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Macdonald Spey Valley Golf & Country Club
Reviewed 11 August 2013 via mobile

I have been going for years and I love the area. The accommodation is adequate and is better than adequate if your unit has been done up. The club house is grim and the entertainment lacking. If you use the accommodation as a base to enjoy the area you'll get more out of it. The restaurant is poor. They have tried rebranding it many times and they now call it the Scottish steak club. It is usually empty so you can draw your own conclusion from that.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

We had booked a week in July/August in a 3-bedroom Unit, through RCI for 102K points.

We have stayed in Avemore several times, but had never before visited the Dalfaber Country Club, as it was previously known. We found it off to the right, past the northern edge of town.

Reception quick and professional.

‘Patio 16’ is a two-storey 3-bedroom house in a terrace of 4. 12 parking spaces shared between the 4 houses.
Main door to porch with 3 hooks and what appeared to be a ski rack. Internal door into hall.
Good sized Master bedroom to left off hall. 2 comfortable firm single beds, made up as a King, with a duvet and bedspread. Firm pillows. Bedside table with one shallow drawer on each side of bed, plus 2 wall lights. Phone/clock/radio (didn’t try to see if it worked). Heater under the window. Armchair, in front of double wardrobe, with hangers, 3 shelves and a top shelf. (No safe.) Dressing table with 2 shallow drawers, and a chair. Wall mirror and light. 2 nice pictures of flowers.
Door to en-suite bathroom with in-bath shower (not much pressure). Wall fan-heater and heated towel rail.

Large open-plan diner and kitchen, with lino flooring. Very well-equipped for 8 people, with even a hand mixer, rolling pin and kitchen scales! Table with 2 leaves gives ample space for 8 people. (We only had 7 dining chairs, but had advised that we were only 7 people – and there were also 2 similar chairs in bedrooms.) Dishwasher, with an ample supply of very good soap powder provided.
Glass sliding doors off dining area to a wooden-fenced patio. Iron table with 4 chairs and a central umbrella. Nice tub of flowers, and a brick barbecue grate.

Understair cupboard with an iron, ironing board and wooden airing rack. Stairs to upper landing with a nice photo-picture of a Scottish scene at the top.

Large sitting room with two 3-seater settees and an upright armchair (for Grannie?). Set of 3 coffee tables. Cupboard with bedding for the bed-settee, chest of drawers and drinks cabinet (with four more 8-piece sets of different glasses!) TV, with limited channels (and it quite often pixellates). 3 more nice photos of Scottish scenes. Alarm clock radio, but couldn’t get any reception. Bed settee was extremely uncomfortable, and the mattress placed on the floor was found more acceptable.
Sliding doors to conservatory area, with two 2-seater rattan settees, and matching coffee table.

Modern shower room, nicely tiled, with electric shower, and 2 doors, one to landing and one to twin bedroom.

Twin bedroom with 2 bedside tables and wall lamps. Armchair. Wardrobe with 2 drawers. Dressing table with a mirror, light and chair.
Access to bunk room (with a chest of 4 drawers) is through the twin room – a privacy issue making it suitable only for children really.

House very well furnished and equipped, but needs re-decorating, especially the doors and the window frames.
Free wifi, OK for browsing, though often ‘not responding’, and insufficient for streaming.

Very nice swimming pool, of a good size. Sauna and steam rooms. Lockers available for £1 deposit.
Snooker at £1 per game. Fair sized gym. Tennis, golf, etc, etc.

Laundry: 2 washers and 2 driers - £5 for 2 tokens for a 2-hour wash, including soap powder, and a 1 1/2 hour dry.

We self-catered every night but the last, when we went to the Old Bridge Inn. It was excellent, and can be strongly recommended, though it is quite a long walk.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

We stayed at the resort - now called Spey Valley Country Club - for second time in June. We loved our lodge - a circular, timber building overlooking the River Spey. It was spacious, very well equipped with everything you need for a self catering stay. We visited the club house on several occasions for drinks - they serve local Cairngorm brewery real ales which pleased my husband. We also ate there twice. Although not cheap they were good value for money, well cooked and well presented, We did not have the steaks as they are very pricey and you have to pay extra for sauces which I think is a bit cheeky. The staff were very pleasant. The resort has a variety of accommodation - lodges, apartments and cabins. They are spread out along the golf course. We were at the far end with fab views of the Cairngorms. There is a large leisure centre with an excellent thermal suite. We will be back.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 July 2013 via mobile

