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Allt Lodge

(Ref. 1039477)

Balnain near Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park Show on map

4.9

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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes

Features

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

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41 Customer Reviews

  • "Exceptionally clean!"

    Claudia was brilliant and checked that everything was ok. Wonderful location.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Apr 2024

  • "We had a fabulous 2 week stay here and would highly recommend."

    The lodge is so warm, comfortable, well equipped. Claudia was so helpful during our stay without being intrusive - she even brought a camping stove in case we had a powercut. The lodge has essentials such as hand wash, toilet rolls, washing up liquid, and milk, wine, fruit and flowers were awaiting us - so kind, thank you. Our 2 little yorkies enjoyed the walks on our doorstep. The garden isn't enclosed so they were kept on leads at all times which wasn't a problem. We would love to return in the future.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jan 2024

  • "An absolute gem of a place."

    If peace and quiet you want then this is for you. The lodge itself is spotless and has everything that you could wish for. It was well worth the 11 hour drive to get there. Will definitely book to go again maybe try the summer months because I bet it’s stunning waking up in the mornings sitting on the balcony with a coffee just watching the world go by.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Dec 2023

  • "We had an excellent long weekend celebrating a 90th family birthday."

    The lodge we beautifully clean and excellently equipped. We had a wonderful time.

    Reviewed by Morag5.0Dec 2023

  • "What can I say, one word ‘stunning’."

    Slightly out of the way therefore peaceful, but I would class central to get anywhere, we went south, east and north all within longest travelling of 1.5 hrs but the scenery was breathtaking and well worth it. The lodge itself was fully equiped, clean and comfortable, I will be certainly booking this property again, Claudia an absolute pleasure to deal with!!!

    Reviewed by Hilary5.0Oct 2023

  • "Beautiful lodge with all wishes accommodated."

    We had a fantastic time at the lodge as it is remote and yet central to reach most of the highlands. The lodge is gorgeous.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Oct 2023

  • "Allt Lodge is a perfect base for touring the Highlands."

    The lodge is everything we wished for,has every mod con and is the best so far as being well equipped for self catering. If you’re looking for a peaceful location to simply chill and relax then this is the place. We were blessed with some beautiful weather that made all the difference whilst touring and the scenery was outstanding. Really didn’t want to come home x

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a lovely time here and were greeted with a bottle of wine, fruit bowl and handmade soap."

    The lodge is very well equipped and very comfortable. Claudia was very friendly and made sure everything was ok during our stay. We would highly recommend Allt lodge , many thanks

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Sep 2023

  • "Absolutely fantastic property, truly breathtaking, certainly lived upto our expectations."

    Everything you could possibly need was to hand within the property. Added extra special touch was the owner calling to see if everything was OK and if there was anything we needed. I highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Aug 2023

  • "Amazing all round."

    Lovely location, lovely lodge with more than is needed for a lovely stay. Couldn't explore the whole area in a week which means the kids were always excited to find new places in the forest. Magical week.

    Reviewed by Nancy5.0Aug 2023

  • "Beautiful lodge in lovely setting."

    Exactly as described We had a fantastic time

    Reviewed by Carolyn5.0Aug 2023

  • "Absolutely beautiful lodge in a gorgeous setting, would 100% recommend anyone to stay here."

    Lovely nearby walk in the woods and to the river, short drive to drumnadrochit village and about 25 mins to inverness. Had a phone call from the owner to check everything was OK and if any problems to contact her. Stunning!!! We will be returning

    Reviewed by Susanne5.0Aug 2023

  • "Stunning and so peaceful."

    It was just what we needed as a family this summer. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Jo5.0Jul 2023

  • "Amazing location and amazing lodge."

    Was perfect and we really enjoyed staying there. Peace and quiet and a break away from it all. Will definitely go back!

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Jul 2023

  • "Exceptional property in an amazing location."

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jun 2023

  • "For the amount of money the holiday cost for 7 nights, the bed in the main bedroom was a very standard 4’6” and very uncomfortable with foot board for anyone who’s tall like myself would struggled with it, as you could of lost a super king bed in the main bedroom."

    Bedding was poor quality and duvet cover didn’t do up as clips were melted. Balcony up stairs had no seating on it and would have been nice to sit on with a drink in evenings to enjoy the beautiful views. Also the balcony’s were covered in dust and cobwebs. But all moaning a side it was a lovely lodge to stay in and would go back there. Just needs some TLC and homely touches. Thanks for a nice week away.

    Reviewed by Nathan3.4Jun 2023

  • "Greeted by Claudia ."

    ... Amazing Lodge amazing Location amazing Holiday amazing ...we will be back. Family Lennon! April 2023.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Apr 2023

  • "Second stay here."

    Absolutely stunning house and location. Everything was perfect. Thank you and we’ll certainly be back again soon.

    Reviewed by Nick5.0Dec 2022

  • "This was an amazing lodge with all of the luxuries and amenities that we needed."

    We had a fantastic time in Scotland and we got to spend the week staying in a beautiful setting. The local walks were perfect for the dog.

    Reviewed by Grace5.0Oct 2022

  • "This was a truly excellent lodge to stay in."

    Spotlessly clean, comfortable beds, well equipped, TV with virtually every streaming service and above all a beautiful setting. The dawn chorus and the evening sounds of deer rutting gave a tranquility to the whole place. We arrived to fresh flowers, fruit, wine and milk kindly left by the owner. I have stayed at various holiday homes over the years and can honestly say that the level of attention to detail and comfort at Allt Lodge is among the absolute best. The owner mixed professionalism with warmth in all her dealings with us and was a pleasure to chat with. The Lodge is ideally situated for scenic walks both locally and further afield. It is also a short drive (5 mins) from Drumnadrochit which has a delicious pub eatery ( The Fiddlers) as well as takeaways, food shops, gift/art shops and Loch Ness exhibition centre. We had some mixed weather during our stay but because of the lodges proximity to spectacular countryside but also to Inverness etc, we were able to mix walking on sunny days with visits to the botanic gardens and a local whiskey distillery on rainier days. I would most highly recommend Allt Lodge

    Reviewed by Iwona5.0Oct 2022

  • "Wow what a wonderful, well made, charming and well equipped lodge."

    We could not have been more happy with the standards at Allt lodge. There is everything you could possibly need for your stay and the attention to detail from the owner is 10/10. The lodge itself was spotlessly clean and it has been made to a very high standard, the joinery and carpentry is really quite impressive, and the finishings are clearly top quality. There is a fantastic bubble bath for relaxing in and soaking away the day’s activities. There is washing machine and dryer facilities and the kitchen has everything you need including a very quiet dishwasher which was a pleasure to use. The owner Claudia was so helpful with all of our enquiries and she left fresh fruit, milk and wine for us as a welcoming gift which was lovely and much appreciated. The lodge is situated in peaceful farmland where you can really relax and enjoy the tranquility. At the same time it is only a 10-15 minute drive from the village and shops etc. We can’t wait to go back for a second time.

    Reviewed by Tom5.0Aug 2022

  • "Beautiful lodge, exactly as the pictures, picturesque location, has all the amenities required, couldn’t fault it!"

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Aug 2022

  • "We absolutely loved our stay at Allt Lodge."

    The lodge was just amazing, very modern with everything we needed to enjoy a weeks holiday. We arrived to fresh fruit, wine a lovely gesture followed with a phone call from Claudia to make sure we were enjoying our week. We loved that Loch Meikle was a short walk away and taking our dogs walks in the surrounding areas. We visited Urqhart Castle, Fort George, Fort Augustus, Inverness and regular visits to Drumnadrochit. We would definitely love to rebook this lodge!

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely calm and relaxing place to stay."

    Claudia was really helpful and really great to talk to. Giving us ideas of places to go. A couple of suggestions, but don't put the place down at all as you can manage without. 1. A small dresser in the bedrooms near a plug, so us ladies can dry our hair, and see what we are doing lol. Had to stand up and stretch to see in the wardrobe mirror. 2. Some seating on the upstairs balcony, would have been nice to have peace from the family, if someone needed it. That's all. Told you it wouldn't matter. Overall a great stay. Ps. If you tag your photos in face book, do not tag them as being Lochletter lodges. This property is not part of them.

    Reviewed by Tracey4.4Jun 2022

  • "The lodge was fantastic, situated near Loch Meikle, with close access to Forestry paths."

