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Highlands

The Highlands of Scotland epitomises all that magnificent wild and natural Britain has to offer. It’s the place to head for if you want to immerse yourself in wonderfully contrasting and every changing landscapes and tranquil locations devoid of mass tourism.

This region extends coast to coast taking in dramatic mountains, majestic lochs, heather clad moors and picturesque glens; quiet and unspoilt, nature as it was intended. It’s the perfect location for relaxing breaks, activity holidays, family holidays and romantic get-aways.

Full of historic interest at every turn, with ancient monuments and castles that tell the tale of the Highland clans, and there are plenty of great day outs, places of interest and activities to keep visitors fully occupied in this most beautiful part of the British Isles.

The Highlands region consists of distinctive sub-regions each with their own characteristics and unique charms, extending from Fort William and Lochaber in the south to the Northern Highlands.

Fort William is considered by many as the ‘outdoor capital’ of Scotland, this bustling town situated on the shores of Loch Linnhe has lots of places to eat and drink, interesting shops and is a great base for a wide selection of outdoor activities. The town is handy for trips into the dramatic and brooding Glen Coe and is the ‘road to the Isles’ which takes you through some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland. The town is also right next to the world famous Ben Nevis (and its glen), Scotland’s highest mountain.

To the north is the iconic Loch Ness, some 23 miles long and 700 feet deep; in fact deep enough for a monster. Take a cruise to visit Urquhart Castle a once famous Great Glen fortress; there’s a visitor centre both here and on shore at Drumnadrochit.

‘The city of the Highlands’ Inverness is today a modern thriving city on the banks of the River Ness. It has a rich historical and cultural history with plenty of attractions including a great castle. Close by is Fort George a well preserved 18th century fortification built in the terrible aftermath of the Battle of Culloden, facing out over the Moray Firth.

To the east are the Black Isle and the Moray Firth, dotted with traditional fishing villages, hidden bays and golden sandy beaches. It’s a renowned dolphin watching area where you can see them quite close up from the shore if you’re lucky.

Further north still is the awe inspiring Northern Highlands, with plenty of castles and ancient monuments, massive lochs, atmospheric mountains and glens and magnificent coastlines that stretch for miles. This is a sparsely populated region where you can really get away from everyday life and connect with nature.

If you’re ready to begin your adventure take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in the Highlands today.
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  • Kangei

    Grantown-on-Spey

    Grade
    5
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: CC512056
    Kangei is a traditional stone cottage situated in a quiet backwater close to the centre of Grantown-on-Spey, in the heart of Speyside. One of a pair of cottages, it is ideally located for exploring the whole of the Highlands. The pretty cottage lounge has a superb exposed granite stone wall, deep leather sofas and a welcoming wood burning stove. The cottage has recently undergone an extensive renovation programme and the large, modern conservatory with open plan kitchen/dining area with under floor heating, adds space and light to this charming olde worlde cottage. There are two good sized bedrooms, (one with modern en suite), and a family bathroom. The cottage garden opposite provides an ideal spot for a BBQ or quiet drink whilst planning the next day’s excursion.
    For larger groups or friends or family, Kangei may also be available to let with the adjoining cottage, Failte which sleeps 4/5

    Ground Floor: Property has electric storage heaters and under floor heating and comprises;
    Lounge: With wood burning stove, satellite Free view TV, DVD and radio/CD
    Kitchen/Dining/Conservatory: With electric oven and hob, microwave, larder fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine; dining furniture, views across the garden
    Bedroom 1: With two single beds and fold down bed (for + 1) and en suite shower, WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With king size bed
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All  bed linen included. Electricity allowance of £5 each day is included with additional usage by meter. First supply of fuel for wood burning stove supplied. Cot and high chair available. Internet access available.
     Lawn area with picnic table and chairs. Off road parking for 1 car.

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  • The Bield

    Strontian near Fort William

    Grade
    5
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC523168
    The Bield is a timber built holiday lodge designed, and imported from Finland. It overlooks Loch Sunart and is situated on the rugged slopes that are the foothills of Beinn Resipole. The property stands in one acre of private and enclosed grounds and commands magnificent views over Loch Sunart and the Morvern Hills beyond. Enjoy walks through the historic oakwoods and lead mines at Aruindle which is close by. The rest of the peninsula has much to offer, including the stunning Loch Sunart and Ardnamurchan Lighthouse at the most westerly tip of the British Isles. Pristine sandy beaches along the coast include Sanna Bay with its impressive white sand dunes and rock pools to explore. An abundance of wildlife thrive here, including seabirds, deer and pine martens. This peaceful and tranquil place offers a truly ’get away from it all’ experience. The sunsets will amaze you so come and enjoy.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric heaters and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With electric coal-effect fire, 30" Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and patio doors to the veranda.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds and Z bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi. 1-acre enclosed garden with veranda and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Bydand Cottage

    Melness, near Tongue

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: UK5090
    Bydand Cottage is a traditional detached stone croft cottage situated in a quiet hamlet and enjoys superb uninterrupted sea views. Forming part of a working croft, this pretty cottage has been in the same family for over 100 years. Set back from the lane, the cottage is entered through the pretty tended gardens which overlook the spectacular sweeping bay below. The cosy living room has the same wonderful views. The bright kitchen/dining room looks out across the generously proportioned back garden. Fully fenced, it is ideal for children and the family dog. There are three good sized bedrooms, providing plenty of space for up to 5 people. A large family bathroom on the ground floor completes the picture.
    Whilst rural, the small hamlet of Melness has good facilities, with a thriving country pub just a short stroll from the cottage and a good local store ½ a mile along the lane. The nearby town of Tongue has a larger selection of amenities and facilities including a general store, bars, restaurants and craft shops. The immediate area is renowned for its spectacular scenery, with the mountains of Ben Hope and Loyal, numerous sandy beaches and wonderful hill and coastal walks direct from the cottage. The region is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. For sailors and kayakers, there is a slipway and harbour close to the cottage. Horse riding is available at nearby Torrisdale sands. The area is also renowned for its loch, river and sea fishing. Permits are available locally for salmon, sea trout and brown trout and boats are also available to hire. There are a number of excellent golf courses within easy reach, including Durness and Reay. Beach ¼ mile. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground Floor: Living room: With 34" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tiled floor.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.
    Narrow, steep stairs to...

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.

    Economy 7 heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Welcome pack.Large, enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. 1 dog welcome, to be kept on a lead at all times (sheep country). Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are 3 steps in the garden. This property is only suitable for 5 guests.

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  • Keil Farmhouse

    Duror near Dallachulish

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511206
    Keil Farmhouse is a charming detached cottage situated on the spectacular Argyllshire coast, just south of Duror village.  Located within a working farm setting you can watch and enjoy the comings and goings of everyday farm life.  The farm has a variety of livestock including wonderful gentle llamas.   The farmhouse dates back to the 1930’s and offers comfortable self catering accommodation for a family of five. All the rooms have a traditional wood panel lining and upstairs the ceilings are coombed.  The large open plan country style kitchen/dining area is a great family space, with the Rayburn cooker providing a real warm heart to the room.  The sitting room is comfy and cosy with a wood burning stove.  The fully enclosed garden has outdoor furniture, mature planting and views out to Loch Linnhe and islands beyond.  The farm has two miles of shore front for you to explore.  The shingle beach is only a very short walk from the farmhouse and provides an abundance of opportunities for fishing, bird watching, beach combing or just watching the sun setting over the Morven Hills.  You can launch a canoe or small dinghy from the beach or if you have a larger boat a slipway is available for a small fee at Linnhe Marina, only a short drive away, where boats can also be hired.  Otters, seals, porpoises, buzzards, golden and sea eagles, and barn owls can be seen from the farm.   

    Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Sitting Room: With wood burning stove, TV and DVD
    Kitchen/Dining Room: With oil Rayburn cooker (operates the heating and hot water), separate electric oven, electric hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine, table and chairs.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds
    Bedroom 3: With single bed
    Shower Room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All oil, electricity, bed linen and tea towels included. First supply of wood for stove provided. Bath and hand towels available at £2 per person payable directly to the owner on arrival if required. Travel cot, stair gate and fire guard available.Enclosed garden with outdoor furniture. Storage available for bikes and boats. Working farm with livestock and farm machinery. Private visits to Castle Stalker may be arranged on occasions. Off road parking for 3 cars.

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  • Innes-Maree Bungalow 2

    Poolewe

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    3
    Ref: 30049


    This holiday bungalow is situated in the delightful coastal village of Poolewe, and is just a short stroll to the banks of Loch Ewe, in the heart of Wester Ross. The cottage forms part of a small, purpose-built complex of six bungalows, each set in their own large open landscaped gardens. The cottage sleeps 6 in generously proportioned accommodation, with two en-suite bedrooms and a separate shower room. The main living area is open plan. Patio doors lead out onto an outdoor dining area, with lovely views across the lawned gardens. This bright bungalow provides an ideal base for touring this renowned and beautiful west coast area, with sandy beaches, magnificent mountains, wild forests and lochs. Nearby Inverewe Gardens, with its palm trees and exotic tropical plants are a testament to the mild climate this region enjoys. Horse riding, sailing, canoeing, climbing, hill walking, golf and fishing are all local pastimes. Beach 500 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with patio doors. 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Honey Bee Cottage

    Strathpeffer

    Grade
    5
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W42972

    Situated in the lovely Victorian spa village of Strathpeffer, this quaint cottage enjoys a central yet private location within easy walking distance of shops and pubs. Furnished and equipped to a good standard to ensure as comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible, the detached cottage makes the perfect base for exploring the many delights of the Northern Highlands. Visit the Pump Room where you can sample the waters, the Highland Museum of Childhood, the Pictish Eagle Stone or just take a stroll around the village to see some of the fabulous Victorian architecture. A popular base for walkers and mountain bikers. Shop 10 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with dining table. Sun room. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with additional Z-bed, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Vatersay Cottage

    Kytra Locks near Fort Augustus

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: CC511469
    Vatersay Cottage is part of a three-cottage hamlet at Kytra Lock and is a detached heritage property. It sits on the opposite bank from its neighbours. Like them, it enjoys all the benefits of a completely secluded spot but offers easy access to loads of activities.
    Kytra Lock is the ideal location for people who really want to get away from it all. It’s as sheltered and secluded a spot as you’ll find anywhere, yet it’s only two miles from Fort Augustus and a range of activities. Surrounded by Scots pines and overlooked by Tor Dhuin hill fort, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped into a postcard. The hamlet feels a million miles away from the normal everyday life – exactly what you want from a holiday home. There’s also a private garden, just the place to enjoy a quiet drink while watching the boats sail by.
    Sitting on the southernmost tip of Loch Ness, Fort Augustus is well worth a visit and has a good village pub and restaurant. An impressive system of locks brings canal boats into the village and watching the boats trying to negotiate the locks is a popular pastime. The Caledonian Canal Heritage Centre will allow you to find out more about traditional Highland life, or for a more gentle occupation, visit the Rare Breeds Croft. Kids will love the deer, highland cattle, sheep goats and pheasants – not to mention the pot-bellied pigs!
    Take a cruise on Loch Ness to hunt down the Loch Ness Monster, whilst enjoying magnificent views of Urquhart Castle. Visit Invermoriston where the Moriston Falls, complete with salmon jumping, can be viewed from the Thomas Telford Bridge. Or drive to the Isle of Skye, passing Eilean Donan – Scotland’s most photographed castle.
    The area also hosts a large number of outdoor activities including mountain biking, hillwalking, golf, fishing, horseriding, kayaking and windsurfing.
    If all the peace and quiet gets too much, Fort William and Inverness are less than an hour’s drive away.

    Vatersay Cottage can be booked together with Eriskay Cottage (CC511468) and Sandray Cottage (CC511467) to accommodate up to 13 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge 1: With wooden floor and Freeview TV.
    Lounge 2/dining room: With wooden floor and wood burner.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot and highchair.Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: Sloping banks and unfenced canal 20 yards.

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  • Queen Street Cottage

    Inverness

    Grade
    5
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC511193
    Enjoying a quiet yet central setting just yards from the River Ness, this end-terraced cottage makes a super base for a city break or for exploring this beautiful part of the Highlands. Only a few minutes’ walk from the heart of the city, Queens Street Cottage has been equipped and furnished to a good standard to ensure as comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible. Inverness city is the gateway to the north west Highlands and islands, and you can enjoy its wide variety of shops, lovely riverside restaurants and pubs, cinema and theatre. Take a visit to Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle, Culloden Battlefield, Fort George, Cawdor and Brodie castles all within easy reach. Enjoy a trip along the Moray Coast and take in the beauty of the coastline and perhaps you may catch a glimpse of the bottle nose dolphins. Sea trips and fishing, golf, mountain biking, watersports, hill walking and climbing are just some of the wealth of activities which can be enjoyed in this area. Take a day trip to the lovely west coast where you can take the bridge over to the enigmatic Isle of Skye or even a day trip to the lovely Orkney Islands – highly recommended.

    Ground Floor: The property has full electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: Small with electric wood burner and 30" Freeview TV.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, fridge/freezer, microwave and washing machine.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed, single bed and 18" Freeview TV.
    Bedroom 2: With bunk bed and 18" Freeview TV.
    Cloakroom: With WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi.Enclosed, shared, rear garden with patio and furniture. 1 dog welcome. Parking (1 car), permit provided.

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  • Tarrel Lodge

    Portmahomack

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 29675


    Tarrel Lodge is single-storey, wooden, detached holiday lodge situated in open countryside just 2 miles from the charming seaside village of Portmahomack. Accessed via a private track amidst open fields it provides peace and tranquillity in a lovely setting. The main living area is open plan with the kitchen and dining area being well-equipped with plenty of room for up to 5 guests. The lounge area is warm and welcoming with fantastic features, such as electric fire and deep leather suites. There are three good-sized bedrooms and a shower room. The generously proportioned decking that surrounds the lodge provides an ideal spot to sit and drink in the uninterrupted views across open countryside. The village of Portmahomack has a superb sweeping sandy beach, with stunning views to the Sutherland Mountains beyond. The village also boasts an excellent seafood restaurant, pub, café and a lovely traditional links golf course which is open to visitors. The area is renowned for its archaeological sites and at the nearby Tarbat Discovery Centre there is a fascinating display of Pictish, Norse and Medieval artefacts. Within ten minutes’ drive lies the oldest Royal Burgh of Scotland. Predominantly built local mellow sandstone, Tain is a charming historic town and offers an excellent selection of small shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs as well as a wide variety of sporting and recreational facilities, including tennis courts, public gardens, golf club and bowling club, all of which are available to visitors. It is ideally located for exploring the whole of the Highland region. Golf available nearby. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas coal-effect fire in living room. Electric heaters, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Decking with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 4 steps to decking.

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  • Springburn

    Stronaba, Spean Bridge

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: CC511353
    Located in open countryside above the charming village of Spean Bridge, Springburn is a beautifully presented cottage for up to 5 people. The main lounge opens out through French windows to a private patio area. The views across open countryside to the mountains beyond are spectacular. There is a second lounge with sofa bed. There are two large double bedrooms on the first floor, both well presented with colour coordinated soft furnishings and enjoying the same superb views. With two bathrooms (one on each floor), this is an ideal cottage for two couples or for a family holiday in a superb location. Springburn is just 4 miles from the world famous Nevis Range Ski and mountain bike track at Aanoch Mor, which has the only mountain gondola ride in Britain.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric storage heaters and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With feature electric fire, satellite Freeview TV, DVD and radio/CD. French doors open onto patio area with superb views across the hills
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    Second Lounge: With sofa bed (+1)
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher
    Utility: With washing machine, tumble dryer and sink
    Bathroom: With bath, WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds
    Shower Room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included
    Cot and high chair available. Internet access is available in the residents lounge of the owner’s Bed and Breakfast which is on site. Open plan gardens, mainly laid to lawn (shared with adjacent property). Patio area for sole use. Off road parking for 2 cars. Private water supply.

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  • Failte

    Grantown-on-Spey

    Grade
    5
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC512055
    Failte is a traditional stone cottage situated in a quiet backwater close to the centre of Grantown-on-Spey, in the heart of Speyside. One of a pair of cottages, it is ideally located for exploring the whole of the HIghlands. The pretty cottage lounge has a superb exposed granite stone wall with inglenook fireplace housing the welcoming wood burning stove. There is a well equipped kitchen and a good sized modern family bathroom. The two bedrooms on the first floor are attractively presented. The main bedroom has a king sized bed and the second bedroom a 3’ divan with small bunk beds, ideal for children. The cottage garden opposite provides an ideal spot for a BBQ or quiet drink whilst planning the next day’s excursion.
    For larger groups of friends or family, Failte may also be available to let with the adjoining cottage, Kangei, which sleeps 4/5

    Ground Floor: Property has electric storage heaters and comprises;
    Lounge: With wood burning stove, satellite Free view TV, DVD and radio/CD
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge. freezer and washing machine; dining furniture

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed
    Bedroom 2: With 2ft 6" bunk beds and 3ft single bed
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All bed linen included. Electricity allowance of £5 each day is included with additional usage by meter.  First supply of fuel for wood burning stove supplied. Cot and high chair available. Internet access availableLawn area with picnic table and chairs. Parking for 1 car.

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  • Wee Manly

    Dornoch

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: CC511461
    Just a short stroll from the stunning white sandy beach of Dornoch, Wee Manly is an attractively presented end terraced house situated on a quiet no-through road. On the ground floor there is a pretty cottage lounge with comfortable sofas and a large screen television. The kitchen/dining room is bright, contemporary and well equipped. Upstairs there are three pretty bedrooms and a family bathroom.

    Wee Manly is situated close to the centre of the historic town of Dornoch, a Royal Burgh since 1628. This delightful town is one of the prettiest in the Highlands. Built around the 13th Century sandstone cathedral, it has a selection of unusual and attractive shops, as well as a number of excellent restaurants and bars. The renowned Championship golf course of Royal Dornoch is just 200 yards away. The award-winning beaches of Dornoch and Embo are ideal for families and outdoor enthusiasts. Loch Fleet Nature Reserve, close by, attracts a wide variety of wading birds and has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Just a short drive away is Dunrobin Castle, seat of the Dukes of Sutherland for over six hundred years. Visitors are welcome to explore the castle and grounds, which were modelled on the Palace of Versailles. Wee Manly makes an ideal base for exploring this beautiful and unspoilt area of the Highlands.

    Ground Floor: The property has Economy 7 heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With electric coal-effect fire, 40" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Utility room: With freezer.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. On road parking. No smoking. NB: 2 steps in garden.

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