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Kestrel Cottage

(Ref. 1058849)

Rogart, Near Dornoch, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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24 Customer Reviews

  • "What a wonderful place Kestrel Cottage is!"

    Outstanding setting, beautifully restored and everything thought of. Mackie contacted us before we arrived so we had all the details, the fire was on when we got there, hot tub ready and an amazing welcome pack! The cottage was immaculately clean and had everything (and more) than we needed. Whilst Sutherland is brilliant for a holiday, this cottage really made it for us, a real home away from home. We got stuck in an Amber weather warning one day, and were blissfully unaware snuggled up in the warmth and comfort of Kestrel cottage - what a place, can’t recommend enough - thank you!!

    Reviewed by Audrey5.0Oct 2023

  • "Dear Kestrel Cottage Team thanks a lot for the friendly welcome and hospitality during our stay."

    This Cottage is a nice place to spend holidays with dogs in the nature and ideally for excursions in the Highlands or to the coast. It is very nicely furnished, nothing is missing in the equipment, even the dogs are thought of. Thank you very much. We will be happy to come back. Greetings from Switzerland

    Reviewed by Heiko5.0Sep 2023

  • "Perfect base for exploring"

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a amazing week at Kestrel Cottage."

    From the welcome pack , suggestions of places to visit , the cottage , views & weather , just perfect. Highly recommend the cottage. Never been up into Sutherland area , just stunning. If I had a tiny piece of feedback ,it would be use to have some fans to cool the bedrooms at night . The Scottish midget like a couple of us , so opening the window wasn’t a option . This did not spoil anything, we loved the cottage and hospitality from our host , thank you

    Reviewed by Barry5.0Aug 2023

  • "Kestrel cottage exceeded our expectations, Beautiful decor and very comfortable."

    A wonderful place for a relaxing break.

    Reviewed by Gilbert5.0Jul 2023

  • "Absolutely fabulous!"

    Friendly, helpful owners, I feel very privileged to have stayed at Kestrel Cottage. I am sure we will return. It is a great base to explore the highlands from.

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Jun 2023

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage in a stunning location."

    Lovely host who provided a lot of helpful information about the area.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Feb 2023

  • "Fantastic cottage, owners & area."

    Cottage has everything you need and more for your stay. Very clean and easy to keep clean even with are 3 working dogs in front of the fire. Mackie is a great guy very welcoming with a tremendous amount of local knowledge. We were very lucky with the weather some wonderful scenery on parts of the NC500. Good area for walking either on the beach or woodland walks. Have already recommended cottage to are friends and will be returning ourselves . Thanks again Mackie & Eimear Dave & Sue

    Reviewed by David5.0Feb 2023

  • "Wonderful luxurious cottage."

    Everything you need provided plus lovely extras. Amazing location. So relaxing. Will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Nov 2022

  • "We absolutely loved our stay at Kestrel Cottage."

    It was a beautiful cottage and the owners are very friendly and helpful. We would definitely go again. It was a good base to go and see the history and wildlife of Sutherland & Caithness. It was a shame we had to leave.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Oct 2022

  • "Kestrel cottage was an absolutely immaculate property provisioned with absolutely everything you could possibly need during your stay."

    The owner additionally left a gift basket with some treats in it which was a really nice touch. The owner also made accommodations for our little blind dog and helped us with some excellent recommendations for places to eat and things to do and see during our stay. Would 100% recommend and we are hoping to return and visit again.

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a fabulous time at kestrel cottage."

    It’s a beautiful cottage with fabulous views . When we drove up towards the cottage our first impression was wow . That was before we had gone inside, Everything about it was first class . The owners were very welcoming an informative of places to visit. The welcome pack was a very nice touch.

    Reviewed by Yvonne5.0Aug 2022

  • "Beautiful property in stunning location, immaculately clean and some lovely extras, gift basket was a lovely touch."

    Owners friendly and accommodating, would recommend to everyone, we will definitely return

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2022

  • "Kestrel Cottage is an absolute delight - perfect combination of thoughtful furnishing to be attractive, comfortable and practical."

    Definite adherent to the William Morris principle of 'Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be beautiful or believe to be useful'. Loveliest cottage I’ve ever rented.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Jul 2022

  • "Outstanding property."

    Beautiful inside and stunning views. Mackie the owner was so lovely and helpful. Will def def return. We stay in many places and have really high expectations… this met all of them! Brilliant stay

    Reviewed by Eileen5.0May 2022

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Kestrel cottage, the property was spotless and well maintained, Mackie and Eimear were very welcoming and helpful, would definitely stay again in the future."

    We had a lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by Adam5.0May 2022

  • "Kestrel cottage was a really amazing place to stay."

    The cottage completely exceeded our expectations and the views are breathtaking. We were 4 adults on our stay and we were more than comfortable. We had everything we needed. Mackie and Eimear were fantastic hosts. A slight issue with the TV in one of the bedrooms was fixed really quickly. The fireplace was one of my favourite features as well as the hot tub of course! It’s a really remote location so a car is definitely necessary but the location is really great to explore the west coast which we did and thoroughly enjoyed. We’re already planning when we can get back. Can’t recommend highly enough, we all had a fantastic relaxing holiday. Thanks you Mackie abs Eimear.

    Reviewed by Gurvir5.0Apr 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage, tastefully renovated and very comfortable."

