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Fairwinds was a fantastic find. The setting was beautiful with lots of wildlife around which was great when you were eating in the conservatory. The owners, Alison and Lindsay were extremely friendly and welcoming, making you feel at home. The rooms are beatiful and extremely spacious. If you are looking for a relaxing getaway set in spectacular grounds this is the place to go. We will deffinately be back. The food was all freshly cooked by Lindsay and was always delicious, what a great cook. Alison always kept you entertained with her bubbly personality. They were both extremely helpful and made you to feel relaxed and at home in anyway they could. There were lots of little personal touches such as freshly cooked muffins at breakfast, home made sweets after dinner, fresh flowers in the room. You just couldn't ask for anything more.
A Very Special Place
We first stayed at Fairwinds a few years ago on the recommendation of a friend when we rediscovered Scotland after a long break. Since then we have been back several times, and will stay there again as soon as we can get away. There are just 5 rooms (plus the self-catering chalets), which lends the hotel a very informal and relaxed atmosphere. Alison and Lindsay are perfect hosts, combining friendly 'professionalism'and efficiency with a lovely sense of humour. Meals, be it Breakfast or Dinner, are always things to look forward to and we have never had a disappointing meal; indeed we have had some of the best meals anywhere in the world at Fairwinds! You eat in the conservatory, and once you have got over the excitement of the electric pepper mill, there are always the red squirrels or the (occasional) deer in the grounds to amuse you. Visit soon!
After reading the reviews of "Fairwinds" and checking it was near where we wanted to stay, we booked. On arrival we were welcomed and shown to our room by co-owner Lindsay. Our room was large and airy, beautifully decorated the crisp linen bedding was a joy to get into, there was every extra with en-suite facilities, LCD TV, bottled water, tea and coffee, and home made shortbread. The immediate impression on arrival is the peace and quite, yet the hotel is only a short distance from the centre of what the small town of Carrbridge has to offer. We had a peaceful nights sleep, ( a first for me in a hotel) on a very comfortable king sized bed. Alison introduced herself at breakfast, meals are in a beautifully appointed conservatory attached to the house, a huge affair that encompasses a dining area and a sectioned off space for taking coffee/reading etc. it overlooks the garden with its large pines, Alison is quick to point out visiting red squirrels and other wildlife. We selected our cooked breakfast from a menu that includes the traditional fried and a veggie selection or if you fancy a treat go for the salmon and scrambled egg or kedgeree. We tucked into a fresh fruit salad and there was fruit juice and cereals.
Lindsay served up a sample of bread as a second course, teacake or pancake or croissant. We take our breakfast at leisure and absorb the atmosphere, the beautifully set tables. Lindsay is well known locally for her cooking and her reputation is deserved, the food is excellent in its quality and preparation, We ate two nights at the hotel, tables were well presented and candlelit, soft music in the background, Alison, impeccably dressed, is front of house, she is the warm up before the main act if you like, immensely likeable she has you at ease instantly with a balance of humour and chat that is open and honest and charming, she's a hoot! Any barriers remaining are lifted when she spills wine or tea on the starched linen tablecloth, "Lindsay will murder me"!
I tried fillet of venison and my wife had salmon, our second night we both went for the chicken with black pudding in a whisky sauce, gorgeous!
If you are looking for a spotlessly clean small hotel with peace and quiet excellent food, two attentive hosts who are made for the work and appear genuinely to hold your enjoyment and comfort as a priority (they both will spend time, imparting their local knowledge to direct you away from the tacky touristy tips and onto the jewels of Highland Scotland) then this is the place for you, but be quick at this price the rooms go fast.
Thankyou Alison and Lindsay, as others on this site, we arrived as strangers and left as friends.
The perfect place in Scotland
We found this wonderful hotel on the web and are so glad we did. Small and exclusive yet close to everything you could wish for. Fabulous breakfasts in the conservatory overlooking the mountains whilst squirrels climb the lovely trees in the gardens, the birds singing. A magical place. The bedrooms ( all ensuite naturally ), very roomy - the bed, all six feet of it was very comfortable. Everything is so clean and fresh. Twenty four hours in this lovely hotel and you feel totally relaxed. This is not purely down to the ambience and peace of the place but the friendliness and helpfulness of the owners, Lindsay and Alison who are on site to assist you with anything you require. There are many little extras to make your stay feel special including home baked shortbread in your room for supper. Try a game of draughts while enjoying a drink from the bar or sit and read, chosing a book from the conservatory or just sit - the peace! The local area provides many activities from skiing, hill walking, mountaineering, the Whisky Trail, superb beaches. Can I say more. You must come and see for yourself, no matter the time of year this gem will welcome you with warmth. It was our twenty fifth wedding anniversary and truly the best place we could have found. We hope to return again and again. We arrived as strangers and left as friends.
A Real Gem
What a find!
Comfort, excellent food, warm hospitality, superb surroundings and if you are looking for a peaceful/quiet hotel, then this is for you.
Having spent a week in this lovely place enjoying all of the above, it will be difficult to find other hotels that will match Fairwinds standards.
It's the little things that count, home made biscuits, quality bathroom toiletries, and the surprise treats at breakfast; topped with an extra warm welcome from our hosts Alison & Lesley. All these things made our stay even more special.
We have no hesitation in recommending Fairwinds to friends and colleagues.
We will certainly be returning!
Great holidays at Fairwinds
Two years ago my husband and I were looking for a place to stay via the internet somewhere in the Highlands. We picked a few addresses asking for vacancies for the month of June. We received an afirmative answer from Fairwinds Hotel at Carrbridge and booked to stay a week.
