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Skylarks

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Ferintosh near to Dingwall, The Highlands - The Black Isle Show on map

4.5

Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes

Features

  • Off road parking
  • Sauna
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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25 Customer Reviews

  • "Highly recommend staying in this beautiful property situated in a stunning area."

    Clean and comfortable. Very well equipped with everything we could possible want.

    Thank you so much for choosing us. Delighted to hear you had a great stay!! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tina5.0Mar 2024

  • "The house was incredibly warm, very beautiful, everything we needed was there ..."

    The house was incredibly warm, very beautiful, everything we needed was there making the travel lighter than we thought, we were very happy

    Wonderful to hear. Thank you for choosing us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Urana5.0Dec 2023

  • "Lovely cottage along with the facilities."

    1st time using a log fire, works great but cost me over £45 to buy wooden logs to run it over the 7 nights. I'm glad I was out all day everyday or it would have cost a bit more. Still, my fault for not realising the cost of running it. Apart from that it's a 1st class cottage and would definitely recommend

    Thank you very much for the feedback. Delighted to hear you loved our cottage. There is lovely underfloor heating and thermostats in all the rooms. So we've never thought the wood burning stove would be something used constantly. That's why we only provide a starter pack of logs (we use coffee grind logs, which are long-burning, economical and greener) and kindling and advise we do so in the house manual each set of guests receives. There are other, similar types of logs made from remnants of other materials and suitable for a wood burning stove, and they might be a good option for you a next time. We hope to see you again and thanks again for choosing us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jim3.8Nov 2023

  • "Plug in family bathroom needs attention, front door jams when closed."

    Otherwise everything was very satisfactory, loved the orchard. Lovely countryside round about.

    Hello and thanks for the feedback. The entire front door is scheduled to be replaced imminently. It's been on order since March. And thanks for letting us know about the plug. We will check it out immediately. Glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Patricia4.1Sep 2023

  • "Great stay you can’t ask for more, we loved the property"

    Thank you so much! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Aug 2023

  • "We were very disappointed with the place."

    The photos on your website must be 10+ years out of date. This was not a true representation of the property and extremely misleading. We book cottages equally for outside space aswell as inside. The garden was NOT enclosed which is vital for us having a dog despite your write up saying it was. There is little view due to overgrown hedges. The larger garden was immensely overgrown and again you couldnt see it due to high hedges. The smaller garden next to the cottage was appalling it looked such a mess and the two little gates were pointless. The weeds on the path could easily be pulled out. There is rewilding and cant be bothered this sadly was the latter. Moss growing all along the decking rails and the picnic bench needs scraping off. Its such a shame because it could be beautiful but it was just so neglected. Inside was clean and tidy and comfortable apart from the sofa and only tepid water out of the shower heads so we had to use the hand held shower attachment to obtain hot water.

    Thank you for your feedback. And especially for pointing out the error in the description that the garden is enclosed. The garden has never been enclosed and we corrected that description some time ago with the lister. They have now rectified the description. As for the hot water, it's unfortunate you did not inform us of it as soon as you noticed, after all you had our contact details. We are very prompt in replying and addressing any issues. With respect to your other points: We do not neglect the property. The property isn't 10 years old and the photos aren't out of date. We do keep the garden and orchard largely wild and we describe it as such in the house manual you received prior to your visit. This includes plant life you call weeds. They're harmless plants which help the biodiversity of the area. It's also been raining alot, which makes mowing impossible. The hedges are cut twice per year, as is appropriate. Unfortunately, the second cut didn't coincide with your visit. We have had many guests let their dog out unsupervised within the gated deck area. With respect to the lichen on areas on the deck, we don't believe it's necessary to scrape that off. It's harmless and completely natural. In addition to the two Adirondack chairs, which are made of wood, we also supply fabric deck chairs which are lichen-free. The Highlands is a wild area with a variety of weather. Working and living with the landscape and nature are a much better option that a sisyphean effort to counter it. We hope you enjoyed your stay nevertheless. In contrast, our next guests were so happy, they gave us a thank you card and brought us beautiful flowers. We suppose, you can't please everyone all the time. But we try our best. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane2.5Jul 2023

  • "We have just come back from a week stay, what a wonderful place, location is fantastic as well as the views from every window."

    The owners were so nice and helpful. My husband and our two Frenchies cannot wait to go back! Would highly recommend if you want a fab place to stay in the highlands that is dog friendly with walks from the door

    Thank you so much! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tinna5.0Jul 2023

  • "The property inside was good but as for the outside it was very poor and uninviting."

