You can go to sleep in Euston’s smog and wake up ready for a full day’s skiing. Today, it remains one of the Highlands’ biggest, but the interior design concept appears not to have moved on much. From the doors and desks in the bedrooms (scratched veneer, shade of haggis) to the walls in the stairwells, (bottom half covered in brown carpet, like a geriatric Highland cow).
Otherwise, hike or bike tracks lead directly from the hotel past glittering lochs, pine-clad, snow-topped mountains and some of Britain’s most mind-blowing views. On the plus side, this makes for an unstuffy atmosphere - any marks your muddy boots leave are easily camouflaged. Staff deal cheerfully with the constant stream of wedding parties and guests who flood the lobby with wheelie bags. There’s a basic gym and two pools (one for sensible swimming, another for childish splashing, compete with mini waterslide).
In Carrbridge, Landmark Forest Adventure Park offers fun and exploration for children of all ages.
For guests wishing to stay close to the cottage but enjoy the Highland air, there is an orbital footpath around Aviemore that passes through trees, under railway bridges, by rivers and streams and through the town.
Aviemore has an excellent range of shops, pubs, and restaurants so there is plenty of choices whether you wish to eat out or dine in.
In the dry(er) months, it also offers bike hire, a climbing wall, high-ropes course, and other ways to comprehensively exhaust children.
Comfortable but dated, following the well-worn formula of double bed, desk, televisions, kettle and Gideon’s Bible. Family rooms are a little bigger, with two double beds, while family suites have a small adjoining room with a bunk bed (a bit bare and…brown).Double rooms from £89 in low season; and from £135 in high. Free Wi-Fi is available to all guests in the hotel lobby and in their room; chargeable elsewhere.