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Spindrift Cottage overlooking Bird Reserve of Insh Marshes
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Spindrift Cottage overlooking Bird Reserve of Insh Marshes
Open deck with panoramic views of the hills Loch Morlich and the Cairngorms nearby 20 minute drive
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44 reviews
Spindrift Cottage overlooking Bird Reserve of Insh Marshes
Open deck with panoramic views of the hills
Loch Morlich and the Cairngorms nearby 20 minute drive
Lounge with patio doors opening onto a deck with patio furniture & BBQ
View of the courtyard garden
Open plan kitchen with high ceiling and wooden beams
Double bedroom with ensuite
Twin  Room with bathroom
Main bathroom
Ensuite bathroom
Table tennis room
Large tree lined garden surrounded by hills
Corner of Garden
Driveway up to the cottage
Highland Cattle at the driveway entrance
Cottage window looks out to Ruthven Castle floodlit at night
Tromie River, just l mile away, paddle or swim
Kingussie 1 mile (14 minutes walk) Kingussie Paths Network
Bird Reserve of Insh Marshes  1 mile
Loch an Eilein 10 miles
Ptarmigan Restaurant Cairngorm Mountain summer and winter
Skiing Cairngorm 30 minutes drive, in summer you can cycle down
Mountain Railway at Cairngorm Mountain 30 minute drive
Husky rally every January at Loch Morlich 20 minutes drive
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Kingussie, Badenoch and Strathspey, Scottish Highlands, Scotland

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JHc2c
Farnham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Exceptional in every way!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2014 for a stay in June 2014

Our first visit to this area of Scotland. We were so very lucky to discover Spindrift cottage, an absolute gem. The cottage was absolutely spotless, we have never ever stayed anywhere so clean, and it was obvious that the owners take great care of it. Julie had left us a freshly home baked loaf of bread, milk, tea and coffee and even a bottle of wine, and she told us we could help ourselves to the leeks and rhubarb in their own garden! A bird box camera was connected to the TV and it was fun watching the antics of the sparrows while having our breakfast. All around the gardens, back and front, were bird feeders. The great spotted woodpecker delighted us as it squawked while eating so we knew it was there. It must cost Julie and John a fortune for bird food! Unfortunately we didn't have time to make use of the bikes which are provided.....perhaps next time? I cannot speak highly enough about Spindrift Cottage or what it's owners provide, the only down side to us personally is that anyone going there will return...... no doubt when we want to go!!!

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Liked best: Everything was perfect
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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jimnic20
scotland
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“a jewel in the highlands”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2014 for a stay in May 2014

We stay here every year and it is first class. Julie and John have thought of everything necessary to make your stay in Spindrift a memorable experience . The cottage is spotless and has absolutely everything you need ....and more! There is always fresh home baked bread and wine as well as tea,coffee , milk and jam on your arrival. Nothing is too much trouble for Julie and John. We highly recommend staying at Spindrift/Sundowner Ruthven Steadings- you will not be disappointed.
The location is perfect for all kinds of activities whether it's gentle sightseeing or more adventurous pursuits.

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Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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IanP41328
Fleet, United Kingdom
1 review
“There are so many reasons to recommend staying at Spindrift.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014 for a stay in March 2014

We stay at Spindrift (our second visit with more to come) as it is a nice warm base for a walking holiday in the Cairngorms. It is a very nice conversion of a steading combining character with modern comforts. The main living/dining room and kitchen has high ceilings and lots of light - very nice to come back to after a day out walking.
The owners are very helpful and everything is so clean that they clearly pay a lot of attention to this.
There are nice walks to Glen Tromie and Insh Marshes RSPB from the door so we dont have to use the car every day.

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Liked best: Sitting on the leather sofa enjoying the sun/view through the patio doors after a day out walking.
Liked least: Leaving.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Sue613
Hellifield, United Kingdom
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“A Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2014 for a stay in March 2014

Having stayed at the adjoining property in the past, had the chance to check if Spindrift would be as good. Yes it was and there really isn't anything to choose between either of them. In the past Ihave been doubtful about staying at any property other than detached ones. However this proves you can stay at a "semi" and not be aware you even have neighbours! Julie & John are perfect hosts and nothing is too much trouble. Have every intention of returning

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Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
People with disabilities Older travelers
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Mark D
Wallasey, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Perfect base for exploring the Cairngorms”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2014 for a stay in March 2014

Second stay in Spindrift and it won't be the last. Lovely location outside of Kingussie overlooking the Insh Marshes and the ruins of Ruthven barracks. Spindrift has everything and is so warm and cosy for a winter break. Completely soundproof too! Friendly owners are very handy if you need anything but completely unobtrusive if you don't. Welcome wine, home made loaf and marmalade was a really nice touch and delicious too. Great walks and cycling straight from the door or a short drive away. Great bike storage next to the cottage and the owners have single speed bikes you can use if you've not brought your own. Village facilities are spot on for anything you might have forgotten. Aviemore only a short drive away and the ski centre too. Can't recommend this place highly enough.

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Liked best: The peace and quiet
Liked least: Leaving!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Ellen M
Carlisle, England, United Kingdom
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90 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Lovely home from home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2014 for a stay in February 2014

This is an excellent cottage which has everything that you could need. The children loved the birds and table tennis which they played every night. The free use of the washing machine and products for this and the dishwasher were much appreciated and the wifi invaluable. Highly recommended!

Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Rob B
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Self catering accommodation second to none...!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2013 for a stay in September 2013
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We've lost count of the number of times we've stayed with Julie & John either at the B&B or in one of their two self catering lets. Every single time it has been exemplory and I cannot state enough how brilliant their hospitality, facilities, location and overall amazing ability to think of everything enables us to have the best ever holiday experience when staying in the Cairngorms. In fact I wish there were a Julie & Johns everywhere we visited :-)

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