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Larchfield Chalet 1

(Ref. 3557)

Heights of Achterneed near Strathpeffer, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher

Reviews & Ratings

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57 Customer Reviews

  • "A lovely chalet in the hills overlooking Strathpeffer."

    Even when -8c outside, it is very toasty inside. I drive an MG4 EV and we had no trouble driving up the roads to the chalet. It is well-equipped and with stunning views over the valley from the balcony.

    Reviewed by Terry5.0Dec 2023

  • "Nice chalet, great views."

    Good location to explore this part of Scotland. Owners very friendly and are on hand should you need anything. Larchfield Chalets are marked on Google Earth, I used this to pin point them on my sat nav as the post code may get you lost

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Nov 2023

  • "We have never stayed in such a well presented holiday home."

    It was warm (as we were there in Autumn). Incredibly well equipped to be able to prepare meals, towels, hand wash etc. The welcome gifts were really nice. Nice lot of games, books and DVDs for all the family. Alan was so lovely to chat to and although we didn't meet Sandra the care she puts into keeping the cottage in such good condition shows. What 3 words we saw on the website were wrong. They were: strutted.answer.bets The sign for Bottacks had fallen down on the way to the property in the storm so we missed the turning. Alan rescued us and he knew exactly where we had ended up. The views from the property were incredible. It did the world of good for our emotional well-being. We hope to be back soon and stay for longer!! Alan and Sandra have set the bar very high for holiday cottages

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Oct 2023

  • "Very comfortable and cosy stay with excellent views and central location for exploring the North Of Scotland ."

    Owners were very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Sep 2023

  • "First of all let me just say."

    .don't put the post code in the sat nav or else you will need to ring Alan to come and find you

    Reviewed by Venita5.0Sep 2023

  • "Really helpful chalet owners."

    Nice peaceful location close to Strathpeffer. Chalet has everything you would require for a stay.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Sep 2023

  • "This was the perfect location for myself and husband in a perfect home."

    We were made to feel welcome as soon as we arrived, the chalet had everything we needed and was very cosy. The views were stunning. I would highly recommend and would definitely return again.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Aug 2023

  • "Had a fantastic time and a warm welcome from Alan despite driving through the most awful thunder storm to get there a wonderful base for exploring, the area."

    Thank you.

    Reviewed by Erica5.0Jul 2023

  • "This property looks out over the beautiful Spey Valley and is a treat for the eyes, it is also a most comfortable cottage with all the facilities required."

    Reviewed by Eileen5.0Jun 2023

  • "The only drawback of the property is the access, this is by a very long and very steep in places, road"

    Reviewed by Kevin4.4Feb 2023

  • "The chalet was really well equipped throughout, it was so comfy and cosy, so homely."

    The road up is a little bumpy but not a negative - just drive slowly! The view is stunning and I was lucky enough to see the nacreous cloud the morning we were leaving. Sadly we never got to meet Sandra, but Alan was lovely and so helpful. I would love to be able to keep this little gem a secret but would be a great disservice to Alan and Sandra. We plan to go back later in the year, and have already recommended this place to friends and family. I can’t recommend this place enough.

    Reviewed by Roseanne5.0Jan 2023

  • "A lovely relaxing new year break at Larchfield chalets."

    It was picture postcard beautiful as we had snow on new year's eve and the view was beautiful. The chalet is very comfy and cozy with everything you need. There is no wifi which is clearly listed but the mobile signal is very strong so if you have a large data allowance you can wifi hotspot and access all the digital channels. Alan and Sandra were lovely, helpful hosts and I would definitely come back again.. possibly in the spring/summer to take advantage of the walking opportunities.

    Reviewed by Joanna5.0Dec 2022

  • "A lovely chalet, well appointed and maintained."

    Kitchen well equipped and bed comfy. Host Alan ever so helpful. Gorgeous views. Good walking nearby. The addition of WiFi would be great.

    Reviewed by Margaretha4.7Nov 2022

  • "Chalet was comfortable and very clean."

    New looking comfortable sofas and well kept kitchen. Fabulous views from the chalet window. The owners were extremely friendly and helpful and made us feel so welcome there. Very reasonably priced for standard of property.

    Reviewed by Anne4.4Nov 2022

  • "Brilliant stay."

    A lovely clean chalet, lots of space and a friendly Allen there when you needed. Nothing too much trouble. Would definitely recommend.. In the top ten best places we've stayed at.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Oct 2022

  • "Thank you. We had a great stay and really appreciated the welcoming gifts."

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Sep 2022

  • "This is the 3rd time we have stayed in Larchfield chalet 1 Mr & Mrs Ross are always so welcoming asking how we are including Freddie our cat this is why we choose Larchfield initially so we could bring our pet with us he likes to lie on the veranda."

