Craigard Lodge

Grand and spacious lodge with cinema room, hot tub, wine cellar and mountain views from turreted rooms - pure Highland luxury!

2 x roll top baths

Games room - pool, foosball, table tennis

Cinema room

Hot tub

Wine fridge

Wine cellar

Period features

Mountain views

2 people accommodated in the mews house

Not pet friendly

Electric car charging point

Sleeps 15 in 8 bedrooms

3 x double bedrooms

2 x double bedrooms with ensuite

2 x twin bedrooms

1 x single bedroom

Modern kitchen with island

2 dishwashers

Utility/drying room

Washing machine & dryer

Deck and outdoor seating

Enclosed Garden

Views of the Steam Railway

Parking for up to 8 cars

Whirlpool bath

Beautiful artwork

Child friendly

2 x 55" smart TV's

American style fridge freezer, with ice and filtered water

Space for infant cots


From the moment you turn into the driveway, you’re sure to fall for the charms of fabulous Craigard. With the feel of a grand old Highland lodge - complete with turrets, large lawn, wine cellar, high ceilings, stained glass windows and certainly one of the most impressive staircases in the Strath - Craigard has the wow factor throughout. But it also comes with modern luxuries like a large outdoor hot tub, cinema room, games room and rain showers. With incredibly spacious rooms over three floors, and a separate mews annexe, there is room for two or three families to take over this magnificent property for an extremely special holiday in this beautiful part of Speyside. The reception rooms and most of the bedrooms enjoy fantastic views out over the garden towards the mountains. You’re just a short walk from the village centre, and only 10 minutes drive from either Aviemore or Grantown too.

Off the main entrance hall is your huge drawing room. With big deep sofas, stunning views to the garden and mountains and a vast dining table, you might imagine you’d spend most of your evenings relaxing in here. However across the entrance hall is another elegant and comfortable sitting room in which you may prefer to relax over after-dinner drinks!

Also on this floor is the entrance to the wine cellar, which you can stock with your favourite vintage if planning a special occasion. But there is more than enough room for a week’s worth of champagne in the wine fridge in Craigard’s huge kitchen. It also has a double range oven, island and dining table, and all the appliances you’d expect in any modern luxury kitchen.

Up the glorious carved wood staircase you’ll find an expansive master bedroom which overlooks the garden. It has its own delightful little turret, and an ensuite with rolltop bath and shower. There are two further large double bedrooms and a twin with ensuite shower room on this floor, as well as a bath and shower room, and a shower room with a loo.

Up to the second floor and another double bedroom, a turreted twin room and a single - all of which overlook the gardens. There’s also a bathroom with bath and shower and a loo on this floor. But the most exciting room up here must be the huge cinema room, with giant projector screen, sound system and an array of comfy sofas to settle into for a night of your favourite films. There’s also a mini kitchen in here (including another wine fridge) so you don’t even need to go downstairs for your movie snacks!

However the fun isn’t limited to the main house; out of the side porch is the decked area with your hot tub and outdoor dining area. Next to that is the mews annexe, which you enter through french windows to reach its games room with pool table, table tennis and table football. Upstairs is a handy little apartment should you need it, with double bedroom, sitting and kitchen area, shower room and loo.

The Craigard grounds are large and enclosed so perfect for ball games and family fun. If you return after a day in the Cairngorms a bit wetter and muddier than when you left, the large side porch of the main house is kept warm enough to hang all your outdoor clothes and footwear - and even ski gear - to dry overnight. Off this is your utility room with washing machine and dryer.

It’s just a short walk down Kinchurdy Road into Boat of Garten village, or turn left out of the house to join the Speyside Way which takes you on foot or bicycle all the way to Aviemore. Eight cars can comfortably be accommodated outside if required.

There are few houses in this area that can accommodate so many in such style and luxurious comfort, and none that will capture your heart quite like captivating Craigard.

Craigard Lodge is in a family orientated location with some lovely neighbours nearby.

If you are booking for a large group of friends, please contact us prior to booking and we can advise on suitability.

*Please note this property is not pet friendly.

"We spent 5 nights at Craigard Lodge, August 2021 and it far exceeded our expectations. In a year and a half of so much uncertainty, meeting with our family in such a beautiful, welcoming, serene place was exactly what we needed. We were able to celebrate a Ruby anniversary together, what more could we want. The children aged 2, 5, 7, 9 & 12 had the best time, they cannot wait to return. The cinema room on the top floor was ideal for them, they danced, played games, watched movies and made memories with their cousins. We adults thoroughly enjoyed the hot tub, the long dining table perfect for foodies like us and the odd competitive family board game! We must mention the grand bathrooms and the spacious garden, watching the red squirrels glide along the trees every morning was a bonus! The steam train passing everyday made us all speed eagerly to the bottom of the garden to wave at the driver. Who thankfully waved back! Everything was perfect, it was clean, well stocked with appliances and utensils. We encountered no issues or problems. We cannot believe how lucky we were to spend our time there. Thank you so much for providing us with such a grand home for our memories. Currently looking at dates for next year, for a longer stay. We will never get bored of Craigard and the village." August 2021

"We had an absolutely brilliant holiday in Craigard Lodge! We know Boat of Garten and the area quite well but this was the first time that we’d had a family holiday there together. The Lodge was fabulous and we so enjoyed all the amenities that it offers. We very much appreciated the welcome tray of goodies - a lovely thought. We also appreciated our Golden Wedding Anniversary card being hand delivered to us - my brother, in Spain, was very keen that it arrived when we were in Boat of Garten, as the family holiday was to celebrate our anniversary. We would very much like to come back to one of your lodges, in fact, our son was already checking your website before we left, but, like us a year past January when we booked the Lodge, others have been doing the same and booking! But we will be having a family discussion soon so will see what transpires. Thank you for all your help in difficult times," July 2021

"We have just returned from an amazing stay at Craigard Lodge to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. The house is absolutely stunning inside and out. The cinema room, hot tub and games room were a huge hit with the family and we’ve made so many lovely memories that we’ll treasure forever. We will definitely recommend the house to family and friends. It was such a special place for our celebrations. " September 2020

"Thanks so much for organising our stay at Craigard Lodge. We had a fantastic time. The games room, cinema room and hot tub were a lifesaver with the kids and the spacious layout, comfy beds and well equipped kitchen were a hit with the adults! We loved exploring the bike trails around Boat of Garten and the village shop was amazing! We will definitely be back as soon as possible." August 2020

"This is our 8th time here and we can honestly say each time gets better and better. We loved coming to stay here. We love every room, it never fails to impress us. Having the lights and heating on when we arrived was a nice touch. We class this house our second home and cant wait to come back. " January 2020

"WOW! What a gorgeous abode - just magnificent in every way. Thank you for providing the perfect setting. I think the walls of the house are still giggling with all the laughter! Hot tub delights, ping pong hilarity, roll top baths a plenty, heavenly slumbers in luxurious beds. What fun we had. See you next year please?! " November 2019

"Amazing! Amazing! Wonderful house in beautiful surroundings. Spent an early Christmas here. Highly recommend this beautiful house for a short break. " November 2019

"Fabulous property with all amenities and modern touches. Absolutely stunning. We had a blast . We will definitely be back. " November 2019

"Fantastic family holiday. Everlasting memories made right here. " October 2019

"Amazing house, we had the best time in this gorgeous house, thank you Cragiard. We all hope to be back. " September 2019

"Yet another excellent year at Craigard. The standard of our golf declines steadily but Criagard seems to improve each time we stay. " September 2019

"A wonderful place to stay for our 50th birthday celebrations. Enough space so the oldies and not so oldies could spread out. The house was presented beautifully and had everything we could want. " August 2019

"Stunning house with even more amazing surroundings. The kids had an amazing time here and made sure the adults didnt hog the hot tub. The House was so well presented and stocked with all the essentials and more! Looking forward to returning in the future. " August 2019

"Thank you to everyone at Handpicked Lodges for a fantastic weekend. A beautiful house, great facilities and amazing surroundings. We stayed here along with grandparents who throughly enjoyed it too. The steam railway was great, kids loved waving to the drivers and passengers! A fabulous and luxurious way to celebrate my 30th birthday! " May 2019

"What can I say? Everything about the house was perfect! 2 families and grandparents so enjoyed their time here. From making amazing dens in the woods to lakeland walks. The steam train at the end of the garden just added to it! The children were enthralled. We are all so sad to be going home. Thank you. " April 2019

"Our spring weekend in Speyside has been wonderful. The house is gorgeous and quiet and with space for everyone. The games room and cinema room were well used and listening to the bird song and wood pecker, has been a treat. Thanks Craigard Lodge! " April 2019

"Brilliant place for a fantastic weekend away with friends and family. Everything about it was perfect! " February 2019