House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Situated approximately 500 metres off the A9 road on a private farm track, the house enjoys an elevated and secluded position, with a panoramic view over the entire coastline, from Caithness in the north to Moray in the south.
Rebuilt from a large steading, up to 18 adults can be catered for in this substantial property. It offers secluded, elegant and comfortable accommodation as a base for golf, fishing, shooting, safe family holidays or simply quiet relaxation in a stunning landscape with breathtaking views.
Ideal as a base for shooting parties, with stalking and rough shoots available on the Estate - please ask for details.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Embo 5 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||6 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Inverness 70 km, Nearest railway: Golspie 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (5), Dining seats for 18, Lounge seats for 22|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors||
Balvraid has twin spiral staircases leading to separate north and south wings. The eight bedrooms in the house are complemented by four further en-suite double rooms in separate annexes.
The ground floor has Caithness flags throughout with underfloor heating and comprises a large, fully-fitted kitchen, dining room seating twelve, full-height central hallway, very large lounge with galleried landing and a separate 'snug' room with TV. There is also a gun room and downstairs WC.
|Further details outdoors||
A central, gated courtyard provides ample secure parking and access to both house and annexes. There is a large formal garden to the coastal face of the property, with dog kennels to the side.
The Scottish Highlands region
Europe's last great wilderness, Sutherland is a treasure house of stunning scenery, wildlife and traditional Highland hospitality. This was an important place for both the Vikings and the Picts, whose beautifully carved stones are everywhere. Our climate is usually mild and gentle - Dornoch is cited as the warmest place in Scotland and the driest in Britain!
Venture inland from our fabulous beaches, lush fields and woodland and you'll soon come to big country - vast tracts of wild moorland, where you might see eagles, stags, or even a wildcat. Travel further, to the north and west coasts, and there are just too many sights to mention - hidden beaches with sand the colour of snow, lapped by water as clear as gin.
Balvraid is part of the Cambusmore Estate, which has excellent salmon and trout fishing; visitors are given a permit to fish anywhere on the Estate during their stay. The Estate also offers deer stalking and rough shoots: all-inclusive packages including accommodation are available - contact us for details. Dornoch is just six kilometres away, with its cathedral, castle and world-class golf course. There are also many other golf courses nearby.
Ten kilometres from Balvraid is magnificent Dunrobin Castle, inspiration for Walt Disney's version, seat of the Dukes of Sutherland and the largest occupied house in the Highlands. You can tour the house and watch falconry displays in the wonderful gardens. At Lairg - 45 kilometres - is the 'Falls of Shin', where you can look for salmon jumping the spectacular falls.
Dornoch has a regular Farmers' Market, offering local produce.