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“Excellent B&B in the Cairngorms and Speyside region” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Docharn Lodge Guest House

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Docharn Lodge Guest House
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Grimbergen, Belgium
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Excellent B&B in the Cairngorms and Speyside region”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

The B&B is located in a very beautiful location, at the foot of the Cairngorm mountains, 10 minutes from Aviemore and 20 minutes from the Speyside distilleries. The rooms are very beautiful, very clean and well equipped. Breakfast is excellent.
Catriona and Neil are the most friendly B&B hosts you could ever imagine.
We had a very enjoyable stay and, when we return to Scotland, we will certainly book this B&B again.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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nmm753, Owner at Docharn Lodge Guest House, responded to this review, 12 August 2014
Thank you Glenn for your kind words, it was great to have you all stay with us recently. We hope that Dorian has made a complete recovery.
Best wishes to you all. Catriona and Neil
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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Bridgwater, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014

Sadly, we only spent 2 nights at this exceptional B&B. Neil and Catriona struck the perfect balance of friendliness and helpfulness without any intrusion. They have created a stunning house with comfortable spacious en-suite guest accommodation, and provided extra personal touches such as quality toiletries and complimentary wine, which made all the difference and put them well into the excellent category. Breakfast was not only delicious, but wonderfully presented, and accompanied by a silent slide show of Neil's local photos of wildlife and views .We would love to visit again, and spend longer next time.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank 171kay946
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nmm753, Owner at Docharn Lodge Guest House, responded to this review, 12 August 2014
Thank you very much for your review. It was lovely to meet you both and hopefully you do manage to come to Scotland again soon and stay with us. We look forward to it.
Best wishes Catriona and Neil
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Longmont, Colorado
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27 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2014

It's highly unusual for any lodging establishment listed in Tripadvisor to receive only excellent ratings; human nature being what it is, there's almost invariably some restless soul who finds something to carp about in the best of places. Once you've stayed at Docharn, however, owners Catriona and Neil's flawless record is perfectly understandable: they are amazing hosts and their home is beautiful, dramatic, pristine and acutely sensitive to the environment. Neil is a builder and he's justifiably proud of his zero-carbon-footprint domain. Our room was spacious, with the finest amenities and stylish bathroom fixtures. The bathroom featured a huge, walk-in shower with a rain-shower head: absolutely delightful. Catriona and Neil are wonderful hosts, down-to-earth, intelligent, generous and naturally warm. They really will do just about anything to make your stay great. As ex-innkeepers ourselves, we can say there is no perfect B&B, but Catriona and Neil achieve something that is, indeed, close to ideal. One final note: their location is terrific, in a quiet, pastoral spot that is an easy drive to all the magnificent attractions of the Cairngorms and to Aviemore, which is the noisy tourist-central for this stunning region.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank windatourbacks
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nmm753, Owner at Docharn Lodge Guest House, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Thank you both for these very kind words, we really appreciate it. It makes all those long months of hard work building the house, so much more rewarding. We enjoyed your very relaxing company and from one 'innkeeper' to another thanks again. Hope you arrived safely home in Colorado.
Best wishes
Catriona and Neil.
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Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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183 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014

A realy gorgeous place to stay in the Cairngorms with lovely hostess Catriona and helpful host Neil. Catriona was most helpful in booking restaurants for us in advance of our arrival and Neil talked to us tirelessly of the many places we could visit in the area and the wildlife that could be seen. Indeed, red squirrels and deer could be spotted without moving outside the house. Views from the house of the surrounding mountains are great and the house itself is a joy. Our bedroom was tastefully decorated and had some fine paintings. It had a door leading to a patio with mountain views.The bed was comfortable and gave us a good night's sleep. The shower room had an efficient walk-in shower. Breakfast was excellent and Neil makes a mean cup of coffee. The only downside was that we had just 2 nights here which was far too short to see all the wonderful sights available in the area.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Le_Dap
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nmm753, Owner at Docharn Lodge Guest House, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Thank you for these compliments, it's our pleasure to see that you receive our best attention and a memorable stay.. We hope to have the pleasure of meeting you again.
Best regards
Catriona and Neil
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

Our hosts, Neil and Catriona, from the moment of our initial meeting, provided a home from home atmosphere while catering for our every need, including much appreciated support when our car developed a fault. The location of the Lodge provides a most peaceful and relaxing environment. The guest accommodation, which is a real credit to them, has been created to a stunningly high level of quality and comfort and is maintained to an impressive housekeeping standard. Our bedroom could easily compete with top quality hotels and as well as it accessing the guest lounge/dining areas, it has its own external door leading to garden, car parking area and large sunny seating areas facing the distant hills. Seeing Neil's pictures of the property before its renovations is a must. Neil and Catriona and this property certainly merit a 5 star rating and we were sorry to leave after our 3 day stay. We will most certainly return.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Clelland6
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nmm753, Owner at Docharn Lodge Guest House, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
It's great to hear from you both and we really appreciate your compliments. We did enjoy your 'little' stories, as did your fellow guests. They kept everyone laughing! Hope to see you soon.
Best wishes
Catriona and Neil
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2014

Neil and Catriona were incredibly welcoming. There were so many extra touches - like the high quality toiletries - it's hard to list them all. We especially loved Neil's slide show at breakfast showing the birds and animals that visit the garden.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank SlightlyF0xed
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nmm753, Owner at Docharn Lodge Guest House, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Thank you both for your kind comments, we do appreciate it. We very much enjoyed your visit and pleased you saw lots of wildlife while you were here. Hope to see you again soon.
Best wishes
Catriona and Neil
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Holmfirth, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2014

Just returned from a 2 night stay at this amazing b & b. The location is perfect, with panoramic views of the cairgnorm's and if you are lucky a very close sighting of red squirrels. Neil and Catriona are the perfect hosts and make you feel very welcome. Rooms are perfect and breakfasts delicious. The fresh fruit salad is a work of art! We hope to return when we next visit scotland.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank geoffw_58
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nmm753, Owner at Docharn Lodge Guest House, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Neil and I look forward to your return visit next time you're in Scotland. Thank you both for your lovely review, it is truly appreciated and it was a real pleasure to meet you.
Best wishes Neil and Catriona
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Property: Docharn Lodge Guest House
Address: Docharn Lodge Boat of Garten, Boat of Garten, Aviemore PH24 3BT, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Badenoch and Strathspey > Aviemore > Boat of Garten
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Boat of Garten
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Your hosts Catriona and Neil would like to extend a warm welcome to you at Docharn Lodge. Our home is a recently restored steading with spacious oak framed extension and has the latest in sustainable and efficient hi-tech energy systems. Docharn Lodge was designed on a beautiful elevated position to take in the unfolding panorama of Strathspey and the Cairngorm Mountains and maximize the views. If you are looking for that special place to stay in the Cairngorms National Park, then Docharn Lodge is for you. ... more   less 
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Docharn Lodge Guest House Boat Of Garten, Scotland

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