Shepherd’s Cottage is a wonderful property situated on the Badanloch Estate in majestic Sutherland in the Northern Highlands of Scotland. Finished to a very good standard, it makes the perfect Highland getaway for a family, group of friends or those keen to cast a fly. Upon entering the cottage there is a spacious, comfortable and very useful boot and coat room for drying. It also has seating and fantastic views west across to Loch Badanloch, so is in fact a lovely spot to have a dram at the end of the day. Through this room and into the original part of the building the living area is off to the left with large wood burner taking centre stage. Immediately the attractive, in keeping décor stands out and is very pleasing indeed. Beyond the living room is the kitchen and dining room to the rear of the house, where there is a door out to the enclosed garden. The garden is a good size and wraps around the cottage. There are nice sitting-out areas and the dogs will enjoy patrolling round the property. At the front of the house is a double bedroom on the ground floor with a large shower room next to it. On the first floor is a bedroom either side of the landing, one being a twin and the other another double. Another shower room separates the two bedrooms.
The Estate occupies a large swathe of the Flow Country in northern Scotland. This landscape is wild and made up of large rolling expanses of peatland and wetland areas. It’s a very important environment for a diverse range of species. In addition to regularly seeing red deer stags and hinds (even sometimes beside the cottage garden), you will see golden eagles, hen harriers and the charming ptarmigan. The head gamekeeper, Brian Lyall, will be more than happy to provide a fascinating overview to the flora and fauna of this special strath.
If fishing is your passion, there are three lochs close by that you will be able to fish free of charge when renting the cottage. There will be a boat made available to you by arrangement with the owner free of charge as well. Loch Badanloch is the closest loch and one of the bodies of water that feeds the famous River Helmsdale. If you’re lucky enough to have access to fish the River Helmsdale, Shepherd’s Cottage would make the perfect base.
Beyond fishing there are countless opportunities to go walking and cycling in the area, and being close to the North Coast 500, there are many places to visit only a short drive away. You can just as easily drive to the east coast at Helmsdale to explore, as well as go north to see what the wild, rugged coastline west of Thurso holds in store.
Shepherd’s Cottage is a special cottage, and one that everyone who visits will be happy they did so. Whether you’re staying for a few nights whilst journeying round the NC500 or spending a couple of weeks here, you’ll leave having had a true Highlands experience and will want to someday return to experience it all over again. Shop, pub and restaurant 22 miles.
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Boot room: With seating area and storage for boots and coats.
Living room: With wood burner, 40" Freeview TV with Now TV and Netflix, and wooden floor.
Dining room: With wooden floor.
Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and wooden floor.
Bedroom 1: With zip and link kingsize bed (can be twin beds on request).
Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, toilet, heated towel rail and tiled floor.
Bedroom 2: With zip and link kingsize bed (can be twin beds on request).
Bedroom 3: With zip and link twin beds (can be super kingsize on request).
Shower room: With shower cubicle, toilet, heated towel rail and tiled floor.
Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate. Welcome pack and doggy extras.
Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. 2 dogs welcome, to be kept on a lead at all times (sheep country). Kennels available. Fly fishing on-site. Bike store. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is a loch 500 yards away.
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