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Sleeps 14 adults Bedrooms 7 Bathrooms 6 Pets 3 Welcome Region Inverness-shire Town/village Kingussie
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Upmarket Cairngorms Retreat, Kingussie (212)

With a backdrop of the Cairngorms and views over the Spey valley to the front, this luxurious Highland retreat also has its own golf course to add to the beauty of the place.

This former sporting lodge has been beautifully restored and upgraded in 2016 to become one of the premier luxury holiday houses in Scotland. Occupying a prominent site within the Cairngorm National Park and overlooking the river Spey, it is surrounded by woodlands and a private golf course to the front of the house. If you are looking for a holiday (house) of your lifetime in Scotland, then this is hard to beat.

What used to be a set of smaller reception rooms to the front is now the expansive impressive drawing room which has the “wow factor” that you and your guests will enjoy, whether in black tie or plus two’s. Beyond is the ideal sitting room to be less formal and chill out in, which then leads to the amazing dining room, with wooden beams and impressive chandeliers. The kitchen is fully modernised and extremely well equipped and catering for a large group is made very pleasurable indeed. The accommodation consists of a bedroom with en-suite bathroom on the ground floor, with the remaining bedrooms and bathrooms located on the first floor, to the front and the back of the house. The emphasis has been on style throughout, and the high-end quality shown in the bathrooms are particularly pleasing.

Approached through stone entrance gates, the drive is flanked by mature woodlands on either side, before opening out into attractive grounds, which include a fully maintained '9-hole' golf course and a tennis court. With a sleeper train service from London to Kingussie, access could not be easier by train, air or by road. Behind the house is a separate bothy (small cottage) which can be made available for those bringing a cook or additional staff. It is not let separately and is only available by arrangement.

Your first impression of the drawing roomA view across the whole drawing room areaThe piano side of the drawing roomThe extra sitting room allows plenty of space for the whole group to spread outEnjoy meals with the whole group in this outstanding dining roomThe dining room will be even better full of peopleWhat a setting for a Scottish artisan ginThis deluxe modern kitchen is a dream to use for any cook!Check out the electric 5-door AGA and built in double ovens There is plenty of space to hang your coats and store your gear

Living Space

Reception rooms

At the front of the house is the impressive drawing room, with fine chandeliers and comfortable sofas, with wonderful views out to the front over the golf course and Spey valley. In fact this room is so large it has open fires at each end of the room, and is an ideal room for socialising. Beyond is a sitting room with TV to the side of the house, which has sofas, tables and comfortable seating. Above inscribed in the wooden lintel is a quote from the Poems of Ossian, which reads: Tell him that we are mighty in war; that the ghosts of our foes are many. All stirring stuff! At the side entrance there is a small reception hall with a wood-burning stove. To the rear of the house, there is a separate access to a cloakroom, boot-room and drying room, which then takes you back into the house, which means that those with wet boots can take them off here and get them dried.

Kitchen / Dining

To the side of the house is a very impressive dining room with hanging chandeliers, fine dining table and chairs, with a floor made from Caithness stone. In the summer months, access to the decking area may be more suitable for al fresco dining. Next door is the large impressive modern kitchen, with a variety of cooking appliances, with Miele induction hobs, electric double ovens and an electric 5-door AGA. There is plenty of cooking capacity as well as storage for dry and chilled items. Beyond is a utility room, a cloakroom and a drying room.

  • Accommodation, ground floor
  • Aga, 2 hobs, 4 ovens
  • Catering quotes available on request
  • CD Player
  • Ceilidh room
  • Cot
  • Croquet Set
  • Fishing
  • Freezer
  • Fridge, Wine Cooler
  • Heating, Central
  • Hob, induction, 4 ring
  • Internet Access
  • Open Fires
  • Oven, double
  • Piano
  • Tumble Dryer
  • TV, Freeview channels
  • View, Area of outstanding beauty
  • Walking, hill
  • Walking, woodland
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Wood burning Stove
  • Mobile reception, available on limited networks
  • Luxury
  • Fridge, Larder, 2
  • Easy Access
Ground floor twin room with en-suiteGround floor en-suite with bath and shower cubicleBedroom 1, double or twin room on the first floor with en-suiteEn-suite bathroom for bedroom 1, with feature bath tubBedroom 2 on the first floor, can be a double or twin room Stylish en-suite bathroom to accompany bedroom 2Bedroom 3 on the first floor can be a double or twin set upUnique detail can be found throughout the houseFirst floor shower room designated to bedroom 3Bedroom 4, another double or twin set up for maximum flexibilityEn-suite bathroom for bedroom 4, with shower over bathBedroom 6, double room found on the first floor at the rear of the houseBedroom 7 is also in the rear section on the first floorShared bathroom on the first floor rear section

