Inverness is known as the capital of the Highlands, and Horseshoe Cottage has a perfectly capital position high on a hill with the panorama of the city, the Kessock Bridge and the Black Isle beyond. At New Year it provides a perfect view of the city's firework display!
While the city is just a few minutes' drive and the airport no more than 20 minutes away, for all that its situation is one of restful peace, on a farm and surrounded by quietly grazing sheep and visiting deer. It has a small fenced garden and parking alongside. The house was once a hundred-year-old steading, and used as a tractor shed. However, it has now been the subject of an impressive conversion and provides high spec. and most comfortable holiday accommodation for 4 people. On the ground floor there is a charming sitting room with views across the fields to the surrounding hills and a well equipped dining kitchen, while upstairs there is a double (king-size) bedroom, a double which can convert to a twin, and a bathroom. There is underfloor heating on the ground floor and radiators upstairs.
Inverness has completely reinvented itself in the last few years and is now a very vibrant and exciting city, with top-class restaurants, theatres, concert venues and sporting facilities, and of course, its environs are to die for. Horseshoe Cottage is just off the road-less-travelled which leads down the quiet east shore of Loch Ness, so you can do a spot of monster watching if you wish. You can get across to the west side without having to go into the city, and from there the wonderful glens of Affric and Cannich make for wonderful walking, or wildlife spotting (look out for golden eagles and the newly reintroduced red kites.). To the north, there is the pretty Black Isle to explore, (go to Chanonry Point and watch the dolphins, though there are often some to be seen by the Kessock Bridge itself) or onwards up to John O'Groats. You can be in Skye in less than two hours, or head along Strath Braan and explore the Applecross peninsula and other delights of the beautiful west coast.
To the east of the city you may wish to strike out along the Moray coast, where there are excellent beaches. Visit the pretty village of Findhorn and Fort George, while the site of the battlefield at Culloden is a must-see.
Bed linen, towels, heating and electricity are all included in the rental. One well behaved pet is welcome under strict control as there is stock in the surrounding fields. Smoking is not permitted within the cottage. The cottage is on a private water supply (regularly tested).
Accommodation (sleeps 4):
- Sitting room with TV/DVD and mini hi-fi.
- Dining kitchen with electric cooker, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, microwave, washer/drier etc.
- Cloakroom with WC and wash basin.
- Double bedroom (king-size).
- Double bedroom (converts to twin).
- Bathroom with bath/shower, WC and basin.