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“Good location, basic on-site amenities, part updated, dog loved it!” 3 of 5 stars
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Scandinavian Village
Aviemore Centre | Cairngorm National Park, Aviemore PH22 1PF, Scotland   |  
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Stroud, United Kingdom
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“Good location, basic on-site amenities, part updated, dog loved it!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2011

We swapped some of our timeshare points for an apartment on the ground floor with a gate a few yards away leading to a pleasant walk in a wood. We were pleased to be able to take our dog (slept in his cage) at a cost of £25. Our apartment had new carpets, kitchen with quality utensils/pans and dishwasher, LCD TV, a very uncomfortable sofabed (when used as a sofa) in pine with foam cushions, two single beds and bunks in a small room meaning that it actually could sleep 4-6 although it would be cramped. The re-fitted bathroom had only a shower, basin and WC but they all worked well. Some units are due to be updated later in the year. We viewed a 'villa' (terraced house on two floors) and were impressed with the size. It was to receive new carpets later in the year.

We considered buying a timeshare, presented with the reasonably priced units on a list on arrival however we will wait a while until the local Tesco moves to a new site very near the complex and some housing over the fence to the Scandinavian Village is built so see how it affects the quality of holidays. Maintenance prices are not bad at all. We expect to return at a similar time next year to view the ospreys nearby and wonderful countryside and mountains. For those who need to know, there is a dog bin by the stream in the wood! We found it by accident.

A point of interest: there is no pool, sauna, meeting room etc on site. We were able to pay to use one nearby or use a pool in another town through a leisure scheme, free of charge. Check this out if you are going to stay there in case it changes.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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Paisley,Scotland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2010

This accomadation was great. It had a large open plan lounge with kitchen area.All the crockery, cutlerry etc was a good standard and plentiful too.The kitchen was equipped with a full size cooker, fridge freezer, dishwasher, microwave etc. In fact it was just like a "home from home". The lounge was equpped with a large flat screen tv with freesat and also a DVD player. A washing machine and tumble drier was to be found at the front entrance.Upstairs there was a good sized double bedroom, a bedroom with 4 bunk beds and a bathroom with shower cubicle. There was also a toilet downstairs.
We found this accomadation very clean and comfortable.In fact the bed was so comfortable that I never wanted to get up!
The town was approximately a ten minute walk away.This is where you'll find a good selection of shops including a Tesco supermarket which should cover all your needs if you do wish to do the self catering bit.There's also a good selection of places for eating.I paricularly liked McKenzies.The food was nothing to rave about but at £1.50 for a bowl of soup and a roll, it represented good value for money. The Cairngorm Hotel also does good food.
I can say that I would use this accomodation again as it is a good base for exploring the Central Highlands.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Somewhere on the Highland Main Line
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2010

I have stayed three times now (review delayed by my computer playing up and then by technical problems submitting photos). The first time I ended up buying one of their timeshares before the week was out; the second time I stayed on an extra week, and I'm by no means a big spender. Which says a lot about this gem of a resort. It's addictive! From the blissfully uncomplicated check-in onwards it is pure relaxation, freedom and space to chill out and enjoy whatever kind of holiday you want; be it active and energetic, scenic and social or simply getting away from it all, though there is an Internet connection available in the units for those who need or want it. The units are set out in such a way as to give security and a feeling of complete privacy though the resort is compact and situated only a few minutes' walk from the main road and facilities of lovely, lively Aviemore. The buildings are surrounded by grassed spaces and evergreens creating a feeling of being deep in the countryside yet there is ready access included to neighbouring leisure facilities and a varied and buzzing hub of cafes, pubs, restaurants and quality local shopping only minutes away; one really does get to have it both ways in terms of quiet seclusion and convenience. In addition to all this, whether driving or using public transport it is central enough to easily access the full rich range of Highland sport, nature and culture related activities in and beyond Aviemore itself. The staff are warm, friendly, genuine people who create an atmosphere of a large extended family into which one is instantly welcomed; at the same time they are in no way intrusive, there when needed and a mine of local knowledge. I have stayed in a villa and an apartment; both types of accommodation are very comfortable, serviced weekly with additional maintenance available if required, warm in the winter and airy in the summer with very reasonable electricity costs and excellent modern facilities which are easy to use. The decor is bright and tranquil with the Scandinavian influence so evident in the proliferation of light, natural wood complemented by the best of sleek, stylish up to the minute technology; the bedrooms have a sense of hushed, soothing rest which is so deep it seems to have grown by absorbing over the decades the profound contentment of a succession of thankful guests relaxing into a healthy, restorative sleep after sparkling days. The Scandinavian Village is the Far North within the North; a bubble of the qualities of the Scottish Highlands in especially intense concentrations; an ideal place to run to for all who are drawn to the mountains, forests, snow, long summer days and vivid clarity of natural light which characterise the Highlands and Scandinavia beyond.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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FIFE
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2010

