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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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  • Burns Cottage

    Drumnadrochit, by Inverness

    Grade
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    Ref: UZM

    Tastefully renovated, this 200-year-old single-storey, former steading stands wonderfully positioned on the edge of the Highland village of Drumnadrochit, a short walk through an ancient forest to Loch Ness. This lovely property is ideal for couples looking for a peaceful hideaway with facilities within easy walking distance. Drumnadrochit offers visitors exhibitions, cruises, pleasant walking, pony trekking and golf. Castle Urquhart lies two miles away, Inverness 12 miles. Burns Cottage is an ideal touring base for more adventurous walking in Glen Affric, castles, historic villages and wildlife watching including dolphins at Moray. Shop 870 yards, a good food pub is 220 yards with more pubs, restaurants and shops a short walk.

    Living room with electric woodburner. Compact well-equipped modern fitted kitchen. Beamed double bedroom with 5ft four-poster bed. Bathroom with shower over large whirlpool bath and toilet.

    • Electricity, electric woodburner, electric panel heaters, bed linen and towels included
    • Digital TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Stereo/CD (small library)
    • Games console available
    • Double oven
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Small garden with patio
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Secure cycle storage
    • No smoking

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  • Number 22

    Inverness

    Grade
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    Ref: CC511363
    Number 22 is a modern self-contained apartment situated on the first floor of a two storey apartment block close to the centre of Inverness. It is ideal for a city break for two and a comfortable and affordable base for touring the whole of the Highland region. The main living area is open plan. The lounge area has a bright, open aspect with large windows and attractive modern furnishings. There is a small kitchen off, separated by a breakfast bar. The double bedroom is accessed via an archway from the main lounge, divided by a curtain. There is a separate modern bathroom. All the amenities and facilities of Inverness are close by. There is a welcoming bar and restaurant just 2 minutes’ walk from the apartment and a number of other excellent restaurants and pubs within easy reach. Inverness golf course is just 5 minutes’ drive from the property.

    First Floor: The accommodation is all on first floor level has electric storage heaters and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/kitchen/dining
    Lounge area: with satellite Freeview TV, DVD, radio/CD and Wi-Fi. Dining table in main lounge plus breakfast bar with stools
    Kitchen area: with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge and washing machine
    Bedroom: with double bed accessed via archway and divided by a curtain from main living area.
    Bathroom: with shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All power included. Bed linen and towels suppliedOn street parking for 1 car.

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  • Nevis Let

    Lochyside, nr. Fort William

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: W42033

    Mountain views

    Set on the banks of the River Lochy with stunning views over Ben Nevis and the Aonach Mor Mountain Range, this holiday property is only two miles from Fort William town centre. Attached to the owner’s house it offers cosy accommodation and is in an ideal location for exploring the Highlands. Known as the ’Outdoor Capital of the UK’, Fort William boasts a large variety of outdoor pursuits with climbing, mountain biking, skiing, sailing and fishing all available locally. In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, wildlife is in abundance and Loch Ness, Aviemore, Inverness, Skye and Glencoe are all within easy reach. Shop 100 yards, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (6ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Lawned garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: There is a large river running outside the property.

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  • Pine Tree Cottage

    Altass, Lairg, Sutherland

    Grade
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    Ref: CC511305
    Pine Tree Cottage is situated in the grounds of the owner’s property. This delightful detached modern cottage is impeccably presented and provides a high standard of accommodation for two in a stunning setting. The main living accommodation is open plan, with the lounge/kitchen/dining room running the length of the cottage. The lounge area looks out across the open hills and countryside, with the river below. The bright, modern kitchen area is well equipped, with integral appliances. There is a spacious shower room adjoining. The double bedroom occupies the whole of the first floor. All furniture and furnishings are of exceptionally high quality, including Vi-sprung beds. The cottage gardens are a real delight. With lawns, flowering shrubs and a patio area with dining table and chairs; a delightful spot to enjoy a glass or two whilst drinking in the incredible views of the river and surrounding hills. The large shed in the grounds is also available for outdoor gear, canoes and cycles. Pine Tree Cottage is a wonderful base for a Highland getaway, either for relaxing completely or indulging in the wide variety of local activities.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan Lounge/Dining/Kitchen: With high quality furniture and furnishings with stunning views across the river, hills and open countryside.
    Lounge area: With satellite Freeview TV, DVD and radio. Wi-Fi.
    Dining area: With table and chairs.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob and extractor fan, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine; superbly equipped with integral appliances.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    First Floor: Bedroom: With two single 3 foot 3 inches by 6 foot 6 inches vi-spring beds can be made into 1 double bed if required. Please let us know when telephoning to confirm arrival arrangements which alternative you would prefer.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi available. Enclosed garden with patio area with picnic table and chairs. Use of shed for storage of bicycles/canoes etc. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Ivy Cottage

