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Sleeps 14 adults
+ 2 children
Bedrooms 7 Bathrooms 5 Pets 2 Welcome Region Inverness-shire Town/village Fort William

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Victorian Fishing Lodge, near Fort William

If you are looking for a large holiday house in the Outdoor Capital of Scotland, then this beautiful lodge with clear views of Ben Nevis is ideal. Great lodge, great location.

This ever popular holiday house is in a great countryside location and accommodates up to 14 people in great style and comfort. Whilst this traditional fishing lodge was built back in 1870, in recent years it is has been set-up as a holiday house, though back in 1935, the lodge accommodated “Edward and Mrs Simpson”, amongst others. Today, it has been refurbished to modern tastes, whilst retaining the original feel of the Victorian fishing lodge. There are plenty of reception rooms, and all the bedrooms and bathrooms are upstairs. Accessed via a private track, though a courtyard area, there is plenty of parking for all of the group. Please note that weddings can only be for the capacity of the house’s accommodation only. This holiday house is perfect for all the family, with so many activities nearby including those at Nevis Range, or just to enjoy the house on its own.

Sit around the open fire in the cosy Drawing Room after a busy day on the hills.The secondary sitting room is a very pleasant room with good sofas and an open fireThe secondary sitting room is a very pleasant room with good sofas and an open fireThe dining room is bright and cheerful with a large bay window and seating for 14It's not that we take our Whisky seriously it's just that some things are worth celebratingThe modernised kitchen has a fully electric AGA and a larder and pantry room beyondAdditional Galley Kicthen available for extra work space.Hall with main stairsLight and spacious landing on the first floor.

Living Space

Reception rooms

Whilst the main door is accessed via the large stone patio area to the front, most people use the side entrance, which is a cloakroom and is ideal for storage. This takes you into the secondary sitting room, which is a very pleasant room with good sofas and an open fire, but is really more of a gathering room. Beyond is the main hall and opposite is the primary sitting room, the drawing room. This is more of a classic drawing room with three large sofas, an open fire, prints of hunting scenes and a delightful bay window. Additionally there is a TV room, which is perfect to keep the children entertained in front of the goggle box, as well as a seperate study.

Kitchen / Dining

The dining room is to be found at the corner of the lodge and this is an elegant room with lots of light coming in from the large bay window. 14 people can sit comfortably around the mahogany table and there is plenty of dresser space for additional plates and food. Whilst there is also a galley kitchen, which is really somewhere where the afternoon tea tray would have been kept, there are uses for it today depending on your specific requirements. The main catering action will be in the kitchen, where there is an electric AGA and full instructions on how to use it. This is a nice looking kitchen, which has been modernised and has the look of a country kitchen with its pine table and chairs and cupboard space. A larder and a pantry are beyond and the boiler room can double up as a drying room and dogs can be kept in there overnight.

  • Additional entertainment/activities available on request
  • Aga, 2 hobs, 3 ovens
  • Bed, Four Poster
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • Freezer
  • Freezer, extra
  • Fridge
  • Galley kitchen
  • Garden Furniture
  • Heating, Central
  • High chair
  • Internet Access
  • Logs, initial supply
  • Microwave
  • Music, system in drawing room
  • Open Fires
  • Study
  • Tumble Dryer
  • TV
  • Views, stunning
  • Walking, hill
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Mobile reception
The master bedroom (Room 5) has front facing views and an en-suite bathroom.(Room 5) Furnished with a classic Four Poster Bed.Beautiful Bay windows (Room 5) overlooking the grounds.(Room 5) En-suite bathroom to Master Bedroom(Room 2) Double room with a large bay window looks over the front of the house(Room 2) Double room with ensuite on first floor.(Room 3) A sweet twin room on the first floor with a large window and lots of wardrobe spaceGreat care has been taken to make the shared bathrooms bright and comfortable to use(Room 4) Is another front facing double bedroom on the first floor with large bay window and en-suite bathroom(Room 7) All of the bedrooms have been styled and furnished with care, we don't think anyone will be dissappointedShared bathroom next door to room 6.(Room 1) This room would delight any children in the group

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 14 + 2

All 7 bedrooms are found on the first floor and they are numbered 1 – 7 and consist of 3 double bedrooms and 4 twin-bedded rooms. The master bedroom is on the corner above the dining room, with a bay window and a four poster double bed, along with an en-suite bathroom. This has a wonderful view to the front of the house overlooking the river Lochy. The other two double bedrooms that have en-suite facilities are also to the front of the house, along with one of the twin-bedded rooms. The other bedrooms share the two family bathrooms that are found on this floor.

  • 4 Twin Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 1 Four Poster Double Bedroom/s Ensuite
  • 2 Double Room/s With Ensuite Bathroom
Victorian fishing lodge for group holidays in the Scottish HighlandsThe lodge has plenty of parking to the rear of the house and grounds to enjoy in private.6 miles from Fort William, within a country setting, the lodge is ideal for exploring the very best of Scotland. Ben Nevis and Glencoe resorts are within easy reach and there is a local golf course in Fort WilliamSet against the dramatic backdrop of the Nevis Range in an area dubbed the 'Outdoor Capital Of the U.K.'Friendly neighbour, the Highland Coo

Grounds & Surrounds

Accessed off a B-road, the driveway is shared with a farm cottage, and the lodge has plenty of parking to the rear of the house and grounds to enjoy in private. Located 6 miles from Fort William, within a country setting, the lodge is ideal for exploring the very best of Scotland. This area is known as the “outdoor capital of Scotland”, with Ben Nevis and Glencoe resorts within easy reach. Winter sports, walking, climbing and most outdoor activities are catered for here. There is a local golf course in Fort William. Fishing is available on the river Lochy or on Loch Fyne. For shopping, then a trip to Fort William is required where there is a major supermarket, as well as other shops and restaurants. Ben Nevis distillery can be found in Fort William.

