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East Craigdhu Cow Byre

(Ref. 977016)

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Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Broadband / WiFi

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59 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful place to stay with everything you could want to be comfy and cosy."

    Immaculately clean. Well equipped. Lovely towels and bedding. This was our second stay and we hope to stay again in the future.

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0May 2024

  • "A beautifully furbished, cosy and comfortable cottage in a stunning location."

    Becky and Warwick are superb hosts who ensured my stay was everything I hoped it would be. Jonathan.

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Dec 2023

  • "It was a lovely comfortable property to return to after a day out."

    The property was cosy and warm despite the temperature outside dropping below freezing towards the end of our stay.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Nov 2023

  • "An absolutely fantastic stay, beautiful cottage in a beautiful setting."

    Warwick & Becky were great hosts, warm and welcoming. Will definitely be returning I. The future for another 5 star stay!

    Reviewed by Samuel5.0Oct 2023

  • "Fantastic cosy little property in a lovely location, the owners were very friendly, the freshly baked bread was a lovely touch."

    Glen Strathfarrar (as recommended by the owners) a short drive away was stunning and a must visit.

    Reviewed by Joseph5.0Oct 2023

  • "Cow Byre is lovely, it’s clean, comfortable and well equipped."

    Situated in stunning surroundings.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Sep 2023

  • "Absolutely loved it here would highly recommend."

    Very clean and lovely little touches to help you along with your stay. Lovely family and in a lovely location.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Aug 2023

  • "We loved our stay at the cottage it was very clean comfortable and the small ..."

    We loved our stay at the cottage it was very clean comfortable and the small personal touch of home made bread tea coffee and sugar for us on arrival and toiletries toilet rolls the lovely family that own the cottage were very welcoming and chatted with us very helpful we will definitely be booking again for next year but this time we will need the bigger cottage as definitely take our grandson I would defanatly recommend this place to friends and family so thank you again for another great place to stay Sykes cottages never let us down

    Reviewed by John & Linda5.0Aug 2023

  • "Really superb cottage."

    Plenty of extra little touches around the place that show the hosts have put lots of effort in, and created a home from home rather than just a "rental". Such a comfy place to stay. I was staying here while working in the area, was a great place to come back to each night, better than any hotel room. Wish I could have stayed longer. Great location to access some of the best bits of Scotland. I will be back.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jul 2023

  • "A superb property, extremely comfortable, and with delightful hosts."

    The veranda is a real bonus, a great place to sit with a glass of wine and enjoy the views. Location is ideal too, we were able to explore the immediate area and further afield with ease. No hesitation in recommending.

    Reviewed by John David5.0Jun 2023

  • "A perfect place to get away from it all."

    Lots of excellent information in the property and a fabulous base if you want to see more of the area. Hosts are a super lovely family. Highly recommend a stay here!

    Reviewed by Helen5.0May 2023

  • "Warm, comfortable and stylish."

    The owners were very friendly and helpful. The views are to die for. We’ll be back!

    Reviewed by John5.0Apr 2023

  • "We had a fantastic stay at the Cow Byre."

    Warwick and Becky were lovely hosts, with excellent communication. The property is lovely and cosy, quite stripped back, and has a lovely calm feeling when relaxing in the evening. One tiny comment would be that we couldn't find a first aid kit in the property. Nothing major, but just a little note.. :)

    Reviewed by Hayley4.1Oct 2022

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in The Cow Byre."

    It is comfortable and spacious accommodation for two and we felt relaxed as soon as we crossed the threshold. The Cow Byre is situated in an ideal location for nature lovers, walkers and cyclists. We spent our days walking and cycling in Glen Affric, Glenstrathfarrar and Glen Cannich, each stunningly beautiful with an abundance of flora and fauna. The property is also well located for exploring other beautiful places further afield, e.g. Torridon. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Jul 2022

  • "We stayed in June for a couple of weeks looking forward to a break away from it all."

