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Lydia Cottage - Cromarty

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Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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26 Customer Reviews

  • "Only a small problem with the rubbish."

    The wheelie bins were quite full when we arrived. I put them out early on Wednesday but they weren’t lifted so the bins are still full.

    Thank you for your feedback we are contacting Highland Council as to why the bins are not being emptied. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris4.7Dec 2023

  • "Cosy cottage in a great and quiet location with pub, coffee shops, bakery and mini supermarket within a few minutes walk."

    Everything you need for a relaxing holiday. Very comfortable beds and well resourced kitchen. An extra bin bag would be useful! It's a lovely area and we would definitely stay here again.

    Cromarty is a great wee village, a famous Scottish crime author does his writing there! Lydia Cottage is having a soft refurbishment in December 2023. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ken4.4Nov 2023

  • "Great centrally located cottage."

    A sweeping brush would've been handy for kitchen and a couple of baking trays. Beds comfy nd clean,overall a great holiday.

    Many thanks for your feedback, Lydia is having some refurbishment in December 2023 and we will be replenishing the kitchen amongst other jobs. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Patricia3.8Sep 2023

  • "A perfect idyllic cottage on the Black Isle."

    In the heart of Cromarty a stone throw away from the shore and main attractions of Cromarty. Facilities of the cottages were everything we needed for a last minute getaway for 2 nights. Kitchen was fully equipped with everything you could need. Livingroom had lovely soft furnishing and was well presented. The twin beds were exceptionally comfy. The overall cleanliness of the cottage was good. Minor things were that the throw pillows on the bed had lots of dog hair on them and beard hair was left on the mirror. We had a really great time and would recommend the cottage.

    Reviewed by Isla4.7Aug 2023

  • "Comfortable cottage in excellent quiet location."

    The shape of the property means that a small wardrobe is unavoidable but things could be improved with the addition of a couple of chests of drawers in the bedroom to store clothes. We felt that we were living out of our suitcases.

    Reviewed by David4.7Jun 2023

  • "Great property and location which we have used before."

    Could do with a baking tray!

    Reviewed by Edward4.4Jun 2023

  • "Very comfortable cottage in centre of Cromarty."

    This was our second visit.

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Jun 2023

  • "Such a lovely cottage in a beautiful place - really felt like a break away from our usual routine."

    Reviewed by Jacalyn5.0Apr 2023

  • "My husband and I loved our stay in Lydia Cottage."

    It was just perfect for us and our two dogs. We hope to be back soon.

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Apr 2023

  • "I left a comprehensive feedback post in the visitors book."

    The cottage and the town were simply PERFECT 10/10!!

    Wow thank you so much for your great review and we look forward to welcoming you back to Cromarty or any of our other NTS cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jan 2023

  • "Even with glasses need a bigger tv, it is getting dark earlier."

    New mattress's please. stripped back facilities , kitchen, books, local information due to covid No stripped back prices!

    Thank you for your feedback which we do value. We are ordering two new pocket sprung mattresses for Lydia Cottage this week and will review the local information displayed in the cottage. We are hoping to introduce new Guest Folders during the winter season for all our cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brian3.1Oct 2022

  • "Thank you for a pleasant stay in a fabulous location."

    I really enjoyed my time in Cromarty.

    Thank you for your feedback, Cromarty is a special place. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David3.8Sep 2022

  • "We had a fantastic holiday the cottage was ideal for us and cosy."

    It was also very close to the sea. Our dog enjoyed the lovely walks in Cromarty as well. We will certainly be booking another holiday in Lydia Cottage hopefully next year.

    Thank you for your positive comments, Cromarty is a great location for seeing the highlands, watching the ships sail past the Sutors. We look forward to welcoming you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joan5.0Sep 2022

  • "We have stayed at Lydia cottage many times and have always enjoyed the charm of the cottage and the garden and the village of Cromarty."

    Unfortunately however, the beds are extremely uncomfortable. Obviously the mattresses have not been exchanged since our first stay many year ago and you can feel the springs coming through. That diminishes the comfort of the cottage to a considerable degree and needs to be adressed by the National Trust.

    Many thanks for your feedback and we will certainly ask the property team in Cromarty to check the mattresses and look at replacement. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stefanie3.8Aug 2022

  • "Had a fabulous stay in Lydia Cottage."

    It was really clean and had everything we needed for our holiday week.

    Thank you very much for your kind comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison4.7Jul 2022

  • "A wonderful few days in the beautiful village of Cromarty."

    Loads of walks for our dog Myla in and around the area. Exactly what we were looking for, and will definitely be back.

