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The Barn

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Kildary, near Tain, Highlands
Grade 4 Star rating
Pets 1
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Within easy reach of John O’Groats, or the magnificent city of Inverness, this beautiful area of the Northern Highlands will appeal to all ages.

The Barn at The Old Manse is a superb conversion of an 18th-century stone barn, set in the grounds of a historic listed building dating back to the 1780s which the owners run as a B&B. Set in a large 2-acre woodland garden, it provides a very good standard of accommodation in a tranquil yet accessible location. The main living area is a stunning room on the ground floor converted from the old barn into a beautiful open plan living area, whilst retaining many of the original features. High ceilings, original oak beams and deep-silled windows are complemented by a large wood burner, wood flooring and colour co-ordinated soft furnishings throughout. Stairs lead up from the living room to a mezzanine floor above, providing a second living room, which also doubles as a second bedroom with a deep leather sofa that converts to a double bed if required.
Set away from the main house, with its own pretty patio areas, both front and back, The Barn enjoys peace and quiet as well as stunning views across the open countryside. Visitors are welcome to wander the woodland grounds and enjoy the pretty walks all around. The Barn is situated in the small hamlet of Kildary with numerous lovely walks direct from the door. The thriving small town of Tain, Scotland’s oldest Royal Burgh, is 5 miles away. There are a number of supermarkets here, as well as a good selection of pubs, restaurants, cafés and shops. For those who enjoy a ’wee dram’, Glenmorangie, Dalmore and Balblair distilleries are all close by and open to the public. The pretty Seaboard villages of Balintore, Shandwick and Portmahomack are just 10 minutes’ drive away, and the beach at the Royal Burgh of Dornoch lies just 15 miles to the north. Golfer’s are spoilt for choice, with Tain, Alness and Golspie courses within close proximity and the renowned Royal Dornoch Golf Club nearby, which is ranked 5th in the world. Wildlife is abundant in the area; red kites and buzzards frequently wheel overhead and owls are often heard in the garden at night. Deer are also regularly seen close by. Beach 6 miles. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

Ground Floor:
Open plan living space: With wooden floor and beams.
Living area: With wood burner, 43" Freeview TV and DVD player.
Dining area.
Kitchen area:
With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
Bedroom: With kingsize bed and Freeview TV.
Shower room: With shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

First Floor:
Living room: Galleried with double sofa bed.
Separate toilet.

Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Large patio with sitting-out area, garden furniture and BBQ. 2-acre natural unspoilt grounds (shared with owners). Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

Show amenities 


  • Barbecue
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Romantic Getaways
    Romantic Getaways
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Wifi
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 28/04/2018
    One of the best, cleanest & friendly places we have stayed at.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; It’s always appreciated when feedback is left on The Barn, thank you very much for leaving your kind comments. We are so pleased that the accommodation met with your expectations and you enjoyed your stay. Hopefully we will see you again in the future.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 09/04/2018
    Super relaxing, friendly and stress-free!

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; So glad your family enjoyed a stress free visit to The Barn and were able to relax and enjoy the area. We are delighted that they enjoyed their time in Easter Ross, we would love to welcome them back at a later date.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 12/02/2018
    This is first class accomodation and we had a wonderful time. We will certainly be back.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Linda and I are delighted you enjoyed your stay in The Barn and that it met with your expectations. It would be great to welcome you back at a later date so you can explore the area further, Easter Ross has so much to offer

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 03/01/2018
    The Barn is a real home from home. The accommodation is first class, Neale and Linda have literally thought of everything. For those with dogs there is a large field adjacent to the property which is ideal for early morning walks. We must also mention the welcome pack which is probably the best we have ever received. The location is ideal for those not wanting to venture too far with a lot of attractions and towns within a short drive. We would have no hesitation in recommending The Barn and hope to return in the future.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for taking the time to leave such a great review. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay at The Barn and it provided everything you required. A big thanks for leaving it so spotless, meant our return to “work” in the New Year was a nice gentle one. Hope to see you again

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 02/10/2017
    Excellent. The Barn is beautifully decorated and equipped. It offers the the peace and tranquility of the countryside, but has all local amenities just a few miles away. The hosts, Neil and Linda were very friendly and welcoming.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner: Thank you so much for taking the time to post such a great review, much appreciated. We are so glad the Barn provided such a useful base whilst you were sorting your recent house purchase in Tain. If we can assist in suggesting local trades or services over the coming months please just drop us an email.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 16/09/2017
    Really relaxing 2 weeks Neale and Lynn were great hosts there when you needed them. High quality equipment Just what we needed

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner: I really appreciate the time taken to post such a nice review of the barn. We are so pleased it provided such a relaxing location for you to recharge your batteries and have a much needed break. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Old Manse in the future.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 15/07/2017
    A superb holiday cottage, perfect in every way. Could not find fault with anything, all furniture, appliances and equipment were first class. Lovely friendly hosts and a gorgeous welcome pack. Great location for touring the North of Scotland, good local amenities.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner:- Dear Fiona, Thank you for taking the time to post such a lovely review of The Barn. Linda and I are so glad you enjoyed your stay and the Barn met with your expectations. Many thanks for leaving it in so clean and tidy, it makes change over so much easier. We hope to see you back in the future. Best wishes, Neale and Linda

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 17/06/2017
    The Barn is beautifully converted and a comfortable place to stay. The location works well to access beaches, castles and highlands on day trips.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner:- Dear Elaine, Apologies for not responding earlier to your great review of the Barn, I have only just found the feature on Cottages site, thank you for taking the time to posting it. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and thank you for leaving it so spotless, makes change over so much easier. Hopefully we will see you again in the future. Best wishes, Neale and Linda

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9.8 out of 10 – based on 14 reviews collected by Reevoo
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