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Down House

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Diabaig near Torridon, The Highlands - Ross-shire Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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35 Customer Reviews

  • "It was the perfect gateway."

    Tranquil, peaceful and with majestic scenery. You know how good a holiday is, when you don't want to leave. Mary's lemon drizzle cake was a lovely touch after a long drive. If you want peace and quiet and a relaxing retreat in nature. This is the cottage and location for you. We both want to go back as soon as we can in 2025.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0May 2024



    Reviewed by Paul4.7May 2024

  • "We have just had an amazing holiday at The Down House"

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0May 2024

  • "Great cottage with stunning views in the middle of maybe the most beautiful part of scotland!"

    Although I was missing a dishwasher, I would totally book this again. Our 18 months old toddler also liked it very much.

    Reviewed by Christian5.0May 2024

  • "Outstanding cabin in the midst of the woods on the coast of Loch Diabaig quirky ..."

    Outstanding cabin in the midst of the woods on the coast of Loch Diabaig quirky and modern at the same time host very thoughtful and generous, even offering a freshly baked loaf of lemon drizzle cake, found on the table on our arrival wonderful location with spectacular views from the windows towards Loch Torridon and Applecross superb modern facilities, with electric heating but also a traditional wood burner with plenty of logs left to be used, if desired the 9 mile single track road from Torridon is spectacular, with fantastic mountqineous panoramas - an exhillarating or hair raising experience, depending on your take on it highly recommended, but not for the faint hearted

    Reviewed by Mihnea5.0Apr 2024

  • "This was a lovely place to stay with amazing views."

    I highly recommend this place. The owner was more than helpful and provided a book full of information of the area and other places you can go to get amenities. All the villages were amazing and easy enough to navigate.

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Oct 2023

  • "We were not aware of how isolated this property is."

    If the weather stops you from walking then you have a long drive across difficult roads to get anywhere and we did stay at the property rather than go out one rainy day. Having said that the property was very comfortable and very well equipped. It’s just not for us.

    Reviewed by Phillip5.0Sep 2023

  • "Very homely with stunning location."

    Internal decor is subtle and pleasant. Bathroom is fab with underfloor heating. Can't fault anything about this place and the owners, Mervyn and Mary, are great. Highly recommended to anyone wanting a peaceful get away in a beautiful part of the country.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2023

  • "A beautiful log cabin in the woods."

    Absolutely beautiful. Very well looked after and has everything you could possibly need. A perfect retreat for a couple wanting privacy. Stunning views. We celebrated our Silver wedding anniversary here and it was stunning!! Perfect all round!

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Aug 2023

  • "We loved our stay at Down House, it was everything we had hoped for and more ."

    A lot of thought has gone into making a holiday here a comfortable as possible . Lots of extras that most holiday let’s these days don’t supply.. very much appreciated . We were lucky to see Dolphins, and not just one or two , our hosts invited us into their home for a better view .. an amazing experience. Such nice people doing an excellent job … Will we return ? .. without a doubt, it was a beautiful place to stay the scenery truly breathtaking 10/10 Oh and then there’s Mary’s lemon cake .. simply the best! Thank you Mary and Melvyn for your hospitality.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jul 2023

  • "What a fantastic property in a fantastic location."

    My only (minor) criticism would be the rugs are a bit shaggy (too many dogs) and the balcony could do with more comfortable chairs. Hosts were fab, thank you.

    Reviewed by Ed4.4Jun 2023

  • "Down House was more than expected."

    An idyll away from the humdrum of daily life, amazing place with spectacular views and a "forest choir" of many birds in the wonderful Scottish Rainforest around the place. For us it was a dream holiday and being disabled didn't deter us from enjoying the place despite gradients. The owners were welcoming and helpful and our dog loved them too! The best place we have ever stayed in, in Scotland and as an introduction to Wester Ross and the Torridons, magnificent! 5 star rating from us.

    Reviewed by Hilary5.0May 2023

  • "Unbelievable and stunning house and setting."

    But more importantly the owners are the most helpful and lovely people. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience, unless the weather was better thank you both so much for everything.

    Reviewed by Fraser5.0Dec 2022

  • "Down House is a very well equipped and maintained property."

    It is situated in a remote but beautiful part of Torridon and is the ideal location for any couple wanting to have a quiet and relaxing holiday. We have stayed before and hope to return again. There are walks we have not yet explored and others we would like to revisit. The hosts are very helpful. My wife and I are very happy to highly recommend. Iain and Alison Matheson

    Reviewed by Iain5.0Nov 2022

  • "The property is warm and comfortable and the location is frankly incredible!"

    Mary’s home baked cake was a delight. To note though, there is no mobile phone signal in Diabaig although the owners do provide a house phone for emergencies. There is wifi but it is very slow and unreliable. You could not work in todays super connected world from this property.

    Reviewed by Claire4.4Oct 2022

  • "Everything was great other than the wifi."

    But once you get used to no wifi, you can relax and enjoy the beauty, peace and relaxation. The hosts were very helpful and always there if we needed them. One of the best weeks in Scotland we've ever had. It was a definite 5 star experience

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Oct 2022

  • "We loved our stay at Down House."