    Laggan Locks, Loch Lochy

    Grade
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    Ref: SD40

    This little, detached, single-storey holiday cottage, adjacent to the owner’s boat hire business, is attractively situated by the water’s edge at the north end of Loch Lochy, surrounded by some of Scotland’s most beautiful Highland scenery. An ideal base from which to fish the loch, guests can also ski at Aonach Mor on Ben Nevis or visit Loch Ness, Inverness, Fort William and the Isle of Skye. Alternatively you can simply sit in the waterside garden and relax while watching the passing boats. Loch fishing rights included. There is a hotel, restaurant, shops and other facilities at Invergarry 3 miles or Fort Augustus, 12 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Electricity and bed linen included. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Well-fenced garden and furniture. Parking. NB: Garden borders loch.

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  • Eagle’s Nest

    Glaick of Kessock

    Grade
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    Ref: 18177

    This refurbished holiday cottage is set in an orchard amidst the Ord Hill Forest, a few miles from the city of Inverness. In 2 acres of shared garden grounds near the owner’s home and next to Woodpecker Cottage, ideal for exploring the beautiful north and west Highlands. Inverness offers a variety of amenities including a theatre, restaurants and shops. Enjoy a boat trip to see the dolphins or visit the historic village of Cromarty. Easy reach of Loch Ness, Culloden battlefield and Fort George. Horse riding, 1 mile, castles, lovely beaches and golf, 5 miles. Can be booked with 23492 to accommodate 4 guests. Shop and pub 2 miles.

    5 steps to property. All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room with laminate floor. Kitchen with French doors. Beams throughout. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD. Video and small library. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Wi-fi. Large shared garden, patio area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Bona Lighthouse Stables

    Lochend near Inverness

    Grade
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    Ref: CC511465
    Built almost 200 years ago to guide ships into the Caledonian Canal, the beautiful Bona Lighthouse to which Bona Lighthouse Stables is part of, has been lovingly restored retaining many period features along with the introduction of the cosy comforts of modern living to create this beautifully presented property.

    Overlooking the waters of Loch Ness and set on the banks of the Caledonian Canal, Bona Lighthouse Stables, one of two holiday cottages in the historic building, enjoys breathtaking scenery and a peaceful setting amidst the majesty of the Great Glen. Sleeping two and perfect for a romantic retreat, the Stables features a glass-fronted lounge which is the focal point of the cottage, and is the ideal spot to cuddle up and while away the hours gazing out onto the inky blue waters of the loch in search of Nessie. Interior designed throughout, the cottage offers the perfect mix of modern flourishes and period features. The spacious lounge, with its wood burner and cosy furnishings, is the perfect spot to relax after a day spent exploring the many wonders of the Northern Highlands. Outside is the large courtyard which is ideal for a canalside barbecue or picnic. Set amidst the myth and majesty of Loch Ness and the Great Glen, a romantic getaway in Bona Lighthouse Stables, whether you’re exploring the spectacular landscapes of the Highlands or simply relaxing and watching the world, is truly unforgettable.

    You don’t have to go far to enjoy this part of the world, you don’t even have to leave the garden. Just relax and watch the boats sail peacefully past. If you’re feeling more adventurous, a 15-minute drive will take you to Inverness where you will find something for everyone. From high street shopping in the Eastgate Centre, to boutique browsing in the Victorian market. Travel on open-top bus tours or enjoy forest walks, visit Inverness Castle, St Andrew’s Cathedral, the Pictish Fort on Craig Phadrig or the museum and art gallery to name but a few. Canal cruises will take you to Loch Ness, where you could be the next to catch sight of Scotland’s best-loved monster. But in case she doesn’t make an appearance, there’s plenty of other wildlife to enjoy, including red and roe deer, ospreys and eagles – you might even be lucky enough to spot rarely-seen wildcats or pine martens.

    On the Moray Firth the dolphin centre is the perfect place to see the world’s biggest bottlenose dolphins. Depending on the time of year you might even be able to do some whale-watching. Minke and killer whales both visit these waters and there have been sightings of sperm whales and pilot whales also. The centre offers hourly guided tours and a very informative learning centre children will love. A little further afield you may like to visit the lsle of Skye and the stunning beauty of the west coast or even take a day trip to the Orkney Isles.

    Bona Lighthouse Stables can be booked with Bona Lighthouse (CC511464) to accommodate up to six guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: Large with wooden floor, wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player and views of Loch Ness.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge with ice box.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and views of Loch Ness.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and washing machine.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot and highchair available. Courtyard with furniture. Shared garden. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • The Coach House

    Dulnain Bridge

    Grade
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    Ref: SRRT

    Set in the grounds of the Edwardian Auchendean Lodge, this holiday apartment shares unbeatable views of Strathspey, from the double bends of the River Spey, the Cromdale Hills and Abernethy Forest, right to the Cairngorm Mountains. A variety of fresh herbs from the organic garden are usually available late spring to autumn. Explore the area, perhaps even the isolated Loch Avon, by foot, horse or bike. The Strathspey Steam Railway stops at Broomhill station, offering a scenic ride in the style of a by-gone era. Day trips include Balmoral, Royal Deeside, Loch Ness and much of the west coast. Bird watching, golf and fishing locally. Shop and restaurant 1 mile.

    First floor: Living room/dining room with open fire, sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only), kitchen area. Double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, separate shower cubicle, shower attachment, toilet.

    • Open fire - fuel included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating (controlled by owner), bed linen and towels included
    • Electricity blanket
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • iPod/mp3 dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Drying facility available
    • Use of owner’s freezer in shared utility
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared 1½ acre grounds, sitting-out area, pitch & putt, access to 350 acres of quiet conservation forest from garden
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking
    • NB: Drops, unfenced pond and steps in grounds

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  • Apartment At No 3

    Spean Bridge near Fort William

    Grade
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    Ref: CC511199
    This pretty ground floor apartment provides an ideal retreat for two in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Apartment At No 3 is a faultlessly presented ground floor apartment which adjoins the owner’s architect-designed house. With its own access and separate, secluded, patio garden it provides a wonderful place for couples to unwind and enjoy this superb area known as the ‘outdoor capital of the UK’.  The main living area is open plan, with large deep leather sofa, dining area and small kitchen, all superbly presented. The good-sized bedroom is warm and welcoming, with colour-coordinated soft furnishings and there is a bright, modern shower-room off. Apartment At No 3 lies just outside the village of Spean Bridge and only 10 miles from Fort William.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all at ground floor level, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan Lounge / Dining / Kitchen:
    Lounge area: with feature electric fire, Freeview TV, DVD and radio/CD
    Dining area: with dining furniture for two; French doors open onto a charming, secluded garden
    Kitchen area: with electric  hob,combination  microwave/ oven / grill, fridge with ice-box, dishwasher and washing machine, small but well equipped kitchen area
    Bedroom: with double bed and en-suite facilities comprising enclosed shower, WC and wash basin

    All fuel and power included. Bed linen and towels supplied. Use of owner’s freezer available.Garden with patio and furniture. BBQ. Off-road parking for one car.

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  • Badgers Den

    Kiltarlity, nr. Beauly

    Grade
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    Ref: 30499

    Badgers Den is a first floor holiday apartment that sits within rural woodland, and lies on the outskirts of the village of Kiltarlity. The property makes an ideal base for exploring this largely unspoilt part of the Highlands, with many attractions and activities within a short drive. Locally there is mountain biking amongst spectacular forest trails, hill walking in nearby Glen Affric and Strathfarrar and kayaking and loch trips on Loch Ness. Inverness offers a variety of facilities including restaurants, theatres and wide range of shops. Further afield, guests can take a trip to the scenic west coast or the Moray Firth. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. Stereo/ CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Large shared grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • The Dairy House

    Nr. Lochailort

    Grade
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    Ref: SPG

    " In a land steeped in legends of the Bonnie Prince – close to Moidart’s sandy shores..."

