The Auld Kirk

Trantlebeg near Melvich, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park (Ref. 917388)

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  • Sleeps 7

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets No

  • lorainemorris23
    August 2017
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    Former church beautifully renovated to a very high standard. Location is 4 miles from the coast in a lovely rural spot. Our children loved the house as we did. ...
    Former church beautifully renovated to a very high standard. Location is 4 miles from the coast in a lovely rural spot. Our children loved the house as we did. We were welcomed with freshly baked scones, jam and cream with a lovely bottle of red wine. The house is well equipped so great for cooking an evening meal, we took our own however plenty of tea, coffee etc All rooms are comfortable and spacious with loads of storage, all have TVs with sky tv and DVD players. House was spotless, there were 2 ensuite shower rooms and a large bathroom with a walk in shower. I would think this house would be good if you had mobility issues as the main bedroom is downstairs as is the main bathroom. This is an ideal location if you want to visit the north coast of Scotland, the beaches are amazing, plenty of fishing and great for cycling and walking. We only met Ronnie who owned the house as his wife was unfortunately in hospital, he is a gem and made us feel so welcome to his lovely part of Scotland. We would strongly recommend this house and hope to return one day.


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher

The property

Melvich 4 miles.

Originally a church, this stunning holiday home is situated in unspoilt countryside, four miles from Melvich, in the remote and beautiful north of Scotland.

The church dates from 1837 and has been impressively transformed into a unique, spacious holiday property, ideal for any group who will appreciate its comfort and style, and embrace the opportunity to explore this dramatic region.

This Melvich cottage has two large bedrooms both with en-suite facilities, as well as a luxurious family bathroom where guests will enjoy a peaceful soak at the end of a busy day.

A mezzanine-style balcony, complete with chaise longue, makes a perfect, private reading area, whilst the open plan living area in this Highland holiday cottage, with its high ceilings and oak flooring, exudes style and quality.

Doors from the living area in this cottage near Melvich open out to a private, rear patio garden where the only sound to be heard is that of birdsong.

The little communities of Melvich and Portskerra are just a short drive away, whilst a journey further along this far north coastline will take you to the larger village of Durness, which is surrounded by wonderful mountain scenery and spectacular coastal views, as well as having fabulous sandy beaches and bays.

For lovers of birdlife, a trip to the RSPB reserve in nearby Forsinard is a must, and for fisherman, Sutherland is a location hard to beat.

This Melvich cottage is a very special place, offering a holiday to remember in a beautiful area of Scotland.


Two bedrooms with en-suite shower, basin and WC: 1 x ground floor king-size double, 1 x family room with 1 double and 1 single. Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC. Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with sofa bed. Utility.


  • Underfloor heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with FreeSat, DVD, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Patio garden with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 4 miles.

About the location


Thurso 17 miles.

The village of Melvich is located on the north coast of Scotland near the mouth of the River Halladale and is set in the rolling and open space of Sutherland known as 'Mackay Country'. At the head of the bay is Melvich Beach, a beautiful and unspoilt stretch of golden sand and a popular venue for surfing. Melvich has a village shop and Post Office as well as a village inn with a restaurant. Melvich attracts many visitors, especially during the summer months, as it is an ideal base for touring the north coast of Scotland. Orkney is just a short ferry ride away, and fishing is available on many of the local lochs.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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