Guest Comments

Every comment listed – but some guests do not leave comments as they come so regularly that they know – we know – that they just love the place ūüôā


29th Feb – 7th Mar 2020

Thank you to both Steph & Bill for a wonderful break.¬† What a marvellous location – good (if muddy) walks straight out of the door, beautiful views, wonderful wildlife pluys a great base to explore the area.¬† The Welcome Pack, bread and subsequent brownies were all very gratefully received!¬† Thanks to Alex for his delicious eggs and for introducing the cockerels and hens to the kids – they loved it.¬† We can’t wait for the opportuinity to visit again, hopefully for longer next time.

L, D, P and Z

24th – 29th Feb 2020

Thanks to Steph & Bill for another fantastic week in the cottage.  Snow every day, lots of wildlife in the area and lots of great walking.  A true winter wonderland.  Hope to be back next year.  The cottage was presented so well again.  Thank you so much.

S & K S


26th Oct – 2nd Nov 2019

The house worked so well for our family.  We have enjoyed coming back to all the home comforts.  The views are amazing and Steph always there if we needed anything.  So kind of you to let us stay and enjoy the rugby :-).  We hope to return, we would like to experience all the seasons here.

W & R Families

12th – 19th Oct 2019

Our first visit and loved every minute.  Thank you for the bread and cake, they were delicious.  T, B & C enjoyed their time casting on the Lochan.  We hope to see you next year.  Brilliant wildlife.

T, C, F, B, R & C

21st Sept – 5th Oct 2019

Our second visit, Home from Home.  Very relaxing break.  Good fun fishing the lochan as well as flying our birds.  Another nice cake from Steph :-).  Thank you and will see you again.

S, S, G, R & P

15th  Р21st Sept 2019

Lived up to expectations.  Beautiful views all around.  Saw red squrrels which was a bonus.  Highlight of the holiday was watching Dolphins at Channonry Point.  Very good meal at Garth Hotel.  Thank you for your hospitality, home made bread, fresh eggs (Thank You Alex) etc

M, B, S & A

24th Aug – 14th Sept 2019

How wonderful it has been to return to Lochan Lodge, this time for 3 weeks (‘though wish it was for longer)!¬† Steph and Bill greeted us like old friends and we felt like we were returning to our home-from-home.¬† Thank you Steph for all the lovel;y home-baked goodies and for preparing a special ‘study room’ for C to use while revising for his exam.¬† It was really kind of you and much appreciated.¬† The weather has been a real mix but we have enjoyed some beautiful sunny days between the rain and have been able to sit out and relax on the patio just enjoying the peace, watch the wildlife and look at the fantastic views.¬† We have had some stunning sunsets and varied cloud formations which we never tire of seeing.¬† We have again done some walks on the Glenlivet Estate, driven the wonderful route through to Tomintoul and down to Balmoral and Ballater.¬† Not forgetting our favourite walk from Glemore Visitor Centre to Meall a’ Bhuachaille and past the Ryvoan Bothy and Green Lochan – beautiful.¬† Thanks again for letting us share your lovely home and piece of Scotland xxx

PD A personal thanks to Alex for his wonderful eggs, great service and hard work looking after his Happy Hens!  Keep it up!

N, P & C

17th – 24th Aug 2019

Wow!  What an amazing place, beautiful scenery, so relaxing.  Enjoyed many hours just watching the birds and ever changing views from the sitting room :-).  Wished I was brave enough to have gone for a swim in the Loch.  Maybe next time!  Steph & Bill Рthank you so much for your hospitality 10/10!  Loved the welcome basket.  Steph Banana Walnut cake = yummy!  Happy Hen eggs were very tasty.  Bill Рthanks for the tips on where to visit and help getting tyre fixed.

S & R

3rd – 10th Aug 2019

Amazing place, we have had lots of fun despite the rain.  The kids (and some dults!) loved swimming in the Loch!  We have had an amazing stay here.  We love the house and surroundings.  Thank you!

P & C Familes

20th Jul – 3rd Aug 2019

We’ve had a fantastic stay at Lochan Lodge – just sorry we were not staying longer!¬† Kids had so much fun exploring your farm with Alex and hope to get another chance soon.¬† We’ve had a relaxing and fun-filled holiday.¬† Thank you Steph, Bill & Alex for your hospitality xxx.¬† PS – The banana & walnut loaf was delicious!

M, L, M, C & L

29th Jun – 13th Jul 2019

Another superb stay at Lochan Lodge.  Fantastic wildlife and birdlife РOsprey, stoats and red squirrels not to mention the Highland cattle and sheep.  Very hard to make ourselves pack up and leave :-(.  Thank you for sharing your fantastic location with us.  We hope to return!

J, B & G

8th – 22nd June 2019

How can 2 weeks pass so quickly?  Another wonderfully tranquil (and very exciting) visit.  As always, Steph and Bill make you feel very welcome.  I managed to see one more bird species than last time (35 in total) and the Osprey visits have increased my blood pressure whilst trying to photograph!  Counting the days until next time!

C & S, A

1st – 8th June 2019

Weather could have been better but we had a great time.  Plenty of birds with young.  Red Sqirrels which came on the hopper outside the main bedroom window.  Views magnificent, especially Thursday with all the mist around.  We had a lovely meal at the Grant Arms and coffee in the bakery opposite the Coop.

D, J, S & J

11th – 25th May 2019

Another brilliant holiday at Lochan Lodge.  Enjoyed seeing all the wildlife.  Grandchildren had a great time catching tadpoles and trout in the Lochan.  Hope to be back again next year!

A & R S

1st – 11th May 2019

Dear Steph & Bill Рthanks for an amazing stay at Lochan Lodge.  We loved every minute of our time here.  In Speyside, the beautiful countryside, constant Four-Seasons-in-One Day, hill climbing and sampling the local produce.  Hope to be back for another visit one day.

P & J R

6th – 12th Apr 2019

Our second visit (first for our parents whom we brought with us for a few nights).  Simply love this place.  Very special and so relaxing.  We recommend Logie Steading.  Great lunch at Loch Morlich cafe and walk at Loch an Eilean.  Even saw the Osprey over Lochan Lodge on our last morning!

J & M, J & J

16th – 23rd Mar 2019

We have had a great week again.  The walks around local forests are beautiful.  Try Loch Garten walk!  Ballater was a nice town and a lovely drive over to Deeside.  The wood-fired pizzas at Grantown East Dining Cars were great as was the curry from Sylhet Brasserie.  We WILL be back!

J & B

23rd Feb – 2nd Mar 2019

Another wonderful week in this lovely cottage.  No snow but beautiful spring sunshine.  Lovely walks at Tulloch Ghrae and Loch an Eilean.  Bird watching at Loch Garten.  Sadly did not see any Crested Tits.  Thank you for your hospitality and we hope to return again.

S & K

9th – 16th Feb 2019

Cairngorm virgins!¬† Beautiful introduction to beautiful scenery and loads of lovely places to visit.¬† House was perfect with constantly changing views and the children were so excited by the “coos”.¬† Thank You x

S, H, A & A

2nd – 9th Feb 2019

First time here in winter and lots of lovely deep snow!¬† Sadly no “Sid the Stoat” in his winter coat this year – maybe next time.¬† Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves again.

D & L

5th – 12th Jan 2019

We had a wonderful time in your lovely home.  The location is superb and the facilities are excellent.  We would love to come back some day.

R, P, M, I, M & I


Christmas 2018

Thank You Bill, Steph & Alex for another wonderful stay at Lochan Lodge and for the lovely welcome basket & Christmas cake.¬† So kind of you.¬† We have had such a relaxing holiday in a truly beautiful part of the world.¬† We can’t wait to return.

D, J, B, C & J

23rd Oct – 3rd Nov 2018

Fantastic week in a beautiful and peaceful place.¬† Spectacular views.¬† Saw red squirrel at Landmark Adventure Park, Polar Bears at the Wildlife Park and Birds of Prey at Ballindalloch.¬† Went looking for “Nessie” at Inverness.¬† We were lucky enough to see snow-covered mountains and even had a good snowball fight.¬† We will definitely be back x

P, L, A, C & K

20th – 27th Oct 2018

What a wonderful week we have had in an amazing property and location.  Feeling very priviledged to have been able to fly our birds to their full potential.  Steph and Bill made us feel very welcomed and we are looking forward to returning in the very near future.

S, G, S, J, P, & D (Falconers)

6th – 13th Oct 2018

Thank you for a wonderful weel in such a beautiful haven.¬† We’ve woken up to different views/weather every morning and have enjoyed it all.¬† As for the stars at night …. amazing

J and Family

Sept 2018

Yet another (how many guests say this?) wonderful visit to Lochan Lodge.¬† Although the birdlife isn’t as plentiful at this time of year, the hospitality and tranquility are unrivalled.¬† Thank you Steph, Bill & Alex for making us feel so at home.¬† Needless to say we will be back!

S & C A

25th Aug – 1st Sept 2018

Thank You for another week in this beautiful accommodation.¬† We’ve had another fantastic week.¬† Boating on Loch Insch folloowed by a fantastic meal.¬† Highly recommended.¬† Thank you too for the wonderful Welcome Pack.

G, J, T, E, G, & A

4th – 11th Aug 2018

Lovely accommodation with amazing views from picture windows.  Thank You!

E, I, L, I, S & S

July/Aug 2018

Super accommodation in fantastic surroundings.¬† Great wildlfe, birdlife and relaxation.¬† Lots to see and do in the surrounding countryside.¬† G is planning the next trip.¬† Thanks to Alex for his ‘farm knowledge’ and lamb feeding tuition ūüôā

J, B & G

July 2018

Deux semaines de vacances dans une location excellente, tres propre, tres bien equipee au coeur des Highlands.  Super sejour.  Nous reviendrons!!  Un special Merci a Steph et Bill (et Alex) pour leurs hospitalite et conseils.

S, E, A, A, V, C & A

July 2018

Our second visit.¬† Just lovely.¬† Every need catered for.¬† Very restful holiday.¬† I’m sure we will be back.

K, M, S, J, T,& W

1st Jun – 8th Jun 2018

Our second visit (parents first) and Lochan Lodge is becoming a home from home!  We have found it to be very comfortable and has everything we need.  The hot tub has been a bonus!  Thanks to Steph & Bill for their hospitality and advice.

M, D, J & I

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 РThank 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 Рsnow Рsnow.  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 РA939 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 Рnice 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


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.


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!!!


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 ūüôā

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 РLovely!  Also the Blairfindy Moorland walk from Glenlivet Рgreat 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 Рshort 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.


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 Рvery 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.


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 Рmuch appreciated.


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 ūüôā


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!


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.


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!


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!!


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