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Moorhen Lodge

(Ref. 970080)

North Kessock, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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44 Customer Reviews

  • "Great property with everything you need in a brilliant location and with amazing service from the owner."

    Thank you!

    Reviewed by Jon5.0Feb 2024

  • "A lovely property in a quiet and secluded woodland."

    Wonderful hosts who were on hand if needed but in no way intrusive. We will be back!

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Dec 2023

  • "Perfect holidays, beautiful cabin tastefully decorated and very cosy."

    Good quality furnishings and appliances, very comfortable beds and pillows .The owners Helen and David were very nice and accomodating . Just one suggestion- adding one more armchair in the lounge would seat 4 adults more comfortably. Thank you very much

    Reviewed by Asta5.0Sep 2023

  • "Absolutely wonderful, Helen and David have made moorhen perfect!"

    ! It’s absolutely stunning, everything you can think of is included, the hot tub is well maintained and again everything provided. The grounds are so nice and wildlife is encouraged with the feeders so you can sit and enjoy the huge amount of different birds and red squirrels. Location wise, it’s brilliant, everything is close by and easily accessible, we run out of time to visit things! In our week we visited Cawdor castle, fort George, landmark theme park, Inverness museum and shopping, Loch Ness, Nairn beach (absolutely stunning) Tesco is two minutes away for all your shopping. So no need to cart everything in the car on your way!!

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jul 2023

  • "The lodge is wonderful."

    Better than I anticipated. Extremely clean and lots of helpful amenities. The hot tub is lush and is exactly what is needed after a day full of adventures. I look forward to returning

    Reviewed by Faye5.0Jul 2023

  • "An amazing, immaculate & very clean log cabin in a beautiful peaceful setting in woodland surrounded by wildlife."

    Helen & David, the owners, are helpful & friendly. Thoroughly recommend.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jun 2023

  • "The cabin and surroundings where amazing."

    We wish that we would of booked 2 weeks there, we didn't want to come home.Scotland is a wonderfull place and so are the people.helen and dave were brilliant hosts. Overall a truly Amazing holiday,we will be back next year hopefully.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0May 2023

  • "Amazing! The property was beautiful, clean and had literally everything we could have ever needed."

    Helen was friendly and available if we needed anything.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Feb 2023

  • "We had a wonderful New Year at Moorhen Lodge."

    It is a wonderful place to escape to. Our giant pup loved the wildlife, walks and beaches. Our kids (10 & 8) loved hunting for Dolphins and lazing in the hot tub (& the WiFi). My husband and I loved the absolute peace and comfort while watching the wide variety of birds from our window. It is a fabulous Lodge, they have thought of everything and were on hand if needed without invading our holiday in any way. We are planning to go back. The lodge is so cosy with all the facilities of home. The beds were comfortable with extra blankets if needed. The extra touches included a real Christmas tree. It was lovely. NB if you plan a New Year break many of the local hotels and restaurants close to recover from the festivities, plenty still available in Inverness though.

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Dec 2022

  • "We had a fabulous week at Moorhen Lodge."

    The Lodge was really cosy and well appointed. The location was so peaceful and quiet and we loved the jacuzzi especially at night time watching the stars and enjoying the peace. Great location for visiting various places around the Highlands. The hosts were really attentive and helpful and a pleasure to deal with. Many thanks thoroughly recommend this lodge.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a lovely holiday staying in ‘Moorhen’."

    The lodge was super clean and the beds comfortable for us all. The lodge is located in a wonderful woodland setting and waking up to watch red squirrels feeding and pheasants searching for breakfast is certainly a fantastic experience and enjoyed hugely by our young daughters. The owners, Helen and David, are extremely friendly and helpful. It’s the second time we’ve been and we’ll look forward to returning.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jul 2022

  • "Had a lovely relaxing week at Moorhen Lodge It is a magical place to stay with lovely hosts that cater for all your requirements."

    ... thank you so much

    Reviewed by Mike5.0May 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our time at Moorhen Lodge."

    It was so peaceful and we saw such a variety of wildlife through the windows.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0May 2022

  • "One of the nicest places I've stayed, the owners have achieved a very high standard."