    Plenty of great walking to be had. Excellent amenities, the owner was in contact to check all was ok and the complementary wine and fruit bowl was very welcome. We would definitely come back here, a great base to explore Glen Affric, Glen Cannich and the wider Highlands

    Reviewed by Julia5.0May 2022

  • "All you could wish for as a holiday let extremely clean on arrival and a lovely welcoming fruit bowl."

    Enough area for dogs around the property and walks away from it plus a fantastic base to explore this part of Scotland and more.

    Reviewed by Stewart5.0May 2022

  • "We had an amazing time and the accommodation was fantastic!"

    Perhaps one minor enhancement would be the provision of an outdoor BBQ to make the most of the outdoor space and spectacular scenery

    Reviewed by Belinda5.0Apr 2022

  • "This lodge is absolutely wonderful everything you could possibly need."

    One slight concern was that whilst dog owners are requested to clean up after their dogs sadly previous tenants had not cleared up and we ended up cleaning up several dog poos that were not our dogs

    Reviewed by John4.7Jan 2022

  • "The property was excellent, facilities as described ."

    .. The lodge was fantastic, so spacious for the family, excellent layout so that dirty boots were not brought into the main area.. thoroughly enjoyed every minute at the Lodge..Will definitely make a second booking

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Dec 2021

  • "One of the best Christmas holidays we’ve had in a long time."

    A lovely welcome pack and the Christmas presents were a lovely touch. We used the log fire alot as the temperatures dropped to below freezing. Did abit of sightseeing and spent a few days relaxing in the lodge. The owner was very helpful and rang a couple of times to make sure all was ok. We will be rebooking in the future.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Dec 2021

  • "Absolutely beautiful clean lodge in a perfect location to explore the Highlands."

    Will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Will5.0Oct 2021

  • "Absolutely fantastic week in Allt Lodge, spotlessly clean, furnished and equipped to the highest standard."

    Milk in the fridge, wine and fruit left were lovely touches. Peaceful, tranquil,would not hesitate to book again. Loved it.

    Reviewed by William L5.0Sep 2021

  • "Beautifully set out, inside and out."

    All you could possibly need in a kitchen was provided. Would stay here again as it was so tranquil. Wonderful stay.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Aug 2021

  • "We had a wonderful stay at this beautiful spacious lodge."

    The owner was friendly and helpful. We arrived to fresh fruit, flowers and lovely handmade soap. The lodge is spotless, well maintained and well equipped with a real highland getaway feel. Beds were super comfy and warm. Loads of storage space in bedrooms and at front door for coats/boots etc. I loved waking to farm yard sounds in the morning and the lodge is about a 3 minute walk away from a secluded entry point for Loch Meiklie. If you like wild swimming its like your own private loch. Beautiful. Drumnadrochit is a short drive away with shops, restaurants, takeaways and a pretty village green. There are plentiful beautiful walks in Drumnadrochit and in the surrounding areas. I wouldn't hesitate to return to the stunning Allt Lodge. Thanks Claudia for a fab holiday. Alex, Gillian, Ross & Amy.

    Reviewed by Alex5.0Jul 2021

  • "Allt Lodge is fantastic."

    The house is beautiful & in a perfect location for a quiet holiday. Loch Meiklie is only a couple of minutes walk away - lovely spot for wild swimming. The house is very well appointed, warm & cosy. We didn’t use the wood burner at all as we visited in July & it was already very warm. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Gregor5.0Jul 2021

  • "A wonderful lodge."

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Jun 2021

  • "The property was immaculate, everything you needed was there."

    The location was superb, idyllic, we did not want to leave. Would 100% come back again.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0May 2021

  • "We have been to many lodges over the years but this by far was the best, so clean, beds comfortable, spa bath amazing, quality fixtures and fittings, so quiet, stunning scenery, not too far from town, we arrived to a lovely full fruit bowl handmade soap and a bottle of wine, what a welcome, thanks claudia will be back."

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Sep 2020

  • "Nicest place we've ever stayed in."

    Very spacious in beautiful surroundings. The whirlpool bath was great after a long day walking. The utility area was a great edition too, especially as when raining or coming in with dogs you have somewhere to hang your stuff.

    Reviewed by Kelly5.0Sep 2020

  • "Great time in the great place,everything was as described,amazing house fully furnished in quiet area ."

