The Larches

ID: S605898

  • Bedrooms 5
  • ・ Sleeps 10
  • ・ Pets 1

Snaptrip says

The Larches, set in a stunning location, offers a charming stay with ample space and a well-stocked kitchen. Guests have enjoyed the beautiful views, local activities, and the property's unique character. However, some have reported issues with cleanliness and maintenance that impacted their experience.

Guests that stayed at this property said

Guests have reported concerns with cleanliness, including unclean bedding and floors, which suggests a need for a thorough deep clean. However, not all reviews mention cleanliness issues.

The property's location is consistently praised for its beauty and the variety of activities available in the surrounding area, such as mountain climbing and wildlife parks.

The property is generally found to be comfortable with lovely bedrooms and a conservatory with views. However, some guests noted issues with a wobbly toilet and unsuitable bunk beds for adults.

While the kitchen is well-equipped, guests have encountered several maintenance issues such as a blocked shower, defective washing machine, and a bedroom door that wouldn't close.

There is no mention of gifts or special touches that would indicate thoughtfulness from the owner towards the guests, so it is not possible to provide a score in this category.

About this property

Kingussie 1.9 miles. Perched in the small village of Lynchat near Kingussie, Highland, is this stunning detached Victorian villa, The Larches. Enjoying a superb location in the Cairngorms National Park, with walking paths and outdoor pursuits available right from your front door and views out towards the Cairngorm Mountain ranges, The Larches is a fantastic pet-friendly choice for a group or family of ten. The property benefits from off-road parking for four, and a large wrap around garden with lawn, patio and furniture, perfect for alfresco dining with a view! Step inside to discover a fully-equipped kitchen where you can conjure up your best dishes, ready to savour at the breakfast table or in the dining room at the table for ten as you recount the day's adventures. After dinner, enjoy evening drinks in the conservatory which benefits from the warmth of the double-sided stove, or head through to the sitting room, complete with plush seating, a woodburning stove, and a TV, ideal for relaxing evenings with loved ones after an adventure-filled day. Completing the ground-floor is a well-appointed shower room where you can freshen up after exploring your exceptional surroundings, along with a spacious king-size bedroom, well-suited to those with limited mobility. Upstairs, four more beautifully presented bedrooms await, along with a sleek bathroom for indulgent soaks with your favourite book. Your local amenities can be found in nearby Kingussie, where you can treat your loved ones to a delicious meal at The Cross and Café Bistro, ordering fresh fish and chips from the takeaway, stocking up on essentials at the convenience store, embark on a pony trek with Highland Horse Fun, test out your swing at the excellent Kingussie Golf Club, or head to the outskirts where you can explore the RSPB Insh Marshes and sample local ales at the Speyside Distillery. Next stop is Newtonmore, where you can wander the Clan Macpherson and Highland Folk Museum, hike with the Cairngorm Alpacas, spend an afternoon at the Wildcat Centre, and sample the delights of Newtonmore Grill. Continue onto Aviemore, where you can dine at the Scottish Steakhouse, The Balavoulin, and Cheese and Tomatin, spot the local wildlife at Craigellachie National Nature Reserve, get your skates on at the Aviemore Ice Rink, or embark on a Highland Wildlife and Birdwatch Safari. All this and more awaits at The Larches. EPC Rating: Band E

Tourists flock to Kingussie all year because of its location in the stunning Cairngorms National Park. The town is home to one of the most stunning golf courses in all of Scotland and also boasts a wide variety of high-quality hotels, shops, and restaurants. During the summer, you can visit the Highland Folk Museum, located only 2 miles from Kingussie, and see demonstrations of traditional crafts being done in the'streets' of the museum's mock-village grounds. Located only 12 miles south of Aviemore, it rivals the Lecht as a popular winter destination for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. Travel to Dalwhinnie, Scotland's highest distillery, to learn about the process of manufacturing whisky (and buy a bottle), or check out the Highland Wildlife Park to see wolves in their natural habitat and a wide variety of Highland animals up close. An ideal base from which to explore the Central Highlands, as many of the region's best-known sights are within easy driving distance.


Five bedrooms: 2 x king-size, 1 x ground-floor king-size, 1 x double, 1 x child's bunk.

Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC.

Bathroom with bath, handheld shower, basin and WC.


Dining room.

Sitting room with woodburning stove.

Conservatory with double-sided woodburning stove

Oil central heating.

Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher.

TV, WiFi.

Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove included in rent.

Bed linen and towels included in rent.

Off-road parking for 4 cars.

Large garden with lawn, patio and furniture.

One well-behaved pet welcome.

Sorry, no smoking.

Shop 1.8 miles, pub 2 miles.

Please note that between 1st of June and the 1st of September 2024, this property will only accept 7 or more day stays.

Nearby points of interest

  • Highland Folk Museum
  • Caledonian Railway

Reviews (6)

  • Ashleigh

    It was set in a beautiful location and there was lots a or room for all 10 of us. It was also fully stocked with plates and cups etc, which you don’t always get when you go away. We brought extra amenities but didn’t need them all all! The only thing I would say is it probably isn’t great for 10 adults as the bunk bed room is tiny and the beds creaky and didn’t feel too safe for the weight or an adult. Two of us had to sleep on sofas which wasn’t great. I’d say it’s absolutely perfect for 8 adults and two kids though because the toys and books in the bunk bed room were great!

  • Sam

    However its a real shame that we can’t publish the photos as part of this review, as this property was extremely unclean and unhygenic. Blood stained bedding, torn mattresses and pillowcases, rusting kitchen utensils, dirt on floors and the bedding hadn’t been changed from the previous guests who departed the morning of our arrival. We spent the first 2 days washing and drying the bedding and had to buy new baking trays and a frying pan from the Tesco supermarket. One of the bedrooms we didn’t even use because there was dried blood stained into the mattress itself. The property is nothing like the photos on the Sykes website, all of the upholstery is tired, grubby, worn and run down. We’ve complained to Sykes who say they can’t help us despite confirming that the photos we have submitted show the property is clearly unclean and has obvious issues (the owner apparently doesn’t think that blood stains and bodily fluid stains on mattresses are a hygiene/cleanliness issue). The property has a small guest book, I note that cleanliness was mentioned several times and that several pages have been ripped out so clearly feedback isn’t taken particularly well with regards to this property. A real shame as the location is stunning and the property has bags of character, quite simply it just hasn’t been looked after and needs a thorough deep clean and restoration work throughout. I paid £914 for 4 nights and I can honestly say I feel genuinely wronged about the experience, this was a special trip for us and the state/hygiene of the property impacted our ability to enjoy our time there. After seeing the photos, Sykes informed us we should receive a refund and that the owner had agreed to this - but then Sykes messaged us again a few days later saying there has been an error and no refund has been agreed ? Very strange and confusing, our experience with Sykes has been staggeringly poor. I reluctantly write this review as I had hoped our feedback and complaint submitted to the owner via Sykes would be dealt with seriously and the owner recognise that our photographs and account constitute a breach of section 8.1 of the hire agreement, sadly the owner has failed to recognise this. I can only suggest that anyone considering coming here gets an assurance prior to booking this accommodation that it has had all bedding updated and replaced and a deep clean given throughout. We are in the process of escalating further - if the owner would like to reach out to us directly to amicably discuss the condition of the property and our stay, we would be happy to have this discussion.

  • Alexis

    The rental property did not have the new code and notified me they’d contact the owner. Thankfully, the owner’s number was in a book at the cottage and I was able to reach out myself after not hearing back from the rental company. The owner called back a few hours later with the new code and was very nice and apologetic. We never heard from the rental company. The clean was okay - there were quite a few crumbs left on the floors and trash in some of the baskets. The downstairs toilet was a bit wobbly, but no major maintenance concerns to note. The owner asked us to leave the heat on due to a bad valve that’s in the process of being repaired - we did not have heat issues during our stay. The written directions provided to access the property were a little confusing, but Apple Maps got us there perfectly. The location was beautiful and the cottage itself was very nice.

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