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Balnaird Farmhouse

Strathpeffer, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park (Ref. 1051162)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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8 Customer Reviews

  • "Excellent cottage in a beautiful area, a very relaxing stay"

    Reviewed by JasonApr 2022

  • "A very clean holiday house with the most fantastic views."

    Very peaceful location. Everything you needed was in the house and we had such a good week that we are looking to come back very soon.

    Reviewed by EstherMar 2022

  • "We had a lovely week in this very comfortable cottage."

    The location is fantastic with beautiful views, and the cottage was really well equipped and very clean and tidy. We were blessed with lovely weather for a late October break, and the autumn colours around us were amazing. Only problem we had was trying to get the woodburner to light but a phone call to the owner helped with this. The bedrooms are very comfortable - I would recommend saying that you have a king size bed and 2 large singles (or maybe they are small doubles) as tall folk like us often look for properties which state king rather than double bed in the property information. We would definitely love to come back as there are so many places to explore in this beautiful part of Scotland.

    Reviewed by MarjoryOct 2021

  • "We have been holidaying in Scotland the past several years so as you can imagine we have stayed in many different accommodations."

    But Balnaird Farmhouse is by far the best place we have stayed, it was so clean, homely, had everything we needed and more. We would love to come back one day, perfect cottage to stay. We only left yesterday after spending a great week here ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Thank you from Jason &Julie

    Reviewed by JasonSep 2021

  • "Lovely peaceful cottage,excellent location."

    Great views from rooms. Good sized bedrooms. Duvet overly warm. Had to remove cover and use it as a bed sheet, no alternative. Upstairs loo room tight on headspace with the dormer style room. All cottage spotless except for the hob-sorted with 'hob brite'.Nice kitchen with good sized fridge/freezer. We always need freezer space.This had 3 good shelves/drawers. Downstairs bathroom floor required attention. This was to be sorted as we were leaving. Excellent walks and bird/wildlife watching,shame to have to come home Would definately stay in future.

    Reviewed by NicholasSep 2021

  • "The house is in a good location for exploring the area."

    It's newly refurbished, clean and well equipped with good amount of space for 4. Some information on local walks, attractions etc would have been helpful.

    Reviewed by StephenAug 2021

  • "Brilliant stay."

    Lovely clean cottage with lots of space and an amazing view. Couple of small points - no bin in the bathroom downstairs and not enough dining plates in the kitchen. Due to the location of the cottage, we were eating in most of the time and would have been nice if there were at least 8 plates for a family of 4 so we didn’t have to wash up after every meal. Apart from that, the cottage was perfect.

    Reviewed by SimonJul 2021

  • "The property was the best standard we have stayed at to date and the area was beautiful."

    Reviewed by PaulJul 2021

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • First-floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with wooburning stove
  • Sun room
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, washing machine, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Off-road parking
  • Enclosed garden with lawn and patio
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 5.2 miles, pub 5.1 miles
  • Note: This property can only facilitate a Friday check in, please call our reservations department if you would like to enquire about a alternative check in day

The property

In the idyllic Scottish Highlands, on the outskirts of the spa town of Strathpeffer stands Balnaird Farmhouse, dating all the way back to 1868, this detached stone-built cottage is a rural retreat for four.

Offering a picture-perfect countryside setting, this property has been carefully renovated to bring it into the 21st century, presenting attractive holiday accommodation, ideal for walkers.

After a challenging afternoon of walking, return to the cottage and relax in the sitting room where a woodburning stove can warm your feet, or make use of the wonderful sunroom for a quiet moment.

The kitchen has all you need for a self-catered stay, so you can stock up on food and essentials and enjoy home-cooked meals with your loved ones.

Gather at the dining table for mealtimes and relish the opportunity for good conversation and quality time.

Head upstairs to find two lovely bedrooms, with a double and a twin room to choose from both enjoying elegant style and furnishings, and served by the ground-floor bathroom and first-floor cloakroom.

Head out in the fresh air of the garden, with outdoor furniture to use for perching at with a morning coffee or dining alfresco, you can breathe in the country air and feel excitement begin to take hold for the day ahead.

The town of Strathpeffer is a lovely settlement owing its beginnings to the natural springs, it was a popular European health resort, and nowadays it has seen its old buildings restored, like the Pump Room and the Spa Pavilion, now serving as community spaces and a performing arts centre.

The Highland Museum of Childhood is located in the restored Victorian train station, and delves into the realities of growing up in the Highlands, while the town also home to the Seat of the Clan Mackenzie at Castle Leod, a 15th century restored castle open to tours and home to artefacts and galleries.

Walkers can choose from a host of peaks and mountains in the surrounding area to walk, as well as natural landmarks like Rogie Falls, famous for salmon viewing, this beautiful spot is surrounded by wonderful forest walks and a host of waymarked trails, as well as a viewing point overlooking the falls.

Experienced hikers can challenge themselves to tackling Ben Wyvis, a vast mountain dominating a large area of the Highlands, exploring the slopes and its high whaleback ridge for truly breath-taking scenery, with Little Wyvis, its smaller neighbour offering an easier option.

Dive into Loch Achilty and experience some wild swimming, enjoy some peaceful fishing at Tarvie Lochs, or hire bikes from the bike shop in Strathpeffer and explore the area on wheels.

The town of Dingwall at the head of the Cromarty Firth is a historic place, home to the Dingwall Museum and as well as a great range of shops, pubs and restaurants.

For a secluded Scottish getaway, enjoy the delights of Balnaird Farmhouse.

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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.

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