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Looking up from millpond to Ivy Cottage

Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

Ivy Cottage is a cosy Highland croft house set above a working croft on the hillside between Dingwall and Strathpeffer at the foot of Ben Wyvis.

The cottage has stunning panoramic views from the Grampian Mountains to the east across the hills to the south and west with Ben Wyvis to the North.

The fully enclosed garden has a picnic bench and garden seat which allows you to relax outside and catch a glimpse of the local population of red kites swoop down on the croft to feed most days. Black grouse, golden eagles, red deer and roe deer can be spotted in the hills up above the cottage.

At the bottom of the croft is a tourist viewpoint and memorial to the famous novelist Neil Gunn.

If its peace and tranquillity you want from your Highland break then step out the back door and walk for miles on end enjoying the wildlife and you are unlikely to meet another human being.

A 5 minute drive or 30 minute walk west will take you to the historic Victorian spa village of Strathpeffer with its vast array of hotels and restaurants or turn east to arrive in the bustling market town of Dingwall with its swimming pool, supermarket and food takeaways.

If you are on a golfing break then the challenging Strathpeffer hillside course is only a 5 minute drive away and at least 10 golf courses are available within a 30 minute drive including the Castle Stuart course.

Should you want to fish then stocked lochs are available within a 15 minute drive and permit fishing for brown trout and salmon is available throughout the locality. Sea fishing trips are also available from both the east and west coast.

There are also 5 whisky distilleries within a 30 minute drive of the cottage which do regular visitor tours.

Loch Ness, and the Culloden Battlefield visitor centre is only a 30 minute drive away and the Moray Firth with its dolphin population is only 25 minutes away.

Pets are not allowed in the cottage however dogs can be accommodated in an outhouse complete with run subject to them being kept under control at all times as sheep and cows graze nearby.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Rosemarkie 20 km
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised, Wheelchair users
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Dalcross 20 km, Nearest railway: Dingwall 6 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, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden
Access Parking, Wheelchair users
Further details indoors

Renovated and re-decorated to a high standard in February 2011 the cottage is fully centrally heated and has a wood burning stove in the living room adding to the traditional feel. Master bedroom with kingsize bed , twin bedroom with 2 single beds and 3rd bedroom with superior bunk beds . Fully fitted kitchen.

Further details outdoors

The cottage has stunning panoramic views from the Grampian Mountains to the east across the hills to the south and west with Ben Wyvis to the North.

The fully enclosed garden has a picnic bench and garden seat which allows you to relax outside and catch a glimpse of the local population of red kites swoop down on the croft to feed most days. Black grouse, golden eagles, red deer and roe deer can be spotted in the hills up above the cottage

Further details

Minimum 3 nights stay ( July/ August weekly bookings only accepted).

Reviews from recent guests:

Beautiful country and by far one of the best cottages we have stayed in. In simple words this is a 5 star cottage, exceeding our expectations .

David ,Karen,Wayne,Ted and Ramona . Malta Easter 2013.

Great holiday in a great cottage that is well fitted out. Great hospitality from owners and kids loved seeing the lambs being born. Craig , Wendy and family Perth April

2013.

Beautiful well equipped cottage- how nice to be woken up by birdsong and sheep and not the alarm clock. Saw cuckoo and the Red Kite most days and Shep the sheepdog!!

Pat and Barry Coventry May 2013

Had a great week in this lovely comfortable well equipped cottage – will be back soon to climb Ben Wyvis.

Anne and Hugh Glasgow . May 2013

What a magical place – we have been coming to Scotland twice a year for over twenty years and this is one of the best cottages we have experienced. Saw the “Perigee Moon “ and got some pictures. Colin and Shirley Leicestershire. May 2013-06-23

Ivy Cottage was 1st class well equipped and with a different picturesque view from each window. Thanks for the ideal break away in the peace and tranquillity.

Karen , Eck and Kerry June 2013

20-10-12 - Great cottage in a great location - will come again without a doubt Karen and Nigel (Argyll)

13-10-12 - Great break in a lovely cottage-recommend a walk up Ben Wyvis mountain for amazing views over the area and boat trip from Cromarty to see dolphins seals and birds. We saw about 20 dolphins.Be back soon Emma and Iain. London

22-09-12 If there is a place one would like to return to it is certainly this one . Cornill family Belgium

The Scottish Highlands region

Strathpeffer is in the Highland Region of Scotland approx 15 miles North of the city of Inverness.

The Highlands of Scotland are famous for its superb hill walking ,grouse moors, deer forests , fresh and sea-water fishing , distilleries and golf courses.

Strathpeffer

If its peace and tranquillity you want from your Highland break then step out the back door (reliving the route Neil Gunn took for his daily walk) and walk for miles on end enjoying the wildlife and you are unlikely to meet another human being.

On your return a 5 minute drive or 30 minute walk west will take you to the historic Victorian spa village of Strathpeffer with its vast array of hotels and restaurants or turn east to arrive in the bustling market town of Dingwall with its swimming pool, supermarket and takeaways supplying all types of food.