    We like holidaying here as it can be a chill out break away from it all or as it is central we like to visit places God willing we will be back

    Reviewed by Agnes5.0Jul 2022

  • "We loved every minute of our two-week stay here."

    The chalet is spotless, well-equipped and comfortable with a lovely view towards The Cat’s Back (ridge) and Knockfarrel. The balcony proved an excellent spot for watching red kites, which we saw frequently, and, on one occasion, a pine marten. Our hosts, Sandra and Alan, were very welcoming and so friendly. We very much enjoyed our chats with Alan. They really couldn’t have been nicer. Something to bear in mind: the chalet is accessed by a steep, winding road. Walk up and down it a few times during your stay- as we did- and your cardio fitness will improve no-end!

    Reviewed by Joyce5.0Jun 2022

  • "This was an excellent holiday self catering property."

    Well maintained. Exceptionally clean and well catered for. Just on outskirts of village. Very quiet and definitely pet friendly

    Reviewed by Toby Aslam5.0Jun 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Larchfield Chalet 1."

    The chalet was very cosy and comfortable and had everything we needed. The weather was not particularly cold when we stayed but in colder weather I think some extra blankets for the beds might be welcome. We brought our own and did use them on the colder nights. The location was lovely, very peaceful and with a beautiful view from the balcony. We appreciated the DVDs in the chalet. The only downside was that the stones around the chalet were not great for our wee dog who found them uncomfortable for walking on. We found it difficult to find the chalet as it is a bit off the beaten track but it was so helpful to be met on the way by the owner and guided on the last part of the journey. And the view and location made the journey worthwhile. We were thrilled to see Red Kites flying on a couple of mornings and the sounds of the birds and other wildlife were lovely. We felt we were truly in the heart of the countryside.

    Reviewed by Morag4.7May 2022

  • "Really lovely, comfortable and warm chalet, situated ideallyto explore the area."

    Wine and local fudge waiting in the lodge as a welcome gift from the owners.

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Apr 2022

  • "Place was lovely, very clean and had a stunning view from the balcony."

    My, my wife and our daughter all loved it and the owners could not have been any nicer.

    Reviewed by Scott5.0Mar 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay at the holiday cottage."

    It is difficult to find and satnav takes you to the wrong destination, however we contacted the owner and he gave us directions over the phone and met with us. The cottage is a bit old fashioned, however I liked that about it, lovely place to relax . Complimentary wine and chocolates on arrival which is a lovely touch. The cottage is quite remote and perfect to relax for a few days. Short drive to Dingwall and Strathpeffer. Beautiful views of the sunset in the morning. Slight problem with the heating which was unavoidable and quickly resolved . I would return, very reasonable priced staycation.

    Reviewed by Alison4.7Nov 2021

  • "This staycation was to reset our mental state of semi depression (ie covid restrictions stay @home for +-twenty two months and as humans the walls look nearer every day lol, ) Arrived to Scotland’s finest host Mr A—n ) went out."

    Of his way to help us Unload and explained set up this guy does this etcetc Lives a snowballs frow on the. Same semi estate But has the nack of not being like clingfilm . Talked to him various times ie chuckle joke wind up etc When we left him our mental state was much improved This guy was covid minded at all times well experienced in tricky situation

    Reviewed by Robert4.7Aug 2021

  • "This was our second holiday at larchfield chalet 1 thoroughly enjoyed it last year & was even better this year."

    Reviewed by Agnes5.0Jul 2021

  • "A very well appointed chalet with lovely views, perfect for hill-walking and exploring the area."

    A bit tricky to find, but when you do - it is worth it! Here are a few tips: The post code is likely to point you to a different place, so the GPS/Street map grid ref. is NH48480 60231. The sign for Bottacks is not visible coming from the south (fallen off?), but turn left first tarmac road after level crossing, follow road around to the right, then left below a new big property (still heading for Bottacks). When you get to a locked gate straight in front, turn sharply right uphill and it is signposted 'Larchfield'. Thanks for a great stay and a very warm welcome.

    Reviewed by Tove5.0Jul 2021

  • "Great accommodation and lovely welcome."

    Would be tight squeeze for 6 but great for a family. Also had access to storage for our bike which was a big bonus. Will be back again I'm sure.

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Jul 2021

  • "Lovely chalet and our hosts were extremely friendly and helpful."

    The chalet had everything we needed. Fantastic views from the chalet and plenty to do in the surrounding area. Great walks, lots of nature to see and good amenities in the nearby towns.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2021

  • "We phoned to arrange check in and Alan, the owner couldn’t have been more friendly."

