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The Hen House

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Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Broadband / WiFi

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34 Customer Reviews

  • "Perfect, exceeded our expectations, quirky stay!"

    Clean, crisp bedding, quality bathroom products, beautiful garden, everything we needed, very relaxing, beautiful quiet surroundings, modern TV, Alexa to play music

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0May 2024

  • "From the moment we walked into this “Fairytale” property we never stopped saying “wow” our whole break."

    It was absolutely stunning, so quirky, comfortable, spotlessly clean, warm, great shower and the bed was out of this world. We didn’t want to leave and were so impressed we have already booked a return break in next few months! Sensational!

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Apr 2024

  • "Had a fantastic time"

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Mar 2024

  • "The most perfect place we've ever stayed, from the location down to the finishing touches and thoughtful gifts we found on arrival."

    Everything was so clean and there was everything we could possibly need available. An absolute gem. Will recommend to everyone. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0Mar 2024

  • "Amazing property!"

    Loved every part of it, and was very saddened to leave. It was incredibly peaceful and tranquil, and a perfect location for visiting local tourist spots. The little details such as wine and chocolate, music playing on arrival and the robes for the hot tub were just lovely. Hope to be back again soon. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Nov 2023

  • "Lovely wee cottage with imaginative interiors."

    Very warm and comfortable and a great base for sight seeing and walking.

    Reviewed by Lindsay4.4Oct 2023

  • "Solid property, would come again."

    Reviewed by Blaine5.0Oct 2023

  • "Great property on a lovely country estate, well placed for walking/hiking and visiting local attractions."

    The Hen House itself is very well appointed and is a perfect base for couples looking for a peaceful base in beautiful countryside. The only downside is the absence of quality pubs/restaurants in the immediate area, so do some shopping and prepare to eat in.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Jun 2023

  • "Unique, one of a kind conversion, n the attention to details!"


    Reviewed by Chwee Pheng5.0May 2023

  • "We absolutely loved it, the hen house was beautiful."

    The space was very well thought out and so many luxury touches, we honestly didn’t want to leave. We cannot wait to book again for next year!

    Reviewed by Shannon5.0Apr 2023

  • "Our stay in the Hen House was amazing!"

    The property was super clean, really well presented and we were even left a bottle of wine and some chocolates when we arrived. The location is beautiful, and is only a stones throw from lots of amazing places of natural beauty, allowing you to explore the highlands to the fullest! We had requested for all feather bedding to be removed as my wife is allergic, and were happy to see that not only had the bedding been removed, the whole property had gone through an extra clean to make sure no feathers remained, and we were left a little note by the cleaner explaining what had been done! Thank you so much, we had an amazing stay and can't recommend this property enough!

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Apr 2023

  • "Beautiful property, high quality everything… amazing experience"

    Reviewed by Zoe4.7Feb 2023

  • "Absolutely lovely, charming, warm, unique."

    Snowy during our stay which made it even more magical. Very comfortable bed. Previously a hen house, albeit a very grand one, in the Victorian era when it was part of the Belladrum estate’s home farm. The whole property has been renovated and designed with impeccable taste: thoughtful touches like the quirky nightlights, guests’ photograph album, organic toiletries, retro fittings and of course the beautiful Balinese bed.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Jan 2023

  • "This was a really, really cool place."

    Newly remodeled, top-of-the-line fittings and furnishings, extremely cozy. It was great to have the hot tub (make sure you fire it up about 3-4 hours in advance) and the gazebo overhead made it suitable for any weather (although ours was great). We had a little mix-up when we arrived, which I only mention because Sykes, the owner, and the property manager all bent over backwards to correct it. To me, the true measure of service only comes when the inevitable mistake occurs, and the grade comes from the response, which was A+. Do not hesitate to stay here - you won't find a better property anywhere near.

    Reviewed by Douglas5.0Oct 2022

  • "Couldnt fault the hen house really beautiful place it would be better if you ..."

    Couldnt fault the hen house really beautiful place it would be better if you could check in a bit earlier and the hot tub a pain to keep the wood burner going for a novice like us but i would recommend this place a great base for all surrounding attractions

    Reviewed by Samuel5.0Oct 2022

  • "Had an amazing time and Ower was attentive when needed!"

    Will definitely be back and have passed on recommendations!

    Reviewed by Hayley5.0Oct 2022

  • "Apologies for lateness in leaving this feedback - has been a busy couple of weeks since returning to the toddler."

    First and foremost we wanted to thank you for our stay at The Hen House which we thoroughly enjoyed even if only for 2 nights. We were impressed by the quality of the design of The Hen House, the interior, electronics and setup with manual and the amazing wood fired hot tub! All of this added to a really enjoyable getaway which we have already recommended to others and will continue to do so. We'd very much like to book another stay at The Hen House in the near future! As the stay was pretty much all positive, there isn't that much to say around negatives or improvements but I will mention a few things for feedback: As we don't drink alcohol the gift bottle of wine was sort of wasted on us as a gift. We've stayed at similar small getaways and, on top of alcohol, a local delicacy - smoked fish, eggs or something of the sort is usually given as a welcome. This would have been a super touch! Permaculture Design could be applied to the courtyard to make it more lush and interactive and could easily house hens within the courtyard area. Organic grow spaces could be made amongst the large gravel area. Trees in courtyard need a good pruning. The Smeg coffee machine was great to use.  Bringing this into focus a bit more with extra brew making kit and organic milk would be fantastic. Mattress could be firmer to provide extra support and possibly less pillows. It's difficult to get to sleep first few nights when staying away somewhere if the mattress is too soft and sinks. Overall this is a 5 star piece of well crafted and finished accommodation. It's nicely thought out and has a really homely feel to it. Great travelling distance to Inverness and rest highlands. Highly recommend!

    Reviewed by Kane4.7Aug 2022

  • "LOVED this property!"

    The Hen House is stunning. The finishing touches are absolutely lovely. We had a great break and of course, the hot tub is the icing on the cake. Can’t wait until we can make a return trip.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jul 2022

  • "A lovely 2nd visit to the hen house."

    We love the luxury of the house. maybe could have lowered the heating as the tempratures had risen and no way to lower it. Great location for visiting near by tourist places.

    Reviewed by Tracy4.7Jul 2022

  • "Loved the hen house - beautiful location, gorgeous stay with everything you need!"

    (Personally the bed was too soft for me, but some people would take that as a good thing!) Highly recommend

    Reviewed by Kirsty4.7May 2022

  • "Had an amazing stay at The Hen House - just wished it could have been longer."

    Great place to stay at to explore the surrounding areas. Hope to be back with you soon.

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Mar 2022

  • "What a fantastic cottage this is and I would highly recommend it to anyone."

    It was like a wee fairytale cottage, lovely and cozy, spotlessly clean and had everything you would need for your visit. I absolutely loved the bed with the amazing wood panel on the headboard and the amazing gates/doors at the bottom. The large mirror looked beautiful too. The only one thing I did not like so much were the seats. I did not find them very comfortable. The appliances were amazing and they have thought of everything you might need. The garden was lovely with 2 beautiful pagodas. One with seats and a table and one with an amazing hot tub. It is wood fired and the first time we used it my husband tried to cook me !! Next time he got the hang of it better :-) Even the fencing around this cottage was beautiful Chinese / Japanese style. As you can guess this was right up my street and I loved every minute of being there. We had lovely walks around the estate as well so it was a very relaxing stay. Thank you xx

    Reviewed by Yvonne4.7Feb 2022

  • "Absolutely amazing cottage, finished to a high standard."

    Stayed at the Hen House for five days a beautiful area with some great walks

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0Jan 2022

  • "Absolutely lovely petite cottage in a beautiful part of the world - somewhere different to see every day."

    Beautifully finished, warm and clean. Thanks for the welcome pack! All fittings luxury and top of range making everything feel like a treat. The hot tub was great fun once we worked out how to get it going. Only reason not leaving 100% is the renovation work on adjacent properties is noisy. Once this is finished this will be a perfect and peaceful retreat and I'm hoping to book again for my son + daughter in law. Highly recommend!!

    Reviewed by Anne4.7Oct 2021

  • "Let’s just say it’s a shame this house is not for sale/rent as we would happily move here!"


    Reviewed by Yashica5.0Oct 2021

  • "The Hen House is in such a lovely peaceful area."

    It was great to sit in the garden listening to and watching the birds overhead. The smell of the pine trees was fantastic and we even saw an elusive red squirrel on our last day. The accommodation was fabulous for a couple. We would definitely recommend this property and would love to go back again. It's quirky a bit like us! We were out and about a lot and didn't make use of the hot tub. Maybe next time.

    Reviewed by Vivienne5.0Sep 2021

  • "The Hen House was a fairy tail residence in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland."

    Fantastic use of space with only the best fixtures, fittings and appliances used. It was immaculate throughout with awesome attention to detail. Added bonus was the excellent outdoor space to relax and BBQ, and the Hot Tub was the dogs! All in all a superb base to explore the magnificent Scottish Highlands…. YES YES YES!!!

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Aug 2021

  • "Not really to sure what I expected from the hen house and the surrounding area."

    This property exceeded any expectations with great facilities and lovely friendly neighbours. Would definitely come again and use the hen house. Brilliant stay, Thank you

    Reviewed by Samuel5.0Aug 2021

  • "We have had a wonderful week in the beautifully renovated Hen House in Belladrum Estate."

    We felt at home within minutes of being here as Pam and team had set the mood with music, wine and chocolate . A belated 46th wedding anniversary treat. Our thanks to Pam for her attention and for sharing her knowledge of the local area with us. Everyone was so friendly and we wish the team all the best on their restoration project. Hopefully we will return in the future. Sally & Bobby Young

    Reviewed by Robert4.7Aug 2021

  • "The Hen House was lovely."

    It was full of really nice touches and we will hopefully be back again!

    Reviewed by Katharine5.0Jul 2021

  • "Fantastic place."

    Perfect for couples. Did not use the hot tub but think this is an excellent bonus for anyone who fancies giving it a try. Lovely little courtyard. Pity it rained a fair bit and we could not use it much. Peaceful setting, except when they are doing timber work nearby. Great appliances and extra comforts available in kitchen and bathroom. Only thing not too keen on was the armchairs were a little uncomfortable but propped up with pillows they were fine. Others may find them comfortable, it is just my creaky body…loved being able to access Netflix. Great WiFi connection considering such a rural setting.

    Reviewed by Patricia4.7Jul 2021

  • "Hen house was much better than we expected, lots of little added touches we weren’t expecting made it perfect."

    Lots of thought an attention to detail has gone into the place.

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Jun 2021

  • "We had no notification that there was a bacterial int he water which me drank ..."

    We had no notification that there was a bacterial int he water which me drank for 4 day of the stay not only that there was wok men there everyday from 8 onwards which mad me feel like I didn’t want to get in the hot tub

    Reviewed by Jordan1.3May 2021

  • "Welll prepared holiday hom,with top end finish , ho tub a great asset as well as the walled garden."

    Reviewed by William5.0May 2021

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  • One king-size bedroom in studio-style layout with open-plan living space featuring kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Air-sourced heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Off-road parking for one car
  • Enclosed front garden with graveled area, log-fired hot tub and seating
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.6 miles, pub 2 miles
  • 1 well behaved dog welcome
  • Note: This property isn't suitable for wheelchair users and is on a working farm
  • Please note that due to a festival, the estate may be busier than usual from 13/7/24 to 09/8/24 The festival runs from 25/7/24 to 27/7/24. Please note: The property has a Christmas market happening on 17th December 11:00 to 23:00 at Belladrum Farm
  • There will be market stalls, bar, entertainments etc
  • The farm will therefore be busier than usual that day. Note: This property isn't suitable for wheelchair users and is on a working farm

The property

Resting in a tranquil position in the home farm at the centre of the beautiful Highland estate of Belladrum, The Hen House is an architecturally listed picture postcard holiday home providing a stunning backdrop for a couples getaway to Scotland.

Leave your muddy wellies by the door as you step inside this miniature fairy-tale cottage, admiring the grandeur of the high white ceilings with original hen house roof as you pop on the kettle in the striking wood kitchen, complete with sleek electrical appliances.

Delight in a delicious meal for two at the intimate dining table, crack open a bottle of bubbly and drink a toast to making many happy memories in this unique escape.

Continue the evening out in the private garden as you indulge in a dip in the hot tub, gazing at the night's stars whilst appreciating quality time with your significant other; then grab your towels and head back inside to the warmth of the cottage, where you can snuggle up in the breath-taking four-poster bed and watch a movie on TV.

Kick start your days with a rejuvenating rise in the chic bathroom, a wonderful place to prepare for the day that lies ahead.

Set out on a scenic stroll around Belladrum Estate or along the nearby River Beauly, with views of Beaufort Castle, and Aigas Gorge.

In the pretty local village of Beauly you can enjoy a cup of coffee at a café and do some high class shopping at the famous Campbell’s Tweed House.

Spend the day down at Loch Ness and discover the Loch Ness Monster Centre & Exhibition, Urquhart Castle and the Falls of Divach. Hop in the car and head for the city of Inverness where a grand 18th century castle, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and the Inverness Botanic Gardens await you, as well as plenty of popular stores, pubs and restaurants to suit your needs.

Near Inverness you can also visit the historic castles of Cawdor and Brodie and Culloden Battlefield or motor along part of the world-famous NC500 route which offers unforgettable scenery.

The west coast village of Ullapool is only an hour away.

Experience the wonders of sea life with Dolphin Spirit Inverness, or lose yourself on a thrilling hike through the legendary Highland landscape of Glen Affric.

Visit the Glen Ord Distillery and the Falls of Orrin in the Muir of Ord, or take a scenic car ride to the spectacular Cairngorms National Park for an incredible day exploring the great outdoors and uncover Ben Macdui, Loch an Eilein, Rothiemurchus, Aviemore Ring Cairn and Stone Circle and the fabulous Landmark Forest Adventure Park.

Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life on a romantic retreat to The Hen House.

EPC Rating: Band C

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Beauly 2.5 miles; Inverness 12 miles.

Kiltarlity is a small village in the Highland council area of Scotland. With countryside surroundings, it lies 12 miles west of Inverness, and 2.5 miles south of Beauly, on the Bruiach Burn. Nearby hamlets considered part of Kiltarlity include Camault Muir, Tomnacross, Ardendrain, and Culburnie. Kiltarlity has a primary school; Tomnacross, along with three churches; the Church of Scotland and the Free Church of Scotland, both of which are situated near the village. The Roman Catholic Church at Eskadale, which is in the valley of the River Beauly on the road leads to Strathglass. Set amongst rural scenery, this village offers the opportunity to explore magnificent attractions, and the romantic heritage of the Highlands. Further afield, Beauly is an excellent base for outdoor pursuit enthusiasts, ideal for hill walkers and climbers who can enjoy some of the most beautiful mountains.

Please note that due to a festival, the estate may be busier than usual from 13/7/24 to 09/8/24
The festival runs from 25/7/24 to 27/7/24.
Please note: The property has a Christmas market happening on 17th December 11:00 to 23:00 at Belladrum Farm. There will be market stalls, bar, entertainments etc. The farm will therefore be busier than usual that day.

Note: This property isn't suitable for wheelchair users and is on a working farm

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas