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2 nights (Aug 2 - Aug 4)
2 adults

Carden Holiday Cottages

4.9 (37 reviews)
The Old Steading
Tel: 07831935568
Carden Cottages are located in an area of outstanding natural beauty surrounded by magnificent beaches, rambling forest walks and cycle trails, ancient castles and historic sites in the heart of Moray. There are almost limitless leisure opportunities that include stalking and hunting, shooting, fishing, walking, cycling and golf. In this landscape of rushing rivers, ancient lochs and miles of empty golden beaches, you will have the chance to catch sight of eagles and hunting birds flying overhead whilst the seas around us offer glimpses of playful seals, leaping dolphins and even feeding whales. With a wide range of accommodation suitable for everything from a romantic Christmas getaway through to a great family centered holiday, Carden Cottages, which are wonderfully positioned for exploring all that this beautiful area of Scotland has to offer, are the perfect choice.

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The Cart House

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The Cart House is very popular with families and is one of The Old Steading... more >

The Cart House is very popular with families and is one of The Old Steading cottages on two floors.Room Facilities:

  • WIFI
  • Bath Tub
  • Central Heating
  • Ceramic Hob
  • Coffee Maker
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Cooker
  • Dining Area
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • Electric Shaver Point
  • Extra Linen On Request
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hairdryer
  • Kitchen
  • LCD/Plasma Television
  • Linen & Towels Supplied
  • Living Room
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • Shower Room
  • Tea/Coffee
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine

The Mill House

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The Mill House is an attractive two storey house with open wooden stairs not... more >

The Mill House is an attractive two storey house with open wooden stairs not felt to be suitable for those with babies or young children as there are no stair-gates.

On the ground floor there is a shower room nderful views.

The upper floor has two bedrooms, a double and a twin, also a bathroom with bidet.Room Facilities:

  • WIFI
  • Bath/Shower
  • Central Heating
  • Ceramic Hob
  • Coffee Maker
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Cooker
  • Dining Area
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • Electric Shaver Point
  • Extra Linen On Request
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hairdryer
  • Kitchen
  • LCD/Plasma Television
  • Linen & Towels Supplied
  • Living Room
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • Shower Room
  • Tea/Coffee
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine

The Barn

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The Barn is another delightful courtyard property on two floors. <br /> <br /> The whol... more >

The Barn is another delightful courtyard property on two floors.

The whole upper floor comprises a large sitting/dining room with breakfast kitchen at one end. From the sitting room french windows lead to a balcony giving panoramic views over the Firth and with stairs to the patio garden below.

On the ground floor are three bedrooms, a double with en-suite shower room, a twin/double also with en-suite shower room and a further twin. A bathroom with corner bath and bidet completes the facilities.Room Facilities:

  • WIFI
  • Bath Tub
  • Bath/Shower
  • Central Heating
  • Ceramic Hob
  • Coffee Maker
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Cooker
  • Dining Area
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • Electric Shaver Point
  • Ensuite Bath/Shower Room In Unit
  • Extra Linen On Request
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hairdryer
  • Kitchen
  • LCD/Plasma Television
  • Linen & Towels Supplied
  • Living Room
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • Shower Room
  • Tea/Coffee
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
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The Byre

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The Byre is a great favourite with couples, yet not too large for a single pe... more >

The Byre is a great favourite with couples, yet not too large for a single person.Room Facilities:

  • WIFI
  • Bath/Shower
  • Central Heating
  • Ceramic Hob
  • Coffee Maker
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Cooker
  • Dining Area
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • Electric Shaver Point
  • Extra Linen On Request
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hairdryer
  • Kitchen
  • LCD/Plasma Television
  • Linen & Towels Supplied
  • Living Room
  • Radio
  • Shower Room
  • Tea/Coffee
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
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The Bothy

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The Bothy is similar in layout to The Stables and is popular with returning g... more >

The Bothy is similar in layout to The Stables and is popular with returning guests. It is also suitable for wheel-chair users and for those with a baby or young child.

The en-suite bedroom is convertible to a twin or a super king as wished, and has room for a cot or Z-bed; there is a separate spacious shower room. The kitchen/dining/sitting room enjoys lovely views over the surrounding countryside.Room Facilities:

  • WIFI
  • Balcony
  • Bath Tub
  • Bath/Shower
  • Central Heating
  • Coffee Maker
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Cooker
  • Dining Area
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • Electric Shaver Point
  • Ensuite Bath/Shower Room In Unit
  • Extra Linen On Request
  • Freezer
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hairdryer
  • Kitchen
  • LCD/Plasma Television
  • Linen & Towels Supplied
  • Living Room
  • Microwave
  • Private Car Space
  • Radio
  • Shower Room
  • Tea/Coffee
  • Television
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
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The Stables

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The Stables is ideal for two people and also suitable for those requiring whe... more >

The Stables is ideal for two people and also suitable for those requiring wheel-chair access.01

The accommodation consists of an open plan kitchen/dining/sitting room with french windows giving access to the courtyard patio. There is a shower room off the entrance hall, and a bedroom which can be a twin or a super king size – with en-suite bathroom.Room Facilities:

  • WIFI
  • Central Heating
  • Ceramic Hob
  • Coffee Maker
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Cooker
  • Dining Area
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • Electric Shaver Point
  • Ensuite Bath/Shower Room In Unit
  • Extra Linen On Request
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hairdryer
  • Kitchen
  • LCD/Plasma Television
  • Linen & Towels Supplied
  • Living Room
  • Microwave
  • Shower Room
  • Tea/Coffee
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine

Facilities

  • TV/DVD
  • Games room - Pool, Table Tennis, Table Games
  • Tennis Court
  • Miles of beaches only 5 minutes away
  • Forest walks and cycle trails only 5 minutes away
  • Children's Playground
  • Disabled Access
  • Garden For Residents' Use
  • Payphones
  • Shop (nearby)
  • Terrace
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bar (nearby)
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Café / Restaurant (nearby)
  • Golf Course (nearby)
  • Cycling
  • Hiking

Policies

Check In: Between 16:00 and 20:00
Check Out: Between 7:00 and 10:00
Wi-fi: Wireless internet is available and is free of charge.
Smoking: There is no smoking permitted anywhere within the property.
Parking: Parking for all guests is available on site and is free of charge.

Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Pets: Pets are not allowed.
Groups: No stag and hen groups.

Average

4.9
out of 5
37 reviews

100% recommend

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5
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1st November 2020:

Very comfortable accommodation with lovely views over to the Moray Firth. The apartment is spacious with excellent facilities, being only a short distance from Forres it is easy to shop and stock up for your stay.

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There are many walks just a short distance from the cottage, we particularly liked Hopeman beach where you can have a dip if you are feeling adventurous or a walk along the many trails on offer, it is a perfect place to view the dolphins as they pass on their way up the coast.

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5
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3rd September 2020:

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4.8
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27th August 2020:

Very comfortable cosy and exceptionally well equipped accommodation. Plenty of natural light and lovely outlook. Management very responsive to request for moth repellent after I spotted a few of them flying around in the bedroom. We will be back!

Tips:

Sunninghiall Hotel in Elgin a good place to eat and the Sundancer on the beach at Nairn is even better. Best mussels we have ever had.

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5
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18th August 2020:

Everything necessary provided to create a wonderful and relaxing holiday break.

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Visit all locations on the coast from Fort George to Cullen to enjoy the full experience.

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5
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18th August 2020:

Very well appointed cottage in stunning location overlooking the Moray Firth and Black Isle. Enjoyed the garden and beautiful sunsets. Paul was very helpful in explaining the measures they were taking to make sure the cottages were thoroughly cleaned between guests to minimise risk of spreading the virus. Small repairs reported were dealt with very promptly and successfully. Would highly recommend these cottages as a base for exploring this beautiful part of Scotland.

Tips:

Very close to the Moray Firth coastal road- so great for visiting Burghead, Hopeman and Lossiemouth. Recommend Harbour Lights in Lossie for breakfast/lunch/dinner. Johnstone's of Elgin for shopping and coffee/lunch; the Walled Garden at Gordon Castle nr Fochabers for coffee and snacks; Cullen for the best Cullen Skink you'll ever have; the Kimberley in Findhorn for langoustine freshly caught in Burghead that day; Sun Dancer and The Classtoom in Nairn for eating; enjoy spectacular views over the Moray Firth from viewpoint at nearby Califer; visit Portknockie to see the amazing Bow and Fiddle rock; Knockando woollen mill visitor centre; walk or cycle the Speside Way - enjoy refreshments at Fresh in Aberlour; climb Ben Rinnes; visit numerous distilleries in the area; visit the Abbey at Pluscarden

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5
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16th August 2020:

Excellent !

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5
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11th August 2020:

A great service right from the first telephone enquiry. Was a bit confused when arrived as to how to meet with the owner but I realised that he had left a note with my name in the accommodation window and the cottage was open. A really spotless cottage with subtle music playing in the background, a great welcome after a long journey

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Lots of little fishing villages to visit and the location makes it easy enough to visit the west coast so you can see a lot of Scotland from this location.

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5
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25th July 2020:

Light airy cottage. Spacious and tranquil. Very well equipped. Sunsets from the living room were beautiful.

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Ideal for visiting the Moray Firth and the Black Isle. Fabulous coastal walks, gardens, quaint villages. Wildlife in abundance. Dolphins, seals, deer, hares..... The perfect location.

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5
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25th July 2020:

Excellent accommodation lovely cottage would recommend a stay here. Brilliant!

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5
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15th March 2020:

Great cottage with everything you need for a fabulous stay. All pot, pans and crockery are a high standard. All you need is your food and you’re good to go. The cottage was clean and spacious And the views and wildlife are fabulous Easy to find the cottages and wonderfully quiet and safe. The supermarket was only a 5 min drive away. Within easy drive of all that Elgin and Lossiemouth have to offer

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5
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3rd November 2019:

Great place to stay,

Tips:

Get out and explore

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4.8
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23rd September 2019:

Secluded, Spacious, Deluxe holiday cottages, fully self contained, with quality fittings and furnishings. Great hosts, friendly and accomodating

Tips:

Great location near Elgin. Ideal for visits to the coast or following 'The Whisky Trail'

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5
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21st August 2019:

Very comfortable, well appointed and spacious accommodation in a great location.

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5
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17th August 2019:

Wonderful holiday homes, we love the Mill House. We live in a busy Italian city and this is one of the best places for our family to relax and enjoy the Scottish atmosphere. Paul is very helpful and kind, a great host.

Tips:

Elgin is very near and there are many good restaurants and shops. This year we discovered some lovely scones and cakes at Ditsy Teacup.

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4.5
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13th August 2019:

Down a long drive away from a main road we found the cottages to be very quiet and restful. Everything you needed for your stay was provided.

Tips:

The City of Elgin was only 4 miles away. The city had everything you required i.e. Supermarkets, Railway Station e.c.t. The coast was quite close, about 15 mins. by car

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5
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27th July 2019:

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5
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9th June 2019:

We had a really lovely stay - thanks! We loved the walk down to the lake, and using the games room. The DVD player gave us a little trouble - might be worth checking - but we did get it to work in the end.

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5
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6th June 2019:

You provided everything we needed to make our first visit to this area a memorable one. The cottage was clean, comfortable and well equipped. The scones and other goodies were much appreciated. We were warmly welcomed by Paul who was a mine of local information. He spent quite some time with us, despite the fact he was going on holiday himself. A lovely place to stay. Look out for Bert & Betty, the Oystercatchers and their nest in the courtyard.

Tips:

Go to the Whale and Dolphin Centre at Spey Bay and wait for the dolphins to pass by. Magical!

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5
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20th April 2019:

Paul was amazing Got us a lovely welcome gift which after the 10 hour drive was bliss even got us a bottle of champers for our honeymoon and let us take our tortoise

Tips:

Lots to do around the area they left you a brochure with places to visit We chose to do the below Elgin town centre 15mins away Elgin Cathedral 15mins away Duffus Castle 15mins away Hope Beach 15mins away Spey Bay and the Dolphin Centre 30 mins away

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5
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15th October 2018:

We had such a lovely stay in the Bothy. Very toddler friendly for our 16 month old. Would definitely recommend for families with babies or for disabled travellers requiring wheelchair access. Enclosed garden for little one to run around, lovely big bedroom (and bed!), super clean and very well equipped. Large bathroom AND shower room were a welcome surprise. A very warm welcome from our host Paul. Fantastic stay, thank you!

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4.8
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27th November 2017:

This stay was booked via myself for some electrical contractors- however I know they were delighted with the accommodation and have extended further into this week. Thank you !

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Owner Response:

Thank you so much for your feedback and I'm pleased your teams enjoyed their stay with us. It will be lovely to welcome them back again at some time in the future. Paul

4.3
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2nd September 2017:

Lovely views from the cottages and really helpful to have to have the games room although it did need a bit of a clean when we visited, but we were a bit early. The cottages were most suitable for our party as there was ample space and the disability cottage was great for my mother.

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lovely rural setting. Lots of shops and supermarkets at Elgin - Asda deliver. You do need really your own transport but great beaches locally - saw lots of Dolphins at Burghead, maybe we were lucky. Grant's whisky tour is just £5 and they have a lovely garden to explore too.

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Owner Response:

Thank you for your lovely review and yes by arriving so very early you did catch our cleaning teams in the middle of their work but it's good to hear how much you enjoyed your stay at our steading. If we can help you again at any time, please let us know. Paul and Debbie

5
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23rd August 2017:

read my ticks

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too many to mention

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Owner Response:

Thank you for your lovely review and if we can help you again in the future please let me know. Paul

5
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6th July 2017:

The location of the Steading is superb and the Byre was comfortable and well equipped for two people.

Tips:

The best places we found to eat was the Mossett Arms in Forres and the Rockpool Cafe at Buckie. Both can be busy and booking ahead is a good idea. The Crown and Anchor at Findhorn is in a class of its own, the staff are quirky and can appear a bit off hand, but the sense of humour comes through and the food is good. The exhibition of photographs of local life in the Tolbooth in the High Street was very good and the volunteers were friendly and knowledgeable.

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5
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11th June 2017:

Paul and Debbie go out of their way to make you welcome and comfortable during your stay at Carden. The cottages are spotlessly clean, comfortable, well equipped and in lovely surroundings, which is why we return time and again.

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5
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5th June 2017:

All 5s. Do you need any other comment?

Tips:

It's an individual thing - my wife and I sometimes do different things.

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5
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26th March 2017:

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5
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28th November 2016:

We could not fault anything about the cottage. The heating was excellent and Paul the owner even left us a box of chocolates and flowers.

Tips:

Walk along beach from Roseisle to Burghead which is three miles each way. The Bothy in Burghead is very good for food,then walk through the caravan site and return to Roseisle via the Forest. Excellent walk. Forres and Findhorn are worth a visit too.

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5
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30th August 2015:

Paul and Debbie very nice people property very clean and fully equipped.

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sunninghill hotel in Elgin food excellent also whisky trail.

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Owner Response:

Debbie and I are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and we hope to see you again at some time in the future. Thank you Paul :)

4
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28th July 2015:

Two small remarks -the smoke alarm in the kitchen is too sensitive. Went of when we made toast. -the kitchen knifes were not sharp. But overall we enjoyed the stay very much!

Tips:

Dunnotar castle and the birdcolonie nearby. The walk up Ben Rinnes

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Owner Response:

Well although there isn't too much I can do about the smoke detector without compromising the safety of our guests, I can make sure the knives are resharpened immediately. Thank you so much for letting me know and I do hope we can welcome you back again at some time in the future. Paul :)

4.5
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4th November 2014:

The Barn worked very well for 4 people. We enjoyed our stay.Perhaps the only thing lacking is a better set of kitchen knives.

