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South Lodge

Forres, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park (Ref. 1060408)



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  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
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7 Customer Reviews

  • "Great stay with my wife, 2 kids and 2 dogs."

    Plenty of room for us all. Kitchen had everything we required with Plenty of cooking utensils and equipment. The property has single glazing and old looking furnishings but this all added to the character of the cottage, especially when we had the fire on. Great location for walks around the castle grounds and close by to other forest walks and tourist attractions. The only thing that disappointed us was the amount of dog mess in the garden left by previous guests. We couldn't let our kids play in the garden because of the mess. As a dog owner, we always pick up our dog mess. The irresponsible dog owners should have to foot the bill for this to be cleaned so that the next guests don't have to deal with this. Check in time is also very late. I would have expected a time of 3pm rather than 5pm.

    Reviewed by GaryOct 2021

  • "1. The dehumidifier was full and needed emptying."

    2. The rechargeable torch by the front door was flat and there was no charger. 3. The fridge needs defrosting 4. The light fitting in the twin room (the one by the RH bed) was damaged and so it was very difficult to switch it off. It was not damaged by us. 5. The battery in the clock in the living room had leaked and so I cleaned it up and replaced the battery. 6. The mugs are tiny! I had to buy a decent one in a charity shop. 7. Bowls are a bit small too. I had to fill it twice for my porridge. 8. There is a spiders nest to the LH side above the wardrobe in the twin room. Apart from that we had a good time.

    Reviewed by AnneSep 2021

  • "The 3 piece suite needs replacing as it's a bit old."

    The cottage needed cleaning on arrival as it was dirty, which is not great, it was not covid clean. Why you can't get in the cottage until 5pm when it needed so much cleaning I don't understand. We cleaned the garden for our dogs and previous dogs. Someone had been there with a long haired black dog which I vacuumed out of the carpet. A pale green carpet is not a good idea in an entrance hall. We put a dog towel down by the door to clean shoes/paws before walking on the carpet. I would have continued the hard floor in the bathroom and kitchen down the hallway. The beds are wonderful and extremely comfortable. The pots/glasses and cutlery needed washing before they could be used. How much do you pay your cleaners because I feel like I should send you an invoice. We noticed on your Web site that nobody was in the cottage until Tuesday evening so we phoned to see how much it would cost to stay. Considering you didn't have to send a cleaner in and we would just stay until Tuesday morning, we were stunned when we were quoted over £500 for 3 days. There wasn't any sway on this price which I think is so greedy. The national trust could have earned another £200 or £300, which we would have gladly paid but instead they earned nothing as the cottage is now empty until Tuesday.

    Reviewed by JSep 2021

  • "We had to defrost the freezer on arrival as there was so much ice in it the fridge door would not close, that was not a good start at 7pm at night after a long journey."

    Cottage cosy but quite damp. Great garden for dogs.

    Reviewed by ChristineSep 2021

  • "1. Mid holiday service clean was supposed to happen on the middle Saturday."

    We stripped the beds and collected all of the towels together to make it easier for whoever was going to do this, and then went out for the day. Arrived home at 11.30pm, the service clean had not happened, we had to put all the bed linen back on late at night. Following morning, I left a message for the estate office, as per the instructions in the accommodation welcome book. We walked over to the castle, but there was nobody about to ask, it is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Walked back to South Lodge, the grounds keeper was there, who said that he would let the estate office know. We did not hear from anyone for the the entire rest of the stay, I rang again several times and only got the answerphone. The accommodation welcome book, said that there was also spare bedding for all of the beds, so I tried to make the beds up again with the spare bedding, but there werent enough pillow cases and no double duvet or sheet. In addition there were no spare towels. I had to wash and dry all of the bedding and towels myself, which is not easy considering there is no tumble dryer and very limited drying capacity on the outside line and the airer. It took a whole day of the holiday to do the washing and move everything around to try to get it dry, which is quite ridiculous considering how much we paid for the accommodation in the first place. I fully appreciate that in the current covid situation, things are difficult at times, I have no problem with changing the beds myself, but we should have been provided with clean bedding and towels half way through the holiday. 2. There was a leak under the sink in the kitchen, I was unable to tell anyone because nobody phoned me back. 3. Quantity of plates/cups/glasses. I appreciate that the accommodation is for four people, but only providing 4 plates, 4 bowls (3 mugs & 2 cups and saucers) several sorts of glasses of which there were also only 4, is quite ridiculous. I understand that they may not wish to encourage people to entertain or have other people staying, but only having 4 of everything is just ridiculous. 4. This property could definitely do with a washer/dryer, considering it is Scotland and it rains a lot. The house is old and clearly has some damp issues, it was fine in the summer but we still had to turn on the heating to get anything to dry. The outdoor clothes lines, whilst situated at the back of the property to be aesthetically pleasing, remains in the shade all day even in August, so nothing really dries. 5. Broadband connection is intermittent and kept dropping out, despite standing next to the router. 6. The house itself is very pretty and in a lovely location, with a great enclosed garden for dogs. We did have a lovely holiday, it was just spoilt a little due to the above.

    Thank you very much for the feedback and we can reassure you that we take all feedback seriously and endeavour to improve what we offer in our cottages. We have investigated the problem with the mid holiday service with our contract cleaners and they did go on the Saturday to do the mid week clean. The key box was empty so couldn’t gain access. We would have expected our contract cleaner to then come up to the castle and get the spare set, but unfortunately they didn’t. We apologise for this. We have also taken into account the washer drier situation and have instructed new appliances be found for the cottages as they are due renewal next year, but we agree, a drier would make life easier. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LouiseJul 2021

  • "Lovely holiday in a comfortable cottage."

