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“Another sublime stay in this delightful hotel”
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Fairwinds Hotel
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Carrbridge
Certificate of Excellence
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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280 reviews
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“Another sublime stay in this delightful hotel”
Reviewed 10 August 2013

We have been at Fairwinds several times in the past few years and this trip was again superb. It's a remarkable place, beautifully run by Lindsay and Alison. A welcoming drink, lovely room, food which is 'how food should be' in the conservatory restaurant, with wildlife and majestic trees all around. A real haven of tranquility which must be experienced, in fact, because words do not do it justice. In an era of mass-produced conformity, this superb hotel, with such a warm personal touch, really does stand out, and rightly so.

Room Tip: The rooms are all lovely and individual - you can't go wrong!
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 August 2013

Just back from a short break at Fairwinds with my brother and his wife. We picked the hotel mainly because it looked beautiful, but were all delighted with our stay. We had a wonderful time. It is a perfect spot to relax. Beautiful rooms, incredibly clean, lovely bathrooms, big fluffy towels, lovely facilities. And the breakfasts... we would drive up from Glasgow again for the Scotch pancakes alone. We didn't book dinner there because we were planning to use the hotel as a touring base and didn't know when we could be back, but if the breakfasts were anything to go by, we missed a huge treat. We will be back! Many thanks to Alison and Lindsay for a really needed very relaxing break.

Room Tip: I stayed in Cairngorms and it was huge and really comfortable
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

My boyfriend and I wanted a weekend away in the Highlands within a 2.5 hours drive of Glasgow, and chose Fairwinds based on it's superb ratings on TripAdvisor. We definitely made the right choice! Alison and Lindsay are fantastic hosts, making us feel welcome from the second we arrived. Once we were shown to our large, comfortable room, a welcome dram awaited us in the lounge. We explored the village (and the pub, which was friendly and has a cute outdoor area), and returned in the evening for dinner. I had the steak and my boyfriend had the venison -- both were cooked to perfection, and the dauphinoise potatoes on the side were delicious. After dinner, we decided to walk some of the footpaths that begin right outside the hotel, and lead you through some of the surrounding forest. At the end of the day, I slept like a baby. I was really impressed with the bedding -- the duvet was one of the best I've ever had at a hotel, and the bedding smelled so fresh and clean. I actually commented on it the next morning to the owners, even though I probably sounded like a weirdo -- it was that good! Breakfast was very good -- I recommend the full breakfast, which was cooked to order, and very tasty.
We drove up via the A9, but Alison recommended we take the scenic route back, through Fort William, and took the time to give us spot on directions, which was brilliant. I definitely recommend that anyone coming from the Glasgow area do this as well. Yes, it probably took twice the amount of time, but the view was totally worth it and we got some really great pictures on the way home.
Overall, we really enjoyed the hotel and our hosts, and would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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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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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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