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Taigh Cruinneachadh (Gathering Place)

Dunbeath, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park (Ref. 967565)

4.2

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Features

  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher

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14 Customer Reviews

  • "Had a fantastic week and the house was faultless."

    The views are stunning and the house was well equipped and comfortable. I would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by ElaineOct 2021

  • "Perfect place to get away from it - house was clean and well equipped with truly astonishing views."

    Highly recommended

    Many thanks for your feedback and we’re delighted that you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by KeithSep 2021

  • "The house was in a very private location, clean, lovely, warm, spacious and very comfortable."

    The price was reasonable considering there were 5 bedrooms. Not having WiFi was not an issue as we were out so much and the phone signal was generally good. Well equipped kitchen with everything one could need, comfortable beds with spotless linen and plenty of towels. Lots of space outside for children and dogs. The views from house were spectacular as it sits very high up. Caithness is beautiful. Notable outings included gorgeous beaches eg Reis, Dunnet Bay, Dunrobin Castle (spectacular) Noss point where we actually saw four orcas-very exciting!! Timespan museum was interesting and we had an amazing Jamaican lunch at the attached cafe, hidden gem in the North East of Scotland! The villages of Helmsdale and Golspie are pretty and at Dunbeath harbour we enjoyed delicious locally caught lobster and crab rolls. We had meals at the Ulbster Arms in Wick and The Bay at Dunbeath-would recommend both and the reasonable prices. Latheronwheel had a sweet little ‘fairy Glen’ walk, a hit with our small children. So yes we would recommend this house and location, we had to do a fair bit of driving around but it was definitely worth it.

    Reviewed by SusanAug 2021

  • "We founds this property exactly as described."

    It was clean, well furnished and ideally located. We wanted something that was relatively secluded but yet have amenities nearby. We found that this met our expectations and more. The views were open and unrestricted and it is located just off the A9 which is ideal. The grounds have ample parking and there are wide open spaces where the kids can play. The owners of the property are very approachable and were very helpful with suggesting local scenic spots to visit. The nearby beaches are spectacular and extremely clean. The week just flew by in this spectacular place, our only regret was that we did not book in for two.

    Reviewed by JAug 2021

  • "Excellent property, but kitchen in need of a serious clean"

    Thank you for your feedback, we are very surprised to hear this as we have a professional and hardworking team of cleaners and we have received no previous feedback on this issue. We do monitor the clean with videos so we are sorry if these issues caused you any inconvenience if you had contacted us at the start of your holiday we would have been more than happy to assist you. We hope this doesn't effect you from booking our property in the future, take care. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PaulineJul 2021

  • "Accommodation really needs refurbishment and a good thorough clean, which clearly hasn't been possible as it was fully booked for months leading up to our stay."

    It was our second time staying there and Dunbeath is such a beautiful location, and the house itself is in a stunning spot, but it felt drab and worn on our second stay, as not as much as a pillow had been fluffed since our previous visit years earlier. The place doesn't have wifi, which you can't complain about considering it doesn't advertise saying it does, but when it's literally buttons in 2021 to have such a facility, and they charge top dollar for the stay, it's a good measure of how frugal the owners have been with maintaining the place.

    Thank you for your comments. It is always nice to have returning guests, sorry you felt like our property was not to your satisfaction. We do have an amazing team who check the finer details on very change over. As advertised there is currently no wifi as per your first visit We have taken on board your comment and will review this. Property Owner

    Reviewed by GavinJul 2021

  • "A fabulous holiday home for families to get together, most rooms all on one level, ideal for the young and older members of the family."

    Lovely local harbours to explore with seating, toilets facilities, picnic benches. Dunrobin Castle definitely worth a visit. The Bay restaurant, nice and local, don't be put off by the outside, inside is lovely, whiskey and gin bars, lovely views over the Moray Firth and awesome pizza's, the owner is very friendly and a great host. Wolf burn Distillery tour also a great day. Thank you for a wonderful week.

    Reviewed by CatherineAug 2020

  • "Spacious, well appointed, comfortable accommodation, perfect for the larger families or groups, great views over Dunbeath and coast line."

    Ideal location for exploring North East Scotland . Would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by MasonAug 2020

  • "The house is in a great location with a fantastic view over the village."

    The house has everything you need for a stay with a large group - in fact we wished we had realised how well equipped it was as we would not have brought so many cleaning products with us. We were a large mixed age family group. The house had space for the children to play while the adults could relax in the comfortable sitting rooms. Super library! Host was helpful and friendly. We loved our visit and would highly recommend the house.

    Reviewed by MhairiJul 2020

  • "Spacious and comfortable house in peaceful location with great views."

    Reviewed by AndrewDec 2019

  • "Fantastic property, the perfect 'gathering place'!"

    Plenty of room to host two families coming together for Christmas, with everything you should need to feel at home. The kitchen is very well equipped and great to cook for a large group. Access to property is ideal for varied abilities (one member of the party uses a walking aid, managed no problem). When initially booking, we asked if there would be a Christmas tree up and on arrival we were overjoyed to see a large decorated tree in the living room which gave the room a lovely cosy feeling. The beach is only a short drive away and the shop keeper was very welcoming. We would definitely recommend a visit here.

