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Deskford Cottage

(Ref. 932291)

Nairn, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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42 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a lovely stay at Deskford cottage although due to illness we had to come home 2 days early."

    The cottage is well situated around a 30 minute walk to town centre. The cottage was clean, well furnished, the bed was very comfortable and the welcome pack was a nice touch. The owners lived next door and were very quick to respond to a couple of wee problems. We would not hesitate to return and definitely recommend a stay here.

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Mar 2024

  • "We had a great stay at Deskford Cottage."

    The cottage was super clean and lovely and cosy. Everything was there to make life comfortable, a fully equipped kitchen, two lovely warm bathrooms, a comfy sitting room and two gloriously light bedrooms with velux blinds to make them dark at night. The position of the cottage in Nairn was ideal. Walking there is a handy supermarket just down the road as well as a patch of woodland. The beach is only a 15 minute walk and in the opposite direction over the level crossing there is countryside with public footpaths to discover. By car, Nairn is in a great situation. We went to Culbin Forest, Knockando woollen mill, Dulsie bridge and Ardlach watchtower, Dullas castle, Loch Ness and Grantown on Spey. We had such a lovely time. Thankyou Phill and Karen I hope we can return very soon.

    Reviewed by Mandy5.0Mar 2024

  • "We had a lovely stay, hosts were lovely and helpful."

    Feedback, there could be a better larder in the kitchen. We’re used to having the basics ie oil, salt, pepper, vinegar, items you don’t really need a lot of but handy for cooking.

    Reviewed by Delores4.7Dec 2023

  • "Lovely clean property."

    Good host, welcome pack a nice touch.

    Reviewed by Alan4.4Oct 2023

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Well equipped and very clean. The welcome pack was lovely and we had a change of sheets and towels in the middle weekend as we stayed for 2 weeks which was quite unusual and much appreciated. Short walk into Nairn shops and beachfront so good location too

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely property spotlessly clean and exactly as described."

    We've been to The Highlands many times since the 90s so we know it quite well and find this location ideal for trips in all directions. Already booked for next year but for two weeks this time, one just isn't long enough.

    Reviewed by Antony5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely cottage to relax in , a home from home easy to get to and nice walks both past the school into town and down to the beach across the golf course."

    Off road parking was a bonus and lots to see and do in the area even when it rains. Coop 2 mins walk away and owners left a lovely welcome pack. Will definitly book again.

    Thank you for your lovely comments. They make it all very rewarding. So glad you had a lovely stay and hopefully we can welcome you back in the future. Phill and Karen. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a great week at the cottage."

    It was just as described and was very comfortable. Loved the wood burner as it made the cold evenings watching the large screen tv really enjoyable. Would recommend the cottage and hope to book again in the future.

    Thank you for your lovely comments, so glad you had a great time. You are welcome back anytime. Phill and Karen. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jan 2023

  • "This was our 3rd visit to a sykes cottage and I must say the best we've been to."

    Everything was better than we expected. The house was spotless and fully equipped with all we would need for our stay. I especially appreciated the folder with all the instructions for all the white goods in the kitchen snd recommendations for local restaurants etc . We will definitely revisit in the future . Thanks. Colin and Helen

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Sep 2022

  • "More than expected."

    Spotless ,comfy all equipment top notch couldnot recomend it higher . area outstanding as you would expect .brilliant

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Sep 2022

  • "Deskford was a really lovely cottage, clean and decorated to a high standard."

    Comfortable bed and 15 walk from both each and town. Very handy little supermarket at end of street which was a pleasant surprise. Would return.

    Reviewed by Gail5.0Jul 2022

  • "A home from home experience with everything you need in a lovely quiet area not far from beach and town."

    We loved our stay.

    Reviewed by Jessie5.0Jun 2022

  • "We had a lovely holiday and were very pleased with the cottage."

    It was comfortable, clean and cosy. I would definitely recommend it to others and I would be delighted to stay there again.

    Reviewed by Catriona5.0Apr 2022

  • "Deskford cottage was very clean, comfortable and well appointed with everything we needed for our stay in Nairn."

    The owners were very welcoming and left a lovely welcome pack for us. Lovely holiday in a lovely area.

    Reviewed by Isabelle5.0Aug 2021

  • "We love Nairn, the cottage was great and made our holiday better."

    We will certainly be back

    Reviewed by Irene5.0Jul 2021

  • "I think the distance to beach, restaurants needs to be made clearer."

    For myself and husband at least 20 mins walk to both, we walk a lot! . Not walking distance for older or those not good at walking.

    Reviewed by Lesley3.4Jul 2021

  • "Deskford Cottage was ideally situated as a base to holiday in Nairn and surrounding area."

    The area was quiet though close to the amenities. The cottage garden was lovely to relax in after a day visiting local attractions. We would certainly book again if returning to the area and would recommend the cottage to friends and family.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2021

  • "Deskford Cottage , is a very well presented and equipped cottage on the edge of ..."

    Deskford Cottage , is a very well presented and equipped cottage on the edge of Nairn , an ideal base for our Highland trip

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jun 2021

  • "The cottage had everything that you needed, plus it was well decorated, clean and tidy along with a great welcoming pack of fresh scones, local butter and home made jam."

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Jun 2021

  • "We were fortunate to be met on arrival to a very warm welcome by the owner with tea and scones on hand, with the exception of a very small shower the weather was brilliant throughout the holiday."

    The whole of the Cairngorms and surrounding areas exceeded all our expectations and we are all looking forward to a return visit in the future. The cottage was absolutely brilliant, very clean and very well laid out. Thank you very much.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Jun 2021

  • "This cottage is immaculate and has lots of extras such as a lovely enclosed garden with gazebo, gas bbq and seating."

    Very well equipped kitchen, wood burner in lounge, games, nice big tv with netflix etc. The owner even left us freshly baked scones, milk, flowers etc. No hesitation in reccomending this place to others, it's perfect.

    Reviewed by Niall5.0May 2021

  • "Delightful cottage - beautiful and comfortable decor and spotlessly clean."

    Very good location for walking into Nairn town centre, but a lovely quiet spot. So welcoming; we hope to return soon.

    Reviewed by Iain5.0May 2021

  • "We have stayed in quite a few of your cottages over the last few years ,and would not book with anyone else ,they are always to a good standard."

    We just hope we can get to the one we have booked with you for Christmas .with the current situation. We look forward to staying in many more in the future.

    Reviewed by Beryl5.0Sep 2020

  • "Perfectly situated to visit lots of places, had a fantastic 2 weeks here, didn’t want to leave, would definitely recommend Deskford cottage."

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Nov 2019

  • "We feel that the description and especially the photos did not do justice to the cottage."

    Reviewed by Frank5.0Sep 2019

  • "Very well appointed and equipped."

    Warm, cosy and exceptionally well presented. Quiet, relaxing.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Sep 2019

  • "Deskford cottage is ideally situated for touring around this lovely area of the Highlands, the cottage is spotless, the log burner is cosy and the welcome pack with the scones is much appreciated after a long drive north!"

    We visited Cawdor Castle, Culloden, epic drive over to Applecross, scary mountain roads but fantastic scenery all the way. Dunrobin Castle certainly worth the drive to visit, fairytale castle! Nairn beach is lovely, we had a very good evening meal at the Bandstand restaurant in Nairn. Our lasting impression of the Highlands is the scenery, it's beautiful! The people are so friendly, we have met some lovely people on our travels around, everyone has so much time to talk to you.

    Reviewed by June5.0Jul 2019

  • "We had a wonderful stay, it had everything we needed and more to make our stay a very enjoyable one."

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Jun 2019

  • "Great place for exploring local area as all the facilities you need and more ."

    Owners went above and beyond all expectations very helpful.

    Reviewed by Pauline4.7May 2019

  • "Lovely cottage, made to feel very welcome there like a home from home."

    Reviewed by Nyree5.0Apr 2019

  • "Very comfortable cottage."

    Cosy rooms, well equipped kitchen, very appreciated welcome basket. Perfect communication with the kind host before and during the stay.

    Reviewed by Jurgen5.0Dec 2018

  • "Lovely cottage, extremely comfortable, clean, roomy and well-furnished."

    Arrived to be greeted by tea, coffee, sugar, milk, delicious scones and jam. A good selection of books and games, efficient central heating and a log burner are provided. A thoroughly enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Sep 2018

  • "This property is perfectly situated for exploring - small beaches, castles, lochs, Inverness shopping!"

    I was travelling solo and felt safe and welcomed to the cottage; the owners were available as required and left me to my privacy also, which is important to me. I would like to return with some of my family - its their turn!

    Reviewed by Jean5.0Sep 2018

  • "This is a lovely cottage."

    Nicely decorated,good sized kitchen with all appliances,located in a small lane within easy reach of main road into Nairn or to Inverness.Owner Mr. Stuart friendly and welcoming(did not meet Mrs .Stuart).Nice welcome pack provided.I would recommend this cottage as a good base for visiting the surrounding area and attractions.Of course the weather was also lovely which does enhance the experience but even so the cottage would still be a good place to stay.There is a small co-op store at the end of the lane which is very handy.Another week would have been ideal to see more of the beautiful Highlands and places of interest.My wife and i enjoyed our stay and holiday in general immensely and have no hesitation in recommending a visit.If there is anything to quibble about at all its just that,although practical,there is a lot of gravel at the front but this is just a minor thing.--John/Joyce Swales

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2018

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage ideal for two couples."

    Only downfall was no dishwasher and further from the sea than expected.

    Reviewed by David4.4Jun 2018

  • "The best Sykes cottage we have ever stayed at."

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2018

  • "Great cottage well presented."

    Owners go out of their way to make you welcome, even delivered a birthday cake on my birthday! Really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Mar 2018

  • "Thought the cottage was lovely and comfortable ,with a welcoming pack which was ideal after a long journey ."

    Really enjoyed the stay,everything we needed.

    Reviewed by Gary4.8Aug 2017

  • "You felt at home the moment you arrived."

    Was just delightful. We know the area having lived there for a few years. But just having somewhere like this to come home to and wake up made our holiday even more memorable

    Reviewed by James5.0Jul 2017

  • "We had a great time staying at Deskford cottage."

    The cottage was very clean and modern. The little extras were a nice touch such as the welcome basket, having towels and little bottles of shower gel and body lotion. As well as the information book on appliances in the cottage and where to go for coffee, lunch and dinner. The emails from the owners welcoming us and if we had any problems just to let them know was a good idea

    Reviewed by Susie5.0Apr 2017

  • "A comfortable, clean and well appointed cottage with delightful touches which was a joy to come back to after a day of sightseeing in this wonderful area."

    Reviewed by Sylvia5.0Aug 2016

  • "Clean and comfortable cottage."

    Well equipped. Lovely smelling. Great location near the beach. We always looked forward to coming back to it after a long day!! Couldn't fault it!!!!!

    Reviewed by Anastasia4.8Aug 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin (zip/link, can be king-size double on request)
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower, basin and WC
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for one car, additional parking on arrangement with owner
  • Gravelled area to front and large enclosed garden with BBQ and furniture
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop, pub and coast 1 mile.

The property

Very well-presented and welcoming semi-detached stone cottage on the outskirts of the pretty coastal town of Nairn in the Scottish Highlands.

Presented to an excellent standard with great attention to detail this cottage would be ideal for a family or group of friends who want to spend time together exploring this lovely part of Scotland.

The cottage is deceptively spacious with two sunny bedrooms on the upper floor along with a shower room and on the ground floor there is a second bathroom, very well-equipped kitchen with dining area and cosy sitting room with woodburning stove, just perfect for cosy nights in after an active day.

There is a parking area to the front with bench seating and a fully enclosed private garden where barbecues and alfresco dining can be enjoyed on the warmer days.

The town of Nairn itself has much to offer but the main attraction has to be its beautiful stretch of golden sandy beach where visitors can walk for miles taking in the unspoilt beauty of the area.

Pretty little shops and cafés are dotted around and if you continue northwards along the Moray Firth coastline there are an abundance of small fishing villages, each with their own history and visitor attractions.

Leaving the coast why not pick up the famous Malt Whisky Trail and drive through some of the country’s most stunning scenery, stopping off at the distilleries along the route.

Nairn is close to the capital city of the Highlands, Inverness, and a drive around the banks of famous Loch Ness partaking in a spot of Nessie hunting can be great fun.

This is a fabulous part of the world and this pretty and welcoming cottage will ensure an amazing holiday for all.

EPC Rating: Band E

EPC Rating: Band E

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Inverness 16 miles.

Nairn is an attractive and lively seaside town dating back to Victorian times. It has long been a popular holiday destination and is just 16 miles from the town of Inverness. Nairn even lays claim to being one of the driest and sunniest places in the country! The town offers some of the top beaches in Scotland and cleanest bathing waters in Britain. Also, one of the only two dolphin colonies in the UK is based in the Moray Firth. Nairn is steeped in history and is closely linked with the Battle of Culloden, whilst nearby Fort George is Europe’s best preserved 18th century military fortification. Shakespeare’s famed Cawdor Castle and Brodie Caste are both within 15 mins drive. Golfing enthusiasts will be attracted to the two 18-hole championship courses, including the Nairn Golf Club, and the town also has an outdoor tennis court as well as a squash court for hire. The yearly Nairn Highland Games in August draws a wide crowd and The Nairn Book and Arts Festival is a popular year event. Whitewater rafting, tubing and cliff jumping are all available for those with a spirit for adventure. Day trips from the local airport are available to Orkney and Shetland and the Cairngorm National Park with skiing and hiking are within 1 hour. Nairn is an ideal centre for exploring, or just relaxing.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas