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Old Manse

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Muir Of Ord, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park Show on map

4.9

Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets No

Features

  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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  • house (10)
  • comfortable (9)
  • lovely (8)
  • clean (7)
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18 Customer Reviews

  • "The Interior of this house was remarkable for the generous use of space and the high-end finish of all detail."

    Recently renovated to a very high standard, it was beautifully appointed in every respect. The kitchen/dining room was an unusually attractive and easy space for a large number of people to socialise in while preparing a meal; the bedrooms were comfortably and tastefully furnished, with plenty of space in the single as well as the double rooms - so no member of the party condemned to sleeping in a tiny room as so often happens with holiday rentals! Much thought, expertise and expense have obviously gone into the renovation, and comfort and convenience of visitors is clearly a priority. A house which we could go back to with the confidence of knowing we will enjoy it.

    We appreciate your lovely review and are delighted that you enjoyed your stay in the house. Your thoughtful comments mean a lot to us. Hopefully, you are able to enjoy a return visit in the future. You will be very welcome! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Sep 2023

  • "Amazing house in a super location for exploring the North of Scotland."

    Loads of space, big comfy beds and lots of sofas. The best showers ever in the en-suites. Lots of kitchen items and a big fridge freezer. Great to be near the beautiful Black Isle and handy for the train. Lovely bakery and well stocked Co-op. Pretty walks from the house, and easy to get out and about.

    Thank you for your extremely kind review. We are delighted you enjoyed the house and location. We appreciate your feedback and, hopefully, we are able to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Aug 2023

  • "Just a little trouble : the fuse for the light on the upper ground was off, but it was fixed rapidly."

    Apart from that : excellent

    We are delighted that you had an excellent stay. We are very sorry that there was a minor issue with the upstairs lights which, as you say, was quickly fixed. We sincerely hope we can welcome you back at some stage in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michel4.4Aug 2023

  • "Wow - a beautiful property, extremely clean with very helpful management who are willingly to attend to anything that you might need."

    We noted a couple of minor issues which whilst were not able to be fully resolved during our stay, did not in any way detract and we felt that the accommodation was superb. Its locality a short walk from the station meant our family were able to take a shopping daytrip to Inverness without needing to drive and park and we also used it on other occasions. Muir of Ord itself is extremely tiny and the Butchers was not open during our stay but the co-op is a few minutes walk and extremely well stocked. We pre-ordered a Tesco delivery to the property shortly after our scheduled arrival time and there is plenty of fridge/freezer space if you are planning to cook. There is everything you would want in a home from home stay which our 4 teens and 3 adult party enjoyed. Fabulous thank you!

    Thank you for your extremely kind review. We very much appreciate your feedback and I have passed on your positive comments to our management team. We look forward to welcoming you and your party back some time in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Jul 2023

  • "The Old Manse is a lovely clean, spacious, comfortable and very well equipped property in ideal location for visiting the Black Isle, Cairngorms, Inverness, Loch Ness, Fort William."

    Prosecco provided on arrival (however, would have preferred milk). There was a minor problem on arrival but this was quickly sorted. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this property.

    Many thanks for your positive review and recommendation, Carole. We are extremely pleased you enjoyed the house and location. If you ever wish to return, and you are more than welcome to do so, please let us know in advance and we will make sure we swap the Prosecco for milk. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Jul 2023

  • "Lovely property, clean, modern, comfortable and ideally situated for exploring the local area and around the Highlands."

    Would definitely recommend a stay at The Old Manse.

    Thank you for your positive recommendation. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and, hopefully, we can welcome you back at some stage in the future. Many thanks for taking the time to leave us feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely property in Muir of Ord."

    Excellent location for day trips to Isle of Skye, Dunrobin, Balmoral and Aberdeenshire. The house is fully modern, comfortable and has the amenities one would expect. Shopping, petrol and restaurants are all within the village with more options within 10 miles. Sykes was easy to work with and answered all questions promptly. I would recommend the Old Manse to anyone looking for a vacation rental in the Inverness area.

