Stay near a loch or lake on your next holiday and discover the true meaning of getting away from it all. Whatever the weather, staying in one of these cottages, farmhouses or other rural retreats will lift your spirits and help you completely unwind and relax.
Visit Scotland for breathtaking panoramic views of the Scottish Highlands and Lowlands – you could stay near Loch Lomond, Loch Ness or one of the 600+ other lochs. Or wake up to the tranquillity of Windermere in the Lake District, the valleys and llyns,of Wales or the many lakes dotted around France, Italy and Spain.
Lakes and lochs make great bases for activity holidays. You could have a go at fishing or get out onto the water by going kayaking or windsurfing. Mostly nestled inside pretty valleys, the surrounding area is almost always ideal for hiking and mountain biking too.
“Large apt” Felicity and Chris are a Lovely couple. Everywhere you look you see the hard work and dedication they've put into renovating this place , that has so much history. It is wonderful how they modernized it but have not taken away the old charm
A lovely place to stay -the apartment has been sympathetically refurbished and all requirements have been thoughtfully catered for.… More
Thank you for your lovely comments.
Felicity & Chris.
“Spacious and charming”
Reviewed 15 Jun 2014
The Old Convent is a beautiful old building and our apartment was spacious, spotless and very well equipped. It's a short walk into Fort Augustus and its well located to visit the Loch Ness area, Sky… More
Thank you so much for your lovely comments, it was a pleasure meeting you. We enjoyed our chats and stories. Felicity & Chris
“A pearl in a wonderfully beautiful, scenic part of the highlands of Scotland”
Reviewed 15 Jun 2014
It was worth the hours spent searching for the right accommodation to suit our needs on our first holiday in Scotland. The comments made by previous visitors to No 3 indicated we had made a good choic… More
Thank you very much for you lovely comments. We are so glad you enjoyed your holiday here with us. Felicity, Chris & Harvey!
“Words can't even describe!” I am so so glad that we heard about the Far Boathouse. It is honestly one of the most breath taking places we have ever stayed.
It's tucked away down a private path that opens up to a lovely secluded spot on the edge of
“An oasis of peace and calm in understated luxury in an unrivaled location - perfect in every way.”
Reviewed 14 Apr 2017
Ullswater has got to be the loveliest of the lakes and turning off the main road to the private drive through woodland and an open field was an escape in itself. Then to find Far Boathouse right on th… More
Thank you very much for taking the time to write this wonderful review. It is a beautiful time of year and although the weather was not perfect, the views are always stunning and there is a special peace and tranquility at the Boathouse. It is indeed the perfect escape and yet close enough to various hotels and restaurants. I do hope you will return in the near future
Reviewed 1 Apr 2017
The boathouse really is unique and special! Myself and my partner spent three nights in the boathouse which really was the best trip we have been on. The view from the windows are breathtaking. The bi… More
Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review following your stay at the Ullswater Far Boathouse. I am so pleased you had a fantastic time and enjoyed the peace and tranquillity at this special place. I am delighted that you took away some special memories and welcome you back again maybe to capture the beauty in a different season. The Boathouse seems to capture the beauty and magic of each season
Reviewed 25 Mar 2017
The boat house was stunning in every way, the location and the boathouse itself.
When we walked in the house it was wow factor the attention to detail in everything was amazing if I could I would hav… More
Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a lovely review and I am so pleased that you had a lovely time celebrating your ruby wedding. Although the weather may not have been perfect I am sure you still had some fantastic views and made the most of the peace and tranquility of The Far Boathouse. I hope you took away some special memories and hope you will return.
“Excellent stay in a friendly atmosphere” We stayed here in the La Cistude chalet for a week on our annual wine trip to France. In the past we have camped, this was our first time staying in accommodation and we were pleased we did. The chalet was co
We visited the area to go to a friends wedding in Loches and are so glad we chose to stay here. The place is beautiful, wonderfully tranquil and surrounded by some very amazing countryside. The chalet… More
“Perfect” Loved every thing about the cottage , it was so light and airy and spotless ,the first thing I always check is the Bedding !! it was perfect absolutely spotless and comfy , as my husband and I are 74 and 78 the only problem for us was access
“Perfect!” First class superbly clean cottage in a wonderful setting - lovely garden for kids which even has a stream at the bottom of it! We were visited by lots of birds at the feeders including a woodpecker. The highlight was the visit from the pine
“Heaven...” New Brachkashie really is a little bit of heaven...
Secluded on a beautiful loch surrounded by trees with no one else around, we had the most amazing time seeing all the different birds and deer and even an otter swam up to us on our priv
We spent the most wonderful 3 nights at Brachkashie. The property is set on Loch Knockie which offers the most spectacular views from all the rooms of the house. The cottage has been styled beautifu… More
Thank you Resha! Wonderful that you both enjoyed your stay at New Brachkashie Cottage so much and we hope you will return again one day. As you say, maybe during a warmer spell so that you can get out on the Loch and enjoy the view from that perspective as its very magical.
Many thanks again for your kind words,
Reviewed 18 Nov 2015
This is our fourth stay at Brachkashie and we love it. We had a short visit this time because school holidays didn't allow for a week. It wasn't long enough! The cottage is beautiful, the location … More
Thanks for your kind words the Burnet family! We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Brachkashie and really looking forward to welcoming you back in the future! All the best, Catherine
“Perfect Stay” Delightful apartment which was very comfortable, well equipped with some very nice authentic touches. Felicity and Chris made us feel extremely welcome and made our stay all the more pleasurable. Fort Augustus is perfectly located for
“Amazing Place a true getaway!” Tidelands boathouse is a fantastic location right on the water and the house is beautiful and has everything you could need catered for. Waking up to the sound of the birds and the water was idyllic and having morning co
We stayed at Tidelands for a short break, Liz was there to meet us when we arrived and showed us around the accommodation. The boathouse was excellent, very clean and with all the little extras that s… More
“Tidelands Boathouse meets all expectations and more!!”
Reviewed 9 Jul 2016
The Boathouse is situated in the most beautiful location. I was looking to escape the "Rat Race" and this was the ideal location. The tranquility allowed me to unwind and relax completely. I would hig… More
“The perfect location for sailing”
Reviewed 12 Aug 2013
Within minutes of arriving at the boathouse we realised that we had made the right choice. The location was beautiful and ideally situated for ease of access and yet providing a quiet rural location.
“Perfect facilities for families but still peaceful for couples.” At Razay you can have the best of both worlds, we have combined the Stables and one cottage for a break with our daughters and their families in August and also had a cottage to ourselve
“Peacfull,City escape” Booking, info , arrival & departure process was easy and organised . Amazing value with everything you need for a stay . Small shop and social club beautiful food. Amazing views . Perfect comfy beds and plenty hot water. Didn't n
Had a lovely long weekend relaxing in front the the fire which was great. The cabin although small was very comfortable. Had a great meal onsite. Owners very helpful.… More
“Will definately be back!”
Reviewed 1 Feb 2013
We stayed at New Year and were welcomed with the logburner in full flow! We were looking for somewhere where we could relax and ben lui did not disappoint. The cabin has a lovely homely feeling to it … More
“Perfect location with a cosy place to stay after a lond day.”
Reviewed 21 Nov 2012
We had a fantastic stay at Ben Lui.The cabin managed to fit all six of us (2 adults,4 small children),it was cosy but the kids loved it and the verandah was the perfect place to eat when the weather w… More
“Peace& tranquil” Completely different to other holidays we have experienced in England,walking our dog its so quiet no background noise day or night..a very relaxing break, spotless accommadation,Mike&Cath could'nt have helped us more if they'ed tried
“Lovely Little Cottage” Myself and my two, very young, children enjoyed our stay at River View Cottage. As it was only myself and two small people the cottage was adequate for our needs.
River View has everything you need included, washing maching/d
Absolutely perfect setting, quiet and serene. great walks all around and of course the walk to the spectacular falls of foyers is not to be missed. the cottage is beautiful, cosy with everything you c… More
“Fantastic apartment in a stunning location” We were met upon our arrival by the caretaker and he very kindly provided a tour of the resort facilities and the apartment itself. The apartment is exceptionally well appointed and more than lived up to ou
Stayed for 1 week during Easter holidays. The Abbey is a wonderful place and has been thoughtfully restored. Pool opened towards the end of our stay and offers swimming, steam room and sauna and n… More
“Luxury at an affordable price”
Reviewed 14 Sep 2012
i have never been to this area of Scotland before so to be placed right by the side of the most famous Loch was areal good start and bonus. The appartment was of a very high standard, both inside and … More
“Dream stay in Loire Valley” Last April my family and I had an unforgettable stay at le Colvert. Our holidays exceeded our expectations. The place is much more beautiful than the images on the website. It is set in a small village and to me it was th
Mike and Cath are the ultimate in congenial hosts, the location was beautiful with excellent facilities and we would not hesitate in recommending a holiday at Le Cormier. Our experience was one of tra… More
“Excellent stay brilliant hosts, would recommend to everyone”
Reviewed 15 Apr 2013
We found the Gite excellent, stayed in the two bedroom Gite, the Gite is spacious, comfortable everything you need eg teatowels and towels and cleaning products and toilet rolls are provided. Mike an… More
“Very welcome” Jan and Paul made us so welcome! Holiday cottage lovely, well decorated/modern and very well equipped. We look forward to visiting again when the baby finally arrives! Thank you Jan for having the maternity unit info ready for us when we
Me and my partner stayed here for a week and i must say how fantastic it was the apartment was very well equipped with everything you need,Jan and paul are very friendly and helpful people, The pack f… More
Hi Alison and Dan. Thank you very much for your lovely review. It was a pleasure to have you both stay and would be lovely to welcome you back. We are glad you enjoyed the eggs and had a lovely holiday. Thank you again.
Jan and Paul.
“The greatest holiday let we've ever been in!”
Reviewed 5 May 2014
We had a fantastic honeymoon in Samhach! The house was very clean and literally everything was provided, even a bottle of wine in the fridge! The view from the house and the surrounding countryside ar… More
Reviewed 1 Feb 2017
We had an excellent holiday, and Jan and Paul were great hosts, every little detail was attended to and they were very helpful. The apartment was great and we loved it!
Thank you!… More
Hello. Thank you very much for your lovely review. It was lovely having you both and we are glad you had a fantastic time. We hope to see you again.
Jan and Paul
“Excellent Cottage, Clean and Awesome!” Beautiful Cottage tucked away not far from loch ness in the Highlands, I couldn't have asked for anything more, we wanted to get away from the world for a week and we definitely did! It was set in a stunning loca
Crossroads Cottage was everything we could have hoped for.
Immaculate conditions within the cottage and an ideal base from which to explore the stunning surrounding area.
This cottage was within bot… More
We are delighted with your review and it is great to know that we have done it right. Thank you for taking the time to comment which will help potential future guests make up their mind. Hope to welcome you to Crossroads in the future!
“Relaxing break in a cosy cottage”
Reviewed 21 Aug 2016
We are just back from a week in the cottage. We haven't slept so well for ages, a really comfy king size bed in a peaceful wee cottage. The cottage has everything you need, including towels and kitc… More
Reviewed 7 Sep 2016
Return visit and thoroughly enjoyed our stay yet again. Central in the Highlands so managed to visit a lot of lovely places.
Slept like a baby every night.… More
“A peaceful and comfortable sail along the Marne” We had a great time sailing along the Marne and through the locks between Paris and Epernay. The boat is comfortable and well-equipped and the owner/pilot friendly and welcoming. There was food and win
We took a 4 day tour on this boat, it was wonderful. There were six adults, all friends middle aged, except for our children who came for a day, a meal and a swim.. First we enjoyed quiet and lusciou… More
“C'etait super, un depaysement total!!”
Reviewed 14 May 2014
Super acceuil, on s'y sent tres bien et l'on a plus envie de repartir..
La peniche est tres grande et fonctionnelle.
J'y retourne dès que mon emploi du temps me le permet!!!!… More
“Friendly, welcoming, stunning scenery and smiley faces” I would strongly recommend La Comier to anyone. We stayed in one of the studio apartments, clean, very comfortable with everything that you could want. La Comier itself is a tranquil and beauti
We had a great stay and would love to go back. The gite was clean and perfectly suited to our needs, 2 adults and a toddler. The swimming pool was great and the owners Mike and Kath were the perfect… More
“Pinetops Fort Augustus” A warm friendly spacious home awaits you with tea. coffee, sugar sachets and milk in fridge chocolates on table. Pinetops is an amazing place to stay clean, warm and so spacious with amazing views all around we loved our time h