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 14

Accommodation is provided for a group of 14 adults in 7 bedrooms with 6 bathrooms, as follows:

Ground floor – room no 5, twin room with two single beds and front view, with en-suite bathroom, with bath with shower attachment, separate shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin.

First floor - room no 1, zip-and-link bed, as king size double room or twin-bedded room, with front view, with en-suite dressing room, with en-suite bathroom, with feature slipper bath, separate wet floor shower, w.c and wash hand basin; room no 2, zip-and-link bed, as king size double room or twin-bedded room, with front view, with en-suite bathroom, with central feature bath with shower attachment, separate shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin; room no 3, zip-and-link bed, as king size double room or twin-bedded room,  with front view; shower room, with shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin; room no 4, zip-and-link bed, as king size double room or twin-bedded room, with front view, with en-suite dressing room, with en-suite bathroom, with bath with shower over, w.c and wash hand basin; back stair access to: room no 6, double room with super king size double bed; room no 7, zip-and-link bed, as king size double room or twin-bedded room; bathroom, with bath with shower attachment, w.c and wash hand basin.

  • 1 Twin Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 1 King Size Double Bedroom With Shared Bathroom
  • 3 King Size Double/twin Room With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 1 King Size Double/twin Room With Shared Bathroom
  • 1 King Size Double/twin Room With Private Shower Room
The holiday house with the private golf course to the front and sideThe holiday house sits in a magnificent Highland settingThe holiday house is bigger than it looks from the frontThe view of the holiday house on arrivalThe side acess from the parking areaYour view across Strathspey whilst tapping-in on the golf courseThe Eagle's View across Strathspey'Speyside' refreshment awaits at the '19th hole' in SpeysideYou will be sad to drive away at the end of your holidays

Grounds & Surrounds

With its own fully maintained '9-hole' golf course and tennis court available in the spring and summer months. Overlooking the river Spey it is located 2 miles from Kingussie, which has various general stores, hotels and a railway station.  A larger supermarket can be found in Newtonmore, which is 5 miles away. The railway station forms part of the London-Inverness main line, with easy access to Inverness, Edinburgh and London. For golfers there are further golf courses at Kingussie, Newtonmore and Boat of Garten. Families can be entertained at the Kincraig Wildlife Park and Landmark Forest Activity Centre. Aviemore offers many activities with the Cairngorm ski centre as the highlight. Rothiemurchus also offers further outdoor activities.


Security Bond

The owner requires a fully refundable security bond to be paid within 7 days of the holiday start date.
This owner has chosen to use our secure online payment service to collect this bond from guests.

Check in / Check out

Guests are welcome to arrive from 4:00pm and are asked to depart by 10:00am on the day of departure.

Pets Welcome

A maximum of 3 pets are welcome at this property. Typically pet charges apply but please contact the office for details.

Cancellation Policy - Strict

Included in the rental

Linen, towels, electricity, heating and fuel for the open fires is included within the rental.

Notes & Warnings

To the front and side of the house is a fully maintained '9-hole' golf course, which is available in the spring and summer. It is private to the residents of the house, with occasional family use.

Stag and Hen bookings may not book this property, unless discussed in advance for approval. Neither the Owner nor the Agent will accept any liability should a booking be confirmed as a consequence of non-disclosure of the above which may later result in a booking cancellation by the Owner. For more information on this matter please speak to a member of our staff.

Please note that whilst Internet connection is available – it is predominantly located at the front of the house.

Maximum 3 dogs welcome. Dogs are confined to hard floor areas only at ground level. Wet dogs are to be kept in the drying room.

Please be aware that the piano at the property is unused and not tuned on a regular basis, and is more a decorative item than a functional playing piano. Guests are welcome to play the piano, but for those wishing to arrange a musical event, then the provision of a professional keyboard may be more appropriate.

There is a private water supply at this property, which is checked and approved on an annual basis by the local authority.


