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Luxury Fisherman's Cottage in quiet Highland Village Location.

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage in Balintore, Tain, Easter Ross, Scottish Highlands - Minutes from Beautiful Blue Flag Beach, Harbour and Stunning Countryside

Our lovingly renovated Fisherman's cottage is in the picturesque village of Balintore, Easter Ross. 8 1/2 has been extended to offer luxury holiday accommodation. Situated in the historic centre of this Highland village, the cottage retains its original charm yet comes with modern facilities and offers a real Scottish Highland home from home. The cottage is located on a quiet side street and is an excellent place to relax while you explore the Highlands. The charming village pub and hotel are just a short walk away. Accommodation is on two floors and the property has views across the village to nearby Nigg hill. Outside, there is a large rear garden with lawn, barbecue and seating.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Tain in Highland

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Toilet, Basin and Double ended Bath with Hand-held shower.
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Toilet, Basin and Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En-suite with Toilet, Basin and Shower Enclosure
  • Ground floor - Fully tiled shower room with basin and WC. First floor - Large family bathroom with double ended bath with hand-held shower, wash basin and WC. Master en-suite fully tiled shower room with basin and WC.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Travel Cot available.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , King Size Bed, Travel Cot available
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 to 7 Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 Master suite with king size bed and en-suite shower,WC and basin. Flat-screen TV, views over village to open countryside. Bedroom 2 Spacious Family room with 1 double and 1 single bed - Flat screen TV, Garden view. Bedroom 3 Twin room with 2 single beds - Flat screen TV, Garden view
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
Notes on accommodation: Newly refurbished and extended fisherman's cottage upgraded to provide luxury accommodation for seven people. The property has all the comforts of home including a well fitted kitchen, a comfortable sitting room, TVs in all bedrooms, living room and kitchen. The bedrooms are newly carpeted, the kitchen and bathrooms have tiled floors and the sitting room and hallways have solid oak flooring. All essential household and kitchen equipment and accessories are provided for your stay. Picnic equipment is also provided for your day trips. There is roadside parking at the front of the property which is situated on a quiet side street. 8 1/2 John Street is run by Christel and David Johnstone. David was born in the village of Balintore and met Christel when she came to run the local hotel. They married several years ago and still live in the village. Children are very welcome. Out of courtesy for others we are unable to allow smoking in the property and we ask you not to bring pets. Outside: Outside, the cottage has a large shared rear garden with lawn and shrubs together with a seating area and BBQ. There is also a clothes line. The garden has wooden fencing but is not fully enclosed having pathways to the side of the house and from the bottom of the garden. There is a patio area with steps to the lawn. The garden is open and sunny. Utility Room: Washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Fitted units stainless steel sink / drainer, iron and ironing board, clothes airer, torch, vacuum cleaner, food mixer, baking tins and trays, cafetiere, cleaning equipment and materials. Picnic equipment. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen will be provided (1 set per bed per week). Additional towels and bedding can be provided on request. Cleaning equipment and materials are provided. Please contact owner for details. Other: Large hallway with solid oak flooring and oak staircase to upper floor. Coat rack.


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Luxury Fisherman's Cottage in quiet Highland Village Location.
average rating of 4.9259257 based on 28 reviews

A beautifully restored property with helpful owners in a lovely location!

  • 5 of 5

Three of us booked to stay over Christmas. We arrived to find the property festively decorated, including a lovely tree (and one or two treats besides). Christel made us very welcome and was on hand if we needed to ask any questions. The house has been beautifully restored to make it a warm, spacious and well-equipped home. Balintore has a busy Spar and a chemist with nearby Tain providing supermarkets and other facilities if needed. There is a lively inn just a few minutes away. Balintore and the surrounding area has much to offer by way of walks, scenery and history. We thoroughly recommend this property. Thanks Christel (and David) for making our stay over Christmas so pleasureable.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming, well equipping home

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here! The house was lovely and had everything we needed. The nearby beach was great - we saw dolphins on the first day. This was a great location for exploring north and exploring Inverness.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
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What a wonderful place!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay! The town has a small shop and a great restaurant! All our needs were met! Christel's

visits were a treat! We really enjoyed getting to know her! Hope to visit again soon!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
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Luxury accommodations.

  • 5 of 5

Really well appointed cottage with tremendous amenities. Host Christel was wonderful. A lovely experience.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Would love to give 10 stars

  • 5 of 5

Was better than the pictures. The proprietor was magnificent and provides much more than you expect from a holiday let.

The accommodation was spotless and very well kept. Quality through out. Beds are very comfy and had solid nights sleep all week. Even the kids slept in!

We had a very enjoyable and relaxing time here. Plus the locals are very friendly and nice places to eat within the village.

The beach is fantastic and even a play park beside the local hall for my munchkins.

Would recommend to any one. Great to get away and relax and feel welcomed.

Thank you Christel

  • Review Submitted: 11-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
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I highly reccommend this property.

  • 5 of 5

This cottage has been rebuilt and refurbished to a very standard. It was also more spacious than I imagined.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
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Christel Johnstone
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
18 February, 2018

About Christel Johnstone

8 1/2 John Street is run by Christel Johnstone. Her husband, David, works away and renovated 8 1/2 over two years. David was born in the village of Balintore and met Christel when she owned one of the local hotels. They married several years ago and still live in the village.

Christel Johnstone purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Christel Johnstone chose Tain

Balintore is one of the Seaboard villages situated on the east coast of Ross-shire, in the Scottish Highlands.

Over looking the Moray Firth, Balintore was a traditional fishing village. The centrally located harbour is just a minutes walk from the house.

The peaceful village location offers essential amenities and is an ideal base for exploring the Highlands.

Although Easter Ross is a remote rural area the city of Inverness is only 40 minutes by car.

We have lived in Balintore for many years and love the area.

What makes this cottage unique

Centrally located in the picturesque village of Balintore, Easter Ross, 8 1/2 is a recently renovated fisherman's cottage, extended to offer 3 bedroom luxury holiday accommodation.

The cottage is situated in the centre of the village but is also minutes from the beach, harbour and open countryside.

The newly renovated and extended cottage offers the character of a traditional cottage with the convenience and luxury of contemporary fittings and design. There is full central heating, a modern kitchen and bathrooms.

After spending a day at the beach or on long country walks, take an evening stroll to the local pub for your nightcap and a chat before settling down in front of the log burning stove for a snooze.

8 1/2 is an ideal base for exploring the Highlands.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Staying at 81/2 John St was like a home away from home. We had everything we needed and it was very comfortable. We will definitely return to Balintore and recommend this as a holiday home to anyone. Thank you Christel and David for making our stay so enjoyable." Chelsey Tunbridge, Kaitlyn Parrott, Kailah King and Kat Mercer, Perth, Western Australia. July 2011

"We spent so happy days in this house during the marriage of my sister. We also had so good sunny weather and a wedding ceremony at the lighthouse like in a fairy tale. We wish you many gentle guests in this house and that they spend as luck days here as us." - Gabriela and Robert Maettner, Ulm, Germany, August 2011.

"For the wonderful days which we spent here on the occasion of our daughter's wedding we would like to thank you dear David and dear Christel cordially." Mr & Mrs Maettner, Darmstadt, Germany, August 2011
Apr 2011
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Balintore Inn
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Balintore Inn
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Car: necessary


Sandy beaches less than 5 minutes walk from the cottage. There are also beaches at Nigg, (10 mins by car), and Portmahomack (15 mins by car). Further afield beaches can be found at Golspie (30 mins) and Dornoch (20 mins).


Balintore is 40 miles from Inverness airport, 36 miles from Inverness rail and bus station and 7 miles from Tain. Trains and buses are available from Inverness to Tain or Fearn (3 miles) and there is a local bus service from Tain to Balintore.


The cottage is in the village of Balintore. Hilton and Shandwick are villages adjoining to the north and south of Balintore and are easily reached on foot (approx 5-10 mins). Tain 7 miles. Portmahomack 6 miles. Dornoch 17 miles. Inverness is 36 miles.

Further Details:


Birdwatching - Good birdwatching at the RSPB nature reserve and hide at Nigg Bay (4 miles) star species include lapwing, redshank, pink-footed goose, widgeon and pintail. The area also has large colonies of sea birds, buzzards are a regular sight and red kites are now breeding in the area.

Cash machine - There is a cash machine in the village shop available during opening hours. There are also four major banks and 6, 24-hour cash machines in Tain.

Children very welcome.

Eating Out -Saint Duthus Hotel Tain – good pub grub (7 miles).

Greens Market Restaurant (7 miles away).

Grocery delivery - Tesco, Asda, and Lidl in Tain. Tesco and Asda Shop n Drop delivery available.

Pictish Trail - Balintore lies at the heart of the Highland Pictish Trail – The Clach a’ Charridh or Shandwick Stone is at the edge of the village and traditionally the stone of sorrows marks the place where the unbaptised infants of the village were buried. There is another stone in the Old Church at Nigg.

Post Office - There is a PO in the village.

Sculpture -Mermaid of the North and the Balintore Sculpture Park – see the 10ft bronze statue the ‘temptress on the shore’.

Walking - Coastal walks from Balintore extend several miles north to Rockfield and south to the North Sutor. Many more walks are available a short drive away including forest walks at Auldie Burn, Tain and Tain Hill.

Wildlife - Dolphin watching at Nigg with boat trips from Cromarty.

Day trips from Balintore.

Dornoch – beach, golf course, cathedral, museum, cafés and restaurants, Dornoch Jail Gifts – 25-minute drive.

Golspie – Dunrobin Castle and gardens, beach and forest walks – 50-minute drive.

West coast beaches and mountains – 1 hour 30 minute drive.

Orkney Islands – day sailings – 2-hour drive to ferry.

The Black Isle – dolphin watching cruises, golf course, wildlife farm, cross-country mountain biking trail – 40-minute drive

Inverness – Aqua-dome leisure pools, restaurants and live music pubs – 45-minute drive, shopping centre.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Tain, Scotland

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Mar 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 May 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Jul 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
10 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2018/19 Festive Season
19 Dec 2018 - 7 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:

See owners website for offers.
Your booking is secured with £100 deposit.
Full payment is expected 28 days before arrival and a refundable housekeeping deposit may be taken against possible damage and non-return of keys. Payment can be made by all major debit and credit cards via PayPal offering increased security to our clients.

Changeover Day:
Our usual changeover is Saturday and you would be expected to vacate the property by 10am. We can, however be flexible regarding changeover and will endeavor to accommodate your needs.

Bookings of less than 5 nights may incur a £30 Short Stay Cleaning supplement.
A Winter Heating supplement of £30 may be charged from 1st of November to the end of February

Notes on prices:
We aim to be flexible with our prices and encourage you to contact us with your requirements.
We welcome any number of visitors from 1 to 7. Ask us about possible discounts for partial occupancy.

Visit our website for full pricing details and Special Offers... http://www.balintoreholidayhomes.co.uk/

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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