Rowan House ref: UK30514

Ardgay, near Dornoch, Northern Highlands

Scottish Tourist Board 5 Star Self Catering



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  • Barbecue 
  • Bike Store 
  • Detached Property 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Open Fire 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Stairgate 
  • WiFi 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site 
  • Newly Listed Property 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 
  • Station within 1 mile 


Rowan House is set back from a quiet, single track road and has 7 acres of private grounds and woodland to enjoy. This is the ideal base to explore this rural part of Scotland. There is plenty of wildlife to see around the property, red squirrels are often seen close to the property to feed on the three feeders. There is squirrel and bird food available to fill up the feeders to attract them. There are also lots of wild ducks and an otter that often visits!
The detached property is a large impressive structure offering guests a superb level of comfort and furnishings throughout. There is a grand reception hall with an impressive galleried landing that wraps around the first floor. The kitchen is modern and offers a good level of appliances including a cooking range and a central island, along with a large utility. The kitchen also has a dining area which has French doors to the garden and also a separate dining room. The main living room is spacious with an open fire and and French doors to the garden. A second living room has an open fire and there is a downstairs cloakroom. On the first floor there are five bedrooms, one with en-suite facilities, and three with flexible option of being a super kingsize bed or twin beds. They are served by two bathrooms both finished to a high standard with roll top baths. Outside the gardens are well maintained and there is a barbecue and ample parking. Even thought the owner doesn’t live on-site, they are within easy reach and is available for any information or assistance if required.
The local area is steeped with history with a wide selection of castles and is ideal for the outdoor enthusiasts as cycling, kayaking and walking is very popular in the area. Fishing can be arranged, and is only 5-minutes walk away, while a path leading to a forestry track gives access to picturesque walks ranging from 2½ to 10 miles. The nearby village of Boner Bridge offers a good selection of shops, a couple of bars and a superb butchers. The North Coast 500 is a 516-mile scenic route around the north coast of Scotland, starting and ending at Inverness Castle. Nearby is the popular west coast village of Ullapool. Beach 19 miles. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant 1½ miles walk away.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

2 steps to entrance.
Living room 1
: With open fire, wooden floor and French doors leading to garden.
Living room 2: With open fire, 32’’ Freesat TV and wooden floor.
Dining room: With wooden floor.
Kitchen/dining area: With electric range cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and French doors leading to garden.
Utility room: With fridge/freezer and washer/dryer leading to...
Separate toilet.

First floor

Bedroom 1: With super kingsize bed and en-suite with double shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 2: With super kingsize bed.
Bedroom 3: With zip and link super kingsize bed (can be twin beds on request).
Bedroom 4: With zip and link super kingsize bed (can be twin beds on request).
Bedroom 5: With zip and link super kingsize bed (can be twin beds on request).
Bathroom 1: With roll-top bath, shower attachment and toilet.
Bathroom 2: With roll-top bath, shower attachment and toilet.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and fuel for open fires included. Welcome pack.


7-acre garden and woodland with sitting-out area, garden furniture and BBQ. Bike store. Private parking for 10 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are 2 unfenced ponds in the garden. The property has a natural water supply from a borehole and spring.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    3 miles
  • Distance
    5 miles
  • Restaurant
    1.5 miles
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    1.5 miles
  • Railway station distance
    1.0 mile
  • 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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