The only reason I have marked the service down is because we did not have any problems or issues and therefore did not require any services during our stay. The reception staff were welcoming on arrival and booking out but apart from that we did not really have any dealings with staff which was fine. There was an opportunity to meet staff and management within the first few days however our schedule was jam packed and we chose not to do this.

Our villa was clean and spacious and plenty room for storing clothes, kids toys etc. The kitchen was very well equipped and we enjoyed plenty meals in as a result of this, The bathroom was spacious and the power shower did not disappoint. There were plenty of towels and linen and there was a service whereby you could request more if needed however we did not need to do this.

The location is central to surrounding areas and villages which offered plenty to do. The kids (and adults) enjoyed Landmark Forest Park 15 minutes away. The scenery and villa views were amazing and the village itself was quiet and peaceful.

If I had one grumble it would be that we were able to bring our four legged family member, however on arrival we were advised that were not allowed to exercise our pet in the village which anyone with a dog knows they need a wee walky before bedtime and much to our disappointment we did not count one litter bin in the resort and being the responsible dog owners that we are had to bring the dog poop back and dispose in the general waste bins!! Despite the lack of bins the resort is litter free and very tidy.

Finishing on a good note - free entry to the MacDonalds Hotel swimming pool was a great bonus!

All in all it was a brilliant week which we thought offered good value for money! :0)

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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South Africa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2010

I stayed at Scandinavian Village with my son (age 14) in June 2010. The lady at reception when we arrived has a lot to learn about hospitality, but I will not let that take away from the rest of our stay. The unit was perfect - we enjoyed the beautiful kitchen with brand new utensils. Our electricity account at the end of the week was a mere 3 GBP as we switched off whatever we could when not in use. The ladies at reception who booked us out were kind and friendly. Aviemore is a beautiful town - the Tesco store provide in all your needs. We enjoyed the Highland Village Folk Museum (free) which is a living farm with school, etc from early years. Inverness is not too far away and we even drove to Aberdeen for the Highland Games which is also quite accesible. All in all - a very pleasant stay.

I would advise that the directions to the resort be reviewed as we had difficult in finding it. It is behind another Hotel but is not put that clearly. We did not make use of the facilities at the Hotel next door, but it is available - gym, pool, spa.We infortunately did not have a laptop with us, so we could not use the internet facility in the unit. It would have been nice if a computer was available at reception for travellers who do not travel with their computer though.

I will definitely stay here again - the surroundings were beautiful BEAUTIFUL.

  • Stayed June 2010
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rotherham, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2010

we had a lovely time and explored cairngorms from our base aviemore was a lovely place lovely and warm

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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glasgow
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2010

just returned from week at scandinavian village. we were on a time share swap so cant comment on value for money. the appartment was small but perfectly appointed with lcd tv and dishwasher. it was warm and comfortable, the electicity is payed for at the end of the week and the bill was pleasently small.
the beds were singles in the beadroom, a bunk and 2 singles but the sofa pulled down to make a comfortable double so we put the kids in the room and used the sofa bed, giving a good nights sleep for all.
the leasure facilities next door at the MacDonald hotel were excellent and free!
the staff could not have been more helpfull and nothing seemed any trouble at all to them.
Though staying in aviemore, we skied at the lecht, it is much better for very small children (ours are 4 and 6)
We certainly had an excellent time and look forward to going again

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Aviemore Centre | Cairngorm National Park, Aviemore PH22 1PF, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Aviemore and the Cairngorms > Aviemore
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Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #2 of 19 Specialty lodging in Aviemore
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