Stayed for a weekend with family, we had an apartment and a lodge for 9 of us. Lodge to sleep 6 and apartment slept 4. What a joke!!! Lodge was tiny with a dble room, twin room, sofa bed. The kitchen was tiny and the bathroom door opened into the living room. Furniture had to be moved round just to get the sofa bed out. Very old fashioned and in much need of modernisation.
On a plus side- meal in restaurant was nice, staff were friendly. Also very disappointed in pool and changing rooms.
Overall very disappointed and will not recommend.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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1  Thank HelenD01
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Reviewed 13 July 2013

This week past we have had the pleasure of staying at Silverglades , Aviemore.( which has special rates for most things in Aviemore) . It is situated next to Dalfaber country club and its amenities.
All the years we have been coming to Aviemore to stay whether it has been at Coylum, Silverg, or McD Highland resort i have always felt welcome .
However one afternoon when i asked for an half hour tennis session , same as the day before, the regular manager who was back from holiday that day said rules had to be stuck by and you could only buy the court by the hour.
Pardon me but when you are on holiday you want to have no hassle and definitely not to meet any Jobsworths.
After a wee chat with a lovely lass called Gina at the McDonald resort everything was sorted out ( after all i had spent £70 on a round of golf and electric caddy hire just an hour earlier)
Anyway later that week we wandered down to the Scottish Steak Club (Dalfaber Golf and Country Club) where we had a most enjoyable meal . All four of us ( 2 adults and 2 boys ) thought the food was of the highest quality and were most impressed with Nelson who seemed to take control of all situations going on around him.
This meal completely restored our faith in the Mcd brand at Aviemore.
There are so many dining options in Aviemore and to be fair most are very good so when you do have a squibble with a company it is good to get it sorted out.

Room Tip: Ask for one.
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank skiboy_robertson
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Reviewed 12 June 2013

I was looking for a 2 night break for my daughter, granddaughter (18 months) and myself not too far from where I live. From the moment we walked into the Cairngorm lodge we knew we had found the perfect place. The living room, sunroom looking over the cairngorm mountains, the bedrooms ..... The whole place was spotlessly clean (as was whole complex) and extremely well equipped if you were there self catering.

My daughter and I both agreed that this place was so peaceful and relaxing and we wished we had booked longer. Will definitely return with hubby next time :)

We used swimming pool which was lovely and warm but did not manage any other facilities.

Room Tip: The living area is upstairs which can be a minor negative point given that we had to carry wee one u...
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Thank gintyjane
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Reviewed 10 May 2013

We are just coming to the end of a week long stay, and have had a lovely week. We stayed in one of the Patio houses, which are really well done. Three bedrooms and be attached to the other, so good if you have young children as we have. The conservatory and private garden area is lovely too. The house is very well equipped ad had things in it that meant we didn't need to get, ie Tupperware containers, flask....etc etc. the elec bill was a little more than expected, but overall still felt really good value. Our house was in the middle of the complex, so although not really private, it was still very nice and a great view, for which I would say they all seem to have. We used the pool and kids play area a lot. They were both good and kept our three year old well entertained. The only down side was the tv and Internet which you pay fifteen pounds for, the signal is rather poor and ld to frustrations in the week when match of the day wouldn't play! Other than that, really pleased with our stay. Definitely recommend.

Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Address: Dalfaber Drive | Ph22 1st, Aviemore, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Badenoch and Strathspey > Aviemore
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #19 of 24 Speciality Lodging in Aviemore
Price Range: £94 - £164 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Macdonald Spey Valley Golf & Country Club 3.5*
Number of rooms: 95
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Spey Valley Golf & Country Club borders the famous River Spey with spectacular views of the surrounding Spey Valley and Cairngorm Mountains. The Resort is close to the lively village of Aviemore.Spey Valley Golf & Country Club offers luxury lodges, spacious apartments and cosy Scandinavian style chalets scattered around a nine hole, par 3 golf course. The reception area, swimming pool, sports hall and other leisure facilities, along with an excellent restaurant and relaxing bar are all located in the Clubhouse.Whether you are here to enjoy an exciting activity holiday or a break in glorious scenery, you're sure to find what you are looking for at Macdonald Spey Valley Golf & Country Club. We wish you an enjoyable stay! ... more   less 
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