Spacious holiday houses (sleeps 12) perfect for families with children and pets

Large detached private holiday houses in a beautiful conservation village of Cawdor, close to the beautiful beaches of the stunning Moray Firth. A perfect vacation retreat for families with children and pets, or golfers, fishing holidays, coastal beach walkers, Cawdor Castle or Distillery visitors - the area is very accessible to Twelve of the Highlands’ top twenty visitor attractions!

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Cawdor village, nestled between the scenic Highlands and the spectacular Moray Coast makes an ideal place for either a relaxing, peaceful break or an active, outdoor holiday all year round. With its good travel links and mild climate Nairnshire has attracted visitors from home and abroad, families to film stars, both in the past and present. The area has a huge diversity of beautiful scenery from mountains, moorland, rolling farmland to woodlands and a stunning coastline with rocky coves and long sandy beaches.

Hillview House has been beautifully furnished to make every comfort available for visitors. Lots of space, both in the house and in the garden, provides the ideal place for families and large groups to relax and enjoy exploring all this wonderful area has to offer.

Whether you want to just enjoy the peace and tranquility of this beautiful village and surroundings or explore further afield, Hillview House is ideal. From the house you can walk to Cawdor Castle and through captivating woodlands full of rare species of trees and wildlife, or walk by the River Nairn - if you're lucky you might spot some deer or red squirrels. The beautiful Moray Coast is just 5 miles away: the Moray Firth is famous for being home to one of only three populations of bottlenose dolphins in the UK. Seals are often seen and the coastline is blessed with lovely coves, beautiful sandy beaches, picturesque fishing villages and towns. Cawdor is the ideal base for a huge array of activities - golfing, cycling, bird-watching, watersports, hill-walking, coastal walks, fishing - all are practically on the doorstep.

Some of the owners favourite beaches close by: East Beach & Central Beach (no dogs allowed on the beach in Summer) in Nairn, Hilton of Delnies beach (off the beaten track and great for dog walking), Rosemarkie (huge long beach between Forres and Burghead), Cove Bay near Hopeman, Cummingston beach (great for rock-pooling).

For those interested in history there are lots of sites to visit - Culloden, Clava Cairns, many fascinating castles - and the Speyside Whisky Trail highlights the some of the many distilleries in the area. Should you want to venture further then the fascinating Black Isle is only 30 minutes away and the dramatic West Coast is only an hour and a half drive away. If you visit in spring or autumn you may be lucky enough to see a display of one of nature's wondrous sights, the Northern Lights.

  • Nairn - 5 miles
  • Inverness Airport - 7 miles
  • Inverness main line station - 14 miles
  • Village shop
  • Award winning Cawdor Tavern
  • Cawdor Castle and gardens - 1/2 mile walk
  • 2 Championship golf courses in Nairn - 5 miles
  • Over 30 golf courses in a 60 mile radius
  • Beautiful sandy beaches
  • 4 salmon fishing rivers close by
    (Nairn, Findhorn, Spey and Ness)
  • Historic woodland and river walks
    from the doorstep
  • Speyside Whisky Trail
  • Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle - 15 miles
  • Culloden and Fort George
  • Dolphin trips in the Moray Firth


Hillview House is a large detached house in a beautiful village setting, surrounded by a mature garden with a large lawn, established borders and hedging making it completely private and perfect for children and pets. The house is a spacious and extremely comfortable large holiday house in a truly stunning area.

Downstairs the entrance hall leads into the cosy sitting room with lovely marble fireplace and open fire. The sitting room is a lovely light room with three large bay windows leading into the dining room with solid oak dining table and leather covered dining chairs. There is an archway through to the large well equipped kitchen with a pantry and cloakroom attached plus a backdoor through to the sun porch. A doorway from the kitchen leads to the downstairs hallway with bedrooms, bathroom and playroom off. Also on the ground floor there are 3 large bedrooms, a double room with ensuite, and 2 twin rooms. There is also a large family bathroom.

Upstairs there are 3 more large bedrooms; 1 with a view to Cawdor Castle with en-suite and dressing room, a further large double room and a bedroom with twin beds. There is also a second bathroom. The house is tastefully furnished throughout with fitted carpets everywhere except kitchen and bathrooms.

Outside there is a good sized driveway for easy parking.

Directions to Cawdor:

Cawdor is just 7 miles from Inverness Airport,and 4 miles from the A96 linking Inverness to Aberdeen. Detailed directions provided on booking.

What's included:

Central heating, logs, coal and peat are all included. Bed linen and towels are provided and well behaved dogs are welcome.

The well equipped kitchen with coffee machine, double oven, ceramic hob and lots of space is ideal for families / large groups.

Cost and availability:

Saturday is changeover day, check in from 4pm, check out by 10am.
Rental periods generally by the week, short breaks possible outside peak periods.

To book this spacious well equipped self-catering large holiday home near Nairn, click the enquiry button below and see availability and rental prices.

Hillview House, The Lane, Cawdor, near Nairn, Highland IV12 5XP.

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This fabulous self-catering house for 12 is situated in the delightful village of Cawdor, which has a shop and an award-winning pub with excellent food. A Nairnshire holiday house such as this is an ideal location to explore all that this area has to offer - historic sites and castles, distilleries, dolphin watching to name but a few! Findhorn a lovely old fishing village is well worth a visit, just 20 minutes from Cawdor.

Recent reviews: Mrs Pat S, ’We’re just back from a wonderful week at your fabulous house. What a location, everything so accessible and we even had good weather! I’m so glad we found Hillview on the internet search and hope to beback sometime. We all had a great time - it was the perfect place to have a family get together.’ Mrs Clare S, ’We had a wonderful family get-together at your house. Your house was fabulous for us all and with a beautiful garden and surrounding area. The village and area is a hidden gem. There is so much to explore we certainly could come back again to see more. We holiday as a wider family group every year and have stayed in may different houses and areas. All the houses and areas have been lovely in their own way, however yours had something special. It was the perfect blend of practical, homely, relaxing and suiting all ages.’ Mr John B, Scotland, "We had a great time and the house and facilities were perfect, as was the weather. Thank you." Mr Thomas M, Germany, We enjoyed our holidays at the hillview house very much. Everything was well prepared. The weather was great the whole time. We saw very interesting landscapes of Scotland and we had a lot of fun ! Mr Eduardo P, Spain, " I just wanted to let you know that our holidays in Scotland has been like a dream come true. We have spent a wonderful and unforgettable time in your beautiful country. The house has been as comfortable and convenient as we have imagined" Mrs Karen M, "I can’t believe that a whole week has gone by since we packed up and left your beautiful, beautiful home. We did so appreciate staying there, what a wonderful part of the world Cawdor is. We found our way in to the woods behind the castle and had some lovely walks in there... magnificent trees !" Ms Wendy W., "Everyone enjoyed their break and thought Hillview was a wonderful place to stay. Thank you again for everything. I’m sure we’ll be in touch in the future as everyone was so impressed & all said they would love to stay again." Mrs Morag R., "Just like to say thank you for the use of your house it was perfect for our family get together. Your house was well equipped for cooking for a large group. Surroundings were great. I would have no hesitation in recommending your accommodation. Mr Alastair K., "Just a wee note to thank you very much for the use of Hillview House. We were very comfortable and warm, with plenty of space for us all. The house and location were ideal, and we had a fantastic time." Mrs Karen B., "Just wanted to let you know how wonderful we all thought Hillview House was and what a great time we had. Thank you so much, it really was a lovely warm feeling house! We do hope to come back again !"