    The walk up to the door was weedy and the front door was pealing and rotten not a good impression. The decking and handrails all needs a lot of attention, the outside furniture needed replacing and the deckchairs were to low. The heat pump just outside the living area was filthy and at times smelt so you couldn't have the door open. The garden area at the back was very overgrown and not as sykes pictures advertise it. Not sure what the sauna was like as the approach to it was overgrown with grass and weeds. I think sykes should re-evaluate it. The inside would benefit with having a walk in shower as an elderly person would struggle to get into the bath/shower as it was to high.

    Thank you for your feedback. We can't please everyone, but we wish you had alerted us to your concerns whilst you were there. We keep the garden relatively wild and we don't use weedkillers or pesticides. It's better for all life - people, plants and animals. And we note that in the house manual. There are plenty of walking areas within the garden and paths cut into the wilder parts in the orchard. The weeds in the walkway are harmless and most are native plants, like thistle, and there are clear pathways to reach the sauna. We love the native plants and they're beautiful. The flowers of all these plants provide lots of food for bees and other pollinators, which I'm sure you agree are important to our world. This is a countryside cottage and work with our environment. Tt's unfortunate you didn't venture into the sauna. It's lovely, warm and made of cedar wood from Canada, so it smells great. A new front door has been on order since March and will be installed in mid-September, at a cost of several thousand pounds. Things don't happen quickly these days, as I'm sure you can appreciate and maybe even relate. The deck is cleaned with a high powered water spray every year as are the hand made Cape Cod deck chairs. The fabric deck chairs are from John Lewis and the fabric is taken inside at the end of the season, and all is washed. The sizes are standard. And the bathrooms, showers etc are clearly pictured in the brochure. If you required a different typology of bathroom fixings, then that would have been evident in the listing. We hope you had a lovely time in any event and that you'll return to the Highlands Property Owner

    Reviewed by Fred3.8May 2023

  • "Fantastic cottage in a fantastic location."

    In a peaceful area while only a 10/15 minute drive from the nearest town. Beautiful woodland walk for our dog just a few minutes from the cottage. Overall, we had a very relaxing time away and would definitely book again.

    Thank you so much! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gilbert5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely quiet location and well situated for visits to the surrounding locations of interest."

    Easy access to a number of good restaurants. There were two of us and we found the property very comfortable and well equipped. The weather was kind to us and we really enjoyed our stay. Thanks

    Thank you so much! Property Owner

    Reviewed by James3.8May 2023

  • "A smart tv would just make this property perfect."

    Reviewed by Kevin4.7Nov 2022

  • "We had a wonderful week in a beautiful location."

    The house is very well equipped and made a wonderful base. Mountain biking, Dolphin watching and a brewery tour all within a short drive. For a slightly longer trip, We’d recommend Loch Ness with a visit to Plodda Falls. Stunning scenery in October, the colour of the trees was magical. We’ll be back.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Oct 2022

  • "What a great location and beautiful place to stay we were sorry to come home and could have stayed longer."

    The little cottage itself was very clean and comfortable and a walk round the block every morning before breakfast with the views across the firth was just breathtaking. We found lovely places to eat close by which were not very expensive and would whole heartedly recommend a stay at this cottage Thank you so very much for making our holiday

    Delighted to hear this. Thank you so much for being our guest! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nick5.0Aug 2022

  • "A well maintained property, with beautiful views."

    We would happily come back again and again. It was perfect. The cottage was so spacious, clean and well equipped. Thank you. You could sit on the decking and watch the red kites over head, the abundance of birds on the Cromarty Firth or just sit and read in the peace and quiet.

    Delighted to hear you enjoyed yourself so much! Thank you for being our guest Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Aug 2022

  • "Our third stay at Skylarks, and wonderful as ever."

    The house is great, the red kites hovered over it every day (how do you train them to do that?) and the weather was kind to us.

    Wonderful to have you back and delighted you had a good time again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had a really enjoyable Spring holiday at Skylarks."

    Everything was first class - spotless, warm, very comfortable, quiet and extremely well equipped. Loved the log burner and the view. Great central base for exploring and lots of super dog walks. There's so much to see and do in the area and we look forward to returning for another holiday. Such a pleasure to go on holiday to a house that is exactly as shown online/in the brochure. Thank you to the owners for the love and care they put into Skylarks and the Housekeeper for making sure everything is exactly as you hope it will be. Thanks also to the staff at LHH for their very efficient handling of our booking.

    Sheila ElliotApr 2022

  • "Booked with LHH Scotland for a holiday in the Black Isle in June/July 2021 and had a wonderful time - the weather this summer was a BIG bonus."

