In one word: ideal.
In more, have a look below.
First, to sum it up: stunning garden, woods and area, fantastic location to travel to places, spacious and very well kept everything (house, rooms, kitchen, garden, toy room), lovely owners - all at a very reasonable price.
I was organising a 30th birthday for my husband and needed a place for 17 people; a place that was child friendly (we have a little 10 month old girl), with a large kitchen and a large dining area, a cosy lounge / living room where we could enjoy our evenings by the fire, and a spacious garden as I planned lots of outside games (dressed as pirates and following Jack Sparrow's adventures in the five movies!).
This place turned out to be absolutely perfect. The lounge was very nice and cosy, with some boardgames, books, a guitar, and a fireplace. On top of that, the kitchen was very spacious, with two sinks, a really good (industrial) dishwasher (doesn't fit a lot in one go but the cycle lasts an amazing 3-5 minutes! which is a big plus when there are so many people and dishes...). The kitchen was very well equipped, clean, modern and could fit us all in, which was quite amazing.
The rooms were much bigger than we expected, and were all kept to a high standard. The dining room was perfect and, with some candles, it was transformed in the evening into a romantic vintage style dinner celebration area. The garden, ah... I'm not sure what words best to use to describe it, but it was stunning, extremely large and allowed us to play all the games I planned (which was, in itself, quite incredible). And the woods just outside the garden - remarkable. The woods made it worth waking up early and going for a stroll to truly wake up and appreciate the beautiful smells and sights of nature. Simply wonderful.
My husband, our little one, and I chose bedroom 7 on the second floor and Lucy and Jay were so kind and set up a travel cot in there. Everyone was in the living room on the first floor and yet, when we closed the bedroom door, the sound didn't travel (and believe me, it was not quiet in the living room) - so our guests and we could enjoy the evenings without having to try to reduce the volume, and our little girl was still able to sleep undisturbed.
The owners, Lucy and Jay, were very generous, absolutely lovely and really helpful. The location was great; we travelled by car and we went to Ardverikie for quad biking (1h), Loch Ness for sightseeing (40min - 1h), the Cairngorm mountain (40min), whisky distilleries (lots of them, within 20min - 1h) and barrel factory (within 1h).
We cannot wait to come back.
We were a group of ten family members: adults and young adults, and one little dog - and stayed at the Pines House for two weeks. As previous reviewers have noted, the house is really ideal for large group gatherings. It has everything you need for a comfortable stay and more than enough space for our group (we sometimes couldn't find each other in the house --kept forgetting about the lounge on the second floor!). The owners, Lucy and Jay, were very helpful even before we arrived - taking delivery of my life-time supply of Smidge that I'd pre-ordered (and was maybe used by 3 of us just once....really, no need for it). We appreciated the the fresh eggs, their recommendations about where to eat in Grantown, and anything else we had questions about, but they were never intrusive. Location is perfect. We took almost daily short (or longer) walks from the back garden through Anagach Woods.
For visitors new to the area (as we were) we enjoyed:
Craig's Bar - book ahead!
The bus to Boat of Garden, then Steam Railway to Aviemore and back
Cairn Gorm funicular rail, then climb to the top (where it was sleeting and misty)
Fort George, Inverness; Culloden battlefield
...and much more. The people of Grantown were/are very, very friendly. Would definitely stay again.
Arrived for 50th birthday celebrations and found a fantastic, fully equipped house! Each room very thoughtfully designed. Wonderful in-house facilities. Couldn't have asked for more. Will definitely recommend and hopefully return at some point. Thank you Jay and Lucy!
The house is spacious, comfortable and well equipped. Amenities are within walking distance. We found plenty to do in and around Grandtown where the people were helpful and friendly. We arrived on motorbikes in a snowflurry and found ample parking with a drying room. Perfect, would recommend and definitely book again.
We had a group of 12 of us come here for a long, activity-packed weekend. The house couldn't have been set up better for our needs, with plenty of space for us to relax in the evenings have meals etc. The very large dining room, kitchen, lounges, garden (with bbq), playroom meant that we would never be bored whilst in the house, and Grantown has a good amount to offer in the way of pubs/restaurants and activities nearby. Small touches, such as the commercial dishwasher and multiple fridges showed that this house had been well thought out, and made all the difference when trying to cater for/clean up after a reasonably large group. All in all, the accommodation couldn't have been better for our stay in Grantown.
Jay and Lucy were also hugely accommodating, kindly unloading our tesco shop delivery after we arrived late, making sure that we were well settled into the house, making sure that we got up and down Ben Macdui safely, and calling ahead to the local pub to ensure we received the best service!
I would recommend staying here to anyone looking to check out the Cairngorms - thank you Lucy and Jay!
fantastic holiday at the pines great welcome from lucy and jay felt at home instantly the house provided everything we needed even when we had a further guest for the party day it still felt like a home . the equipment was plentiful there was nothing we needed it was all there .
The most valuable asset of this property are the owners, Lucy in particular was so efficient and friendly with the initial contact that we decided to book The Pines for an important Christmas for all our family.
We were not disappointed, the property is ideal for a mixed age group, in fact we had an age range of 18 months - 85 years! There are plenty of rooms for everyone to have 'their own space' and then a wonderful dining room for us all to come together. The area is a firm favourite with us and the most memorable parts of the week were the Santa Torchlight procession and heavy snow on Boxing day. Lucy even let us use their sledges!
Can't recommend the property highly enough, it has everything you could want and more.