    Reviewed by AlisonDec 2019

  • "We have just returned from our weeks stay at Taigh Cruinneachadh."

    What a wonderful time we had.There was 9 in our party and this included 5 children. The house was just perfect for us. it was spacious, comfortable, modern..a real home from home. It had such character and the views were incredible from all of the windows. The house had everything we needed, the kitchen was super and we cooked most nights. The location of the house is very good. We got out everyday and enjoyed the beaches (local and a short drive) or forest walks. One day we made a trip to the Orkney Isles on the ferry and had a day at John'O'Groats. We spent our last day at the Falls of Shin watching the salmon leap upstream (the has a lovely cafe and play area too).

    Reviewed by EstherAug 2019

  • "The electricity was down when we moved in and there was no welcome pack in the house so we had no idea about the surroundings or the WiFi password etc."

    The bedrooms had weird smells and the only writing table was not clean (had many paperwork and random stuff on it, I had to clean the place before using it).

    We are very sorry that you encountered problems during your stay. We did send out an electrician within an hour and 15 minutes of being made aware of the problem to put things right and we are contacting our cleaning company regarding the cleanliness. There is as yet no Wifi in the property (it does not claim to have on the Sykes website). Many thanks for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LinaAug 2019

  • "House just as pictured on the website."

    Great time had by all the family, with everyone having their own space. Kitchen was excellent!

    Reviewed by SharonJul 2019

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The property

Set in an elevated position and enjoying panoramic views is the spacious and flexible detached property, Taigh Cruinneachadh in Dunbeath.

The village sits on the North East coast of Scotland and is a superb base to explore Caithness, Sutherland and the Orkney Islands.

It is set right on the popular North Coast 500 route and offers excellent challenges to keen cyclists being close to the Ord and Berridale Braes.

This superb property is set in a tranquil location and has been designed to bring together large groups of family and friends to this picturesque part of Scotland.

With plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities including walking, cycling, fishing and bird watching nearby you can then kick off your boots before unwinding of an evening within this real home-from-home.

Stepping into the sitting room, you are immediately drawn in by the spectacular views that can be enjoyed from the large windows, as well as the superb selection of books and games within this comfortable, spacious accommodation.

The two sitting rooms can be opened up for large groups to socialize or divided into two for different activities.

The interior is complete with five well-presented bedrooms, each boasting a flexible sleeping arrangement to suit the needs of your group.

Continuing to impress is the spacious kitchen/diner, where the range cooker is situated in front of an exposed stone wall and takes centre stage before all of the other appliances, allowing you to whip up an evening meal for everyone.

Two of the bedrooms benefit from en-suite shower rooms and they all enjoy a bright interior, ample storage and breath-taking views of the surrounding countryside.

If you can tear yourself away from this delightful base, venture into the village of Dunbeath where you will find the local bar and restaurant as well as a shop for picking up essentials.Also there are nearby cafes, craft centres and museums as well as the pretty harbour and picturesque walks along the strath.

Explore a little further afield to John O' Groats, Thurso and Helmsdale where there are museums, restaurants and shops, or visit some of the many unspoiled beaches with opportunities to observe marine life and bird colonies.

Whatever the occasion, Taigh Cruinneachadh is a refreshing retreat for a large gathering to this part of Scotland.

Summary

  • Five bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • 1 x family bedroom with a king size bed and a single bed and en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • 1 x family bedroom with a double bed and a single bed
  • 1 x family bedroom with double bed, single bed and cot
  • 1 x lower ground floor bedroom with a small double bed and a single bed and a walk-in shower room with basin and WC
  • Bathroom with bath, separate walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • 2 x sitting rooms
  • Under floor heating upstairs, radiators on lower floor.
  • Electric range cooker with six-burner gas hob, dishwasher, fridge, microwave, washing machine, fridge/freezer, tumble dryer, selection of books and TV
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent Ample off-road parking
  • Spacious lawn garden and bbq area
  • Well behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking allowed
  • Indoor lockable storage for cycles if required
  • Shop within 0.9 mile, pub within 1 mile
  • Please note: This property has a Good Housekeeping Bond of £175

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £175.

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About the location

DUNBEATH

Helmsdale 15 miles; John o'Groats 37 miles.

Dunbeath is situated on the south east side of Caithness and is famous for being the birthplace of the famous author Neil Gunn who based many of his novels on and around the Dunbeath area. Rich in history, this area boasts numerous Iron Age Brochs, plus at one time Dunbeath was a booming fishing village with up to a 100 boats operating from the harbour, whilst today it offers a shop, pub and an excellent community museum located in the old village school. The A9 gives easy access along this rugged and dramatic coastline and the larger village of Helmsdale lies to the south just a short drive away, whilst to the north are numerous pretty coastal villages with John O'Groats being just 37 miles away.

Please note: This property has a Good Housekeeping Bond of £175

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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