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Owner Response:

That's a very good point and one I will act upon immediately. I'm looking at a Sabatier set with wooden handles and an electric knife sharpener in each cottage. Thanks for mentioning it. Paul p.s. perhaps you can try them out the next time you are in the U.K.

4.8
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10th August 2014:

We both enjoyed our second visit and would recommend it for people with disabilites as there is ample room in the two units provided.

Tips:

Logie steadings south of forres and the harbour at lossiemouth. Whisky railway trip between keith and dufftown

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Owner Response:

Thank you so much for your feedback and both Debbie and I are really pleased you enjoyed staying with us. I do hope you will join us again the next time you visit this area. Paul & Debbie

5
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23rd July 2014:

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Would Recommend: Yes

Owner Response:

Thank you for your feedback. It's good to know that you enjoyed you stay with us and we do hope you will come back again some time. Paul & Debbie

4.8
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4th May 2014:

A very relaxing and comfortable stay at Carden Cottages. Cottage very well equipped - especially in the kitchen. Lovely garden to sit in overlooking beautiful scenery. A small down side to the garden is that the patio needed weeded and also the flower beds.

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Owner Response:

Thank you for your feedback and I can confirm that not only was the patio immediately weeded, but all the flower beds were completely replaced with beautiful bedding plants and new floral tubs were planted up and placed by all the entry doors. Once the bedding plants in the tubs have finished, we plan to replace them with a range of scented herbs that our guests are welcome to use in the kitchens. I do hope you will join us again at some time in the future. Paul & Debbie

5
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21st April 2014:

We were very lucky and appreciated the fact that not many other people were there. It made our stay feel like the place was ours - so we enjoyed the place so much. The owners were very friendly and discrete. the finishing welcome touches were fantastic - felt very much like home from home - wish we had the view. everyone loved the Barn and other cottages. It made our special event 'perfect'.

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More walking brochures - Ben Rinnes for the fit ones and Bennachie are both good walks and not too far from the area. The Hopeman - Burghead coastal path is now tarmaced so is gentle for some folk who cant walk hills. will definately take my mum on that walk with her in the wheelchair next time we are up. Let folk know they need £1 coins for the pool table - we didnt have that many on arrival but its not a big deal. The Wifi didnt work well at all in the Barn - but i think that worked well for us in the end as we would have only been tempted to log into work emails. The Quismat is fantastic and very popular. we bought a takeaway but had to pick up as its £10 for delivery - not worth the added cost being so near. Food was lovely. Piers cafe Findhorn - definately a must visit. Robbie and the team are great and the menu / venue is stunning looking over the Bay. Loads of walks in area - would be good to have brochures on these as it helps folk feel confident when new to area. We know it so were lucky. A map of the area would also be good as there is so much to see and do up there for outdoors it would help people know how far things are and what they might be missing as they just didnt know. Elgin museum is also a great place to visit - worth a visit.

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Owner Response:

Wow! Thank you for such a glowing feedback - Debbie and I are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope you will join us again in the future. I'm sorry about the WIFI and we are having it looked at again - it's been a real niggle. We've also picked up on your idea about the walking maps by collating as many leaflets and trail guides as we can, not only for walking but also cycle trails. These will be collated and a copy made available in each of the cottages. We're also intending to include some of these as downloads on our website, once we can work out how to do it. Thank you again Paul & Debbie

4.8
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20th April 2014:

Another fantastic stay at Carden, I cannot fault the accommodation of the location. We will return again in the future.

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Owner Response:

Thank you so much for your feedback and it was great to have you stay with us. Debbie and Paul

4.3
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30th March 2014:

Excellent, peaceful setting, close to local attractions.

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Owner Response:

Thank you so much for taking the time to provide feedback for Debbie and I and especially for being willing to recommend us to others. Hopefully we will see you again the next time you thing of visiting this area of Scotland and you'll give us the chance to lift a couple of those '4's up to '5's. Paul and Debbie

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