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Macdonald Spey Valley Golf & Country Club
edinburgh
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23 reviews
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“Stay in a 'Cairngorm Bungalow' instead!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2012

The rating I have given to this property is only down to the fact that the accomodation was roomy and appeared to have most things you would need for a stay here. It also had a lovely outlook and is in a good location. However service certainly lets Macdonald down at this resort.

We arrived on Fri for a 2 night stay as a 70th birthday present booked through Late Rooms. Check in time is after 4pm and check out time is 10am. On arrival we were advised that Saturday was changeover day so we would have 1 night in one apartment then another night is a different one so we'd need to vacate our first apartment at 10am on the Sat, pack up, move out and not move into our new apartment until after 4pm on the Sat. When we explained that most of our party were in their 70's and it was far from ideal, we were told it was tough as we didn't book through the resort itself...excellent customer service!

I'd suggest to Macdonald that if they can't effectively manage bookings through a third party that they shouldn't use one!

We will certainly not be back there and would recommend the 'Cairngorm Bungalows' instead as they are much cheaper, yet better, and the customer service is second to none!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Perth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

Just back today from dalfaber.From start to finish we loved it.We stayed in Chalet nos 10 which was right on the 9 hole golf course. Our chalet was really good double room and a twin room with fold down couch we were a family of 4 which is perfect for the size of chalet It is meant to sleep 6 but I feel that would be a bit cramped. The chalets are finished to a nice high standard and have every thing that you need for your stay. The only thing that we had a problem with was that the shower is not great. We used the pool,sauna,steam room and spa bath daily which again is really good.Staff are all very friendly and very helpful. My husband used the 9 hole golf course twice and enjoyed it. Would recommend dalfaber to anyone.

Room Tip: Near the golf course
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2012

Enjoyed my stay, not a lot for the kids though. Everything had added costs apart from a swim in the pool. Ended up taking family into Aviemore centre and paying for pool at Macdonald Resort. Enjoyed the atmosphere with the Harley Davidson weekend, but didn't enjoy them taking up all the parking spaces for disabled. The chalet was basic, but quite nice - agree with other reviewer about the cobwebs. Sofa bed was a little uncomfortable and kitchen a little small. The setting is lovely and the restaurant looked nice, but we ate in the Aviemore Centre most nights as the prices were a little on the high side. Perhaps, that is why it was empty most nights. No internet in the chalets, but you can get wifi in the bar area. Not sure, whether I would return here? Probably only if I was offered a great deal, I may decide to return to this place.

Room Tip: We stayed in chalet 33, looked over the golf course between the trees.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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keighley
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

Had 1 week in Aug/Sept 2012, 3 adults,2 children,stayed in Patio6 apartment,

The resort is spread amongst a 9 hole golf course and consists of woodland cabins,stone bungalows,apartments and villas. The 9hole golf course is free and there are other activities on offer (swimming,tennis etc)
Our apartment was quite spacious consisted of lounge,kitchen,3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with outside patio/barbeque area,Unfortunately the decor and furnishings left a lot to be desired and could be described as very tired and in desperate need of refurbishing. The week cost nearly £1000 which is a lot to pay for an apartment that is nowhere near the standard of modern time share units.
As I said,golf is free which is a good attraction and the course is quite pleasant with a informal atmosphere.
I was also attracted to this resort for the river fishing. The River Spey runs alongside the resort and offers fishing for Trout and even Salmon.Unfortunately access to the river is extemely limited due to the abundance of trees and bushes that run the entire length of the river stretch.So,again a big disappontment.
The resort is situated approx 1 mile from Aviemore centre which offers a small section of shops ,hotels etc
The resort is ideally place for exploring the numerous local attractions as well as the ski slopes.

Would I go again? No

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Paisley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2012

Stayed here for a week having been given a relatives week in a chalet on the resort at Spey Valley Golf and Country Club.

Easy to find. 20m walk into town and with great facilities onsite, this was perfect for a week away to relax and to do activities.

Professional staff right throughout from reception to pool to bar. Excellent and helpful.

Plenty of space in the 2 bed chalets. May be a little cramped for 4 people though but not much with dining/conservatory area, kitchenette, bathroom and small outdoor terrace and separate bench. At night.... It's dark and silent outside. Perfect.

Restaurant a bit expensive but fantastic food. £6 for six dishes before 6pm to save ££ if you wish.

Pool, sauna and steam room ideal.

Free 9 hole golf course is very good and is easy to book and play. Good to do a nosey at the other accommodation types around the estate!

Overall a superb stay and if you take advantage of the cycling, walking, Munro climbing, watersports and wildlife nearby, this part of Scotland will not disappoint.

I would return and I would consider my own timeshare here!!!

  • Stayed August 2012
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highlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2012

Recently had the pleasure of dining at the new Scottish Steak Club within the resort's clubhouse. (serious improvement on old steakhouse) Found the restaurent/bar staff to be very polite and pleasant, food was impressive, we had their signature steaks, weve never had steaks nearly as good as these, we asked the waiting staff who the chef was and to congratulate them on our behalf, were told it was "eddie" (in case u read this eddie, thanks again!!!!) Also reccomend the cheese board and superb trio of creme brulee as a sweets. Drinks were also reasonably priced which we were impressed by as hotel groups often seem to hike these too high. Food on the other hand does seem to have suffered a bit of hotel chain price hike but dont let this put u off. Some friends of ours were staying in one of the resort's lodges, which seemed well appointed and benefitted from the use of all the resorts facilities giving the facilities of a hotel whilst still getting your own space.
Generally very impressed and would strongly recommend anyone visiting aviemore to give this place a go. Our thanks also go to ailsa, cameron and nelson (the waiting staff) who gave such excellent service !!

Room Tip: Scottish Steak Club well worth it!!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2012

Outstanding Holiday. The resort was so close to everything ! Ten mins from train station,Nice welcome,Good for Golf lovers & fishing. Beautiful scenery, we stayed in a appartment which had everthing in, like being at home. Shop 5 min walk, cost cutter, Tesco 10-15 min walk. Right by the river Spey, very quiet at resort. Cairngorms small drive through beautiful scenery, up to the ski resort by cable Bus, loved every minute. Every day we where amazed while driving to find rivers, working dog farms, zoo, parks, the list goes on... Aviemore is pretty place with nice Restaurants & few Bars, friendly people. Hired a car for 5 off the 7 days, much needed.

Room Tip: We wanted a Lodge but sold out, Appartments where nice perhaps a bit dated, but we didnt mind as the...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Macdonald Spey Valley Golf & Country Club
Address: Dalfaber Drive | PH22 1ST, Aviemore, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Aviemore and the Cairngorms > Aviemore
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #19 of 26 Specialty Lodging in Aviemore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Macdonald Spey Valley Golf & Country Club 3*
Number of rooms: 95
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Spey Valley Golf & Country Club borders the famous River Spey with spectacular views of the surrounding Spey Valley and Cairngorm Mountains. The Resort is close to the lively village of Aviemore.Spey Valley Golf & Country Club offers luxury lodges, spacious apartments and cosy Scandinavian style chalets scattered around a nine hole, par 3 golf course. The reception area, swimming pool, sports hall and other leisure facilities, along with an excellent restaurant and relaxing bar are all located in the Clubhouse.Whether you are here to enjoy an exciting activity holiday or a break in glorious scenery, you're sure to find what you are looking for at Macdonald Spey Valley Golf & Country Club. We wish you an enjoyable stay! ... more   less 
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