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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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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
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  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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.

Summary

  • 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

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About the location

STRATHPEFFER

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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