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Stemster School House Apartment

(Ref. 932359)

Stemster near Halkirk, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Broadband / WiFi

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13 Customer Reviews

  • "I/we had an absolutely brilliant time - Su and Tim could not have been more friendly, helpful, accommodating and just such lovely people."

    Not only did they go out of their way to make me welcome but my friend who was staying with me - they looked after him while I was at work and took him bird watching and for various walks as well as collecting him from Thurso as he was stranded there due to my taking the car to my work. Great place, so comfortable and will book again without a moments doubt. Highly recommended - GOLD STAR. ,

    Reviewed by Jenifer5.0Nov 2023

  • "We stayed at the The Old School House at Stemster from the 4th of February for a week it is a cosy upper level 1 bedroom apartment, it is situated about 7mls from Thurso."

    It has night storage heating, which kept the place nice and warm, ( not that we needed it due to amazing weather ). It has a large bedroom, a small kitchen, a decent sized bathroom, and a good sized living room area, there is ample parking outside in the car park that is shared with the main house, who Tim and is wife occupy, Tim greeted us when we arrived, and showed us what was what. Do not follow your Sat Nav as you will end up along a farm track in the middle of nowhere

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Feb 2023

  • "Very comfortable ,well equipped accommodation."

    Reviewed by Jean5.0Oct 2022

  • "Tim & sue were very friendly and easy to talk to amazing scenery locals very helpfull and friendly would definitely stay again."

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Dec 2021

  • "Visited the north of Scotland for a photography holiday on my own and was not disappointed with the cottage or location."

    As others have said the property is bigger than expected and more than enough for my needs and is located a few miles south of Thurso which is on the NC500. The owners Tim and Su welcomed me along with their dog Ruby and were able to offers some advice and tips on photography locations that would only be known to locals, unfortunately the Northern Lights didn't make an appearance though, maybe next time! Would I recommend this cottage, absolutely! Would I rent it again, unlikely but only because I rarely visit the same place twice, my next trip to Scotland will be to the Northwest coast and whilst the distance from this cottage isn't great due to the windy nature of the roads and the number of stops to admire the views the time taken travelling would be too great. Thank you Su and Tim (and Ruby) for the warm welcome and best wishes for the festive season and into 2022. Phil

    Reviewed by Phil5.0Dec 2021

  • "This accommodation was absolutely fantastic, I can't recommend staying enough."

    Perfect location for exploring the north east of Scotland. The hosts were very friendly, Su and Tim. They showed me around the property and helped me feel at home. The property itself was better that I had actually expected and as a bonus had WIFI ! You are close enough to all of the local facilities but just far enough away to feel the tranquility of the countryside. Su and Tim thank you for sharing this property, it really excelled. I don't have a bad word to say about my time there. Looking forward to a return visit ASAP. Best regards Ben

    Reviewed by Ben5.0Mar 2020

  • "What a fantastic place to spend your holidays."

    Me and my wife and two children have spent our February half term over there and what a fantastic experience we've had. Firstly, the flat is much bigger than it looks on the pictures, the living room is very spacious and the sofa bed is a decent size so our kids could sleep comfortably together(bear in your mind that they're 15 and 12, so not so little), well equipped kitchen with everything you need and I mean everything, nice bathroom with shower and a bedroom with gigantic comfortable bed and wardrobe, even iron is there! Plenty to do in the area if you like walking. The owners Tim and Su are fantastic and very welcoming people, if you like dogs then you can invite Ruby their dog to visit you in the flat and she will enjoy it very much especially if you give her some sausages (sorry Tim and Su ). At overall highly recommend this place. Arek and Joanna

    Reviewed by Arkadiusz5.0Feb 2020

  • "The description and information provided was excellent."

    The apartment was comfortable and had everything we needed.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Dec 2019

  • "What a lovely apartment and lovely area and the hosts Tim and su where lovely"

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jun 2018

  • "A very secluded flat which was quiet."

    Owners very friendly and the place was about 10 mins to Thurso and 20 mins to Wick

    Reviewed by James3.8May 2018

  • "Great apartment, very clean and fresh with lots of entertainment inside just like home."

    We had a great week marred only by illness.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.6Jun 2017

  • "The owners were very friendly and helpful."

    The apartment was very warm and cosy. Would certainly recommend this apartment.

    Reviewed by Frank4.4Nov 2016

  • "Just to say that it felt like a home from home."

    Lovely and cosy and Sue was friendly and willing to help us enjoy our stay.

    Reviewed by Maureen5.0Oct 2016

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  • All first floor
  • One super king-size double bedroom
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • kitchen, and dining area.
  • Electric storage heaters
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer on request in garage, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Bike storage
  • Shared lawned side garden with furniture
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 3 miles
  • Note: Property above a garage, which is used for storage
  • Note: The owner can wash laundry, by arrangement and at extra cost
  • Note: Mobile reception can be limited and WiFi
  • Note: Open tread stairs in property; may not be suitable for young children
  • Note: Sloping ceilings throughout
  • Note: Small stream to side of property, children to be supervised.

The property

Halkirk 3 miles.

This cosy and well-presented first floor apartment is situated next to the owner's own home, but is totally private with its own entrance hall and stairs.

You will immediately appreciate the bright and airy accommodation and the fabulous open views from the many windows.

Ideal for a couple or small group of friends, the apartment has a generous bedroom with a zip/link super king-size double bed, which can be turned into a twin room if required.

There is a neat and well-equipped kitchen, a cosy shower room and a spacious open plan sitting/dining room where meals can be enjoyed together around the table and you can relax at the end of an active day.

This area of unspoilt natural beauty has beautiful, far-reaching views over farmland and a gentle pace of life.

This is a paradise for fishermen with different venues available locally and you can make use of the garage for storing rods and tackle, drying room and freezer space at the apartment.

The owner's are keen golfers and can give you details of four local courses.

The rugged Caithness coastline is just a short drive away and is ideal for walkers, birdwatchers and wildlife lovers, with dolphins in the sea and eagles overhead!

Nearby, Halkirk has good local facilities and enhanced services are available in the town of Thurso, just seven miles away.

This is a great base for touring the remote Northern Highlands of Scotland, with its quiet roads and friendly locals, and Orkney is just a short boat trip away.

With lots to see and do, returning to this lovely apartment at the end of a busy day will be simply bliss!

EPC Rating: Band E

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About the location


Thurso 6 miles; Wick 16 miles; John O’Groats 25 miles.

Halkirk is a peaceful little village in Caithness, said to be the "first planned village in Scotland", surrounded by moorland and spectacular views and with excellent access both up North Sea and down to the Moray Coast. Halkirk offers a handful of amenities including small village pub, shop selling local produce and a hotel with restaurant. Halkirk is ideally placed for touring this remote and beautiful area of the Northern Highlands. It is also situated perfectly for a visit to John O'Groats, which is just 25 miles away and Durness, where Smoo Cave, Cape Wrath and the Durness Golf Course are well worth a visit. The daily ferry to Orkney is a 30 minute drive along the coast, and The Castle of Mey makes an interesting day out. With awe-inspiring views over the moorlands and glens, Halkirk is ideal for quiet retreat with walks and birdwatching. There are also several more amenities in Thurso just a short drive away.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas