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Lairg 56 miles; Thurso 75 miles.
The most North Westerly village in mainland Scotland, the ancient village of Durness, unspoilt by modern convention, offers a truly peaceful location amidst awe inspiring landscape. The village is steeped in history and boasts evidence of an 8th Century Christian settlement, cave dwellings and Viking invasions. The surrounding coastline is fringed with spectacular beaches of silver sand, soaring cliffs and deep caves. It is a splendid location from which to explore the solitude of the Highlands whilst watching the varied wildlife, or enjoying a spot of golf on Britain's most northerly golf course. Vist Smoo Cave, a large sea cave with a tiny river running through, and the large colony of puffins at nearby Faraid Head, offering a superb opportunity for wildlife photography. The local Craft Village, situated on a rather picturesque old RAF radar base, affords visitors the opportunity to purchase local giftware and art, produced by this sustainable, hospitable community. A vast area of outstanding natural beauty, Durness makes an ideal base for touring the rest of the Highlands.
|Sleeps||9||Grid Reference||NC 401 678||Off Road Parking||Yes|
|Bathrooms||2||Short Breaks||None||Smaller Party Reductions||No|
Durness 0.5 miles. A large, detached, stone-built house situated on the outskirts of the ancient crofting village of Durness, which is scattered along a rugged coastline with rocky inlets, coves and beaches. The property is well maintained and offers simple, yet comfortable accommodation, with wonderful sea views, a cosy sitting room with open fire and four bedrooms. Transvaal House was built in approximately 1890, in a South African style, by a notable architect who designed various structures in South Africa. Upon his retirement he returned to his home town of Durness and built this property. The village of Durness offers a grocer's shop and a small shop with Post Office, while the area is perfect for walking, cycling, wildlife spotting and trout and salmon fishing, as well as golf at the local course. Ideal for exploring the solitude of the Highlands, Transvaal House makes a good base for a relaxing holiday.
Four bedrooms: 1 x ground floor double, 1 x double, 1 x family room with 3 single beds, 1 x adult bunks. Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. First floor shower room with shower, basin and WC. Large fitted kitchen with dining area and multi-fuel stove. Sitting room with open fire. Additional sitting area in extended entrance porch.
Electric storage heaters with multi-fuel stove in kitchen/dining area and open fire in sitting room. Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, satellite TV with basic package, radio, small library of books/games. Electricity charged via meter reading. Bed linen inc. in rent. Cot and highchair available. Off road parking for 4 cars. Lawned area. One well-behaved dog welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop and pub 10 mins walk. Note: Fuel is not provided for stove and open fire but is available to purchase locally, or can be pre-ordered from the shop before arrival.
Open until 9.30pm
Previous visitors' comments about Transvaal House:
Transvaal house was a wonderful cottage the village was extremely friendly. Long drive from Manchester but able to walk everywhere once there. The kitchen was my favourite room; the views were incredible. There was wildlife in abundance around the area.
Ms Humphreys, Cheadle, February 2013
Fantastic location and superbly well equipped. Very useful porch for adverse weather and lovely efficient fire in lounge. Generally really comfy and welcoming.
Mrs Thomson, Milnthorpe, October 2012
An amazing location with great mountains and beaches. The conservatory was useful - and there was plenty of space for coats and boots. The wood-burning stove and coal fire were very welcome.
Mrs Gordon, Derby, June 2012
Wonderful location. The house was outstandingly well equipped and comfortable.
Mr Devine, Scarborough, May 2012