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The Old Kennels

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Tomintoul, Highlands
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Pick your own produce from the vegetable garden at this holiday property which enjoys amazing mountain views in an elevated position.

The Old Kennels sits above Tomintoul, reputedly the highest village in the Highlands, with spectacular views across to the mountains beyond. This single-storey, traditionally built holiday cottage was where the gundogs were housed when the area was owned by the Dukes of Richmond and Gordon. It is now part of the Glenlivet Crown Estate with its series of trails and wildlife programmes organised by the estate ranger in Tomintoul. The property has been refurbished and modernised whilst maintaining its traditional atmosphere with a farmhouse kitchen and modern bathroom, and open fires in the living room and master bedroom. It has a large garden on two levels and a separate vegetable garden where guests can pick their own produce. It is an ideal family base to explore both Speyside to the west and Dee and Donside to the east, the latter by way of the spectacular Tomintoul to Cock Bridge road. Tomintoul itself, which is less than a mile away, now has three craft shops and a number of eating places, one of which is the spacious and atmospheric lounge bar of the Glenavon Hotel which provides excellent family bar lunches.
Situated within the Cairngorm National Park, there is a wide variety of sporting activity to be enjoyed. Fishing is available at all levels from the local River Avon and its tributaries to the nearby Spey. The holiday cottage is within easy reach of golf courses of all standards including the championship course at Aviemore and the Donald Steel designed 9-hole course at nearby Ballindalloch Castle. There is superb local walking and dogs are welcomed in the main rooms. The Speyside Way spur starts in Tomintoul and the Cairngorm mountains offer outstanding climbing and hill walking. The Extreme Dream indoor climbing wall at Aviemore, also with an exciting outdoor programme, is very welcoming to all standards. Visitors can go dolphin watching by boat off the Moray Coast an hour away and explore the magnificent beaches. The Tomintoul trekking centre at St Bridget’s farm is a BHS approved centre with animals and treks to suit all standards. The cottage is in the centre of the Whisky Trail with the renowned Whisky Castle shop in Tomintoul and an excellent visitors’ centre at The Glenlivet. In winter there is skiing locally at the Lecht and at Aviemore, where guests can also visit the reindeer herd on the Cairngorms.

Living room with open fire. Large, well-equipped, farmhouse-style kitchen with electric range cooker and Belfast sink. Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed; one with open fire. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Separate toilet.

  • Open fires - fuel included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Electricity range (double oven)
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Telephone–honesty box
  • Large enclosed garden with furniture
  • Vegetable garden
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (2 cars)
  • Secure cycle store
  • Natural spring water supply
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • NB: Steps and sloping banks in garden

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  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Open Fire
    Open Fire
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 12/04/2017
    We booked the Old Kennels for a last minute break over Easter. The price was very competitive, I was wondering what the catch was! But the cottage was lovely, quirky and full of character. Lots of games, DVD's and books in the house. We enjoyed our evenings in front of the fire and were out most of the days as it's close enough to Aviemore area to drive there for the day. We'd definitely stay at this cottage again.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 02/01/2017
    As a two family group (4 adults, 3 kids) we spent the week between Christmas and New year. We arrived wanting to ski and discover a part of Scotland we had never visited before. We all loved staying at The Old Kennels, it was close enough to the village to walk to for supplies, evening meal and a few drinks and close enough to walk home after a few drinks. We were all amazed by the stars on our first walk home, being city dwellers we don't get to see the Milky Way in all its glory, so not only was it a treat for the parents, the kids were gobsmacked. The house was clean, comfortable and cosy, enough couch space for everyone and there was even a Christmas tree put up for us. Diane the house keeper was great and is even posting something I forgot back to me (thanks Diane). The local ski centre (Lecht) was open the day after we arrived so we hit the slopes for a great day, sadly it was the only day as it warmed up and the snow disappeared but one day was enough to have stories to tell on our return.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 12/11/2016
    Great cottage in a great location. Perhaps needs a little tlc in places but absolutely perfect for our needs. Had a problem with the heating and hot water the first night but it was fixed the next day , without any inconvenience to ourselves and didn't cause us any problems despite the cold weather. Plenty of heaters and fire meant we were fine. Was sad to leave , could easily have stayed another week and would definitely go again.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 21/10/2016
    The cottage is in a nice quiet location. The garden was overgrown with broken fences/walls and the whole property could do with some tlc. The cottage itself was clean and warm, just needs a bit of love.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 11/10/2016
    As the weather was so nice, even though it was October, it would of been nice for the garden to be tidier - all in all had a great time. Shower was a bit rubbish, bedrooms lovely, kitchen well equipped.

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