    He explained that the chalet was difficult to find, and if we got lost, we were to call him and he would come and get us. We found the chalet from his directions, and he was there to greet us. He showed us the important stuff, and said if we needed anything, just to give him a knock (his property was right beside the chalet). He then left us to it, and we hardly saw him through the week. The chalet was lovely, if a little dated, but was spotlessly clean and very comfortable for the two of us and our pet dog. There was a bottle of wine and a box of After Eights left for us on the table, which was a lovely gesture. I think the chalet may be a bit small if 6 people stay together, but was perfectly good for us. The bed was a little soft but very comfortable, and we slept well, the chalet had everything we needed, and we enjoyed a very relaxing week away. I would recommend this property to anyone, lovely owners and fab little holiday home. I would love a return visit, thank you Alan!

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Jun 2021

  • "Lovely welcome from Sandra and Alan (wine was lovely after a long drive) as ..."

    Lovely welcome from Sandra and Alan (wine was lovely after a long drive) as detailed certainly would use again if we return to this area

    Reviewed by Richard5.0May 2021

  • "The location is very difficult to find,but a quick call to the owners and they came down to meet us which was really great."

    The driveway up to the chalets is quite steep and rough with a gravel car parking area so would be unsuitable for large or touring motorcycles. We were treated to watching a Red Kite soaring and hunting across the valley on numerous occasions making it very special indeed. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Alistair5.0Apr 2021

  • "The owners were really helpful and came to get us when we couldn't find our way."

    The property was set up on a hill overlooking the valley so had a great view. One of the reasons we chose this property was the other reviews that said it was warm and cosy. It didn't disappoint, the central heating was really efficient, perfect for a cold evening. We would definitely stay there again.

    Reviewed by Natalie5.0Oct 2020

  • "There is no wifi up there and the directions did not take us all the way to Larchfield but the owner came out and found us,he was very obliging and said if we wanted any info to call him."

    We enjoyed the beautiful views over the valley and would go back there again.

    Reviewed by Eileen5.0Sep 2020

  • "Ideal for our hols we are here for another wk"

    Reviewed by Colin4.7Sep 2020

  • "Very comfortable and clean chalet."

    Kitchen packed with utensils complimentary bottle of wine and a box of fudge was a nice touch overall very pleased with the chalet and the amenities well worth considering a second visit sometime in the future.

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Sep 2020

  • "Bottle of wine and chocolates much appreciated and Allan very friendly and helpful particularly needed on arrival as initially difficult to locate even with sat nav."

    Reviewed by James5.0Aug 2020

  • "Lovely Comfortable holiday chalet for our family, friendly and welcoming owner."

    Reviewed by Justine5.0Aug 2020

  • "Lovely hosts, peaceful location, fantastic views."

    Reviewed by Russell5.0Mar 2020

  • "A very friendly welcome to a lovely get away from it all comfortable chalet."

    Warm and well equipped.

    Reviewed by John5.0Dec 2019

  • "Chalet was a lovely comfy home from home, nice and warm on the cold nights and morning and a beautiful location."

    We were met by the owner who showed us around and how everything worked and he was always on hand if needed. It has everything you could need and was a really enjoyable week. Very quiet, high up location with stunning views which is one of the things we loved about the holiday. Just generally a lovely little chalet to come back to after a cold day out, would highly recommend this chalet, child friendly and very clean and tidy Thank you

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Nov 2019

  • "Quiet and nice location, friendly host, a perfect choice for an affordable accommodation."

    Reviewed by Adina5.0Sep 2019

  • "Lovely comfortable chalet with everything we needed for a relaxed break."

    The view from the balcony is fab and the welcome was very warm. The owners are very friendly and helpful and the location is peaceful. We put the chalet name into Google maps and had no problems finding it up on a wooded hill between Dingwall and Strathpeffer. Great base for exploring the area but also comfortable for any rainy rest days too.

    Reviewed by Red5.0Jul 2019

  • "I was met by the owner to collect the keys, shown where the heating controls were and the shower, and then left alone with no further visits, which is as it should be."

    A bottle of wine and a box of chocolates are on the table for the visitor, which is a nice touch. For my cooking requirements, everything that I needed was available in the kitchen. The views across the valley towards Strathpeffer and beyond are quite spectacular, with sliding doors accessing a small balcony, and it would be very pleasant to sit out there on a sunny day, which somehow eluded me during my stay! The location is pleasantly quiet, although a neighbour's heating boiler can occasionally intrude, it is of little concern, and out of the control of the owner. Given the location, it is perhaps not surprising that there is no Wi-Fi available, which may put some people off, but with an aversion to social media, it was of little concern to me. There is a very good 4G signal strength, however. For self-catering, there is a large Tesco in nearby Dingwall, and access to cheaper fuel there too.

