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Sleeps 14 adults
+ 4 children
Bedrooms 11 Bathrooms 11 Pets 2 Welcome Region Inverness-shire Town/village Fort William

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Victorian Holiday House, near Fort William

Get a taste of Victorian grandeur in comfortable style at this holiday house, set amongst sea and mountain, with wonderful panoramic views in any weather.

This is a large Victorian house, built in 1859, with immense charm and traditional shooting lodge character. Extended over 40,000 acres, this estate offers striking Highland scenery, with this house as its focal point. Internally, the house has a grand drawing room, dining room and snooker room, with additional rooms for further entertainment. It sleeps up to 14 adults and 4 children, with 7 twin/double bedrooms en-suite and 1 single bedroom en-suite on the first floor, with 3 further bedrooms and bathrooms for 3 people on the second floor. Bookings include the services of a housekeeper and cook, with food bills charged separately, with the staff occupying the houses to the rear of the house.

The reception hall is quite welcomingRelax in style in this drawing roomThe billiard room is always popularThere is an understated elegance in the dining roomThe cook has plenty of working space to prepare your mealsThe other sitting room offers comfortable seating and is more cosyThe play room is ideal for childrenGuests can also enjoy the additional games roomAll the accommodation is located on the floors above

Living Space

Reception rooms

On entering there is a cloakroom which then leads into a large reception hall with roman style pillars and a feature staircase, so there is an air of grandeur from the outset. The main drawing room with open fire is a grand room with fine pictures and comfortable chairs, with fantastic views overlooking Loch Linnhe. There is a study next door and a secondary sitting room for a more informal gathering, which has a TV. One of the most impressive rooms though, the room that catches the eye, is the large billiard room with full size snooker table, just perfect for relaxing at the end of the day. A further games room with table tennis table is also available for use.

Kitchen / Dining

The dining room is a traditional shooting lodge room with fine pictures of red deer and Highland cattle and antiques throughout. The main table seats 10 people and for further people an additional table is added to extend to the size of the group. The kitchen is to be found along the corridor and is the domain of the cook, with everyone welcome to see what goes on in here. As all bookings include the services of a housekeeper and cook, with food bills charged separately, it means that the cook is in charge of this impressive large kitchen.

  • BBQ
  • CD Player
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • Fishing
  • Freezer
  • Freezer, chest
  • Fridge
  • Fridge Freezer
  • Games Room
  • Garden Furniture
  • Heating, Central
  • High chair
  • Internet Access
  • Microwave
  • Payphone
  • Piano
  • Snooker Room
  • Sporting activities available
  • Table Tennis Table
  • Tumble Dryer
  • TV
  • TV, Satellite
  • VCR
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Cook and Housekeeper included
'Red Deer' double bedroom'Golden Eagle' twin bedroomThe 'Golden Eagle' en-suite bathroom, one of 8 en-suite bathrooms'Ptarmigan' double bedroom'Highland Dancer' twin bedroom'Highland Cow' twin bedroom'Horse' twin bedroom'Middle' twin bedroomThere is an en-suite or private bathroom for every bedroom

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 14 + 4

The accommodation can be found on the two floors above and comprise of eight well appointed bedrooms en-suite on the first floor for 14 adults, with additional rooms available for 4 more children on the floor above. All the bedrooms are set up in a similar style and are mostly twin-bedded rooms, with six of the bedrooms having impressive views overlooking the loch to the front. All the bathrooms are identical in feature apart from the feature tiling above the bath indicating which room you are staying in. So in “Highland Dancer” there is a tile depicting this, in the “Otter” room a picture of an otter, and so on.

  • 1 Single Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 3 Single Bedroom/s With Private Bathroom
  • 2 Double Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 5 Twin Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
On offer is this large holiday house in the west coast of ScotlandThis is a Victorian lodge through and throughSet between sea and mountainPractice your pitch and putt in the gardenThe grounds are expansive

Grounds & Surrounds

Accessed just off the shore road, it is a short drive up to the house. The grounds include a pitch and putt area in summer months, wonderful gardens and a summer house. Some stocked brown trout ponds are available for fishing as part of the let, with additional fishing available as extra. The estate also offers as extra activities including stalking, clay pigeon shooting (guns not provided), mountain biking, walking and wildlife watching. Located on the Ardgour peninsula, 12 miles south west of Fort William, it is accessible by road via the A861 to Corran, or by ferry which is a short 5 minute journey across Loch Linnhe. There is a village store within 15 minutes drive and the nearest pub would be the Inn at Ardgour. For shopping, then a trip to Fort William is required where there is a major supermarket. This house is ideal for a family holiday, an activity based group and for those wishing to explore the West coast of Scotland.

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

Full housekeeping and the services of a professional cook. Food is charged at cost with consultation with the cook, regarding your requirements.

Notes & Warnings

Dogs are welcomed on the ground floor of this property 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 Private Estate Nearest shop 5 miles Nearest supermarket 13 miles Nearest pub 5 miles
Nearest Airport
Inverness 77 miles
Glasgow 102 miles
Nearest Train Station
Fort William 13 miles
Inverness 74 miles
The views acoss Loch Linnhe are ever changingUsing the Corran Ferry is a 5 minute journeyBen Nevis looms large in this areaA trip to the Commando Memorial can be breathtaking

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