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Scotland

Holiday cottages in Scotland offer the perfect opportunity to relax in some of the UK’s most spectacular scenery. With an abundance of culture, fantastic heritage, stunning cities and a wealth of activities to suit all ages and interests, you’ll find more than enough to entertain all kinds of holidaymakers. So, whether you’re on two feet or two paws, a holiday in Scotland is guaranteed to have something to offer, and we’re going to make a few suggestions for the best things to see and do in the region.

With such a rich history, Scotland’s past is all but unavoidable. Thankfully, it’s equally fascinating, and some of the country’s best attractions combine the colourful tale of Scotland with some stunning landscapes. The Speyside Whisky Trail is just one such example. One of the main reasons so many choose Scottish holiday cottages, the trail takes in some of Scotland’s most renowned distilleries, offering a history lesson, a ‘wee dram’ and a showcase of stunning views. If you fancy a more vibrant experience from your holiday in Scotland then you may prefer to stay in and around Edinburgh. The capital city offers an intoxicating mix of medieval history, Georgian architecture and contemporary culture. A wealth of festivals and some fantastic shopping opportunities are just the icing on the cake, but if you fancy a more tranquil view then the views from Arthur’s Seat are unrivalled. Scotland’s wilder side is justly celebrated through the Cairngorms National Park. Larger than the Lake District, and boasting beautiful moorland, rivers, mountains, lochs and forests, it’s an unforgettable journey taking in some of Scotland’s most iconic topography. If you’d like to experience the more mythical side of Scottish history then our final recommendation is the legendary Loch Ness. Admire the dramatic ruins of Urqhart Castle and gaze over the loch’s gentle lapping waters to see if you can spot Nessie!

Thanks to a prevalence of wide-open expanses, many choose to enjoy Scottish cottages for a wealth of outdoor activities. Hiking, climbing, boating, cycling, horse riding and more are all perfectly suited for making the most of your stunning surroundings. Pet owners will be equally spoilt for choice with a wealth of fantastic locations to treat their four-legged friends. If you fancy somewhere to relax and explore at your own pace then you will be equally satisfied with Scotland. There are plenty of beautiful heritage attractions and a wealth of city break destinations offering a fun-filled and vibrant urban experience.

If you’re ready to begin your exploration, take a look at our featured holiday cottages in Scotland today.
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  • Old Brewery Cottage

    Ellenabeich, Seil Island

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: S4576

    Idyllically perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Firth of Lorne, just a stone’s throw from the Atlantic ocean, these stylish and romantic havens offer magnificent sea and island views. Each boasting its own suntrap patio, perfect for enjoying the spectacular sunsets, they sit in a little row in the delightful village of Ellenabeich beside a bar serving the excellent local beer and food. Connected to the mainland by the world famous ‘bridge over the Atlantic’, Seil Island lies 16 miles from Oban and its ferries to the Isles. Luing ferry is 5 miles. Walkers will find glorious scenery to explore, and from the nearby pier, seafaris with a marine biologist provide fascinating wildlife sightings. Shop 100 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining/kitchen area. 1 double bedroom with French doors and en-suite wet room with toilet.

    Electric central heating by meter reading. Freeview TV. Satellite TV (basic package).

    Both properties: Electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Patio and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. No smoking. No children. NB: Low wall on patio with drop to sea.

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  • Sanna

    Ardentinny, Dunoon, Argyll

    Grade
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    2
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    Ref: CC523123
    Sanna is a delightful detached cottage located in the hamlet of Ardentinny on the banks of Loch Long and the Firth of Clyde, near Dunoon.  This stone built self catering cottage was formally the old village hall dating back to the late 1800’s. Now tastefully renovated into comfortable holiday accommodation for a couple, the cottage has wooden floors throughout, a double bedroom with en-suite facilities and a spacious open plan living space with kitchen, dining and seating area.  There are also two single chairs in the lounge area which convert into single beds to provide additional sleeping space for a further two people.  The cottage also has its own enclosed gravel garden area and off street parking.  Ardentinny is situated within Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park and next to Argyll Forest which offers numerous forest tracks, marked walks and cycleways within this area, all easily accessible and right on your doorstep. The cottage has the additional benefit that it is only a short walk (200 yards) to gain access to the seafront where you can walk, fish, launch a canoe or just rest on the rocks, relax and enjoy the view. 

    Ground Floor: The property is all on ground floor level, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge area:  with Freeview TV/DVD, Radio/CD, comfortable seating and single bed chair (for sleeps +1)

    Dining area:  with dining furniture

    Kitchen area:  with electric cooker, microwave, washing machine and fridge with icebox

    Bedroom:  with double bed and en-suite shower room with shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All power included.  Bed linen and towels supplied.  Travel cot and highchair available.Fully enclosed front garden with garden furniture.  Off road parking for 1 car.

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  • Esplanade Crt, Lismore

    Oban

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: UQA

    A handsome and lively Victorian town, Oban is the gateway to the Highlands, and its rugged landscape of wild heather moors and mountains tumble into the sea. Beautifully situated on Oban’s esplanade, these three upper floor apartments (refs UPY, UPZ & UQA) enjoy superb views over the bay and their name-sake islands of Kerrera, Mull and Lismore. Each has been decorated and furnished to a high standard with great attention to detail including the added luxury of the 550 thread count Egyptian cotton bed linen. They provide spacious, airy and comfortable accommodation, within walking distance of shops, restaurants and entertainment Highland style! From Oban’s bustling harbour, there are daily boat trips to the surrounding islands, where an abundance of birds and wildlife can be spotted. Visit the castles of Dunollie, Ardmaddy and Dunstaffnage, as well as Torosay and Duart across on Mull. There is a Sea Life Centre close by, and the annual Argyllshire Gathering, featuring the Highland Games. The Oban Distillery offers an interesting guided tour and a must see is McCaig’s Folly.
    For a day out, Glasgow has many attractions including the Gallery of Modern Art, the People’s Palace and the Transport Museum. More unusual places to visit include the Piping Centre (a national centre for the promotion of the bagpipe), the aromatic and peaceful Garden of St Nicholas and The Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour. For those seeking an outdoor lifestyle, there can be no better choice than this stunning part of the Highlands. Wonderful walking, climbing, sailing and both lake and river fishing can all be enjoyed locally, with sea fishing on the doorstep. Riding, cycle hire and golf are available and skiing from Fort William in winter. An ideal base for enjoying the pleasures of the great outdoors or just savouring the spectacular scenery of the Western Highlands. Shops 100 yards.

    Shared entrance, elevator and staircase to fourth floor: Spacious living/dining room with modern fitted kitchen. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    • Electricity, central heating (electricity rads), bed linen and towels included
    • Cot and high chair on request
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer (coin-operated)
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • No garden
    • Parking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Seafront 50 yards

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  • High Trodigal

    Machrihanish, nr. Campbeltown

    Grade
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    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 30648


    This stunning natural stone and turf roofed, single-storey, detached holiday cottage, is built in to the hillside, reflecting an ancient neolithic design with views over the Atlantic Ocean. This stunning property features beams and two patio areas with doors leading from the bedroom and the living room, and is situated less than a mile from the world-famous Machrihanish Golf Course. Glasgow is only 30 minutes flying time from Machrihanish Airport, which in turn is 10 minutes driving time from the property. The Machrihanish Bird Observatory is located at Gauldrons Beach, it is fantastic for watching migratory birds. Campbeltown is one of a handful of areas in Scotland categorised as a whisky producing region, and is home to the Campbeltown Single Malt, at one point having 34 distilleries and proclaiming itself the whisky capital of the world. The town boasts two distilleries as well as a museum, heritage centre and a harbour, with an annual regatta and music festival. The town is well-served, with supermarkets, independently owned shops, and excellent hotels and restaurants offering the finest local produce. The surrounding area is well-known for its fine beaches, unspoilt countryside and scenic walks, with the addition of the Kintyre Way, making this an ideal location from which to explore the Kintyre Peninsula. Lying just off the west coast of Kintyre, the Isle of Gigha offers a pleasant day trip. Within a short distance, there are many quiet and sandy beaches to explore and there is easy access to the Isles of Islay, Arran and Jura. Jura is one of the wildest and most mountainous of the Inner Hebrides. Islay is great for wildlife enthusiasts, as it boasts a large RSPB reserve, a wintering population of barnacle and white-fronted geese, and a wildlife information centre. For the outdoor enthusiast, there is walking, cycling, fishing and water sports. Beach ¾ mile. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant ¾ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed, beams and wooden floor. Kitchen with beams and wooden floor. 1 double (6ft) bedroom with patio doors. Bathroom with spa bath, shower cubicle, sauna and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Electric underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair on request. 42" Freeview TV. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer in external utility room. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Patio areas with furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. Pets to be kept on lead - sheep country. No smoking. NB: Stream in grounds.

