About This Listing
Large, 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 the comforts of home await you in this quiet, secluded house 1.2km from the centre of Drumnadrochit.
Twin beds nestle under the eaves, with two large velux windows looking to the south and one small one to the north. All have blackout blinds to help you sleep in the long bright summer nights
Cosy twin room upstairs under the eaves in large comfortable family house. With a 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 floor rug. There's a hairdryer and adapters for power plugs, and a kettle to make hot drinks when you want them. 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 and through the trees 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. Standard toiletries - shampoo, conditioner, bodywash, handwash and handcream - are provided. Standard toiletries - shampoo, conditioner, bodywash and handcream - are provided.
But because this is Airbnb, if you forget to pack your toothbrush, toothpaste, contact lens cleaner, shaving foam, razors, emery board... cheer up! there's a stock in the bathroom for just such an emergency.
Please note that the bathroom is shared with a lodger.
The price quoted is for the room (for 1 or 2 people) and breakfast (see below).
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, yoghurt, toast, oatcakes, ricecakes, crispbread, preserves, with freshly made tea, herb teas, and coffee.
We can generally cater for special diets (vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, etc) but it helps 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.
Please download the directions to the house when you receive your booking confirmation. To find the house it will help to look at (website hidden) Maps Street View and familiarise yourself with the location.
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.
Free WiFi throughout the house, fast and unlimited - usually fast enough for (website hidden) conference calls or watching television on your laptop, though it depends on the laptop; some seem better equipped to receive the WiFi signal than others.
In fine weather feel free to stroll around the garden and sit on the benches in the sun.
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, I'll explain that before you arrive and tell you what arrangements I've made for your stay.
I work from home so time and space to concentrate is precious; during the day, I expect you to be out most of the time, enjoying the scenery and your time in the Highlands.
The house is three quarters of a mile (1.2km) from the Post Office in Drumnadrochit near the scenic village green and Tourist Information Centre & car park (and the bus stops). The last section of the journey requires driving or walking up a steep (20%) hill.
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. But for most people, a Highland holiday will be more comfortable and enjoyable if you bring or hire a car.
To find the house, you should pay attention to the directions given in your booking confirmation and in the follow up email, with an online link to a map.
Drumnadrochit has several good restaurants, cafes and pubs, including the warmly welcoming Fiddlers Restaurant and Bar (frequent winner of the Small Malt Whisky Bar of the Year award), 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 - booking essential).
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, cafe and an old fashioned sweetie shop. There are two ATMs and the PO and General Stores, when open, operates a Bureau de Change. The PO also sells food and drink. 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.
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'ss 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.
If you'd like advice on hiring a car in Inverness, feel free to contact me.
Other Things to Note
When you book, I'll send you a (website hidden) maplink with full directions. It's helpful to study the locale on Street View. The postcode for the house is shared with every other house on the hillside and the house is not easy to find without the directions.
No smoking inside the house, please.
Septic tank drainage - please *bin it, don't flush it.*
If check-in time listed (any time after 4pm) is not convenient, let me know in advance.
Checkout time is 11am - so that I can change the rooms over, restock the house and get my work done (I'm a freelance writer/arts organiser) before the next guests arrive.
There may be several other people in the house during your stay - other Airbnb guests, or lodgers - so please be considerate if you're staying up late or getting up early, and in your use of hot water. There is a strong flow of water in the shower so more than 5 minutes per shower risks draining the hot water tank.
The most important rule of all - make yourself at home. If there's something you need, don't hesitate to ask!
NB. The house isn't really suitable for young children who are not used to the countryside - it's a steep, wild garden and there is an unfenced burn (stream) running through the gully on one side.
The wooden bridge over the burn becomes very slippery when wet. Be careful walking across it - hold onto the handrail.
For winter visitors: In icy conditions the drive, which takes an uphill turn after the bridge, can be impassable by car; in which case cars are parked at the road end of the drive and a walk to the house is necessary, about 200 yards, half of it uphill. There is no street lighting so at night a torch is useful: we can lend you one.
(In the summer we're so far north that the days are very long and it's never really dark - so there are blackout blinds on the bedroom windows.)
Jennie is a warm, friendly and wonderful host. She truly made us feel welcome and after a long day driving from the Cairngorms, it was almost a relief to be welcomed into her home with a smile. She is kind, accommodating and knowledgeable about local areas and we relied on her honest recommendations before setting off on our drive for the day. Though I visited Scotland in the spring, it was rather cold at the time. Therefore, her breakfast spread which covered the table was just what we needed before setting off for the day. I had such a lovely time with Jennie that I would stay with her again if I was ever in the area.
Jennie is a lovely, vibrant host who was very generous with her local knowledge. Because of her recommendation we took a beautiful scenic route to Beauly and then to Dornie.
The room is spacious with 2 single beds fitted with electric blankets, a choice of herbal and black teas, clothes drying rack and lots and lots of books.
The bathroom was clean with a basket of shampoos, body lotions, body wash etc for guests to use.
Breakfast was huge! We very much enjoyed Jennie's hospitality.
Tout était super! Merci à Jennie pour sa gentillesse et ses conseils. Charmante maison dans un beau cadre. Ce passage restera un très bon souvenir pour nous...Je recommande vivement cette adresse...
We had the most perfect time at Jennie's! The room was very nice (the only thing, what about a large bed instead of two?), but what we really appreciated was Jennie's kindness. We had such lovely chats in the morning when sharing the wonderful breakfast she made us!! We really felt like family and would love to return one day.
This place is heaven!! Thank you Jennie!
Jennie est une personne très agréable, souriante! L'endroit est magnifique pour y séjourner quelques jours. Les petits déjeuners étaient t'es bien préparés. Pour couronner le tout, une vue sur le loch ness depuis la maison. nous avons passé d'excellent moments.
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About the Host, Jennie
Busy, sociable arts co-ordinator and journalist with three grown-up sons who have all left home so I now share my home with one or two lodgers but I also love opening my doors to the world - it's been a pleasure and a privilege to meet, like and learn from so many people from so many countries 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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