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26th May – 1st Jun 2018

We have stayed at many self-catering places but … wow!  This place sets the bar at a new high standard.  Coupled with the hosts friendliness and generosity, a week of 20C sunshine and visiting Ospreys – it’s been a perfect holiday.  Very many thanks Steph, Bill & Alex  T, A, K, J & A

12th May – 26th May 2018

Another brilliant holiday.  Thank you.  We will be back  A, R and S

7th Apr – 14th Apr 2018

An amazing week in a cottage that exceeded our expectations in every way!  Thank you for making us feel so welcome and we can’t wait to come back.  J, M, A, D & A

31st Mar – 7th Apri 2018

Steph, Bill & Alex – Thank you very much for the wonderful stay in your Lodge.  Although the weather was not good we enjoyed this brilliant house.  We have had a lazy but fabulous week especially Kata who was fishing with Alex and learned to paddle the boat.  The bread and jam were delicious!  Thank you again.  K T K and J

17th Mar – 20th Mar 2018

Thank you again Steph, Bill & Alex for a wonderful week.  Very stylish coffee/lunch at Muckrach Country Hotel near Dulnain Bridge and Lochindorb for a beautiful drive and grouse spotting.  Enjoyed a walk from the Old Bridge at Grantown to the bridge at Cromdale.  A lovely riverside open walk with benches all the way.  D, A & D

24th Feb – 3rd Mar 2018

We have had the most amazing week.  Beautiful sunshine until Tuesday then snow – snow – snow.  Fantastic.  The Lodge is beautiful.  So warm and cozy.  Thank you Steph for your hospitality.  The Welcome pack was wonderful.  You looked after us so well.  Lovely walks at Loch Garten and Lochan Eilean.  Recommend a drive to Lochindorb to see the Red Grouse.  S, K S

17th – 24th Feb 2018

We’ve had an amazing time here at Lochan Lodge.  Beautiful setting.  Excellent wildlife, including red Squirrels on site, and crested tits too.  Highly recommend the Wee Puffin in Grantown for food.  Lochindorb was great for Red Grouse and look out for the Barn Owl flying around all night.  Thanks Bill and Steph for a perfect stay.  Welcome pack was best we’ve seen anywhere.  Hot tub amazing!  See you again! xx  J, G, E, G, K, N, P T

10th – 17th Feb 2018

Had a really great holiday and the house is lovely.  Skiing at the Lecht, sledging at the Hayfield in Glenmore.  Visiting family and friends in Carrbridge.  Shopping in Aviemore and Grantown.  A lovely welcome basket and home-made flapjack for the journey home.  thank You.  A, C, F, J G

6th – 13th Jan 2018

Second time visiting the Lodge and just the same home from home.  Day one ski resort Lecht 40 mins – A939 out of Tomintoul.  Day two Elgin.  Cheap fuel at Tescos Lossiemouth (cafe on harbour very nice).  Coast drive to Findhorn Bay & Nairn.  Day three, Loch Garten Osprey Centre.  No Osprey in winter but nice walks and lots of little birds to photo and feed.  Day four, Fort William, Ben Nevis.  Long drive but well worth it.  Other days – nice walk behind Lodge, taking in the views.  Thank you for everything.  S, P, F & P D

31st Dec – 5th Jan 2018

Thank you so much for a wonderful week away.  Such a great house to be with friends and family.  Plenty of space for all and every detail of the house has been planned and presented perfectly.  18m L had a fab time and the adults walked and partied to our hearts content!  Amazing hot tub! A ,K, L D

22nd – 30th Dec 2017

Another wonderful stay at Lochan Lodge, wonderful place to celebrate Christmas!  Thank you Bill, Steph and Alex for making us feel so welcome and for the very thoughtful basket of goodies.  With breathtaking views, a roaring fire and presents under the tree, who could wish for more?  Treasured family time.  So many happy memories.  We just love it here and look forward to returning xx D,J,B,C,J A

9th – 16th Dec 2017

Our second stay here and it was as comfortable as ever.  Definitely a home away from home.  Steph, Thanks for looking after us so well and thanks for arranging all the snow.  It was magical and exactly what we were hoping for.  S,A,A,J,MB

