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Cottage Fia

Marybank near Muir of Ord, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park (Ref. 926390)



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  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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

Reviews & Ratings

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11 Customer Reviews

  • "A lovely and well positioned cottage."

    This was equipped with everything we needed and we enjoyed some wonderful nights in front of the open fire talking and generally relaxing. Some aspects of the property are in need of cosmetic updating i.e. broken kitchen drawer front, a few lightbulbs that were blown, kitchen blind was broken, twin room wardrobe door handle broken to name a few things but this didn’t diminish our stay and we look forward to returning in the future.

    Reviewed by ClaireFeb 2022

  • "Warm, comfortable, peaceful and everything works."

    Good shower and a nice welcome hamper. Generally a very nice house in a good location. But I note that several guests have noted in the visitors book that the house looks "tired" and I agree with them. It would be good to do some maintenance on the house very soon before more serious problems arise. Some of the problems I spotted: I think there is a leaking/blocked gutter; the bath sealant needs replacing very urgently; some of the wallpaper is peeling badly in several rooms; some of the paintwork has been damaged; cooker hood lightbulb needs changing; uplighter bulb needs changing (requires steps); double mattress is worn out. Sorry if this sounds critical but I am trying to help. Might be good to be a bit more generous with the starter pack for the fire.

    Reviewed by GillNov 2021

  • "It's a lovely and cosy cottage with all you need for a nice holiday."

    When we arrived we found a generous welcome pack waiting for us and milk in the fridge! Really nice of the owner. Perfect location for outdoor activities. Close to the mountains and distilleries and golf courses. Loch Ness and the Great glen, lovely forest walks and waterfalls a short drive away. Inverness is not too far either!

    Reviewed by PenelopeOct 2021

  • "A really quiet location but perfect for accessing the NW Highlands"

    Reviewed by MichaelMay 2021

  • "We booked the cottage as it was within our budget and were aware it was a 3* cottage - in reality it should have been a higher rating."

    The cottage is warm, spacious and exceeded in all amenities that we would normally expect. The owner contacted us in advance with details for the holiday and was available if required - although we never needed them. Beds were comfy, everything in good working order (except the shower head, which was previously broken and we were advised of this) and everywhere sparkling clean. We would recommend this cottage and would willingly return again in the future. Great access to most of the local attractions around the NC500. Thank you.

    Reviewed by RobertOct 2020

  • "Well equipped cottage in good location."

    Would definitely return and would recommend..

    Reviewed by MartinSep 2020

  • "I am sorry to say that the cleanliness and general state of repair of the cottage was really disappointing."

    The place needed a deep clean, there was a used tissue under the bed, the bedroom was very dusty and the bathroom light fitting was full of flies. The downstairs bedroom and kitchen both smelt strongly of damp, the bathroom window wouldn't open, the sealant around the bath was mouldy and the wall paper was coming off the wall and ceiling in the lounge. We were unable to empty our recycling into the bin for collection as this was full. This hadn't been emptied by the council as it had glass in it. I reported both this and the bathroom window to the owner and also contacted yourselves about the bathroom window as soon as I arrived. Neither issue was resolved during our stay. We would have liked to have left the property in a cleaner state, but the vacuum cleaner was ineffective and I had to resort to using a dust pan and brush on the lounge carpet.

    Reviewed by DianeAug 2020

  • "We have used Sykes before and booked this holiday as we felt Sykes could be trusted to deliver a good standard of accommodation."

    However on arrival at the cottage we were very disappointed. The fence bordering the cottage is falling down and the back garden was overgrown to the point that we couldn’t even get into the ‘pretty seating and barbecue area’ that was advertised. After two days a gardener arrived and cut all the weeds back but I still had to clean down the outdoor seats which were covered in algae and bird waste before we could use them. Inside the rooms were as advertised and we were quite comfortable. However it felt in desperate need of redecoration. Wallpaper was peeling off the wall and ceiling in the living room and many of the carpets were stained. One of slats on the double bed was broken, although the mattress was actually extremely comfortable. We were also concerned about the general cleanliness of the cottage - there were dirty oven gloves and tea towels in one of the kitchen drawers, the cushions on the kitchen chairs were filthy and dirty tissues were found under beds in two of the bedrooms. The cottage is in a lovely area with lots to do and has a playground opposite which makes it good for children.

    Reviewed by EllieAug 2020

  • "The cottage is in beautiful and quiet location and has been well equipped with good facilities."

    If there was any criticism about the cottage I’d say the mattresses are quite hard so we didn’t have a particularly good sleep. Even met the neighbours who were very friendly and gave good ideas on places to visit.

    Reviewed by GeoffreyAug 2018

  • "Great location."

    Close to Black Isle Show and lovely play park for little ones across the road.

    Reviewed by DawnAug 2018

  • "Great location for Dingwall, Inverness, Loch Ness and Black Isle."

    Lots of great walks and scenery to enjoy nearby. Also a fine base for exploring the mountains and a wonderful north golf coast.

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2017

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x ground floor single
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with open fire.
  • Oil central heating with open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with basic Sky, WiFi, selection of books
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car, plus roadside parking beside cottage
  • Lawned garden with furniture and BBQ
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles, hotel with bar 5 mins walk
  • River 5 mins walk.

The property

This sweet stone semi-detached cottage is located in the quiet and friendly village of Marybank in the beautiful Scottish Highlands.

With roses next to the door, Cottage Fia is deceptively spacious and is ideal for a family or group of friends who will enjoy exploring this unspoilt part of Scotland together.

This delightful cottage has a generous fitted kitchen with dining area together with a useful utility room, which has direct access out to the rear garden.

There is a nicely presented sitting room with welcoming open fire and a single bedroom and bathroom at ground floor level, whilst on the first floor is a twin and double bedroom.

With a small private garden to the front along with a parking space, there is also a large rear garden, mainly lawned with a pretty seating and BBQ area.

From the rear of the cottage there are views to Ben Wyvis and the surrounding mountains and hills.

Guests will most certainly appreciate the outdoor space here and enjoy opportunities for some alfresco dining in the summer months.

Marybank lies close to the River Conon, a very popular fishing river and permits are available locally.

It also has a small hotel just a very short walk from the cottage, which is ideal for visitors who want to enjoy a relaxing drink at the end of an active day.

Muir of Ord is close by and offers a great selection of shops and hotels, as well as a riding stable.

Ideally situated for touring the Highlands, visitors will enjoy Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness with its excellent visitors centre or perhaps venture up to Culloden Battlefield and soak up the rather special atmosphere and history there.

With so much to see and do and with beautiful scenery and wildlife in abundance makes this cottage an enjoyable base at all times of the year.

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About the location


Muir of Ord 4 miles; Beauly 6.5 miles; Inverness 18 miles.

The small village of Marybank in Ross-shire is the gateway to the valley of Strathconon in the Scottish Highlands. The village has a hotel, whilst just two miles away is the larger village of Contin which offers a shop and church. Just four miles away is another village, Muir of Ord, which is situated close to the Beauly Firth and boasts the Glen Ord Distillery and Visitor Centre and a pretty high street, plus also close by is the town of Beauly where you can find quality shops which sell the finest Scottish tweeds, knitwear and crafts, as well as smart boutiques and intimate restaurants. In the area you will find the Glen Affric, a National Nature Reserve, which is ideal for walkers and cyclists to explore, and within reach is Inverness, the capital city of the Highlands. A convenient location for exploring this part of the Highlands.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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