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“All that we'd hoped for!”
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Fairwinds Hotel
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Carrbridge
Certificate of Excellence
Wick, United Kingdom
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“All that we'd hoped for!”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

My husband and I stayed at Fairwinds for four nights at the beginning of September and thoroughly enjoyed our time there. Everywhere was clean and comfortable and we had what appeared to be a super kingsize bed.
On arrival we were told to help ourselves to a welcome drink set up in the bar area which was a decanter of whisky and another of sherry which we thought was a very nice touch. Also as mentioned previously each day on the tea/coffee tray was something homemade and delicious instead of the usual packet of rather dull biscuits often provided.
The breakfasts were very good indeed....a delicious array of fruit and plenty of choice of cooked dishes. We booked dinner as well and they were very good indeed.Three courses of quality food (mmm that venison fillet!) cooked extremely well and served very nicely and often with quite a bit of humour which really added fun to our stay.
Alison and Lindsey were great hosts and on our wedding anniversary they presented us with a beautiful iced cake complete with ribbon and a candle which we thought was very kind and was certainly appreciated.
Another highlight of our stay was their little dog Lucy who was an absolute delight. A gorgeous little ball of white fur with the most appealing nature. We absolutely loved her!
All in all we had a very good time at Fairwinds and would definitely recommend it to other visitors.

Room Tip: Watch for red squirrels in the big tree at the front and also in the grounds...very cute.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dereham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

We were in the area for the Loch Ness Marathon. Many other hotels in the Inverness area had increased their prices for the weekend due to the high demand but not Fairwinds. Spotlessly clean, excellent customer service and local advice. Good parking, breakfast, bedroom facilities, shower, etc. etc. As a seasoned traveller including overseas this place at the very top of the quality ratings in my book. Just one thought....would it be possible to offer free Wi-Fi?

If you are looking for a place to stay in this area I don't think you'll better it!

Louise & Henry D

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Snippi, Owner at Fairwinds Hotel, responded to this review, October 4, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind words. We do actually offer free wi-fi here which is available throughout the building including guest rooms. Sorry you missed out on that!
Congratulations to your son on his fine run in the marathon - I'm almost tempted to enter next year. Almost!
We look forward to welcoming you back to fairwinds the next time you are visiting the area

Alison and Lindsay
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Massena
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

We stayed at several B&Bs during our recent tour of Scotland and Ireland. This was our first and they certainly set a very high standard for the rest of our trip. The grounds were lovely, the room was very well appointed and the duvet was especially sumptuous. A minor housekeeping incident was brought to our attention by Alison. She immediately took care of it and was very apologetic for the oversight by their housekeeping staff. A few moments after she left our room, she returned with a chilled bottle of wine as an expression of apology. It certainly was very generous of them and we did enjoy the wine. There also was a beautiful tray with refreshments including a homemade treat. (incidentally, this is the only place we stayed where a homemade treat was added to the traditional tea/coffee tray). The breakfast was also the best we experienced in our travels. The dining room was lovely, very welcoming and guests were friendly without being overly involved. The food was outstanding. I cannot recommend this B&B enough. It was one of the highlights of our trip!!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

Just want to thank Allison and Lyndsey for a fabulous weekend...in one word..excellant..rooms superb...breakfasts superb...hospitality excellant...would recommend this hotel to everyone...set in beautiful surroundings julieannhowatd

  • Stayed August 2013
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Brighouse, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Standard, quality, welcome, friendliness, decor, service, food choice.......everything was just perfect. The two ladies Alison and Lindsay who run this hotel have definitely got something to be very proud of, a hidden gem, made so by themselves. On arrival we were greeted with a smile although it was late, shown to our rooms, which were super and offered a welcome drink. The personal touches were many, home baking in the room instead of the usual pack of coconut biscuits! The setting is off the beaten track and a car is needed. The breakfast is superb and again service with a smile. It is like being allowed into the home of very good friends. The grounds are lovely and there are plenty of walks nearby. We were busy whilst we were there but what a haven of peacefulness, a real place to unwind. A definite place to revisit.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Kirkby Lonsdale, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

What a fantastic hotel. Everything was excellent from the warm greeting and welcome drink to the super way Alison and Lindsay met our food request due to our late arrival - the cold platter brought to our room was perfect. Breakfast was excellent including the varied menu to suit all tastes and the standard and quality of both the hot and cold choices. Our comfortable room had everything we needed and more. Throughout our whole stay friendliness and efficiency combined to deliver Scottish hospitality at its best. We wished we could have stayed longer.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Leeton, Australia
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

Visitng Scotland for the first time my adult daughter and I spent two nights in July in the Fairwinds Hotel, Carrbridge. We selected the hotel because the picture looked quaint, but crossed our fingers that it would vaguely resemble the photo. We need not have worried because the hotel is even lovelier than pictured and is in a gorgeous part of the highlands. Carrbridge itself is simply divine and is near to Aviemore which is a delightful small town that is very geared (apparently) to skiing. Everything was just spot on at this hotel, thanks to the careful and attentive management of Lindsay and Alison - of whom too much cannot be said. The room was very large, impeccably clean and had tea and coffee facilities, two comfortable armchairs and - rarity of rarities - a sink available outside the bathroom. Most convenient for kettle filling! The breakfast was great, the best we had in the UK. All in all this hotel lived up to its superb TripAdvisor ratings and then some. am extremely grateful for the assistance and care that was extended to me during my stay, and despite being ill at the time managed to have a wonderful time in Carrbridge.

Room Tip: Do try the porridge for breakfast - it's a winner!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Fairwinds Hotel
Address: Main Street, Carrbridge, Aviemore PH23 3AA, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Aviemore and the Cairngorms > Aviemore > Carrbridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Carrbridge
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Fairwinds Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fairwinds is a small owner run hotel in the Highland village of Carrbridge at the north end of The Cairngorm National Park. The Hotel and Chalets sit in 7 acres of peaceful, private grounds which are surrounded by mature woodlands and are a haven for wildlife including red squirrels, roe deer and numerous bird species including crossbills. The Hotel offers high quality serviced accommodation in 5 individual bedrooms. Quality toiletries by Arran Aromatics, heavyweight towels, bed linens by Dorma, bottled water and tea/coffee making facilities,ipod docking, TV and free wifi: all are standard within the guest rooms. The 6 self catering chalets are positioned around our private lochan and offer the opportunity for guests to cater for themselves. Carrbridge is ideally situated off the A9, just 6 miles north of Aviemore and 23 miles south of Inverness. ... more   less 
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