About this listing
Cosy, comfortable double bedroom with en suite bathroom in a quiet, rural setting near Loch Ness and the village of Drumnadrochit with its restaurants and inns for your evening meal. Continental breakfast is included in the room price.
Double en suite room in large, comfortable, secluded family house with large, mainly wooded garden in the beautiful scenic Highlands of Scotland, near Loch Ness. Handy for the Great Glen Way and Glen Affric, within an hour of both the Cairngorm National Park and Ben Nevis.
Quiet, good-sized ground floor room overlooking the south-facing patio and the woodland beyond is furnished with a double bed (goose feather & down duvet and pillows), bedside tables, dresser with drawers and shelves, small wardrobe with hanging space, armchair, bookshelf and fitted carpet. En suite bathroom includes bath with integral shower. Towels, bathrobes and bedlinen, a hair dryer is provided, and a kettle and supplies to make teas and coffees (including herb teas) are all provided.
The rate is charged for the room - for single occupancy, ask me for a 10% discount.
In the utility room next to the kitchen you can dry wet clothes and boots if you get caught in the rain while out walking.
(NB Your bedlinen and towels are line-dried in the open air or on an indoor drying rack out of respect for the environment).
Huge open plan living/dining area has a woodburning stove, lots of sofas, and a piano (in tune, but past its prime), Freeview TV (no cable or satellite) and DVD player. In fine weather, you're welcome to wander round the garden where there are benches so you can sit and read or look at the view.
Wifi is fast and unlimited - fast enough for conference calls or watching television on your laptop. You're welcome to browse through and borrow any of our collection of maps of the local area and of Scotland, in varying scales, if you're planning walking or Munro-bagging.
Continental-style breakfast is served downstairs in the open plan kitchen/dining room using ingredients sourced as far as possible from local suppliers - or even grown in the garden. The selection may include fruit juice, muesli, fresh fruit, toast, oatcakes, ricecakes, crispbread, preserves, with tea (black, green, rooibosch, herbal) or freshly made coffee.
We can usually cater for special diets (vegan, gluten-free, etc) but to make sure, please tell us when you book.
Interaction with Guests
I work from home, so I should be here to meet you and to serve breakfast in the morning (if not, I'll tell you in advance of the arrangements for your visit).
You'll probably be out most of the day sight-seeing and making the most of your time in the Highlands. If you're planning to work from the house while you're here, please let me know so I can plan meetings around that.
The house is on a hillside overlooking Drumnadrochit with a large, mostly wild garden where you may see roe deer, red squirrels, hares and on rare occasions pine marten or a badger. Birdlife includes buzzards, sparrowhawks, goldfinches, flycatchers, longtail tits, pheasant, owls and much more.
Highland cattle often graze in the fields beyond the garden. It's possible to see Loch Ness from the garden and the house in winter; in summer it's visible from the top of the garden across the treetops and from the end of the drive.
Drumnadrochit has several good restaurants, cafes and pubs, including the warmly welcoming Fiddlers Restaurant and Whisky Bar , the real ale award-winning Benleva Hotel & Loch Ness Brewery and the excellent Loch Ness Inn. Full details in the online leaflet I'll send you when you confirm your booking.
In Drumnadrochit, there is a general stores (open till 10pm every day), a pharmacy and two petrol stations. In Drum Farm Courtyard there's a farm shop and an old fashioned sweeties shop. There are two ATMs. The PO and General Stores, when open, operates a Bureau de Change. There is a souvenir shop opposite the car park. The local High School complex includes a public library.
Nearby attractions include the Loch Ness Monster Exhibition, boat trips on Loch Ness, pony trekking at Borlum Farm, Abriachan Community Forest, and historic Urquhart Castle. In the surrounding area, beautiful Glen Affric, Culloden Battlefield, the Cairngorms, Fort George, Beauly, Kyle of Lochalsh, Fort Augustus, Fort William, Inverness and the picturesque town of Cromarty are all within an hour's drive. Other possible daytrips include Ullapool, Shieldaig, Oban, 'Monarch of the Glen' country and more. If you're a Munro bagger, we're handily placed for dozens of them.
The house is secluded on the hillside overlooking Drumnadrochit, amongst trees, 3/4 mile (1.2km) away from the Post Office in Drumnadrochit near the scenic village green, Tourist Information Centre & car park, and bus stops. The last part of the walk to the house is up a steep hill (1 in 5 or 20%). There are no street lights after the Exhibition Centre; this is not a problem in summer months as it's never completely dark but in the winter, if you're not driving a car, you should bring a torch. If you forget, we can lend you one.
Bus services from Stagecoach and Citylink run through Drumnadrochit to and from Inverness, Fort William (from where another bus runs to Oban), Skye, and Cannich. There are links in the online document that will be sent to you shortly so that you can check timetables, etc.
It is possible to tour the Highlands by public transport but unless you are a keen, fit and energetic walker you will find it more pleasant and convenient with a car.
There are many car hire companies in Inverness city and at the airport. Some guests have managed to get significant discounts by booking online in advance.
Inverness Airport/INV has direct flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin, Belfast and Amsterdam. A shuttle bus runs from Inverness to the Airport. Inverness train station (Scotrail, East Coast Rail) is next to the bus station (Megabus, Citylink, Stagecoach); both have services to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, among others.
Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Aberdeen airports have international flights.
The Great Glen Way passes the foot of the Drumbuie Hill about 250 yards from the house. We are also well placed for the Great Glen Canoe Trail.
Other Things to Note
In wintertime the days are short and the nights are long, and many of the above attractions are closed or open for short hours. In addition, bus services run on a reduced timetable from October to May. There are ski-ing and snowboarding centres at Cairngorm and Nevis Range ( about an hour's drive) and at the Lecht and Glencoe (about an hour and a half's drive). Ice climbing is available on the Nevis Range.
Bus services are also less frequent on Sundays, and on Bank Holidays.
No smoking inside the house. No pets.
The deep gully between the house and the road and the fast-flowing stream that runs through it could be dangerous for young children who are not used to freedom amid the hazards of living in the countryside. There is also a shallow, unfenced pond in the garden. You are welcome to bring children but please supervise them at all times when they are outside.
Septic tank drainage - *please bin waste, don't flush it down the toilet*.
No food in the bedroom, please.
Recycling is available by the back door for glass, plastic bottles, cardboard,and paper. There is a compost bin in the kitchen for vegetable waste.
Please try not to disturb other guests and residents between 11pm and 7.30am. Please also be considerate in your use of the shower as hot water is supplied from a tank, it is not a continuous supply.