This room is not available in 2015; instead, a double en suite bedroom and twin bedded room are both listed. Within five minutes' walk of Loch Ness, perfectly situated for touring the North and West Highlands, in a spacious family home. Come visit!
A quiet, welcoming attic room with a double bed (feather pillows, goose feather & down duvet) bedside cabinets, bookshelves, sofa, coffee table, chest of drawers and hanging rail, and is on the first floor. Waxed and polished pine floorboards and rugs.
The windows look west over the garden, and north over the garden to the trees on the hill behind the house.
The bathroom is separate, has a bath, integral shower, wc and handbasin and is shared with a lodger (who is up and out early in the morning).
There is a cloakroom in the entrance hall with a wc and handbasin.
At night you can hear the Drumbuie burn flowing down the hill and sometimes the hooting of owls, but very little else. It's a quiet, relaxing space to sleep in.
Wifi is fast and unlimited - fast enough for (website hidden) conference calls or watching television on your laptop. You're welcome to browse our collection of maps of the local area and of Scotland, in varying scales, if you're planning walking or Munro-bagging. Loads of books, an extensive CD collection and a small selection of DVDs.
Continental Breakfast is served downstairs in the open plan kitchen/dining room with ingredients sourced as far as possible from local independent suppliers. A sample menu would be fruit juice, muesli, fresh fruit, homemade bread, toast/bagels/oatcakes/crispbreads etc, a selection of preserves, plus tea (black, green, rooibosh, herbal) or real coffee.
Happy to cater for special diets (vegan, 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 secluded and quiet, 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. Birdlife includes buzzards, sparrowhawks, goldfinches, flycatchers, longtail tits, pheasant, owls and much more. We've seen signs that a badger has taken up residence. 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 from the top of the garden across the treetops and from the end of the drive.
You have access to the open plan living/dining room - with a woodburning stove, lots of sofas, and a piano (in tune, but past its prime). There's Freeview TV (no cable or satellite) and a DVD player.
The kitchen is available for making tea/coffee or a packed lunch for the following day, but not for cooking an evening meal.
Interaction with Guests
I'm usually here to welcome you, and chat over breakfast. If not, I'll let you know arrangements before you arrive. I work at home during the day and assume that you'll be out seeing the sights and making the most of 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).
NB: The last section of the road is up a steep (20%) hill.
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.
The 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.
Stagecoach and Citylink buses run fairly regularly from Inverness to Drumnadrochit on their way to Skye, Fort William or Cannich. The service is less frequent in the evenings, at weekends, and from October to May.
There is a shuttle bus from the airport to Inverness and most car hire companies will collect you from the airport. There is parking at the house.
Other Things to Note
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. Especially in the winter!
The postcode is the same for every house on the hillside so once you've confirmed your booking, make sure you print out or save the instructions and (website hidden) maplink.
NO smoking inside the house. Even if you open the window and lean out of it, the smoke blows into the room.
No pets, 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 please don't hog the shower (also because running a lot of clean water into the septic tank isn't good for it).
Rules aside, the most important rule of all is - 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.
(Of course, in the summer we're so far north that the days are very long and it's never really dark....)
Jennie made us feel very welcome at her house. We loved the house and the location of it, the breakfast in the morning and the lovely chats we had with her! She had some great advise about sightseeing in schotland. We would definitely come back.
Jennie was super welcoming and friendly, always read for an interesting chat and very helpful with tips what to do around the Loch. The house was clean, has got an enormous livingroom with an open kitchen and the bedroom was tidy as well as the bathroom.
The breakfast table she prepares beautifully and with lots of fruits, bagels and even porridge.
We enjoyed our stay a lot and can only recommend her as a host, thanks for everything, Jennie!
Nous avons passé qu'une nuit chez Jennie, mais c'est nous avons très bien dormi et Jennie est un hôte géniale ! Le petit déjeuné est monstrueux, Jennie adorable et plein de bons conseils.
Jennie was very welcoming and friendly. She is obviously a very busy person. Our room was a good size and we were able to make tea and coffee in the kitchen. The first night the bathroom was shared by 5 of us and the second night by 6 which meant that at one time we found the hot water had run out when we wanted a shower. Location is perfect for exploring Loch Ness area.
Jennie was incredibly friendly and conversational and welcoming! She has a wonderful house and a wonderful location, and was extremely helpful in setting us up for a nice dinner down the road :) It was a great stay. I would absolutely recommend anyone traveling around Loch Ness to stay here!
Stop! Don't look any further! Ask to stay here and if you're lucky enough, you'll get to meet Jennie!
She was a wonderful host. She provided a wonderful clean room, a small but great guide to the local establishments, a wonderful breakfast and best of all, wonderful company.
Having stayed in numerous B&Bs, Airbnb spots and hostels for our three week tour of Scotland, this was one of, if not the best, stays we had. The photos don't due the location, house and host justice. Would highly recommend to family, friends and the Airbnb community.
Ma compagne et moi avons logé une nuit dans cette charmante maison située dans un lieu peu banal. Vous ne pourrez que vous y sentir bien. Jennie est adorable, elle a prévu milles et une choses pour faciliter votre vie et rendre votre passage chez elle agréable. C'est un plaisir que de prendre part à des discussions avec elle. Nous vous recommandons chaudement cette adresse !
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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'.