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Bright, cycle-friendly, cosy cottage in Cairngorms National Park

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3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
6 guests
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Glencoldon Cottage is in the Osprey Village of Boat of Garten, 6 miles from Aviemore, in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. It has recently been fully upgraded to modern high-spec; also gaining a Green Tourism Gold Award for its eco-friendly features, like sunpipes, solar panels and a 'wild' garden welcoming for wildlife. It is ideal for 4-6 people. There are no hidden extra costs, with all heat, power, and log usage for the wood burning stove, included in the rental. As the cottage garden opens onto the Speyside Way, we have made sure all the facilities are available to make it fully cycle-friendly, from secure bike shelter to clothes washing / drying. As a natural wildlife haven too, the spacious balcony deck area, with views to the Cairngorms, allows you to fully immerse in...Glencoldon Cottage is in the Osprey Village of Boat of Garten, 6 miles from Aviemore, in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. It has recently been fully upgraded to modern high-spec; also gaining a Green Tourism Gold Award for its eco-friendly features, like sunpipes, solar panels and a 'wild' garden welcoming for wildlife. It is ideal for 4-6 people. There are no hidden extra costs, with all heat, power, and log usage for the wood burning stove, included in the rental. As the cottage garden opens onto the Speyside Way, we have made sure all the facilities are available to make it fully cycle-friendly, from secure bike shelter to clothes washing / drying. As a natural wildlife haven too, the spacious balcony deck area, with views to the Cairngorms, allows you to fully immerse in your tranquil surroundings, and enjoy the visits of the local red squirrels, deer and huge range of birds. The village is on the River Spey between Aviemore and Grantown-on-Spey, and is ideally located for easy access to the huge range of attractions and outdoor activities that the area is renowned for. Grantown-on-Spey also marks the start of the world famous Whisky Trail. The large child-friendly wild garden has direct gate access to the forest behind the cottage (with many local walks and scenic routes to the shops) and opens to the 65-mile Speyside Way to the front (running alongside the famous Strathspey Steam Railway – you can see this running past several times a day! [Feb-Oct]). The garden is partly an extension of the surrounding forest and partly an area where you can enjoy a barbeque, or a game of volleyball, badminton or mini-football on the small lawn. More
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About the Owner
Derek P
Languages spoken:English, French, Spanish
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:September 2017
Interaction with guests
The thing I love most when arriving at the cottage is the instant peace! As this is one of the reasons many guests visit the Cairngorms too, we decided we would not divert you from starting to unwind with a welcome party, but would just make sure you have all you need to get into the cottage and quickly make yourselves at home. I have been lucky enough to spend time at the cottage for 50+ years! So, having enjoyed all the local highlights ourselves, and with our own children too, we are more than happy to share our knowledge. We realise many people come with their own adventure already planned, but, for others, we provide maps and information on local favourites; and leave you many ways to get in touch if you want some help with any plans.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic place to relax and get back to nature after all the excitement of Xmas. Spacious and cosy house in the forest is pretty much perfect. Long walks and cycles from the door and Aviemore close enough if wanting a bit more social interaction! Lots...More

Date of stay: January 2020
Thank Evelyn485
Reviewed 11 December 2019

Lovely, well maintained property in a fabulous location. Plenty of space for 6 people to relax with good views.

Date of stay: December 2019
Thank chrisR1656DR
Excursion736220, VR Owner at Bright, cycle-friendly, cosy cottage in Cairngorms National Park, responded to this reviewResponded 16 December 2019

Thanks again for staying. Much appreciate the review and hope we can perhaps welcome you back sometime. In the meantime, all the best for 2020! Cheers, Derek

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Reviewed 24 November 2019

Boat of Garden is a lovely area and my wife and I have been through it before but never stayed. We know the owner and he'd told us so much about the place that we had to go and stay. Glencoldon Cottage is along a...More

Date of stay: November 2019
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Excursion736220, VR Owner at Bright, cycle-friendly, cosy cottage in Cairngorms National Park, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2019

Thanks mate! Appreciate your totally unbiased review! Genuinely very pleased that you both enjoyed your time after insisting that you had to stay sometime! Glad I twisted your arm! Cheers, Derek

Reviewed 23 October 2019

This cottage exceeded our expectations. So spacious for the 4 of us, cozy and spotlessly clean. Great location. We didn't bring the car and didn't regret it. Hope to be back soon. Highly recommended and a great host.More

Date of stay: October 2019
Thank farrali
Excursion736220, VR Owner at Bright, cycle-friendly, cosy cottage in Cairngorms National Park, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2019

Thanks for lovely review. Car-free to Cairngorms - like your style! Pleased you found that you had more than enough choice for things to do and places to go in the local area, without need for your car. Look forward to welcoming you back. Cheers...More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 October 2019 via mobile

Date of stay: October 2019
Excursion736220, VR Owner at Bright, cycle-friendly, cosy cottage in Cairngorms National Park, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2019

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Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Suitable For Children Under 5
Secure Parking
Wi-Fi
Internet Access
Private Garden
Is this holiday rental large?YesNoUnsure
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About the neighbourhood
Glencoldon Cottage is a short 10-15 min walk along the Speyside Way (Kinchurdy Road) to a variety of village amenities (2 shops, hotel, restaurant, steam train station, bus stops, etc.). The village itself offers a combination of tranquility, a little off the beaten track, and easy access to Cairngorms National Park activities and amenities, available on foot, bike, public transport and even steam train! The village lies six miles north east of Aviemore. For wider exploring, perhaps up through the world renowned whisky trail, over towards the Great Glen or exploring the Moray Firth and Black Isle, Boat-of-Garten is well placed just off the national rail and road network (A9, A95).
Getting around
PUBLIC TRANSPORT Boat of Garten is located in one of the areas of the Cairngorm National Park most easily accessible by public transport, with nearby connections for bus, rail and air travel. Whilst a car is not essential, there may be certain activities / locations not accessible by the following links By Rail – Nearest mainline station: Aviemore (on London - Edinburgh - Inverness mainline) By Steam Train - Station in Boat of Garten. Shuttles to Aviemore By Bus - Service 34 goes to Aviemore, Grantown on Spey, Carrbridge and Inverness. By Bicycle - too many off-road cycle routes to mention, including in the National Park and on Speyside Way. Many village-to-village tracks. National Cycle Route 7 passes through the village.
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