If you are on a golfing break then the challenging Strathpeffer hillside course is only a 5 minute drive away and at least 10 golf courses are available within a 30 minute drive including the Castle Stuart course.

Should you want to fish then stocked lochs are available within a 15 minute drive and permit fishing for brown trout and salmon is available throughout the locality. Sea fishing trips are also available from both the east and west coast.

There are also 5 whisky distilleries within a 30 minute drive of the cottage which do regular visitor tours.

Loch Ness, and the Culloden Battlefield visitor centre is only a 30 minute drive away and the Moray Firth with its dolphin population is only 25 minutes away.

A trip to the sea – food restaurants of the West coast is a must during your stay with Applecross, Gairloch and Ullapool all within an hours drive as

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14 Jun 2014

5/5

"Fantastic Cottage with most beautiful view"

Stayed in Ivy Cottage with my partner and baby son. have to say this has to be the most relaxing trip we have had. The cottage is beautiful and equipped with everything you could possibly want or need… More

Glad you enjoyed your stay at Ivy Cottage - Katie the pet lamb is missing all the attention you gave her !!!

24 Apr 2014

5/5

"Lovely and relaxing"

We spent the Easter long weekend at Ivy Cottage and couldn't have been happier - we wished it could have been longer! The cottage was immaculate and cosy, and the hosts, Angus, Fiona and Emma, ha… More

It was a pleasure having you all at Ivy Cottage and seeing the children so involved in the busy lambing period made our day. Pity they missed todays excitement as the first totally black lamb was born on the croft.

21 Apr 2014

5/5

"exceeded our expectations"

A wonderful place to stay. The cottage is beautiful, thoughtfully equipped and delightfully decorated with the most amazing views. The welcome basket was a lovely touch. Best of all though was the … More

It makes running the cottage so rewarding when we here that people have enjoyed their break at Ivy Cottage and they have been able to enjoy the stunning views and day to day life on a working Highland Croft.

17 Apr 2014

5/5

"We will definitely be back!"

We thoroughly enjoyed our short break in this cottage. The cottage was very comfortable, clean, well maintained and well equipped. The welcome basket and Easter eggs for the girls were very thoughtfu… More

Glad you enjoyed your stay at Ivy Cottage and the girls enjoyed helping out in the lambing shed. Shep is still as naughty as ever but looking forward to seeing you all back at Ivy Cottage again !!

14 Nov 2013

5/5

"Ivy Cottage is the BEST!"

Ivy Cottage is in a wonderful location, at the top of a hill, so the views past the sheep-filled meadows to the hills and snow-covered mountains beyond, were incredible. Angus was the best possible ho… More

Glad you and your family enjoyed your stay at Ivy Cottage whilst visiting the heartland of your clan in Scotland. The views are even more stunning on a summer evening compared to a wet and wild November day so hope to see you back some day.

31 Oct 2013

5/5

"Wonderful!"

Found this wee gem while looking for a last minute short break for 3 nights, very reasonable price of £50 per night. The cottage is in a lovely location, well equipped and very cosy with a wood … More

Delighted you enjoyed your stay despite the broadband gremlins !!Glad you enjoyed watching the Red Kites.
Amazing sight this morning - the red kite swooped to steal a wee field mouse Millie cat was stalking and about to pounce on.

19 Jun 2013

5/5

"Dream Cottage + Dream View = Dream Holiday"

If you're thinking thatched cottage and shabby chic interior, think again. Ivy cottage is modern, and has been beautifully renovated. It's light, spacious and warm, and the views to the di… More

Glad that Ivy Cottage was as good as you had hoped for and that you enjoyed the stunning views. Unfortunately Shep the sheepdog has forgotten all about you and is now best friends with this weeks guests!!

18 Jun 2013

5/5

"Just perfect"

Ivy Cottage looked and sounded idyllic from the web site, and it certainly was!! The views are outstanding, and you can see for miles. . The only sound you hear is the beating of sheep and the new lam… More

Delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Ivy Cottage and that it met your expectations. Shep the naughty dog and the pet lambs miss your attention !!!

2 Jan 2013

5/5

"Getting away from it all..........bliss!!"

An amazing cottage with outstanding views which is finished to a very high and attractive standard throughout. Located 5 mins both from Dingwall and Strathpeffer ( 25 minutes from Inverness) there is loads to see and do.....more than enough to keep an 18 and 12 year old occupied! Golf, fishing, cycling, walking, sightseeing, etc all on your doorstep. Our 2 dogs were accommodated in a 5 star dog house which had a small run attached. The owner is a true gentleman and was extremely helpful and courteous and ensured we enjoyed our stay.
I would highly recommend Ivy Cottage to anyone looking for that 'getaway holiday '.

Delighted you ( and your dogs) enjoyed your visit and were able to enjoy the cottage and the lovely countryside and various outdoor activities nearby .

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