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Transvaal House

Durness, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park (Ref. 2310)

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  • Sleeps 9

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/By the sea Seaside
  • Icon/Feature/Sky TV Sky TV

Reviews

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45 Customer Review(s)

  • Mr Clark

    “This house was very dirty and tatty.”

    We had to hunt for towels for 6 of us and all towels and bedding was old and discoloured. The drawers in the kitchen were very dirty and the place doesnt look like it has been renovated since it was built. All of the furniture was very dated and tired and the facilities for showering were very limited. I have stayed in Sykes cottages before so jumped at the chance when this came up on Booking.com but it is not the standard I expected. We stayed in various places around the NC500 trip and paid ...

    We had to hunt for towels for 6 of us and all towels and bedding was old and discoloured. The drawers in the kitchen were very dirty and the place doesnt look like it has been renovated since it was built. All of the furniture was very dated and tired and the facilities for showering were very limited. I have stayed in Sykes cottages before so jumped at the chance when this came up on Booking.com but it is not the standard I expected. We stayed in various places around the NC500 trip and paid on average £255-£285 for 3 rooms for 5 people throughout. This house @ £575 was the most expensive and most uncomfortable of our trip. I have sent a message of complaint via the booking.com and have yet to receive a response. I would like a refund of at least £250 and suggest you remove this property from your books. Please take this as official complaint as I really wouldnt want other people to expect the standard of Sykes only to get tatty old furniture and bedding/towels.

    - Mr Clark, September 2020

The property

Durness 0.5 miles.

A large, detached, stone-built house situated on the outskirts of the ancient crofting village of Durness, which is scattered along a rugged coastline with rocky inlets, coves and beaches.

The property is well maintained and offers simple, yet comfortable accommodation, with wonderful sea views, a cosy sitting room with open fire and four bedrooms.

Transvaal House was built in approximately 1890, in a South African style, by a notable architect who designed various structures in South Africa.

Upon his retirement he returned to his home town of Durness and built this property.

The village of Durness offers a grocer's shop and a small shop with Post Office, while the area is perfect for walking, cycling, wildlife spotting and trout and salmon fishing, as well as golf at the local course.

Ideal for exploring the solitude of the Highlands, Transvaal House makes a good base for a relaxing holiday.

Summary

  • Four bedrooms: 1 x ground floor double, 1 x double, 1 x family room with 3 single beds, 1 x adult bunks
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • First floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Large fitted kitchen with dining area and multi-fuel stove
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Additional sitting area in extended entrance porch.
  • Electric storage heaters with multi-fuel stove in kitchen/dining area and open fire in sitting room
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, satellite TV with basic package, radio, small selection of books/games
  • Electricity inc. in rent
  • Bed linen inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Off road parking for 4 cars
  • Lawned area
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 10 mins walk
  • Note: Fuel is not provided for stove and open fire but is available to purchase locally, or can be pre-ordered from the shop before arrival.

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About the location

DURNESS

Lairg 56 miles; Thurso 75 miles.

The most North Westerly village in mainland Scotland, the ancient village of Durness, unspoilt by modern convention, offers a truly peaceful location amidst awe inspiring landscape. The village is steeped in history and boasts evidence of an 8th Century Christian settlement, cave dwellings and Viking invasions. The surrounding coastline is fringed with spectacular beaches of silver sand, soaring cliffs and deep caves. It is a splendid location from which to explore the solitude of the Highlands whilst watching the varied wildlife, or enjoying a spot of golf on Britain's most northerly golf course. Vist Smoo Cave, a large sea cave with a tiny river running through, and the large colony of puffins at nearby Faraid Head, offering a superb opportunity for wildlife photography. The local Craft Village, situated on a rather picturesque old RAF radar base, affords visitors the opportunity to purchase local giftware and art, produced by this sustainable, hospitable community. A vast area of outstanding natural beauty, Durness makes an ideal base for touring the rest of the Highlands.

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