Ivy Cottage, Strathpeffer, Ross-shire
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Ivy Cottage is a cosy Highland croft house set above a working croft on the hillside between Dingwall and Strathpeffer at the foot of Ben Wyvis. The cottage has stunning panoramic views from the Grampian mountains to the east across to the mountains of the west and Ben Wyvis to the north. The fully enclosed garden with picnic table and garden seat allows you to relax outside and catch a glimpse of the local population of red kites as they swoop down on the croft to feed most days. Grouse, golden eagles, red deer and roe deer can be spotted in the hills up above the cottage.
At the bottom of the croft is a tourist viewpoint and memorial to the famous novelist Neil Gunn. If it's peace and tranquility you want from your highland break then step out the back door (reliving the route Neil Gunn took for his daily walk) and walk for miles enjoying the wildlife and solitude. On your return a 5 minute drive or 30 minute walk west will take you to the historic Victorian spa village of Strathpeffer with its vast array of hotels and restaurants and superb Belgian chocolate shop or turn east to arrive in the bustling market town of Dingwall with its swimming pool, supermarket and takeaways supplying all types of food.
If you are on a golfing break in Scotland then the challenging Strathpeffer hillside course is only a 5 minute drive away and at least 10 other golf courses are available within a 30 minute drive, including the Castle Stuart course outside Inverness. Should you wish to fish then stocked lochs are available within a 15 minute drive and permit fishing for brown trout and salmon is available throughout the locality. Sea fishing trips can be arranged from both the east and west coasts.
There are plenty of visitor attractions within easy driving distance including five whisky distilleries within a 30 minute drive of the cottage which give regular visitor tours. Loch Ness and the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre are only a 30 minute drive away and the Moray Firth with its dolphin population is only 25 minutes away. A trip to the seafood restaurants of the west coast is a must during your stay with Applecross, Gairloch and Ullapool all within an hour's drive.
- Sleeps - 6
- Bedrooms - 3 (1 king, 1 twin, 1 bunk)
- Bathrooms - 1 with extra large shower
- Washing machine
- Freeview TV and DVD
- Free wireless internet connection
- Wood burning stove
- Central heating in all rooms
- Enclosed garden and parking
- Garden furniture
- Cot/travel cot available
- Sorry, no pets except in outhouse
- No smoking property
- Dingwall 2.5 miles, Strathpeffer 2.5 miles
- Inverness Airport - 25 miles
- Railway and bus station at Dingwall
- Hotel, restaurants and bars - Dingwall/Strathpeffer
- 18 hole golf course - 2.5 miles
- Walking and hiking - immediate vicinity
- Swimming pool and gym in Dingwall
- Butchers and fresh fish shop in Dingwall
- Five whisky distilleries within a 30 minute drive
- Loch Ness and the Culloden Battlefield visitor centre - 30 minute drive
- Dolphin watching in Moray Firth, 25 minute drive
Ivy Cottage is a former croft house set on the hillside between Dingwall and Strathpeffer. It has stunning panoramic views and has been tastefully renovated and decorated to a high standard in 2011. The cottage, which is all on one floor, has oil central heating.
There is a porch on entry for storage of outdoor clothing and footwear and this opens into the kitchen/dining area which has a fully fitted kitchen, table for 6, double oven, microwave, washing machine and fridge freezer. The living room is complete with 3 and 2 seater leather sofas, a wood burning stove with initial fuel supplied, Freeview TV and DVD. There are 3 bedrooms: a king size double bedroom, a twin bedroom and a bunk room with superior bunk beds. All bedrooms have high quality storage units and built in single wardrobes. The shower room has an extra large shower. Following the renovation all furnishings and floor coverings are new.
Outside there is a fully enclosed garden with patio and garden furniture facing south with superb views. Pets are not allowed in the cottage, however dogs can be accommodated in an outhouse complete with a run (subject to them being kept under control at all times as sheep and cows graze nearby).
Follow the A9 from Kessock Bridge at Inverness for approx 6 miles to the Tore roundabout, then take the second exit marked A835 Dingwall/Ullapool and follow the road for 5 miles to the Maryburgh roundabout. Take the 3rd exit to the right and proceed for 1.5 miles to the 2nd set of traffic lights in the centre of Dingwall and turn left on to A834 signposted Strathpeffer for 0.5 miles. Take a right turn at the Vauxhall garage onto Dochcarty Road. Turn left after 0.25 miles and drive for 2 miles following signs for Neil Gunn monument. The access road to Ivy Cottage is just before the entrance to the monument carpark.
Heating/electricity is included in the price and there is an initial supply of logs for the stove.
Bed linen/towels areprovided.
Pets - in outhouse only.
Cost and availability.
Ivy Cottage is rented out throughout the year. Change over day is Saturday, depart by
10am, arrive 4pm.
Short breaks of a minimum of 3 nights are available out of season only and by prior arrangement.
To book this former croft house set on the hillside between Dingwall and Strathpeffer, click the
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Ivy Cottage, Heights of Brae, Strathpeffer, Ross-shire IV14 9AF