    Many thanks for your positive and informative feedback. We are delighted you enjoyed the house and managed to take advantage of its convenient and central location. We really appreciate your comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0May 2023

  • "This is a beautiful home in a convenient location close to highways."

    Thank you so much for your positive review. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay at the Old Manse and we look forward to welcoming you back sometime in the future. We really appreciate your comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michele5.0May 2023

  • "We can highly recommend staying at The Manse."

    It is a very comfortable, relaxing and peaceful house with everything a family would need to have an enjoyable holiday.

    Thank you for choosing the Old Manse and for taking the time to write such a positive review. We really appreciate it. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back to the house in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Oct 2022

  • "What an absolutely beautiful house!"

    My husband and his 2 siblings with their families took a vacation together and this was the perfect place for us. The king beds were more comfortable than our beds at home and the pillows were also comfortable. Each of us had our own bathroom and enough room to spread out. We're hoping to be back year after next and would love to rent this place again.

    Many thanks for your positive review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and you wish to return. It means a lot and you will be very welcome. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Aug 2022

  • "Beautiful house just a few minutes walk from the centre of Muir of Ord."

    Comfortable, spacious and clean with lovely furnishings. The large kitchen / dining room is a great place to spend time. The second separate living room was a bonus. All 5 bedrooms are a good size, even the 2 singles, and the bathrooms were modern and spotless.

    Thank you for choosing the Old Manse and for taking time to write a review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to welcoming you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Jul 2022

  • "A lovely modern and comfortable property,we had 6 in our group and there was ..."

    A lovely modern and comfortable property,we had 6 in our group and there was plenty of room,a lovely open fire in the living room,a drinks fridge was a nice touch,overall an amazing place to stay and would definitely recommend

    Thank you so much for your feedback. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at The Old Manse and hope that we can welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Glenn5.0Feb 2022

  • "Fabulous house in Muir-of-Ord, with everything you need for a comfortable stay."

    Clean and modern, but also cozy and traditional at the same time. Furnished and decorated to a high standard. Comfortable beds. Well situated for visits to Black Isle (Cromarty a must), and western Ross-shire. Close to Inverness and accessible by rail if you don't want to drive. We visited (and swam in!) Loch Ness, walked up Ben Wyvis, watched dolphins at Chanonry Point, sampled whisky at the Ord Distillery, walked the shoogly bridge over Corrieshalloch Gorge, as well as visiting many of the local towns and villages. Food and drink stand-outs - Rocpool (casual fine dining) and Aspendos (Turkish) in Inverness and Slaughterhouse Coffee Shop (coffee and cakes) in Cromarty. Take-aways, Shimla (Indian) in Beauly and Bad Girl Bakery in Muir-of-Ord. And after a hard day being a tourist, it was great to sip a dram in front of the wood-burning stove!

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2021

  • "The best property we have ever rented!"

    Beautifully decorated, warm, comfortable beds a well equipped kitchen and everything worked. Will definitely come back.

    Reviewed by Olivia5.0Oct 2021

  • "Really enjoyed our stay in this wonderful part of Scotland I know well from childhood"

    Reviewed by Steve4.7Aug 2021

  • "The Old Manse is a fabulous house."

    Appears to have been recently renovated to a high standard. It’s has everything one would expect for a high quality family holiday let. The location is great for access to the breath taking highlands.

    Reviewed by Adam5.0Aug 2021

  • "Beautiful house and a perfect base for exploring the highlands."

    The kitchen could have been better equipped, as 2 families of 4 we frequently ran out of cutlery and crockery. Poor selection of pans and were of poor quality. A larger stock pot would have been useful eg to make a mega spag bol. The knives were also blunt. When we arrived we needed to vacuum the kitchen as there was crumbs around the edges and in the corners. House was generally clean, but may be nicer to clean under the couches and beds every so often. The village has a bakery, a co op, a fabulous patisserie (Bad Gills bakery), a small park and some lovely walks. A great little farm shop (Robertson’s) up the road with highland cows and alpacas for the kids. I can recommend the curry house in Beauly (Shapla?) and they will deliver to Old Manse. Overall, there was plenty space for all 8 of us and would recommend.

    Thank you for taking time to provide your feedback and we are delighted to note that you enjoyed the house and the Highland location. Our local housekeeper employs a team who thoroughly clean the house before each visit. We can only apologise for the crumbs you found. They have assured us that they will promptly deal with the issues you have raised. Concerning the kitchen, we have had feedback that it is very well equipped. However, we have noted your points and will review them. Finally, we do appreciate your recommendation and hope you return again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gemma3.8Jul 2021

  • "We were delighted by our stay at The Old Manse in Muir of Ord."

    The house was beautifully presented with plenty of space for four of us to have time alone or altogether! We loved the open kitchen and dining space, and ate outside in the courtyard when the weather permitted. The owners made us feel very welcome with a lovely treat in the fridge on our arrival, and we felt at home straight away. Everything was spotlessly clean, and thought through carefully. During our stay we spent time in Beauly, Glen Affric and took the train (from the station at the end of the road) to the west coast for a day. We also played golf and enjoyed breakfast from the Bad Girls Bakery on our final morning. We hope to be back!

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Jul 2021

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Summary

  • Five bedrooms: 2 x super-king-size, both with zip and link features (can be twin rooms on request) and both with en-suites with walk-in showers, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x king with vanity basin, 2 x single bedrooms
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove. .'
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric range cooker and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, wine cooler, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 4 to 5 cars
  • Mature lawned gardens to front, enclosed lawned courtyard and enclosed patio courtyard with furniture and bike storage
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Currently no pets and no children below 5 years old
  • Shops/cafes 0.3 miles, train station 0.2 miles
  • Please note: This property does not have an electric car charging point and does not allow guests to charge cars from inside the property.

The property

The Old Manse, a grand traditionally built detached house, sits within the historic village of Muir of Ord in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.

The village, centrally situated on the NC500, is surrounded by breathtaking scenery and offers easy access to all parts of the Highlands.

As well as offering rural tranquility, the property benefits immensely from being situated within a five minute walk from local amenities such as a small supermarket, bakeries, cafes etc., and the village train station which services the beautiful Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh and Wick lines.

If you’re looking to enjoy the warm Scottish hospitality as a family, with a group of friends, as a golfer, an angler or walker then the Old Manse will offer the perfect welcome.

This commanding five bedroom property offers stylish and contemporary furnishings and is ideally equipped to offer up to eight guests a luxurious and relaxing stay when not out exploring this idyllic Scottish area.

On arrival, once through the private gated driveway, you will access the Old Manse via the front porch, with its classic checkerboard tiles, which leads you into the hallway with its wide timber and glass staircase.

Continuing along the hallway there is a heartwarming dual aspect sitting room where, with three comfortable sofas, a wood burning stove and television, you can relax and unwind in peaceful comfort.

Beside the sitting room there is a convenient and stylish cloakroom with sleek subway tiling.

The next room along, which is approached through a glass and oak doorway, leads into a spacious open plan living space generously equipped for all cooking and social activities.

The kitchen is contemporary with plenty of seating around an island, breakfast bar, dining table and large settee.

With a bar, wine cooler, fridge and all necessary equipment, the scene is set for any type of social gathering.

From here, via bi-fold doors, there is access to one of two enclosed courtyards, one laid to lawn, with seating for enjoying the warmer weather and the other, accessed past a fully equipped laundry room complete with washing machine and tumble dryer etc., with outside furniture for al-fresco dining.

In this courtyard there is access to outdoor locked storage suitable for bicycles, golf clubs or fishing gear etc.