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  • Windmills End

    Mauchline

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC539044
    This spacious barn conversion is situated on a country road in the Ayrshire countryside, close to the villages of Coylton and Stair. Set within 12 acres of farm and woodland, with a short woodland walk direct from the door, this semi-detached cottage, next to the owners’ home, provides a tranquil holiday base from which to explore the beauty of Ayrshire and south west Scotland.
    Ayrshire offers unspoilt scenery and a varying coastline with the Ayrshire Coastal Path, 100 miles along one of the finest panoramic coastlines in the British Isles, easily accessed.
    Inland, there are gardens and castles to visit, riding, racing, a choice of golf courses and several country parks to visit. Culzean Castle (owned by the National Trust for Scotland) being Ayrshire’s most popular tourist attraction, has a network of wooded trails passing along the beach. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Stranraer, and both Glasgow and Edinburgh can easily be reached for a day out.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open-plan living space: With cathedral ceiling.
    Lounge area: With wooden floor, wood burner, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and iPod dock.
    Kitchen area: With wooden floor, electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bathroom: With non-slip tiled floor, bath, shower and WC.

    First Floor: Galleried seating area: With Velux windows and views to Arran to the west and countryside to the east.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided, extra available by honesty box. Wi-Fi. Small enclosed garden. Sitting-out area and furniture to rear. 12-acre natural, un-spoilt, woodland grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Little Drumduan

    Dess near Aboyne

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC512082
    This charming, beautifully furnished, detached, holiday cottage is in a peaceful setting in the heart of Royal Deeside, just outside Kincardine O’Neil, Deeside’s oldest village. It is surrounded by fields which back onto the Deeside Way, a long distance path running from near the centre of Aberdeen to Ballater, in the Cairngorm National Park, famous for its Victorian heritage and links to Balmoral Castle. Perfect for walkers or cyclists, or even riders (the owner can provide stabling if required), along the way there are stunning views over the River Dee with the Cairngorm Mountains as a backdrop, offering the opportunity to explore a beautiful area of Aberdeenshire, with its changing landscape from sea to mountain. Enjoy the charms of the surrounding towns and villages, from Banchory, with its bustling high street to Ballater, famed for its royal connections. There are many historical places of interest, from the castles of Crathes and Balmoral to the standing stones of Tomnaverie, all within an easy drive.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil underfloor central heating, is all on ground floor and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With tiled floor, Freesat TV, DVD player, iPod dock and patio door.
    Kitchen area: With tiled floor, electric cooker, induction hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With wooden floor, king size bed and built-in wardrobes.
    Wet room: With shower and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Fridge/freezer in garage. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Garden patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 1/2 acre grounds (by arrangement with owner). Kennel and stabling available. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Pet to be kept on a lead at all times. No smoking. Wheelchair access.

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  • Bona Lighthouse Stables

    Lochend near Inverness

    Grade
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    1
    1
    1
    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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  • Hirta

    Plockton

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: 18065

    Set in the heart of this picturesque National Trust village, this ground floor holiday apartment forms part of a sympathetically converted former church. Enjoy the fabulous scenery and the rich abundance of wildlife, particularly the seals and otters in Plockton Bay. Super area for walking, fishing and sea trips - lots to do and see. Plockton is a convenient touring base for the Isle of Skye and the beautiful West Coast. Take advantage of the traditional Highland hospitality in the hotels and restaurants which specialise in local seafood. Shop 400 yards, pub 50 yards.

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

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Enclosed patio area leading to shared garden. Parking (1 car).