    Reviewed by Jonathan4.7Jun 2019

  • "This was a lovely little place to stay and the views were stunning!"

    The owners were wonderful and very helpful and truly made this feel like a home away from home. I would highly recommend these chalets to friends and we will definitely return. Also, I read other feedback where people had trouble finding them. We put larchfield chalets into our search on google maps and it took us straight there without any problems, so I would suggest searching for that rather than a postcode.

    Reviewed by Kirsty5.0Feb 2019

  • "This was the first time i have used sykescottages glad i did and also glad i ..."

    This was the first time i have used sykescottages glad i did and also glad i have already booked for this incoming year couldnt fault this this chalet very well aquipped and very clean and a lovely gesture of a bottle of wine and chocolates on arriving

    Reviewed by Marilyn5.0Dec 2018

  • "Amazing price!"

    Lovely place to stay. Comfy chalet and very friendly people! Will definitely be using you again! Thank you

    Reviewed by Shelley5.0Oct 2018

  • "Great chalet in a great location ."

    Very clean ,excellently eqiped and comfortable. Owners very friendly and helpful. I would recommend this property to anyone who would like to visit northern Scotland. Owner met us on arrival in Strathpeffer as a bit difficult even with navigation to find it (not a problem at all). We had lovely holiday and would go back there anytime. (Family of 4)

    Reviewed by Agata5.0Jul 2018

  • "Great accommodation and location."

    Friendly owner on hand if required

    Reviewed by Grahame5.0Jun 2018

  • "We had a lovely stay in a well equipped chalet."

    Owner very friendly and on hand for any information would go back again.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jun 2018

  • "Lovely people." helpful. Couldn't fault the accommodation, lovely spot with an amazing outlook

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0May 2018

  • "We thought that the setting of Larchfield cottage was excellent and would recommend it too any of our friends and family and we hope too use it again as we had a fantastic holiday."

    Reviewed by Alexander5.0Apr 2018

  • "Had a very sunny week in Scotland when a lot of the rest of the UK was suffering from the worst snow fall in years."

    The chalet was excellent, it is in a good place for touring the Inverness and Black Isle area.

    Reviewed by Dennis5.0Mar 2018

  • "Lovely little chalet."

    Alan and Sandra couldn't have been nicer. Difficult to find but Alan met us in Strathpeffer and led us the few minutes to the chalet. Cottage has everything you need. Great place to use as a base to explore the highlands.

    Reviewed by Anne4.6Sep 2017

  • "Perhaps the directions to initially find the property could be a bit more precise."

    Did find it a bit of a problem to start with. However, the owners made up for any first problems. Sandra and Alan were great hosts.

    Reviewed by Elsie4.8May 2017

  • "This holiday was what we needed and the location was stunning, and peaceful."

    Reviewed by William5.0Nov 2016

  • "Owners were very helpful and friendly too"

    3.8Aug 2016

  • "Great place."

    Alan the owner was really friendly and accommodating. Couldn't have asked for more.

    Reviewed by Kerim4.8Aug 2016

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x twin (accessed via loft ladder), 1 x ground floor double, 1 x ground floor single
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin & WC
  • Open plan living area with fitted kitchen, dining area & sitting area with doors to veranda.
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric cooker, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV, DVD, stereo/CD
  • Fuel & power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen & towels inc. in rent
  • Cot on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Private veranda with furniture, shared gravelled area
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome at £10 per dog per week
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop & pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: Due to its locality this property does not have wheelchair access
  • Note: Property accessed via 5 steps.

The property

A detached timber chalet in an elevated position overlooking the spa village of Strathpeffer.

Cosy accommodation, superb alternative to the usual Scotland cottages.

Note: This cottage is next to Ref. 3558 and together they accommodate 9.

EPC Rating: Band E

EPC Rating: Band D

Larchfield Chalets

Strathpeffer 1.5 miles. Two detached, custom-built timber chalets, set in the owner’s grounds in the hamlet of Heights of Achterneed, high above the valley overlooking the Victorian spa village of Strathpeffer. A superb alternative to more traditional Scotland cottages, the chalets are well maintained and equipped, with bright, welcoming rooms and comfortable furnishings. Each chalet enjoys its own veranda with furniture - ideal for making the most of the views over distant hills and forests. Strathpeffer has good local shops, a hotel, restaurants and visitor centres. Guests may also enjoy the challenging golf course, river and loch fishing, and walks to suit most abilities, including up Ben Wyvis. An excellent base for exploring the coastal villages of the Black Isle, the mountains of Glen Affric and the rugged splendour of the North West Highlands, or enjoying the amenities of Dingwall, 4.5 miles away. Two superb Strathpeffer cottages, ideal for a break all year round.

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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