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Ravenscraig Guest House (Aviemore, Scotland)

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Address: Grampian Road / Aviemore / Inverness-shire / Aviemore / Scotland / PH22 1RP / Tel: 01479 810 278

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      20.08.2010 23:41
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      A warm welcoming guesthouse offering scottish hospitality in the Cairngorm National Park

      There is nothing like a break in the country to wash away the stresses of daily life! Aviemore, in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park is the perfect location for a refreshing break or holiday. There is a wealth of outdoor pursuits or leisurely activities, too numerous to list, but there is definitely something for everyone. And on top of all that the surrounding views are spectacular. My husband and I have been visiting Aviemore for many years now, both with and without our children. We were extremely lucky in the early years to happen upon this fabulous guest house which has been our home from home ever since. The Ravenscraig Guest House is a Victorian mansion offering four star accommodation. It is a family run guesthouse and a real Highland welcome is extended to all guests. The house is situated on the main street in Aviemore, within a 5 to 10 minute walking distance from the hub of the town. ***ACCOMMODATION*** The accommodation consists of 12 bedrooms all with ensuite facilities. The main Victorian Mansion houses 6 of the bedrooms comprising of 2 single, 2 double and 2 family rooms. The bedrooms situated at the front offer spectacular views of the Cairngorm Mountain Range and rooms at the rear offer views of the Craigellachie Nature Reserve. One of the family rooms, which is my least favourite, has a small window overlooking the rear of the property but still offers a nice view. The remaining 6 rooms are situated in the annexe at the rear of the property, which are of a chalet style. Each chalet has its own front door leading to a small heated porch. Ideal for coats, shoes etc. The porch leads into a spacious bedroom and then at the rear is a large bathroom. There are 4 family rooms with a double bed, single bed and can also house a further single bed if required. There is a room with a King Size Sleigh bed and finally a room which is suitable for wheelchair access with ramps, extra wide doors and a very spacious bathroom with disabled access. Outside each chalet room is a small decking area and outdoor seating is available to enjoy the Scottish sunshine! There is also a parking space in front of each chalet. The annexe rooms are often favoured by those wishing to party into the night as they feel they are not disturbing other guests. However, the main door of the mansion is always open and after a day of activities you are often too tired to party on through the night. All rooms are beautifully decorated with a stylish and contemporary feel. There is a small seating area in each room, in which to relax. There is a kettle with a selection of Fairtrade teas and coffees along with local shortbread. They also provide tumblers and wine glasses in the rooms and will happily provide a cork screw or bottle opener. The cold water from the bathroom taps is suitable to drink and tastes great, better than bottled water. The beds are really comfortable with stylish quilts and plenty pillows are provided. Extra blankets are usually found in the wardrobes but I have never needed to use them as the rooms are warm and comfortable. There is plenty storage available for clothes etc rather than living out of your suitcase. It always seems to be a fairly quiet guesthouse and I manage to get a good night's sleep. Although the house is situated on the main road, it is at the quiet end and not too noisy with traffic etc. The ensuite facilities are roomy and stylish with power showers, heated towel rails and fluffy white towels. Neutrogena toiletries are provided which consists of shampoo, soap, shower gel and body lotion. A decent hairdryer is provided (not one of those which you have to hold the switch down as you dry your hair). There are adequate mirrors, plenty of sockets a television and free wifi. ***FACILITIES*** There is a guest lounge with welcoming log fire and comfy chairs and sofas. An abundance of books, newspapers and magazines are provided for your leisure. There are many local maps, bike route and walking route maps, menus for local eateries, leaflets and tourist information for many attractions. A drying room is provided for wet boots and clothing, a ski/snowboard store, a lockable shed for bikes and there is a picnic table and seats in the garden for guest use. The owners will also provide an iron and ironing board, corkscrew and ice and laundry facilities. They can also provide a lap top for guest use. The laundry and lap top will incur a small charge. There is ample off street parking both at the front and rear of the house. A ski bus stops directly outside the house, local transport routes via bus and train are all within a 5 to 7 minute walking distance. The house is warm, clean, relaxing everything you could ask for. ***BREAKFAST*** The best part of the stay, it is a real hearty affair to send you on your way to your outdoor pursuits!! Local products are used and food is freshly made to order. There is a huge range of breakfast options offering either a full cooked Scottish breakfast or a continental style breakfast. Some of the options they offer are: Highland Porridge with fruit compote (My favourite and a real tummy filler)! Fresh Scotch pancakes with crispy bacon and maple syrup (My daughter loves this). Scrambled eggs with local smoked salmon (Another favourite of mine). Toasted muffins with bacon and poached egg (A must for my husband). Organic natural yoghurt with seeds. A full Scottish breakfast, local bacon, sausages, black pudding, mushrooms, potato scone, eggs, tomatoes, beans (eat as much as you want, my son really enjoys this). The meat comes from a local award winning butcher. The portions are always huge so do mention if you want a small portion. Fresh toast is provided along with marmalade and a selection of jams which is handmade at Monick Castle in Inverness. A selection of teas or a cafetiere of coffee all from the Fair Trade is also offered. Fresh juices, fruit, muesli and cereals are provided for you to help yourself. The muesli is produced using local organic wheat and Scottish oat flakes. Even the milk they serve comes from an award winning local dairy. ***THE DINING EXPERIENCE*** The breakfast room is small and informal but extends out to a bright and airy conservatory with views of the well tended garden. We always try and eat in the conservatory as we find the dining room a bit dark and cramped. The local radio is always playing in the background which is handy for updating you on the weather and ski slopes. The ladies which serve you breakfast are extremely friendly and helpful, they are a wealth of knowledge on the surrounding area, tourist sites and suitable activities. It is so obvious they want you to enjoy your stay and hopefully return. Packed lunches can be provided at request and dietary needs can be catered for. ***TARRIFF*** Prices are quoted at per person per night which includes a full Scottish breakfast. Dependent on the season prices range from £28 to £40 with reduced rates for children sharing a family room. There are often special offers and seasonal discounts available. Booking can be made by telephone or there is an online booking service available. 01479 810278 www.aviemoreonline.com Ravenscraig Guest House Grampian Road Aviemore Inverness-shire PH22 1RP ***MY RECOMMENDATION*** I am beginning to regret writing this review as I am worried there will be an abundance of visitors and we won't get a room when we need one. My family and I love this guest house so much that my husband even has them on speed dial. Booking is easy and check-in is even easier. They just require credit or debit card details to secure your booking but do not require a deposit. On arrival you are greeted by the friendly owners who will show you to your room and the facilities provided. I have lost count on how many times we have stayed in the Ravenscraig, we have never been disappointed or let down, it continually offers a high standard of accommodation and service. We have stayed in a variety of rooms and are all very comfortable, clean and warm. What more can I say? If you fancy a trip to Aviemore book your accommodation at the Ravenscraig you won't be disappointed. Many thanks Helen

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