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Sleeps 16 adults Bedrooms 8 Bathrooms 8 Pets 2 Welcome Region Sutherland Town/village Dornoch
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Majestic Georgian Mansion, Dornoch (223)

A majestic Georgian holiday home with beach access and stunning views across the Firth

Just a couple of miles from the old town square in the Royal Burgh of Dornoch and world-famous Royal Dornoch Golf Club, this majestic mansion occupies a commanding position overlooking the Dornoch Firth. Steeped in history, this Grade A listed home dates originally from the sixteenth century and was one of the castles of the Clan Gordon, but then benefited from an elegant, Georgian make-over and today provides contemporary and luxurious self-catering accommodation for groups looking to celebrate special occassions and/or outdoor pursuits. 

This property would be ideal for hosting exclusive golf tours in extremely comfortable and spacious surroundings.

The inviting entrance hall is ready to welcome you and your guestsThe Library is spacious with comfortable seating and an open fireSink into the sofa with one of it's many books...The contemporary kitchen is bright and well equippedThe formal dining room can seat up to 16The style and decor is continued throughout this amazing houseThe games room, with bar and seating area is perfect for evening entertainmentAnd it has a bar!The secondary sitting room is elegant room with additional seatingAll accommodation is on the upper floors..Relax in the Summer house and watch the world go by...

Living Space

Reception rooms

All three reception rooms are all located on the ground floor.

The library is a large, warm room lined with spicy-smelling cedar wood. At one end, there is a large fireplace surrounded by sofas, enough to comfortably accommodate the group. At the other, a small dining table and 4 chairs, ideal for jigsaws and other games or projects. Three French doors lead out from here onto the terrace and then the garden. Windows on the opposite side look out over the sea. In a secret “priest hole” behind some of the book shelves, there is a sound system from which you can hook up to your own streaming service or MP3 player.

The sitting room is a cosy yet elegant room in russet and gold, with an open fire and wonderful views looking out over the Dornoch Firth. Two 3-seater sofas and various occasional chairs create a perfect space for snuggling up to watch a film on the large smart TV, or reading a paper away from the crowd.

There’s also a Bar | Games room including a bar fridge and dishwasher, the bar is topped with American oak and surrounded by bar stools. There are also a couple of comfortable, leather sofas to relax in.  At the other end, there is a small pool table and large wall mounted TV, equipped with Sky Sports, ideal for following the latest golf tournament!

Kitchen / Dining

The Kitchen is light, airy and contemporary. It is well-equipped with a large gas cooker with double oven, dishwasher, fridge, microwave, DAB radio and wall-mounted TV/sound-system. The wooden kitchen table can seat 8. There’s a small wood burning stove for winter mornings and cosy kitchen suppers. French doors lead out onto the BBQ area and terrace/garden

The Utility/Laundry Room is an essential part of the house! Equipped with a washing machine, tumble drier, butler’s sink, a couple of vacuum cleaners and all kinds of cleaning products. There is also a supplementary fridge/freezer and chest freezer, ideal for stocking up.

Cloakroom/Bootroom. This generous walk-in cloakroom, easily accessible from the back door, has masses of space to hang everyone’s coats, plus associated walking boots & wellies, hats, scarves and gloves on the racks provided.

Dining Room This is probably the grandest room in the house, dramatically furnished in red, silver and mahogany. It boasts a large fireplace, a dining table to seat 16 and two, immensely grand silver candelabras. A door leading directly into the kitchen will make it easy for whomever is on duty to serve and clear meals away.

Cellar Complex. There are 4 very large, standing-height, unheated cellar rooms which can be used for storage by any of the guests, for things such as golf clubs, fishing equipment, wine etc. They are accessed via proper steps down from the Utility Room and date back to the earliest days of the house.

  • Additional fridge/freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer, chest
  • Games Room, Pool Table
  • Jacuzzi bath
  • Microwave
  • Summer House
  • Tumble Dryer
  • TV, Smart
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood burning Stove
  • MP3 Player
  • Library
  • Water Views
  • Luxury
  • Sky Sports package
  • DAB radio
  • Games Room bar fridge & dishwasher
  • Boot Room
  • Art or Pilates Studio
King size double bedroom with en-suiteEn-suite with jacuzzi bath and integral radioA stylish double bedroomAnother comfortable double bedroomAll of the bathrooms are unique and styllishA beautiful superking room with shuttered windowsGorgeous black and white bathroom with claw foot tub!Another super king double room beautifully furnishedThis lovely double has great views over the FirthAll of the bathrooms are stunning, many with drench showersA colourful double room

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 16

8 bedrooms with 8 ensuite and/or private bathrooms, the sea can just be heard at night though the shutters. 

WEST WING

Bedroom 1. Master Bedroom & en-suite bathroom. This is the only bedroom in the west wing of the house and it is situated above the library. Decorated in a contemporary style, with beech panelling, shutters and bespoke beech furniture throughout the bedroom and bathroom. You can enjoy a kingsize double bed with plenty of hanging and storage space for clothes. The bathroom is equipped with a double Jacuzzi bath with integral radio as well as a separate shower.

FIRST FLOOR – MAIN HOUSE

Bedroom 2. Super-King Double/Twin with en-suite bathroom. A classically decorated room with stylish wallpaper, antique furniture and a black-and-white bathroom, this bedroom and its twin across the hall, benefit from the generous proportions of what would have been the original, Georgian master suites. Huge shuttered windows have an amazing view over the Firth. The bathroom is equipped with a large claw-foot bath and a separate ‘drenching’ shower.

Bedroom 3, Super-King Double/Twin with en-suite bathroom. This room is in a very similar style to Bedroom 2. although the specific décor is different. (eg, the bathroom is green & white)

SECOND FLOOR – MAIN HOUSE

Bedroom 4. Super-King Double/Twin with en-suite bathroom. Still generously proportioned with marvelous views overlooking the Firth, Whilst not as ‘grand’ as the two bedrooms beneath, is the best place to have a bath in the house, the en-suite bathroom which contains the “Keystone” arched window in the centre of the house. A “Landmark” Georgian-style gunmetal bath sits in front of it and the bathroom is also equipped with a separate drenching shower.

Bedroom 5. Kingsize Double with en-suite bathroom. A good-sized bedroom with great views over the Firth and a beautiful brass bed. The bathroom is equipped with a large claw-foot bath and separate drenching shower.

Bedroom 6. Kingsize Double with en-suite shower room. The smallest bedroom but beautifully formed and furnished with great views over the garden and surrounding countryside. The bathroom is contemporary with luxury finish and is equipped with a large drenching shower. 

EAST WING – FIRST FLOOR
Bedroom 7. Super-King Double/Twin with private shower room next-door. This bedroom is above the Bar | Games room, with views over the Firth and along with the bedroom/s next-door, would be ideal for a family group. 

Bedroom 8. Double Bed with shared bathroom (2018 only). The smallest bedroom with views over the Firth, it has access to the bathroom downstairs, next to the bar, or by agreement, with the shower room next to Bedroom 7.

Bedroom 9. Kingsize with shared bathroom (2018 only). Use of bathroom just down the stairs, next to the bar, or by agreement, with the shower room next to Bedroom 7. Views over the Firth.

FROM MARCH 2019  Bedroom 8. Super King/Twin suite will be available, the ensuite is expected to include both bath and shower facililties. 

  • 1 King Size Bedroom With Private Bathroom
  • 1 Super King Double/twin Room/s With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 3 King Size Double Bedroom With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 1 King Size Double/twin Room With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 1 Superking Double With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 1 Twin Bedroom With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 1 Kingsize Double With Ensuite Shower Room
  • 1 Superking Double/Twin With Private Shower Room
 This Georgian holiday house is just a stones throw from the shoreThe grounds are beautifully maintained with much to exploreto include hidden treasures perfect for childrenSleeping 16 in the Scottish HighlandsAnd just nest to the beach ... bliss!Aerial shot of this coastal holiday houseView across the firth to Portmahomack from the house

Grounds & Surrounds

The garden runs to 8.5 acres and most of it is laid to grass, though to the back of the library, there is an extensive terrace and a large circular lawn, surrounded by flowers. In the Spring, daffodils run riot in the wooded areas and in summer the fruit cages overflow with raspberries, currants, strawberries and rhubarb, all of which our guests are welcome to enjoy. There is also an extensive herb garden, with different herbs and roses enclosed within miniature box hedges, in the form of an old-fashioned “knot garden”.

BBQ/Terrace area – just outside the kitchen and on the terrace. The BBQ is huge and built-in. There is cast-iron garden furniture for enjoying balmy evenings or afternoon tea on the terrace.

Summerhouse. Perfectly positioned to enjoy the afternoon sun, the glass summer-house is furnished with comfortable seating and is a wonderful place from which to watch the sun disappear over the yard-arm, accompanied by friends and a chilled bottle of white. Though unheated, this summerhouse is so warm in summer that an apricot tree and a grape vine produce large, edible fruits.