    Set in a stunning location. Very dog friendly with secure garden. The owners were extremely helpful especially when we had a break down in our vehicle. Special thanks to them for their assistance and making our stay so enjoyable.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Feb 2022

  • "Absolutely beautiful property would highly recommend"

    Reviewed by Hayley5.0Feb 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage, everything we needed was available."

    Amazing views.Owner was very welcoming.

    Hello Kay, very glad you enjoyed your break, despite the weather! Hope to see you all again sometime, Regards, Mackie and Eimear. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kay5.0Jan 2022

  • "Quite simply the most idyllic cottage we’ve ever been to, everything was ..."

    Quite simply the most idyllic cottage we’ve ever been to, everything was perfect and set with the backdrop of the magnificent Scottish highlands it is hard to imagine a more perfect experience

    Hello Josephine, delighted to hear that you enjoyed your holiday, and hope to see you again sometime, Mackie and Eimear. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jo5.0Jan 2022

  • "Truely amazing cottage and place!"

    Mackie and his wife were great hosts and gave us some great tips for trips

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Aug 2021

  • "Absolutely fabulous cottage with everything thought of that you could need."

    Mackie also provided some great recommendations of things to do whilst there which made the stay even better. Our faves were: Durness beach, walk up to "The Mannie", walk along the beach from Brora to a beachfront waterfall and seeing the grey seal colony there too, Ynot cafe in Thurso, seafood shack at Dornoch beach, The Pier cafe at Lairg, Balblair woods and Loch Fleet..... But most of all....... The Views!!!!!!!! Couldn't recommend the area or the cottage highly enough.

    Reviewed by Zuzka5.0Jun 2021

  • "Kestrel cottage was absolutely fantastic."

    Finished to the highest standard and spotlessly clean. Mackie, Eimear and their family and friendly, welcoming, informative and fantastic host’s. Will definitely be returning to this magnificent cottage in the most majestic part of our beautiful country

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Jun 2021

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite freestanding bath, walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x king-size with en-suite walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining and sitting area with open fire
  • Oil central heating with open fire and underfloor heating downstairs
  • Electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel, fire wood and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Decked area with hot tub
  • Three well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 4.3 miles
  • Please note: This property is on a working farm.

The property

Enjoying a beautiful and peaceful location within the Scottish Highlands, within the rural hamlet of Rhilochan, you will find this detached croft cottage.

Finished to a very high standard, Kestrel Cottage offers a heart-warming base for families or couples to call home while they explore the rugged beauty of North Scotland.

Step inside and you’ll immediately sense the character of this cottage, emphasised through the flagstone flooring and exposed stonework, offering a pleasant base to return to each evening.

Benefitting from an open-plan aspect and underfloor heating, at one end of the ground floor rests a snug sitting area where you can relax after a day of walking, whilst to the other lies a farmhouse-style kitchen, perfect for preparing your home-cooked meals.

On a cold evening, get the feature fireplace roaring and keep the chef company whilst they learn the ins and outs of the kitchen.

Gather at the dining table, taking a moment to appreciate a well-deserved getaway with your loved ones.

As you tire, climb the open tread feature staircase to the bedrooms, both of which offer sumptuous king-size beds and en-suite shower rooms.

Enjoy a soothing soak in the freestanding bath before climbing into bed and dreaming about the next wild adventure.

Continuing to impress, the master bedroom provides access to a raised decking where you enjoy a drink whilst the sun sets, or take yourself to the private hot tub and enjoy the scene from a warmer temperature.

Get to know your surroundings by venturing into the open countryside or joining the Highland Wild Cat Trails, which have been designed for all levels of experience with different routes suitable for families and novices through to more technical trails for experienced mountain bikers.

Also nearby is the Ben Bhraggie Monument Walk, which offers picturesque views over the coastline on your walk up to the summit.

Take the scenic drive into the village of Golspie, a lovely coastal resort that offers a bustling high street and excellent local amenities, including a number of eateries and a long sandy beach, which provides superb angling opportunities.

Those avid golfers will enjoy a round at the Golspie Golf Club, offering a great mix of links and parkland, while history buffs will be drawn to the Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, an imposing structure with a museum and falconry.

Translating in Gaelic to 'pebbly place', Dornoch is a delightful seaside resort in the North of Scotland, and is just 14 miles away,It is a beautiful town with so much to see and do, it is full of history and culture.

Dornoch is home to a 13th century Cathedral and a majestic castle and has a golf course that was voted the 5th best outside of the U.S.

Aside from the beauty and history, Dornoch has so much to do with a good range of pubs, bars and shops to go around and enjoy at your leisure.

Of course you cannot forget the beautiful sandy Dornoch beach.If you’re looking to escape normal life for a calming retreat to the Scottish Highlands, look no further than Kestrel Cottage.

EPC Rating: Band E

EPC Rating: Band E

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About the location


Golspie 9.5 miles; Brora 14.6 miles.

The small village of Rogart lies in the county of Sutherland in the Scottish Highlands. The village is known for once being the home to Major Andrew MacDonald, who fought into the French and Indian War. The village is also home to the Rogart Railway station, which has become something of an informal outdoor museum of railway memorabilia. Within the village, there is a convenience store, petrol station, a Parish church and a traditional Scottish pub. The nearby coastal village of Golspie is well worth a visit, offering a long sandy beach, which attracts many visitors in all weather conditions, along with a thriving high street lined with independent businesses, restaurants, pubs and cafés. Rogart makes a charming base for touring this beautiful part of Scotland.