Alpine-style luxury lodge near Loch Insh, with hot tub, fire pit, table tennis and huge wildlife filled garden leading on to many secluded trails.
Sleeps 17 in 6 bedrooms
Large mature garden
Outdoor dining area
Off street car parking
Dog kennel and run
Direct access to walking routes
Space for infant cots
Family bathroom with free standing bath and rain shower
1x Superking plus single bed and ensuite
1x Family room with superking, 2 bunks and ensuite
1x Bunk room sleeping 4
1x Superking/Twin bedroom
2x Superking/Twin bedrooms with ensuite
If you were to imagine the quintessential, luxury Cairngorms self-catering holiday, chances are you would imagine staying somewhere like The Wilds. This 17-sleeper chalet-style lodge has been designed with beautifully stylish interiors that perfectly reflect its woodland surroundings, and fitted out with all the extras that we know you’ll love. Located at the edge of Inshriach Forest, Insh Marshes RSPB Reserve and the Badenoch Way The Wilds provides some of the best walking and biking routes in the area without you having to even move your car!
Fancy enjoying your morning coffee with red squirrels and Scottish wild birds? The Wilds is set in a mature 2 ½ acre garden that is a nature watches haven, as well as a child’s idea of garden perfection with a wooden play frame and lots and lots of trees, a little stream and a long, smooth hill (just perfect for sledging). The adults have certainly been well-catered for too, with a cedar-clad 8-person hot tub, an outdoor eating area and a fire pit - all the ingredients for a relaxing evening after a day spent exploring the Cairngorms.
Inside, the whole house has a warm and contemporary Alpine-feel, with wood and natural materials everywhere you look, such as the big statement stone fireplace in the living and dining room. It’s the perfect place to unwind and relax, with a cosy wood burning stove and three comfy sofas to sink into. There’s a double height ceiling, french windows that look out the front of the house to the garden and a long dining table.
It leads into a fabulous kitchen which you’ll love whether you’re cooking or grazing. There is a large island and bar stools, as well as a gas range, plentiful amounts of fridge and freezer storage, dishwasher, double oven and lots of wine rack space. The kitchen leads through to a big sun lounge with plenty of seating - a great place to enjoy breakfast and plan what you’ll get up to each day.
There are four bedrooms on the ground floor. The first is a double with a superking bed (which could also be converted to twins), ensuite shower room and dressing table. The second is another superking/twin room, and then there is a quad room with custom-made full-size bunks, each of which has its own dressing table and storage area. Lastly there is a family room featuring a superking-size bed, with custom-made full size bunks around the corner; it also has its own en-suite shower room. There is also a large luxury bathroom on the ground floor with bathtub and rain shower.
You have a really useful and spacious utility room, with washer, dryer, sink, hanging space, pulley and lots of space for storing and drying boots and other outdoor wear. The clever owners have thoughtfully designed this lodge with features like this that just make days on holiday run that little bit more smoothly and comfortably. So they have also ensured that the entrance hallway is spacious and well-equipped enough for everyone to get ready, with benches for putting on boots and enough hanging space near the front door for everyone’s coats.
Upstairs is a bedroom with king-size bed, which also has an extra single bed in its own little alcove - ideal for a child who prefers to sleep somewhere with parents close by. It also has its own very stylish en-suite shower room with a rain shower. Up another different staircase at the other end of the lodge, there is a snug area with another TV and DVD (to supplement the TV and DVD in the main living room). This leads into a double en-suite bedroom with superking/twin bed and shower room.
There are plenty of extra features to keep everyone happy, such as a table tennis table in the double garage, and a large kennel with a run, should your dog want a little space of their own. They are of course more than welcome in the house too!
You would be forgiven for thinking that the location of a lodge called The Wilds might be just that. Even though you will feel as if you are in the middle of nowhere, you are really convenient for both Aviemore (15 minutes away) and Kingussie (under 10 minutes away). Close by and ready to be explored is the Spey Distillery (which runs fascinating tours); Insh Marshes - a peaceful haven for wildlife and location of some wonderful walks, and Ruthven Barracks, a site run by Historic Scotland and well worth a visit, particularly if you take an interest in Jacobite history. There are a number of walking routes that can be accessed only metres away from the drive of the lodge - for a full list of these see Walk Highlands.
Only 5 minutes drive from the lodge is the outdoor playground of Loch Insh - a watersports centre where you can sail, windsurf, Canadian canoe, kayak...as well as enjoy land based sports such as archery and dry slope skiing. It also has a large restaurant and bar. The terrace and beach is the locals’ favourite place to spend summer evenings soaking up the sun and holiday atmosphere - the sunsets across the loch from the beach in summer are simply beautiful.
Please note this is a family friendly lodge.
If you are booking for a large group of friends, please contact us prior to booking and we can advise on suitability.
"We had the most amazing 4 days. The Wilds exceeded our expectations and the weather made this a perfect stay in a beautiful property. The house was so well equipped and the kitchen & sunroom were great working and socialising areas. Our party size was small for the property due to the current restrictions but we could see how easily the property would very comfortably accommodate a larger group. The range of public areas made it easy to find your own quiet zone if wanted. We loved how naturally beautiful and extensive the garden was. It was so thoughtfully laid out and the Woodland walk, outdoor seating area, hot tub & fire pit were well used. It was an ideal location and the proximity to Loch Insh Watersports Centre was a particular plus for us. The wine, flowers and provisions on arrival was such a lovely touch and certainly not something we took for granted. It is obviously a much loved house and we feel very fortunate to have found such stunning accommodation in a spectacular location." September 2020
"I would like you to know that we all thoroughly enjoyed our long weekend at The Wilds. Everyone was impressed with the accommodation. We were very comfortable in the lodge, enjoyed our activities in the surrounding areas and slept well. The weather was so favourable for outdoor activities that most of us were really only indoors for breakfast and then to re-fuel throughout the day! I am very glad that you were able to take our booking and, you never know, we may return at some future date. Best wishes to you at these uncertain and rapidly changing times." September 2020
"We had a wonderful time at the wilds. The lodge is well equipped with everything you could need. We loved all the wild life in the beautiful garden and of course the hot tub and fire pit were fabulous. Would love to return again in the future." September 2020
"We have just returned home again and wanted to share with you just how much we enjoyed our week at The Wilds. It was a fantastic house with everything we needed and more and we were so lucky with the weather. We thoroughly enjoyed the garden, fire pit, hot tub and all the wonderful animals we saw during our stay...red squirrels, Jays and many other birds, the little mouse (outside thankfully) which frightened my sister in law, but the rest of us enjoyed watching each night as it went in and out of the food box. However, our ultimate favourite was the wonderful hare that we saw almost every day, I’ve attached a photo and one of the house at night. We cannot rate the house highly enough and we only wished we had one more week, as we enjoyed it so much, and we hope to return at some point, next year. " July 2020
"What a fantastic place to celebrate turning 40 with the family! 7 adults, 7 children and 2 dogs were in heaven here. The garden is amazing for bird watching, BBQ'ing, playing hide and seek and of course hot tubbing! See you in September! " February 2020
"Thank you for a fabulous stay, what a wonderful home to celebrate with family for a 70th. Hot tub was a big hit as was the table tennis. Will definitely be recommending to other and hope to come back. " January 2020
"This home certainly has the wow factor! Amazing rooms/facilities and ambiance. Could not fault anything. Kids had great fun in the garden and especially (including the adults) in the fabulous hot tub. Would definitely recommend for larger groups. Thank you " November 2019
"We had a fantastic stay at the Wilds for our mums surprise birthday. The house and facilities as beautiful - almost as beautiful as the stunning surroundings. We visited the Highland Folk Museum - a great day out and had a good feed at the McInnes House Hotel Sunday Carvery. We cant wait to visit again. " September 2019
"Most pleasant venue for a family gathering. So much space for the children's adventures and games. House excellent and so modern. Loved the architectural details. Wilds Wildlife included visits from red squirrel, wood mice, signs of a pine marten. Great spotted woodpeckers, all the tits species except crested, robin, wren, dunnock and chaffinches. Wonderful. " August 2019
"We had an amazing time. Highland games, bootcamp, card games, karaoke and even sun bathing in the hot tub. A completely unforgettable weekend. " August 2019
"We had the most amazing time celebrating our good friend Jame's 30th Birthday. The place is stunning and we enjoyed everything it had to offer. Lots of laughs and drinks between amazing friends. A weekend we wont forget!" August 2019
"We had a wonderful family weekend. Celebrating a 70th birthday. The lodge is stunning. You've thought of everything. " August 2019
"A most wonderful week to celebrate a 70th birthday with our family and some friends. Just loved the house and the garden - perfect for all the children. We had little plays on the lawn, pooh-sticks in the stream and even cricket one sunny day. The table tennis was a huge hit. A magical week in this amazing house - we hope to be back. " August 2019
"Thank you for the most wonderful family holiday. We had a fantastic time. The place has everything you need and more. We will most definitely be back! " July 2019
"The Wilds is an amazing place. We loved it. Its huge and yet warm and homely. We spent most of the time in the kitchen which is fully stacked and big enough for the entire group. Thanks for creating such a thoughtful place and giving us an opportunity to stay! " May 2019