    We wanted for nothing Definitely will be returning next year

    Reviewed by Julian5.0Mar 2022

  • "Couldn't fault the holiday."

    Absolutely perfect cabin with everything you could want catered for. Very dog friendly. The walks from the cabin are absolutely amazing. We will 100% be returning.

    Reviewed by Katie5.0Feb 2022

  • "Our holiday was just what we needed."

    Absolute peace and quiet.Moorhen lodge was just fantastic and above our expectations Every detail was considered.will definitely be back in the future. Many thanks to Helen and David for making our staycation Honeymoon a fabulous one.

    Reviewed by William5.0Oct 2021

  • "Had a fabulous time at this beautiful lodge."

    Helen and David were lovely hosts and the box of goodies on arrival was much appreciated and such a nice touch! The lodge was spotlessly clean and had everything you need for a self catering holiday. (Not that we did any cooking) Lots of birds, red squirrels and even saw a deer outside the lodge. Only regret, a week is not long enough as there is so much to see and do would definitely return.Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Sep 2021

  • "We had a fantastic time at Moorhen Lodge in North Kessock."

    The lodge is beautifully appointed and feels like nothing we have ever stayed in before. The peace and quiet is really quite something, and on a clear night the sky is absolutely stunning. There is a plancha-style gas BBQ on site but as the property is in a protected area, you can't have naked flames indoor or out - so no charcoal BBQs or candles. The parking space outside is a little on the small side, so be sure to practice your five-point turns in advance. The beds are comfortable and the en-suite is lovely too. The wood-stove is a really nice addition and makes the living room nice and warm for when you've had enough of the hot tub. It uses a fair bit of fuel, but we contacted Helen and they can supply net bags for a small charge. We managed to get a Tesco delivery and a local taxi company out to the lodge - it really is in the middle of nowhere - but the directions are fairly simple once you get used to them. The fridge is huge, and there's a dishwasher and washer/dryer there too. The TV and sound-bar are decent and there's a spare HDMI on there for a Chromecast too if you have one. The WiFi is pretty decent in the lodge, but - as expected - there's no mobile signal on EE/O2, so make sure you have one phone in your group that can make use of WiFi Calling. All in all, a beautiful, secluded, peaceful lodge and we absolutely loved it. Looking forward to coming back!

    Reviewed by Benjamin5.0Aug 2021

  • "Excellent location, lovely clean and comfortable accommodation."

    Very attentive hosts

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Jul 2021

  • "Excellent accommodation!"

    Lovely hosts. Will visit again.

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Jul 2021

  • "Fantastic lodge, highly recommended, just what you need for a week to relax in a very peaceful setting"

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Jul 2021

  • "Lodge and location was beautiful."

    Host was really welcoming and friendly. Everything was provided including tea towels, cleaning products, coffee filters

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Jun 2021

  • "Excellent cottage, very clean and modern."

    Appreciated the small things such as, salt & pepper, cooking oil, washing up liquid etc. Already booked to return in 2021.

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Oct 2020

  • "The cottage was amazing, exceeding our expectations from the pictures."

    We were close to Inverness but in the woods so felt secluded and enjoyed a truly authentic Scottish experience. The lodge was spotlessly clean and the facilities were excellent!

    Reviewed by Chantel5.0Oct 2020

  • "Fabulous log cabin Lodge with only one other similar lodge next to it (both being strategically placed to provide privacy if both lodges were in use)."

    The location is fairly secluded being set in a wood approximately 2.5 miles away from the nearest shop/cafe/pub but this rather enhances than detracts from your holiday experience as it is very peaceful and relaxing. The host Helen was in contact with advice and travel tips before arrival and is very welcoming and helpful and on hand if required for anything. Our party consisted of two couples being friends all around 60 years of age looking for a relaxing holiday and places to visit. The location is ideally suited to explore the area with numerous attractions to consider. We can highly recommend this Lodge its location and of course the host Helen.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Sep 2019

  • "Excellent property - very comfortable all round including the beds."

    Fantastic hosts. Very relaxing stay - the hot tub was great. You can truly escape here if that's what you are after - truly switched off. Close proximity to Inverness meant that it was very easy to access what you needed for a self catering holiday. Car essential.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Aug 2019

  • "Moorhen Lodge was an amazing family experience; quiet & tranquil, but yet close to Inverness, beautifully presented accommodation, NO Midges, superb hot tub, you should seriously think about this venue if you are thinking of staying in the Highlands."

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Jul 2019

  • "Fantastic lodge, good location would definitely go back"

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Jul 2019

  • "The Moorhen is a truly lovely cabin."

    It was immaculatly clean with everything you could possibly need available. The owners are welcoming and helpful. Fantastic area to explore. Definitely my favourite holiday cottage experience to date. Highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by Aileen5.0Jun 2019

  • "The owners were very helpful and couldn’t want any more it was a brilliant holiday"

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jun 2019

  • "The hosts were fantastic, and on hand should we need anything."

    They gave us plenty of information on local walks and places of interest. The lodge was very well equipped and the owners had thought of everything!! We would be happy to return.

    Reviewed by Jean5.0Jun 2019

  • "Helen was such a great hostess so helpful and friendly!"

    ! The log cabin in the woods took our breath away when we pulled up, it didn’t disappoint!!

    Reviewed by Kerri5.0May 2019

  • "Was fabulous!"


    Reviewed by Emma5.0May 2019

  • "Amazing lodge in a beautiful setting."

    Location central for exploring but location of lodge is also isolated for peace and privacy. The hot tub was a lovely way to end each day after long walks. Only improvement we could suggest would be the addition of robes to use.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Apr 2019

  • "Fabulous log cabin in the woods with lots to do around the general area recommend to anyone"

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Apr 2019

  • "Absolute peace of heaven!"

    The lodge is really well equipped with everything you could need and the hosts go above and beyond with lots of lovely finishing touches. Ideal area in that you are remote enough to feel away from the hustle and bustle but 10 minutes drive and you’re in Inverness.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Apr 2019

  • "Owner couldn't have been more helpful and the accomodation was perfect set in the ideal location."

    Reviewed by David5.0Mar 2019

  • "We had a fantastic time at Moorhen Lodge, the log cabin, location, the owners are all superb and we would highly recommend."

    We will definitely be going again.

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Dec 2018

  • "Wonderful location and thoroughly enjoyed a relaxing week in beautiful surroundings."

    Lots of walks with the dogs on the doorstep. Look forward to returning again.

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Sep 2018

  • "Lovely cabin, welcome pack was lovely."

    Owners were great and the cabin had everything you could think of. Hot tub was great addition. Area is lovely with plenty to do. Had a great stay and really looking forward to going back.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Sep 2018

  • "Can’t fault Moorhen Lodge, a great place to stay!"

    ! Helen and David were perfect hosts and couldn’t have been more helpful and kind, ensuring we had everything we needed. We thoroughly enjoyed the accommodation and couldn’t have been more comfortable. The location is perfect!! Easy access to the main roads to get about to different places but also private and quite to enjoy the forest and leave the car behind to do local walks to Ord Hill, Kilmuir and North Kessock. We can’t recommend it enough and will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Jul 2018

  • "This was our first booking with Sykes- We have to say, we were delighted from the point of first contact- enquiry, booking help and advise."

    It’s been quick , informative and very well organised. Our accommodation was first class and we are so glad we booked through Sykes and had a lovely stay. We would and indeed have already highly recommended booking through Sykes we shall return. Thank you so much the Mouzouri’s of Minehead Somerset.

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Jul 2018

  • "Moorhen cabin was fantastic."

    The cabin is in a quiet location but close to Inverness and other attractions.the owners Helen and David did all they could to help us with any issues we had and kept us well stocked with logs for the wood burner.also the hot tub was great.we will be returning to this great cabin very soon. Thanks again Helen and David for a great holiday.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2018

  • "Wonderful, quiet, cosy and in a fantastic area to explore the Black Isle and beyond."

    The hot tub is a wonderful bonus and 'having a long relaxing soak' while listening to and watching the wildlife at the end of a day exploring is a must and recommend it. Great place to stay, and will certainly be back next year

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Apr 2018

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin zip/link (can be a king-size on request)
  • Bathroom with shower over bath, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove.
  • LPG central heating, woodburning stove
  • Electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WIFI
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Veranda with furniture, BBQ and hot tub
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking in the cabin and the whole woodland site
  • Shop and pub 3 miles
  • Note: there is a £150 good house keeping bond attached to this property

The property

Moorhen Lodge is a stylish Canadian cabin situated near the Scottish Highlands village of North Kessock.

Its tranquil location and cosy interior with its woodburning stove make this lodge perfect for a relaxing break any time of year, ideal lodge for a break with friends and couples.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 939755, together they sleep 8.

Coille Na Creige Lodges

A pair of spectacular Canadian cabins nestled in the beautiful Craigbreck Wood near North Kessock in the Scottish Highlands. Secluded within 3 hectares of private woodland, these luxury solid log cabins, are conveniently just a 10 minute drive from the Highland Capital Inverness, and just off the iconic North Coast 500 route. Just a stones throw away from the Moray Firth, these warming timber lodges come in a rural location and are perfect for friends and couples to enjoy together all year round. The Coille na Creige Lodges are accessed down a windy country lane in a beautifully tranquil spot, step inside and be instantly impressed by the high quality finish in the open plan living area. The leather sofas and woodburning stoves make them just as appealing in the crisp winter and in the summer sun. The kitchen areas are of supreme quality, providing you with all that you will need during your stay here in Kilmuir. Head to the back of the lodges and be greeted by the cosy bedrooms, the master rooms boast a fantastic en-suite shower room for your convenience. The interior of the cabins are complete with stunning family bathrooms, perfect for a long soak after a tiring day exploring the woods. The excellence of these lodges continues to the outside. Make the most of your fantastic veranda area with its lavish wooden hot tub putting the finishing touches to the Coille na Creige Lodges. Every Tuesday afternoon the local Fish Van visits, selling freshly caught langoustines, crabs, mussels, haddock and a variety of seafood for guests to purchase. The surrounding Craigbreck Wood offers a wealth of wildlife, with red squirrels, deer, long-tailed tits, red kites, herons, and owls seen throughout the year, and hundreds of visiting Canadian Geese are heard flocking overhead during the colder months. North Kessock, a stunning coastal village overlooking Moray Firth, provides you with a shop and a pub as well as access along the coast to the charming towns and villages that come with it. The beautiful city of Inverness comes just a short drive away, great for a fun-filled day out as it showcases elite shopping and eating facilities as well as some incredible buildings including the castle and cathedral. Highland Games events occur every weekend during the summer in neighbouring villages and towns. Not to mention the world class golf courses, castles, Culloden Battlefield and the famous Loch Ness to visit, all within 30 minutes drive away. The Cairngorm Ski Resort is only a 45 minutes drive away. Skiing, Husky sledge experiences as well as a resident Reindeer Herd are available to visit all year round. Organised tours can be taken from Inverness to Skye, the West Coast, Orkney and also around the local distilleries. Two outstanding, unique cabins making an ideal stay come rain or shine. The lodges are not available to Stag or Hen Parties or similar.

Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Arpafeelie 3 miles; Kilmuir 4.1 miles; Inverness 5.5 miles.

North Kessock is the site of an ancient ferry route between Inverness and the Black Isle. This ferry ran, with various changes and modernisations, for 700 years, up until 1982, when the Kessock Bridge was opened. The main village consists of a long line of buildings along the shore, with a steep wooded hillside immediately behind them. The rest of the Kessock community is scattered over the hillside and through the woods, and has expanded a great deal in recent years. The nearby Beauly Firth is teeming with wildlife. Bottlenosed Dolphins, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Curlew and Shelduck and the Common Seal can all be seen there. In North Kessock, a small marine Wildlife Research Base monitors dolphins and seals through sightings as well as underwater microphones. Pop in and have a listen!