27 Upper Big House

Upper Bighouse near Melvich, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park (Ref. 24703)

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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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    1 Customer Review(s)

    September 2014
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    “Clean and cosy in the north”
    Our family of 5 stayed for a week. Well situated to explore the north. Very welcoming. Comfortable and clean. As advertised. No internet and very little cell reception. Not necessarily a drawback


  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher

The property

Melvich 6 miles.

Sitting on a hillside, in rolling Sutherland countryside, this stone-built, traditional cottage is located on a working sheep farm, in the small community of Upper Bighouse.

From its elevated position, this Highlands cottage has far-reaching, open views and is ideal for a family or a group of friends who want to explore this rugged, dramatic area, and experience a different pace of life.

The accommodation at this cottage near Melvich is set over two floors and hasthree bedrooms, one of which is on the ground floor.

The sitting room in this Sutherland cottage is very cosy and comfortable, and leads to a spacious and bright kitchen with dining area.

Outside there is a pretty lawned garden with furniture, and a large shed for storing bikes and drying wet clothes and boots.

The village of Melvich is a short drive away and offers good local services, and the bustling town of Thurso has an excellent array of shops and places to dine and is just a half an hour drive.

The area is ideal for fishermen with a choice of lochs and rivers, and for birdwatchers as the sweeping Sutherland scenery offers fantastic opportunities with Forsinard RSPB Bird Sanctuary just eight miles away.

The Castle of Mey is the most northerly inhabited castle on the British mainland, and is well worth a visit.

At the end of a busy day, you will enjoy the quiet comfort of your Sutherland cottage.


Three bedrooms: 1 x ground floor double, 1 x double, 1 x twin. Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Kitchen with dining area. Sitting room with electric fire. External utility.


  • Oil central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, selection of books, games, DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot on request
  • Ample roadside parking
  • Bike storage
  • Enclosed lawned garden with furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 6 miles
  • Beach 10 miles
  • River 5 mins walk
  • Note: Due to the property being on a working sheep farm, all pets should be kept on a lead or supervised at all times.

About the location


Thurso 17 miles.

The village of Melvich is located on the north coast of Scotland near the mouth of the River Halladale and is set in the rolling and open space of Sutherland known as 'Mackay Country'. At the head of the bay is Melvich Beach, a beautiful and unspoilt stretch of golden sand and a popular venue for surfing. Melvich has a village shop and Post Office as well as a village inn with a restaurant. Melvich attracts many visitors, especially during the summer months, as it is an ideal base for touring the north coast of Scotland. Orkney is just a short ferry ride away, and fishing is available on many of the local lochs.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas