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Dower House

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

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  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
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  • “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 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.

    - Mrs Livingstone, June 2021

About 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.


  • 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

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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.