    We have stayed with the National Trust over quite a few years and their cottages are always of a good standard.

    Thank you for your kind remarks. Property Owner

    Reviewed by NizarJul 2021

  • "No tea towels in kitchen"

    The Cleaning company forgot and we have reconfirmed with them the cloths to be left for our customers. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DouglasJun 2021

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Brodie Castle Cottages

Tucked away in a historic area of the Highlands are four astounding properties, resting on the tranquil grounds of the National Trust for Scotland’s Brodie Castle, with access to a wealth of idyllic walks around the lush gardens, an adventure playground and serene ponds. Guests are able to visit the imposing castle itself and explore the captivating turrets, historic art, meet the bronze orangutan statue, or simply enjoy an afternoon coffee and cake at the castle’s café. The properties range from a romantic retreat, to a family-friendly getaway, to a palatial apartment for a large group gathering, each the perfect choice for a celebratory break with your loved ones. Explore the beautiful flora and fauna encompassing the properties; the grounds are famed for their extravagant display of daffodils in the spring, a remarkable sight, with trails and bird hides to discover too, for the ultimate wildlife watching experience. The town of Forres is easily accessible, boasting various shops, pubs and cafés to stock up on any essentials and delight in an evening away from the kitchen. Alternatively, travel to the bustling seaside town of Nairn, where you'll find fantastic amenities alongside three spectacular beaches. There are plenty of popular attractions in the nearby area, which offer the chance to discover the adventurous landscape of Scotland, including the Cairngorm Mountains, the famous Loch Ness and the glorious views and coastal attractions from Findhorn. Spend a day at one of the beautiful beaches in Moray Firth or visit the astonishing Cullen Bay and enjoy a once in a lifetime experience dolphin watching. Discover the intricate backstory of Scottish battlefield history at Culloden, also owned by the National Trust for Scotland and view the amazing Pictish carving at Sueno’s Stone. Visit the thriving Highland capital of Inverness; sitting alongside the calming River Ness, home to a theatre, cinema complex, fine dining and plenty of shopping facilities. Various National Trust for Scotland properties can be found throughout this area, so make sure to visit the Balmacara Estate & Lochalsh Woodland, Culloden, Hugh Miller Museum & Birthplace Cottage, Inverewe Garden, Kintail & Morvich (The Five Sisters), and Torridon. Choose Brodie Castle Cottages for a once in a lifetime stay for the whole family to enjoy.

The property

South Lodge is a secluded, family-friendly dwelling, offering ground floor accommodation for groups of four and their canine companions.

Nestled amidst an idyllic countryside setting, with access to the striking National Trust for Scotland’s 16th century Brodie Castle, this is the perfect spot for a memorable rural retreat.

Head to the spacious kitchen/diner, where you can show off your culinary skills and make the most of the space and amenities at hand, before taking a seat at the dining table for an evening of good food and great company with your loved ones.

Evenings can be spent in the sitting room, where the woodburning stove rests against the characterful exposed brick fireplace and provides a welcoming warmth as you unwind and enjoy a captivating film in your quaint setting.

Prepare for a restful sleep with an enjoyable soak in the bath, or choose to wake up with a refreshing overhead shower.

Take your pick of two attractive bedrooms, a spacious double and a twin, both offering period décor and ample storage space.

Make full use of your own private garden, a lush space where your canine companions can run free, and delight in a homemade picnic on a warm summer's afternoon.

Enjoy a woodland walk from your doorstep and the dramatic views of the castle grounds; head over to Brodie Castle itself for long walks around serene ponds and a slice of cake at the castle’s café.

For a wonderful stay in Scotland, choose South Lodge.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 1060400, 1060406 and 1066474 together sleeping 26 guests.


  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Night storage heaters and woodburning stove
  • Oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV, and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot available
  • Off-road parking
  • Electric vehicle charging points on-site
  • Private garden with seating and access to the shared castle grounds
  • Well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 4 miles, pub 0.7 miles
  • Note: If you would prefer a gardener did not tend to the garden during your stay, please would you be kind enough to let a member of staff at Brodie Castle know
  • Note: Logs for the fire are not provided but can be bought at local stores
  • Note: If you are bringing your dog on holiday, please bring a lead, basket and your dog’s bowls, please note that dogs are not allowed on beds or any of the furniture
  • You may like to bring an old towel to wipe muddy paws
  • 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

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About the location


Kinloss 3.5 miles; Findhorn 6 miles; Nairn 10 miles; Elgin 12.5 miles, Inverness 27 miles

The pretty town of Forres is one of Scotland's oldest small towns and boasts an array of historical monuments, museums and castles, as well as impressive parks and award winning gardens. Forres is an ideal starting point for exploring the Malt Whisky Trail being home to two of the Distilleries, and in close proximity to another five! Forres boasts two golf courses and some excellent fishing opportunities. Ideally placed for visiting the atmospheric fishing villages that are dotted along the north east coastline and just twenty seven miles from the capital of the Highlands, Inverness, it is a great base for a holiday. You can immerse yourself in history with Cawdor and Brodie Castles, Culloden Battlefield and Fort George all within easy reach. Alternatively, you can spend time at Findhorn enjoying the beach and looking for seals or a day's watersports finishing with a drink overlooking the bay whilst the sun goes down. A five minute drive from Forres will take you to Califer Hill Viewpoint, providing stunning views across the Moray Firth, Findhorn and beyond.

Dogs are not allowed on beds or any of the furniture.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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