    The property is clean, welcoming, and nicely decorated with a cosy feel inside. We were greeted by the owner when we arrived and the warm loaf of bread left out for us was a really nice touch. The property has really nice views over the River Beauly with French doors that lead out onto a decked area at the front of the property advertised as having spectacular views you can enjoy while having your morning coffee. However, the decking area is over looked by the owner’s house and side windows and you are clearly visible on their security cameras so from day one we knew we would never be comfortable or be able to relax sitting out on the decking. During our stay, there were several vehicles parked directly outside the French doors facing directly into the property including the owners large van interrupting any view and as a consequence spent most evenings inside the property. This was not the isolated or peaceful environment we were hoping for so we decide to book alternative accommodation along the NC500 for a few nights. As we were self-catering we called to the shop to get some supplies but when we arrived found that every kitchen cupboard was full with no storage space so had to leave most of it out on the sides leaving very limited space for any preparation. We were also very surprised to find there was not a wardrobe in the bedroom when there was plenty of room and provided with just four draws to cram everything into which then became creased!!! We do not normally leave any negative reviews and normally like to focus on the positives but felt it important to leave an honest and constructive review of our experience to make other people aware that the property is not quite as private or secluded as the photographs would suggest!

    Reviewed by Shaun3.8Jun 2022

  • "A warm welcome on arrival."

    Lovely property which was warm and comfortable with everything you need. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Apr 2022

  • "Brilliant place very clean and comfortable, highly recommend."

    Warwick and Becky perfect hosts and area was beautiful. Extra entertainment with the chickens and dog. Definitely will be back

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Apr 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at the Cow Byre."

    It was very well equipped and comfortable. The hosts were really helpful and accommodating. The BBQ hut was brilliant.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Apr 2022

  • "A wonderful cosy cottage in great location."

    Really quiet valley but close to lots of things to do. Great walking and cycling. The cottage has everything you need and is a lovely place to come back to after a busy day. Lovely warm welcome from the owner and the freshly baked loaf of bread was delicious.

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Apr 2022

  • "The Cow Byre is very comfortable, clean and cosy - the log burner is fab!"

    The view is beautiful, looking down to the river and there are some great waterfalls, rivers, glens and woodland walks in the area. There was freshly baked bread left for us, which was lovely and much appreciated. Would not hesitate to recommend The Cow Byre and we had a great stay here, and did not want to leave!

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Mar 2022

  • "Cow Byre genuinely feels like a home from home for us, and will be a place we visit time and time again!"

    The property is clean, welcoming, beautifully decorated, cosy, and warm - we genuinely couldn’t be happier. The warm loaf of bread that we arrived to was delicious, as always and we love how much attention to detail was paid, for example there were already logged in accounts for Netflix, all4, etc which we haven’t seen anywhere else :) Stunning views, surroundings, and really comfortable facilities and furniture, the shower is AMAZING:) Warren and Becky are such lovely warm people too, with plenty of recommendations for places to go for food etc, we really do look forward to our next visit to Cow Byre. Always sad to leave, but eager to return :)

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Mar 2022

  • "This was our second stay and as before we received a very friendly welcome."

    A very thoughtful touch was the homemade loaf of bread, giving a lovely aroma as you walk into the property. The cottage is well appointed and has everything you need. The scenery in the area is beautiful and easily explored on foot, by bicycle or by car. Or simply relax in the very cosy cottage. We plan to return once again.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Feb 2022

  • "Clean, cozy and comfortable, very warm, barely any need for heating, great ..."

    Clean, cozy and comfortable, very warm, barely any need for heating, great outlook onto fields and hills beyond, everything you need to feel at home, lots to see and do within an hour or two of travel, total relaxation

    Reviewed by Ross5.0Dec 2021

  • "Property was superb"

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Oct 2021

  • "Everything about it was wonderful."

    The hosts were so welcoming, the location was stunning, the accommodation was perfect. The daily visit from the hens was a definite highlight. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Oct 2021

  • "The location is perfect to get outdoors, with the property perfect for staying indoors - so ideal for a couple looking to get off grid for a while."

    The owners are fantastic, so welcoming! Do not be put off by the buildings around the property - you have an uninterrupted view to the hills from the lounge/outdoor area.

    Reviewed by Stewart5.0Jul 2021

  • "The Cow Byre is a fantastic place to stay, comfortable and clean and a great location in quiet country but only 10 minutes from the town of Beauly with shops including a fab deli."

    Highly recommend canoeing on the river - we did a guided trip with Adventure Highland but Warwick and Becky have a canoe you can borrow if you are confident to go out yourself. All in all a gteat stay.

