L U X E, vintage cool cottage near Aviemore!? Yes please! There are no more holiday ‘seasons’ in Scotland any more, happily it has become popular for travellers all year round. This cannot be said to be more true than for the popular town of Aviemore. Once the winter resort for skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and em... Santa Land (if you remember?), it has now become a tourism centre for all types of holidaymakers looking for the full highland experience - whether it be walking, watersports, family fun or just a cottage getaway up north. With all of this renewed interest, Chic Scotland thought it was about time it explored luxury accommodation options for style seekers in the area. So after wading through a sea of bland, I stumbled upon Springfield House. Woo hoo! Gorgeous isn’t it. My goodness it was like finding an oasis in the desert. The beautiful styling, added trinkets, books and board games really do make this place stand out far beyond other holiday lets, giving it a sophisticated but really homely feel. On top of the contemporary vintage styling, you’re also just a few minutes from some of the most stunning countryside walks imaginable. (There’s just something about the woods and forest around that part of the world, the super clean fresh air, the smell of the pine.... dreamy.) Sleeping up to six guests and the dog if you wish, the traditional exterior belies a quirky interior with a distinctively vintage vibe. It’s a house that celebrates texture with exposed stone walls and wooden floors, and is kept toasty with a generously-sized, wood burning stove. The dark, contemporary paint colours in the main living areas create a moody ambience perfect for lounging. There's also a wood-burning stove, large smart TV and lots of comfy seating for all. In a very cute little snug just off the kitchen, you'll find the music room, where you can put on the record player with the vintage amp and a collection of classic vinyl that the owners have thoughtfully provided. There’s also a piano! How cool…love love love. There are three double bedrooms; two upstairs, and one super-king on the ground floor that can be separated into 2 singles if needed. High quality, Egyptian cotton bed linen, thick mattress toppers and woollen blankets and fine Scottish toiletries are provided for extra comfort and indulgence.The kitchen is well equipped for cooking up a feast with a 5 burner gas range, fan-assisted double oven, dishwasher and microwave. Plus plenty of oils, herbs and spices. The dining room looks onto the garden and decking area. The large and private back garden has a beautiful fire pit, made from salvaged sandstone and granite, undercover pagoda and plenty of outdoor seating. The house is heated by a wood-pellet boiler, so all your needs for warmth and hot water are renewable which is ace! The living room has a 40 inch, wi-fi enabled smart TV, with Netflix, Spotify, catch up TV and a Marshall stereo, with bluetooth and line-in, to connect music players / laptops. But I like the sound of hiding the technology in the suitcase and getting the needle on that record. :-)))) The Location and Things to do: It is actually not located in Aviemore itself, but in Carrbridge, a charming village 8 miles from Aviemore. It’s within walking distance of Landmark, which despite sounding like a furniture store is actually a good quality forest theme park for families, you could spend a whole day there, it's lovely. Carrbridge is a beautiful historic village dating back to the early 1800s. Famous for its 18th century packhorse bridge (if you're lucky you might spot a piper playing there on a summer's evening!) and as Scotland's original first ski village, it is perfect for those looking for an alternative to the bustle of Aviemore. For its size, there's a great range of things to see and do. There's a fantastic selection of walks and bike trails just minutes from the house. The village hosts a couple of fantastic (and world renowned) annual competitions: the annual Golden Spurtle porridge competition and Carve Carrbridge where you can witness the spectacle of chainsaw woodcarving. Just a minute's walk from the house there is a fantastic traditional pub and 2 cafes; all serving great homemade food. There is also a gift shop and gallery showcasing a range of art and crafts from local artists. As well as a golf course there is a play park, football pitch, BMX park and pony trekking, all just moments from the house. Cairngorm Mountain and Funicular is a 30 minute drive away and the Lecht Ski Centre is 45 minutes. The Highland Wildlife Park is worth a trip too. Carrbridge is also a short drive or cycle from Boat of Garten, Aviemore and Grantown-on-Spey; where there's a good range of eateries, pubs and shops and supermarkets. Getting Around: Carrbridge is located 8 miles north of Aviemore and 25 miles south of Inverness. It is a 45 minute drive from Inverness airport and there is a train station located in the village, just 15 minutes walk from the house. There is also a regular bus service and local taxi so there are plenty of options for getting around. The owner of Springfield House also owns The Railway Cottage which is also listed on this site. Another beauty for up to 4 people. CHIC SCOTLAND EXTRA: Mention Chic Scotland on booking to receive a voucher in your welcome pack for a 10% discount off lunch or dinner at the Old Bridge Inn in Aviemore.