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Lilac Cottage

Strathpeffer near Inverness, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park (Ref. 30495)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

Accuracy of the listing

42 Customer Reviews

  • "Had a great time using this as our base to visit some of the unmissable sights of Scotland."

    Ullapool, Loch Ness, Fort Augustus, Portmahomack, etc. Lovely clean cottage and a great place to stay. Garden is dog safe and provided plenty of room for our 2 Saluki/Greyhounds. Strathpeffer/Dingwall are short drives away. Most Excellent thank you.

    Reviewed by RichardJun 2022

  • "Delightful setting and very comfortable."

    Good parking, well stocked kitchen, cosy and warm and perfect for pets.

    Reviewed by MalcolmMay 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, well situated for seeing the area."

    Some things need updating but overall we were pleased.

    Reviewed by GillianMay 2022

  • "Great place to stay & the dog had a great time running about garden"

    Reviewed by PeterApr 2022

  • "Great wee cottage to base yourself for a few days in this lovely area."

    Loads of walks around and scenery and wildlife great. the cottage has a big enclosed garden which my lab loved. If I return to the area I would attempt to book again.

    Reviewed by JudithFeb 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay in Lilac Cottage."

    On a dull and wet afternoon the cottage was very welcoming, being warm, very clean and a lovely box of sweets which was a nice touch. We had everything that we needed and enjoyed very relaxed and comfortable evenings throughout our stay, despite every day being pretty dull and mostly damp. The drying room was particularly appreciated on a daily basis. The wood burning stove was lovely and made the evenings even more comfortable. Lilac Cottage was a lovely base for us to explore amazing places in the area, from Culloden to The Applecross Pass. We would definitely stay again, hopefully in the near future. Was also perfect for our two dogs who relaxed from the outset and enjoyed the walks around Strathpeffer

    Reviewed by JeffNov 2021

  • "Nice cosy cottage in quiet location."

    Owner very helpful with a couple of issues that arose during our stay. Would stay here if holidaying in the area again.

    Reviewed by JillNov 2021

  • "Lovely property."

    Some painting had taken place so pics not same as in brochure. Definitely would stay again. Great for the dogs as well.

    Reviewed by RuthOct 2021

  • "We had a great week hillwalking."

    Cottage had everything we needed. The utility/boiler room was great for drying our gear.

    Reviewed by KennethOct 2021

  • "Yet again Sykes description & photographs were spot on"

    Reviewed by ChristopherSep 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage, with very obliging owners happy to help when required."

    Fantastic base for touring around and covering part of the North Coast 500.

    Reviewed by KarenJun 2021

  • "Lilac cottage was absolutely beautiful."

    all we needed for our break, log burner was a great boost at night, garden was perfect for our dogs. overall perfect, hoping to go back in spring.

    Reviewed by MaureenNov 2020

  • "Enjoyed our stay at Lilac Cottage,felt vey much home from home!"

    !lots of space,toasty heating,drying room a welcome bonus due to us having loads of rain during our week.Doyle (the dog)loved the big garden!!would defo visit Lilac again.

    Reviewed by ElizabethOct 2020

  • "The cottage was spacious, particularly as there was just two of us."

    It had everything you could need for a lovely break in the highlands and if we head back there, which is very likely, we’d definitely want to stay there again. It’s well located for access to all the major tourist sites, and it’s just as easy to head west as east. We explored Ullapool and Loch Gairloch from here comfortably. On our first night I opened the back door to see the stars and sat listening to an owl in the trees nearby. The stars on the last evening were spectacular, you could almost touch them.

    Reviewed by ColetteSep 2020

  • "Sykes, as they have done previously, made the whole trip easy from beginning to end."

    Great standard of property and good communication.

    Reviewed by GeorgeAug 2020

  • "Loved this cottage in a peaceful location."

    Handy base for visiting places in the Highlands. Good communication with the owner. Suited our family of four really well. My only issue was with the cooker, which wasn't clean inside.

