Travelled with a friend and stayed one night in the twin bedded room. The B&B is well located at the south end of Newtonmore - a five/ten minute walk to the main street. Parking at the house is clearly marked and on stepping out of the car we were greeted by the owner's gentle dog. Marion also gave us a very warm welcome and we were offered tea/coffee, much appreciated after the drive from Edinburgh.
Our room was 'the Pines', a light, airy room with twin beds and plenty storage (wardrobe, drawers, luggage rack) for our short stay. For stays longer than two or three nights we would recommend one of the larger rooms (they are an excellent size). The Pines would also be good if you are travelling as a family with older children who would appreciate their own space. The beds were very comfortable and the room was furnished with two 'basket' style chairs, a flat screen TV/DVD player and excellent tea/coffee (and hot chocolate!) making facilities. A mini-fridge was available but we didn't use this. The en-suite shower room is bright and clean with plenty of towels, space to store toiletries and a good shower. The mini-toiletries provided (shower gel, shampoo, body lotion, hand soap and bar soap) are of a very good quality. The room overlooks the car parking/garden area with the chicken coop in the distance - the hens are very entertaining to watch and provide the delicious eggs for breakfast.
On the landing is a bookcase with lots of books and DVDs for guests to borrow. On another landing sits two very comfortable armchairs in front of a widow, copies of Scottish guidebooks, magazines etc are available on the coffee table here and it makes a cosy nook to plan your adventures. Comfortable seating is also available in the dining room with more books on Scotland, wildlife etc.
After booking our stay online, we were emailed a list of local places to eat. We ate at the Glen Hotel - five minutes walk from the B&B. You can also order evening meals in advance at Craig Na Shee or bring takeaway food to eat in the dining room.
The house and area are very peaceful and we both had a great night's sleep.
Breakfast - this was a real highlight of our stay - both the food and Marion's helpful disposition were excellent. You are asked to make your cooked choices the evening before and breakfast is served in a lovely dining room. When we stayed there was a choice of cereals/muesli, Greek yoghurt, fruits (including strawberries, blueberries, melon, prunes), flavoured yoghurt and pastries. Full Scottish breakfast is available and other cooked options including kippers, porridge and breakfast rolls. My friend declared the full Scottish breakfast - bacon, sausage, tomato, beans, mushroom, fried egg, black pudding and toast - to be the best he's ever had (and he's eaten a fair few of these over the years in everywhere from five star hotels to transport cafés).
Marion made some very helpful suggestions as to what we could do that day. At her suggestion we visited the Cairngorm reindeer herd - a fantastic experience which included feeding the reindeer on the hills.
Coig Na Shee is a first class B&B. It is small and friendly and the standards are truly excellent. The room prices are very reasonable and are superb value for money. Marion clearly works very hard to ensure that all guests have a wonderful stay in her family's home. Staying here made our trip to the Newtonmore/Cairngorm area and we are already planning a return visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Coig na Shee Guest House, a 1903 Highland lodge within mature grounds, is on the edge of Newtonmore, within the Cairngorms National Park. Offering stylish rooms, peace and quiet, and great breakfasts. Located in the Spey Valley, Coig na Shee is the perfect base for walking, climbing, (short distance to the Monadhliath & Cairngorm Mountains and many Munros), mountain biking (Laggan Wolftrax Mountain Bike Park is nearby), golfing, skiing, horse riding and many water sports. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Coig Na Shee Newtonmore, Scotland