    We had a lovely holiday Thank you

    Reviewed by Arkadiusz5.0Aug 2020

  • "Absolutely stunning property in equally stunning position."

    Reviewed by Nick5.0Aug 2020

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Summary

  • Over two floors
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor twin, 1 x first-floor king-size with balcony, 1 x first-floor twin
  • First-floor bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, hand-held shower, walk-in shower, double basin and WC
  • Ground-floor wet room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Utility
  • Ground source heating and underfloor heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 4 cars
  • Lawned garden and decking area with furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 6 miles and pub 2.9 miles
  • Note: The property is accessible for those with limited mobility as it has ramp access into the lodge

The property

Drumnadrochit 5.6 miles.

Approached via a quiet farm road in the village of Balnain within the Scottish Highlands, is this charming two-storey property, Allt Lodge.

This property has been lovingly decorated into a warm and welcoming space completely accessible for those with limited mobility through ramp access into the property and a handy wet room.

Upon entering the lodge, you will be greeted by a utility area which houses a washing machine and tumble dryer so you don't have to bring your whole wardrobe with your during your trip.

Here you will also find a ground-floor wet room and a twin bedroom, most suitable for guests who require wheelchair access.

Walk through to the open-plan living space which has a woodburning stove taking centre stage and a selection of furniture seated around it.

Cosy up on the plush sofas and while away the hours in front of the TV with your favourite shows, or simply catch up on the day's events.

Gather at the large dining table which has enough seating for all six guests and is the perfect spot for enjoying a home-cooked meal or for a family game night.

The kitchen has been fitted to a high-standard with pristine white units and sleek granite worktops housing all the necessary appliances for a weekend in the countryside.

For the remaining guests, venture up to the first floor where you will find a king-size and twin bedroom featuring a selection of wooden furniture for storing your personal belongings.

The master bedroom comes with its own balcony area, ideal for taking a cup of tea and a good book to watch the sunrise across the surrounding farmland.

Discover your very own bathroom with luxury fittings such as the corner Jacuzzi bath where you can enjoy a long soak after a tiring day and let those bubbling jets work their magic on your aching muscles.

Or choose to have a quick wash in the separate shower cubicle, before using the ‘his and hers’ sinks to finish getting ready for the day.

To the rear of the lodge is a large lawned garden overlooking the stunning surrounding countryside, as well as a decked are with ample seating space.

Look forward to dining alfresco during the summer months, or simply use this as a quiet space to read and enjoy a refreshing beverage.

A few miles away is the charming village of Drumnadrochit which has a convenience store for picking up any last-minute ingredients, as well as a choice of traditional Scottish eateries for those evenings you don't fancy cooking.

Resting alongside the Loch Ness, you can enjoy a variety of water sporting opportunities here, particularly fishing and sailing, whilst discovering tales of the local folklore monster of the same name, something your little ones will delight in; more information about the Loch Ness monster's history can be found at Nessieland.

If it's some historical architecture you're looking for, then the 16th Century Urquhart Castle or the Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition are well-worth visiting.

Further afield is the bustling city of Inverness, where you can visit popular tourist attractions such as Inverness Castle, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery or the Inverness Botanic Gardens.

Allt Lodge is perfectly placed for those looking to explore the Scottish Highlands and all its delights.

EPC Rating: Band C

EPC Rating: Band C

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About the location

DRUMNADROCHIT, LOCH NESS

Inverness 14 miles.

The village of Drumnadrochit lies at the head of Urquhart Bay on the shore of Loch Ness and is the centre of the Loch Ness Monster tourism industry in Scotland. In an area of great natural beauty and magnificent scenery, Drumnadrochit is home to the popular Loch Ness Monster exhibition, a village green, a shop and post office, several cafes, gift shops, pubs, restaurants and a tea room. The Great Glen Way, a 73 mile, long distance path running from Fort William to Inverness, passes through the village, while within easy reach are the historic ruins of Urquhart Castle. Just 14 miles away is the City of Inverness, the “Capital of the Highlands”, boasting museums, an art gallery, fine theatre and leisure facilities, and a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants, while just outside the city is the Culloden Battlefield at Culloden Moor (National Trust), the site of the last major battle fought on British soil.

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