Balnagown Estate - Grieves Cottage ref: SMMM

Kildary, near Tain, Northern Highlands

Scottish Tourist Board 5 Star Self Catering

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6
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bedrooms
3
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Bathrooms
3
Bathrooms
Pets
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  • Barbecue 
  • Bike Store 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Ground Floor Facilities 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Golf nearby 
  • Highchair 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Open Fire 
  • Rural Location 
  • Satellite TV 
  • Decorated at Christmas 
  • WiFi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Luxury Collection 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site 
  • Coastal within 3 miles 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Gym 
  • Shower Cubicle 

Description

Set amidst the natural splendour of Easter Ross, Balnagown Estate, the historic seat of the Clan Ross, has a rich blend of farmland, woodland and heather-clad hills, and is just a mere 45 minutes’ drive from Inverness. Steeped in history, the estate has been transformed into a breathtaking holiday retreat and offers a unique experience, as each property has been thoughtfully furnished and equipped with every need. This is a superb base for touring this beautiful and unspoilt part of Scotland with easy access to many areas and attractions. There is so much to see and do for all ages.

The Farmhouse (ref UKC3271) is set in its own private gardens in the heart of this superb country estate. Built of local stone over three floors, its large rooms, with high ceilings and superb furnishings provide an air of luxurious ambience throughout. The main entrance leads through a flagstone hallway to a magnificent drawing room with feature open fireplace. There is a charming snug beyond, offering further public space. The spacious farmhouse kitchen is exceptionally well-equipped. Deep stone archways lead through to a large dining room beyond.

Hill House (ref UKC2182) enjoys stunning views across the grounds to the fishing lochs, and the seascape of the renowned Cromarty Firth beyond. This traditional, detached stone built house is furnished to a high standard throughout. The spacious living room has a wood burner and double bay windows so you can take in the surrounding views.

Swiss Cottage (UKC2184) is a delightful, detached, stone cottage, with a distinctive Alpine style. Its large windows and charming balcony add to the charm and ambience. The living space runs the length of the top floor and provides wonderful views across the manicured lawns and country landscape.

Grieve’s Cottage (SMMM) is a great choice for families or groups of friends. There are three comfortable bedrooms, one being on the ground floor making Grieve’s Cottage an ideal choice for the less mobile.

Gardener’s Cottage (SMMK) is a stunning cottage for 4 people and is a true jewel in the crown. With French doors opening on to the patio, this is a perfect cottage for luxury and relaxation.

Balnagown Estate is just a 45-minute drive north of Inverness, and close to the historic sandstone town of Tain. Set in the grounds of Balnagown Castle, this is ideal for anyone wanting luxury accommodation for the whole family to enjoy. There are various facilities on site, including extensive cycle tracks, fishing, both on the river and in lochs, archery and a wonderful sports hall providing a host of indoor activities such as badminton, basketball, volleyball, pool and table tennis. For wildlife enthusiasts, the observation tower in the grounds offers a wonderful vantage point from which to observe the myriad of wildlife in the local area.
There are numerous places of interest in the region. In the nearby village of Dornoch, a visit to the History Links Museum is recommended, or a game of golf can be enjoyed on the famous links world class championship course. Shin Falls Visitor Centre, Dunrobin Castle, the Timespan Heritage Centre, Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve and John O’Groats are all within easy reach. Beach 3 miles. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.
These properties can be booked together to accommodate up to 34 guests.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Living room: With open fire, Sky TV (Entertainment, Sports and Movies package), DVD player, CD player and wooden floor.
Dining room: With wooden floor.
Kitchen: With cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
Bedroom 1: With double bed, satellite TV and en-suite with shower over bath, toilet and tiled floor.
2 separate toilets.

First floor

Bedroom 2: With twin beds, satellite TV and en-suite with bath, shower cubicle, toilet, bidet and tiled floor.
Bedroom 3: With double bed, satellite TV and leading to...
Sitting room.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and bidet.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor

Facilities

Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and fuel for open fire included. Travel cot and high chair on request.

Miscellaneous

Large lawned garden to front with garden furniture and BBQ. Indoor sports hall with badminton, basketball, volley ball, pool table, table tennis and gym with treadmill, press bench, weights, rowing machine and exercise bike (shared with other properties on-site). Bike store. Private parking. Ground floor facilities.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
  • Distance
  • Restaurant
  • Nearest railway station
    Tain
  • Pub
  • Railway station distance
    5.0 miles
  • Lake

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

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

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

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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