    The property we used, Drummond Reach, was excellent and matched the property description on the LHH website. The property was clean, spacious and had everything we needed, even with Covid-19 restrictions in place. The location is quiet, but never too far from anywhere. Inverness, for example, was just 20 minutes from the door of the house to parking in the city centre. There was a fab wood just along the road to walk the dog, and the view over the Cromarty Firth was wonderful - day or night. Well, it was better at night as we watched the sun slowly sinking over the distant hills. The rooms within the property are all of a good size, and it was never crowded. The outside decking was wonderful to sit on, whether eating breakfast or an evening dinner. We would not hesitate to use this particular property or LHH Scotland again. Communication with LHH was excellent, and we had no problems with any descriptions or instructions provided in their emails.

    Andrew WallaceJul 2021

  • "We had a wonderful stay in this beautiful part of Scotland."

    There are so many places to visit including woodland and coastal walks. The hosts local information was most welcome. Thank you. The house is perfect for a staycation with all mod cons. The most comfy beds and luxury linen and a well stocked kitchen and appliances. We loved the wood burning stove and our only could do better was only having 3 logs for the fire. Let people know that in advance or supply enough logs for one night. We would definitely recommend Skylarks.

    DotOct 2020

  • "We recently spent 6 days at Skylarks."

    The accommodation was immaculate. The furnishings and fittings were perfect for the style of property and were very comfortable. Property has underfloor heating which worked very well and maintains a constant temperature. We did use the log burner at night which added to the cosy feel of the cottage. The master bedroom has a very comfortable Hypnos mattress and the bedding was a good quality. Both the en-suite and the main bathroom are fitted to a high standard. We decided to take our Amazon Fire stick and it worked perfectly with the available WiFi. The Black Isle is a very picturesque area and the cottage is well placed to take advantage of the views of the Cromarty Firth. We would definitely recommend this property for both comfort and quiet location.

    Aileen & Andy CurrieOct 2020

  • "Was a lovely well kept and clean property with the added bonus of the sauna."

    Lots of hot water and well equipped kitchen. We enjoyed the 40 minute walk most nights round the "block". Lots of places to visit within an hour's drive. Particularly liked Ingrid's House (scandi craft shop) at Cromarty.

    Anne TelferAug 2020

  • "You know when you are unpacking the car and the wife has already opened the door and gone inside and all you hear is “Oh Wow” over and over that your expectations of the place that you have booked have been confirmed."

    What a well appointed Steading conversation this is. I love the vaulted ceiling in the kitchen/living room, there is everything here that you need to make your stay very comfortable. There were only two of us so we never needed to us the twin and single bedrooms. But the double bedroom with en-suite is perfect, with a firm mattress, which we both like. The views are fantastic especially from the sauna which we made good use of. We will certainly be back if our holidays tie in with availability. There were 3 little things, there is no cupboard space for putting away groceries, we couldn’t get the plugs in the bathroom sinks to stay down, but this may be operator error and lastly there were only 8 pegs for hanging out washing, so we bought a pack and left them there for others to use. Over all a fantastic place to stay.

    Kevin DingwallOct 2019

  • "Back from our trip to Scotland, we would like to give you some feedback about our stay at Drummondreach Steading."

    The house is very well furnished, everything has been thought of. The location of the house is great for a stay on Black Isle. You are in the middle of nature, but only a few minutes by car to shops, sights or restaurants. The cleanliness of the house is definitely worth mentioning! The surroundings of the house also offer children the opportunity to spend time outside. Of course, we could also enjoy the wildlife in the immediate vicinity (birds, rabbits, etc.). Many thanks for the nice stay. We can recommend this house without reservation.

    Family HalbeisenJul 2019

  • "We had a great week in this beautifully converted steading in a peaceful setting."

    Lots of light and lovely views inside with great outside space. All the fixtures and fittings are tasteful, high quality and very comfortable. We enjoyed the area more than expected with easy driving to the northern flow country and west to the big hills. We are planning our return soon

    MarisNov 2018

  • "We want to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay at Skylarks."

    We realise that it is new to your portfolio; in fact we think we were only the fourth or fifth clients in the property. We simply want to say that the property is superb in every way. Emilia and Roger really have thought of everything. We usually book self-catering accommodation because we enjoy the flexibility and the chance to cater as we wish. The kitchen is superb and had everything we could wish for; it is a real cook's kitchen! The views across the Cromarty Firth toward Ben Wyvis and the other hills to the north and west are really lovely. The quality of finish and other equipment is also superb. Furthermore, its position is ideal for accessing a massive area of the Far North. As you know we are regulars with LHH and have loved all our visits to your portfolio of "cottages" but suffice to say we very much hope to return to Drummondreach soon.

    K&LNov 2018

  • "Just back from a wonderful week at Skylarks, Drummondreach!"

    There were 6 of us plus our wee dog. This property was to a very high standard, everything was top notch. Very comfortable beds with clean fresh white linen. Bathrooms with top quality fittings, as was the kitchen. We have stayed in many many self catering lodges/cottages but I have never been in one so well equipped, it even had a huge array of spices & cooking, baking equipment. Games, books & dvds. One thing that made it special was the range of Ordnance Survey Maps!! From the moment we walked in, it felt like a home from home. The view from the property was spectacular, no matter the weather. I must also mention the outdoor sauna, a perfect place to de-stress & unwind! I would say if you are looking for somewhere to relax, this is it! If you are looking for somewhere to explore this magnificent part of the country, this is it! I cannot speak highly enough of this property, you really just need to bring your clothes & yourself!

    The Ritchie FamilyNov 2018

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Summary

  • Single-storey
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite bathroom with bath with shower over, basin, bidet and WC, 1 x twin, 1 x single with pull out truckle bed
  • Bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner with sitting area and woodburning stove
  • Air source underfloor heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher
  • TV, DVD player, DVDs, WiFi, Sonos sound system, selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and a starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars
  • Garden with lawn, raised decking, barbecue, sauna and furniture
  • Pet-friendly, sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.9 miles, pub 2.8 miles
  • Note: Storage for bikes available
  • Note: Linen for travel cot is available on request. Please note that this property does not accept any corporate, worker or company bookings.

The property

Culbokie 2.9 miles.

Emerging from the woodlands is Skylarks, settled in Ferintosh near to Culbokie in beautiful Black Isle.

This skilfully renovated traditional cottage-turned wooden lodge is surrounded in beach and hillside walks, making it perfect for families or groups of adults wishing to enjoy the Highlands with their four-legged friends.

Climbing the wooden steps to the eye-catching blue door, you will be met with the wooden exterior of the originally stone cottage, adding an alpine feel to the wooden building, with the rear wall remaining stone.

You will also note the red roof and spacious decking area complete with seating, where no doubt you will be drawn to spend your mornings and evenings, marvelling at the Northern Lights that can be seen from this property.

Inside, find yourself equally as impressed with the styling and exquisite renovation where the walls have been painted white and the roof is now a curved dome of wood with a chandelier, a woodburning stove draws your attention to the relaxing seating area, perfect for an evening games night, and why not head over to the fully furnished kitchen with an eye-catching touch of red tiles, creating a masterpiece for you and your family to enjoy at the dining table?

Three bedrooms offer to encompass you in contemporary style with a simple and yet homely layout and the continuation of the wooden floor throughout the house, starting with a twin room offering storage for guests' belongings, and a second room with a single bed that can be pulled out to add another single bed to the room if needs be, as well as a beautiful master bedroom with wooden roof beams and a fresh and airy design, chair and storage, and with an en-suite bathroom offering all of the home comforts, and so there are no waits for freshening up before tea time, there is a second family bathroom.

Outside, it isn’t just the decking and furniture that will add opulence to your stay at Skylarks, you will be delighted to find a sauna with one way glass, the perfect way to end your day.

Wildlife, wilderness and wonder, this property certainly has a taste of each, with an abundance of birds and animals, including otters, and you will find several nature reserved nearby, for example RSPB Tollie red kites natural reserve, where the rare and red kites can be seen gliding through the beautiful surroundings and dolphins can be spotted at Chanonry Point, where there are boat trips (seasonal) to show off the stunning coast.

Of course, you don’t have to travel far in order to really get to know the area, and you will have several dining options at Dingwall, for example The Mallard.

You can also head over to Inverness for a day trip, offering other attractions such as Inverness Botanic gardens, trampoline park and Inverness castle as well as a Victorian market.

You will find your days packed with amazing adventures with a stay at Skylarks.

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: HI-20009-F

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

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About the location

DINGWALL

Strathpeffer 5 miles; Inverness 14 miles; Chanory Point 17 miles.

The attractive market town of Dingwall is situated at the head of the Cromarty Firth and has a rich history dating back to Norse times. The town today enjoys an excellent range of services and facilities, and its pedestrianised main street boasts a generous range of speciality cafes and charming small shops. Why not follow the Dingwall Heritage Trail, a walk that will take only 1 1/2 hours but will provide a wonderful insight into the history of this area? Close to Dingwall is the Victorian spa town of Strathpeffer, which is well worth a visit, or perhaps take a short drive to Chanonry Point where the Moray Firth Dolphins are quite often seen jumping close to shore. There is also the option of seeing red kites at the RSPB Tollie red kites natural reserve, as well as a close proximity to Inverness that allows day trips to Inverness Castle, trampoline park, Inverness Botanic gardens and the many shops on offer.

Note: Linen for travel cot is available on request. Note: Though electricity is included in the rent, electric for charging cars is not included in the rental.
Please note that this property does not accept any corporate, worker or company bookings.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter