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Deer House

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Balchrick near Kinlochbervie, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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33 Customer Reviews

  • "Great place located in a stunning area."

    Deer House was very clear and well equipped, loved the slow cooker. Personally I found the bed little uncomfortable, slated bed basis don't wark for me.

    Reviewed by Paul4.4Nov 2023

  • "Well-equipped and cosy barn conversion."

    Excellent electrical heating with a storage heater in the main living area and adjustable heaters in every other room. Wood stove backup.

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Nov 2023

  • "My sister and I had a wonderful week at Deer Cottage."

    It was very well equipped, it had absolutely everything we needed. The cottage was extremely clean and very comfortable. We loved the reclining chairs! The heated towel rail in the bathroom was very welcome too. We liked the location of the cottage as we love all the walks in the area. We couldn’t get out one day due to severe storms but it was lovely just to sit and relax at the window and watch the weather. There was a power cut too but we’d brought candles with us so we were absolutely fine. We had stayed in your other cottage for 3 years in a row and we thought we might be disappointed in Deer Cottage, but it was absolutely lovely and really suited us. In fact we liked it so much that we’ve booked up for next year!

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely little property, clean and comfy beds, wifi is very slow but it is only to be expected being so rural."

    Only thing it needs is some info on what to put in the recycling bin and instructions for washer etc. But it is a lovely base to explore the area wouldn't hesitate to book again

    Reviewed by Keith4.1Aug 2023

  • "Deer House is the ideal place to go if you want a peaceful break in beautiful surroundings."

    Good base from which to explore the north west of Scotland. The house was very clean and comfortable. Loved the table and benches in the garden. Just about everything you need for a perfect stay. The only thing I would suggest is to add a small table indoors, to be used for glasses or cups, when sitting on the sofa or chair. I improvised by turning the laundry basket upside down and that worked! Would recommend Deer House.

    Reviewed by Rona4.7Aug 2023

  • "Deer House is lovely, especially if you are wanting somewhere literally in the back of beyond."

    We'd read previous feedback and no, there's no hairdryer so we took one and, yes, the duvets are a little thin but we took an extra throw, however, the cottage was warm enough to not even bother. The only small criticism we have is no instructions for anything were left by the owners which would have been handy, especially for the washing machine. Other than that, Deer House was wonderful, in a beautiful, peaceful setting and is highly recommended by us.

    Reviewed by Alexander5.0Jul 2023

  • "Excellent stay at Deer House."

    We have stayed multiple times and the standard has never dropped, comfortable and enjoyable place to stay.

    Reviewed by Niall5.0May 2023

  • "Stunning cottage in a beautiful location."

    The cottage is well appointed with everything you could possibly need. Loved it

    Reviewed by Irene5.0Apr 2023

  • "The property when you firs arrived looked good but the double bed was very thin and could feel the slats under, the arm chairs in the living room are well past there best , the cooking equipment is very poor only one pan for frying and it was too big for the cooker ring and did not heat up properly as for the rest !"

    !! the Wi Fi it must be the least expensive router you can get as it was very very slow the TV is free view as I have at home and works at the property it is very patchy so you need the Wi Fi and there is no radio signal or Phone signal as well and the shower is very poor as well be carful you dont get burnt over all the property is poor for the monies there are charging I have been doing this type of holiday for the past 30 years and I can say it was poor not what I was expecting

    Hi Ray I'm takeing this opportunity to respond to your comments first off both beds and mattresses were all new from a furniture company when the property was opened two years ago and certainly were not cheap and this is the only comment I have had about them but will look into it. I will look into replacing the sofa as this was not brought to my attention before, Had you contacted me at the start of the week I could have supplied another frying pan and will add one to the property now In regards to the WiFi it is not a cheap router as you are implying, to get Internet in a property you rely on the phone company and the service it provides. As this is a rural property running of the existing landline there's nothing more I can do to improve this, the router is a new BT home hub and changeing it will not improve the speed. The Internet is fast enough for emails, Facebook general Web surfing but can be slow if you intend to stream movies as a example this is a rural location at the end at the end of the line so you can't expect city center speeds. The TV was checked before you went in but I will investigate to.see if there is a issue with the ariel. And lastly It is frustrating about the phone signal it was thought when the new mobile mast was build a mile away this would help but unfortunately the geography of the area doesn't help to improve the signal where the house is. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ray1.9Mar 2023

  • "A very nice cottage in a very good location."

    Also very warm even in January I didn’t need to use the wood burner but I’m sure on the coldest days it’s a welcome addition. Was a little surprised not to find a welcome pack. Milk etc. also no information booklet on how things worked but that aside I really enjoyed my week in Sheigra. The walk up the peat road is a good one and the views over to Sandwood are worth the effort. The beach is ten min walk and is spectacular as is Oldshoremore beach Would recommend to anyone wanting a peaceful remote break

    Reviewed by John5.0Jan 2023

  • "We had an absolutely wonderful stay over Christmas!"

