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Dower House

Strathpeffer, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park (Ref. 1011982)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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10 Customer Reviews

  • "Very nice house; Quiet and peaceful location."

    We enjoyed our time and walked some of the grounds.

    Reviewed by AndrewMay 2022

  • "Lovely house in a wonderful secluded setting."

    High standard facilities and a a very enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by MartinMay 2022

  • "What a lovely stay."

    As a previous review states, the photos do not do the property justice. The living room and kitchen are both sun traps. They are comfortable and the kitchen is well stocked. For example, the frying pan was better than mine at home(!), the fridge freezer was a good size for a family and the crockery and cutlery were plentiful. The kitchen even had a pestle and mortar. The listing states there is a washing machine. It’s actually a washer dryer. One thing I was concerned with before arriving was what facilities there were for laundry. The cottage comes with a laundry basket and pegs with a washing line, round the back of the house, which was sufficient for our needs during our stay. If the weather turns inclement though the cottage has a folding clothes horse as well as the washer dryer. There was plenty of fire wood for the log burner and the option to purchase more. The dining chairs were very comfy and the dining table is a good size. There is also a table and chairs in the kitchen. The dining room is a cooler room but has an electric heater as well as the radiator. The heating system is well labelled to make it easy to understand. The bedrooms were all lovely. The listing states one is king size. I am not convinced this is accurate as the two larger beds looked like doubles to me. One bedroom is larger than the other so the listing may just mean a king sized room? Either way, it didn’t make a difference to us. There was plenty of room for parking. The road to the cottage was signposted but our satnav said we had reached our destination before we got there. I would simply say, after you leave the main (tarmac) road keep left, go past a grass field on your left. After you go over a small bridge there is a sawmill straight ahead. Keep left then, when the road splits take the right fork. You go past two cottages (called The Laundry and The Gamekeepers cottage I think) before you reach the Dower House higher up the hill. The garden was enclosed and perfectly fine for my Jack Russell. If he had been really determined to escape he might have been able to dig under the wooden fence but it was not an issue. We saw squirrels, pheasants and (on three days) a deer just over the garden fence. We also heard woodpeckers. There were robins, blue tits and other birds I could not identify, in the garden. It is a lovely woodland location. It may seem a little rural to city dwellers but there are houses nearby. As far as ‘touristy’ things to do, there are several whisky distilleries, which offer tours, within an hour’s drive. We went on the Caorunn gin tour which was about an hour away and we’ll worth doing. Inverness is about 30 mins away. Dingwall is about 10 mins away and has multiple places to eat, a big Tesco, recycling facilities, fuel etc. The Black Isle Dairy farm shop sells milk, cheese, yoghurt, ice cream etc and is about 15 minutes away. Loch Ness is under an hour away. One day we went down the side of Loch Ness and then across to the Isle of Skye and the scenery was fantastic. It was about a 160 mile round trip but well worth it.

    Reviewed by EmmaMar 2022

  • "Very comfortable place to stay."

    We had a great time.

    Reviewed by AlexanderDec 2021

  • "The photos don't do the house justice, the house is a great size."

    The garden is secure and great to let out a dog in the morning. The house it set in a secluded location on the estate with great walks from the door. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by LouisSep 2021

  • "The Dower House is a welcoming, spacious home from home which makes an excellent base for exploring the area or just staying in and relaxing."

    We particularly liked the big, well-equipped kitchen with a decent-sized table, and the separate dining room - so you have plenty of space for puzzles, board games, spreading maps out or whatever, as well as for family meals. We found plenty to do both hillwalking further away and exploring locally. We loved the peaceful deciduous woodlands around the house. Our dog was happy and relaxed (and so were we!) with the closed garden and plenty of local walks along forest tracks and footpaths with no livestock to disturb. One thing to be prepared for is that the bedrooms are very light in the summer evenings and early mornings, which might take some getting used to. The owners were most helpful when we needed to contact them.

    Reviewed by FionaJun 2021

  • "Wonderful place ,great location , well equipped clean house, very helpful owner who helped us when we forgot our house keys."

    Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by KamilaMay 2021

  • "Perfect place for long awaited holiday."

    Location and accommodation met all our needs.

    Reviewed by PamMay 2021

  • "Lovely cosy cottage, really clean and had everything we needed including a garage to store bikes."

    There were super walks from the cottage and in the surrounding area. We did a lot of mountain biking and had our kayaks too. The area is fantastic for outdoor pursuits.

    Reviewed by DawnApr 2021

  • "The Dower House far exceeded our expectations in every way."

    The location is amazing, tucked away in wood on a hill with the trees all around and great places to walk just on the doorstep. The house is lovely. It has been sympathetically refurbished with good quality furniture, fixtures and fittings. We wanted for nothing in the kitchen and everything worked as expected. The house has a great homely feel to it and just makes you feel welcome. We looked forward to getting 'home' every evening. The garden is great for dogs, being securely enclosed. The owners were very friendly and approachable and were very quick to respond to any of our queries. I have no hesitation in recommending the Dower House to anyone looking for a home away from home to relax and enjoy the Scottish Highlands. Eve, thank you so much.

    Reviewed by JoanneJan 2020

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x double, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Oven, hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Garage for bike storage
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Enclosed garden to the rear
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: This property does not accept children under 5 years. Note: This property can only facilitate a Friday check in, please call our reservations department if you would like to enquire about a alternative check in day

The property

Strathpeffer 1.5 miles.

This lovely detached home is stone-built and has been renovated into a modern property with the presence of its traditional past.

With three bedrooms and the capacity to sleep five, this home is ideal for a family or group of friends looking to escape to the Scottish countryside.

If you're a dog owner, it’s worth noting that this property is pet-friendly, so there's no need to leave them out of this holiday!

After travelling down the private driveway and being surrounded by the beautiful Scottish landscape, you will be welcomed by the two-storey house, which is very easy on the eye.

Stepping on inside and through the porch, to the left you have a kitchen fitted with all the essential equipment to help you rustle up your favourite dishes for everyone.

Staying with the ground floor, you will discover a dining area fit with a Victorian feature fireplace and following on you'll find the living room with a woodburning stove, to ensure your time spent together is warm and cosy.

Patio doors open out into the enclosed garden area, where you can find seating and views of the country for you to take in.

Going upstairs to the large landing, three bedrooms can be located, including the spacious master bedroom with wardrobe space, a second spacious room with zip/link beds, and finally a single room.

For walkers and cyclists, the area is rich in pathways and cycle tracks, and dog walkers will love the abundance of the countryside.

The pretty spa village of Strathpeffer is close by and well worth a visit, especially in the summer months when the local pipe band often offers traditional entertainment.

The capital of the Highlands, Inverness is just a short drive away and here you can shop until you drop or drive around the edge of Loch Ness, for a bit of monster hunting.

A real home away from home to help make your time in the highlands a memorable holiday.

The Dower House is on the Castle Leod, Cromartie Estate, and is the home of the Mackenzie Clan Chief. Castle Leod is well known to fans of the Outlander TV series as Castle Leoch. The Dower House is also handy for the annual ‘Strath Puffer ‘cycle race in January and the famous ‘Snowman Car Rally’ held in February. Castle Leod is open to the public 25 days in the summer and private tours and weddings throughout the year by arrangement. Castle Leod is otherwise still a private family home.

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About the location


Inverness 20 miles.

Often compared to a Bavarian Mountain resort, the picturesque spa village of Strathpeffer owes its growth to the discovery of water springs during the 1700s, and was declared in 1819 to be the healthiest drinking water in Britain! The original Spa Pavilion has been magnificently restored after a period of disuse and now serves as a venue for a variety of events, including concerts, dances, dramas and exhibitions. The former Victorian railway station, which in times past brought many visitors from near and far, has now been beautifully restored to house craft workers and their shops, and is also home to the Highland Museum of Childhood. Visit the restored Pump house (also a Tourist Information point), take a walk along a forest track, or enjoy the views from the nearby pictish hill fort at Knockfarrel. Whatever you decide there's plenty on offer for all the family.