On the first floor, at the front of the property, there are two large dual-aspect bedrooms with super-king sized beds (with zip-link features for twin beds if preferred), separated by a snug reading area.

Both have spacious en-suites, equipped with large walk-in showers.

The other three bedrooms at the rear of the property include two single rooms and one king-size room (with vanity basin area), two of which offer views of nearby Ben Wyvis, a ‘Munro’.

A large family bathroom, fully tiled and equipped with a bathtub and shower etc., completes the rooms on this floor.

In the surrounding area there is an abundance of action-packed activities available and a plethora of interesting and exciting places to explore.

Muir-of-Ord is surrounded by breathtaking scenery and coastlines and is full of hiking and cycling trails, from hill walking and mountain escapes to coastal corners, waterfalls and woodland tranquility.

Within the village itself there is a friendly and challenging 18-hole golf course (Scottish Golf Club of the year 2016) which was designed by James Braid and, as you play, you can delight in beautiful mountain and countryside scenery.There is also an impressive array of other world class golf courses, all within an hour’s drive from the village, such as Royal Dornoch, Castle Stuart, Nairn, Fortrose and the Kings course in Inverness.

Muir of Ord has its very own local malt whisky distillery, Glen Ord, where you can experience whisky tasting tours.

Don’t miss the opportunity to look behind the scenes and see how this popular single malt, Singleton, is brought to life using barley from the Black Isle and water from the White Burn to create its unique taste.

There are major salmon rivers in the area providing some of the best fishing possible, along with various local lochs with wild brown trout and coastal water fishing.

To the South of the village, Inverness and a boat trip along the Caledonian Canal, Eden Court theatre, shops, restaurants and bars are worth visiting or maybe even a trip to Scotland’s most famous Loch Ness to try to see the monster will appeal.

To the north, through rugged scenery, historical towns like Dingwall, Golspie, and Dornoch are within easy reach. To the west, the spectacular countryside, lochs and beaches of Wester Ross offer stunning gentle scenery at Ullapool, Gairloch and Skye.

To the east, the Black Isle includes the small towns of Cromarty, Fortrose and Rosemarkie with its amazing beach where you can often see dolphins at Chanonry Point.

From beaches, castles, wildlife parks, nature reserves and mythical monsters to all types of sporting activities and events, tours and trips, the Highlands has so much to offer.

Muir-of-Ord, where Drovers from all over Scotland used to congregate and trade, thanks to its convenient location, is the perfect base from which to explore as much of the wonderful highlands as possible. Welcome to The Old Manse and Slainte Meath (pronounced Slanj-a-va).

EPC Rating: Band E

EPC Rating: Band E

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £500.

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About the location

MUIR OF ORD

Beauly 2.5 miles.

The small Highland village of Muir of Ord, based on the North Coast 500, lies close to the Beauly Firth and is conveniently situated for easy access to the village of Beauly, town of Dingwall and the capital city of the Highlands, Inverness, some 15 miles to the east. The village of Muir of Ord is a peaceful location to explore the Highlands, with all the required amenities – butchers, bakers, chemist, petrol station, pharmacy, chip shop and Co-op. Another major attraction is the Glen Ord Distillery and Visitor Centre, a 5 star award-winning visitor experience, which is open all the year round and well worth a visit. Locally, there is Muir of Ord golf course and an abundance of nice cycle routes and walks including Ben Wyvis. Just a few miles away the village of Beauly offers a quality shopping experience, where visitors can find the finest Scottish tweeds, knitwear and crafts as well as a number of intimate hotels and cafes.
The whole area known as ‘The Black Isle’ has some of the prettiest scenery in Scotland with stunning glens where flora and fauna abound. Nearby Glen Affric, a National Nature Reserve, has been called the most beautiful of all the Scottish glens, and is an ideal location for walkers and cyclists with quiet tracks leading you off road and deep into the glen.

Note: Sorry, no pets and no children under the age of 5, including infants.