A Wee Gem ref: UK5229

Dunphail, near Forres, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

Scottish Tourist Board 3 Star Self Catering

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bedrooms
2
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Bathrooms
1
Bathrooms
Pets
1
Pets allowed
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  • Dishwasher 
  • Ground Floor Facilities 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Golf nearby 
  • Highchair 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Romantic Collection 
  • Rural Location 
  • Woodburning Stove 
  • Decorated at Christmas 
  • Wifi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Fishing Nearby 
  • Open Plan 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 

Description

Enjoying a peaceful rural setting at the end of a private road this lovely semi-detached cottage has been sympathetically converted to combine contemporary amenities along with the original features, including diamond paned windows and beamed ceilings. From the living room, French doors lead out to a delightful secluded garden with a forested pathway running through it to the scenic Princess View which overlooks a dramatic stretch of the River Findhorn. Salmon fishing is available from here and licences can be obtained from the Moray Estate office. A Wee Gem makes a super base for exploring the many delights this area has to offer or for relaxing in front of the warmth of the wood burner. The area is renowned for its excellent selection of walks, mountain bike trails, horse riding, golf and fishing along with a variety of watersports including white water rafting, canoeing and boat trips – hopefully you will catch sight of the Moray Firth bottlenose dolphins on your trip. The Moray coastline was voted amongst the top 20 in the world for coastal destinations and with its quaint coastal villages along with miles of white sandy beaches, it is a well deserved award. Take a trip along the only malt whisky trail in the world with two of the distilleries close by – Dallas Dhu and Benromach or visit the shopping outlet, Logie Steading for some retail therapy. Slightly further afield you can visit the Highland capital of Inverness, the beautiful Loch Ness or visit some of the areas historical sites including Culloden Battlefield, Fort George and Brodie and Cawdor Castles. Happy memories will be made at this ’wee gem’. Beach 10 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 3½ miles.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

All on the ground floor.
Open plan living space:
With wooden floor.
Living area: With wood burner, 24" Freeview TV, DVD player and French doors leading to the garden.
Dining area.
Kitchen area:
With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

First floor

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor

Facilities

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and logs for wood burner included. Travel cot and highchair available on request.

Miscellaneous

Large garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. 1 dog welcome, to be kept on a lead at all times (sheep country). Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is an unfenced river and steep banks in the garden, 50 yards away. The property is accessed via an unmade track and the water supply is from a well.
  • Nearest town
    Forres
  • Shops
    3½ miles
  • Distance
    3½ miles
  • Restaurant
    3½ miles
  • Nearest railway station
    Forres
  • Pub
    3½ miles
  • Railway station distance
    3½ miles
  • Lake
    10 miles (beach)

About the local area

Inverness, Capital of the Highlands lies at the north end of the Great Glen, where the River Ness flows into the Moray Firth. With its suspension bridges across the River Ness and old stone buildings, it is a pretty place which is well-known for its floral displays.

The River Ness provides a key focus within the city, and attractions like the castle, Inverness Cathedral and the Eden Court Theatre can all be found on its banks; together with some of the city's many shops and restaurants.

Follow the River Ness for long enough and you will end up by the shores of the best known loch in Scotland - Loch Ness. Thanks to its famous resident - Nessie, the friendly Loch Ness monster it has become one of the most popular areas for tourists to visit. Explore the visitors centre by the shore and learn the history of this legend. You might even spot this illusive creature for yourself as you stroll the area.

To the East of Inverness is Nairn, rated second in a list of top desirable destinations for 2010! But its not surprising because with its long, sandy, Blue Flag beaches and promenades it competes with some of the popular tourist beaches in the south of England. Its unique micro-climate also helps to ensure that it has more hours of sunshine and less rainfall than towns just 15 miles away.

Off shore The Moray Firth is home to one of only two colonies of dolphins in the UK and they are often spotted from viewpoints along Nairn's shore. The seafront also hosts an active harbour, with boat owners offering trips to see the resident bottle-nose dolphins or simply to view Nairn from a different angle.

Areas of outstanding natural beauty such as Culbin Forest and Culbin Sands Nature Reserve can be observed inland. Enjoy spotting many species of flora and fauna, as well as birds and migratory flocks. And for those who enjoy the invigorating sea air, there are magnificent views across the Moray Firth.

Things to do nearby

Black Isle Wildlife and Country Park
Black Isle Wildlife and Country Park

Great if you love animals, birds and the countryside. Here you can feed the ducks, geese and swans around the ponds or visit the friendly goats, pigs and rare sheep. Tel: 01463 731656

Floral Hall and Gardens

An award winning subtropical indoor oasis landscaped with a superb array of exotic plants and cacti. Under 18's go free. Tel: 01463 713553

Bogbain Adventure Heritage Farm

Activities for all ages including quad biking, in and outdoor facilities, clay pigeon shooting, archery, ceramic art studios and an award winning highland market. Tel: 01463 772800

Nessieland Castle Monster Centre

Exhibition and superb documentary available about the Loch Ness Monster including eye witness accounts! Tel: 01456 450342

Highlands and Rare Breeds Croft
Highlands and Rare Breeds Croft

Here you will find Highland Cattle, ponies, red deer, rare breed sheep, poultry, ducks and rabbits, You will also see a variety of wild birds that visit the pond and a variety of wild flowers. Tel: 01320 366433

Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre

The site of the last pitched battle on British soil is now home to a visitor centre with interactive exhibition, portable battlefield guides and genuine accounts from characters involved in the events of 1746. Tel: 0844 493 2159

Boats N Paddles

Safe and memorable outdoor experiences including hill walking, canoeing, abseiling, climbing, sea kayaking, mountain biking and gorge walking. Tel: 0333 600 6008

Glen Ord Distillery Visitors Centre and Whisky Shop

Take a tour around the closest distillery to Inverness and have a dram of the Classic Highland Malt. There is also an excellent selection of single malt whiskies from all over Scotland. Tel: 01463 872004

Loch Ness by Jacobite

Sail to the heart of the mystery and learn the fascinating story of Loch Ness on one of the cruise or tours which range from one hour to full day excursions. Tel: 01463 233999

Merkinch Local Nature Reserve

Explore the nature reserve just one mile from Inverness! Take a walk, watch the herons fishing, birdlife on the mudflats and even Roe Deers or the Moray Firth Dolphins!? Tel: 07795 253 727

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