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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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  • Jura Cottage

    Tayinloan near Campbeltown

    Grade
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    Ref: CC523151
    Situated just yards from the sea and a beautiful sandy beach, this terraced holiday cottage is located close to the Gigha ferry, where you can hop on for the 20-minute crossing and explore the island. Located along Kintyre’s stunning west coast, the cottage boast unrivalled views across to Gigha, the Paps of Jura and magnificent sunsets. This is a tranquil retreat from which to explore the surrounding area. Surrounded by an abundance of natural wildlife, the clean environment and clear waters are home to all sorts of interesting wildlife. The Machrihanish Bird Observatory is located nearby at Gauldrons Beach, and 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 area is well known for its fine beaches, unspoilt countryside and scenic walks, with the addition of the Kintyre Way.
    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. It 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. Walking, cycling, fishing and water sports are nearby.
    This property can be booked with Islay Cottage (ref CC523150) and Gigha Cottage (ref CC523152) to accommodate up to 6+6 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With 32" Freesat TV and double sofa bed.
    Kitchen area: With electric hob, combi microwave/oven/grill, fridge and freezer.
    Bedroom area: With super king bed (which can be made to twin beds - please advise when booking).
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Cot and highchair on request. Shared laundry room with washing machine.Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Auchendennan - Willow Cottage

    Arden, Alexandria

    Grade
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    Ref: SXXP

    "Stunning cottages in the heart of Loch Lomond National Park..."

    Situated in the heart of Loch Lomond National Park, these stunning holiday properties have been lovingly restored and furnished to provide wonderful retreats. Auchendennan Farm Cottage (SLLX) is a single-storey holiday cottage; within the house there is a large family sauna which can be used as an ideal way to unwind. Outside on the sun decking, there is a sunken hot tub which is large enough for all the family and powerful enough to give tired muscles a proper massage. Rose Cottage (SRRG) is a single-storey conversion adjoining the owner’s farmhouse. Combining modern and traditional furnishings, the property boasts a superb hot tub and external sun decked area for relaxing and unwinding. Burnbeag (SVVE) is a stunning, detached cottage to the rear of the steadings and has a stream running through its private enclosed garden, which has a decked area and hot tub. Courtyard Studio (SVVD) is a single-storey barn conversion set in the courtyard, behind the main house. Chestnut Cottage (SXXO), Willow Cottage (SXXP), Primrose Cottage (SXXQ) and Ivy Cottage (SXXR) are all pretty single-storey, semi-detached holiday cottages, with open-plan living areas and a cosy, wood-burning stove.
    In summer, Loch Lomond’s ancient oak woods ring with birdsong. Look out for redstarts, pied flycatchers and wood warblers. Ospreys are summer visitors to the loch and nearby Lake of Menteith. In the high country of Breadalbane, golden eagles may be seen soaring over mountain slopes richly carpeted in alpine plants. Watch out for porpoises and seals and glimpse Loch Lomond’s herd of fallow deer as they bound through the trees. Loch Lomond and Loch Earn are some of Scotland’s prime venues for sailing and water-skiing, while the rivers Balvaig and Teith are popular with canoeists. The Teith is also a great salmon river and one of many places popular with anglers. For golfing enthusiasts, the famous courses of Loch Lomond are just a short distance from the property, with an abundance of courses for all standards within easy reach.
    Walking is a popular pursuit, from gentle low-level strolls to strenuous mountain climbs. Ben Lomond, Ben Lui, Ben Ime and Ben Vorlich are among the 21 Munros (mountains over 3000 feet). The West Highland Way stretches from the edge of Glasgow to Fort William, hugging the banks of Loch Lomond and passing through the spectacular mountain scenery of Strathfillan. There are great opportunities for cycling on and off road on National Cycle Network Route 7, which passes through the National Park from Balloch to Killin. Cameron House, the 5 star golf/spa resort is just minutes from the property where one can enjoy fine dining, day spa packages and championship golf. Lomond Shores, again a short distance from the property, offers designer shopping, loch cruises and an aquarium. The cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh are easily accessible by car boasting award winning restaurants, theatres, galleries and concert venues, designer shopping as well as many tourist attractions including the breath-taking Edinburgh Castle. Shops 2 miles, pub ¼ mile.