    The location and views are stunning and the cabin is comfortable, cosy, thoughtfully designed and well-appointed. It was very welcoming to arrive to delicious homemade cake, fresh flowers and coffee. Perfect spot for a restorative week or a more adventurous walking holiday - we enjoyed a bit of both. Thank you Mary and Mervyn.

    Reviewed by Robin5.0Oct 2022

  • "A lovely property with everything you would need for a relaxing holiday."

    Great location - peaceful, secluded and beautiful.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Oct 2022

  • "The cottage is a wonderful place to relax, quiet and supreme views onto the loch."

    We had a perfect time there and will most certainly come back. The owners are lovely people and made us feel very welcome.

    Reviewed by Sebastian5.0Sep 2022

  • "Superb accommodation."

    Very well equipped. Stunning views. Little finishing touches, homemade lemon cake and filter coffee were a great find on arrival after a long drive. Will definitely be back. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Jaqui5.0Sep 2022

  • "An amazing and comfortable cottage and very welcoming hosts."

    A great location to explore the area but isolated enough to feel that you are getting away from it all! Well furnished and with everything that one needs for a great break.

    Reviewed by Nick5.0Aug 2022

  • "Was everything it said on the tin, immaculately clean and everything you need, directions to lodge easy to follow and location out of this world."

    Would recommend this to snyone

    Reviewed by Cliff4.4Jul 2022

  • "The property was perfect for our holiday."

    It was well equipped and comfortable. On arrival after a long journey we were welcomed with a lovely homemade lemon drizzle cake and flowers on the table which was a lovely personal touch. We met one of the owners who was very welcoming and expressed if there was any tee required then just to let them know. The views from the house were spectacular.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Jul 2022

  • "We have stayed at many LHH properties but this was one of the best."

    From the moment you start on the twisty turny road to Daibaig you know this is something special! The house is set in the woodland overlooking the loch, the views are amazing! You can lay in bed and look at the view or sit at the table or sit on the settee, there is no tv but there really isn’t a need for one! There are bird feeders outside the window with a constant stream of birds visiting them. I did spot a pine marten and mountain goat in the garden and a mountain hare on the way back to the property one evening. This place really is magical and has everything you could ever need for an amazing holiday. The lemon drizzle cake was delicious and the coffee and tea was very welcome when we arrived. This really is how a holiday home should be, everything was first class. A real place to unwind and get away from the stresses of everyday life!

    Sharon And MarkMay 2022

  • "Spend four weeks in November/December 2021 in this lovely cabin on a wonderful location."

    Remote, cosy, superb views from livingroom, kitchen and bedroom. Great hosts. Looking forward to spending one of my next holidays at Down House again!

    Jos De VriesJan 2022

  • "Great cottage, superb location, very friendly hosts!"

    This was my second stay at Down House and I will for sure come back for a third time. The house ticks all the boxes necessary for me and offers space, tranquility and comfort to relax and unwind. The smashing view outside of the windows on the loch side make it even better. Wifi is good enough to roam the internet, bed is very big and comfortable, kitchen does have all the necessary utilities.

    Jos De VriesFeb 2020

  • "We had a lovely week at Down House."

    The weather ranged from bad to horrible, but the cottage was so comfortable and relaxing that it didn't matter at all. We particularly appreciated the huge bed and wonderful views, and all the little touches from the owners which made us feel so welcome. Highly recommended!

    R. KilbeySep 2019

  • "100% Spot on, from the arrival till our departure everything was great about this cottage."

    Wonderful location, excellent view, good bed, very nice new shower room, cosy feeling throughout the whole cottage. Mary and Mervyn are doing a great job in this hidden gem, being very friendly, very helpful and very good in setting a very high standard. We wish all cottages in Scotland were like this one, it would make our holidays even better. This is how things should be, how a cottage should be, really impressed by everything! To quote Mr. Schwarzenegger: " we will be back" :-)

    Jos De VriesNov 2018

  • "We stayed at down house early May and it was absolutely stunning!"

    The views are amazing, you can see through the trees to the loch and it was so relaxing to sit in bed watching the birds and admiring the view in the morning. It is beautifully furnished and the bed was very comfortable, the kitchen had all we needed for our stay, we like to cook. There is a deck with outside seating which was a lovely place to sit with coffee or wine in the evening. The location is very private and you can walk down to the little rocky beach in the village where there is a very good restaurant (check opening times). The local area is simply beautiful, lots of walks and stunning drives. The hosts were very friendly, helpful and made us feel at home, we would certainly recommend Down house and hope to return one day. Thank you for a wonderful holiday.

    Sharon WildsmithNov 2018

  • "Mary & Mervyn have created Down House as the most perfect retreat to get away from it all."

    Everything you could possibly need has been provided for, and of course the scenery is stunning. The changing moods of the weather gives you many different views of the loch as seen from the house, which all makes for an exciting holiday, with so much to do and see in the area.

    Ewen WannopNov 2018

  • "As we told our lovely hosts Mary and Mervyn, Down House in Diabaig is a piece of heaven."

    The accommodation, the amenities, the hospitality and the the natural surroundings well surpassed our expectations, needs and wishes. We have fallen head over heels in love with the Scottish Highlands. And will most definitely be your returning customers in the future. Both at Down House and hopefully some of your other accommodations.

    Visitor BookNov 2018

  • "This is a beautiful cabin in the woods."

    The interior is lovely, the bed is comfortable (which is always a bonus in a holiday rental) and is very peaceful and quiet for that relaxing retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The only let down - in our opinion - are the amount of trees obscuring the views which would be panoramic if you could see them. As it is there are only snapshots of the loch and the Applecross Peninsular beyond. So the picture on here is obviously an older one. Having said that, I would go again as the other positives more than outweigh the tree issue.

    Lindsay HorsleyNov 2018

  • "A pretty little wooden house in the woods with a beautiful view over the sea loch."

    Quiet cosy bliss.

    HarveyNov 2018

  • "This is a lovely house, with fantastic views."

    We had such a lovely, relaxing holiday that we didn't want to come home !

    Merri HallNov 2018

  • "A beautiful wooden house so sensitively built within the woods that we felt as though we were living in a tree house!"

    Amazing views from both the bedroom and living room. We'll be back!

    TobyNov 2018

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  • One super-king-size bedroom (zip/link, can be twin on request)
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Electric heating with woodburning stove
  • Gas oven, grill and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine/tumble dryer, hairdryer
  • TV and DVD player, CD player/radio, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack of logs for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Off-road parking a short distance from the property
  • Decking area with furniture
  • Pet-friendly
  • Sorry, this is a no smoking property
  • Shop 8.7 miles, pub 11.1 miles
  • Note: Though there is a television, there is no reception
  • Note: Dogs must be kept on a lead when outside at all times
  • Note: Though electricity is included in the rent, electric for charging cars is not included in the rental
  • Note: Parking is a short distance from the property so please bear this in mind when booking
  • Note: If you wish the super-king-size bedroom to be made up as a twin please let us know prior to your arrival
  • Note: If you are arriving after dark then please bring a torch with you
  • Note: Please bring own linen for travel cot

The property

Torridon 8.9 miles.

Down House is a fabulous timber cottage sitting in the woods in Diabaig near Torridon in the northwest Highlands.

The ideal getaway for couples, Down House enjoys a simply magical setting in the heart of five acres of private woodland and the views from the outside decking through the forest to the loch and mountains beyond are truly mesmerising, whatever the weather or time of year.

On entering the cottage, the visitor is greeted by a rustic and welcoming sitting room with plenty of snug seating facing the windows and those gorgeous views with an attractive woodburning stove providing a warming centre point to the room.

As the sun sets and darkness descends in the forest, there is nowhere better to curl up with your loved one and watch the nightfall outside.

You can even throw open the French door onto the decking area which maximises the benefit of any sunshine on offer, making it the perfect place for a sundowner in the evening or a steaming cup of coffee in the morning as the sun comes up.

The rustic kitchen is well-equipped with everything you could need to keep the special someone in your life well-fed during their stay and the inviting dining area occupies an idyllic spot with wonderful woodland views.

Even the bedroom has been designed with the forest setting in mind with feature windows literally opening into the trees helping to create the feeling you are in a magical treehouse.

The stunning shower room is stylish and contemporary and the perfect place to enjoy a refreshing shower in the morning before heading out for a busy day of activities.

Talking of activities, there is so much to do in the area it’s difficult to know where to begin.

Take the beautiful Highland pass at Bealach na Gaoithe which has stunning views of Ben Alligin, Liathach and Upper Loch Torridon or try some hill walking on the Torridon Mountains.

Enjoy some fantastic food within walking distance at Gillie Brighde on the shores of the picturesque Diabaig Bay.

Torridon is a short drive away and has the quaint deer museum where you can see tame deer in their natural environment.

Or if you want to venture a bit further afield then outside Torridon is the Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve or why not explore the beautiful undiscovered delights of the Isle of Skye?

A perfect romantic retreat awaits with a visit to Down House.

EPC Rating: Band E

EPC Rating: Band E

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: HI-10146-F

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Fearnmore 19.4 miles; Lochcarron 22 miles; Strathcarron 26.4 miles

Resting among the rustic landscapes of the northwest Highlands of Scotland is the quaint village of Torridon, home to the dramatic Torridon Hills and Loch Torridon lying on the west coastline. The area itself has gained status as a National Trust for Scotland for its historic mountains, with the Torridonian sandstone dating back 750 million years and the Lewisian Gneiss rock dating even further back a whopping 2,600 million years old. The village centre comprises a local shop, The Torridon Hotel inn, a youth hostel, a community centre and a deer museum. The west coast boasts incredible secluded beaches including Applecross Beach, Coral Beach and Gruinard Beach to name a few. Other popular attractions surrounding the area include Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve and View Point, the Skye Bridge the gateway to Skye and the Inner Hebridean Islands. Torridon is a thrilling holiday destination filled with adventure, history and culture to explore.

Note: Though electricity is included, charging for electric cars is not included in the rent. Note: If you wish the super-king-size bedroom to be made up as a twin please let us know prior to your arrival.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter