KATCHANA, pet friendly, country holiday cottage, with a garden in Kincraig, Ref 2666
Description from the manager
This unusual and stunning property is spacious, full of unique features and offers superb family accommodation for up to eight people. This holiday property is unique and is situated in the secluded hamlet of Farr one mile from the village of Kincraig. It occupies an elevated position with views over Loch Insh on one side and the majestic Cairngorms on the other. There are large windows to the property to take advantage of the stunning views and the wildlife that can be enjoyed from the house. There are three bedrooms, a bathroom and a shower room providing comfortable and luxurious accommodation for up to eight people. The spacious sitting room is warm and inviting with an open fire and large windows. The well equipped kitchen has a small breakfast area and there is a separate dining room. Outside is a mature garden with furniture, a perfect location for taking in the spectacular views. This property is a perfect base for a relaxing holiday with family or friends.
Amenities: Oil central heating with open fire. Electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 3 x TVs (one with basic Sky+), video, DVD, CD, WiFi, small library of books/DVDs/games. Electricity & starter pack for open fire inc. in rent. Bed linen & towels inc. in rent. Cot, highchair & stairgate on request. Off road parking for 3 cars. Secure storage for bikes/skis etc. Well-established garden with furniture and hot tub. One well-behaved dog welcome. Up to 3 additional pets welcome at £25 per pet, per holiday. Sorry, no smoking. Shop & pub 1 mile. Note: This owner requires a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £150. Note: 5th Jan - 4th April 2015 charged at £955, 27th Jun - 04th Jul 2015 charged at £1031, 04th Jul - 18th Jul 2015 charged at £1212 and 10th Oct - 24th Oct 2015 charged at £1031.
Region: From the lush green farmlands of the Borders to the ruggedness of the Highlands, the Scots are proud of their land and identity. Scotland also has some of Britain's best beaches with glorious stretches of clean sand over which to roam.
Town: This charming Highland village lies in an idyllic location between the towns of Kingussie and Aviemore. Kincraig offers a wide variety of activities for all the family at any time of year and is particularly well positioned for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities. Visitors can enjoy climbing, fishing, cycling, walking and can try their hand at water sports at Loch Insh. Equipment and instruction are all available from here. If you prefer quieter and less strenuous pursuits, birdwatching from the RSPB hide overlooking the Insh Marshes Reserve is something to consider. The Highland Wildlife Park is close by and a chance to see bison, red pandas, wolves, arctic foxes and wildcats is not to be missed. The scenery is breathtaking and the area is a fabulous holiday destination, with its wealth of attractions, villages and rich cultural heritage.
Left on 02/21/2013 for a stay in December 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Feb 21, 2013Stayed Dec 2012
Lovely property with great walks on the doorstep with the dogs. Hot tub is great in the snow. Visit the reindeer on the Cairngorms and aviemore shops!
Would definitely recommend and the owners are very helpful too
Left on 03/01/2012 for a stay in January 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Mar 1, 2012Stayed Jan 2012
This was a relatively last minute booking and represented good value for money.
Katchana is in a beautfiul setting; close to centres of activity like aviemore (approx 9 miles) but not too far (in Scottish terms) from Inverness and tourist 'attractions' like Loch Ness, Glencoe, Ben Nevis etc.
The property itself felt extremely spacious for 2 adults and a 3 year old and I would imagine that an extra child / adult would still give a feeling of space and not the sense that one is living on top of each other. That said, the bedrooms are quite small.
However, the living areas (kitchen diner, dining area and living room) are, in contrast, vast and perfect for relaxing. I agree with one of the other reviews - there are a few areas in the property that aren't as inviting (the 'enclosed balcony' at the end of the lounge / utility space) - this is mainly because they look like they could do with a bit of a tidy up and appear to be an 'afterthought'.
Katchana is situated in an breathtakingly beautiful location with oodles of land / view points around it (particularly if you interested in wildlife). It could be made an extremely luxurious property if a little more attention was paid to small details. (eg. replacing light bulbs, better ambient lighting, few more kitchen utensils, better tourist information booklets etc). They're only little things and on balance we absolutely loved our time here.
Left on 10/21/2011 for a stay in August 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Oct 21, 2011Stayed Aug 2011
The house was more than what we expected, beautiful setting and the wildlife was amazing.The owner was very helpful and made sure we were happy with everything. Very well situated for all the local attractions in wonderful countryside, one of the best holidays we have had. Our 2 sons aged 11 and 15 loved all the activities and we felt they were fairly priced. We were very lucky with the weather, will definitely like to go back.
Left on 03/11/2011 for a stay in January 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Mar 11, 2011Stayed Jan 2011
Stayed at Katchana with friends with children. The house was a great size for 8 and had everything we needed. We loved being right on the lochside and having great walks right outside our door. We went to the Loch Inch Watersports centre a few times where the kids had skiing lessons and we had a glass of wine! Would definitely go back.
"wonderful all round holiday experience, fantastic accommodation."
Left on 09/15/2010 for a stay in June 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Sep 15, 2010Stayed Jun 2010
Really loved our holiday to Kathchana. Directions were perfect, we met the owner, Gavin, who was very friendly and told us about the area, etc., the cottage was over and above our expectations. It was so well kitted out, we wanted for nothing, and the wildlife was superb. Brill!
Left on 09/15/2010 for a stay in July 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Sep 15, 2010Stayed Jul 2010
We liked the location and the lovely views although the garden area was not all that suitable for young children being on a steep slope.
The lounge area was very spacious and bright but the 'family room' was very small and had very limited storage considering it can sleep 2 adults and two children. Owner needs to clear 'clutter' from garage and window area off lounge as there were potentially dangerous things lying around.Crockery also needs checked over and sliding bathroom door. Great house but needs some TLC to keep up standard.
"Katchana is set in a beautiful and tranquil setting with wonderf"
Left on 12/20/2009 for a stay in October 2009 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Dec 20, 2009Stayed Oct 2009
Katchana is a lovely house in a wonderful, peaceful setting with lovely scenery and lots of wildlife. The house is well equiped with comfortable furniture, good beds and plenty of good towels. It was clean, well heated and there was plenty hot water. There was sufficient car parking for three cars.
The house is set on the shores of Loch Insh. A mile from the house, again on the shore of Loch Insh is a visitor centre providing sailing, mountain biking, play parks and a wonderful restaurant serving delicious meals and home baking at very reasonable prices.
A few more miles away is the village of Aviemore with lots of visitor attractions and lots of walks of varying distances in the most wonderful scenery. There are also lots of hills to climb and there is skiing in the winter.
About ten miles away, in the village of Carrbridge, is the Landmark Visitor Centre. There are so many things to do for all the family, our favourite being the water slides, you would have to spend the whole day there.
Our family all loved Katchana, we spent the most wonderful week there and I cannot think of anything that we did not like and will definitely be going back.
KATCHANA, pet friendly, country holiday cottage, with a garden in Kincraig, Ref 2666
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