    Reviewed by Kayleigh5.0Jul 2021

  • "Relaxed owners, just enough contact."

    Reviewed by Ruth4.7Jun 2021

  • "We had a lovely time at the Cow Byre which is a stylish, comfortable and relaxed place to stay with great views."

    The owners are really relaxed and friendly and we appreciated the tip of going to visit the local Glen Strathfarrer which was brilliant and a real insider tip. The only thing I would say is that you'll need to like chickens and dogs because of the daily bisit from both which added to the charm of the place. Can highly recommend!

    Reviewed by Sabine5.0Jun 2021

  • "We absolutely loved our stay at the Cow Byre - it was a wonderful cottage, so clean, warm, cosy and welcoming."

    The owners, Warwick and Becky were so friendly, even bringing us freshly baked bread and eggs from their hens. It was in a brilliant location, with so much to do nearby. I would definitely recommend both the cottage and location.

    Reviewed by Katy4.7May 2021

  • "Friendly welcome with fresh eggs and home made bread."

    Comfy bed and spacious bathroom. Nice small wood burner. Big selection of tv programs included amazon prime and Netflix. Cottage located next to the host house.

    Reviewed by Miroslaw4.7Nov 2020

  • "Stunning cottage Fantastic scenery and walking Nice, helpful hosts Will definitely return ( as soon as we can!"


    Reviewed by Paul5.0Oct 2020

  • "Many thanks to Warwick & Becky for a phenomenal stay."

    We loved our time at the cottage - it was a welcome cosy contrast to the chaos and stress of normal life. The cottage is kept exceptionally clean and maintained, with lots of generous touches and we were very well looked after by the hosts. The location is great for outdoor adventuring - we particularly enjoyed our walks in Glen Affric and exploring the Black Isle. We were only sad we couldn't stay longer - heartily recommend!

    Reviewed by Freyja5.0Oct 2020

  • "We stayed here 2nd-9th October, and oh my goodness it did not disappoint, we wanted peace and quiet and away from all the madness of the past 6 months, and this was perfect."

    Becky and Warwick were lovely, and nothing being to much trouble, we were greeted with freshly warm baked bread and eggs from their very tame hens. Cow Byre was immaculate inside with lots of little added touches to make it home from home, the pictures/prints were lovely the cow ones a favourite, a excellent base with some real mesmerising walks, if we had to really dig to find a fault it would literally be its not recommended to walk direct from cow byre, but you don't have to drive far to get to places so no hassle. Certainly will be visiting again. Totally exceded expectations.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Oct 2020

  • "We love a quiet rural property to stay in."

    Ideal for us cycling in Glen Affric & Strathfarrar, near enough to visit Inverness, Beauly or the far north. Thoughtfulness by the owners who left home made bread and fresh eggs for us on our arrival was a great touch.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Sep 2020

  • "Excellent quality of accommodation."

    Owners friendly and helpful. As were the chickens. And dog. Well, friendly anyway.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Aug 2020

  • "Wonderful views, delightful hosts, comfy bed (cannot be underestimated after a days birdwatching), love the chickens, and fabulous walks on your doorstep or further up the valley."

    just a blissfully relaxing time. Many thanks

    Reviewed by Prue5.0Feb 2020

  • "Great location lots of good walks nearby."

    The cottage was very well presented in a quiet location but just over 7 miles from Beauly.

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Jan 2020

  • "I had an amazing stay in East Craigdhu."

    Waking up to the crisp winter air and a beautiful view of the glen, (at risk of sounding super cliche) helped me find a level of content I'd forgotten. Warwick was a great host, providing fresh bread and eggs to aid in my caloric intake after some fairly intense walks and exploring. Definitely recommend this cosy cabin. Thanks again Warwick and co

    Reviewed by Jack5.0Dec 2019

  • "A lovely cottage and a wonderful stay, couldnt fault anything."

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Nov 2019

  • "The Cow Byre was ideally situated for travel to explore the Inverness area of Scotland."

    The cottage was well stocked and furnished to a very high standard. It has a fantastic position with a fabulous view over the valley. The owners were very welcoming and helpful and always there if you needed any assistance or advice. Overall an extremely pleasant experience would recommend highly.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Aug 2019

  • "Absolutely lovely holiday cottage."

