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Inverewe - Garden Lodge

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Poolewe, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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15 Customer Reviews

  • "Another great weekend staying at the Inverewe Garden Lodge, exploring the gardens and local area in the winter season."

    It's a comfortable and beautiful cottage to stay in, with all the facilities we needed for a young family, and plenty to do nearby if you like exploring the gardens and range of beautiful local beaches. The cafe at the GALE Centre, and toddler sessions in the Poolewe Pool, were indoor highlights. We couldn't get a standard TV connection to work, but you can watch TV online through iPlayer / Prime / Disney+ etc. through the Smart TV if you have accounts (WiFi is fine for this, especially if you turn the quality down). We hope to come back again soon!

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Feb 2023

  • "A lovely cottage set in a quiet location, an ideal base for exploring north-west Scotland."

    Ideal for couples with small family it’s safe and secure. The cottage is well equipped and the welcome pack is excellent. Thanks

    Reviewed by John5.0Dec 2022

  • "Absolutely perfect location with total access to these beautiful gardens."

    Very comfortable accommodation. Surprise welcome pack that was really enjoyable. I would thoroughly recommend staying here.

    Thank you very much for your kind comments, we hope to welcome you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Douglas5.0Dec 2022

  • "My son and I stayed there from 26th Nov."

    - 3rd Dec. It's in a beautiful location of course and the gardening staff I met were all very friendly. Basically, apart from dust build up on top of the fridge, we really liked the house and we would love to stay there again. However, the big let down was the internet connection. The bandwidth is very restrictive and connecting to the internet is also restricted to really just the sitting room. The situation with the TV compounds the problem.There is a wired connection from a satellite dish to a 'Freesat' box. However the output from that box is a scart connection but there is no scart connection available on the TV! All TV services are therefore provided via the internet. That would normally be fine but, because of the small bandwidth provided by the chosen ISP, watching TV and doing anything else on the internet is not really possible. A better internet connection is available locally via BT and indeed for the last 6 years my son and I have stayed within half a mile of the cottage and enjoyed excellent internet services. As I say, we would like to book again but not until access to a better internet service is provided.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback and we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us albeit it with slow broadband which we are so sorry for. We tried to get superfast broadband in Feb 2020 when BT and our own IT department did a review on site, however our unique location and distance from exchange made it uneconomically viable at this stage. I do understand that other properties in the area have faster broadband than us but this is not uniform across Wester Ross. The good news is we are due a further visit Feb 2023 to look at alternative solutions for the entire site but I cannot give you, at this time, any guarantee that this will be successful. We have however, thanks to your feedback, updated our web site to inform our guests of this prior to arrival Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jim3.1Nov 2022

  • "Excellent property, in a peaceful and tranquil location within Inverewe Gardens, Poolewe."

    Ideal base for exploring the western isles of the highlands and lots of areas for walking around Wester Ross. Facilities are excellent, spacious and comfortable.

    Thank you very much for the very positive review and we hope to welcome you back to Inverewe Gardens. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John4.7Nov 2022

  • "We had a brilliant family holiday at the Garden Lodge, enjoying the beautiful gardens with very few other visitors, as well as exploring the beaches, landscape and cafes nearby."

    The lodge is cosy and comfortable, especially with the fire roaring! Reliable WiFi is limited to the living spaces, which worked fine for us. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend the lodge to other visitors, and would have booked a return trip already if it wasn't so popular!

    Thank you for the lovely review, just for your information we now have a first floor apartment that sleeps 6 in Inverewe House. This is the large white house further into the garden which has superb views. and of course private access to the gardens when the public leave for the day. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Oct 2022

  • "A beautiful cottage in a beautiful garden."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and highly recommend the accommodation. The location is amazing with wonderful views from the garden across to Poolewe. It is very convenient for local walks and for the beach at Gairloch and Firemore which were perfect for a 17 month toddler to enjoy.

    Many thanks for your positive feedback, the gardens were still looking very colourful as we were there to view a new property the same week you stayed. We now have an apartment in the main Inverewe House available which sleeps 6 people., just refurbished this summer. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Clare4.7Sep 2022

  • "We throughly enjoyed our break."

    Having stayed at the Garden Lodge a few years back, we knew what to expect. It is very quiet and peaceful, especially after the Visitor Centre closes it’s doors for the day. The gardens themselves provided many walks during our stay, as we were blessed with dry, sunny weather for the majority of the week. The cottage was clean and very comfortable. After reading previous reviews, we had taken some cleaning supplies etc., but there were plenty available when we arrived. They pretty much had thought of everything and the welcome tray was very much appreciated after a long trip north. It was interesting to see the changes in the area over the last few years. We noticed a few places had closed but a few new ones had opened too. Any disappointments? Yes, yet again we failed to see the local pine martens! Plenty of other wild life on view but these little creatures didn’t make an appearance. Would we come back? Very definitely. A lovely cottage in a beautiful location.

