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We arrived at Carrbridge on Friday evening and are staying for the weekend as guests of the Springfield House, a beautiful property of Love Cairngorms. A bottle of Prosecco was waiting for us in the fridge, so once we arranged our bags in the bedroom, we lit the fireplace, clinked our glasses and made a toast to a lovely weekend in front of the fire.
Tired from the week behind us we retired to our bedroom soon after this, eager for the next day to come soon so that we enjoy the property (the rooms were looking gorgeous but I wanted to take a better look with the daylight) and explore the area with Cruz. The next morning we had boiled eggs and soldiers along with some fresh fruit. muffins and some salted caramel yogurt – yup, that things exists!- by the kitchen window with fluffy rugs under our feet. When Cruz started complaining we realised that in the middle of our packing rush, we had forgotten to get some dog food with us (and the award of worst dog Mum goes to Anastasia!), but Springfield House was fully equipped with dog food and treats. Such a relief!
Springfield House is in the centre of Carrbridge, a small village just a few miles away from Aviemore. It has three double bedrooms and it has recently been refurbished to create a luxury home away from home. The interior is a perfect marriage of 70’s and Scandi style; there is a great combination of marble, cement, wood and glass materials that make the house very aesthetically pleasing! The owner, for years and years, has sourced the best pieces of vintage furniture and miscellaneous ornaments and all of them are now proudly displayed in various corners of the property. Come follow me and I’ll show you around…
The extended kitchen has a stone feature wall (it used to be one of the external house walls), a cement working space area, big art frames and the most stylish dining table overlooking the garden. Here you will find all bits and bobs needed to prepare a large family meal or a romantic dinner for two. Dog friendly Aviemore, Dog friendly pub dog friendly hotel Aviemore
^^Monsieur Cruz laying on his blanket, demanding his breakfast in the early morning hours…^^
The living room, painted in dark green colour, has a traditional fireplace in the centre making it cozy and homely. This is where we spend most of our time – it helps that the sofas are welcoming and there are blankets hanging everywhere to help you snug when the temperatures drop.
The rest of the rooms have dark walls, abundance of plants and carpets that would make jealous even the best Moroccan rug sellers!
The first bedroom you meet once entering the property is on the ground floor opposite the living room. It has two single beds and accommodates two people. The decoration is soft and calming – it has crispy white duvets, pink velvet cushions, alcove bookshelves and beautiful frames. If only every bedroom looked like this!
Follow me upstairs for more, beautiful, rooms and decoration…
Upstairs there are two bedrooms and the main bathroom. And this huge, full length mirror that not only makes the space feel even bigger than it actually is, but it helps you check your outfit everytime you exit the bedroom. Win-win situation!
Bedroom No. 2 rests on top of the wooden staircase and next to the bathroom. It has beautiful red rugs, dark stained wooden furniture, grey walls and a sink that makes you think how old this property is and for how many years it might be standing here!
The main bathroom is painted in dark grey which gives great emphasis to the beautiful bathtub, and the white tiles and soft sheepskin rug in the centre of the floor. The brass pipes, plants and wooden elements make it even more stylish and add to the relaxing vibes, inviting you to sink under bubbles and have the most enjoyable bath.
We used the en-suite, master bedroom on the top floor while Cruz happily slept in his comfy bed in the hallway, occasionally waking up to go for a walk around the house, you know, just to check that everything is under control. My tiny guard dog!
Unfortunately, I didn’t get any images of the en-suite bedroom the night of our arrival as the light was very low and the next day the room was messy with our stuff all over it so I only managed to get these showing bits and bobs of its beautiful corners…
^^ the vintage furniture was so pretty, it made me reconsider the way I have styled our bedroom in Aberdeen ^^
We spend most of today in Loch Morlich, in this not entirely pleasant day with winds and sunny/dark cloud intervals, a thought of staying close to Aviemore began to circulate our minds on our drive to the beach. Aviemore has been extremely busy these days , popular for its secluded lochs and mountain trails, it is now flooded with tourists, like ourselves, that have come for the weekend. This leaves us with very limited dog friendly cafe options so whenever we spot a table we rush to get it to make sure we will have a shelter if it starts raining.
Monsieur Cruz, in a self-imposed exile from the car, found his life’s mission: to meet and greet every single human down the beach, and so he did! One might think we had this dog oppressed for many years, so each time he enthusiastically jumps on people I remind myself that this is the nature of Jack Russells quickly after apologising for his behaviour. Thankfully, everyone has a great understanding so far.
Though a significant amount of rain was coming our way, we managed to walk along the beach up until the very end of it. I was wearing my new Gravity shoes by Hotter. I lost no time in wearing them once they arrived on my doorstep last Thursday and it is the only pair of shoes I brought with me on this trip, to my boyfriend’s surprise! They are lightweight and perfect pair to wear with dresses and jeans, ideal for a short weekend getaway when you see no reason of packing more than a backpack.
When the skies opened up and the rain and humidity were too much to bear, I began to hum with excitement as it could only mean one thing: pub time!
Cruz absolutely hates getting in the car, this big, red thing that takes us through so many places and doesn’t let us sniff them is no place for a dog to sit! Only when he realised that there would be treats and dog biscuits Cruz relent and stepped into it, left with no reason not to comply with it.
We went at The Old Bridge Inn in Aviemore, a gastropub sitting on the banks of the famous River Spey, owned by the same owners of Love Cairngorms. We sat at the bar area, a spacious place with dark walls, twinkling lights hanging from the roof and loads of wooden tables to sit by down. This is a dog friendly place and dogs are more than welcome by the staff and visitors.
Our lovely waitress from New Zealand brought us the new menu, they happened to change it just a week before our arrival, and left us with some cold water served in the most beautiful bottle, placed on the table by the candles. While I was scanning the menu I felt an uplifting energy surrounding me; everyone around me was well dressed, laughing, being sociable with their friends, dogs were staring at Cruz (while he was staring back at them) and there was a delicious smell lingering around. All of the sudden, I felt hungry and happy to be in a place like this!
We got the scallops for starters – cooked in perfection and served in a white Thai sauce, simply mouth watering! – and the sea trout (for me) and lamb rump (for him) for mains. The sea trout was served on a tower of crushed potatoes with green cabbage on the side, the fish was fresh, nicely cooked and quite full-filling. I didn’t try the lamb rump, but the Mr. said that it was juicy and satisfying so take his word for it. Cruzy had a biscuit while begging all the time to be fed a piece of my sea trout. I gave in at the very end and gave him a nibble.
We finished the night with the MOST insane caramel cheesecake, it was every inch of delicious and I would delightfully drive back to Aviemore anytime just to try it once again. I wish I had a good picture to show it to you but the light was so low, images won’t do justice to it!
By the time I will finish writing this post, we will be back in Aberdeen, looking at these images of the Scottish Highlands, lochs and unique landscapes counting down the days until the next adventure! And so let the planning begin!
*Our stay at Springfield House and our meal at The Old Bridge Inn were complimentary but all views expressed and images used are of my own. Thank you for supporting the businesses that make Natbee’s happen!