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Fairwinds Hotel
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Carrbridge
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Winchester,
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“Superb as always”
Reviewed 29 June 2013

We have been staying at Fairwinds with Alison and Lindsay for many years. Wonderful hosts, spotless and beautifully maintained accommodation, the best breakfast and super dinner expertly cooked by Lindsay. We will continue to return for the years to come. Thank you!

Room Tip: The rooms are all good - we have stayed in them all but our favourite Strathspey.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 June 2013

Me and Mrs booked here at the last minute for a quick 2 nights away from home. Took a deal for 2 nights B&B + 1 dinner.
Made to feel very welcome by Alison from the off while Lindsay went off to the kitchen to work her magic. Complementary dram on arrival and introduced to the honesty bar which was well stocked with Speyside's finest. Dinner was served shortly after. All 3 courses were lovely for each of us but my main of venison was outstanding. Fantastic cut of meat, cooked to perfection with a sauce that set it off perfectly. Worth a visit for that alone. On the strength of that meal we decided to eat there again the following night. Table d'hote menu was £30 pp.
The grounds were very pleasant, right at the edge of the woods with a pond and plenty of wildlife. The ducks came up to the conservatory window looking from scraps and I ended up stroking a hedgehog at one point. There is a large network of footpaths through the nearby woods and 2 of the entrances to this network are right by the front door to Fairwinds. The pub(worth a visit for amazing range of whiskeys at excellent prices) and Landmark Park are less than 5 minutes away by foot.
We were in the "Morlich" standard double room. Found the decor a little dated for my personal taste but very clean and the bed was exceedingly comfortable. Mattress was good quality, medium to firm. Newly refurbished facilities in this room were very nice. No bath but the shower was easy to use, spacious and sufficiently powerful. Nice soaps and stuff, too.
Overall, it's a very pleasant place to stay with nice proprietors and excellent food. I wouldn't hesitate to choose Fairwinds again if I was returning to the area.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 June 2013

Stayed only 1 night while touring Scotland but would love to have stayed longer. Very welcoming hosts, Alison and Lindsay have worked wonders and provide a high standard of accommodation. We booked the superking room and found we had a little kitchen as well as a huge bedroom with seating area and a spacious bathroom. Everything was spotlessly clean and the tea tray had chocolate brownies! We were invited to help ourselves to a welcoming drink from the bar too.
After a super comfy, peaceful night's sleep, breakfast was wonderful with hot Scotch pancakes, and excellent fruit salad, not to mention the great choice of hot dishes, and all served in the huge conservatory dining room. Everywhere is well furnished and modern as well as being spotlessly clean.
I stayed at Fairwinds several times many years ago as a ski mad teenager / young married but I hope it won't be long before I'm back to Carrbridge as it's a wonderful area. Fairwinds' website does not do it justice really so Just Go.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cheshire, England
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Reviewed 3 June 2013

I have stayed at and reviewed Fairwinds before, but as it was a couple of years ago, I was keen to see if there were any changes. About 30 minutes south of Inverness, Fairwinds is a gem of a place to stay and the consistently high reviews on this website is a tribute to the effort made by the two owners. In my experience, the very best service is provided by the people who own a business and Alison and Lindsay put many of the larger chains of hotels to shame. The rooms are very well presented and have lots of thoughtful touches. I didn't have dinner, but breakfast was second to none. The grounds (several acres I believe) are well maintained and local wildlife, including red squirrels, in abundance). Highly recommended.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Snippi, Owner at Fairwinds Hotel, responded to this review, 6 June 2013
Thank you for taking time to write a review of your recent stay with us. We work hard to maintain standards and we are delighted that your return visit met your expectations from your previous trip. We look forward to welcoming you back to fairwinds in the future.
Alison and Lindsay
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Monmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 June 2013

My wife and I are just back from a short stay at Fairwinds. I can't praise this hotel enough. The owners are very welcoming; the rooms are large, well-furnished, spotless and comfortable; the loaction is quiet yet within easy reach of all that Speyside and the Cairngorms have to offer. The food in the large and airy dining area was invariably excellent; one can pay much more in fine restaurants and yet not eat as well as this!
The whole atmosphere is relaxed, friendly but professional and Alison and Lindsay are terrific hosts and greaat fun. This is now my favourite small hotel on the Scottish mainland - and I don't say that lightly.

Room Tip: All of the rooms here are quiet and comfortable - it would be difficult to go wrong!
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Snippi, Owner at Fairwinds Hotel, responded to this review, 6 June 2013
Thank you for taking the time to comment on your stay with us. We work hard to try and ensure that our guests have a great experience and always appreciate feedback on how we are doing!! We look forward to welcoming you back to Fairwinds in the future.
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 May 2013 via mobile

booked this hotel for a weekend away in the highlands and really struck gold. From the minute we arrived we were made to feel welcome by the hotel owners Alison and Lindsay. There's a lovely atmosphere – it was like being invited to stay in someone's home, but with the privacy of a hotel should you want it. Alison took the time to sit with us after dinner on the first night and help us plan the following day's walking, lending us maps and other tips – truly invaluable advice.

Our double room (Morlich) was clean, cosy, and comfortable, with everything we needed for our stay. The bathroom in our room was newly refurbished, and there were complimentary tea and coffee facilities in the room and a freshly homebaked treat each day (chocolate brownies - fab!). The conservatory dining room / sitting area is a great place to sit and watch all sorts of birds which frequent the grounds. There are also red squirrels, one of whom put in an appearance on our last morning (thanks to Alison for the heads up!).

The highlight of our weekend was undoubtedly the food – Lindsay is a maestro in the kitchen! As many other reviews have said, the venison is AMAZING – definitely one of the best meals we've ever had!! The breakfasts were also fantastic, plenty to choose from and everything was freshly cooked to order. It was like having a personal chef for the weekend (and all meals now seem inferior!).

We would highly recommend a visit to Fairwinds (AND dinner!), and would definitely return here in the future.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Snippi, Owner at Fairwinds Hotel, responded to this review, 1 June 2013
Thanks for your very comprehensive review of your recent stay with us at Fairwinds Hotel. We do appreciate you taking the time to post your comments and look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
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Eye
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Reviewed 30 May 2013

Another fantastic break at Fairwinds. The hosts are very welcoming, the room was really comfortable and the food is amazing! We have always been very happy to return to this very special hotel. It is a real gem. Ideally situated to explore the Cairngorms and surrounding area. Meals in the conservatory restaurant are a delight. The breakfasts are large and individually prepared - nothing is too much trouble. The evening meal menu is always a tempting dilemma. Delicious, locally sourced food, well prepared and a pleasure to eat.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Snippi, Owner at Fairwinds Hotel, responded to this review, 1 June 2013
As a regular visitor to Fairwinds, you know how much we value the feedback from our guests: thanks for taking time to post a review of your recent stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
Alison
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Property: Fairwinds Hotel
Address: Main Street, Carrbridge, Aviemore PH23 3AA, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Badenoch and Strathspey > Aviemore > Carrbridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Carrbridge
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fairwinds is a small owner run hotel in the Highland village of Carrbridge at the north end of The Cairngorm National Park. The Hotel and Chalets sit in 7 acres of peaceful, private grounds which are surrounded by mature woodlands and are a haven for wildlife including red squirrels, roe deer and numerous bird species including crossbills. The Hotel offers high quality serviced accommodation in 5 individual bedrooms. Quality toiletries by Arran Aromatics, heavyweight towels, bed linens by Dorma, bottled water and tea/coffee making facilities,ipod docking, TV and free wifi: all are standard within the guest rooms. The 6 self catering chalets are positioned around our private lochan and offer the opportunity for guests to cater for themselves. Carrbridge is ideally situated off the A9, just 6 miles north of Aviemore and 23 miles south of Inverness. ... more   less 
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