    Thank you very much for your kind words, hopefully you will get to see a Pine Marten some day soon. I read they like peanuts! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pamela5.0Aug 2022

  • "The cottage at Inverewe Garden is one of the nicest of many holiday rentals we've stayed in over the years; beautiful location, 24-hour access to the gardens, loads of space in the house, well-furnished, clean and comfortable."

    .. everything we could ask for and good value for money in our opinion. Some people comment on the lack of privacy by having windows opening into the gardens where visitors walk closely past but the different level between the paths and rooms meant that we didn't see this as an issue; besides, we were out most days so it really wasn't a concern. The only negative point concerns the separation of general waste and recycling; previous tenants had not followed the guidance provided (e.g. no plastic bags nor glass etc) so the blue bin had not been emptied and had been stickered by the disposal company. Perhaps the cleaners (or someone) could check the recycling periodically to ensure it complies and is therefore able to be emptied.

    Thank you for your great comments about Garden Lodge at Inverewe. We are very lucky in having a cottage in a world renowned garden. WE do encourage guests to recycle, unfortunately part of the problem is that every council in Scotland has different coloured bins and recycle different amounts of products, this makes it very confusing. We are going to look again at recycling this year and see if we can do more to inform our guests. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jeremy4.7Jul 2022

  • "Suited us brilliantly…warm cosy comfortable beautifully furnished;it’s own ..."

    Suited us brilliantly…warm cosy comfortable beautifully furnished;it’s own little secluded garden and no disruption at all due to the stream of quiet visitors…the lodge is right by the entrance to the garden which is ju

    Thank you very much for your kind comments, the cottage is situated in a very special location in Wester Ross and a very special garden. We hope to welcome you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0May 2022

  • "We found the property to be tip top, though thought it a bit mean to only offer 3 dishwashing tablets for the 7 days, and no pan scrubber."

    And there were no spare toilet rolls.

    Thank you for your feedback. We only offer a starter pack of cleaning products but we will highlight the lack of pan scrubber and extra toilet roll. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Feb 2022

  • "There could be some instructions for the use of, the free sat system, the cooker hob."

    The freesat & tv channel selection is very limited this could be improved.

    Thank you for the 100% positive scores, The Freesat is very much affected by the surrounding landscape and the access to the satellite which we cannot control. Guests are very welcome to use the wifi and access their own streaming services. Property Owner

    Reviewed by James5.0Oct 2021

  • "Brilliant cottage."

    First the minor issues, Yes the midges are a pain ( a midge net and smidge sorts them out) and the cottage is right next to the visitors entrance to the garden so not exactly private. But, don’t be put off. The cottage is spotlessly clean and well maintained. Loads of space and so quiet and peaceful. Make sure you are first in for the master bedroom, the view is to die for. Everything you can need is catered for. Having the visitor centre so close is a blessing, lots of helpful advice and really friendly. Regular access to the garden especially when no one else is there is a very special experience. An unexpected bonus regular seal sightings. Don’t miss the boat trip.

    Reviewed by Lindsay5.0Aug 2021

  • "Couldn’t fault Sykes in their helpfulness."

    Our original booking was cancelled due to COVID restrictions but the company offered us alternative options, one of which was Poolewe. The lodge is set in beautiful gardens and it’s a lovely place to stay. Warm and clean and loads of space, lovely views and comfortable furnishings. We had a great break and really enjoyed the chance to see that part of our beautiful country.

    Reviewed by Marie5.0May 2021

  • "Have been to this property before booking complicated and muddled due to covid."

    house bare. sorry just disappointing. staff on site delightful. emails from sykes irritating

    Reviewed by Jill4.4Apr 2021

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  • All-ground-floor
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 2 x twins
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove
  • Oil-fired central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with DVD player, WiFi, CD player
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. Electric vehicle charging points on-site
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Off-road parking
  • Private garden with lawn and seating
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 0.8 miles, pub 1 miles
  • Guests staying at the property have free access to the gardens 24 hours a day and are entitled to a free tour of Inverewe House
  • The opening times, visitor facilities and entry prices of all National Trust for Scotland properties and attractions can be viewed on their website here

The property

Garden Lodge is a quaint ground floor cottage resting within the world-famous Inverewe Garden, an exotic National Trust for Scotland botanical attraction, created by Osgood Mackenzie in the late 19th century.

This unique lodge offers a memorable escape for a family or group of six to delight in a tranquil retreat in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.

Feel welcome as you enter this contemporary property, decorated to a high standard and boasting homely and comforting touches throughout its three ground floor bedrooms and inviting living areas.

Rustle up a delicious home-cooked meal in the spacious kitchen/diner, benefiting from a lovely circular breakfast table where you can enjoy your morning coffee, alongside all the self-catering amenities you'll need during your stay.

