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

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Glencoldon Cottage from Speyside Way
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3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
6 guests
1 night minimum
Cottage
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 a Gold Award for its eco-friendly features, like sunpipes, solar panels and the 'wild' garden welcoming for wildlife. It has also recently been fully upgraded to modern high-spec. It is ideal for 4-6 people and as a base for the huge range of activities in the local area. 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 sq...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 a Gold Award for its eco-friendly features, like sunpipes, solar panels and the 'wild' garden welcoming for wildlife. It has also recently been fully upgraded to modern high-spec. It is ideal for 4-6 people and as a base for the huge range of activities in the local area. 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. There are no hidden extra costs, with all heat, power, and log usage for the wood burning stove, included in the hire. 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
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
For the moment, to ensure guest safety and all covid-19 measures covered, we’re having to ask guests to depart for 9am and, potentially, not get access on arrival until 6pm. Changeovers are taking more time, but we text as soon as ready (usually well before 6). Smoking is not allowed inside the house, but there are many covered outdoor areas where it is possible.
Bathrooms
1 Shower, 1 Full bath
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Reviewed 25 October 2020

We had such a fabulous time at Gkencoldon. Very warm and luxurious, a perfect base to explore the beautiful countryside. We will definitely try and return!

Date of stay: October 2020
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Excursion736220, VR Owner at Bright, cycle-friendly, cosy cottage in Cairngorms National Park, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2020

Brilliant! Thanks! So pleased you enjoyed your stay at the cottage. Look forward to welcoming you back if you do decide to return. All the best!

Reviewed 3 October 2020

Very, very tidy and clean, felt totally safe and homely/cozy at the same time. The house was minimised in it’s equipment to fit COVID rules and make it safer and easier to clean, which felt good and still left us with everything we needed. We...More

Date of stay: September 2020
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Excursion736220, VR Owner at Bright, cycle-friendly, cosy cottage in Cairngorms National Park, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2020

Brilliant! So pleased that your holiday was a success and you were able to enjoy some of the many adventures available in the area. And very happy too that you were able to feel cosy and comfortable, even although we have had to remove some...More

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Reviewed 11 September 2020

Date of stay: August 2020
Excursion736220, VR Owner at Bright, cycle-friendly, cosy cottage in Cairngorms National Park, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2020

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Reviewed 11 March 2020

A really great cottage in a wonderful location : quiet and surrounded by woodland but easy direct access in walking distance of village shop and pub etc . Will be back soon !

Date of stay: March 2020
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Reviewed 18 February 2020

Really enjoyed our stay here and can recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing holiday in the area or just as a base to go out an explore this beautiful part of Scotland. The cottage is very well equipped and had everything we needed....More

Date of stay: February 2020
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Excursion736220, VR Owner at Bright, cycle-friendly, cosy cottage in Cairngorms National Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2020

Thanks so much for your feedback. Great to know that kids are enjoying a bit of adventure in the garden! Maybe even more hiding places now than when I was roaming as a kid. I hope you will be back too! All the best, Derek

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Reviewed 5 January 2020

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
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Excursion736220, VR Owner at Bright, cycle-friendly, cosy cottage in Cairngorms National Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 February 2020

Brilliant! Very pleased you enjoyed your return to the cottage. You did very well to see one of the many, but very elusive, Capercaillie! Winter definitely has its own special attraction in the National Park. All the best for 2020!

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
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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

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
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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 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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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
Internet Access
Private Garden
Secure Parking
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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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