£138 / night
Price for guests, Nights

Bright, cycle-friendly, cosy cottage in Cairngorms National Park – Home 9071582 Cottage

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 6 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Bright, cycle-friendly, cosy cottage in Cairngorms National Park – Home 9071582

  • Cottage
  • 3 bedrooms
  • sleeps 6
  •  min stay varies

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 18 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner


Glencoldon Cottage is in the Osprey Village of Boat of Garten, 6 miles from Aviemore, in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. It has a Gold Award for its eco-friendly features, like sunpipes, solar panels and the "wild" garden welcoming for wildlife. It has also recently been fully upgraded to modern high-spec. It is ideal for 4-6 people and as a base for the huge range of activities in the local area.

As the cottage garden opens onto the Speyside Way, we have made sure all the facilities are available to make it fully cycle-friendly, from secure bike shelter to clothes washing / drying. As a natural wildlife haven too, the spacious balcony deck area, with views to the Cairngorms, allows you to fully immerse in your tranquil surroundings, and enjoy the visits of the local red squirrels, deer and huge range of birds.

The village is on the River Spey between Aviemore and Grantown-on-Spey, and is ideally located for easy access to the huge range of attractions and outdoor activities that the area is renowned for. Grantown-on-Spey also marks the start of the world famous Whisky Trail. There are no hidden extra costs, with all heat, power, and log usage for the wood burning stove, included in the hire.

The large child-friendly wild garden has direct gate access to the forest behind the cottage (with many local walks and scenic routes to the shops) and opens to the 65-mile Speyside Way to the front (running alongside the famous Strathspey Steam Railway – you can see this running past several times a day! [Feb-Oct]). The garden is partly an extension of the surrounding forest and partly an area where you can enjoy a barbeque, or a game of volleyball, badminton or mini-football on the small lawn.

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: King Bed
    Bedroom 2: Double Bed
    Bedroom 3: 2 Single Beds
  • 1 Family bathroom, 1 Shower room


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private garden
  • Internet access


  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Getting around

PUBLIC TRANSPORT Boat of Garten is located in one of the areas of the Cairngorm National Park most easily accessible by public transport, with nearby connections for bus, rail and air travel. Whilst a car is not essential, there may be certain activities / locations not accessible by the following links By Rail – Nearest mainline station: Aviemore (on London - Edinburgh - Inverness mainline) By Steam Train - Station in Boat of Garten. Shuttles to Aviemore By Bus - Service 34 goes to Aviemore, Grantown on Spey, Carrbridge and Inverness. By Bicycle - too many off-road cycle routes to mention, including in the National Park and on Speyside Way. Many village-to-village tracks. National Cycle Route 7 passes through the village.

Interaction with guest

The thing I love most when arriving at the cottage is the instant peace and quiet! As this is one of the reasons many people visit the Cairngorms too, we decided we would not divert you from starting to unwind with a welcome party, but would just make sure you have all you need to quickly make yourselves at home. I have been lucky enough to spend time at the cottage for 50+ years! So, having enjoyed all the local highlights ourselves, and with our own children too, we are more than happy to share our knowledge. We realise many people come with their own adventure already planned, but, for others, we can provide information on local favourites; and leave you many ways to get in touch if you want some help with any plans.


Check in time: 16:00, Check out time: 10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

Damage deposit: £100.00
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

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* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support

House rules

Stag or Hen parties may be allowed by special arrangement (please contact).
Smoking is not allowed inside the house, but there are many covered outdoor areas where it is possible.


About the owner

Derek P.
Average reply time:
2 hours 15 minutes
Response rate:
Calendar updated:
01 Jun 2020
Years listed:
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English, French, Spanish

This Cottage has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 6. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 18 Sep 2017. Located in Aviemore, it has 26 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate is £962.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 01 Jun 2020.


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Guest reviews

26 reviews

Very Good

“Glencoldon cottage”

Reviewed 11 Mar 2020

A really great cottage in a wonderful location : quiet and surrounded by woodland but easy direct access in walking distance of village shop and pub etc . Will be back soon !

“Great cottage in a lovely location”

Reviewed 18 Feb 2020

Really enjoyed our stay here and can recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing holiday in the area or just as a base to go out an explore this beautiful part of Scotland. The cottage is very well… More

Owner's reply: Thanks so much for your feedback. Great to know that kids are enjoying a bit of adventure in the garden! Maybe even more hiding places now than when I was roaming as a kid. I hope you will be back too! All the best, Derek

“Another great New Year getaway”

Reviewed 4 Jan 2020

Fantastic place to relax and get back to nature after all the excitement of Xmas. Spacious and cosy house in the forest is pretty much perfect. Long walks and cycles from the door and Aviemore close … More

Owner's reply: Brilliant! Very pleased you enjoyed your return to the cottage. You did very well to see one of the many, but very elusive, Capercaillie! Winter definitely has its own special attraction in the National Park. All the best for 2020!

“Great place”

Reviewed 11 Dec 2019

Lovely, well maintained property in a fabulous location. Plenty of space for 6 people to relax with good views.

Owner's reply: Thanks again for staying. Much appreciate the review and hope we can perhaps welcome you back sometime. In the meantime, all the best for 2020! Cheers, Derek

“The great green getaway”

Reviewed 24 Nov 2019

Boat of Garden is a lovely area and my wife and I have been through it before but never stayed. We know the owner and he'd told us so much about the place that we had to go and stay. Glencoldon C… More

Owner's reply: Thanks mate! Appreciate your totally unbiased review! Genuinely very pleased that you both enjoyed your time after insisting that you had to stay sometime! Glad I twisted your arm! Cheers, Derek

“and relax....”

Reviewed 23 Oct 2019

This cottage exceeded our expectations. So spacious for the 4 of us, cozy and spotlessly clean. Great location. We didn't bring the car and didn't regret it. Hope to be back soon. Highly rec… More

Owner's reply: Thanks for lovely review. Car-free to Cairngorms - like your style! Pleased you found that you had more than enough choice for things to do and places to go in the local area, without need for your car. Look forward to welcoming you back. Cheers derek


Reviewed 22 Oct 2019

Glencoldon was a very clean and cosy cottage ideally situated for all that Spey side has to offer. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

Owner's reply: Thanks Neil! Your booking and kind comments much appreciated. All the best! Cheers, Derek


Reviewed 28 Aug 2019

We were very impressed with this holiday home. One of the best we've seen. Boat of Garten is a charming village and we've been here a few times before but never in a place as nice as this.… More

Owner's reply: Fantastic! Very pleased you enjoyed your stay, even the upcycled furniture! You'll be very welcome when you return. All the best meantime!

“Traumhafter Urlaub in einem traumhaften und ruhigen Haus”

Reviewed 11 Aug 2019

Das Haus ist traumhaft, abseits von Lärm und Hektik in einem kleinen Waldstück, mit anderen Häusern gelegen, inmitten eines großen und wundervollen Gartens. Morgens und abends kan… More

Owner's reply: Thanks very much for your stay at the cottage and kind review. Very pleased you liked the eco-products and enjoyed the wildlife in the garden. All the best!

“Fantastic cottage for family holiday in idyllic location”

Reviewed 18 Jun 2019

Booked at the last minute for a long weekend with our young family. The cottage was well equipped and clean and so quiet! A safe environment and interesting garden for the little ones to explore. Wild… More

Owner's reply: Great to hear you had an enjoyable stay and a great holiday! The woodpecker is a recent arrival in the garden this year. Don't know if it's nesting there - one certainly used to. I think the very young Roe Deer just pass through and take a wee breather as there is plenty to eat! Seeing a Pine Marten in the wild is a rare treat though! Sounds like you also found some of the highlights for a family day out around and about. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

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