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.
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. A hairdryer and adapters for power plugs are available. 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 a lodger (who works during the week) and, if occupied, the other guest room.
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, with freshly made tea, herb teas, and coffee.
We can cater for special diets (vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, etc) but please 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.
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.
In fine weather feel free to stroll around the garden or 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 :)
Though secluded, the house is only a three quarters of a mile (1.2km) walk 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 road is 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. Generally, however, your Highland holiday will be more comfortable and enjoyable 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.
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!
NO smoking inside the house, please. Even if you open the window and lean out of it, the smoke blows into the room and taints it.
No pets, please.
Septic tank drainage - please *bin it, don't flush it.*
If check-in time listed (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 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's plenty for everyone as long as nobody overdoes it!
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.)
Always feel free to do what ever I want. It's comfortable to live in Jennie's house! She's really thoughtful. And the breakfast is great.
Jennie a été une hôte adorable et très accueillante , elle nous a tout de suite mis à l'aise . Charmante chambre au dernier étage de la maison . On retrouve tout ce qu il faut .. Salle de bain avec accès a différents gel douche . Le petit déjeuner est simplement somptueux , on ne manque de rien tout y est .. Céréales , toast, produits laitiers , confitures... Avec une vue magnifique sur son jardin nous avon passe un merveilleux sejour
This home is wonderful! It's in a very beautiful area and very safe. I walked around the house in the morning and there's a really neat stream right there! Unfortunately I wasn't able to meet Jennie because she too was on a trip but I still felt super welcome there. She left a note on the bed for me as well as yummy chocolate! If I ever make it back to Loch Ness I would love to stay there again. The house was a BEAUTIFUL drive from Edinburgh. The room was comfortable and I liked the heating blanket that was on the beds. The bathroom water was a great temperature and she provided everything you could need for the bathroom. Toilette paper, soap, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, towels, and more. Thank you Jennie for the great place to stay :D
Jennie is a fantastic host, she made us feel very welcome and helped us when we were lost (my fault lol). The house is awesome, with a great sight, relaxing atmosphere and the bedroom too. She has good taste. Very clean and comfortable and close to the centre. You can reach the castle walking. I'd recommend Jennie to everyone, including my family and friends
Jennie was able to accommodate us on the 1st of January, which was great. As shops were closed she offered to cook for us (thanks). The house is large and close to the lake. One shares the bathroom, toilet (very clean) and living room with multiple other guests. Must be comfortable with that and socialising at the couch and the table too. Jennie is very welcoming and loves to tell you a lot about the environment and many many many other things.
Jennie was a truly wonderful host. Her house is very welcoming and the room was spacious and homely. Her breakfast was unbeatable. Jenny was always happy to answer questions and to give local advice. Warmly recommended.
Jennie is an amazing person and a wonderful host! Her house is actually not that hard to find and I love her collections and decorations inside. It's a great experience staying with her and meeting people like her just reminds me why I love traveling so much.
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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 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'.