Self Catering Cottage, near Tomintoul in the Scottish Highlands
Welcome to Lagganvoulin
Lagganvoulin - Self-Catering Holiday Cottage, Tomintoul, Cairngorms, Scotland
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 as a courtesy to the next guest (and the gardener!).
We provide a large dog crate which should be used if leaving dogs unattended in the cottage. A dog towel is provided so that guest towels are spared muddy stains! Please note that dogs are not allowed upstairs, on beds or on sofas. If you would like a medium-large plastic dog bed, please ask at time of booking.
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 to provide comfortable accommodation with a quirky but tasteful mix of old and new. The soft furnishings (bedding, towels, curtains, cushions etc) and some of the paintings are changed to reflect the changing seasons. There is free Wifi, and good mobile phone coverage.
The cottage is strictly non-smoking.
Electricity, fuel, wifi, towels, bedding and cleaning are included. The cottage is centrally heated and controlled by NEST to allow easy and efficient temperature control.
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Kitchen - Dining-kitchen with underfloor heating. Electric cooker, dishwasher, under-counter fridge, microwave, 4-slice toaster, coffee machine, waffle iron, electric scales. Well-equipped for cooking and even some baking. We have sharp kitchen knives (bendy or blunt knives being a pet hate!)
A second fridge is provided in the utility room. Doors to garden front and back, with outside seating in both areas.
Bathrooms - Both bathrooms are downstairs. The main bathroom has a bath with shower attachment over (for bathing young children or having a long hot bath). The smaller bathroom near the downstairs bedroom, has an electric shower over bath. Both have hand basins and WC.
Lounge - A cosy, wood-lined room with exposed stone wall and beamed ceiling. Large wood-burning stove, with wood supplied.
32" TV/DVD combi with iPlayer, Netflix and Now TV available. Bluetooth speaker for music. Comfortable sofa seating for 4 adults (cosy for 6, but wicker basket chairs are available for additional lounge seating). Good selection of novels, maps and reference/history books provided.
Dining/reading/games room - For formal dining (if required), or ideal for board games/jigsaws. Table can be extended. Can be used as an additional sitting/reading area. Small TV screen for playing DVDs or if you want to take your games consoles with you it does have HDMI port. Good selection of board games and DVDs for all ages provided.
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 lofty (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 double bed. It is obviously possible for 2 to share this bed, but because it is against a wall, we describe it as a single. It does however give flexibility for sleeping arrangements.
Front porch - The newly built 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 hammock and garden games. Also has a wood burning stove but this is only for use in winter months.
Utility room - With extra fridge, tumble dryer, washing machine and a small counter-top freezer (slightly more than twice the size of a freezing compartment in a fridge). Iron & ironing board.
Back porch - Plenty hooks for jackets, and shelving for boots and shoes.
Around the cottage - there is an enclosed patio area at the rear of the kitchen providing outdoor space for sitting (chairs and tables provided in season). It also serves as a small, but secure, play area for toddlers.
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, quoits and hammock 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 from the rest of the house. The shower is over a bath, so to use the shower guests would need to be able to step into the bath. Wooden step stool 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. 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) and a highchair, but you need to put them up and dismantle them yourselves. 2 'TripTrap' chairs for toddlers/children can be made available. 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). A metal cage for the stove is provided in the lounge.
A range of childrens books, toys, board games and DVDs are provided.
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.