Practice golf hole. Golf aficionados and members of Royal Dornoch Golf Club may not rate our hole very highly, however, it can provide great fun for friends and family, and comes complete with a tee, pond/water hazard, bunkers and green with a hole and flag! We also have a set of clubs for your use, which are stored in the cellar.

A 3 car garage is available for those who wish their cars to be under cover. Otherwise, there is lots of parking at the back of the house.

Art or Pilates Studio. Next to the garages, there is a generous-sized north-facing studio with many electrical points, which can be used for a number of interesting purposes. For golf parties we may use this as the club store and drying room.

The Firth and the Seashore. There is a short path from the front of the house down onto incredibly beautiful Embo Beach and from here you can walk the 4 km south to spectacular Dornoch Beach and the Dornoch Firth (SSSI). Alternatively, you can go a couple of kilometres north, past Coul Links to the National Nature Reserve of Loch Fleet (SSSI). This is famous for all kinds of wading birds and wildfowl, flora, fauna and the pods of seals, visible year-round as they bask on the sand bars.

Conditions

Security Bond

The owner requires a fully refundable security bond to be paid within 7 days of the holiday start date.
This owner has chosen to use our secure online payment service to collect this bond from guests.

Check in / Check out

Guests are welcome to arrive from 4:00pm and are asked to depart by 10:00am on the day of departure.

Pets Welcome

A maximum of 2 pets are welcome at this property. Typically pet charges apply but please contact the office for details.

Cancellation Policy - Strict

Included in the rental

Included in the rental is all bed linen, towels, central heating, wood and kindling for the log fires and wood burning stoves. Also, free, unlimited WiFi and Sky Sports (in the Bar).

Notes & Warnings

SECURITY BOND
A fully refundable security bond of £500 is required within 7 days of the holiday, payable directly to the owner, please arrange this when making your arrival arrangements.

RENOVATIONS IN 2019  There will be adjustements made to bedrooms 7,8 & 9 in 2019. Please see Bedrooms/Bathrooms above for more information. 

COT & HIGHCHAIR
Whilst this property can supply a cot & highchair. Please make sure you submit a note on your booking form to the bookings team requesting this item so the owner knows to put one out for you on arrival.

PETS
Dogs are welcomed on the ground floor of this property only (not upstairs).  They must please sleep in the kitchen or utility room and no-where else on the ground floor.  Please see our Pet policy for further information

GROUP TYPES
Stag and Hen bookings may not book this property, unless discussed in advance for approval. Neither the Owner nor the Agent will accept any liability should a booking be confirmed as a consequence of non-disclosure of the above which may later result in a booking cancellation by the Owner. For more information on this matter please speak to a member of our staff.

WIFI
Unlimited WIFI is offered and is strongest in the main living areas.

 

LocationDornoch

Dornoch is a town and seaside resort, and former Royal burgh in the county of Sutherland in the Highlands of Scotland. It was granted Fairtrade Town status in 2005 and lies on the north shore of the Dornoch Firth, near to where it opens into the Moray Firth to the east. The National Nature Reserve of Loch Fleet (SSSI) is famous for all kinds of wading birds and wildfowl, flora, fauna and the pods of seals, visible year-round as they bask on the sand bars. 

Dornoch has a thirteenth-century Cathedral, an Old Town Jail, and the previous Bishop's Palace which is now the well-known hotel, Dornoch Castle as well as a notable golf course, the Royal Dornoch Golf Club currently ranked Number 1 in Scotland and 5th best golf course in the World.

Herbert Warren Wind called it the most natural course in the world. Tom Watson called it the most fun he'd had playing golf. Donald Ross called it his home, having been born in Dornoch and learned the game on the links. Tucked in an arc of dunes along the shoreline, Dornoch's greens, some by Old Tom Morris, others by John Sutherland or tour pro George Duncan, sit mostly on plateaus and don't really favour bounce-and-run golf. That's the challenge: hitting those greens in a Dornoch wind! 

Dornoch is also notable as the last place a witch was burnt in Scotland. Her name was Janet Horne; she was tried and condemned to death in 1727. There is a stone, the Witch's Stone, commemorating her death, inscribed with the year 1722.

Sutherland

As you travel further north in Scotland, the scenery becomes more and more dramatic, and Sutherland boast some of the best. With the Atlantic coast to the north and west, and the North Sea to the south east, this county is as sparse and rugged as you will find in the UK.

The population resides in coastal towns; to the west, Lochinver, a small fishing port sits nestled under the distinctive Suilven Mountain range and to the east you will find a number of towns and villages, the fishing port of Helmsdale, the sandy beaches and Jurassic rocks of Brora, and the seaside resort of Golspie, home to the fairy-tale Dunrobin Castle.

The thriving town at Dornoch offers beautiful sandy beaches, its own SSSI, the Royal Dornoch championship golf course, and a spectacular Cathedral. The most attractive aspect of this county is its landscapes, perfect for explorers, Ben More Assynt, the highest mountain in the county offers a formidable challenge to keen hikers, and Loch Shin has much to show wildlife enthusiasts. Golden Eagles and Sea Eagles are also known to inhabit this county. 

North West and Skye

About the Area

The northern section of Scotland provides some of the most dramatic scenery that the country has to offer with stunning natural beauty. The options include travelling up the east coast, through the central region or via the western section. Choosing the east coast, from Inverness to John o’ Groats, is a distance of 120 miles. This takes in the “Black Isle” which has the Moray Firth and the Cromarty Firth on either side. Continuing on the A9 through Easter Ross, and the scenery starts to get more dramatic with the peak Ben Wyvis dominating the area. The towns that you pass through include Dornoch, Golspie, Brora and Helmsdale, with the historic cathedral at Dornoch a highlight. Beyond and you enter the sparsely populated region of Sutherland, where there are vast open spaces of moorland and heather, which meets the high cliffs to the east. There are two main towns in the northern section and they are Thurso and Wick. The north east section is the county of Caithness, and there are a lot of Norse influence in this area, having been the closest point of contact to Norway and Viking invasions. It is a favourite for tourists who like to go to John o’Groats, and it is historically known as the “start of Great Britain”, being one end of the longest distance between two inhabited points in the UK, Land's End being the other. John o' Groats is 876 miles (1409.78 km) away from Land's End in Cornwall. At the north coast is the Pentland Firth, which looks out to Orkney and a car ferry can be caught from Scrabster to Stromness. Both Orkney and Shetland have amazing historical sites and are well worth visiting. Travelling along the north coast takes you to Tongue, and it is here that the central route can be taken using the A836. This follows Loch Loyal, past Ben Loyal, Loch Naver and through Strath Vagastie and Strath Tiffy before reaching Lairg. The road is a single track road with passing places and as it is so scenic, there is no hurry. Travelling from the west coast, from the great glen of Scotland and the magnificence of Loch Ness, along the A87, this is a route that is well trodden by tourists, as this is the “road to the isles”. Along the way, it is lochs and glens, with Loch Lochy, Loch Garry, Loch Cluanie, the Five Sisters mountain range, before reaching Loch Duich and one of the most photographed and iconic castles in Scotland, Eilean Donan Castle. From here, the road leads to the Isle of Skye and access onto many of the other islands, or north. Travelling north, takes in a perennial favourite, Plockton, and continuing on you travel through Lochcarron, Kinlochewe, Ullapool and Scourie, with harbour villages of Lochinver and Kinlochbervie, well worth visiting. Once you get to the top of Scotland, you reach Durness and the most north westerly region which is Cape Wrath, and this section of Scotland is covered.

Attractions

In the North Highlands and Skye, there are many attractions, but it is the geography that is the most appreciated. The line of the well known verse states “speed bonny boat, over the sea to Skye”; but nowadays, there is a bridge for the main west coast route onto the island. However, the West Highland Line links Mallaig railway station by rail to Fort William, Oban and Glasgow. This rail line, which is in use through the summer only, has been frequently voted the top rail journey in the world. Once on Skye, it is dominated by the range of mountains through the spine of the island which are the Cuillins, which is a haven for walkers. To the north near Uig, is Dunvegan Castle, the clan seat of the Macleods, which is open to the public. Whilst Skye can easily occupy a visitor for weeks, there is also access to many of the other islands, including Raasay, Uist and Harris. Back on the mainland, it continues to be all about lochs and glens. From the great glen and Loch Ness, travelling north, it a series of straths, glens, mountains and vast open spaces. In fact 40% of all the Munro’s, mountains that are above 3,000 feet in height, are in this region. Some of the more prominent ones include Ben Wyvis, Ben Hope and Ben More Assynt. The clan history of this area is fascinating and includes well known clans such as Mackay, Sinclair, Sutherland, Munro, Urquhart, Mackenzie, Fraser, Mackinnon and Macleod. On Skye, Dunvegan Castle is the clan seat and nearby can be found Macleod's Tables, which are two curious flat-topped hills that are prominent from many parts of Skye. The ascent to the top is a straightforward but rough moorland walk. Apart from travelling the region and enjoying its natural beauty, there are many castles to visit. The iconic Eilean Donan Castle is the most visited castle in this region and definitely worth seeing, even if you see nothing else in Scotland. Castle Urquhart at Loch Ness, Dunrobin Castle, Castle of Mey, Dornoch Cathedral and Dunvegan Castle and Castle Armadale on Skye are all worth visiting, along with the many historical sites on Orkney. Many signposts are written in both English and Gaelic, the Scottish language, and it is in this region where the language is kept alive. Shinty is the local sport, which to an outsider is the equivalent of hockey without rules, and if you have a chance to see a game, then it is an exciting fast paced game, which comes with crunching tackles. With regard to weather, it can be a mixed bag. Traditionally, in general the west is wetter than the east, but there are pockets that have micro climates. In the west, the gulf stream keeps the climate milder and there are a number of well known gardens, like Inverewe Gardens in the North West, which are world class. All-in-all, there are plenty of interesting attractions to visit in this region.

Things To Do 

Once you have seen the scenery and visited the castles, there are many interesting activities in this region. The food, especially the seafood is world renowned and if you can find a local restaurant or hotel that offers the seafood dish of the day, then it will be a worthwhile experience. The Kinloch Hotel and The Three chimneys, both on the Isle of Skye have excellent reputations, whilst the following 3 restaurants are also well known; 1, Fishmarket restaurant, Mallaig; 2, Captains Galley, Scrabster; 3, Plockton Shores, Plockton. Whilst this area is not the heartland of the whisky industry, there are a number of distilleries, which are well worth visiting. On the mainland they include Dalmore, Glenmorangie, Loch Ewe, Clynelish, Glen Ord and Pulteney. On Orkney there is Highland Park and on the Isle of Skye there is the Talkisker distillery. Visitor Centres, include the Falls of Shin, Assynt, Bright Water, Glengarry and Torridon. Of sporting interests, there are many rivers to fish for salmon, including the rivers Naver, Lochy, Helmsdale, Carron, Glass, Oykel and many more, not forgetting the numerous hill lochs for wild brown trout. Deep sea diving is a popular past-time, particularly off the west coast and places like Ullapool offer charter trips, where sea-fishing is readily available too. In this area, the golf courses are not as many, but the stand out golf courses are at Royal Dornoch and Skibo, though the 9-hole golf course at Durness, is a wonderful challenge and is the most north westerly golf course on mainland Scotland. Interestingly enough a young John Lennon used to holiday in the north west of Scotland and there is a memorial garden in his memory at Durness. Wildlife abounds in these more remote areas and there are opportunities to see otters, golden eagles and red deer in the wild. To see red kites and sea birds in more detail, the RSPB have a number of centres, including Tollie, Fairy Glen and Dunnet Head. For marine life, there is a dolphin and seal visitor centre at North Kessock or you can go on one of the many dolphin watch boats that monitor the Cromarty and Moray Firths. Chanonry Point being one of the most popular locations to spot the dolphins. For even more active activities, there are a number of outdoor centres and water specialists, to cater for any thrill seeking need, whether it be white water rafting or canyoning. For the surfer, the beach at Thurso East is regarded as Scotland’s prime surfing venue in the north of Scotland and has held major championships. For children, the beaches can be sandy and private havens, and there are excellent ones at Nigg, Whiteness, Dornoch, Dunnet Bay, Torrisdale Bay, Balnakiel Bay, Glenelg Bay and Barrisdale Bay. From the mountain biker to bird watcher, the Munro bagger to the garden enthusiast, there are many activities in the North of Scotland. The natural beauty is outstanding and those that make the time and effort to travel are well rewarded.

Highlands and Islands

This region takes in Inverness-shire, Ross-shire, Sutherland, Caithness and the islands include the Inner and Outer Hebrides as well as Orkney and the Shetland islands. For spectacular scenery the Highlands of Scotland provides some of the best, with a huge expanse of area full of mountains, lochs and glens full of romance, wildlife and scenic beauty. The heritage of this area includes Culloden, taking the ferry to the Isle of Skye or just taking in one of the many castles like Eilean Donan. There is also an immense range of wildlife to be found. 



 

Area Sutherland Type of location Coastal Nearest shop Dornoch - 2 miles Nearest supermarket Dornoch - 2 miles Nearest pub Dornoch - 2 miles
Nearest Airport
Inverness 53 miles
Nearest Train Station
Train 11 miles
The local sandy beach, perfect for a stroll in any weatherAnd you can take your four legged friends .. Dornoch is just 2 miles awayThe scenery in this part of Scotland will take your breath away

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