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4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 9
Kincraig, Aviemore and the Cairngorms, Scottish Highlands, Scotland

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Tawserrr
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Nice house, but won't be returning”
Reviewed November 22, 2016 for a stay in November 2016
1
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Positives: lovely house, well equipped, good quality bed linen, hot tub is great, especially in cold weather. Very clean and comfortable.

Negatives: The "welcome" folder consists of a list of do's and don'ts as well as the most thorough itemised list of everything in the house, as well as what you will be charged if anything is broken (even down to clothes pegs!). To make guests feel welcome it would be good if information on local area was provided such as activities, restaurants or good walks in the area. You are expected to hoover and clean up after yourself (as expected), but if the house isn't left in the exact condition (as per an itemised bullet point list) you are charged £16 per hour for extra cleaning. A slightly earlier arrival time and later leave time is also charged for. House was freezing cold on arrival so ask for heating to be put on earlier if arriving in cold weather! Good weekend, great location, but the strictness with which the house seems to be run just made us feel a bit unwelcome. We will not be returning.

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Esther T
Ellon, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Somewhat disappointing”
Reviewed November 20, 2016 for a stay in November 2016
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Having stayed in Balnacraig Lodge with my daughter her husband and her 2 children from 18/11/16 to 20/11/16 we were rather disappointed to arrive at a very cold house on a very cold day - the heating could have been left on just to take the edge off. However the house didn't take too long to heat up once we got the wood burning stove on. ( firefighters would have speeded up process) The house itself is comfortable and well appointed. The area is lovely however there was no information in the house about places to visit or things to do. The "welcome pack " consisted mainly about rules of the house and prices of items should they get boken and need replacing. This was not a very welcoming read along with all the chores to be done before vacating property ( stripping beds , hoovering floor etc) . None the less we enjoyed our time together and the area and the hot tub were great . The owners just need some training in hospitality.

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Liked best: Hot tub
Liked least: Owners approach to hospitality
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
Nov 21, 2016
bringing that to our attention. We only have one cleaner for the house and so when a late or early check out is needed we need to hire another cleaner to get the job done when they have less time. The price indicated is what we are charged by the cleaning company for this service. We just pass this cost to you if you require it. Finally the detailed inventory with breakage costs is a requirement from the scottish tourist board rating scheme. We find it very useful as everyone knows in advance what things cost to replace. It helps in solving disputes and is not meant to make you uncomfortable but helps people to understand the charges when things get broken. Thank you for your comments and im glad we had the flexibility to reschedule your stay so you didnt loose your deposit for your original booking Kind regards Linda Freshwater"
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AXEL B
1 review
“High level :)”
Reviewed August 8, 2016 for a stay in July 2016

very quiet ... the sheep and cows are our only neighbors. The house is fantastic and very comfortable. 3 minutes to access the Loch with the car. The SPA will warm you after a long fishing trip and you probably fall asleep in the gigantic couch watching TV with a gigantic huge home cinema. The loch is full of pike. Especially remember to book in advance of the loch or restaurant you will eat sandwiches. Next time we will come by plane because the road is too long from Paris.

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Liked best: calm end fishing on the loch
Liked least: wifi connection and slippery carpet of stairs
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Families with young children
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Devon
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“The most amazing week ever!”
Reviewed June 14, 2016 for a stay in May 2016
1
person found this review helpful

Where do you start! The house is breathtaking. The master bedroom looking down over the Lounge is exceptional. Clean and welcoming. The hot tub and outside space were well used and the surroundings are glorious. Great space and facilities in the kitchen.
So much to do in such a small area: water sports at Inch Watersports (great Evening meal there too), feeding reindeer in the Cairngorms and swimming in Loch Morlich. The wildlife park (15 mins away) also a must.
We are already talking of rebooking for next year as the kids were crying as we left wanting to stay longer.
Thanks again for letting us stay in this wonderful house.

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Liked best: Lounge and master bedroom
Liked least: Slightly lacking in crockery / utensils when 9 present in house, had to wash everything everytime as no spares.
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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offramp17
2 reviews
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“Fantastic accommodation in a beautiful setting”
Reviewed April 14, 2016 for a stay in March 2016
1
person found this review helpful

Had a great time on a short break with family at Balnacraig. Couldn't really want for much more - the facilities were perfect. Communication was good with the owners and the slightly late check-out was appreciated. Thanks!

Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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mungaman
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Mr”
Reviewed March 25, 2016 for a stay in March 2016
2
people found this review helpful

Awesome accommodation, great location. Watched a 6-Nations match on the 63 inch telly, amazing!!
Nice to have wifi, wood burner & a hot tub too, which was great to come back to after a good day skiing up the Cairngorms!!
Great views & fast, friendly communication from the owners. Will definitely be back, & highly recommend...

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Euan M
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Beautiful cabin”
Reviewed February 11, 2016 for a stay in February 2016
1
person found this review helpful

Great communication from the owners with excellent advice and information regarding the cabin and surrounding areas. The cabin itself is beautiful, very homely and comfortable. The master bedroom is stunning and views from the living room are something to behold. I would recommend this place whole heartily.

Traveling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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