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“Thunder in the glens”
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Fairwinds Hotel
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Carrbridge
Certificate of Excellence
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5 reviews
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“Thunder in the glens”
Reviewed 26 August 2013

Just want to thank Allison and Lyndsey for a fabulous weekend...in one word..excellant..rooms superb...breakfasts superb...hospitality excellant...would recommend this hotel to everyone...set in beautiful surroundings julieannhowatd

  • Stayed August 2013
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Brighouse, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 August 2013

Standard, quality, welcome, friendliness, decor, service, food choice.......everything was just perfect. The two ladies Alison and Lindsay who run this hotel have definitely got something to be very proud of, a hidden gem, made so by themselves. On arrival we were greeted with a smile although it was late, shown to our rooms, which were super and offered a welcome drink. The personal touches were many, home baking in the room instead of the usual pack of coconut biscuits! The setting is off the beaten track and a car is needed. The breakfast is superb and again service with a smile. It is like being allowed into the home of very good friends. The grounds are lovely and there are plenty of walks nearby. We were busy whilst we were there but what a haven of peacefulness, a real place to unwind. A definite place to revisit.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Kirkby Lonsdale, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

What a fantastic hotel. Everything was excellent from the warm greeting and welcome drink to the super way Alison and Lindsay met our food request due to our late arrival - the cold platter brought to our room was perfect. Breakfast was excellent including the varied menu to suit all tastes and the standard and quality of both the hot and cold choices. Our comfortable room had everything we needed and more. Throughout our whole stay friendliness and efficiency combined to deliver Scottish hospitality at its best. We wished we could have stayed longer.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Leeton, Australia
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

Visitng Scotland for the first time my adult daughter and I spent two nights in July in the Fairwinds Hotel, Carrbridge. We selected the hotel because the picture looked quaint, but crossed our fingers that it would vaguely resemble the photo. We need not have worried because the hotel is even lovelier than pictured and is in a gorgeous part of the highlands. Carrbridge itself is simply divine and is near to Aviemore which is a delightful small town that is very geared (apparently) to skiing. Everything was just spot on at this hotel, thanks to the careful and attentive management of Lindsay and Alison - of whom too much cannot be said. The room was very large, impeccably clean and had tea and coffee facilities, two comfortable armchairs and - rarity of rarities - a sink available outside the bathroom. Most convenient for kettle filling! The breakfast was great, the best we had in the UK. All in all this hotel lived up to its superb TripAdvisor ratings and then some. am extremely grateful for the assistance and care that was extended to me during my stay, and despite being ill at the time managed to have a wonderful time in Carrbridge.

Room Tip: Do try the porridge for breakfast - it's a winner!
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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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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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): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Fairwinds Hotel 3*
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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