs with stunning scenery. Would go back in a heartbeat

    Reviewed by FionaDec 2017

  • "Patsy and Gregor make their guests feel so welcome from the moment you arrive to the time you leave and should be complimented on achieving this."

    This property for most people would be more than the "home from home" experience as it has a lot more to offer. Superbly centrally situated to reach the sites that Scotland's West Coast has to offer I and my family would love to repeat our time in Thistle Dhu and hope we might be able to next year.

    Reviewed by IanSep 2016

  • "Great cottage, very comfortable, lots of facilities, excellent base for touring the Cairngorms, and the golf club just 50 yards away!"

    Reviewed by MarkAug 2016

  • "Great holiday location"

    Reviewed by TerryJun 2016

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with TV and en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x double with walk-in wardrobe, 1 x twin, 1 x ground floor twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Large utility/drying room.
  • Oil central heating with radiators on first floor and underfloor heating on ground floor, with woodburning stove
  • Range cooker with electric ovens and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, 2 x TVs with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot, highchair and 2 folding beds on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Front enclosed garden with patio, furniture and BBQ
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shops and pubs 5 mins walk
  • River Spey 10 mins walk
  • Note: 27th June - 4th July 2015 charged at £803, 4th - 18th July 2015 charged at £937 and 10th - 24th Oct 2015 charged at £803.

The property

Located in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, this tastefully presented detached cottage combines contemporary accommodation with traditional style.

Situated adjacent to the owner's home in the highland village of Newtonmore, this cottage will suit a family or group of friends who perhaps want to take full advantage of the diverse choice of outdoor activities available to them in this fabulous area.

There are four delightful bedrooms, with a twin on the ground floor, and on the first floor there is a king-size double with en-suite shower room, another twin room and a double room with walk-in wardrobe.

In addition to the en-suite shower room, there is a bathroom upstairs and a large shower room on the ground floor, along with a separate cloakroom.

The social hub is the large open plan living area consisting of a well-equipped kitchen, dining area and sitting area, where you will find a warming woodburning stove and leather settees.

At the front is a large fully enclosed private garden with a patio area and outside furniture allowing for alfresco dining or pre dinner drinks.

The centre of Newtonmore is just a few minutes' walk away and offers great shopping and dining out facilities.

The cottage is close to a golf course, which has a friendly bar where food is served during the golfing season of April to October.

This area offers so much for the visitor, so whether you choose to ski, walk, cycle, birdwatch or simply tour this magnificent area, you will enjoy your holiday and most certainly love this cottage.

This is an excellent cottage for family holidays, with so much to see and do in the area.

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About the location


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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