    Where a tree-lined glen opens out onto Loch Moidart and in countryside steeped with tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie, these fine properties stand upon the Kinlochmoidart Estate, within half a mile of the coast and 4 miles from the beach at Glenuig. The Scottish Baronial mansion of Kinlochmoidart House, occupies a marvellous position amidst some of Scotland’s most magnificent West Country scenery. It has been sensitively formed into three residences; two are careful conversions of an extensive service wing, while the main house (part of which is still the owners’ home) is a substantial property laid out over three floors and forming the middle portion of the building. The remaining three properties presented here are separately set in secluded locations within the vast grounds, comprising extensive shared gardens and the surrounding 2,000 acre estate grounds, which grant opportunities for excellent hill walking and fine varied fishing (fly fishing is available by arrangement). Very comfortably furnished, cosily heated and well-equipped throughout, each provides the perfect holiday retreat from which to enjoy an abundance of interests and scenic splendour with which this area is blessed at all times of the year.
    Designed by William Leiper in 1884, Kinlochmoidart House is one of the finest examples of his work. It features a superb Art Movement interior – tilings, wallpapers, paint work, panelling and many other intricate architectural features have been painstakingly restored and represented, under strict architectural guidance, to return it to its former splendour. It occupies the site of a house which was once the resting place of Prince Charles Edward Stuart during the 1745 Jacobite Revolution – a connection commemorated in a nearby meadow, where seven beech trees symbolise the Seven Men of Moidart, the sum total of the army which he brought from France.
    Just a short walk away from the house lies Loch Moidart, where vast expanses of sand are thrown up by the sea at low tide. At the seaward end of this beautiful inlet, sit the ancient ruins of 14th-century clan castle of Tioram (once the stronghold of the Lord of the Isles), providing a focal point for gloriously scenic views. Between nearby Loch Shiel and Loch Sunart, a trail leads through the Ariundle Oakwoods Nature Reserve – a haven for wildlife – whilst southwards, the coast is punctuated by bays of white sand excellent for fishing and shell-collecting, or admiring the views over hill, loch and sea from horse back. Fort William, gateway to Ben Nevis, is a scenic drive away, and the Western Isles, Skye and Ardnamurchan are all accessible. Sailing at Acharade, 6 miles. Golf 30 minutes’ drive. Inn at Glenuig, 4 miles. Shops 7 miles.

    Reached along a tree-lined avenue, this cottage of comfort and character, originally the dairy for the estate, enjoys a secluded setting with its own garden. Entrance porch to modern kitchen/dining room with pine furnishings. Small sitting room with open fire. Double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    • Open fire – logs included
    • Electricity and full NSH by meter reading
    • Cot
    • Garden with furniture
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Bed linen included
    • TV
    • Shared gardens and grounds of 2,000 acres
    • Ample parking
    • Natural spring water supply
    • Fly fishing £30 per rod per day by arrangement
    • NB: Duck pond in grounds

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  • Beaufort Cottages - Dairy Cottage

    Kiltarlity near Beauly

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    Ref: CC511444
    A warm Highland welcome awaits you at this holiday property, located in the Beaufort Estate. It enjoys a tranquil setting only a few miles from Beauly in the heart of the Scottish Highlands and without doubt, make a super base for exploring the many attractions and activities this area has to offer. The cottage has been equipped and furnished to ensure as relaxing and comfortable holiday as possible, and it has its own individual character and style. You can explore the extensive grounds of Beaufort Estate with its abundance of wildlife, idyllic picnic places and easy walking routes and also travel further afield to experience some of the stunning scenery, interesting and historic attractions and a large variety of sports.

    The popular village of Beauly is only four miles and offers a very good range of shops and restaurants with Inverness, the Highland Capital, just 12 miles. You can visit Culloden Battlefield and its interactive visitor centre, Fort George, Cawdor and Brodie Castles all steeped in local history or explore the picturesque fishing villages and beaches of the stunning Moray coastline. Take a boat trip and perhaps catch sight of the famous bottlenose dolphins or go to Drumnadrochit, which is set on the shores of Loch Ness, as well as Fort Augustus, where you can watch the boats coming through the locks in the centre of the village.

    Slightly further afield is the beautiful Isle of Skye and the wonderful unspoilt scenery of the West Coast where you will find some wonderful restaurants to sample to local produce particularly seafood. From Skye, you can hop on to a ferry to the Outer Hebrides – a truly unspoilt part of Scotland with its rugged landscape and sweeping white sandy beaches. A day trip to the Orkney Islands is recommended where you can visit numerous archaeological sites such as Skara Brae, the Eagles Tomb and The Ring of Brodgar to name just a few. For the energetic and outdoor enthusiast, there are numerous mountain bike and forest trails, walking and climbing in the nearby glens of Strathfarrar, Cannich and Affric, golf with a large number of acclaimed courses such as the Royal Dornoch and Castle Stuart within easy reach. Snow sports are available in Aviemore, Glencoe or Glenshee. For the less energetic, sit back, relax and unwind and enjoy this tranquil setting which is Beaufort Estate.
    Dairy Cottage can be booked together with Checkers Cottage (CC511445), Duffs Lodge (CC511446), Kennels Cottage (CC511447), Mercy Cottage (CC511448), Rose Cottage (CC511449), Stables Cottage (CC511450), The Retreat (UK5004), The Kennels Bothy (CC511451) and The Larder (CC511452) to accommodate up to 41 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/kitchen: With wooden floor, wood burner, Freesat TV, DVD player, CD player, electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Dining room/conservatory: With wooden floor.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided, remainder available at £5 per basket (honesty box). Travel cot and highchair available on request. Small enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared landscaped 50-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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