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Rowan House

(Ref. 1053530)

Bonar Bridge, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 10 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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22 Customer Reviews

  • "Well what can I say ."

    ....absolutely fabulous house ,a wildlife watchers paradise !! The hosts are great ,very helpful ,full of knowledge. I really can't put into words our stay just FABULOUS. Thankyou ....we are coming back !!

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Apr 2024

  • "We all loved the spaciousness of the house and it had everything we needed for a wonderful family holiday, thank you."

    Reviewed by Marion5.0Apr 2024

  • "This property was perfect for what we needed."

    Quiet countryside location with everything you need in the house. Rupert was extremely helpful and very courteous. Together with the beautiful house, the location and a very helpful and kind host it made it a Christmas break we will remember forever.

    Reviewed by Johan4.4Dec 2023

  • "Rowan House is an extremely well appointed property in an idyllic location - within striking distance of many of Northern Scotland's prime attractions."

    The house has extensive gardens and duck filled ponds... so it was actually very tempting to stay put and not bother with excursions! We particularly loved feeding the resident red squirrels... Rupert, the owner, made us feel very welcome and gave us lots of pointers to explore the locale. I wish we could have made it a longer stay and we would most certainly return in the future. Our booking was very 'last minute' and we certainly struck it lucky!

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Aug 2023

  • "Absolutely brilliant holiday."

    My family and I had a fantastic time at Rowan House. Once a year my husband and I love to book somewhere where our family if they choose can join us, which here they did! Entering the entrance hall was a wow and every room in the house spotless! Plenty of rooms to choose from if needing some quiet time, although we tended to sit in the kitchen dining area and the large sitting room, there was plenty of bathrooms and loos to accommodate our family and plenty of fridges too. Communication with Rupert (owner) and his wife was always pleasant. Meeting them both was also a pleasure. It’s very easy to get your 10000 steps in per day staying here without stepping foot off the grounds. The garden was beautiful too. It’s lovely to see red squirrels running around the feeders and a good variety of birds (including a red kite) made an appearance. The hot tub was a lovely addition, easy to use and enjoyable. The house is situated for easy access to the NC 500 and lots of other places such as the Falls of Shinn (Salmon Leap), Dunrobin Castle and Dornoch ( where we saw 2 Dolphins swimming from the beach) The beach at Embo was beautiful too. We are looking forward to returning next year.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Aug 2023

  • "Quite magnificent property with a superb blend of modern & traditional - modern enough to be sure everything works efficiently & is cosy, with traditional furnishings which have that really nice preloved feel to enable us to enjoy without fear of spoiling any pristine newness."

    Comes complete with everything you need to ensure a lovely stay - books, games, firewood & even doggie poo bags!

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a wonderful relaxing time."

    The surrounding countryside was very scenic.

    Reviewed by Jeanette5.0Jun 2023

  • "Can not fault this beautiful house, went here for my dads 60th and everyone had the best week Would highly recommend amazing scenery the dogs loved it!"

    Managed to see the red squirrels almost every day The host made things very easy and made sure we knew everything a long the way Already thinking of booking our next trip there

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Jun 2023

  • "Rowan House is an amazing property, Rupert the property owner supported us from the off set with directions and quick response to any questions we had."

    This made the experience enjoyable and forever memorable. The property has everything you need and more! I’m confident we’ll be back in the future - thank you

    Reviewed by Alex5.0May 2023

  • "Loved everything about it, our stay was amazing, the house is so comfortable and ..."

    Loved everything about it, our stay was amazing, the house is so comfortable and homely and the grounds are so beautifully landscaped , first class service, Rupert the owner makes sure all is well and is only a phone call away

    Reviewed by Shona5.0May 2023

  • "We celebrated Christmas with all the family here and it was fantastic."

    Absolutely amazing property with beautiful views. Everything you could ever need is provided. Rupert was very helpful. We hope to come back in the summer!

    Reviewed by Tarra5.0Dec 2022

  • "Stayed at Rowan house last week with family ranging in age from 1year old to 60 years + ."

    House is so comfortable and so well catered for. Great for a relaxing get away. Lots of walks from door step. Rupert very welcoming and helpful.

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Oct 2022

  • "Everything fantastic bar the midgies, couldnt enjoy the amazing garden at night past 7pm, but nothing can really be done about them though, only gripe I think we could say about the house and garden area."

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Jul 2022

  • "Rowan house was an amazing place to spend our holiday."

    The house was clean, comfortable and homely and communication with Rupert, the owner, was always extremely easy and helpful. The gardens and surroundings of the house are absolutely beautiful, and the wood fired hot tub is a great feature. I would not hesitate to recommend Rowan house to anyone, and I hope to come back for another visit one day!

    Reviewed by Sam5.0Jul 2022

  • "What an amazing house, perfect place for an excellent family holiday , house was immaculate and had everything we needed."

    Hot tub was excellent and grounds were beautiful and very well maintained. My granddaughter also loved feeding the red squirrels and ducks. Rupert the owner of the property was very helpful and informative of the area. We were a party of 10 and everyone of us are looking forward to returning next year. 1st Class.

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2022

  • "What an amazing place to spend Christmas with the extended family."

    Rupert very kindly had decorated the house for Christmas including a 13ft Christmas tree. Stunning house, great garden and a gorgeous setting, would love to come back in the summer months and explore the area further. Only one critisism is that there is only one shower cubicle with the other showers over bath but we coped with that. Thanks Rupert and family for a lovely holiday.

    Many thanks for your comments and we are thrilled you had a super time. We will be replacing the roll top bath in the middle bathroom with a large walk in shower, to enhance guest experience. Property Owner

    Reviewed by J4.7Dec 2021

  • "Had a lovely stay at Rowan House, plenty of space for everyone ."

    Rupert was very helpful with things to do and see . Garden and views are beautiful. Enjoyed feeding the squirrels, watching the ducks and even spotted an otter several times , quite exciting for all! Plenty of everything in the house with lovely welcoming treats . Hope to return.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Oct 2021

  • "Beautiful and well equipped house in lovely surroundings."

    Perhaps another enclosed shower would be useful as the baths were quite high for an older person to use. The bonus for us was seeing red squirrels and also a stag which came strolling by one morning.

    Thank you for your feedback. We will be replacing the roll top bath in the middle bathroom with a large walk in shower, to improve the guest experience. We are glad you also saw the local wildlife. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anne4.7Sep 2021

  • "Amazing home."

    Great location, spotlessly clean, nicely decorated, nice sized bedrooms with great views of the surroundings. Mattresses on the beds were a little uncomfortable, and only 1 proper shower (+ 2 showers over baths with no curtains) but otherwise very well equipped for a wonderful holiday for up to 10 people. Highly recommended.

    Thank you for your feedback and we're pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time at Rowan Cottage and appreciated the beautiful surroundings. We're committed to making sure the property is kept at the highest possible standard and were disappointed to hear the beds were not to your liking. Any feedback on which bed you refer to is always welcome. We have spoken to other guests who have given positive feedback for the beds and the mattresses were newly purchased last year after researching the options and selected based on the most popular choice by customers. Thank you for your feedback. We will also be replacing the roll top bath in the middle bathroom with a large walk in shower, to improve the guest experience Property Owner

    Reviewed by Harry4.4Sep 2021

  • "This house is really high standard, they had the extra touches that make it so much better, dishwashers and laundry tablets, bin bags,pegs etc it just makes it so much easier."

    Rupert was so helpful and we loved watching the ducks, red squirrel, woodpecker and all other birds .It was good area to visit places with spectacular views and roads especially the one through to Kylesku. We’d 100% recommend this house.

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Jul 2021

  • "Rowan House is in a beautiful location with stunning countryside and wonderful wildlife all around."

    We enjoyed watching the ducks and squirrels in the garden grounds every morning. Our dogs loved the miles of forestry walks bordering the house. Facilities nearby were great, I could even buy Gluten Free goods at the local Ardgay Stores, with the nearby Asda being a short hop to Tain. During our week we enjoyed Gold Panning at Kildonan and fossil hunting at Helmsdale and stunning beach walks at Dornoch. The owners son also gave me lessons on trout fishing, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Overall, we had a wonderful week at Rowan House and would recommend this location for a wonderful holiday.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Jun 2021

  • "A wonderful house with excellent facilities in a fabulous location."

    Beautiful, huge garden with ponds, amazing birdlife, and visiting red squirrels and the occasional deer. The surrounding countryside is inviting with great access to inland walks and beaches on east and west coast. The house is large and very friendly, with lovely sitting rooms (plus fireplaces), big bedrooms and bathrooms, a well appointed and easy-to-use kitchen, a useful boot-room, and splendid bookshelves. We were a party aged 8 to 80-plus, and we all had a fun, memorable and relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by Cynthia4.7May 2021

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  • The property will have a Saturday change over in 2024
  • Five bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size with en-suite double walk-in shower, basin and WC, 3 x super-king size (zip/link can be twins on request), 1 x super king-size
  • 1 x bathroom with roll-top bath, hand-held shower, large walk in shower, basin and WC
  • 1 x bathroom with large walk in shower, basin and WC
  • 2 x cloakrooms, Kitchen, Utility room, Dining room, Sitting room and Snug.
  • Oil central heating with 2 x open fires
  • Range cooker and ceramic hob, microwave, 2 x fridge/freezer, fridge, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 10 storage
  • 7-acre garden and woodland with seating area with garden furniture
  • Wood-fired hot tub
  • Barbecue and two ornamental ponds
  • Three well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Note: Please supervise children and pets around the ponds
  • Shop 5 miles, there is a seasonal pub 1.5 mile walk away with main pubs in Bonar Bridge 6 miles away
  • Note: Please contact the owner for more details regarding fishing in the area
  • Note: Check-in is from 6pm and check-out is by 10am
  • Note: on occasion there may be someone on site, to maintain the gardens and feed the squirrels
  • Note
  • The property will have a Saturday change over in 2024 (During March 2024 check in is permitted any day in the week)
  • Note: The owner will offer a £200 discount for any 2 week bookings
  • Note: No stag/hen parties or similar
  • Please note: If you are looking to book the W/C 11th May 2024, the property will be undergoing a full external paint including windows, due to this disruption, the week will be discounted by 15%, please call the office if you are wishing to book.

The property

Bonar Bridge 6 miles.

Set back from a quiet, single-track road in the Northern Highlands of Scotland, is this detached spacious property, Rowan House.

Wrapped in 7 acres of serene gardens and natural woodland and boasting five bedrooms, this is an excellent retreat for friends, family or a group of travellers looking to explore this rural part of Scotland.


The property will have a Saturday change over in 2024 )After parking up in the spacious driveway with room for ten cars, enter into the grand reception hallway, complete with wooden flooring and an impressive galleried landing that wraps around the first floor.

With the choice of two sitting rooms, both with open fires, there’s plenty of space for everyone to unwind after a tiring day walking the high fells of North Scotland.

In the kitchen there is a range cooker, ceramic hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave and television leading to a large utility area with extra toilet and washer/dryer, fridge and fridge/freezer.

The kitchen also has a dining area which has French doors leading to the garden and also a separate dining room for those family mealtimes.

All the bedrooms can be found upstairs and include an impressive range of layouts, including the master bedroom with super-king size double bed, fitted wardrobes and an en-suite shower room with double walk-in shower as well as an extra super-king size double bedroom.

There are also three bedrooms which can the option of being super king-size doubles or twin beds, serviced by two elegant bathrooms, one with a freestanding roll-top bath and large walk in shower and another with large walk in shower.Summertime is a true delight at this Scottish cottage, with 7 acres of fine gardens and woodland to relish in with a path leading to the forest track with plenty of nice walks to enjoy, plus outdoor furniture, seating and a barbecue to make the most of.

Soak away the day as 8-10 people can relax in the wood-fired hot tub and enjoy watching the flames flicker through the glass panel.

There is plenty of wildlife to see around the property, with red squirrels, which are a regular site in the garden, they feed on the three feeders, otters can be found in the nearby ponds, as well as ospreys, golden eagles and other exotic wildlife to be seen.

There are a pair of breeding sea eagles in the vicinity of Rowan House.

The local area is steeped in history, with a wide selection of castles and is perfect for the outdoor enthusiast with several cycling, kayaking, fishing and walking opportunities.

For fishing enthusiasts a 5 minute walk takes you to Rowan Houses' own stretch of river, where you can enjoy trout and salmon fishing.

For picking up any essentials, the village of Bonar Bridge offers the closest convenience store, along with a good selection of shops to browse including a high quality butchers, a Spar shop/ bakery, hardware shop and a doctors surgery.

Turning left from the drive, you'll be able to get to the coast, and join the North Coast 500 route for some of the best landscapes in the world.

Whether you choose to head to the far north and explore Cape Wrath or stay closer to home, there are always places to visit and things to do in this picturesque part of the Highlands.

Consider Rowan House for a memorable break to Northern Scotland, whatever time of year.

EPC Rating: Band D

EPC Rating: Band D

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About the location


Dornoch 13 miles; Inverness 37 miles.

Bonar Bridge sits on an ancient fording point across the estuary that leads into the Dornoch Firth and dates from pre-historic times. Originally a ferry crossing and a fording point for cattle drovers, the first bridge was engineered by Thomas Telford and completed in 1812. Nearby historic Croick Church witnessed the Highland Clearances in the mid nineteenth century and messages scratched onto the windows of the church at the time are still visible today. Bonar Bridge is ideally placed to explore this region of Scotland. The Royal Burgh of Dornoch with its beaches and famous golf course is close at hand. The Falls Of Shin visitor centre with its waterfall, viewing platform, salmon leap, forest walks and restaurant is a half an hour’s drive. Salmon fishing and deer stalking are available locally and there is a spectacular range of flora and fauna to enjoy including buzzards, osprey, grey seals and golden eagles nearby.

The property owner would like to offer you a £200 discount if you are looking to book the property for 14 nights. Please call us to make your booking.

If you are looking to book the W/C 11th May 2024, the property will be undergoing a full external paint including windows, due to this disruption, the week will be discounted by 15%. Please call the office if you are wishing to book.

Note: on occasion there may be someone on site, to maintain the gardens and feed the squirrels.

This property does not accept Stag / Hen parties or similar - please enquire with reservations for group bookings.

Note: Owner has asked the he does require at least 48 hours notice for bookings please.

Please kindly note; if you have an electrical vehicle and are looking to use the property's electrical supply, you are to please contact the Owner directly first before doing so.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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