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 6:00pm 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

Linen, towels, electricity and heating and a basic supply of logs/coal for the open fires. In this case this means a small bucket of a coal, kindling and a few logs - enough to get a fire going. Please also note that no firelighters or matches are provided.

Notes & Warnings

Please note that time of arrival is at the later time of 6pm, whilst time of departure remains at 10am.

The two fold out beds provided by the property are only suitable for children aged 12 and under. Adults are not permitted to sleep in these beds. The maximum adult occupancy for this property is strictly 14. Two additional children may also be accommodated in the fold out beds, as specified. If you wish to use these beds you will need to notify the housekeeper in advance to ensure they are brought out and made up prior to your arrival. 

Dogs are welcomed in the drying room/dog room, and ground floor only.

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.

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.

LocationFort William

Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Nevis Range, and the beautiful Loch Linnhe, Fort William is one of the larger Highland settlements and has been dubbed the Outdoor Capital of the UK. Glen Nevis offers a multitude of activities for all types; the Nevis Range multi activity centre hosts Skiing, Snowboarding and Mountain Biking, while the famous cable car offers sightseers a chance to enjoy the spectacular landscapes and scenery without the long walk! A Discovery Centre can be found at the top, at Aonach Mor, during the summer, as well as a self-service restaurant. If you would like to stay on your feet, the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre offers information on the area, with hiking and rambling routes depending on your desires. Don’t forget Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, perfect for rock climbing and hiking! Back on lower ground, Fort William is home to the West Highland Museum, with exhibits depicting Highland life during the Jacobite era, and Treasures of the Earth is a geological gem for all the family, hosting a collection of priceless stones, crystals and fossils. 

Inverness-shire

Inverness-shire is one of the largest county areas in Scotland. Located in the Highlands, it is predominantly mainland, but still has coastline to the west and the east, and includes the Outer Hebrides, Skye and a number of smaller Inner Hebridean Isles. The neighbouring historical county of Nairnshire is now commonly included withing the boundaries of Inverness-shire. The county has a diverse range of attractions and activities for all the family. For thrill seekers, and those in search of invigorating activities, there are two ski resorts, Cairngorm and Nevis Ski Centre, a number of activity centres and much in the way of walking and mountain biking can be found in the Highlands. For something traditionally Scottish why not pay Nessie a visit at Loch Ness? And what about a trip to stand in the shadow of the great Ben Nevis (or walk up it if you are so inclined!)? Visit the Calloden Battlefield, the site of the last battle on British soil, or take a train ride out to the west coast, over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by Harry Potter’s Hogwart's Express! The Outer Hebrides are a 200 island chain off the far north west of Scotland. Inhabited for over 6000 years, the islands have a huge historical heritage, and also contain Sites of Special Scientific Interest and National Nature Reserves. The Isle of Skye is typical of the Scottish Highlands; with 20 Munros on the island, there is much to entertain the avid walker! Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands is a bustling and thriving city and home to the estimable red sandstone Inverness Castle. Other towns include Fort William, located in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Kingussie on the Cairngorm National Park, and Nairn, an attractive seaside holiday spot on the Moray Firth.

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 Inverness-shire Type of location Countryside Nearest shop 6 miles Nearest supermarket 6 miles Nearest pub 6 miles
Nearest Airport
Inverness 75 miles
Glasgow 105 miles
Nearest Train Station
Fort William 7 miles
Perfect for those seeking Winter sports at Glencoe resort, which is just a few miles from the lodge.Ben Nevis viewThe Commando memorial near Spean BridgeCrossing via the Corran Ferry to Ardgour - Argyllshire Local Area

Reviews

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21st April 2016 Excellent 

Fabulous house in an idyllic location.

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19th March 2016 Excellent 

A lovely house in a very quiet location. Lots of room. Good heating. Plenty of parking. Worth making sure you can cook on an Aga. We'll be back.

Service rating : So pleased to hear you found our team pleasant and helpful, thanks so much for your feedback its always invaluable and we hope we can help again in the future!
Product : We are delighted to hear that you would return to this Victorian Fishing Lodge, we would be very happy to help get you booked back in sometime! Great to hear that you found the property well heated and spacious, sounds like you all had a lovely time away.

5th December 2015 Excellent 

Fabulous place. It was a horrible wet weekend when we visited but the house was lovely and cosy. We had a log fire every night. The bedrooms were very comfortable. We will certainly be back.

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Product : Glad to hear you had a fabulous stay. Sounds so cosy sitting around the log fires each night after a busy day! We look forward to hearing from you when you would like to re book, don't forget to claim your SCH loyalty discount next time!

3rd January 2014 Excellent 

We had a truly excellent stay. Everything worked well, heating, open fires and cooking (once we got used to the AGA). And what a truly delightful place. We took the mouse droppings in our stride - although our daughter-in-law was a bit put off by the mouse nest under her bed!

Great to hear you had an excellent stay as this lodge is such a firm favourite with everyone. With regard to the mice this was an unfortunate oversight, and after a period of inaction at the lodge, nature has a habit of taking over and the housekeeper failed to spot this, which we are sorry about. I know you have emailed us to remove the mice comment – but actually it shows that these reviews are real and genuine. The electric AGA does take some getting used to – and I hope the instructions were helpful. Please do not hesitate to get back in touch if we can help with any future holiday plans and we will be delighted to help, we also offer a loyalty discount to returning guests!

Antony Sherlock
Property Manager

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