    Thank you very much for your kind comments and we hope to see you back in Cromarty. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bob4.7Jul 2022

  • "The garden is in real need of attention."

    Thank you for your feedback. Since your stay we have asked the estate staff from Culloden to come across and assist us with tidying the garden. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Isobel3.8Jun 2022

  • "We liked Lydia Cottage, it's well situated in the village and has some character."

    Cromarty itself is a lovely place to visit and we liked being so close to the firth. The living room and kitchen were lovely, with the latter being sympathetically modernised. We're not a fan of twin beds, however we knew that was the set up and given the pitch of the roof a double probably wouldn't work. A good quality sofa bed is the living room would provide an alternative and would allow the cottage to sleep 4.

    Thank you for your feedback. As with all typical Scottish croft cottages and Fishertown cottages the bedrooms are situated under a coomb ceiling so it does restrict how we set out the beds. Thank you for your suggestion about a sofa bed. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stewart4.7May 2022

  • "We had a very enjoyable stay in Cromarty."

    Lydia cottage is just right for two people; the bedroom is filled with light and has a charming view over rooftops to the sea. Kitchen, living room and bathroom downstairs are all comfortable. It's a pleasure to step out into Cromarty's friendly and beautiful eighteenth-century streets. A fine place from which to explore the Black Isle and beyond. (Don't fail to try the delicious food at Sutor Creek on Bank St.)

    Many thanks for your positive feedback about Lydia Cottage. Cromarty is a great wee place with a small cinema and there is a good coffee hut called Slaughterhouse Coffee. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lorna4.7Mar 2022

  • "A very comfortable, cozy & well appointed cottage in a great location."

    Perfect for a quiet break. The owners were very helpful.

    Thank you for your kind words, we are glad you enjoyed your stay ay Lydia Cottage. Alix our manager is very knowledgeable about the area and Hugh Miller. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elena5.0Mar 2022

  • "There were no cleaning materials at the house and the standard of cleaning was well below the of the NT cottage we stayed in , St Gabriels, in West Dorset."

    We are sorry to have received your comments about the cleanliness in Lydia Cottage, looking through our feedback we haven't had a negative comment before but rest assured we take all feedback seriously. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Isobel3.8Dec 2021

  • "A lovely week in a very relaxing and clean cottage."

    It was perfect for a break in Cromarty.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Nov 2021

  • "It is a shame that the garden has not been kept up well - it needs a lot of attention."

    Also, we felt it was a bit mean to leave only a tiny amount of washing up liquid and only 2 tablets for the dishwasher. Because of Covid, there was only a small amount of cutlery and crockery left out for us, which we felt was a little over the top. However, we recognise that people in Scotland are very much stricter about the rules regarding Covid.

    The Trust only leaves enough consumable materials for the evening of the night of arrival, which includes washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets and hand soap. The expectation is that guests will furnish the rest of their cleaning supplies. The removal of extra cutlery and crockery is a requirement of the National Trust for Scotland's anti-Covid precautions policy which is designed to keep our visitors and staff safe and well. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2021

  • "All the books and dvds had been removed."

    There was barely enough cutlery and plates etc, because of COVID?! I haven’t stripped my holiday cottage bare because of COVID so why have has this cottage?

    The removal of books, games and DVDs, also the extra cutlery and crockery is a requirement of the National Trust for Scotland's anti-Covid precautions policy which is designed to keep our visitors and staff safe and well. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rob1.9Sep 2021

  • "We had a terrific week in the Lydia Cottage."

    The cottage was just the right size for 2 people and 2 well behaved scotties. The garden was enchanting,butterflies and bees made sitting in the sunshine an absolute pleasure.The locally made shortbread was a nice touch . So much to do in the area we will need to return.Try the slaughterhouse coffee shop and sutor creek deli both very good.

    We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay at Lydia Cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Aug 2021

  • "This is a lovely wee cottage in the heart of Cromarty."

    The cottage was the perfect size for 2 people and had everything we needed. I'm not sure whether the gardener had been recently but it was rather unruly and weedy. Cromarty itself is a very lovely and interesting fisher town village with a lovely coffee shop at the pier. Lovely shops and very good food at The Royal Hotel.

    It is lovely to read that you enjoyed your stay in our unique village. We had been unable to carry out our weekly gardening routine during the lockdowns but we can now get back to the routine. Just a note to say that we don not use herbicides on the garden. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2021

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  • One twin bedroom
  • Shower room with double shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Electric storage heaters and open fire
  • Oven and hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with DVD player, and WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot available
  • On road parking
  • Private garden with seating
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.2 miles, pub 0.1 miles
  • Note: The first floor is accessed by a spiral staircase and is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues
  • Note: Parking available at eastern gable end of cottage, not reserved but usually available, also on street parking
  • Note: Dogs are not allowed on beds or any of the furniture
  • Note: The opening times, visitor facilities and entry prices of all National Trust for Scotland properties and attractions can be viewed on their website here

The property

Found on a quiet residential street in the charming coastal town of Cromarty is this traditional detached cottage built round 1911 on the site of the historic fire station.

Lydia Cottage is the perfect base for discovering the sandy beaches, seaside villages and bottlenose dolphins in this beautiful area of Scotland.

The cottage offers guests a peaceful location, with traditionally styled features including an open fire, slate flooring and sloping ceilings, and is close enough to the sea to hear the waves lapping against the shores of the Cromarty Firth.

Make yourselves at home within the sitting room complete with an open fire as you savour a glass of wine on the sofa and find your favourite programme to watch on the TV.

Rustle up a delicious meal in the kitchen/diner, and sit out in your own private garden in the warmer months, soaking up the tranquillity of your dwellings all beneath the clear evening sky.

Move up to the first floor to find the twin bedroom, where you can reminisce over the day's events whilst watching the twinkling night sky from the enchanting skylight.

Prepare for another adventure-filled day in the sleek shower room, fitted with a double shower, perfect for waking you up each morning.

Cromarty town centre is right on your doorstep, with a variety of shops just a stroll away, as well as a local inn where you can enjoy a classic pub meal.

Enjoy a lovely stay at Lydia Cottage, where you can make unforgettable memories in this coastal retreat.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 1060411, together sleeping eight people.

EPC Rating: Band D

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: HI-20092-F

Hugh Miller's Cottages

Situated within the Fishertown area of Cromarty is this pair of traditional cottages. Resting next to Hugh Miller's Birthplace Cottage and Museum, a fantastic National Trust for Scotland property boasting an incredible display of the self-taught Scottish geologist and writer’s fossils, tools and manuscripts, as well as the attractive Garden of Wonders. Both cottages are steeped in history, offering a quaint base for a family escape to this incredible corner of the Scottish Highlands. Resting within walking distance of the properties, you will be greeted by The Cromarty Arms inn and pub, a family-run business where you can delight in a night away from the kitchen as you indulge in a heart-warming meal accompanied by a rewarding beverage, the perfect stop for after a day of walking the incredible coastline. The town of Cromarty itself is home to several shops for you to stock up on essentials, as well as sandy beaches such as Rosemarkie Beach, which has beautiful beach caves to explore, or take a brisk autumn walk and find Georgian architecture, bottlenose dolphins and bird colonies of international importance throughout this scenic area. Discover superb natural attractions, including the ‘Hundred Steps’ to South Sutor; the rugged rocks found along Cromarty Firth, once believed to be the workbenches of two giant shoemakers; and the National Trust for Scotland site of Culloden, where you can delve into the stories behind the Jacobite Risings and the last battle to be fought on Scottish soil. Cromarty lies on the incredible North Coast 500 route, an epic road trip spanning over 500 miles around the spectacular Scottish coast, providing a perfect way to explore whether completing the full route or just a smaller section, with Hugh Miller’s Cottages making the perfect pit stop. Further afield is the vibrant city of Inverness, known as the capital of the Highlands, where you can explore the famous Loch Ness, spend a day at the Victorian Market or Eastgate Shopping Centre, or enjoy an evening of fine dining at one of the many restaurants and bars. Choose these historic holiday cottages as your resting base for an exciting trip with your loved ones, in ideal reach of the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Scottish Highlands.

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About the location


Inverness 23.8 miles; Elgin 59.1 miles; Lossiemouth 63.8 miles.

Cromarty, poised on the tip of the Black Isle at the mouth of the Cromarty Firth, is the Highlands' best preserved historic town. It is a jewel, rich in history, folklore, striking architecture, and offers grand views of seven counties from the headland above it. But Cromarty is more than just an 18th century town. For modern travellers and holidaymakers it provides a wealth of attractions: sandy beaches, unusual architecture, Bottlenose Dolphins, eating places, a multi-award winning museum, beautiful countryside, wildlife, and bird reserves of international importance, to name but a few. Being only a 30 minute drive from Inverness, the 'Capital of the Highlands', Cromarty combines the advantages of its convenience as a base from which to travel throughout the Highlands, with an apparent detachment from the mainstream tourist routes, giving the best of both worlds.

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Dogs are not allowed on beds or any of the furniture or in the formal garden

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas