The Signal Box was a beautifully looked after, warm and welcoming home from home for our exploring of the Scottish Highlands. Incredibly clean, well presented, quirky and equipped for everything! On arrival was a (slightly addictive...) chocolate cake, milk and everything there to get the wood burner going... and the view!!!! My God, the view.......
We watched the sun creep over the mountains every day in awe of the scenery.
In recommendation we tried the Glen Hotel for food which was okay, but after reading the reviews we expected better food/service and were a bit disappointed.
The Braeriach Hotel on the high street on the other hand was a riot!! If you want to be welcomed into the community with open arms and enjoy great company and a few drinks whilst listening to the regulars blast out Sinatra on the karaoke (Friday night) this is the place for you! One of the best nights out for a long time ending in hugs and "come back to see us again." Truly felt welcomed and left with a warm fuzzy glow.... (could also account that to the whisky....) If you want to laugh continuously for a few hours, pay them a visit.
The Scottish highlands has so much to see and do and the Signal Box is central to it all. Our first visit and I doubt it will be our last. Thank you Isla for a wonderful stay.
A Wonderful Week
It must surely have been a labour of love to have made the signalbox into such a perfect holiday home . It is spotlessly clean, warm enough for the chilliest days, and has everything that a visitor could possibly need and then some ! We appreciated the home made cake , flowers and milk to welcome us and also the sauna after our days out . The latter resulted in great hilarity and photos which I will NOT be posting .. By the end of the week we were on waving terms with the guards and passengers on the trains and , of course, the sheep .
We've never stayed in a better place than the signalbox at Newtonmore.
A little slice of Scottish heaven!
We have just had the most wonderful week at the Signal Box! This is one where you really should believe the hype. It's perfectly located, immaculately presented and has everything that you could possibly need including a super-friendly and gracious host in Isla, who furnished us with not only an excellent recommendation for a wonderful local mountain climb but also the secret recipe to her divine chocolate cake! We all had great fun exploring beautiful Newtonmore and found it a great jumping point from which to explore the Cairngorms, Loch Ness, Inverness and Pitlochry. The scenery was spectacular and changed constantly so the TV never went on...and that's no small achievement when you have a 13 year old and 9 year old in tow! I would wholeheartedly recommend the Signal Box to anybody wanting to stay somewhere a bit extra special.
A fantastic stay in a stunning property!
Booked through Sykes Cottages and have reviewed on there but thought I would on here too.
If you are thinking of booking The Signal Box then just do it and you won't be disappointed. Great location, lovely property and fantastic views of the Cairngorms.
We visited for a week in April and had a good lot of snow which made it just magical.
Plenty of places to visit nearby and further afield. Visit the Cairngorm mountain, Aviemore and if you are up for a drive head over to Isle of Skye! Well worth it.
Thanks to the owners for providing such a lovely place to stay and the freshly baked chocolate cake when we arrived was a lovely surprise!!
Loved this, can't wait to go back again!
The appeal of the Signal Box for us was our connection to the railway, having both worked with railway companies in the past. The photographs and reviews of the Signal Box beforehand were all very encouraging, and the booking process, arranging key collection with Mrs Russell and arriving/departing was all very flexible and easy. On arrival, the Signal Box looks stunning from the outside, and once inside, it is filled with every conceivable home comfort you could need, including being greeted by a delicious home made chocolate cake and fresh flowers and a thoughtful pint of milk from the owner, with lovely fresh decor and loads of space to relax throughout. We didn't use the television once as the views across to the surrounding hillls (snowcapped!), golfers in the distance, the arrivals and departures from the passing trains and the new born lambs in the field across the road provided plenty of entertainment and just made it the perfect time of year to be there and to enjoy nature. Sitting in the comfortable armchairs, on the couch or at the dining table all gave different views through the many windows around the top floor - whoever designed the Signal Box was inspired! The kitchen is fully equipped with every possible utensil and cooking equipment if you like self-catering, or a 10 min stroll to the start of Newtonmore main street gives options for dining out - would highly recommend the Glen Hotel at the start of the main street, excellent food and great service, and huge portions, and lots of craft ales and whiskies on offer. The sleeping and bathroom facilities are excellent, comfy bed, lots of storage space, great water pressure for the shower and the bathroom under-floor heating was a treat!! Lots of books and games on offer for visitors, and particularly loved the collection of railway and train books which obviously belonged to an enthusiast, and photographs of old Newtonmore station on the walls. Would recommend trying the Wildcat trail walk, about 7 miles and leaves from just beside the station, a circular walk taking you through different landscapes, along beside the River Spey and upwards for stunning views, farm fields, forest and waterfalls, as well as several other walks around the area of varying degrees of ease/difficulty depending on your fitness level and length of stay. The Signal Box is in a lovely quiet area beside the station, we slept like logs on both of our nights here! On our last morning the sun was shining and it was warm enough to sit outside the Box upstairs on the bench and enjoy the heat of the sun for a little while, before we sadly had to head for home. The time here was so relaxing and comfortable (especially when the log burning stove was on!), it felt like we had been there a lot longer than two nights. We both agreed that we can't wait to come back again, thank you Mrs Russell and family for a fantastic stay in amazing place :-)