    We had the best time celebrating our 2nd wedding anniversary. Becky was very welcoming the home made bread was very tasty. Cottage had everything you needed and more. Will definitely be coming back.

    Reviewed by Jemma4.7Jul 2019

  • "Not as private as expected."

    Reviewed by Brian5.0May 2019

  • "The cottage is clean and modern and the owners have provided a very comfortable place to stay with modern facilities and a real home from home."

    Whilst very welcoming they gave us our privacy during the week but were available in the adjacent property if needed. The fresh home made bread and flowers were well received on arrival. The local scenery is beautiful with Glen Strathfarrar and Glen Afflic a short drive down the road that the property sits on and gives a good opportunity to visit in a morning or afternoon to explore the beauty and the abundant wildlife especially the birdlife . We would happily recommend this property and its hosts.

    Reviewed by Brian4.4Apr 2019

  • "The cottage was warm, comfortable and well equipped."

    Warwick and Becky are pleasant, friendly people, who were available to us but not at all intrusive. The views from the cottage were delightful. We had s very pleasant, relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Mar 2019

  • "The Cow Byre is a lovely place to stay and the owners have clearly gone the extra mile to make it a relaxing and luxurious holiday setting."

    It's a really well-presented and kitted out property and a great base from which to explore the beautiful surroundings. Warwick and Becky are incredibly attentive and cater for your every need, including giving us additional facilities for our baby. There is slightly more going on in the immediate vicinity than expected from the photographs but it's only a small criticism.

    Reviewed by Patrick5.0Mar 2019

  • "The scenery was breath taking."

    Lots of places to visit and all close by.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Mar 2019

  • "It was a fantastic location."

    The cottage was beyond expectation and I would not hesitate in recommending it to others. Its location meant easy car journey to Loch Ness and Castle. Also Aviemore and Ben Nevis not that far. The Gondola experience up Ben Nevis is definitely recommended.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Mar 2019

  • "Excellent location!"

    Warm hosts, really nice little family! We went there to get a bit of time off and to relax and get away from the city's noise. The place is like heaven, secluded and peaceful.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Feb 2019

  • "Excellently and impressively converted Cow Byre."

    Hosts were very welcoming and helpful. Was met when we arrived with a freshly baked warm loaf of bread and the log burner had been lit for us and was a lovely touch. Nothing was too much trouble.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Feb 2019

  • "A truly hidden gem in the highlands."

    We had a love time and will be back again. Cottage is done to a extremely high standard and the shower is amazing .

    Reviewed by Kimberley5.0Dec 2018

  • "The accommodation was exceptional."

    Every detail had been thought of and we were comfortable throughout our stay.

    Reviewed by M5.0Nov 2018

  • "We enjoyed the location, it was easy to get around the area."

    The owners were very helpful and welcoming and went out of the way to see to ur needs, The cottage itself was clean cosy with mod cons and done to a hogh standard, easy to say the best cottage we have stayed in so far.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Oct 2018

  • "The cottage was clean and well resourced."

    It was cosy and tastefully furnished. It was well placed for touring to Inverness, Loch Ness and we also travelled further north to explore the countryside. We saw lots of wildlife. We were made very welcome by the owners who live next door to the cottage. We had a great week.

    Reviewed by Yvonne5.0Aug 2018

  • "Perfect location for our highland holiday - quiet, picturesque and comfortable, the cottage is extremely well equipped and furnished to a high standard."

    The wood burner came in useful on a couple of chillier nights, and the hot water system - once mastered was fantastic. Located close to Beauly which has everything you need, this is definately a location to be recommended.

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Jul 2018

  • "Becky made us really welcome ."

    the cow byre was spot on a really cracking location ideal for exploring the area it is a really lovely place to relax

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jun 2018

  • "Hosts are very welcoming and readily available should you need them."

    The Cow Byre is beautifully renovated to a very high standard and fitted with your holiday needs. Beautiful view of hills and location is perfect to do some travelling around the Black Isle area.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jun 2018

  • "The Cow Byre was excellent, the location was more than expected and was the perfect location to explore the region."

    Reviewed by Michael5.0May 2018

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent at the Cow Byre."

    The cottage far exceeded our expectations on all fronts. Our hosts Warwick and Becky went above and beyond to make sure we enjoyed our stay and really made us feel at home. We think they struck the perfect balance between interacting with us and letting us have some privacy. The location was perfect for us with shops and Inverness not too far and stunning scenery on the doorstep. I was really gobsmacked when we arrived and saw the quality of the cottage, we would have been more than happy paying more than we did to secure a future booking. Needless to say we will definitely be returning soon.

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Apr 2018

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  • All ground floor
  • One bedroom: 1 x double
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen dining area and seating area with woodburning stove.
  • Electric heating, woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, TV with Freeview, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Decking with furniture
  • Sorry, no smoking and no pets
  • Pub 2.2 miles, shop 8.8 miles
  • Please note: this property may not be suitable for those with mobility issues, or those who are uneasy on their feet
  • Please note:This property is only licensed to accommodate up to 2 guests maximum.

The property

A lovingly converted farm outbuilding perched on the sunny side of Strathglass, with views over the River Beauly.

Located a short drive from the picturesque village of Beauly in the Scottish Highlands.

With its fantastic elevated position and beautiful rural setting, this cosy, single-storey conversion is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway in the Highlands.

Enter the property through the front door into a small corridor area complete with space to store coats and walking boots.

On your left is the tastefully decorated open-plan living area, including the kitchen, dining and seating areas.

Whip up a tasty feast in the well-appointed kitchen and then relax together in front of the wall-mounted television while being warmed by the log-burner.

This room features a pair of French doors that lead out onto a decked area at the front of the property, perfect for taking in the spectacular views while enjoying your morning coffee.

Opposite the living area is the peaceful, front-facing master bedroom, wake from a deep sleep and admire the fantastic morning views of Strathglass from the comfort of your king size bed.

Next to the bedroom is a modern bathroom boasting a large walk-in shower as well as a heated towel rail.

Sat adjacent to the owner’s property, East Craigdhu Cow Byre is located just off the A831, reached by a hard standing track.

It is co-located with the Appletree Croft (link to property 1009456) allowing small groups of friends to book separate cottages, should they wish.

Guests of the Cow Byre now also have a Scandinavian BBQ hut available to them free of charge.

This recent addition is shared with the family and the Croft.

It sits on a deck with superb views over the glen.

It is fully equipped with all the charcoal and BBQ accessories you might need, including a pizza oven.

All you need to do bring your own sausages!.

The Cow Byre is just over 6 miles from Beauly, a pretty village equipped with a small supermarket, gift shops, restaurants, butcher, post office and much more.

The increasingly popular NC500 route around the north coast of Scotland runs right through Beauly!

The Highland Capital of Inverness is also just 16 miles away.

The property is surrounded by stunning Highland scenery; located just a stones throw from beautiful glens such as Glen Strathfarrar, Glen Cannich and Glen Affric.

A little further afield you'll find Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle, Rosemarkie Beach and Chanonry Point on the Black Isle (one of the best places to see bottlenose dolphins from UK land!), Culloden Battlefield, various distilleries including Glen Ord in the neighbouring town of Muir of Ord, and much much more.

As well as endless opportunities for some of the countrys best hill walking, there are also opportunities for paragliding, canoeing, pony-trekking, loch cruises and dolphin-watching boat trips.

Ideally located for touring the Highlands, with key locations like Inverness only a half an hour drive away, East Craigdhu Cow Byre is the perfect spot for a secluded romantic getaway.

EPC Rating: Band E

EPC Rating: Band E

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: HI-50390-P

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

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About the location


Inverness 12 miles.

Lying on the north bank of the River Beauly, just 12 miles west of Inverness, the village of Beauly is situated at the very heart of the Highlands. An excellent location for touring, the village is within easy reach of Loch Ness, the ancient Caledonian pine forests of Glen Affric and Strathfarrar and the coast (sandy beaches 8 miles). The name Beauly comes from the French “beau lieu” or “beautiful place” and the village prides itself on being both scenic and well-kept, having won both Scotland and Britain in Bloom titles. One of Beauly's highlights is the ruined 13th Century priory, around which the village was built. Today the village is famous for its craft-based industries and offers an excellent selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. With some of the best scenery the Highlands has to offer just on the doorstep, Beauly makes an excellent holiday base!

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Please note: this property may not be suitable for those with mobility issues, or those who are uneasy on their feet.
Please note:This property is only licensed to accommodate up to 2 guests maximum.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Christmas