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Old telephone Exchange

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Old Telephone Exchange

House | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 12

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

This interesting building, built in 1938 is recorded in the archives of the Air Defence of Great Britain as a repeater station before being converted in the 1980's specifically to be used as a Guest House. It has recently been changed to self catering accommodation. Nairn is a few minutes drive away with its award winning beaches and famous golf courses. Inverness, capital of the Highlands is 15 miles away. Within easy reach there are many Historic buildings including Cawdor Castle and Brodie Castle in addition to the Cairngorm mountains and Loch Ness. So whether you are looking for a quiet relaxing holiday, golfing retreat or action packed walking or cycling holiday we have something for everyone.

This house benefits from a large garden which is overlooked from an impressive 30 foot conservatory and affords picturesque views over the surrounding countryside. Gallows Hill can be seen from the property which is reputed to be the site where the infamous Queen of Scottish witches, Isobel Gowdie, was tried and executed in 1662 for witchcraft. Isobel's story has been recorded in several books and songs.

On the ground floor we have three bedrooms, two double and one twin, all with en-suite showers and toilets. Each bedroom also benefits from individual wall mounted televisions. One of the double and twins can be combined into a family suite. In addition downstairs there is a large lounge/ dining room , kitchen, bathroom and conservatory. Upstairs consists of two double rooms and a twin room . A shower room can be accessed from one of the bedrooms and the upstairs hallway.

Size Sleeps up to 12, 6 bedrooms
Nearest beach Nairn
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised, Wheelchair users
Nearest Amenities 100 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Inverness 10 km, Nearest railway: Nairn
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

General Central heating, TV, CD player
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 4 En suites
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (4), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 10
Other Linen provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden
Access Parking, Wheelchair users
Further details indoors

Each en suite has a shower and toilet.

There is also a separate bathroom downstairs with toilet and bath. With all facilities on ground level this property would be ideal for children and older people with mobility issues alike.

Further details outdoors

There is an extensive garden. The garden is fenced on three and a half sides. One side backs onto fields while one side backs onto a busy main road so there will be some traffic noise. We would recommend that younger children are supervised when playing outside. There is ample off road parking. The property is accessed from the A96 a couple of miles from Nairn.

Further details

Towels are not included at this rental property but could be arranged on request at a small charge. Bed linen is included.

The Scottish Highlands region

The Highlands are to Scotland what the Pyrenees are to France, with equally breathtaking scenery and fantastic opportunities for walking and mountaineering. Aviemore and the Cairngorms National Park are particularly famous for skiing, whilst Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain at 1343m, is a firm favourite for those seeking a challenge. For the less energetic, the Whisky Trail provides a unique way of exploring many of Scotland’s attractions and for quieter moments, there’s always Loch Ness and a chance to spot the elusive monster! Scotland also has some of Britain’s best and cleanest beaches. Not to mention the Castle trail.

The region is as varied as it is spectacular. The Moray Firth enjoys a particularly dry and sunny climate, making it ideal for outdoor pursuits and more leisurely activities. The area boasts spectacular coastlines as well as tranquil and picturesque inland landscapes, proximity to Inverness, Loch Ness and Cairngorm National Park, Culloden Battlefeld.


Nairn was delighted and somewhat surprised to appear second in a list of top desirable destinations for 2010 in a Trip Advisor survey. And yet, for those who live there it is not a total surprise. Nairn has played host to a number of new and exciting events over recent years and has been described as the Festival Capital of the Highlands.

But as you might imagine, Nairn has even more to offer. With its long, sandy, Blue Flag beaches and promenades it became known in Victorian times as the Brighton of the North. It's unique micro-climate ensures that it has more hours of sunshine and less rainfall than towns just 15 miles away. So it's a great place for a family holiday . You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding where to eat out with a range of fine restaurants to choose from.

Nairn is fortunate in having two championship golf courses, both set close to the shores of the Moray Firth. Together they provide a challenging and enjoyable test for all standards of players - from beginners to the world's top amateurs and professionals.The Nairn Golf Club was founded in 1887 and has hosted a large number of prestigious tournaments down the years. In 2012, the Nairn Club will host the ladies equivalent, the Curtis Cup. Its slightly younger neighbour, Nairn Dunbar Golf Club, was founded in 1899. Just down the round is the new Castle Stuart Golf Links, destined to become another world-class course. So Nairn is a major golfing centre and offers easy access to a further 30 golf courses within a hour's drive.

In addition, Nairn seafront also offers areas of outstanding natural beauty such as Culbin Forest and Culbin Sands Nature Reserve, where many species of indigenous flora and fauna can be seen, as well as a large number of summer visiting birds and migratory flocks. And for those who enjoy the invigorating sea air, there are magnificent views across the Moray Firth.

Overall, Nairn makes an excellent base for exploring the Scottish Highlands. The town is closely linked to the Battle of Culloden, the last land battle on mainland Britain. A trip to the visitor centre, 12 miles away, will give a fascinating insight into what happened to the Jacobites in 1745. Also close to Nairn are Clava Cairns, Fort George, Cawdor Castle, Brodie Castle, Inverness and Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness. The Cairngorm National Park is within easy reach.

These are just a few examples of the many attractions in and around Nairn. Truly a relaxing place to visit with attractions to suit every taste. For more information look at the Visit Nairn website

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Review 1-8 of 8

1 Nov 2014


"A perfect place for a larger group of people"

We traveled to Scotland for a wedding, 11 people in total. Among them two ladies of 80+ years. All contacts with the owners went very smoothly.The place was perfect for us. Easy to find, lots of bathr… More

Many thanks for taking the time to post a review so soon after your stay with us. Glad you found the house comfortable and accessible and enjoyed your stay. We hope to welcome you back sometime.

11 Aug 2014


"An excellent visit!"

Just returned from a 7 night stay at the Old Telephone Exchange in Nairn and each of our party of 8 had a thoroughly enjoyable stay. House was very well equipped and kept to a very high standard of cl… More

We look forward to welcoming you back and hopefully next time hurricane bertha won't knock out the power!!Thank you for taking the time to let others know about your holiday and your kind comments.

5 Aug 2014


"a great home from home"

We were working in the town for 3 weeks and couldn't have found a better place. Brilliant location, very quiet and everything you could possibly need in one place.
I will not hesitate in recommending Maria to any group wanting somewhere to stay this close to the highlands and only an hours drive to Loch Ness - just don't expect to see Nessie!!

Thanks for your comments, glad you had everything you needed and managed some sightseeing after work. Will see what we can do about Nessie next time....

19 Sep 2013


"Super house for large groups"

Our family group of 11 stayed in this lovely old house for a long weekend to celebrate a family birthday.The kitchen was very well equipped and the dining table seated us all comfortably. There was lots of space for us to relax together as a group or find a quiet corner if we chose to do so. The house was clean and comfortable and felt very homely. Good location and close to nearby supermarket and the lovely town of Nairn.

We are glad you enjoyed your stay, Nairn and the space available in The Old Telephone Exchange. We are still finding new things to do around Nairn several years on. Thank you for taking the time to write your review. Your comments are much appreciated.

29 Nov 2012


"A lovely and homely house, ideal for large group."

Our group of 11 stayed at the house for a weekend as we had a wedding in Nairn. The house was a perfect location for our group and exactly what we wanted. It comfortably slept the group and there was plenty of bathrooms and living room space for everyone. The decor was a little old but suited the location/house well, no one had any complaints.

Glad you enjoyed your stay with family and friends. Thank you for taking time to review our property.

7 Nov 2012


"Great facilities, great location, great times"

A group of us (3 families) stayed with our kids in the Telephone Exchange for 10 days for bit of a reunion and we all loved every minute of it. Really efficiently run property, very friendly.

If you want to go out, it's in easy reach of lots of beautiful countryside spots and places to visit, close to town/supermarkets to do your shopping, and there's loads of space inside and outside if you want to just take things easy.

I have a disability and trouble walking, but everything I needed was on the ground floor - kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms etc, and the doors are wide, so I had no problems.

It's difficult to cover everything because all of us found different things to enjoy outside of the house, but we all loved having big family meals - there's an amazing cooker :o) and we could all get around the table here.
Brilliant fun and would be a fantastic place to have Christmas or a celebration get-together.
I would definitely look forward to another visit, there's so many things we didn't have time to do.

We look forward to welcoming you back. We appreciate you taking time to tell others how much you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you

18 Aug 2012


"Road noise"

Kitchen good, lots of space. airy sun room. Good area for visits. Tvs too high on the walls leading to neck ache. some windows have no blinds. Road noise excessive. Toilet leaking, tap broken (fixed within 48hrs). No floor mats in bathroom. No rubbbish bins in bedrooms.

We are glad you enjoyed the space and had sun to enjoy the conservatory and surrounding area. Thank you for bringing the tap and toilet water leak to our attention. Temporary repair was carried out same day and definitive repair the following day. A blind has been ordered for the one skylight window without a blind and television in living room lowered. We apologise for any inconvenience.

24 Apr 2012


"Beautiful, comfortable well maintained holiday home"

Rented this holiday home for a week. We have 5 children ( ages 7 - 17 yrs ) and was able to accommodate activities for every-one. Nairn has a beautiful sandy beach and a swimming pool, Sainsburys is only a few minutes away too. Aviemore is only a 30 minute drive away, you can spend all day there, the facilities are fantastic for all ages.
The holiday home itself is spotlessly clean, well equipped, welcoming and very good value for money. We all enjoyed our holiday and the locals are very welcoming, thankyou for a lovely holiday.

We greatly appreciate your comments and are glad you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to welcoming your family back to Nairn and The Old Telephone Exchange in the future. Maria and James Canavan

Review 1-8 of 8

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