    Open-plan living room with wood-burning stove, French doors and kitchen area. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Solid fuel (underfloor) heating included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Lawned garden with furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Satellite TV
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine tumble dryer
    • Shared utility with freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared 42-acre natural and wooded grounds
    • No smoking
    • NB: Stream in shared grounds

    Note: Auchendennan Farm Cottage ref SLLX may be booked with Rose Cottage ref SRRG to sleep 10 people

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  • The Old Kennels

    near Castle Douglas

    Grade
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    Ref: UK5089
    This lovely detached bungalow, accessed via a rough track, is set amidst beautiful scenery on a working farm just 10 miles from Castle Douglas. Relax and enjoy the tranquillity of the area or discover the Mossdale Walk and Red Kite Sculpture, a 2½ mile circular walk from Mossdale which affords wonderful views of Mossdale Loch, Bennan and Airie Hills. Red Kites can be seen from anywhere on the open parts of the walk at any time of the year. If you want to explore more of this beautiful area there are attractions in abundance from beautiful sandy beaches to dramatic cliff tops. With sailing, swimming, riding, fishing, golf, boat trips and water sports close by there is something for everyone. Warmed by the Gulf Stream there are many beautiful gardens to visit, including Threave Gardens (National Trust). Close to the Galloway Forest Park, home to the first Dark Sky Park in Europe, it is a popular location for cyclists and mountain bikers. Kirroughtree has some of the best technical singletrack mountain bike trails in Scotland. Beach 15 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 6½ mile.

    Ground Floor: All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space:
    With wooden floors.
    Living area: With wood burner and 32" TV (for DVD’s only).
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With electric oven, gas hob, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom: With kingsize bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Air source heat pump heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Welcome packEnclosed courtyard with garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is an unfenced pond in the garden, 50 yards away.

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  • Fingask Log Cabin

    Glenfarg

    Grade
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    Ref: S4394

    These three authentic roundwood log cabins in a stunning location in the heart of Scotland boast elevated unspoiled views. Affording every luxury, this eco holiday destination features new ground source heating and water, and a weather compensated system using wind turbine that generates electricity. The meadows of its farm setting encourage wildlife, and wonderful walks from the door can take in a viewpoint to the Ochil Hills and Lomond Hills of Fife. In the perfect location to enjoy a wealth of activities and places of interest around central Scotland including Perth - home to fine city and leisure facilities, Scone Palace, 10 miles, Falkland Palace (NTS), 7 miles and Edinburgh Castle, Stirling and beaches at St Andrews, approximately 25 miles. Golf, cycling, gliding, riding and fishing are all nearby. Glenfarg, a historic village offering a shop and excellent hotel restaurant, is 0.75 mile and there are five local produce farm shops within 10 minutes’ drive.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen and French doors. 1 double (5ft four poster) bedroom. Sauna room. Bathroom with double jacuzzi bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    Central heating included. Freeview TV. Stereo/CD. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture.

    All properties: Electricity (from wind turbine), bed linen and towels included. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Decked area and patio with furniture. Shared garden. Barbecue. Parking. Hot tub. Sauna. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. No babies or children. NB: Approx 50 yards between each log cabin.

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  • Old Brewery Cottage

    Ellenabeich, Seil Island

    Grade
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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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  • Esplanade Crt, Lismore

    Oban

    Grade
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    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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  • Nevis Let

    Lochyside, nr. Fort William

    Grade
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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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  • Gateside

    St. Cyrus

    Grade
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    Ref: W40619

    Excellent coastal views

    This pleasant first floor apartment takes full advantage of the views over the sea towards Montrose, where dolphins and porpoises can be sighted. The self contained accommodation has been furnished and decorated to a good standard ensuring a cosy and relaxing stay. The area has an abundance of clean sandy beaches especially at St. Cyrus itself and Montrose, and walking can be had in the surrounding countryside and in the Angus Glens. The cottage is roughly halfway between Stonehaven and Montrose, both bustling seaside towns with golf courses, leisure centres and a wide variety of shops. More varied days out could include Glamis Castle, St Andrews, Dundee and Aberdeen, making the property an ideal choice at any time of year. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared lawned garden and furniture. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking. Please notee: There is a fenced pond in the grounds.

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  • Railway Cottage

    Ballachulish

    Grade
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    Ref: 30757


    Situated in the quiet village of Ballachulish, this cosy mid-terraced, single-storey holiday property offers a good standard of accommodation in a fabulous area for climbing, skiing, mountain biking and walking. Surrounded by spectacular scenery and an abundance of wildlife, it is a superb base for touring the Highlands. Take a trip on the famous ‘Harry Potter’ train, ride the gondola up Aonoch Mor Mountain, or cross on the Corran Ferry and explore the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. Ferries to the Inner Hebrides including Mull and Iona leave from Lochaline and Oban. Visit historic castles, famous gardens, distilleries and museums. Ballachulish has a shop, post office, pub, café and gift shop. Glencoe, Fort William (the outdoor capital of the UK), Oban (the seafood capital of the UK), Inverness and the Isle of Skye are all easily reached. Shop and pub serving food 200 yards.

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

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed, gravelled area with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Otter Lodge

    Carbost, Isle of Skye

    Grade
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    Ref: CC511188
    Otter Lodge is the perfect location for couples. This superbly - presented pied a terre is situated right on the edge of Loch Harport on the stunning beautiful Western shore of the Isle of Skye. Approached via a quiet no through road leading down to the sea, it offers immaculate accommodation for two in a truly spectacular setting. The main living area is open plan, with generous sized sitting room, a dining area and bright, modern well equipped kitchen. The door opens onto a large decking area with picnic table and chairs and vistas of the sea loch, hills and mountains as far as the eye can see. The double bedroom is superbly presented with hand made patchwork quilt bedspread and colour coordinated soft furnishings. There is a good sized modern shower room. The garden grounds meander gently down to the water’s edge, between small shrubs and grassy banks. Here visitor’s can wander along the side of the loch, pick mussels in season, fish or just enjoy the quiet and seclusion.
    Once of our recent customers review for Otter Lodge :- " Otter Lodge is beautifully built and equipped, the views are wonderful, but it was the warm welcome form David and Christine that we will remember most. Many thanks for a lovely week."
    Mr and Mrs P, Cambridgeshire

    Ground Floor: Property is all at ground floor level has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen
    Lounge/Dining Area: With Freesat from Sky TV, DVD, radio/CD, Wi-fi and Ipod docking station with access onto decking area enjoying panoramic views over the sea loch and Cuillin Mountain Range.
    Kitchen Area: With gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and washer/dryer
    Bedroom: With double bed
    Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included.  Wi-fi available.Elevated decking area with patio table and chairs. Access via steps down to water’s edge. Off road parking for one car. No children.

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  • St Abbs - Keepers Fold

    St Abbs Head

    Grade
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    Ref: CC538025
    Perched high on the cliff top at the head of St Abbs, the setting of this collection of Lighthouse Cottages is simply sublime! The winding climb up the protected cliff face to the top rewards with the most magical of sea views.
    Keepers Fold is a compact one-bedroom studio apartment suitable for a single person or couple with the accommodation being all on ground floor level.

    Ground Floor: The compact accommodation is all on one level, heated by electricity and comprises:
    A small open plan living space with:
    Lounge / dining area:  with Freesat TV with 2 chairs.
    Kitchen area:  with electric oven and hob, microwave and fridge with ice box
    Bedroom:  with two single beds close together
    Shower room:  with shower enclosure, WC and wash basin

    All electricity included. Bed linen supplied. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Chestnut Lodge

    near Portpatrick

    Grade
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    Ref: UK5096
    This stunning little wing of the owner’s home is beautifully presented and decorated and with views of the sea from the garden what more could you ask for? It’s just a stones’ throw from one of the loveliest coastal villages in the area, Portpatrick, with its charming fishing harbour. From the comfort of your holiday cottage to the delights of the village there is just about no need to explore further. However this delightful area, known as The Rhins of Galloway is too tempting. Take a scenic walk along the Southern Upland Way, a coast to coast pathway. Or why not stroll through the village and lunch out in one of the many excellent restaurants which overlook the beautiful harbour? Chestnut Lodge is ideally placed for easy access to many of the attractions that ’The Rhins’ has to offer. Visit the beautiful display of flowers at Logan Botanic Gardens or explore the Galloway Forest with its exceptional walking and cycling; the world famous 7Stanes cycle trail runs through it. The forest is also a designated Dark Sky Park. If golf is for you there is an excellent course in the village and further afield is the Wigtownshire County Golf Club, an 18 hole true links course, which is situated on the shores of Luce Bay. Take a boat trip from the harbour, fish from the harbour walls or just sit and watch the world go by. Shop and pub 2¼ mile, restaurant ¼ mile.

    Ground Floor: Open plan living space.
    Living area: With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Dining area: With patio doors to garden.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    First Floor: Snug.

    Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Laundry service available.Enclosed lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and BBQ. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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