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Brier Grove
Kingussie
(8 reviews)
From £660 per week
Sleeps 7
4 bedrooms
1 double, 1 single, 2 twins
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Weekly Rates

From DateTo DateWeekly RateDeposit
Sat 06 Apr 2019Fri 26 Apr 2019£720£220
Sat 27 Apr 2019Fri 24 May 2019£720£220
Sat 25 May 2019Fri 31 May 2019£720£220
Sat 01 Jun 2019Fri 21 Jun 2019£720£220
Sat 22 Jun 2019Fri 06 Sep 2019£875£265
Sat 07 Sep 2019Fri 20 Sep 2019£720£220
Sat 21 Sep 2019Fri 04 Oct 2019£720£220
Sat 05 Oct 2019Fri 25 Oct 2019£720£220
Sat 26 Oct 2019Fri 08 Nov 2019£660£200
Sat 09 Nov 2019Fri 20 Dec 2019£660£200
Sat 21 Dec 2019Fri 27 Dec 2019£980£295
Sat 28 Dec 2019Fri 03 Jan 2020£1,040£315
Sat 04 Jan 2020Fri 07 Feb 2020£660£200
Sat 08 Feb 2020Fri 03 Apr 2020£660£200
Sat 04 Apr 2020Fri 24 Apr 2020£720£220
Sat 25 Apr 2020Fri 22 May 2020£720£220
Sat 23 May 2020Fri 29 May 2020£720£220
Sat 30 May 2020Fri 19 Jun 2020£720£220
Sat 20 Jun 2020Fri 04 Sep 2020£875£265
Sat 05 Sep 2020Fri 25 Sep 2020£720£220
Sat 26 Sep 2020Fri 02 Oct 2020£720£220
Sat 03 Oct 2020Fri 23 Oct 2020£720£220
Sat 24 Oct 2020Fri 06 Nov 2020£660£200
Sat 07 Nov 2020Sun 20 Dec 2020£660£200
Mon 21 Dec 2020Sun 27 Dec 2020£980£295
Mon 28 Dec 2020Sun 03 Jan 2021£1,040£315

Description

A very gracious traditional Scottish stone villa with a rich green door set in an acre of private garden surrounded by wonderful rolling hills and inspiring mountains. Brier Grove is located on the edge of the Highland village of Kingussie and is only five minutes walk from the golf course. This delightful self catering holiday home is comfortably furnished inside with spacious rooms, attractive bay windows and wood finishes. The holiday house possesses the charm of the Victorian era whilst successfully incorporating modern convenience and is situated in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park. Within 10 miles of Aviemore, Brier Grove is ideally situated to enjoy both the local amenities of the town and the rural delights of the Highlands of Scotland.
PROPERTY CODE: N411

Layout

Ground floor:

Sitting room with open fire, dining room, kitchen, utility room, shower room, WC & WHB.

First floor:

Double bedroom, two twin bedrooms, single bedroom, bathroom with shower over bath, separate WC.

Honesty telephone.

Facilities

  • Village shop and pub 5 minutes.
  • Dishwasher
  • Electric cooker
  • Enclosed garden
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Linen and towels provided
  • Microwave
  • Oil fired central and energy included
  • Open fire - log & coal starter pack included
  • Stereo
  • TV and video
  • Washing machine/dryer
  • 1 Pet only - £30.00 charge per Week per Pet. Charge £30 - Restricted to ground floor
  • Reviews

    (8 reviews)
    Brier Grove reviews
    Very disappointed with this property. Bins were full on arrival so no space for rubbish. Mattresses on beds all need replacing. Ripped chairs in dining room. One absolutely filthy chair in dining room. Fridge isn’t big enough for a large shopping we had to store stuff at the back door. Nice kitchen as it’s been upgraded. Nice bathrooms but house still in much need of some care. We won’t be staying again.
    Owners Response: "Thank you for sending me the most recent review. I am sorry about the bins. Clearly the cleaners did not get a chance to remove them after the previous guest’s departure as it was Hogmanay and the local refuse collectors were operating on a revised timetable at that period. I would like to inform you that new zip up mattresses are on order, the dining room chairs are being re upholstered, new curtains are on order and the existing fridge is being replaced by a new large fridge freezer. Unfortunately as you know, we do not live in the property and only once we visit the house do we become aware of which items need replacing. We did go to the house just before Xmas and hence why the above mentioned items will be replaced. As it was Xmas we could not get those items delivered before Hogmanay. Once those items will be in place , the house will be reassessed and prices will reflect the improvements. I would however point out that the kitchen has been totally refurbished as have the two new bathrooms, new blinds are in place throughout the house and new lighting has been installed. The double bed and mattress is new as is the tumble dryer. I am sorry the guests found the beds uncomfortable but this is the first time this has been mentioned to us by paying guests."
    Ms Macrae - December 2018
    We visit the area every Easter and found Brier Grove by chance. What a find! We loved the 'lived in' house and was perfect for lovely dog walks in the woods up the road and views to the hills and golf course. Deer made a wee appearance now and again too :) Really great location for family holidays with so much on doorstep and slightly further up the road in Aviemore area. House itself is great, with so much space and a lovely open garden for kids to run around - the upstairs shower not great but the downstairs one was just fine - that's what you get in older properties! Lovely new kitchen was great too. Whilst the decor throughout rest of house may not be modern it fits with house and is clean. Carpets were not immaculate but again when you have family with you that's not always top of your list. Lovely to have an open fire and explore a new area!
    Mrs Taylor - April 2018
    We had a wonderful stay at Brier Grove. It is a very spacious house - ideal for groups who don't want to feel cramped. The house has many original Victorian features which we loved. Despite its grandeur, it is a most comfortable home where we could easily relax. The 2 bathrooms are very useful although it is true that the pressure in the shower upstairs was not great - not a problem for us though! The newly fitted kitchen was very well equipped. Although the house has large rooms, we felt that it heated through very quickly and retained its heat well. We loved the garden and would like to suggest the addition of some garden furniture for future visitors. It was an easy walk into Kingussie where there is a very handy Coop! The tennis courts are right opposite the house and there are several walking routes passing by. In Kingussie, pony trekking, bike hire and fishing permits are available. Nearby Loch Insh is to be recommended as is Rothiemurcus Estate. There is no shortage of activities nearby and we could happily have stayed longer! Although the caretaker was unavailable when we had a query, we were able to contact the very helpful owner. We would love to stay here again!
    Mrs Short - July 2017
    A spacious and comfortable old house, well equipped with some thoughtful touches. Accessible and well placed for the Cairngorms. We had a very good few days here.
    Mr Perriman - April 2015
    This is the first time I have rented a house so I have nothing to compare it with except other properties on your site. It looked more old-fashioned in your pictures than any of the others,and it was, but as a family we didn't mind that too much. The best thing was that it was big, plenty of room for everyone (myself, my son and daughter-in-law and Ciara (11), Ronan (9) and Aidan (7). I don't think the property had been let for the previous week - or longer - so it was cold and damp-feeling the first night. In October in the Highlands I think you should have the heating on the day before new arrivals, as we shivered in our coats all evening even with the fire and the central heating on, and I for one could not get to sleep for ages and eventually about 1am went on the hunt for an extra duvet and put on socks and a jumper and still lay for at least half an hour with my teeth literally chattering together. Not a good start. I think for the extra £40 I paid for heating you could provide enough coal and logs to last the whole week, as we needed the fire on every evening for warmth and cheeriness. The other very poor feature was the shower(s). Both showers looked new, and the hot water was fine. But the upstairs shower has no water pressure so it was no pleasure to stand under it, and the downstairs shower has marginally more pressure, but the cubicle is so small that it is impossible to get under the flow of water. Apart from these criticisms the rest of the house worked fine, cooker, dishwasher, clothes washer etc, and it was nice to have wifi.
    Owners Response: " We always ask our caretaker to switch on the heating 48 hours before a guests visit so many apologies this must have been an oversight (we did have electricians in checking the heating was in good working order). Regarding the logs we do state we provide a starter pack and then guests do purchase their own.  Regarding  the downstairs shower : this is a standard size within building provisions and we to date have not had problem with the water distribution. The upstairs shower : thank you for pointing this out and will be remedied as soon as I can organise a plumber. Meanwhile I see everyting else was satisfactory and overall you enjoyed your stay in Brier Grove and its very beautiful surroundings "
    Mr Sinclair - October 2014
    Both my husband and I went through a range of emotions during our stay. The house is impressive from the outside, but inside care has not been taken. For example there have been problem with holes in the ceiling - these have been re-plastered, so there is no hole but no one has bothered to repaint the plaster. The general feel was 'just enough' for example the house is meant to sleep 7 but there were only 4 outside chairs and a tiny 2 person fold down outside table, 7 plates so you constantly have to wash up or run the dishwasher, only a small patch of the garden is maintained, the rest is left willd, three light bulbs were blown on our arrival with no spares left. The house also had mice - there was poison down - which is not good for children and we had a dead mouse in our picnic hamper one morning. In addition there was a huge amount of droppings in the kitchen every morning. Bits of paper spotted across the house replace a comprehensive and welcoming visitor pack. Instructions / warnings about monetary fines for leaving the heating on etc on paper selotaped to the walls. On the plus side the care taker was very welcoming and even offered to change the bedding and towels at the end of our first week and we were really surprised that she also restocked the toilet rolls. On the plus side it was roomy; especially upstairs, beds and mattresses were of a good quality. Kingussie was welcoming and the Duke of Gordon does a good meal for around £10 a head and the tennis courts are great at £5 per hour (tennis shoes required). We have stayed in other equally spacious, if not quite so 'grand' houses in Aviemore for a lot less money. I don't think we will be back.
    Owners Response: "The hole in the kitchen ceiling was indeed re-plastered after a small accidental flood. It could not be painted until the plaster had properly dried out. Our builder is now satisfied that the plaster is dry and the entire ceiling will now be repainted. The house is indeed set up for 7 persons as it is rented out to a maximum of 7 persons. This is normal in the holiday rental sector. Having said that, however, there is ample extra cutlery in the kitchen drawer together with extra serving dishes, cutlery, storage utensils, coffee cups, jugs etc in the bottom of the dresser in the kitchen. Also provided with every let are dish washer tablets, washing up liquid, bin bags, napkins etc. The fact there are only 4 outside chairs will be rectified. The garden is fully maintained by a contract gardener. The patch on the left hand side of the house is purposely left un-manicured for ecological reasons and to encourage the the natural Highland habitat. Apologies there were no light bulbs left out. This is the first time this oversight has occurred. With regards to the field mice. This is a country house and once in a while field mice will enter. They are however severely controlled by electronic sensors. Any poison is positioned well behind the skirting in the kitchen precisely to ensure that no one has access to it and in particular children. There is a comprehensive visitors information pack in a laminated folder on the hall table. There is indeed a note fixed to the wall in the boiler room respectfully and politely requesting tenants to please turn off the heating upon departure. Our caretaker is certainly very obliging and welcoming and always restocks the lavatory paper. The cost of the house reflects it's "grand" style, amenities and location. Undoubtedly there are cheaper rental houses available but of a different character and we are fortunate that this house is pleasing to the majority of our guests as is reflected in the repeat business that we have. Thank you for your review."
    Mrs Stevens - July 2014
    Great house with huge garden and tennis courts right opposite. Very handy for highland wildlife park and landmark, both of which are brilliant days out. Loch an eilan, loch morlich and loch insch all well worth a visit for a walk or dip in the loch on warm days. Inschriach cake shop-yummy! Kingussie, itself, is a lovely village with nice places to eat or get a coffee. We had a great time.
    Mrs Love - July 2014
    This house felt like home for our first visit to this part of Scotland. It's dark panelling and high ceilings and sense of history were enjoyed by us all, it was a wonderful space for a family, it's galleried landing and two living rooms suited us well. We had an A level student who was able to shut himself in the dining room to study in the evenings and the internet was an unexpected bonus. The fire was a delight, we were grateful for the drying room for the ski gear and the wet weather coats. We would definitely go again, it was lovely to see my son who is a med student at St Andrews. He enjoyed the climbing and walking on the doorstep. Just eleven miles from Aviemore, a lucky find, thank you to the Cruickshanks and to Anne the housekeeper, who along with Steve rescued us when we locked ourselves out.
    Mrs Barlow - February 2014

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    Cottages & Castles Ltd. (acting as agents for property owners) provides a guarantee for tenants who have to cancel their holiday at a cottage.

    If it is necessary to cancel your holiday, for any of the reasons A 1-5 below, you may do so at any time up until the close of business on the last working day before your tenancy commences and we will refund your balance. Your deposit is not refundable. If you have made a late booking and paid in full you will receive your payment minus the normal deposit sum (usually 30%).

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