We are just back from a weeks stay at Thistle Dhu in Newtonmore and I can honestly say it is one of the best holiday houses we have stayed in. I stayed with my husband, 4 children and my parents and the whole week was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
The house itself was newly built and had a lovely modern interior. The downstairs had lovely wooden floors throughout and although there was not much need to use it in July, a wood burning stove in the livingroom. The kitchen was so well equipped with good quality crockery, utensils and appliances. We could not get over how many plates, glasses etc there were. As well as the open plan living room/dining area/kitchen, downstairs had a twin bedroom, toilet/large shower room, utility room and single toilet. Upstairs was carpetted and had a large kingsize bedroom with ensuite, toilet/bath/shower room, a twin bedroom and double bedroom. My children could not get over the fact there were 4 toilets in one house-very handy with 3 children under the age of 5! All rooms were tastefully decorated and as with the kitchen, each room was well equipped with good quality furniture and little extras such as hairdryers, toiletries, dvds. The boys had great fun looking through "their toy cupboard" and pulling out a different game/jigsaw each night.
There was an outdoor, enclosed, gravelled area with more than enough space for 4 cars. We had 2 cars with us and there was still plenty room for the boys to run about.
The owners provided a much appreciated welcome pack although there was a local Co-op within walking distance for anything you forgot to take with you. The handy information pack came in very handy, especially when we needed to find a mechanic to fix the heat shield on my exhaust (beware of the speed bumps on Golf Course Road!)
The area was beautiful and so scenic. With 3 children under 5, we were not able to enjoy many of the outdoor activities which seemed to be available in the area but we did find many family friendly activities close by. The Highland Folk museum and Wildcat Experience were my personal favourites.
I would definitely recommend this house to friends and would have loved to stay longer. I can see us going back again sometime soon. The owners have obviously put a lot of thought into this house and the little "extras" really showed this. I would love to say it was like home from home but Thistle Dhu is much better than my own home!!!