Great place - we will definitely be back
We rented the Suidhe on the recommendation of a group of friends who have been here many times. They were absolutely right!
There were eleven of us, using all 6 bedrooms.
The down sides?
Yes fire doors are heavy. Rather that than the alternatives.
Some of the decor is tired. Or to put it another way, the house has been very well cared for and the decor is in keeping with the character of the place. It's not the place for white walls and shiny glass surfaces.
Cleanliness. When we stayed the house was clean and tidy with fresh linens and a wholesome feeling. Crockery and cutlery were fine and plentiful.
The hot tub. Our party used the hot tub and didn't have any issues with other people. We knew, from the descriptions, exactly what we were going to get in terms of other accommodation on the site.
The Best Bits............
The furniture was in keeping and very comfortable (except for one chaise long in the lounge). Some of the pieces are quite beautiful, as were the artworks around the house.
My bed, the four poster, was brilliant. None of our party had a sleepless night.
The log fire in the lounge was fantastic with all of the fuel included in the rental.
The kitchen is adequate for a large party but the dishwasher fills up quickly. The amount, range and quality of the crockery, cutlery and utensils were all excellent.
The bar at the back of the house is a great addition. The cask beer is local and kept very well. The bar is well stocked enough to keep locals and visitors happy and satisfied. On Thursday evenings, an informal group of musicians turn up and play for their own amusement and are smashing entertainment.
The location of the Suidhe is it's major advantage and one of the reasons we will go back. Loch Insh is a mile away and easy on foot with good stretches of footpath. The Watersports Centre, apart from offering watersports and dry-slope skiing, is a great place to eat lunch or dinner. There is some good, non taxing walking to be had around here.
Loch An Eilien is a delight with a made-up path all the way around. There is a car park close by and the area around Rothiemurchus deserves exploration.
Up the road from there is Glenmore Forrest Park on Loch Morlich. There is so much to do around there that you will never be short of entertainment. Our party to the walk up to Lochan Uaine (Green Loch). That was a smashing walk and I recommend it for anyone, including wheelchairs. At about an hour each way, it's worth planning your visit there.
This has only scratched the surface of the location around The Suidhe. The scenery outside the window and across the main road is spectacular and FREE.
We have stayed in places in Yorkshire, Wales, Cornwall and elsewhere. The stay at The Suidhe was one of the very best and we will certainly make a point of going back.
Nice house but needs alot to get it up to scratch.
Mike (the owner) was friendly and helpful. The house is large and at first glance has a wow factor. I love that it has a log burner but wish it was installed in the bigger sitting room and kitchin.
Before arrival we was told we could not go to the house before 4pm as it is being cleaned. Im not so sure it was cleaned, all plates had grease film. As did the cutlery. Some of the drinking glasses was dirty and so before we even got going had to put all we would use during our stay in the dishwasher.
The remote controls for the tv did not work for most of the tvs on arrival.
Spider webs all over the place.
The lodge had alot of the owners personal belongings photos pics and other things you would not expect to see.
Fire doors at the top of the stairs are heavy and an absolute pain. The upstairs seems sonewhat confused as it still resembles a hotel/B&B feel to it.
Carpets are lovely but the decor in some of the rooms needed a good paint and update.
If you dont want strangers to see you in the hit tub dont use this one. I was gobsmacked to see people casually walking past in an area which i initially thought was for our private use. As there are other lets this is not the case.
We had a good time but i think for the price of the rental being asked it needs alot of money spent on it to get it up to scratch.
Not as it Seems!
The location was approximately six miles from Aviemore which was a lovely place to visit. The advertising of the house was slightly misleading; the house itself is lovely, cozy and spacious however its not as secluded as it appears. During the day and in the evening when the pub is open people are often walking past the windows and park outside your front door. There is very little privacy when using the hot tub as other rentals are in the grounds and people walk very close by and can see you clearly; the pub window looks directly into the hot tub. The owner Mike is friendly and helpful however for the price it cost to stay we would have expected the crockery/grill to be clean and the remote controls to work and not having to ask for a replacement DVD player as it did not work either. The property advertises 8 TVs when there is only 7 (one bedroom short). The property advertises Sky when it is actually Preview and WiFi is poor, one living room has a log fire the other is closed off therefore often chilly until the radiators come on at 18:00. We would recommend this property to rent however it is in need of comfort updates and a bit of TLC. The property is in need of up to date advertising as it does not state other rentals are directly in the grounds as the photos are quite misleading; we thought we would be "away from it all" when you actually feel you are in a "fish bowl". Lovely views, friendly owner but disappointed with "home comforts" really needs a tumble dryer and some beds need new mattresses.
Excellent location for a family holiday
We booked the Suidhe Lodge for a family holiday to celebrate a birthday. We had a fantastic week, the house is in a wonderful location, with a gentle walk down to Loch Insh close by. The owners are really friendly and helpful and let us use their two canoes, which they supplied with oars and life jackets, all free of charge.
The grounds were perfect for the two small children in our group, with the play area and slide an unexpected bonus. We also enjoyed using the hot tub and the outside fireplace as well as the summer house.
The house is beautifully furnished and very well equipped, especially the kitchen which has a dishwasher and a washing machine. We mainly self catered and found all we could possibly need in the kitchen. There is a Tesco in nearby Aviemore which is well stocked.
All the bedrooms were comfortable and en suite. We also really liked the co-located Suie Bar, which was very friendly and had a good selection of ales and beers on and also has a pool table. The Bar has a folk night on once a week, which a few of our group went to and really enjoyed. Despite being so close, we didn't hear any noise from the bar when in the house or gardens. Our only reservation initially we the close proximity to the A9 but in actual fact this did not cause any problems and wasn't even audible.
We went out on many trips both jointly and separately and thoroughly enjoyed walking locally and further afield out in the Cairngorms, which are breathtaking. There are also many parks and attraction nearby, which would suit a wide range of ages. We would wholeheartedly recommend Suidhe Lodge to anyone looking for a group holiday in a fantastic location with all the comforts of a wonderful house and the many extras including a bar on your doorstep.
A group of friends and I stayed here for a week-end and had a fabulous time. The house was so warm and comfortable with fantastic bedrooms and well equipped kitchen . The hot tub was excellent and well used. I can't wait to visit again.
Thank you so much