4th – 11th Nov 2017

We had such a wonderful week – just too short!  The Lodge is amazing.  Warm and cozy with so much wildlife, including Red Squirrels.  Lovely to see the Highland Cows on the path too!!  Really relaxed – saw seals at Nairn – do go look!  We had snow, sun a gale and a wee bit of rain.  Can’t wait to return!!!  G,K,C M

28th Oct – 4th Nov 2017

Finally got the chance to bring the family after numerous visits for business.  They absolutely loved it.  Had a great time at Brodie Castle, Dallas Dhu (distillery which kids can go in), Culloden and not forgetting the Whisky Castle and Highland Market!!  Thank you all so much for sharing your beautiful part of the world.  And a big Thank You to Alex for entertaining M & I.  Hopefully see you again soon 🙂  C, S H

14th – 21st Oct 2017

Lovely well equipped comfy home!  Thank You,.  Had some great outings and walks to Fort George and Culloden.  Walked to Loch Ruaine from Glenmore – Lovely!  Also the Blairfindy Moorland walk from Glenlivet – great views.  E, A & A L

7th – 14th Oct 2017

Had a wonderful week here, loads to see and do.  The Lodge is very well equipped – short of nothing.  Log fire and hot tub, what more could you want!  Thanks for the welcome basket of goodies and the home baking.  J, A & A M

16th – 23rd Sept 2017

What a wonderful place to spend a week.Lovely house and magnificent views.  Plenty of wildlife; Red Squirrels, Birds, Highland Cattle.  Had a very nice meal at the Grant Hotel.  Very helpful staff.  Bakery in town excellent.  Visited the Cairngorm mountain.  Blowing a gale.  Sunny for 20 mins then mist.  Lovely to meet Bill, Steph & Alex.  D.J.S.J O

2nd – 9th Sept 2017

Sad to say our week has come to an end.  This has been a great holiday break.  We cannot thank Steph & Bill enough for the use of this beautiful house.  Special thanks must go to Steph for the lovely bread and amazing flan.  The hospitality has been next to none, the best we have had and it was like a home from home.  We will certainly spread the word about this amazing experience.  Thank you both so much.  L.M & A.

26th Aug – 2nd Sept 2017

We have had such a marvelous time and simply can’t wait to return to this lovely and cozy home.  Would recommend the Highland Wildlife Park and Loch Morlich,  Fort George and any Historic Scotland site is worth a visit.  Will never forget the wonderful holiday with our Fab Foursome.  Hot tub a great addition! The F tribe

19th – 26th Aug 2017

Fantastic place to spend quality time with the family.  We had some great days out at the Highland Wildlife Park, Landmark, Lossiemouth beach etc.  The kids really liked Smarty Art in Grantown (good for rainy days)!  The A Clan

29th July – 12th Aug 2017

We have rented many places in the UK and some abroad over the last 25 years.  Every time searching for the perfect dream place to stay.  Finally we can stop our search.  I think we’ve found it here.  Bill, Steph and Alex have made us feel so welcome and been so kind to us.  Thank you Steph for the Welcome Pack and all your lovely home-cooked treats.  We have visited this area of Scotland many times and never tire of it.  We will definitely be back again soon.  We have enjoyed many lovely walks and would recommend routes 5 and 12 of the Glenlivet Estate trails.  We have loved watching all the wildlife from here and the view ….. what can I say.  Can never tire of that ever changing view, whatever the weather.  It is just superb.  The sunsets and clouds at dusk are amazing.  Thank you for letting us share this beautiful place with you.  N P & C O’S

22nd – 29th July 2017

Our third visit in as many years ….!  And not our last by any means!!  Once more we have been blessed by the wonderful experiences afforded by Balnafettach and the surrounding region.  Bill, Steph and Alex were as always the consummate hosts and made us all feel at home.  Thanks too to your Mum and Dad!!  All that remains is for us to say “see you soon ….”!!  All the very best.  The H. Clan

8th – 15th July 2017

Thank you all for a truly wonderful stay!  The House baked bread and cakes were lovely and we appreciated your warm welcome and generosity.  Thanks for the help and tips for fishing.  We enjoyed some beautiful evenings fishing in the Lochan.  The children enjoyed playing with Alex and taking lovely walks around your estate.  What a wonderful house with amazing views!  We all had a memorable holiday.  Thanks for making it possible!  P Family, P & E

