Large double room in large, relaxed 5/6 bedroomed family house with large garden near Loch Ness, the Great Glen Way, and within an hour of both the Cairngorms and Ben Nevis. Ideally situated for touring the Northern Highlands.
This quiet, welcoming attic room has 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 1 or 2 lodgers when they are here; when they are here they are up and out early in the morning.
There is a cloakroom in the entrance hall with 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.
10% discount for single occupancy, on request.
Woodburning stove, lots of sofas, and a piano (in tune, but past its prime) in open plan living/dining area where there's also Freeview TV (no cable or satellite) and a DVD player.
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, cheese/ham, 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 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 had taken up residence recently. 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.
Though secluded, the house is only 3/4 mile from the Post Office, bus stops (phone number hidden) buses run to Inverness, Oban, Skye, Cannich) and village green. 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.
It is possible to tour the Highlands by public transport but unless you are a keen and energetic walker and properly clad and shod for our uncertain weather ("four seasons in one day") it is more comfortable and much easier if you have a car.
Cairngorm and Nevis Range ski resorts are about an hour's drive, those at the Lecht and Glencoe about and hour and a half away.
Drumnadrochit has several good restaurants, cafes and pubs, including Fiddlers Restaurant and Bar(Malt Whisky Bar of the Year, (phone number hidden)), the Benleva Hotel (CAMRA award winner) with its own Loch Ness Brewery, and the Loch Ness Inn. There is a general shop, Morning Noon & Night (open till 10pm every day), a pharmacy, bakery and two petrol stations. There are two ATMs. The PO and General Stores, when open, operates a Bureau de Change. The local High School complex includes a public library.
At Christmas and New Year not all of these facilities are open, or are open for shorter hours.
We really enjoyed staying with Jennie in Drumnadrochit. She is an extremely kind and intelligent woman, and her whole house resonates with a great energy. It's the type of place you want to be at - whether it's chatting with Jennie about world affairs over coffee, reading a book, or planning your day's events, we felt so comfortable and welcome. The house is great, truly the type conjured up by thoughts of a "peaceful yet fabulous highland getaway." Could not recommend Jennie (or her house) enough!
Jennie and Shaun made us very welcome in their home near Loch Ness. Our hire car didn't work out quite as we expected, (they shut on Saturday afternoon) so we were on foot from the village of Drumnadrochit - they live up a steep hill (which is why the views are so lovely) which made us more inclined to sit by the fire and ponder the serenity than go out. We were also able to easily get to Castle Urquhart by bus on the Sunday which made our holiday slightly more ecological and economical. The rushing river just near her house made for soothing sleep - it never changed. Just gorgeous.
John and I had a lovely relaxed time with Jennie, she was a kind and considerate host and an adept communicator. The location of her home is perfect and Jennie was happy to share facilities with us. The house has a good atmosphere, my happiest time being able to curl up on the lounge by the wood fire with a book and meeting and enjoying the company of the other guests.
We had a lovely twim room in Jennies house. The house was in agreat location. Easy to find & great to great to the local atractions.The Breakfast was massive Jennie & her son were delightful hosts & I would love to stay there again if I was ever in that part of the world again
Jennie Macfie welcomed us to her home with great enthusiasm and treated us as new friends, not just guests. She could not have been more hospitable. Her home, while not fancy, is comfortable, and it's in a gorgeous wooded setting on a hill overlooking lovely Loch Ness. It might have been difficult to get there without a car.
Had a nice 4 night stay in the Highlands with Jennie. She is the perfect hostess. Breakfast was amazing as were views. The rooms are well decorated and bathroom has lots of supplies. Our bed unfortunately wasn't all that we hoped for, and that did affect our sleep quite a bit. If you're not so picky about your bedding then I would definitely recommend!
Jennie's hospitality surpassed our expectations and she was a wonderful host. I was astounded at the breakfast spread she laid out. My sister and I got a chance to chat with her son a bit & he gave us great recommendations for what to do in Drumnadrochit. Really nice home, wish we could have stayed longer!
Jennie is a wonderful hostess and my stay at her home is awesome. The environment is lovely and the room is spacious! Jennie prepared breakfast for me everyday and welcomed me warmly with laughter, stories and history of Scotland. I really enjoyed staying at her place!!
Jennies house is wonderfully located on slop of a hill, secluded and tranquil place surrounded by trees and near to a stream. The house was clean and comfortable. Our beds had the most wonderful duvets which, in the Scottish cool and moist summer proved to be nice and warm. If you're walking the Great Glen Way towards Inverness, Jennies house gives you a bit of a head-start being located close to the trail a bit outside of Drumnadrochit. The center of the town is within 7-10 minutes walk (about 2 miles from the Urquhart Castle). The restaurant that Jennie recommended (Fiddler's) was fantastic, serving variety of traditional Scottish dishes (award winner Haggies starter for example) in a cosy atmosphere.
Jennie was a very pleasant and open host, served us a very nice breakfast topped with a nice chat. I would definitely recommend to anyone travelling to Drumnadrochit! Top class.
Jennie was a great great host with lots of interesting and funny stories to tell on a variety of subjects. She was always ready to help with advice on the best attractions to visit and how to get there. She went out of her way to make sure that our stay was very pleasant and stress free. The room was great too and very clean. I would definitely recommend her to anyone wishing to visit attractions near Drumnadrochit!!
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.