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Old Grumbeg Cottage

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Bettyhill, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio

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31 Customer Reviews

  • "We spent a week here on our honeymoon and loved our stay."

    The location is second to none and every morning loved waking up with the deer and sheep surrounding the cottage. Inside, the cottage is well equipped and has everything you need and is lovely and clean. Would 100% recommend

    Reviewed by Harriet5.0Jun 2024

  • "Old Grumbeg is in a spectacular location, fully equipped and ever so peaceful."

    The animal neighbours add to the experience and you will never be short of a sheep, deer or stag. The landscape is stunning and the house is so comfy to return to after a day exploring the amazing area.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a spectacular location."

    We had a wonderful stay. The email from the owner with tips and recommendations was very helpful indeed.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Sep 2023

  • "This is just a personnel thing maybe a small laundry room where the freezer is."

    Otherwise perfect.

    Reviewed by Brendan5.0Sep 2023

  • "Fantastic cottage in a beautiful, peaceful location."

    Very clean, cosy and well equipped. We went very well prepared as the listing advises which helped us enjoy our stay without having to worry about needing to incorporate a trip to the shop in our days out too often. Owners were very helpful and responsive to any queries. Would love to return one day as the area has so much to offer and allows you to really switch off.

    Reviewed by Rebecca4.7Aug 2023

  • "Great cottage in a lovely location."

    Ideal for walking and cycling in the wild and wonderful north of Scotland.

    Reviewed by Nick4.4Jul 2023

  • "Want to take a trip to northern highlands then this is the place to go."

    Cosy, comfy, clean, everything you need and in a sublime environment. We spend an unforgettable week in the cottage. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Jun 2023

  • "Not enough hot water, it took a long time to heat up for surficant to have a ..."

    Not enough hot water, it took a long time to heat up for surficant to have a bath, only ever enough warm water not hit water to fill less than half a bath, temp limiter needs to be increased and be able to get heat and hot water sooner than planning hours in advance, cottage was cold, make sure you take your own wood for the fire, nicely decorated comfortable once the heating kicked in, but when off quickly got cold

    Reviewed by Rebecca4.1Mar 2023

  • "We had an absolutely magical stay at Old Grumbeg Cottage."

    It was all we'd hoped for, a beautiful remote setting with stunning scenery as far as the eye could see! So many places of natural and historical interest to visit in the area, and we felt privileged to be able to experience a very snowy landscape. The wildlife is astonishing, the stars were the Red Deer, which we saw in great numbers, and very close to the cottage! Truly majestic. The cottage itself was exactly as presented, clean, comfortable, well equipped....a perfect base for us to enjoy. Simon, the host, provided a wealth of helpful information, and communication very easy via message when required. Cannot recommend highly enough, we wouldn't hesitate to return. Memories of a wonderful week will stay with us for a long time.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely cottage with beautiful views."

    We spent 5 nights there in Feb 2023. The house is very comfortable, clean and well equipped. It's also warm with the open fire and electric radiators. There's a stove in the kitchen but we didn't use that. We flew into Inverness and rented a car. If you're doing that, it's worth doing a click and collect at Morrisons or Tesco for the supplies you will need for the week. You can get firewood at either, but actually it's better quality and value from the stores in Bettyhill and the surrounding area. Nothing much was open hospitality wise in February, but the Store Cafe in Bettyhill was good. Enjoy the amazing scenery and isolation! Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Gareth5.0Feb 2023

  • "Just an amazing place."

    Perfect for getting away from it all. Internet perfect, beds comfy, everything clean and tidy. Make sure you get provisions before you arrive as it’s a 2hr drive to a decent size supermarket. We could not fault it.

    It was an utter pleasure to share our special place with you and thanks for the great feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Iain5.0Oct 2022

  • "Really enjoyed our stay and exploring the very north of Scotland."

    Lovely cottage by the Loch in a remote part of Scotland. Only negative was having to source my own wood for the fire. Was informed in advance but resented having to find space in the car for the wood along with all our belongings.

    Reviewed by George5.0Oct 2022

  • "I enjoyed the break very much, and would like to return another time."

    The photos do not do the property and its surroundings justice. It is the ideal place to get away from it all.

    Reviewed by Matthew4.4Sep 2022

  • "Generally happy with our stay."

    We had a fairly wet week unfortunately. Drying out our wet walking gear was a bit awkward as the drying rack got in the way. One of those ceiling pulley racks above the kitchen stove would be useful. There was the issue with the kitchen tap which was a bit annoying when trying to wash dishes and the shower pressure was a bit underwhelming

    Reviewed by John3.4Sep 2022

  • "Fantastic place, just as advertised."

    Grumbeg cottage was just as we pictured, and was a supremely relaxing and cosy place to spend 10 days in the Highlands. It's very quiet, pretty much the only thing you hear at night are the sheep who sometimes wander into the garden. We used it as a base for cycling, hiking and exploring the Highlands and it was the perfect place to come back to every night.

    Reviewed by Tim4.7Aug 2022

  • "Simon was a fabulous host."

    Great communication and information both before and during our stay. Fab property in such an amazing location. Very comfortable with every we needed for a family stay. Loved the log fire and a perfect location for exploring.

    Reviewed by Michele5.0Jul 2022

  • "This was a lovely cottage in a beautiful setting."

    It made a great base for exploring the Highlands and was always a pleasure to return to at the end of the day. Lots of history to discover in the immediate vicinity as well as when travelling further afield. The host was excellent and made sure we had all the information we needed before we arrived and during our stay.

    Reviewed by Hilary3.8Jul 2022

  • "A really lovely special place, thank you."

    Pretty well equipped, great toaster, efficient bread maker and brilliant music system with better wi fi than Hertfordshire!! Do make sure you plan carefully and bring everything you need for your stay as shops are indeed a long way away and quite limited. There is plenty of storage space though. We are looking forward to staying there again. The views and location are tremendous and the sheep friendly!

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jul 2022

  • "Just loved Old Grumbeg."

    ..the scenery from the cottage was amazing...Best we have been to, hope to get back again, just loved our relaxing week away. Had everything we could ask for and more.. 2 History and Hill Walking Enthusiasts... Still more we would love to explore. Cottage was Superb... Thankyou Simon.

    Reviewed by Lynn4.4Jun 2022

  • "Fabulous cottage in a fabulous location."

    Selected this cottage as it was an ideal central base for various road cycling routes and local hills (including lots of history). The cottage was very stylish, comfortable and homely - had everything that was needed. The location is very peaceful with stunning views. Owner also superb in quickly responding to my general queries before arrival and even asking if all ok during my stay.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Apr 2022

  • "Fantastic cottage in an amazing location."

    Thoroughly enjoyed exploring the north of Scotland and returning to the cottage for very comfortable and cosy evenings by the fire. We shall be returning as soo much more to see, enjoy and escape from the hustle of normal life. Thank you

    Reviewed by Giles5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in remote part of Scotland -"

    Reviewed by Priscilla Jane5.0Jul 2021

  • "Really enjoyed the location of the cottage fantastic facilities and wonderful scenery thoroughly recommend it as a relaxing break in fantastic surroundings which offers so much."

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jun 2021

  • "Wonderful place where you can recharge yourself."

    Very peaceful with beautiful views. Perfect for a holiday what you want to take time for yourself and step away from everyday issues. Property is nicely decorated, although at the time a lot of personal touches had to be removed due to COVID. We brought our baking tray but that was due our own requirements. If possible would definitely stay they’re again and recommend it highly.

    Reviewed by Joanna5.0Sep 2020

  • "Our one week stay at Old Grumbeg cottage was fantastic because it was very comfortable, warm (due to heating and beautiful open fires) and very well equipped."

    We bought logs and coal from Wickes in Inverness on our way to the cottage. All the non perishable basics like tea, sugar, salt, pepper and even some pasta were in the kitchen cupboards. Views are out of this world. No internet, phone connection or terrestrial TV allowed us to unwind with a wee dram of whiskey, a game of Scrabble in front of the open fire followed by a DVD film. Just what we needed.

    Reviewed by Charles4.7Jan 2020

  • "A lovely little cottage in the highlands."

    Views from the house onto the loch are beautiful to wake up to on a clear day. A good base to explore the highlands with walks, beaches and scenery to enjoy. The house had everything we needed, with a cosy fire on each night to end our day. Plenty of space for two adults and our toddler. A well equipped kitchen and comfortable beds. We will be back to explore the area more in the future.

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Nov 2019

  • "We had a wonderful stay and thoroughly enjoyed our week at Old Grumbeg."

    It’s beautifully decorated inside with some really homely and considerate touches. We really enjoyed using Bluetooth speaker in the kitchen and the kitchen appliances were really good quality. I’d say if you’re planning to do a bit of cooking to take a stew pot and baking dish with you, that’s not meant as a criticism, we just would have found them useful. The location of the cottage is excellent with beautiful views and was great base from which to explore. We loved listening to the deer calling to one another in the evening/night. We even spotted some in the garden from the kitchen window, which was lovely. I can’t recommend this place highly enough and hope to stay there again one day.

    Reviewed by Felicity5.0Oct 2019

  • "The handling was very positive and uncomplicated."

    Great house. I hope the quality standard in the house remains. Then we will be happy to come back.

    Reviewed by Daniela4.7Sep 2019

  • "Lovely cottage and setting, very well furnished."

    Plenty to see and do, owners have fitted the cottage to a high standard lovely log fire in the kitchen and livingroom.

    Reviewed by John5.0Apr 2019

  • "Great cottage."

    Very well finished. Very cosy and in a beautiful setting. Lots to do round about.

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Apr 2019

  • "The description of the cottage and its location are very clear, accurate and helpful, and it is indeed off the beaten track, which was great."

    So it very much met what I expected, together with no TV or internet, which was also what I expected and was aiming for. The cottage surrounds are in nature with views to the loch and beyond so you can literally step out of the front door and "start walking". This is an excellent base for holidaying in Sutherland and Caithness whether you want landscape, walking, flora and fauna, fishing, food, whisky, history, culture, inter alia. I squeezed in a day trip to Orkney too! The owner went out of his way to be helpful including giving ideas for places to go.

    Reviewed by Amanda4.6Jul 2017

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area and woodburner
  • Sitting room and open fire.
  • Electric panel heaters with woodburner and open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, breadmaker, fridge, freezer TV with Freeview and Google Chrome Cast, DVD, Blu-ray, Bluetooth sound system, selection of books, games, DVDs and Blu-ray movies
  • Wi-Fi, Netflix and Frewview TV
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off road parking
  • Lawned garden with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 18 miles, pub 6 miles.

The property

Bettyhill 18 miles.

This absolutely charming whitewashed cottage occupies a slightly elevated location which allows for stunning views over Loch Naver.

The cottage is located on a private estate in the remote and scenic north Highlands of Scotland.

This is a very beautiful location and also a very remote one therefore guests must prepare well for their holiday and pack all the essentials as the nearest shop is some 18 miles away.

What an adventure this will be!

Old Grumbeg Cottage has a private driveway leading up to a parking area and there is a large natural surrounding garden.

Outside seating has been cleverly positioned so guests can not only soak up the fantastic vista but also sip a quiet cup of coffee and enjoy the utter peace and quiet.

The accommodation is over two floors and at ground floor level is a smart dining/kitchen with the table just in front of the window to allow for the views and also a woodburner for the chillier evenings when you can enjoy home-cooked meals together.

The sitting room benefits from an open fire and the big corner sofa which is ideal to curl up in and relax after an active day out.

There is the extra benefit of the TV and Blu-ray player with a library of 100 Blu-ray movies as well as a high-end Harmon Kardon bluetooth sound system to take advantage of.

Completing the accommodation on the ground floor is the contemporary bathroom.

The upper floor has a twin and double bedroom both overlooking the Loch, making great views from bed.

The area is a fisherman's paradise of course and permits can be obtained from the local hotel.

For walkers, cyclists and wildlife watchers it’s an ideal place to come but do bring your camera.

Bettyhill is a friendly village with a good local shop and fabulous sandy beach, great for picnics.

The Altnahara Hotel is just 6 miles away and this rather famous fishing hotel has a smart dining room and also a relaxing bar.

So a special meal out can be enjoyed here perhaps with a good bottle of wine from their varied selection.

This area is certainly one of Europe's unspoilt wildernesses and this lovely cottage ensures a memorable holiday for all.

EPC Rating: Band G

EPC Rating: Band G

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: HI-00276-F

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £99.

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About the location


Tongue 13 miles; Thurso 30 miles.

Bettyhill is a friendly highland village on the north coast some 13 miles from Tongue and 30 miles from Thurso, the main town serving this part of Scotland. The special attraction here is the stunning Torrisdale Bay situated to the west of Bettyhill which boasts a mile long beach of fabulous golden sands. The village has good facilities for locals and visitors such as a general store and a post office along with a museum and tourist information centre and a leisure centre with an indoor swimming pool, gym, Jacuzzi and sauna. The area has always been popular with fishermen who enjoy trout fishing in the lochs around the area and the wildlife and rugged landscape captivate visitors time and time again.

Please note that all guests will need to bring their own wood, as a starter pack is not provided.