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Rowan House

Bonar Bridge, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park (Ref. 1053530)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
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Reviews & Ratings

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6 Customer Reviews

  • "Had a lovely stay at Rowan House, plenty of space for everyone ."

    Rupert was very helpful with things to do and see . Garden and views are beautiful. Enjoyed feeding the squirrels, watching the ducks and even spotted an otter several times , quite exciting for all! Plenty of everything in the house with lovely welcoming treats . Hope to return.

    Reviewed by AlisonOct 2021

  • "Beautiful and well equipped house in lovely surroundings."

    Perhaps another enclosed shower would be useful as the baths were quite high for an older person to use. The bonus for us was seeing red squirrels and also a stag which came strolling by one morning.

    Reviewed by AnneSep 2021

  • "Amazing home."

    Great location, spotlessly clean, nicely decorated, nice sized bedrooms with great views of the surroundings. Mattresses on the beds were a little uncomfortable, and only 1 proper shower (+ 2 showers over baths with no curtains) but otherwise very well equipped for a wonderful holiday for up to 10 people. Highly recommended.

    Thank you for your feedback and we're pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time at Rowan Cottage and appreciated the beautiful surroundings. We're committed to making sure the property is kept at the highest possible standard and were disappointed to hear the beds were not to your liking. Any feedback on which bed you refer to is always welcome. We have spoken to other guests who have given positive feedback for the beds and the mattresses were newly purchased last year after researching the options and selected based on the most popular choice of customers. Property Owner

    Reviewed by HarrySep 2021

  • "This house is really high standard, they had the extra touches that make it so much better, dishwashers and laundry tablets, bin bags,pegs etc it just makes it so much easier."

    Rupert was so helpful and we loved watching the ducks, red squirrel, woodpecker and all other birds .It was good area to visit places with spectacular views and roads especially the one through to Kylesku. We’d 100% recommend this house.

    Reviewed by LorraineJul 2021

  • "Rowan House is in a beautiful location with stunning countryside and wonderful wildlife all around."

    We enjoyed watching the ducks and squirrels in the garden grounds every morning. Our dogs loved the miles of forestry walks bordering the house. Facilities nearby were great, I could even buy Gluten Free goods at the local Ardgay Stores, with the nearby Asda being a short hop to Tain. During our week we enjoyed Gold Panning at Kildonan and fossil hunting at Helmsdale and stunning beach walks at Dornoch. The owners son also gave me lessons on trout fishing, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Overall, we had a wonderful week at Rowan House and would recommend this location for a wonderful holiday.

    Reviewed by NicolaJun 2021

  • "A wonderful house with excellent facilities in a fabulous location."

    Beautiful, huge garden with ponds, amazing birdlife, and visiting red squirrels and the occasional deer. The surrounding countryside is inviting with great access to inland walks and beaches on east and west coast. The house is large and very friendly, with lovely sitting rooms (plus fireplaces), big bedrooms and bathrooms, a well appointed and easy-to-use kitchen, a useful boot-room, and splendid bookshelves. We were a party aged 8 to 80-plus, and we all had a fun, memorable and relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by CynthiaMay 2021

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The property

Bonar Bridge 6 miles.

Set back from a quiet, single-track road in the Northern Highlands of Scotland, is this detached spacious property, Rowan House.

Wrapped in 7 acres of serene gardens and natural woodland and boasting five bedrooms, this is an excellent retreat for friends, family or a group of travellers looking to explore this rural part of Scotland.

After parking up in the spacious driveway with room for ten cars, enter into the grand reception hallway, complete with wooden flooring and an impressive galleried landing that wraps around the first floor.

With the choice of two sitting rooms, both with open fires, there’s plenty of space for everyone to unwind after a tiring day walking the high fells of North Scotland.

In the kitchen there is a range cooker, ceramic hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave and television leading to a large utility area with extra toilet and washer/dryer, fridge and fridge/freezer.

The kitchen also has a dining area which has French doors leading to the garden and also a separate dining room for those family mealtimes.

All the bedrooms can be found upstairs and include an impressive range of layouts, including the master bedroom with super-king size double bed, fitted wardrobes and an en-suite shower room with double walk-in shower as well as an extra super-king size double bedroom.

There are also three bedrooms which can the option of being super king-size doubles or twin beds, serviced by two elegant bathrooms with freestanding roll-top baths – perfect for a relaxing soak one evening.

Summertime is a true delight at this Scottish cottage, with 7 acres of fine gardens and woodland to relish in with a path leading to the forest track with plenty of nice walks to enjoy, plus outdoor furniture, seating and a barbecue to make the most of.

There is plenty of wildlife to see around the property, with red squirrels, which are a regular site in the garden, they feed on the three feeders, otters can be found in the nearby ponds, as well as ospreys, golden eagles and other exotic wildlife to be seen.

There are a pair of breeding sea eagles in the vicinity of Rownan House.

The local area is steeped in history, with a wide selection of castles and is perfect for the outdoor enthusiast with several cycling, kayaking, fishing and walking opportunities.

For fishing enthusiasts a 5 minute walk takes you to Rowan houses own stretch of river, where you can enjoy trout and salmon fishing.

For picking up any essentials, the village of Bonar Bridge offers the closest convenience store, along with a good selection of shops to browse including a high quality butchers, a Spar shop/ bakery, hardware shop and a doctors surgery.

Turning left from the drive, you'll be able to get to the coast, and join the North Coast 500 route for some of the best landscapes in the world.

Whether you choose to head to the far north and explore Cape Wrath or stay closer to home, there are always places to visit and things to do in this picturesque part of the Highlands.

Consider Rowan House for a memorable break to Northern Scotland, whatever time of year.


  • Five bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size with en-suite double walk-in shower, basin and WC, 3 x super-king size (zip/link can be twins on request), 1 x super king-size
  • 2 x bathroom with roll-top bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • 2 x cloakrooms
  • Kitchen
  • Utility room
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room
  • Snug
  • Oil central heating with 2 x open fires
  • Range cooker and ceramic hob, microwave, 2 x fridge/freezer, fridge, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 10 cars
  • Secure bike storage
  • 7-acre garden and woodland with seating area, garden furniture, barbecue and two ornamental ponds
  • Three well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Note: Please supervise children and pets around the ponds
  • Shop 6 miles, there is a seasonal pub 1.5 mile walk away with main pubs in Bonar Bridge 6 miles away
  • Note: Please contact the owner for more details regarding fishing in the area
  • Note: Check-in is from 6pm and check-out is by 10am
  • Note: on occasion there may be someone on site, to maintain the gardens and feed the squirrels

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About the location


Dornoch 13 miles; Inverness 37 miles.

Bonar Bridge sits on an ancient fording point across the estuary that leads into the Dornoch Firth and dates from pre-historic times. Originally a ferry crossing and a fording point for cattle drovers, the first bridge was engineered by Thomas Telford and completed in 1812. Nearby historic Croick Church witnessed the Highland Clearances in the mid nineteenth century and messages scratched onto the windows of the church at the time are still visible today. Bonar Bridge is ideally placed to explore this region of Scotland. The Royal Burgh of Dornoch with its beaches and famous golf course is close at hand. The Falls Of Shin visitor centre with its waterfall, viewing platform, salmon leap, forest walks and restaurant is a half an hour’s drive. Salmon fishing and deer stalking are available locally and there is a spectacular range of flora and fauna to enjoy including buzzards, osprey, grey seals and golden eagles nearby.

Note: on occasion there may be someone on site, to maintain the gardens and feed the squirrels.

This property does not accept Stags / Hens or similar - please enquire with reservations for group bookings.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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