    Reviewed by KerrieOct 2019

  • "The cottage is well appointed, very roomy and warm, with a large garden and a large area of off road to park."

    The owner is very friendly and helpful, and did her best to make our stay and holiday a memorable one.

    Reviewed by JeffreySep 2019

  • "Jenny, Gareth and dogs from Wigan."

    Sept 2019 We absolutely loved Lilac cottage, so spacious, clean and tidy and we loved the log fire too. Doggies Bella, Mia and Ruby could have a really good run around in the big enclosed garden, we really couldn't fault it and lovely touch with the welcome basket too. Lovely stunning places to go and visit, and walks with the dogs. Thank you for everything. Would highly recommend

    Reviewed by JennySep 2019

  • "The house was faultless, but It would be lovely if the garden was tended to."

    It was rather untidy and it has so much potential.

    Reviewed by LaureenJun 2019

  • "Very well equiped cottage clean and modern inside , goodbroadband if its raining ."

    Easy walks right outside the cottage and more challenging walks nearby We had a good week at lilac cottage and plenty walking with the dog . Dingwall is about 8 minutes drive away with tesco and other shops We would certainly use this cottage again

    Reviewed by DorothyJun 2019

  • "Lovely clean cottage, well placed for exploring the highlands."

    Secure garden for the dogs

    Reviewed by SimonMay 2019

  • "Lilac cottage was an exceptional self catering holiday."

    Huge garden for dogs and easy access to nearby Strathpeffer. My only critique, and it is the only thing I would change is the fridge in the cottage could be doing with being a little bit larger for food storage. Everything else. Top marks and would definitely return. Jane was friendly and accommodating. Welcome food pack a great touch.

    Reviewed by GeorgeFeb 2019

  • "Travelled as a family, booked 3 properties all close by to each other and pet friendly."

    Great for walking and not to far to travel to more built up areas. Would book again and recommend this property to anyone looking for a quiet isolated retreat.

    Reviewed by JoanneDec 2018

  • "No absolutely loved it ."

    Wish had booked longer .owners so friendly and welcoming. Cottage charmingly decorated to my taste making it like to home from home but different setting .walked for miles and weather was great so all in all fantastic

    Reviewed by HeatherDec 2018

  • "Second time at Lilac Cottage."

    It's a warm and comfortable cottage which is adequately equipped. It was clean and tidy on our arrival and the provision of bread, cake and other goodies was most welcome. The garden is secure and our dogs loved it. Beware the road outside the cottage, although in a 30mph area, a lot of vehicles seem to ignore it and drive past at some speed, especially those coming down the hill. The track across the road is good for dog walking and leads to a sawmill and walks through the woods, again much enjoyed by the dogs. Lilac Cottage is well located for touring the area and within walking distance of Strathpeffer, an interesting Victorian Spa.

    Reviewed by DerekDec 2018

  • "The accommodation far exceeded my expectations and was excellent value for money."

    I will definitely be returning to the cottage and it made my stay with my children all the more special. Thank you. One thing for anyone using sat nav as I did, on the last road turn right not left ( used postcode) .

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2018

  • "Lovely cottage, good facilities"

    Reviewed by TaekeAug 2018

  • "Great cottage spotlessly clean good location perfect garden for our dogs could not escape welcome pack nice touch ."

    plenty of parking all in all fantastic time

    Reviewed by AndrewJul 2018

  • "Ein sehr schönes, gemütliches kleines Häuschen, das auch eine gute Lage aufweist."

    Die Schlafräume waren sehr hübsch und in den Betten konnte man gut schlafen. Der große Garten ist für Kinder und Hunde ideal. Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt in diesem Haus. Vielleicht wären ein bis zwei Tassen und Teller mehr ganz schön. Noch eine Anmerkung: Es gibt sehr gute Einkaufsmöglichkeiten in Dingwall. Wir kommen gern wieder.

    Reviewed by MaikJun 2018

  • "The pubs / restaurants in the local village weren't accommodating for dogs which was disappointing but not the fault of the cottage."