Kingussie is located off the main A9 road, between Aviemore and Newtonmore, nestled in Strathspey on the western side of the Cairngorm National Park. This area is popular with anglers and a hotspot for seasonal shooting, but walkers and cyclists will also have plenty to discover in the area around the village. With a High Street with various shops, hotels and bars, it is thriving community. Gow’s the butcher’s is well worth a visit for its fine meats, pies and black pudding. The Gynack river comes through the centre of the village and if you head up the hill, you discover Kingussie golf course, which is a good 18-hole parkland course. Kingussie is known for the game of shinty and games can be watched at The Dell. Nearby is the Highland Wildlife Park, which is an excellent day out for the family. With Aviemore nearby, and the Cairngorm National Park, there is much to do for an activity minded person in this area.


Inverness-shire is one of the largest county areas in Scotland. Located in the Highlands, it is predominantly mainland, but still has coastline to the west and the east, and includes the Outer Hebrides, Skye and a number of smaller Inner Hebridean Isles. The neighbouring historical county of Nairnshire is now commonly included withing the boundaries of Inverness-shire. The county has a diverse range of attractions and activities for all the family. For thrill seekers, and those in search of invigorating activities, there are two ski resorts, Cairngorm and Nevis Ski Centre, a number of activity centres and much in the way of walking and mountain biking can be found in the Highlands. For something traditionally Scottish why not pay Nessie a visit at Loch Ness? And what about a trip to stand in the shadow of the great Ben Nevis (or walk up it if you are so inclined!)? Visit the Calloden Battlefield, the site of the last battle on British soil, or take a train ride out to the west coast, over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by Harry Potter’s Hogwart's Express! The Outer Hebrides are a 200 island chain off the far north west of Scotland. Inhabited for over 6000 years, the islands have a huge historical heritage, and also contain Sites of Special Scientific Interest and National Nature Reserves. The Isle of Skye is typical of the Scottish Highlands; with 20 Munros on the island, there is much to entertain the avid walker! Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands is a bustling and thriving city and home to the estimable red sandstone Inverness Castle. Other towns include Fort William, located in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Kingussie on the Cairngorm National Park, and Nairn, an attractive seaside holiday spot on the Moray Firth.

North West and Skye

About the Area

The northern section of Scotland provides some of the most dramatic scenery that the country has to offer with stunning natural beauty. The options include travelling up the east coast, through the central region or via the western section. Choosing the east coast, from Inverness to John o’ Groats, is a distance of 120 miles. This takes in the “Black Isle” which has the Moray Firth and the Cromarty Firth on either side. Continuing on the A9 through Easter Ross, and the scenery starts to get more dramatic with the peak Ben Wyvis dominating the area. The towns that you pass through include Dornoch, Golspie, Brora and Helmsdale, with the historic cathedral at Dornoch a highlight. Beyond and you enter the sparsely populated region of Sutherland, where there are vast open spaces of moorland and heather, which meets the high cliffs to the east. There are two main towns in the northern section and they are Thurso and Wick. The north east section is the county of Caithness, and there are a lot of Norse influence in this area, having been the closest point of contact to Norway and Viking invasions. It is a favourite for tourists who like to go to John o’Groats, and it is historically known as the “start of Great Britain”, being one end of the longest distance between two inhabited points in the UK, Land's End being the other. John o' Groats is 876 miles (1409.78 km) away from Land's End in Cornwall. At the north coast is the Pentland Firth, which looks out to Orkney and a car ferry can be caught from Scrabster to Stromness. Both Orkney and Shetland have amazing historical sites and are well worth visiting. Travelling along the north coast takes you to Tongue, and it is here that the central route can be taken using the A836. This follows Loch Loyal, past Ben Loyal, Loch Naver and through Strath Vagastie and Strath Tiffy before reaching Lairg. The road is a single track road with passing places and as it is so scenic, there is no hurry. Travelling from the west coast, from the great glen of Scotland and the magnificence of Loch Ness, along the A87, this is a route that is well trodden by tourists, as this is the “road to the isles”. Along the way, it is lochs and glens, with Loch Lochy, Loch Garry, Loch Cluanie, the Five Sisters mountain range, before reaching Loch Duich and one of the most photographed and iconic castles in Scotland, Eilean Donan Castle. From here, the road leads to the Isle of Skye and access onto many of the other islands, or north. Travelling north, takes in a perennial favourite, Plockton, and continuing on you travel through Lochcarron, Kinlochewe, Ullapool and Scourie, with harbour villages of Lochinver and Kinlochbervie, well worth visiting. Once you get to the top of Scotland, you reach Durness and the most north westerly region which is Cape Wrath, and this section of Scotland is covered.


