Balnain Cottage-Private Lochan
Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Balnain cottage has a private Lochan and enjoys fabulous views from every room and is set in well maintained, landscaped gardens which are a key feature of the property. A variety of peaceful seating areas are dotted around the garden to allow guests to enjoy the wealth of interesting views. A small sheltered seating area overlooks a unique lochan which is a focal feature within the private enclosed garden. There are a wide variety of activities and places of interest within a short drive, including the spectacular Rogie Falls, the charming Victorian spa town of Strathpeffer and the picturesque fishing town of Ullapool. There are many wonderful walks and cycle tracks, and for the more adventurous, Ben Wyvis one of the easier Munros to climb, is a 5 minute drive away. The market town of Dingwall is also close by and next door to the cottage is Tarvie Fishing Lochs which offers 3 natural fishing lochs.
The gardens attract a wide variety of wildlife including deer, pine martins, pheasant, partridge, duck, otters and the birdtables around the cottage draw a range of birds.
Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room with wooden floor .Kitchen/diner with tiled floor, wide range of well stocked unit, washing machine, dishwasher, cooker and microwave. Small study/cloackroom.
First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.
The cottage comfortable sleeps 4 in bothe bedrooms, but can accomodate upto 6 but you would have to use the the sofa bed in the lounge as a double.
Shops 3 miles. Pub 5 miles.
Open fire in living room (initial fuel inc). Oil CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. Satellite TV. DVD/CD. Elec cooker. M/wave. W/machine. D/washer. F/freezer. Large enclosed 1-acre landscaped garden with patio and furniture. BBQ. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. Sunday to Sunday. NB: Lochan in garden.
Previously rented through cottages4you and here are some previous guest comments:-
1st comment: Great cottage, fantastic gardens, good location. Aug 2012.
2nd comment: We had a wonderful holiday. The wildlife in the grounds was superb, we were so happy to see a Pine Marten for the first time and we were able to video it from the kitchen window. Fabulous location and scenery. Loved every minute of our holiday and the weather was really good to us. May 2012.
3rd comment: The cottage was wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and have already re booked for next year. The weather wasnt great but there were plenty of walks and things to do. A very relaxing holiday. Sept 2011.
4th comment: This place is amazing, unbelievable wildlife. Stunning area, stunning garden. Cant wait to get back. Sept 2011.
5th comment: Wildlife on the doorstep. Away from the lights of civilisation. Sept 2011.
6th comment: The photos do not do this property justice-it's more beautiful than you can imagine! If you're looking for a quiet, secluded base for walking /exploring the surrounding countryside we don't think you can ask for anywhere better. July 2011.
7th comment: A lovely well equipped cottage situated in fantastic countryside with an abundance of wildlife on the doorstep. May 2011.
8th comment: Great location and fantastic surroundings. Earth's eden!! May 2011.
9th comment: First class cottage lovely exactly as described in the brochure scenery fantastic will go back again in about 4 years time. Oct 2010.
10th comment: Beautiful gardens very excellent view the cottage its self was very well equipped. Sept 2010.
11th Comment Lovely secluded position, yet easy access to East and West coasts. The best property we have ever had for facilities e.g. baking, pots and pans. Views, own lochen and boat unbelievable. We hope to return. Sept 2010.
12th Comment Very private without being isolated. Ideal location for touring. Property is very comfortable and homely - we felt at ease immediately. Views from the property are just what one would expect in the north of Scotland-fantastic! The garden with the lochan is beautiful and well tended. July 2010.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||House swap|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Inverness 46 km, Nearest railway: Garve 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player, Boat available|
|General||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Swing set, Private fishing lake or river|
|Further details indoors|
Both bedrooms are on the first floor of the property. There's a double room and twin room both with double aspects and window seats which offer wonderful views to the countryside and mountains and forests on one side and the landscaped gardens on the other. The bathroom is also on the first floor and has a power shower above the bath. Please note because of the location of the bathroom and steep stairs the cottage is not recommended for people with restricted mobility.
The lounge also has a double aspect and has an open fire and logs are provided in the logstore beside the garage for guests to use. The warmly decorated dining room is traditionally furnished and can sit 6 comfortably. It is ideal for more formal meals and if you can play, there is a small cottage piano for after dinner entertainment! The kitchen is modern and large with an informal dining area which will seat 4 comfortably.
|Further details outdoors|
The cottage is located in a wonderful 1 acre of landscaped gardens, fully enclosed with deer fencing and is not overlooked by any other property. It also has a unique private lochan with a small rowing boat available for guests to use (at their own risk). The Lochan is not fenced seperately from the garden and therefore children must be supervised at all times.
Rentals are from Sunday to Sunday.
The Scottish Highlands region
Balnain Cottage is located in Ross-shire in the Scottish highlands. Ross-shire is well known for its spectacular mountain scenery, especially the Torridon Hills which includes such peaks as Beinn Eighe and Liathach. Although many peaks in the North-west Highlands exhibit Torridon geology, the Torridon hills are generally considered only to be those in the Torridon Forest to the north of Glen Torridon. Specifically, these are:
The Torridon Hills exhibit some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the British Isles, The landscape is dominated by the Torridonian sandstone, a Precambrian and very old rock formation.
The Cottage is located in Tarvei which is 5 Miles From the Victorian Spa Town of Strathpeffer. Strathpeffer lies in a glen 5 miles west of Dingwall, with varying elevation from 200 to 400 feet above sea level. Sheltered on the west and north, it has a comparatively dry and warm climate.
Because of its location in the heart of the Highlands, Strathpeffer has remained a popular visitor attraction and a good base for touring the Highlands. Many walks and activities in the surrounding area. There is also a very scenic golf course, which boasts the longest drop from tee to green of any course in Britain.In the Victorian era Strathpeffer was popular as a spa resort, owing to the discovery of sulphurous springs in the 18th century. The pump-room in the middle of the village dates from 1819. Soon after that, a hospital and a hotel were also built. The Pavilion dates from 1880, and was built to provide a venue for entertainment of the visitors. It fell into disuse and disrepair towards the end of last century, but has now been restored as a stunning new venue for the arts, weddings, other functions, and events of all kinds.
Strathpeffer is also the home of one of the world's most extreme mountain bike races, the "Strathpuffer", a 24 hour race held in January each year. Organised by Square Wheels bike shop, it uses the local trail network and regularly attracts over 400 competitors.
The Strathpeffer and District Pipe Band and local Highland dancers perform in the square every Saturday from end May to September, and this is a popular gathering for both visitors and residents. Nearby is Castle Leod, seat of the Earl of Cromartie, Chief of the Clan Mackenzie, which is now open to the public several times a year. The annual Strathpeffer Highland Gathering, one of the longest-established Highland Games in Scotland, takes place in the grounds of Castle Leod every August.
Strathpeffer is home to a vibrant music scene and has been described as "The Highland Village of Music". Strathpeffer Pavilion has hosted major acts such as Deacon Blue and The Kaiser Chiefs. The Coffee Shop in Cromartie Buildings is a haven for songwriting and musical talent in the genres of folk, country and roots, regularly hosting acts such as Rory McLeod and Cara Luft. Strathpeffer and District Pipe Band perform regularly in the square.
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22 May 2014
"Truly An Idyllic Piece of Scottish Heaven"
Our third stay at this wonderful house and garden which provides everything we need for a totally relaxing, and private, break away from the hustle and bustle of urban life. We hope to visit again in the not too distant future.
2 Jun 2013
"The perfect location"
This is a fabulous location - I never visited the same place twice until I found this amazing place, now I return every year. It is perfect: quiet, secluded, safe, an amazing place for the wildlife e… More
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