Lagganvoulin - Self-Catering Holiday Cottage, Tomintoul, Cairngorms, Scotland
Welcome to Lagganvoulin
Self Catering Cottage, near Tomintoul in the Scottish Highlands
We welcome one or two small, well-behaved dogs, but they must be kept under control at all times. The perimeter boundary is stock fenced, but will not stop very large dogs, or tiny dogs from escaping. There is usually livestock, often with young, in adjacent fields so dogs must be kept on a lead under full control. We also ask that you pick up after your dog around the garden and immediate area as a courtesy to the next guest (and the gardener!).
We ask that dogs are never left unattended in the cottage. Dog towels are provided so that guest towels are spared muddy stains! Please note that dogs are not allowed upstairs, on beds or on sofas.
Lagganvoulin Cottage, Tomintoul, Scotland
There has been a house called Lagganvoulin since at least 1764, although the buildings have changed over the centuries. The original part of this cottage is a traditional stone building from the mid/late-1800's which has been extended to increase the living space. The cottage was renovated in 2014/2015 and again in 21/22, to provide comfortable accommodation with a quirky but tasteful mix of old and new. The soft furnishings (curtains, cushions etc) and some of the paintings are changed to reflect the changing seasons. There is reliable Wifi, and good mobile phone coverage.
The cottage is strictly non-smoking.
Electricity, fuel, wifi and cleaning are currently included. Since Covid 19 we do not supply bedding or towels but can do so for a cost of £10/p per stay. The cottage is centrally heated with radiators and underfloor heating and is controlled by NEST to allow easy and efficient temperature control.
Kitchen-dining-living - Spacious kitchen with an Everhot range cooker (only the induction hob and ovens are available for guest use unless by prior arrangement). There is a dishwasher, 2 under-counter fridges, microwave, 4-slice toaster, coffee machine, waffle iron, electric scales and a kitchenaid mixer. It is well-equipped for cooking and even some baking. We have sharp kitchen knives and quality cookware. Table for dining and soft seating area around log burner and with views of front garden
Doors to garden front and back, with outside seating in both areas.
Bathrooms/Toilets - Shower room with toilet and basin in the rear extension. Underfloor heating and dual head shower. There is an additional toilet and wash basin off the downstairs bedroom.
Lounge - A cosy, wood-lined room with exposed stone wall and beamed ceiling. Large wood-burning stove.
32" smart TV/DVD combi with the usual streaming services available to log into. Bluetooth speaker for music. Comfortable sofa seating for 4 adults (cosy for 6 by using 2 additional chairs from front porch). Good selection of novels, maps, reference/history books, board games and DVDs for all ages provided.
Dining/reading/games room - For formal dining (if required), or ideal for board games/jigsaws. Can be used as an additional quiet sitting/reading area for one.
Bedrooms - Upstairs there are 2 bedrooms, one with a kingsize bed, the other is a twin. As it is a traditional cottage the ceilings upstairs are not high. Both bedrooms have dual aspect windows with garden/hill views to front and rear of property. Velux windows above the beds (with blinds) increase the chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis (we will alert you during your stay if the Borealis are likely to be visible). Hair dryers provided in each bedroom.
There is a third bedroom downstairs with a single bed with a trundle underneath which can be made up on request as two singles (with a curtain for some privacy if needed). There is a toilet with sink directly off this room. When not set up as a twin room, this room has a small study area with desk.
Front porch - A flag-stone porch to the front of the house is a lovely place to sit, with good views of the garden through the largely glass frontage. Great place to watch for bats on summer evenings. Storage for the garden games. A tiny wood burning stove keeps things cozy in the winter months.
Utility room - With tumble dryer, washing machine and a small freezer (slightly more than twice the size of a freezing compartment in a fridge). Iron & ironing board. Airing cupboard. Pulley.
Back entrance hall - Plenty of space for jackets, boots and outdoor wear. Flagstone floor with underfloor heating to dry and warm walking or skiing boots.
Around the cottage - there is a patio area at the rear of the kitchen providing outdoor space for sitting (chairs and tables provided in season). It will also serves as a small, but secure, play area for toddlers when we get the fencing reinstated (probably not in 2022/23)
There is an additional garden dining set on the lawn to the front of the kitchen.
The garden has several tree swings/ladder and plenty of space for children to explore and play.
Guests are welcome to use the lawn croquet set and quoits provided.
Accessibility - The cottage sits on a terrace of a hillside and areas of the garden are therefore uneven and sloping. There is a circular gravel drive around the cottage. For unloading, cars can be driven right up to the back door, or to the rear kitchen door and there is off-drive parking for two cars. All living accommodation, apart from 2 of the 3 bedrooms, is on the ground floor. There is one step up to the kitchen/living area from the rest of the house. The shower area is flush to the floor so is suitable for all. Wooden step stool for children and a rubber non-slip bath mat are provided.
Vehicle access - The cottage is about 400m from the main road and is reached by a landrover track through two gates. Motorbikes may struggle on the gravel drive (but have made it). During winter, access can be challenging due to snow or ice. A 4x4 vehicle would be beneficial, but still won't guarantee access. Additionally, the snow gates on the A939 can close in winter, so please check road information for updates. Please contact us prior to booking during the winter months.
For babies we provide a travel cot (with bedding if needed) and a highchair, but you need to put them up and dismantle them yourselves. 2 'TripTrap' chairs for toddlers/children can be made available with sufficient notice. Crockery and cutlery for young guests are provided. The beds in the twin room are low and therefore safe for young children. Although there is no gate on the stairs themselves, and care must be taken if there are crawlers/toddlers staying, it is possible to contain smaller guests in their room to keep them safe at night with an extendable stairgate in the doorway (provided). One metal cage for the log burning stoves is provided.
A range of childrens books, toys, board games and DVDs are provided. There is an additional TV screen for playing DVDs, or if you want to take your games consoles with you it does have HDMI port.
Please note that there is a small drainage 'pond' in the garden which, after heavy rain, can fill to about 10 inches with water. This area is not fenced off, so very young children must be supervised. Generally in summer months the 'pond' is fairly dry. In spring it is a great place for frogspawn.