In the North Highlands and Skye, there are many attractions, but it is the geography that is the most appreciated. The line of the well known verse states “speed bonny boat, over the sea to Skye”; but nowadays, there is a bridge for the main west coast route onto the island. However, the West Highland Line links Mallaig railway station by rail to Fort William, Oban and Glasgow. This rail line, which is in use through the summer only, has been frequently voted the top rail journey in the world. Once on Skye, it is dominated by the range of mountains through the spine of the island which are the Cuillins, which is a haven for walkers. To the north near Uig, is Dunvegan Castle, the clan seat of the Macleods, which is open to the public. Whilst Skye can easily occupy a visitor for weeks, there is also access to many of the other islands, including Raasay, Uist and Harris. Back on the mainland, it continues to be all about lochs and glens. From the great glen and Loch Ness, travelling north, it a series of straths, glens, mountains and vast open spaces. In fact 40% of all the Munro’s, mountains that are above 3,000 feet in height, are in this region. Some of the more prominent ones include Ben Wyvis, Ben Hope and Ben More Assynt. The clan history of this area is fascinating and includes well known clans such as Mackay, Sinclair, Sutherland, Munro, Urquhart, Mackenzie, Fraser, Mackinnon and Macleod. On Skye, Dunvegan Castle is the clan seat and nearby can be found Macleod's Tables, which are two curious flat-topped hills that are prominent from many parts of Skye. The ascent to the top is a straightforward but rough moorland walk. Apart from travelling the region and enjoying its natural beauty, there are many castles to visit. The iconic Eilean Donan Castle is the most visited castle in this region and definitely worth seeing, even if you see nothing else in Scotland. Castle Urquhart at Loch Ness, Dunrobin Castle, Castle of Mey, Dornoch Cathedral and Dunvegan Castle and Castle Armadale on Skye are all worth visiting, along with the many historical sites on Orkney. Many signposts are written in both English and Gaelic, the Scottish language, and it is in this region where the language is kept alive. Shinty is the local sport, which to an outsider is the equivalent of hockey without rules, and if you have a chance to see a game, then it is an exciting fast paced game, which comes with crunching tackles. With regard to weather, it can be a mixed bag. Traditionally, in general the west is wetter than the east, but there are pockets that have micro climates. In the west, the gulf stream keeps the climate milder and there are a number of well known gardens, like Inverewe Gardens in the North West, which are world class. All-in-all, there are plenty of interesting attractions to visit in this region.

Things To Do 

Once you have seen the scenery and visited the castles, there are many interesting activities in this region. The food, especially the seafood is world renowned and if you can find a local restaurant or hotel that offers the seafood dish of the day, then it will be a worthwhile experience. The Kinloch Hotel and The Three chimneys, both on the Isle of Skye have excellent reputations, whilst the following 3 restaurants are also well known; 1, Fishmarket restaurant, Mallaig; 2, Captains Galley, Scrabster; 3, Plockton Shores, Plockton. Whilst this area is not the heartland of the whisky industry, there are a number of distilleries, which are well worth visiting. On the mainland they include Dalmore, Glenmorangie, Loch Ewe, Clynelish, Glen Ord and Pulteney. On Orkney there is Highland Park and on the Isle of Skye there is the Talkisker distillery. Visitor Centres, include the Falls of Shin, Assynt, Bright Water, Glengarry and Torridon. Of sporting interests, there are many rivers to fish for salmon, including the rivers Naver, Lochy, Helmsdale, Carron, Glass, Oykel and many more, not forgetting the numerous hill lochs for wild brown trout. Deep sea diving is a popular past-time, particularly off the west coast and places like Ullapool offer charter trips, where sea-fishing is readily available too. In this area, the golf courses are not as many, but the stand out golf courses are at Royal Dornoch and Skibo, though the 9-hole golf course at Durness, is a wonderful challenge and is the most north westerly golf course on mainland Scotland. Interestingly enough a young John Lennon used to holiday in the north west of Scotland and there is a memorial garden in his memory at Durness. Wildlife abounds in these more remote areas and there are opportunities to see otters, golden eagles and red deer in the wild. To see red kites and sea birds in more detail, the RSPB have a number of centres, including Tollie, Fairy Glen and Dunnet Head. For marine life, there is a dolphin and seal visitor centre at North Kessock or you can go on one of the many dolphin watch boats that monitor the Cromarty and Moray Firths. Chanonry Point being one of the most popular locations to spot the dolphins. For even more active activities, there are a number of outdoor centres and water specialists, to cater for any thrill seeking need, whether it be white water rafting or canyoning. For the surfer, the beach at Thurso East is regarded as Scotland’s prime surfing venue in the north of Scotland and has held major championships. For children, the beaches can be sandy and private havens, and there are excellent ones at Nigg, Whiteness, Dornoch, Dunnet Bay, Torrisdale Bay, Balnakiel Bay, Glenelg Bay and Barrisdale Bay. From the mountain biker to bird watcher, the Munro bagger to the garden enthusiast, there are many activities in the North of Scotland. The natural beauty is outstanding and those that make the time and effort to travel are well rewarded.