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  • Stuffers Cottage

    Braemar

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
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    Ref: UUP

    Overlooking the gentle meandering bends of the River Dee where wild red deer roam, this former taxidermist’s workshop and cottage has been completely rebuilt under the ‘Mar Estate Golden Jubilee Project’. After lapsing into dereliction, this magnificently appointed property has been restored to its original 1884 timber construction, taking into account every last detail. Further enhanced by the addition of modern day facilities, it stands as a real gem of a holiday home, amidst spectacular scenery. The village is home to the annual Highland Games, the Braemar Gathering. Games were first held here in the 11th century, when contests were set for the local clans in order to pick the bravest and strongest for Malcolm Canmore’s army. Perth is little over an hour’s drive away, as is the beautiful granite city of Aberdeen. Shops 3 miles.

    Living room with superb views. Fitted kitchen/dining room. Double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Natural grassed area overlooking River Dee
    • Private parking for 1 car

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  • Pleacairn Cottage

    Dalton, nr. Lockerbie

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
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    Ref: 28809

    Situated on the outskirts of a quiet village, in the heart of 7Stanes Mountain Biking country, this detached converted former dairy boasts stunning views over open countryside. This holiday cottage is ideally located to explore local history, with castles, abbeys, mansions and ruins. Dumfries and Galloway boasts rugged coastlines and sandy beaches and is surrounded by breathtaking scenery, offering an ideal base from which to explore the Machars Peninsula and the Galloway Hills. The historic cities of Edinburgh and Carlisle, cosmopolitan Glasgow and the North Lake District are easily reached within an hour. Beach 5 miles. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

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

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard. Natrual 7-acre woodland. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Tullibole Castle Longhouse

    Crook of Devon

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: SMMH


    For a unique experience, look no further than this Visit Scotland ‘4 star’ standard former Scottish longhouse. The cottage has won an award for its conservation of original features which now combine with a contemporary twist to provide a private countryside retreat, far from the stress of everyday life. Set within the grounds of Tullibole Castle which dates back to the 17th century - tours can be arranged with the owner on request. The beamed living/dining room has wooden floors, exposed stone work and comfortable sofas to watch the Freeview TV in front of the wood-burning stove. The spacious bedroom has a vaulted ceiling with beams and en-suite bathroom with large walk-in shower.
    The wonderful conservatory, with its two glass walls, is ideal to enjoy an evening meal, whilst looking out towards the Ochil and Cleish Hills. The large enclosed garden is superb for long sunny days, and the strutting peacocks who share it with you will keep you entertained for hours. Explore the peace of the surrounding woodland and see if you can glimpse the kingfisher and heron that sometimes fish in the 16th-century castle moat. For that truly magical moment, meals can be taken in the castle by arrangement. Afterward, make your way back to your idyllic hideaway, detour past the 18th-century dovecote before meandering through the charming maze which has been created as a memorial to the witches who met their fate at the Crook of Devon Witch Trials. If you can tear yourself away from this idyllic location then golf lovers can enjoy a round or two at Gleneagles, Muckhart or Kinross. History, culture and the ultimate shopping experience awaits in Edinburgh, less than an hour away, as are St Andrews and Stirling. A 25-minute walk leads to the village (local shops and pub food).

    Beamed living/dining room with studio-style kitchen area and wood-burning stove. Conservatory. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with large walk-in shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full LPG underfloor heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Electricity hob
    • Combi microwave/oven/grill
    • Washing machine
    • Wi-fi broadband available in castle
    • Enclosed garden with furniture
    • Parking (4 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Meals in castle by arrangement
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Northern Lights

    Skinnet, nr. Tongue

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: W43355

    This detached, former fisherman/crofter’s cottage has been tastefully restored to provide very comfortable holiday accommodation. The property overlooks the Kyles of Tongue, a dramatic expanse of pristine golden sand, and the many skerries that create this fabulous coastline. The ever-changing seascape and light make this area a truly get-away-from-it-all holiday experience. The area has much to offer, with Ben Hope and Ben Loyal for the serious climber and low level coastal walks. Smoo Cave, Castle of Mey, the former home of the late Queen Mother, Cape Wrath and a day trip from John O’Groats to the Orkney Isles are within a short drive. Loch and sea fishing are available, and a wide range of seabirds, such as puffins, waders and hen harriers can be easily spotted. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Study. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity by meter reading. Oil central heating (controlled by owner), bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small garden with sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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