    Reviewed by StevenJun 2018

  • "The outside let it down plus some of the kitchen facilities were not very clean ie oven trays, utensil holder."

    As the weather was so good we would have liked to have sat out in the garden but the furniture needed a complete rubbing down and varnish, not fit to eat off!

    Reviewed by AnneJun 2018

  • "This our third visit, and won’t be our last."

    Lovely relaxing holiday. Weather was fantastic. Dogs loved running about the back garden. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by ShirleyMay 2018

  • "Lilac cottage has been our choice for the northern highlands twice now and is clean and comfortable in all respects, the owner leaves goodies for your arrival and the garden is fully enclosed for the dogs, their are great places to visit all around Inverness or you can walk direct from the cottage."

    Reviewed by MartinApr 2018

  • "Well appointed clean warm and comfortable cottage."

    Located in pleasant rural area with large secure garden for the dog. The cottage was cosy despite the cold March weather.

    Reviewed by PaulMar 2018

  • "Very friendly owner who went out of her way to make us feel welcome."

    Cottage lovely and warm (very cold outside!), great area for our dogs, good walks in the area too.

    Reviewed by DerekFeb 2018

  • "Lovely cottage with good possibilities for walks."

    Reviewed by AlbertFeb 2018

  • "Second visit to Lilac Cottage."

    Would highly recommmend. Great for dogs, with the spacious back garden. Jane, the owner, is lovely.

    Reviewed by ShirleySep 2017

  • "A perfect, comfortable and well equipped cottage in a lovely peaceful location."

    The large enclosed garden was ideal for my dog too.

    Reviewed by DoreenMar 2017

  • "This is the best cottage we've ever had."

    Home from home.great for dogs and so easy to get around to some of the most beautiful places in the highlands.weather was glorious and so were the walks.cant wait to go back next year

    Reviewed by MartinFeb 2017

  • "We had a wonderful week at lilac cottage so peaceful."

    The cottage is ideally situated to explore the beautiful highlands . Lilac cottage was clean comfortable,and very cosy . We would highly recommend a visit and we will definitely return!

    Reviewed by CalumOct 2016

  • "Excellent. Would highly recommend this cottage."

    Owner is lovely. Ideal location. Cottage very clean and very cozy. Ideal for dogs, with the very large enclosed garden. 5*

    Sep 2016

  • "Not only was the cottage lovely but we were greeted with a lovely welcome gift of lovsl produce and the owner was friendly and helpful."

    Reviewed by CherylAug 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Drying room
  • Sitting room with woodburner.
  • Oil central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine in drying room, TV with Freeview, CD, iPod dock, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off road parking
  • Enclosed front lawned garden with furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pubs 1 mile
  • Note: There is a small step up to the shower room and kitchen.

The property

Strathpeffer 1 mile.

A charming, stone-built cottage, situated in a quiet hamlet close to the famous Victorian spa village of Strathpeffer.

This deceptively spacious Strathpeffer cottage offers up-to-date facilities and is ideal for a family or group of friends who want to enjoy this beautiful part of the Scottish Highlands.

With the accommodation all on one level, apart from a small step up to the shower room and kitchen, this Highlands cottage has two nicely presented bedrooms and a tasteful sitting room with welcoming woodburner, making it a fabulous place to relax at the end of a busy day.

The well-equipped kitchen/diner benefits from having a door leading out to the pretty front garden where guests can relax with a quiet drink while dinner cooks!

Although quietly situated, the spa village of Strathpeffer is close by and offers a choice of venues for dining, some lively pubs and a busy village shop, plus during the summer months the local pipe band play to entertain visitors.

The area has much to offer visitors with an abundance of cycle paths and fabulous walks, as well as fishing in the rivers close by or a round of golf at the Spa Golf Club.

By car, visit the pretty Black Isle villages, see dolphins jumping in the Moray Firth and explore the wonderful beaches at Nairn.

This Strathpeffer cottage is a super holiday base.

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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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas