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Thistle Dhu

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Newtonmore, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


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

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49 Customer Reviews

  • "We've booked these premises for a number of years, and still find it hard to better."

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Feb 2024

  • "Thistle Dhu was a wonderful place to stay for Christmas, well equipped, comfortable and a perfect location."

    Thank you Patsy for being a great host, even though you were away yourself you ensured we had everything we needed and were enjoying our stay. We hope to visit again soon.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Dec 2023

  • "We spent a week at Thistle Dhu and the house had everything we needed and more."

    The owners have put a lot of thought into the house and the welcome pack was much appreciated. There is also lots of information on Newtonmore and the surrounding area regarding walks, eating out and other recreations. We would highly recommend Thistle Dhu to anyone wanting a holiday in this area.

    Reviewed by Gordon5.0Nov 2023

  • "What a wonderful house!"

    We booked this property for the October school holiday, a group of four adults and two children, and it was excellent. The owners have really taken the time to think of everything you could need from a lovely welcome hamper to a wardrobe full of games, books and dvds. The house is very spacious and cosy with an extremely well equipped kitchen. The beds are very comfy and all bedrooms are a good size. Outside there is a great garden and also a storage (lockable) shed for bikes. From the house, there are many walks and bike paths and the kids and some adults also enjoyed golf at the course which is across the road. Newtonmore was a great base with some nice hotel bars, restaurants and cafes. We would highly recommend this house, one of the best we have ever stayed at!

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Oct 2023

  • "A very enjoyable stay in a beautiful, comfortable house."

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Sep 2023

  • "Very comfortable and well-equipped house with a lovely garden (undersold on the listing) that was ideal for 2 families to share, including young children."

    Newtonmore is a lovely village and in a great location to explore the area. We hope to return!

    Reviewed by Katie5.0Aug 2023

  • "My family and I had a fantastic time, great location to explore Scotland, we did ..."

    My family and I had a fantastic time, great location to explore Scotland, we did Ben Nevis, lots of local walks,loch Ness, Highland wild life park, Highland folk museum plus the wild cat experience, the kids found 104 cats out of 132

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a lovely break at Thistle Dhu!"

    The house is beautiful and in a stunning location. Beds were comfortable, kitchen was extremely well stocked (everything you could possibly need for cooking and more) and children were well catered for with stair gates, travel cots, high chairs and games. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for somewhere to stay in the cairngorms!

    Reviewed by Aimee5.0Jul 2023

  • "Excellent holiday place."

    Couldn’t ask for anything else. Surely will visit again.

    Reviewed by Abhijeet5.0May 2023

  • "Thistle Dhu is a very nice, clean and comfortable house."

    Everything you might need is provided. You feel very welcome, f.e. there is a welcome basket with sweets, a bottle of wine and so on. The owners are very kind and hospitable. We enjoyed our stay very much

    Reviewed by Trudy4.7Apr 2023

  • "The photos don’t do the property justice, it is a fabulous house, has everything you could wish for."

    The rooms are so cosy and warm. Everything was spotless on our arrival. We had really good weather too and enjoyed this amazing area. We will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Apr 2023

  • "A lovely stay in Thistle Dhu."

    The house is perfect and has everything you need and more. It’s very comfortable and unlike a lot of places the owner has really thought about the extras, so many places just use left over pots and cutlery but Thistle Dhu has good quality equipment. The owner also left a lovely welcome pack. The village has what you need close and it’s a great base for lots of walks. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by James5.0Mar 2023

  • "I really can't provide any greater feedback than to say for the fourth time, we've booked for next year."


    Reviewed by Alan5.0Feb 2023

  • "We had a fantastic break here and already looking to stay next October with immediate family"

    Reviewed by Craig5.0Oct 2022

  • "Loved our stay at Thistle Dhu."

    This was the most well-equipped, comfortable, clean and peaceful holiday cottage we have rented so far. Every detail has been thought through to ensure an enjoyable stay. Set in the stunning scenery of the Cairngorm National Park, it’s a superb base for all the local activities.

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0Sep 2022

  • "Very clean and well appointed, extensive range of cooking utilities, owners are very friendly and helpful, ideal holiday home for families ."

    we would highly recommend this holiday home.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Aug 2022

  • "Thistle Dhu is a fabulous cottage - everything was perfect, it was spotlessly clean, well equipped (the best we have ever seen) and the cottage owner left a beautiful hamper for our arrival."

    It was absolutely perfect, and I can’t recommend highly enough. A heartfelt thank you from us all, and we’ll definitely be rebooking again soon.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Aug 2022

  • "The house was absolutely lovely, beautifully clean and extremely well equipped."

    Patsy was really friendly and helpful, and we would love to stay again. The only thing not perfect was that the Sykes description doesn't make it clear that the enclosed garden is shared with the owners. This wasn't an issue for us but could have been if we had younger children with us.

    Reviewed by Alison4.7Aug 2022

  • "The house was very well furnished and laid out."

    The inclusion of a double bedroom downstairs next to one of the bathrooms was ideal for one of our elderly family members. The large collection of DVDs was a nice option to keep the children occupied although not required as they spent most of the time "hunting wildcats" throughout Newtonmore, likewise with collection of books for the adults. Plenty of car parking space. A lovely welcome basket for us when we arrived, which was a nice surprise. Last time we visited Newtonmore we rented a smaller property as there were only six of us, however, if we were to visit again with a smaller number of guests Thistle Dhu would probably be the preferred option as there is a definite comfort factor staying there. Patsy and Gregor couldn't have provided a better stay for us. 5 stars from all of us.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2022

  • "Excellent cottage."

    Very well kitted out. Thank you

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Jun 2022

  • "Well appointed accommodation in an excellent location."

    Reviewed by James5.0Jun 2022

  • "A first rate holiday home, appointed to a high standard and extremely well equipped."

    The house is roomy and comfortable, and situated in a great location with excellent views. The owners were welcoming, helpful and attentive, and clearly focused on making our stay special. Our expectations were exceeded and we would thoroughly recommend Thistle Dhu.

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2022

  • "Another lovely stay at this property."

    very peaceful and a great welcome basket. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Suzi5.0Apr 2022

  • "Second time at property." booked for a third time !

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Feb 2022

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

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Dec 2021

  • "Relaxing. Good views."

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

    Reviewed by Euan5.0Sep 2021

  • "Wonderful holiday let."

    Great facilities. Good location. Perfect !

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Jul 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 Suzi5.0Jun 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 Paul5.0May 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 Susan5.0Aug 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 Alan5.0Feb 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 Juliet5.0Feb 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 Joanne5.0Dec 2019

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

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

    Reviewed by H5.0Sep 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 Hilary5.0Aug 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 Naomi5.0Jun 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 Barbara5.0May 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 Beverley5.0Apr 2019

  • "Best equipped we have stayed in."

    Reviewed by William5.0Apr 2019

  • "Fantastic house."

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

    Reviewed by Jim5.0Mar 2019

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


    Reviewed by H5.0Sep 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 Fiona4.7Aug 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 Rainer5.0Jun 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 M5.0Feb 2018

  • "Wonderful house."

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

    Reviewed by Marie5.0Feb 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 Fiona5.0Dec 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 Ian5.0Sep 2016

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

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Aug 2016

  • "Great holiday location"

    Reviewed by Terry5.0Jun 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, 1 Smart TV and 1 TV 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 and highchair on request
  • Ample off road parking with gated driveway
  • Patio with furniture and BBQ, lawned garden to the side
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shops and pubs 5 mins walk
  • River Spey 10 mins walk
  • Please note: This property does not allow the charging of electric vehicles, please use designated charging points in the area

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.

To the front and the side of the house is a 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 adjacent to Newtonmore golf course which welcomes visitors.

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.

EPC Rating: Band C

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

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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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Please note: This property does not allow the charging of electric vehicles, please use designated charging points in the area