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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Kincraig, Aviemore and the Cairngorms, Scottish Highlands, Scotland

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PamOxford
Oxford
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54 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great location, wild life on the doorstep, hot tub fab”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013 for a stay in June 2013
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This is a house with a great layout and windows all around to enjoy the light and wildlife. The owners supply bird food and so we were treated to woodpeckers, red squirrels and a badger on the last night. The house has WiFi and the living/kitchen areas are large. There are loads of books etc in the house and it has a lived in feel.

We like a house with some character and this house had lots but I did feel it could do with a bit more of a tidy up (random bits of stuff in most draws/cupboards/surfaces) - The main areas were clean enough (kitchen/bathrooms etc) but some areas clearly gathered a bit more dust due to the 'stuff'. would still recommend it. Some great things to do nearby for the active and the less active and nice places to eat in Aviemore.
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5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 bubbles How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 3 of 5 bubbles Overall condition of the property
3 of 5 bubbles Bedding & mattresses 3 of 5 bubbles Kitchen & utensils
4 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
4 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: The hot tub and the wildlife on the doorstep
Liked least: a bit unkempt, there seemed to be random stuff in the draws and cupboards
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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Havant
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013 for a stay in December 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Value 4 of 5 bubbles Rooms
5 of 5 bubbles Location 5 of 5 bubbles Cleanliness
5 of 5 bubbles Check in / front desk 5 of 5 bubbles Service
Would I recommend this vacation rental to my best friend?  
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A romantic getaway Rugged travelers
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London
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2012 for a stay in January 2012
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4 of 5 bubbles Value 4 of 5 bubbles Rooms
5 of 5 bubbles Location 4 of 5 bubbles Cleanliness
4 of 5 bubbles Check in / front desk 4 of 5 bubbles Service
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A romantic getaway Older travelers
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chopsseni...
London UK
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“quirky and cosy”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2012 for a stay in January 2012

This was a relatively last minute booking and represented good value for money.
Katchana is in a beautfiul setting; close to centres of activity like Aviemore (approx 9 miles) but not too far (in Scottish terms) from Inverness and tourist 'attractions' like Loch Ness, Glencoe, Ben Nevis etc.
The property itself felt extremely spacious for 2 adults and a 3 year old and I would imagine that an extra child / adult would still give a feeling of space and not the sense that one is living on top of each other. That said, the bedrooms are quite small.
However, the living areas (kitchen diner, dining area and living room) are, in contrast, vast and perfect for relaxing. I agree with one of the other reviews - there are a few areas in the property that aren't as inviting (the 'enclosed balcony' at the end of the lounge / utility space) - this is mainly because they look like they could do with a bit of a tidy up and appear to be an 'afterthought'.
Katchana is situated in an breathtakingly beautiful location with oodles of land / view points around it (particularly if you interested in wildlife). It could be made an extremely luxurious property if a little more attention was paid to small details. (eg. replacing light bulbs, better ambient lighting, few more kitchen utensils, better tourist information booklets etc). They're only little things and on balance we absolutely loved our time here.

5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles How helpful were the directions to the property?
4 of 5 bubbles How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 4 of 5 bubbles Overall condition of the property
4 of 5 bubbles Bedding & mattresses 3 of 5 bubbles Kitchen & utensils
4 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 4 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
4 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: stunning location
Liked least: poor lighting in some areas
Traveling group: Family with Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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Suffolk
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2011 for a stay in August 2011
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5 of 5 bubbles Value 5 of 5 bubbles Rooms
5 of 5 bubbles Location 5 of 5 bubbles Cleanliness
5 of 5 bubbles Check in / front desk 5 of 5 bubbles Service
Traveling group: Family with young children
Your age range 35-44
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2011 for a stay in June 2011
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4 of 5 bubbles Value 4 of 5 bubbles Rooms
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Traveling group: Spouse / significant other
Your age range 65+
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mumsell
london
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36 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“great location, great house.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2011 for a stay in April 2011
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people found this review helpful

stayed here in April 2011 with 4 adults and 3 children and loved it. The location is fantastic with great views from all windows - the loch to one side and the mountains to the other. The living room is large and there's plenty of room for 2 families. It's also very warm and well equipped. Bedrooms are quite small, but it wasn't a problem for us, but 4 people in the family room would be really tight. Also, it's not suitable for very small children as the outside area is mainly sloping and would be quite dangerous. The area is also fantastic and we ran out days to cover all the attractions in just a very small area. it's a beautiful part of Scotland with lakes, sailing, mountains, amazing wildlife etc. Would definitely recommend the house unless you need to sleep 4 people in the family room - we had 3 in there and that was fine, but 4 would have meant zero floor space.

4 of 5 bubbles Value 5 of 5 bubbles Rooms
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5 of 5 bubbles Check in / front desk 5 of 5 bubbles Service
Traveling group: Family with Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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