    Warm and comfy and so well equipped. It’s a lovely stroll down to the beach (even in the wind and rain!) and stunningly beautiful views all around. The log burner was very much enjoyed!! Remote and wild - exactly what we were looking for! (We also really appreciated the Christmas decs!)

    Reviewed by Emily4.7Dec 2022

  • "Deer House is very light and airy with a modern open plan interior, well equipped kitchen and very comfortable seating in the lounge area."

    Our only issue was that the beds are doubles, not king size as described. That said, they were comfortable. The house feels warm and welcoming as you return from your day out, and the heating can be adjusted as you wish. It is situated in a very quiet area, close to a lovely beach and paths along the headland, and a short drive to the car park for the walk to Sandwood Bay, which was high on our to-do list.

    Reviewed by Ann3.8Sep 2022

  • "We spent four lovely days at Deer House, great views."

    Good location for the area. The cottage is very clean and comfortable. Has everything you need for a self catering vacation. Could not fault anything. We would recommend this cottage to our friends and family.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Sep 2022

  • "To say we paid near a£1000 for the week the beds were so uncomfortable, we hardly slept at all, the duvet was the thinnest ever seen and the pillows were discussing, when you've been out for the day sight seeing or walking you expect to come back to a comfy bed you can wrap up warm in, the quilt that was so small it wasn't fit for two people,there was no information about anything near us and nothing to say welcome."

    Everything we used in the house, cutlery plates etc were the cheapest and I expect more...I will say it was clean. I did ask advise before about shopping as well were going to be late, but not alot if help. I find paying so much you expect perfection or comfort at least. I have tried for 4 years now on different companies to find the perfect place....I am now giving up and just going to hotels.

    Reviewed by Ann2.8Aug 2022

  • "Absolutely brilliant cottage in a most idyllic spot!"

    The cottage is beautifully maintained and always upgrading each year. A real must must visit cottage - immaculate

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely and comfortable place, it had everything we needed."

    Beautiful and peaceful surroundings. Facilities in the area were very limited. Hardly any opportunities to eat out within a 30 minute drive radius.

    Reviewed by Martine4.7Jul 2022

  • "Had an amazing week at Deer House for our 1st wedding anniversary!"

    Had everything we needed, great cozy fire for at nights. Kitchen has everything you could possibly need. Fridge has a small freezer section which was handy. Views to die for! Beach within a 5minute walk was beautiful and also other beaches close by polin & oldshoremore were absolutely breathtaking! Would love to return again sometime!

    Reviewed by Connie5.0Mar 2022

  • "Very well equipped cottage , everything you need provided ."

    Very remote but beautiful location. Local beaches just stunning . No phone signal but enough WiFi to be not totally off grid if needs be

    Reviewed by Joanne4.4Mar 2022

  • "Fabulous barn conversion with everything you needed."

    .(apart from a hair dryer) . Instructions on how to use the log burner would have been useful other than that perfect.

    Reviewed by Deana5.0Mar 2022

  • "What a beautiful cottage and location."

    Had everything we needed between me and my little boy. Absolutely loved it. Away from all the hustle and bustle of life. Went on some beautiful drives… Outstanding beaches near by and The cottage was fantastic. Ps. When the sat nav says turn left for the cottage…Don’t….. Just keep going forward for another 100 yards

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Nov 2021

  • "The only criticism I have was lack of communication from the owners about how to use facilities and what they wanted done with laundry and rubbish at the end of our stay."

    Reviewed by Marlyn4.7Nov 2021

  • "We stayed for 7 days, 25th-30th October 2021."

    What fantastic location if you want isolation and majestic unspoilt views. The cottage was spotless upon arrival, it is very well equipped with, washing machine, dish washer, fridge with small freezer, ironing board and iron, hairdryer, all the pots and pans you're going to need. The cottage is lovely and warm heated by a number of storage heaters, we didn't need to light the log burner as we were warm enough. Thwcottage has WiFi albeit quite slow but it's enough to get emails and it manages to stream Netflix to the main TV. There is a small Spar shop in the nearest village Kinlochbervie, which has most things you're going to need. If you'd like to see Red Deer take a night time drive towards Durness, as we did and saw about 30+ on the road at different times. We're already thinking of booking again for next year. Loved it!

    Reviewed by Dion5.0Oct 2021

  • "The location is fabulous."

    ..the house is so comfortable....I didnt want to leave!

    Reviewed by Lynnette5.0Sep 2021

  • "Wonderful stay, cottage well equipped, clean and tidy."

    Very relaxing. The Wi-Fi however, was virtually non-existent, with speeds <1Mbs. This is not enough to stream anything of course but not even enough to make a Wi-Fi call on your mobile, given there is no mobile phone coverage in Sheigra either. I think guests should be aware of this as you really are cut-off from the outside world (which we liked and really appreciated on this particular holiday) but if you stay with young family, need to make calls or check emails then you will be left very frustrated with the Wi-Fi availability at Deer House.

    Reviewed by Anthony4.7Aug 2021

  • "We loved our stay at the deer house."

    Very peaceful and the property was very well equipped. The only downside is the Wi-Fi, we had to buy ours with BT, good but still slow. However, it was nice to switch off from our busy, hectic lives. The beaches are amazing, it’s very worthwhile walking to Sandwood Bay beach. All in all, we would definitely recommend this property, we shall definitely return! 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Aug 2021

  • "Really perfect cottage to act as a base for a family to visit local beaches and local sites."

    All the cottage facilities were perfect for us and location was great. The area is beautiful.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Jul 2021

  • "This cottage is perfect in the most gorgeous spot!"

    Comfortable, well kitted out and great outdoor space for your stay. When we arrived the cottage was immaculate and so welcoming !

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Jun 2021

  • "Limited wood for stove provided with no instructions to obtain more."

    A freezer would have been useful.

    Reviewed by Robert4.7Jun 2021

  • "The cottage was wonderful, had everything you needed and was beautifully done out."

    The situation of it couldn't have been better. All in all we had an amazing holiday and most certainly would go back and stay there again.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0May 2021

  • "We had a very enjoyable time at Deer house-the owner provided everything from toilet rolls to dishwasher tablets to laundry capsules."

    It was spotless ,new , had excellent clean parking right at the door, had hot water available all the time. The towels provided were lovely and fluffy , nice shower with temperature dial.

    Reviewed by Isobel5.0Oct 2020

  • "The barn was perfect in every way"

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Sep 2020

  • "Stylish, modern and comfortable cottage."

    Superbly equipped. Excellent location. Only room for improvement is a potato masher and a smooth door key action. Otherwise perfect. No hesitation in rebooking or recommending.

    Reviewed by Elaine4.7Sep 2020

  • "The cottage was very clean and comfortable."

    Well equipped. Good parking. The listing stated WiFi, but there wasn’t any. Once we got over the shock, found we didn’t miss it! Great location for getting away from it all. Fantastic walks nearby. Would recommend it. Old Schoolhouse restaurant is 10 minutes drive away.

    Reviewed by Christine4.4Sep 2020

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  • All ground-floor
  • Two double bedrooms
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Electric heating with solar panel back up and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, washer/dryer, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Patio area with table and chairs
  • Sorry, no pets or smoking allowed
  • Shop 3.6 miles, pub 1.2 miles
  • Note: Small brook running within the garden, please supervise children when outdoors

The property

Resting a stone’s throw away from the shores of the Scottish Highlands in the small township of Sheigra near Kinlochbervie is this characterful barn conversion, Deer House.

This semi-detached holiday accommodation is a unique find for those seeking a tranquil oasis in which to switch off from the hustle and hustle of everyday life and to explore the coastline of this corner of Scotland with Sandwood Bay Beach nearby, which some claim to be the most beautiful beach in Britain.

Soak up your lovely surroundings and admire the soundtrack of the nearby running brook, before entering into the open-plan living room, offering a social hub for you all to gather to create some wonderful memories.

Light up the woodburning stove and sink into the plush seating arrangement, before flicking through the channels of the TV to find your evening’s entertainment.

Joining the space is the well-equipped kitchen, where a range of quality appliances arranged in a contemporary assortment is certain to encourage a spot of home-cooking, as well as a dishwasher and a wash/dryer to serve as a helping hand.

Concluding the interior of the all ground-floor dwelling are the two elegantly-appointed king-size bedrooms, served by a sleek family shower room.

Balmy mornings can be spend savouring your morning cup of tea on the patio and look forward to returning in the evening to enjoy a spot of alfresco dining, whilst admiring the countryside views.

For local amenities, travel south to the scattered harbour village Kinlochbervie, home to a shop, a post office and hotels with restaurants that are open all year round.

A short drive will take you to the Oldshoremore Beach, or keen walkers can enjoy a four mile walks to a scenic wild beach of Sandwood Bay backed by huge sand dunes and a loch, which some consider to be most beautiful beach in Britain.

Further walks can be enjoy within the area, including the nature reserve of Handa Island where puffins can be seen in the hundreds, alternatively, head further afield to immerse yourself in the local history by visiting Smoo Cave, a cave complex dating back some 5000 years in Durness, which is also home to a golf course and further beaches.

Also, for th geologically inclined, the Bone Caves near Inchnadamph in Assynt are a must-visit as well as the Inchnadamph nature reserve.

Deer House is the perfect opportunity retreat to a tranquil spot for much needed relaxation.

EPC Rating: Band D

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About the location


Durness 18 miles; Lairg 46 miles; Thurso 89 miles; Inverness 94 miles.

Situated in the far north west of Scotland, Kinlochbervie is the most northerly of all the fishing ports and boasts a large fish handling depot from where catches are dispatched throughout Europe. Because of this the roads in the surrounding area are first class! The area has a stunning rocky coastline which attracts many visitors throughout the year. The village itself has a well-stocked shop, a post office and hotels and restaurant that are open all year round. From here it is easy to access both Oldshoremore Beach and the more famous Sandwood Bay Beach which some claim is the most beautiful beach in Britain!