The hotel is run by 2 very nice ladies, who made us feel at home from the first day.They prepare very nice meals. For breakfast the choice is to big to write down. For the evening meal we got a choice of 3 starters, 3main courses (including 2 vegs) and 3 desserts, the menu changes every day. Afterwards coffee and sweets are being served in the lounge or conservatory. We can say that each meal was finger licking delicious.
The hotel is spotless and the rooms are cosy and spacious, it is situated in very quiet environment.
As we enjoyed ourselves so much then, we decided to return for the two following years, taking a couple of friends along each time. We have been talking to more friends about Fairwinds and a few of them have also spent some time there this year confirming all the nice things we said about Fairwinds and its hosts. It is our hope to return for many a holiday to come.
Superb highland hideaway!!!
The hotel is a converted 19th century Manse, with a small tree-edged lochan (lake) behind which is surrounded by 6 unobtrusive chalets, none of which is visible from the hotel. Our room was bit and airy, with a HUGE bed and a roomy ensuite; the decor is classic Scottish farmhouse, but it's the details which really impress: this is a hotel where the personal touch counts for a lot. Like the two bottles of spring water on the dresser, along with the tea, coffee and hot chocolate and homebaked oatmeal biscuits.
The food was nothing short of excellent. Breakfast is served in the airy conservatory, and the quality has to be sampled to be believed. And again, the attention to detail is remarkable: the toast is delivered to the table in a basket lined with crisp white linen, there is a pot of honey on each table, the scones are freshly-baked. A vegetarian fry is available, but the bacon and eggs were delicious! At breakfast you will probably be entertained by the flotillas of yellow ducklings sweeping to and fro across the lawns outside, or by early morning rabbits or squirrels: the woodland is very close here. We had two evening meals in the hotel during the week, and the standard of cooking was just as good. The menu isn't huge, but the meals were simple and excellent.
The hotel is a little way off the main road, near the centre of Carrbridge, which is more of a sprinkle of houses along a country road than a fully-fledged village. The forest behind the hotel has walks and pathways, and we managed to bump into a roe deer on a pre-dinner walk one evening. Aviemore is only five miles distant, and the A9 is equally handy for travel to Inverness or Perth. Access to the Cairngorms is great: twenty minutes drive from the hotel and you're in the centre of the walking/skiing area.
My wife and I stayed in the Fairwinds for a week, and loved it; it's not the place for the fun-loving party animal, but if you're looking for a place to chill out and relax, then Fairwinds is for you. It's not a big hotel, so you might well get to know the other guests. And the sense of relaxation is somehow almost instant, so that you begin to unwind almost as soon as you unpack. Yet you don't feel trapped: the fleshpots of Aviemore are only five minutes drive away.
Perhaps the best thing to say is that we felt, after seven nights of impeccable yet unobtrusive service, that we'd been staying with thoughtful friends, rather than just buying accommodation. It's a wonderful, relaxing hotel: I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
Fab place to stay
Just come back from a weeks stay at this great location. We stayed in one of the two bed cabins in the hotel grounds, these were clean, well appointed and well equiped. The location is great, with a pond full of ducks ready to eat any of your leftovers!!. We ate in the hotel on one occasion and the food was fantastic.
Lesely and Alison are great hosts and look after thier guests well.
The hotel is well located, this small village has a Spar shop, and is only 10 minutes down the road from Aviemore.
Just down from the hotel is the Cairn Hotel, which has a lovely bar.. with a real fire and great music.
I would fully recommend Fariwinds to anybody going for a break in the Highlands
My boyfriend and I stayed here for a night in August and really liked it. The owners are very friendly and helpful. The room was lovely. Very big and nicely decorated with homemade biscuits and tea and coffee. The bathroom was also big and the toiletries were nice (Arran Aromatics). Breakfast was also very good - we could basically pick what we wanted and they cooked it for us. The grounds are pretty and you can wander round the pond. There's a couple of nice pubs in the town and a little shop. I would definitely go back here is I was in the area again.
A First Class little hotel!
What a find this place is! Peaceful location with staff who bent over backwards to please us. The rooms are lovely and the food was excellent. My only complaint is that our stay was too short. If you are going to the Scottish Highlands I would recommend you stay at the Fairwinds.
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... it burned, then fireworks followed! Here's some pics. Must say I'll miss Inverness - it has been a very special place to visit. Must give thanks to my sister who suggested that I couldn't go to Scotland without visiting the Highlands. Nic, you were right! Edinburgh ...
... barren, picturesque and extremely cold! I got more photos today that's the last few put together. The boat dropped us off at Urquhart Castle. Dating back to the 1500s, it know stands in ruins. The information boards and later the short film showed an extremely long (an often violent) history connected to English invading Scotland, the Jacobites and much more. Located in a prime position on Loch Ness, it was as ...
Walked along the sea front to the small town of Stonehaven and looked at the harbour and the sea. Windy but dry and sunny at times. We were so lucky to have dry weather. After coffee, walked back and drove north again. Went in search of Roman ruins at Garrison Hill but could not see them, only identify where they should have been. Drove towards Aberdeen. Beautiful country up here, even in winter. ...
... on nice days like this they are all at the beach". Finally arrived at our destination, only took 12 hours! Would have been quicker to fly home! The hotel is located in a very, very small village. Think we can probably count the number of buildings in this village on two hands. But it is quaint and the weather has improved...what more can we ask for! Liz is on the trail of the black pudding... Al wants Spotted Dick. Good start for Al with syrup pudding and custard on the first ...
At the conclusion of the Easter break, we left the Highlands to drive to Carnoustie - possibly for Steve’s last golf stop of our trip. On the way, we visited the whiskey distillery of Tomatin. Given that Steve had been taste testing a fair amount of the local beverage during our Highlands stay, it was only fitting that we actually made an attempt to learn about how the stuff is made! Due to duty free and flight restrictions on travelling with liquids, we decided ...