Large Twin Room near Loch Ness

Bed & Breakfast - Private room · Drumnadrochit, Inverness, IV63, United Kingdom
Jennie

Sunny, comfy room with views through the trees to Loch Ness, a few hundred yards uphill from the Great Glen Way. A warm welcome and all the comforts of home await you in this quiet, secluded house less than a mile from the centre of Drumnadrochit.

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Sunny, comfy room with views through the trees to Loch Ness, a few hundred yards uphill from the Great Glen Way. A warm welcome and all the comforts of home await you in this quiet, secluded house less than a mile from the centre of Drumnadrochit.

The Space

Cosy twin room under the eaves in large comfortable family house. On the first floor of the house, with stripped, oiled and waxed pine floor, it contains twin beds, bedside tables with reading lamps, chest of drawers, clothes hanging rail, well-stocked bookshelves and rug. A hairdryer and adapters for power plugs are supplied. Heating pads are on the bed in case you feel chilly at night.

Two large velux roof windows face south with views across the garden to Loch Ness, another window faces north over the garden to the wooded hillside behind the house. The bathroom just along a short corridor from the bedroom has a bath with integral shower, handbasin and WC. The bathroom is shared with one or two lodgers who work during the week and leave by 8am.
The price quoted is for the room and includes breakfast.

Downstairs is a large open plan living area with a woodburning stove, sofas, and a piano (in tune, but past its prime).

A continental breakfast is served downstairs in the open plan kitchen/dining room using ingredients sourced as far as possible from local suppliers rather than supermarkets and often home-made. The selection may include fruit juice, muesli, fresh fruit, home-made bread, oatcakes, ricecakes, crispbread, preserves, cheese, with tea, herb teas, or freshly made coffee.
We cater for special diets (vegan, dairy-free,
gluten-free, etc) if you give notice when you book.

There is a laundry/utility room with racks for drying boots and gloves, etc, plus washing and drying facilities for clothes - if you would like your laundry done while you're here we make a small charge of £5 per load. Your bedlinen and towels are line-dried in the open air or on an indoor drying rack out of respect for the environment (there is a tumble drier for emergencies and very wet weather).

The house is situated in a peaceful rural location, on a steep 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.

Guest Access

Use the kitchen to make cups of tea/coffee whenever you want. You're also welcome to use the kitchen to prepare a packed lunch before you leave in the morning.
You have the run of the living room, with television, CD and DVD players, more books and lots of maps. You're welcome to browse through and borrow any of our collection of maps and guide books of the local area and of Scotland, in varying scales, if you're planning walking or Munro-bagging. Laundry facilities (at a small charge). Free WiFi throughout the house, fast and unlimited - fast enough for (website hidden) conference calls or watching television on your laptop.

Interaction with Guests

I'm usually here during your stay (I love meeting people) to serve breakfast in the morning and chat but if I'm away at a conference, or similar, I'll tell you before you arrive and leave you in the friendly care of one of my lovely lodgers.
If this happens on a weekday, breakfast will be laid for you to help yourself and you'll be expected to make your own hot beverages in the kitchen.

The Neighborhood

Though secluded, the house is only a three quarters of a mile walk from the Post Office in Drumnadrochit near the scenic village green and Tourist Information Centre & car park (and the bus stops).

If you're physically fit, used to walking and travelling light, with proper rain gear when necessary, and plenty of time to spare, you can tour the Highlands on foot and by public transport. Otherwise, you'll have a more pleasant Highland holiday if you bring or hire a car.

Drumnadrochit has several good restaurants, cafes and pubs, including the warmly welcoming Fiddlers Restaurant and Bar (Malt Whisky Bar of the Year in (phone number hidden), and 2012), the Benleva Hotel & Loch Ness Brewery (CAMRA award winner), and the excellent Loch Ness Inn. Last orders for evening meals locally are usually 9pm. Oakwood at Dochgarroch (on the way to Inverness) serves top quality Scottish food between 12 and 9pm daily except Wednesdays (take your own wine - no corkage charge.

In Drumnadrochit, there is a general shop, Morning Noon & Night (open till 10pm every day), a pharmacy, bakery and two petrol stations. In Drum Farm Courtyard there's a farm shop and an old fashioned sweeties shop. There are two ATMs and 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.

Please note that at Christmas and New Year not all of these facilities are open, or are open shorter hours.

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 Great Glen Way passes the foot of the Drumbuie Hill about 250 yards from the house. We are also well placed for the new Great Glen Canoe Trail.
Ski-ing and snowboarding centres at Cairngorm and Nevis Range are about an hour's drive; those at the Lecht and Glencoe are about an hour and a half.

Getting around

Inverness Airport/INV has direct flights from Amsterdam (Flybe), London Gatwick (Flybe, EasyJet), London Luton (EasyJet), and other UK airports. A shuttle bus runs from Inverness to the Airport. There is a train station (Scotrail, East Coast Rail) in Inverness next to the bus station (Megabus, Citylink, Stagecoach) and both run services to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen as well as points north and west. Aberdeen airport has direct flights to Scandinavia, Germany, France, and the Netherlands.

Bus services (phone number hidden), and 919 run through Drumnadrochit to and from Inverness, Fort William (from where another bus runs to Oban), Skye, and Cannich. The services are provided by Citylink and Stagecoach and timetables are online.

This bears repeating; 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 is parking and turning space at the house or on the road up the hill.

I hire cars when necessary from Arnold Clark Cars in Inverness as I have always found them helpful, friendly and reasonably priced - and they are open on Sundays. There are many other car hire companies in Inverness and at the airport. Some guests have managed to get significant discounts by booking online in advance.

Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
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  • I want Jennie to be my Scottish mother! Her house and Jennie have so much personality. Our room was so comfortable and the breakfast was fit for Kings. Conversations with Jennie were intellectual and engaging. I really didn't want to leave!

    July 2014
  • Well what is there to say. Jennie is a great host and goes far and beyond to accomodate you and make your stay as nice as possible. I found myself chatting with her through two nights while staying at her lovely home.
    I can't praise Jennie's place enough and any blabbering on my side would just diminish the praise.

    So to keep it short and snappy.
    Jennie, you are more than welcome to step by our place anytime you want!

    :)

    July 2014
  • Thank you Jennie for a truly wonderful place to stay. You thought of everything a guest might possibly ask for and more. Your cosy home in a beautiful setting was the perfect spot for us to explore Loch Ness. We will highly recommend you to ask our traveling friends!

    July 2014
  • Nice location, clean quiet room. Very gracious hostess and lodger. Great breakfast with real filtered coffee [!] Arrived on a cool rainy night, hostess set a fire to take off the edge of chill and even gave us access to television to watch World Cup match instead of the Game of Thrones episode she had planned to watch. Car access is preferred. Had good local information and maps. Gave us excellent recommendation to visit Cromartie, including where to eat.

    July 2014
  • Jennie's place is an absolute treasure. She is a very generous host both with her hospitality and intelligent conversation. Our bedroom was large and comfortable and had access to the many areas of the beautiful house and gardens. The house is located in one of the most stunning areas of Scotland. This is a definite must do for anyone planning a visit to this area.

    July 2014
  • Jennie has a beautiful and spacious home right in Drumdadrochit. It is 5 min from Urquart castle and Loch Ness. The house is clean and well kept and Jennie is wonderful company! Breakfast is excellent in the morning and the surrounding garden and area is very beautiful. A great stay!

    June 2014
  • Jennie is a lovely host. A great pleasure to talk with. Jennie's place is very nice, beautiful and well maintained. Our time at her house was full of entertainment. I will certainly visit Loch Ness and will stay at her place (if available). I strongly recommend her.

    June 2014
  • We loved staying here! I only wish we could have stayed longer. The house is in a beautiful setting and is a lovely home. The accommodations were very clean and Jennie and other guests were so very friendly (and interesting). We had to leave very early the last morning and Jennie got up and fixed us breakfast (at a wretched hour!) We assumed we would slip out quietly. It was very kind and can't recommend this place enough!

    June 2014
  • Unfortunately I did not get to meet Jennie, but my brother and his best friend got to. They both said Jennie was an awesome host and wonderful to meet. Her accommodations were fantastic and the breakfast was very good. Hope to see you next year Jennie!

    June 2014
  • We spent two nights in Jenny's house which is perfectly located and very quiet. The room was nice and comfortable. We also enjoyed the nice talks and the excellent breakfast.

    June 2014
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University of Edinburgh
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Journalist and arts co-ordinator
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Busy, sociable arts co-ordinator and journalist with three grown-up sons who have all left home so I now share my home with two or three lodgers but I also love opening my doors to the world and welcoming people to the house through Airbnb. I've lived in Scotland, England and Germany (but I've forgotten all my German, it was so long ago). I've worked in theatre, film and television and now earn a living writing and being a project manager. I go to the theatre, dance, ballet and opera as often as I can and love all kinds of music. I can't live without books, music, and my friends. I can understand French better than I can speak it, but enough to get by in a simple conversation.. My motto in life is 'make the most of every day'.
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