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27 High Street, Avoch,
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Situated overlooking the harbour (which was built in 1814 by the explorer Sir Alexander Mackenzie) at the edge of the village of Avoch (pronounced "Ock") on the Moray Firth, this listed house is ideally situated for exploring the Black Isle and North Highlands. Loch Ness is only 26 miles away and Ullapool on the west coast is only 56 miles (1.5 hours away by car) and the property benefits from being on a main bus route. The village has a thriving community with 2 shops, 2 takeaways and a hotel. Most of the old part of the village - which includes the High Street - is a designated conservation area and it has a rich fishing history. Both sea fishing or fishing from the harbour are available.

For history lovers, Ormond Hill overlooking the village is where there are remains of Ormond Castle, formerly known as Avoch Castle. In 1197 Sir Andrew de Moray raised his Standard at the castle and this became known as the North Rising, he and his men then travelled south to join William Wallace (Braveheart) at the Battle of Stirling Bridge. The walk to this site is rewarded by a wonderful view of Avoch and Fortrose. Nearby (1.75 miles) the next village, Fortrose has an award winning gastropub and a much acclaimed restaurant; both restaurants serve locally sourced food. Near Fortrose, Chanonry Point is believed to be the best place in the British Isles to see bottlenosed dolphins and other cetaceans from the mainland. Golf is also available here. Lots of birds, including those who are migrating, can be seen locally so it is a great place to stay for ornithologists.

The surrounding area is steeped in culture: there are several nature reserves, parks and National Parks, stately homes and gardens within easy reach. Inverness has a rich nightlife with a large selection of restaurants, pubs, clubs, music, theatre and cinema and during the day you will find great shopping. The Victorian Market should not be missed - it is the only place other than directly from the makers where you can buy the handmade chocolates produced in Fortrose. Dingwall has a fascinating museum of Highland life and the architecture of the Victorian spa town of Strathpeffer is delightful. Strathpeffer also has a chocolate shop where you can enjoy possibly the best hot chocolate in the world!

  • Sleeps - 6 + baby (cot available)
  • Bedrooms - 3 (2 doubles, 1 twin)
  • Bathrooms - 2
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine/tumble dryer
  • Microwave
  • TV Video DVD Radio CD player
  • Multifuel stove
  • Underfloor heating
  • Private decking with garden furniture
  • Sorry, no pets
  • Short breaks available
  • Inverness - 14 miles
  • Inverness Airport - 19 miles
  • Pubs/restaurants - 5 minute walk
  • Dolphin watching boat trips from the harbour
  • Mooring available in harbour check with harbour master
  • Golf club - 3 miles
  • Pictish Museum - 4 miles
  • Fishing - sea and freshwater
  • Mountain bike routes - all levels - 5 miles, bike hire, quad biking 2 miles
  • National Parks, brewery tours, whisky trails

Accommodation:
27 High Street is a traditionally built sandstone, (mid 1800s) Grade 2 listed house which has been completely regenerated to a high specification to meet modern day standards and requirements and it is tastefully decorated. It has electric underfloor heating throughout with individual controls in each room and is extremely well insulated with all windows double glazed. All floors are tiled to gain maximum benefit from this method of heating.

On the ground floor there is a double bedroom with large built-in wardrobe, a twin bedded room and a fully tiled bathroom with over bath shower and bidet. There is also a utility room with an automatic washing machine, a condenser tumble dryer, ceiling mounted clothes airer and cloakroom unit with a long mirror for storing coats, boots, wellies etc.

The first floor is open plan, overlooking the Moray Firth; the living room area has sofas and easy chairs, occasional tables, lots of lights, a multifuel stove with a solid oak lintel and a hearth of Caithness slate. The deep windows sills with flush ceiling lights are also good for sitting on. There is a HD TV with Freesat, DVD/CD player, radio with CD player. The dining area seats six. French windows lead from the dining area to the private decking at the back (with wooden tables and chairs) which catches the sun every morning and afternoon through to evening during the summer. Steps lead down to ground level to the path leading to the front of the house. The well equipped modern kitchen has a 5-ring gas hob, with a three-speed extractor hood, electric oven, combination microwave oven, dishwasher and refirgerator with frost-free freezer. The large island breakfast bar in the heart of the kitchen makes it ideal for socialising while you cook.

The gallery on the top floor has views of the harbour. The top floor has a double bedroom, large wardrobe, easy chair with footstool and en-suite shower-room which also has views of the harbour. Being tidal, the views of the harbour, beach and the Firth beyond the harbour are constantly changing and binoculars are provided. There is a library of books, DVDs, CDs and a selection of games.

Directions:
Take the A9 north to Inverness, over the Kessock Bridge and follow the A9 for 6 miles until you reach the Tore roundabout. Take the Fortrose turning, 4th exit and follow the road for 7 miles to Avoch. The house is through the village opposite the harbour - cars can be parked across the road from the house.

What's included:
All electricity, gas, heating and logs for the multifuel stove are included in the rental price. Bed linen including anti-allergy mattress covers and pillows plus towels are provided.

Cost and availability.
Change over day is Saturday with arrival at 1600hrs and departure by 1000hrs.
Short breaks are available at 55% of full week price for 3 nights and 70% for four nights. Short breaks can only be booked 2 weeks in advance.
To book this recently renovated listed house near Fortrose, click the enquiry button below and see the availability and prices.

27 High Street, Avoch
Nr Fortrose, Ross and Cromarty
IV9 8PT Scotland.

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