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Dave F
Great Asby, United Kingdom

Great, friendly little hotel in a stunning location.

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 Jul 2021
The Fairwinds hotel is a small hotel in the lovely village of Carrbridge. It is very convenient for the many attractions in the Cairngorm national park and a far nicer place to stay than the nearby Aviemore.

The hotel is tucked away down a roughly surfaced side lane and is surrounded by the Carrbridge woods which offer excellent local walks with several well marked trails. On arrival, we were shown to our room, a very sizable, well decorated and furnished room with a proper American-sized king-size bed. The on-suite bathroom was also very large with a very decent sized bath - ideal after a long and strenuous walk in the local mountains, a huge shower with both conventional and large shower roses, and double sinks as well as the WC. Again, it was very nicely decorated and, as with the bedroom, spotlessly clean.

Although the Fairwinds does not provide evening meals, there are several establishments within walking distance where you can eat (the Cairn hotel is recommended by the Fairwind's owners and for good reason). There are, of course, many more eateries and takeaways in Aviemore. The hotel does provide an honesty bar with a range of bottled beers and ciders, wines, and spirits including a nice little selection of malt whisky.

A full breakfast menu is available and was delicious. There was fresh fruits, cereals, continental breakfast or full Scottish breakfast. The latter provided an excellent start to the day and meant no more than a light lunch (if any) was required.

This is a lovely hotel and the owners were great; full of excellent advice and very friendly. Sadly, I believe that the hotel will close for good at the end of this year as the owners are looking to reduce their workload. However, next to the hotel, they do have several self-catering lodges and they intend to convert their old church building into a self-catering holiday home. I have no doubt that these will offer a great break in a lovely location and certainly one that we will seriously consider in future.
Date of stay: July 2021
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Reviewed 11 July 2021

Stayed here just before we started our NC500 trip, really nice B&B. Hosts were very helpful prior to check in with all the required COVID-19 arrangements and advice on local restaurants. Very spacious and well equipped bedroom. Small lounge area for guests was very nice with a well stocked "honesty" bar. Lovely breakfasts

Date of stay: July 2021
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Reviewed 3 July 2021 via mobile

Expected good service & none of our party where disappointed.
Along with great service, both staff friendliness & food quality make this place worth a visit.
We will return when next in area but would currently give it a highly recommended rating.

Date of stay: June 2021
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 May 2021

I stayed here for two nights recently. The room was spotless and very comfortable with home baking left for gursts. The shower/bathroom was new and the showers great.

Very good value. The hotel backs on to woods and in the grounds there are a couple of ponds with wildlife. Great walks and easy access to the village too

Recommended

Date of stay: May 2021
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Reviewed 12 October 2020 via mobile

What an idyllic place beautiful room peaceful and a nice place to stay. Because of COVID-19 the only option for an evening meal was to order one from the local pub and have it delivered to the hotel. The owner set a table for us in the dining room and warmed the plates for the food. Excellent breakfast nothing too much trouble. Thoroughly recommend this boutique hotel.

Date of stay: October 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 July 2020

This is a small friendly BandB Hotel in a lovely location, surrounded by woodland with a small lochan in the grounds. The room was a very high standard, very tasteful and comfortable, with lovely bathroom. There were plenty of supplies on the beverages tray, with the nice touch of home baking! We were made very welcome, with a complimentary drink, and a short tour. The breakfast was well cooked and delicious...lots to choose from too.A lovely short stay...we will be back!

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Date of stay: July 2020
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