1st – 8th July 2017

Amazing views, wildlife, facilities and hospitality from Steph & Bill.  Saw Osprey, Red Breasted Merganser, Stoats, Foxes, Roe Deer, Red Squirrels and so much more.  Perfect location – very close to Grantown and less than 30 mins to Aviemore.  Had visits to see the Dolphins on the Black Isle, The CairnGorm Funicular, Highland Wildlife Park and 2 Osprey photographic sessions at Aviemore.  Chocolate Brownies from Steph were legendary.  Thank you so much.  K,A,S,J,N & W

17th Jun – 1st Jul 2017

Another excellent holiday at Lochan Lodge.  Many thanks for Steph and Bill’s generous hospitality – the banoffee cheesecake was excellent!!  Highlights this year included Pine Marten, Stoat, small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary and of course the Wild Orchids.  D&L P

10th – 17th June 2017

Lochan Lodge is so lovely.  Amazing views.  Saw the Osprey on our first morning but no further visits.  It was a treat to be in a cottage with such high quality TV and HiFi.  Thanks Steph for the lovely home baking – much appreciated.  D&S K

20th May – 10th June 2017

Another fantastic holiday at Lochan Lodge (3 weeks this time!).  Birdlife as diverse as ever.  After Osprey sightings I was hoping to see one too but after EJs 3 chicks died at Loch Garten during our first week, no visits ….. until the day before our departure.  As ever Steph & Bill have an eye to the highest standards and to issuing a very warm welcome.  Needless to say this is not our last visit 🙂  S&C A

6th – 20th May 2017

Another super holiday in this spot.  Good weather for all our time here.  Enjoyed watching all the wildlife, including visits from an Osprey.  Saw 2 otters while fishing the river and managed to land a salmon!  Have stayed in many self catering cottages and nothing surpasses Lochan Lodge!  A&R S

8th – 15th April 2017

Lochan Lodge was the perfect place for our family reunion and we enjoyed every minute.  The house did not feel like a rental at all, it was luxurious and tons of space for uss to spread out.  We had everything we needed and were very comfortable.  Bill & Steph are so kind and welcoming and Alex was a great playmate for Callum!  We were a bit concerned about the distance from Grantown (where the rest of the family were staying) but we found it convenient enough.  Thanks for everything; we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.  N&H C (France), J,V&C F (England), G&G F (USA)

2nd – 7th April 2017

Lochan Lodge is such a perfect retreat.  My first stay but definitely not my last!  I cant’t wait to come back and bring more friends to see the beauty that surrounds it.  Steph, Bill & Alex all made the stay so much better and the Lodge is beautifully clean, cosy and I wish I lived here full time!  Thank you and see you again very soon.  LB

18th – 25th March 2017

This is our first stay here and hopefully not our last!  The place is much better than it looks on the website.  It’s a wonderful property with everything you need.  Love the high quality Hi Fi.  The views on an evening as the sun goes down are just great.  We could sit with that view every night no problem.  Weather was kind and got some good walking in.  Beef from farm was excellent.  Thanks for a great week!  J&B M

25th Feb – 4th March 2017

Another amazing holiday at Lochan Lodge!  Could say we only come each year for the delicious bread but the whole place is wonderful.  We’ll be back for 2 weeks in May.  Can’t wait!!  AS, RS, BC, JS, KE-J

18th – 25th February 2017

Thanks you so much for a wonderful holiday.  Fore the lovely break and the welcome basket.  The cottage is amazing.  The best I have ever stayed at  *****.  So comfortable and clean.  You have thought of everything.  G.McH and family

11th – 18th February 2017

Another wonderful stay at our favourite place in Scotland.  Many thanks.  See you next year.  LB, MT and RB

28th January – 4th February 2017

We had a lovely holiday in Lochan Lodge.  Thanks for the welcome basket and the home made banana nut bread.  Feeling home from home.  We will be back!  NJ, AB, DD, MP (Holland and Belgium)

21st – 28th January 2017

We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Lochan Lodge.  Thank you to Bill & Steph for making us so welcome.  The “Far” flan was delicious!  The Lodge must rate as the best we’ve stayed in and we’ve stayed in a good few nice ones.  The weather has been fantastic (no rain all week until the morning we leave!).  Though some snow would have been nice!  Lots of homely touches in the Lodge – like simple things such as hooks on the backs of bathroom doors and clock radios – oh and so warm and snug.  Thank you once again!  J & D.W

22nd – 29th December 2016

What a wonderful place to spend Christmas!  We have all had a lovely restful holiday and enjoyed everything Lochan Lodge had to offer.  Snow, wildlife and being just around the corner from where my brother lives made it all the more fabulous.  A big Thank You to Steph & Bill (and of course Alex!).  L & A.L

7th – 10th November 2016

A wonderful escape from our busy lives.  Lochan Lodge is wonderful and Steph made it really special with all the personal touches.  We would love to come again and hope to bring the family next time.  Thanks for a lovely break.  J & A.S

22nd – 28th October 2016

Thanks for an amazing week.  What a wonderful part of Scotland this is; the Lodge had everything we could wish for.  We could be mistaken but we even caught a glimpse of the NHorthern Lights from the upstairs room and the night sky was so clear.  Thanks again!  C & L.G

3rd – 10th September 2016

We’ve had a great week and have found Lochan Lodge to be very comfortable and well equipped.  We’ve really enjoyed the scenery and wildlife both around the farm and the surrounding area.  We hope to return soon!  M & D.L.

26th August – 3rd September 2016

Thank you for a fantastic week.  Have been visiting cottages for many years and this was by far the best.  So well equipped with everything we could possibly need.  The Lodge was clean and comfy.  We have all had a fantastic time here and will return soon!  Thank you Bill & Steph for a very warm and informative welcome.  Also a big thank you for the cake and letting us buy all you meat off you.  We have had a fantastic time and are really sad to leave 🙁  J.A.

20th – 27th August 2016

Great weather and fabulous peaceful surroundings have meant a wonderful relaxing break for us all.  We all can’t wait to come back and enjoy this beautiful part of the country some more.  Lochan Lodge is simply stunning!  J & M.A.

13th – 20th August 2016

After our visit last year we promised to return …… and here we are!!  What a fantastic week once again …. amazing sunny weather!!  Incredible hospitality added the perfect spice to all the other exceptional experiences!  Bill, Steph and Alex we thank you sincerely once more for making us and allowing us to feel so at home in your beautiful Lodge and farm.  So ….. see you next year again!! W.H. (Switzerland)

6th – 13th August 2016

Although the weather was not kind to us we have had the most wonderful week in this beautiful house.  Thank you so much Steph for your delicious bread and home grown veggies.  The house has the most stunning views to wake up to each morning.  Our boys have enjoyed so much playing in the grounds, skimming stones – and even caught a trout on the lake.  The games room has been such a treat for them, as well as your extensive collection of recent DVDs, Cds and XBox games!  We also loved sitting on one of the big comfy armchairs in the lounge with a book, looking out onto the lochan.  We hope to come back!   M & A.B.

30th July – 6th August 2016

Our week here has exceeded all expectations, Thank You Bill, Steph and Alex for your warm hospitality.  Starting with your friendly welcome, thoughtful provisions, delicious banana and walnut cake(!), detailed and helpful information all the way (including the ‘ditch’ rescue) you proved yourselves the perfect hosts.  Lochan Lodge is beautifully equipped with nothing missing and a truly therapeutic experience.  Really enjoyed the abundant wildlife, castle and loch visits but if we had been confined to the house it would have proved a sublime imprisonment.  I particularly enjoyed the rocking chair in front of the magnificent vista afforded by the huge master bedroom window and listening to some of the vast and varied CDs while Highland Cattle pass by in the filed.  Cannot imagine not visiting again.  For me personally the best place I have ever experienced.  Very sad to leave.  V & R.O.

23rd – 30th July 2016

Thank you so much for a wonderful stay in your beautiful Lodge.  You made us feel very welcome (and the muffins and brownies were delicious!).  We have had a fabulous week exploring the area, playing golf and tennis.  After a busy day we came back to the Lodge with its stunning views and all the home comforts you could wish for.  We have stayed at many hotels/lodges etc over the years but Lochan Lodge is the best.  Many thanks.  C.T.

16th – 23rd July 2016

House was brilliant.  Plenty of spreading out space.  Up at 4am on one of the days to watch the lightning over the hills which was spectacular.  Weather s always was typically Scottish (4 seasons in one day) but did not diminish the holiday in any way as now we had the lovely house to come back to.  Excellent base to explore the area.  Will definitely recommend to anyone looking to come up to this area.  Thank You.  G.S.

2nd – 16th July 2016

We had an absolutely wonderful stay at Lochan Lodge.  The house was ideal!  Waking up to the view of the Lochan in the morning was a real treat.  Bill, Steph and Alex are incredible hosts.  We felt so welcome and were spoilt with the amazing welcome basket and delicious treats.  Bill & Steph gave fantastic advice on things to do in the area especially with the Munros.  Thank you for an incredible time.  S & S.L.

25th June – 2nd July 2016

Another week in this beautiful, relaxing and comfortable Lodge would be ideal.  Perfect location for day trips or just stay and watch the birds/cattle/red squirrels out of the windows.  An Osprey was spotted over the Lochan!  Steph was a wonderful and caring hostess.  Thank You.  L.B.

18th – 25th June 2016

Third visit, another great week.  Glad I paid the “good weather” supplement!  Bill & Steph are perfect hosts and as usual Lochan Lodge was perfect.  Third year in a row the Osprey didn’y appear :-(.  I’m beginning to think, like the Loch Ness monster that it’s a Scottish myth!  S & N.M.

11th – 18th June 2016

Thank You Steph for a great stay.  Very impressed with the Lodge and Staph’s hospitality.  The 4 of us came for the salmon fishing at Grantown on Spey.  Very frustrating due to heavy rain and coloured water however some of us hooked into some very heavy fish which got the old hearts beating!  Wildlife was in abundance with lots of birds that we don’t see in Gloucestershire.  Managed to see the Osprey.  Definitely will be back and will be bringing the family.  E.T.

21st May – 4th June

Another excellent holiday at Lochan Lodge, our third!  Highlights of this trip were the wildlife – 3 different Ospreys on the Lochan!  Also spotted flycatcher, cross bills and drumming snipe.  Nice to see the red squirrels.  The nests of the house martins rose considerably in number during our fortnight stay.  L & D.P.     (editors note – you can view the guest’s wildlife photos taken during his stay here http://friendsofgroynenumber4.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/lochan-lodge.html)

14th – 21st May 2016

Our first visit to Lochan Lodge and hopefully not our last!  Everything was superb (except the UK weather!) but we coped as seasoned Scottish Holidaymakers.  Views are wonderful, peaceful and the Lodge itself a real home from home.  All was there, comfortable & relaxing.  So spacious yet cosy.  Many thanks to Steph for her great Apple Cake!  Sorry we had no children for Alex to play with but Simon came close to that role!  Great time was had by all and we so hope to return!  J & S.T.

7th – 14th May 2016

Excellent week’s holiday in this lovely setting.  Lots of sunshine, almost too hot at times! enjoyed all the wildlife, trout in the Lochan more cooperative than the Salmon in the Spey!  Booked for next year!  A.S.

23rd April – 7th May 2016

What an idyllic place Lochan Lodge is!  Steph & Bill are the perfect hosts and ensure that the Lodge provides for all one’s needs, but that it is also finished to the highest standards.  The tranquility broken only by the piping Oyster-catchers, with strains of Curlew and Lapwing cannot help but wash away the strains of urban life.  Steph and Bill – Thank You so much for your hospitality.  We look forward to returning.  S & C.A.

2nd – 9th April 2016

Thank you so much for a wonderful holiday.  We’ve really appreciated all the home from home comforts and all the lovely extras.  Can’t fault anything.  Absolutely fantastic.  Really hope to come again!  S & J.F.

26th Mar – 1st April 2016

This is a gorgeous and very comfortable house.  The reviews are fantastic.  My grand-daughter had never see a Highland Coo previously, so she loved them.  We’ll be back!! P.R & C.W.

15th – 20th February 2016

This has been such a great week thanks to your amazing home.  It will be difficult to drive away!  The ever-changing views, birds and wildlife have been a joy.  Loved the Stoat!  The boys have loved the freedom to run about with Alex …. and the to have the “X-Box” room in the evenings.  We have so enjoyed the comfort of this beautiful Lodge.  Thank you too for all the little touches which make it so delightful.  L.D.