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The Mill House, Shoremill, Cromarty, Ross-shire


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The Black Isle is a promontory lying between the Moray Firth in the south and the Cromarty Firth in the north. It is one of Scotland's hidden gems; offering a dry climate, delightful coastal villages, sandy beaches, dolphin watching opportunities and unsurpassed bird watching. It is also a cyclist heaven with quiet country lanes for road cyclists; a network of forestry tracks and trails for mountain bikers; and a challenging cross-country and downhill course close by at Eathie. The Black Isle is only a short drive from the capital of the Highlands, Inverness which makes Mill House an ideal base for day tripping around the Highlands.

Within a short distance is some of the most beautiful and unspoilt countryside in Britain, varying from wide sandy beaches to rugged mountains, offering excellent sporting and recreational opportunities as well as providing a habitat for many rare species of wildlife and flora. The surrounding area offers a wide variety of country pursuits with the South Wood providing lovely walks, sea walks and the South Sutor on the far side of the bay providing spectacular views over seven counties. Udale Bay nearby is home to a wide variety of wildlife and is of international importance for birds with thousands of duck, geese and waders wintering here. The shores of Eathie also nearby are home to many fossils and a rich variety of plant life whilst the Moray Firth is of course home to three populations of bottlenosed dolphins. Loch Ness and the legendary monster is only a 40 minute drive away, and the spectacular scenery of the west coast is less than 2 hours journey.

Rosemarkie and Fortrose have good restaurants and pubs, including a hotel with a malt whisky bar which stocks over 200 varieties. This hotel has an exciting menu too. There are two butchers who offer local and Scottish meat and their own specially prepared sausages which are delicious. At certain times of the year, wild salmon are netted down by the beach in Rosemarkie and can be purchased from the salmon netters. The beach is a good 'bucket and spade' beach and stretches for a mile along the coast. There are 'knock about' tennis courts and a golf course which is a links course and open to visitors. At nearby Fortrose there is a good horse riding centre for both beginners and experienced riders. The area is famous for its gently rolling countryside, Cromarty, about 1 mile from Mill House, is said to be one of the best preserved 18th century villages in Scotland and offers a good range of services. The amenities include grocery shops, butchers, fishmonger, all day pubs, restaurants, cafes, bank, post office, garage and a Pictish museum.

  • Sleeps - 6 + 1
  • Bedrooms - 3 (2 double, 1 twin)
  • Bathrooms - 2
  • Washing machine/drier
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Digital TV/CD/video/stereo
  • Wood burning stove
  • Oil central heating
  • Conservatory
  • Cromarty - 2 miles
  • Inverness Airport - 25 miles
  • Inverness Station - 20 miles
  • Shops, pubs, restaurants - Cromarty, 2 miles
  • Golf Course - 6 miles
  • Horse Riding - 6 miles
  • Fishing and watching dolphins - 2 miles
  • Beach - 50 yards
  • Walking and cycling from the door
  • Bird Sanctuary - 3 miles
  • Wildlife Park - 12 miles

This self-catering house near Cromarty is a delightful converted former water mill, built in 1874, situated within the hamlet of Shoremill on the northern shores of the Black Isle. The house has been sensitively converted and retains many original features - there are panoramic views across the Cromarty Firth.

The Mill House is an upside down house - living area on the top floor and bedrooms on the ground floor. Upstairs is a bright and airy with an open plan living room and dining area with dining room table. The house is furnished to a high standard with comfortable sofas and chairs. There are new windows giving spectacular views across the Cromarty Firth and charcterful features such as internal beams and exposed walls. The house also retains workings from the watermill including the original wheel outside and evidence of internal metalwork such as the kitchen door which is the original cast iron door. The kitchen is finished to a high standard and includes dishwasher, fridge, cooker, microwave, kettle.

Downstairs has the three bedrooms, two bathrooms (one ensuite), a large hall and the conservatory leading to gardens. The stream still runs by the house and small bridges lead onto more garden area at the side.

The Mill House is on the Black Isle, north of Inverness. From Inverness continue north on the A9 over the Kessock Bridge. After passing through Rosemarkie (and the Fairy Glen) take the left turn signposted 'Balblair 5'. Follow this road for about 3 miles and then turn right following the signs for Cromarty. Go past Udale Bay, Jemimaville and then the next hamlet is Shoremill. The turning for the Mill House is immediately right, past the Ordnance Survey trig point.

What's included:
All bed linen and towels, a basket of logs for the wood stove, and central heating are included in the rental price.

Cost and availability.
This highland cottage is rented out year round - change over day is a Saturday with check in at 4pm and check out at 10am. Short breaks are available during the low season.

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The Mill House, Shore Mill, Cromarty, Ross-shire IV11 8XU Scotland.

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