A formal dining setting can be found in the living/dining room, with a lovely long table for you and your guests to enjoy an evening meal, catching up over a bottle of wine and good company.

Once you are settled in for the evening, get cosy in the lounge space whilst the woodburning stove creates the perfect ambience.

When it’s time to get some rest, retreat to one of the beautiful bedrooms, comprising a double and two twins, hosting ample storage and pretty décor throughout.

Prepare for a day of adventure in the shower room’s large walk-in shower, or sink into a hot morning bath in the sparkling bathroom.

Wake up early and delight in an alfresco breakfast in your very own private garden, taking in the glorious sunrise with your loved ones in this peaceful setting.

As dusk nears and the sun starts to set, Inverewe Garden begins to empty and you and your guests have free reign of the lush, sub-tropical-style oasis, filled with eucalyptus, Chinese lantern flowers and Californian lilac, meandering down to the shores of Loch Ewe.

Wander the gardens, taking in the unique scents and perfumes of the rare and exotic plants, from Wollemi pines, Himalayan blue poppies and rhododendrons from China, Nepal and the Indian subcontinent.

Enjoy the locally sourced food at Osgood’s Café for an afternoon lunch, or grab a silky cup of coffee at the Bothy in the morning as you explore the area, before heading over to the visitors centre to plan your day.

Take a leisurely stroll over to the charming village of Poolewe, home to a village shop, weekly market and a hotel offering a welcoming pub and restaurant, or alternatively venture over to Gairloch, a stunning village community with a local butcher’s, museum, takeaways, leisure centre and a golf course.

Take a walk along the stony, secluded beach in Gairloch, offering breath-taking views of rugged moorlands and far-reaching views over to the Isle of Skye, or visit Firemore Beach, just under seven miles away.

Make Garden Lodge a stop along the magnificent North Coast 500, with the staggering route running right through Poolewe, offering you the chance to explore winding back roads and beautiful bends through Scotland’s finest coastal scenery!

Discover a wealth of adventure activities throughout this exciting area of the Highlands, including the Pinewood Trail and the Kernsary Path on the estate, where you can spot pine martens, buzzards and even stag.

Head to the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, within easy reach, or spend a day out on a boat cruise with Wester Ross Sea Adventures.

Garden Lodge offers an unforgettable escape to this amazing National Trust for Scotland area of the Highlands.

Boat trips around the coastline can be booked for same day at our Visitor Centre at Inverewe or can be pre-book days/weeks in advance via the Inverewe NTS page website

EPC Rating: Band D

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: HI-10149-F

National Trust For Scotland

Whether searching for your next city to explore, or seeking a homely dwelling to relax in with your loved ones in rural surroundings, the wonderful collection of properties from National Trust for Scotland is sure to have something perfect for you. Discover the beauty of Scotland's two national parks and stunning countryside, with lots of properties catering to a wealth of outdoor pursuits to enjoy on your doorstep, with some featuring additional facilities for angling, field sports and cycling, making it easy to enjoy your stay to the fullest. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the lively city scenes of Scotland, with properties in and around Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Glasgow, all teeming with historic sites, beautiful architecture and plenty of entertainment. Being Scotland's largest conservation charity, National Trust for Scotland has been able to beautifully preserve and renovate many historic buildings to offer unique holiday locations. With over two-million visitors each year across twenty-seven castles and great houses, forty-six munros, thirty-five major gardens and designed landscapes, and seven national nature reserves, National Trust for Scotland has something for everyone. Each property is equipped with all you need for a self-catered stay, with kitchens complete with essential appliances and more, dining areas to come together for hearty meals, and many sitting rooms boasting open fires or woodburning stoves to settle down in front of, not to mention elegant bedrooms and sparkling bathrooms where you can feel refreshed. Bring your canine companion along with you to some of the properties, and keep up to date with the world via the WiFi connections offered in most cottages. With more and more people discovering the beauty and allure of Scotland every year, ensure your stay is special with a National Trust for Scotland cottage.

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About the location


Dingwall 50 miles; Ullapool 50 miles.

The pretty village of Poolewe sits in the shelter of Loch Ewe, at the mouth of the River Ewe where it tumbles down from Loch Maree. It is a pretty place in an area of spectacular scenery and is home to a well-stocked shop, small swimming pool and two hotels. The world-renowned Inverewe Garden (National Trust for Scotland) is half a mile across the bay from the village. The site was developed by the botanist Osgood Mackenzie from 1862 until his death in 1922. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, it is home to exotic plants, imported from all over the world – a must for all visitors to the area. Firemore beach is five miles to the west and north along the coast is Gruinard Bay with its striking sands; a series of attractive beaches skirt the bay and a number are easily reached from the main road. With spectacular scenery, mountains, excellent hillwalking, golf, fishing, wildlife cruises and much more, this is a great area for a holiday!

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas