Ardbeg ref: UK5811

Westfield, near Thurso, Northern Highlands

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Self Catering

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No pets
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  • Bike Store 
  • Bungalow 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Golf nearby 
  • Highchair 
  • Rural Location 
  • Woodburning Stove 
  • Wifi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Working Farm 
  • Newly Listed Property 
  • Pets – not allowed 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 

Description

Ardbeg is a single-storey cottage set in its own delightful garden and enjoys magnificent views across open countryside. Situated on the owners’ 600-acre working sheep and beef farm, it has miles of lovely walks through the surrounding countryside, taking in hills, lochs and river along the way. Ardbeg is completely secluded within its own landscaped and picturesque gardens, yet is easily accessible and just a 10-minute drive to the centre of Thurso. The cottage has a very spacious, bright and modern kitchen/dining room, with built-in appliances and a large dining table for up to eight guests. The living room is a real delight. With a feature wood burner and large picture windows that drink in the amazing views across open hills and countryside, it is a wonderful place to relax after a day’s sightseeing or outdoor activities. A small conservatory off the hall leads out to the gardens, with outdoor dining facilities. This is an ideal cottage for families, couples and groups who appreciate a very good standard of accommodation in a quiet countryside location.

The adjoining land is a haven for wildlife, encouraged by the farming owners, who have created an official nature reserve, with loch and walks recognised by the RSPB. Roe deer graze in the fields and numerous birds can be spotted in the area. There is a lovely path adjoining the cottage that meanders through the countryside to the River Forss. Permits to fish for trout and salmon are available in season. The coast around this area is also renowned for its bird and sea life. Puffins, great skua, otters, seals, dolphins and whales are all seen here.

The town of Thurso, just 4 miles away, is steeped in history. Built by the Vikings and added to over the centuries, it now offers visitors a fascinating mix of ancient and modern. The Caithness Horizons visitor centre is well worth a visit. Local facilities also include a swimming pool, leisure centre, cinema, boating lake, quad biking, sailing and a good selection of shops, pubs, cafés and restaurants. There is a wide variety of sports and activities in the region. The renowned surfing beaches of Dunnet and Thurso play host to the world championship surfing competition. There are many excellent golf courses in the region, together with horse riding, fishing, sailing and cycling. Beach 4 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

All on the ground floor.
Living room: With wood burner, 48" Freeview Smart TV, DVD player, Blu-ray player, double sofa bed and Karndean floor.
Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and 20" Freeview Smart TV.
Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
2 steps to...
Conservatory.
Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed, 20" Freeview Smart TV and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 2: With zip and link 2ft 6in twin beds (can be kingsize on request) and 20" Freeview Smart TV.
Bedroom 3: With bunk bed and 20" Freeview Smart TV.
Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

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. Welcome pack.

Miscellaneous

Large enclosed garden with patio and garden furniture. Bike store. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are 3 steps and an 8ft drop in the garden.
  • Nearest town
    Thurso
  • Shops
    4 miles
  • Distance
    4 miles
  • Restaurant
    4 miles
  • Nearest railway station
    Thurso
  • Pub
    4 miles
  • Railway station distance
    4 miles
  • Lake
    ½ mile (loch)

About the local area

Discover a wonderful variety of contrasting landscapes that will make a lasting impression, from the remote rock-hewn wilderness of far north west Sutherland to the green rolling coastal lands by the Cromarty Firth. Wherever you travel you're surrounded by some of the most outstanding remote natural beauty in Scotland.

The Highlands is not only blessed with wonderful countryside, there are also miles of dramatic coastline, with quiet pristine sandy beaches, picturesque sea lochs and a scattering of pretty coastal villages close to clear turquoise waters. This is a place to really enjoy `The Great Outdoors', with plenty of activities from mountain climbing and white water rafting to gentle family walks and mountain biking for all abilities.

This part of the British Isles is also a great place to see wildlife; unsurprisingly wildlife flourishes in this great wilderness and there are plenty of opportunities to get out and about on land and sea - take one of the many boat trips on offer for close encounters with seals, whales and dolphins or simply get out into the glens, hills and forests to see eagles, deer and maybe even the elusive pine martin to name but a few.

For a holiday at a more leisurely pace visit the region's many historical sites, ancient castles, stately homes and fascinating museums, learn about the Highlands rich history and culture, its clans and conflicts, the tragedy of the Highland Clearances and its role in the Jacobite risings.

Summer visitors to the Highlands (mostly July and August) may not want to miss the annual Highland Games, which are held across the Highlands and are a unique spectacle of athletic, dancing and piping events which should not be missed!

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

Loch Ewe Distillery

Loch Ewe is the smallest distillery in Scotland reliving the romance of making Uisge Beatha in a case. Learn how to distill whisky using 18th century methods. Tel: 01445 731242

Dingwall Museum

Highland town museum showing history of Dingwall, outstanding military room, re-constructed kitchen and smiddy. Outdoor area and picnic tables. Free entry! Tel: 01349 865366

Brora Heritage Centre

Visitor centre with hands on guides to the rich heritage, archaeology and artefacts of the beautiful village of Brora. Tel: 01349 886606

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

Displays about wildlife, history, geology and the cultural heritage of Assynt. Live pictures of a Herons nest and information on the North West Highlands Geopark. Tel: 01571 844194

Dunrobin Castle and Gardens

Dating back to 1400 this castle contains a magnificent collection of furniture, silver and family portraits. Informative falconry displays available every Monday and Saturday. Tel: 01408 633177

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

Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve

Over 600 hectares of reserve home to a whole range of internationally important habitats and animal species.

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