Highlands and Islands

This region takes in Inverness-shire, Ross-shire, Sutherland, Caithness and the islands include the Inner and Outer Hebrides as well as Orkney and the Shetland islands. For spectacular scenery the Highlands of Scotland provides some of the best, with a huge expanse of area full of mountains, lochs and glens full of romance, wildlife and scenic beauty. The heritage of this area includes Culloden, taking the ferry to the Isle of Skye or just taking in one of the many castles like Eilean Donan. There is also an immense range of wildlife to be found. 


Area Inverness-shire Type of location Countryside Nearest shop 2.5 miles Nearest supermarket 15 miles Nearest pub 2.5 miles
Nearest Airport
Inverness 50 miles
Edinburgh 114 miles
Nearest Train Station
Kingussie 2.5 miles
Ruthven Barracks by Kingussie is worth a visitFishing on the river Spey is available locallyMountain biking is very popular in StrathspeyVisit nearby Inshriach which produces and sells artisan gin


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14th August 2019 Excellent 

This place was amazing. I feel like the pictures do not do it justice. When they said they had a private golf course, I expected something very basic. The course was legit. I was wonderful that our whole family (good golfers and bad golfers) could enjoy it. The house was warm and welcoming. The grounds were just beautiful. We traveled from Chicago, and the house and grounds were everything we were hoping for in our Scotland experience. We had several children with us, and they enjoyed the house and grounds as well.
Willy the grounds keeper was very friendly and helpful. The greens keeper was AWESOME! My husband lost his wedding ring on the golf course and the greens keeper got a medal detector and FOUND IT! It was such a kind act. I highly recommend Old Milton, especially for large groups. I don't know when we will return to Scotland, but if we do, I'd love to stay here again.

Service rating : When travelling so far it's always helpful to have someone physical to speak to which is why we're on the end of the phone to help when needed. So pleased to hear you found our service helpful and thank you for rating us so highly.
Product : This is a lovely story and you're right, sometimes the pictures just don't do it justice. However your honest feedback will, I'm sure, be useful when conveying to other potential guests how stunning this property actually is. We'll look forward to welcoming you back one day!

23rd October 2017 Excellent 

The Old Milton was so much more than we anticipated. The interior was very well built and absolutely beautiful with every detail thought through and executed well. We could not have been more please with the beauty of the interior, the well manicured grounds and the well stocked and appointed kitchen. Upon arrival we were very please to see each fire laid with wood ready to be lit and the wood bin well stocked. The staff we encountered, Willie, was a delight and their friend Alan could not have been more welcoming. We did not want to leave and I hope that I will return to Old Milton again to experience its beauty.

Service rating : So pleased to hear your review, we’re always happy to go the extra mile and it’s great to know our guests feel they’re well looked after. We also offer a loyalty discount so if you visit Scotland again in the future be sure to mention your last visit and we’ll get this applied for you. Thanks very much for your comments.

Product : We are delighted that you found the house and grounds beautiful, it sounds like you had an excellent time overall and had everything you needed onsite. Totally agree it’s always nice to be welcomed by a warm fire. Your comments will be most appreciated by the staff onsite who will be very pleased you had such a wonderful time and that is was more than you had anticipated. Thanks again your feedback and we hope to welcome you back in the future to this luxury venue.

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