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Traditional Highland Croft cottage. Dog Friendly.

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

House near Abriachan and Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands - Isolated Yet Only 20 Minutes From Inverness City And 7 Minutes Drive From Loch Ness

This isolated Highland croft house set in nearly 6 acres of it’s own ground is situated just 3 miles away from Loch Ness. It is the highest traditional Croft in the immediate area at around 1000 feet above sea level. Access to Loch Ness (5 minutes), Inverness, Beauly and Drumnadrochit (20/25 minutes) and the rest of the Highlands. Picture windows offer wonderful views looking west towards the Glen Affric mountains and beyond. We are very child friendly as we ourselves use the house with our own 4 children to holiday and have done for years. The house is situated at the end of a half mile long track off a minor road. Totally isolated with no neighbouring properties.

Aislinn Haszeldine
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 June, 2018

About Aislinn Haszeldine

Hello everyone. My husband and I live in Central Scotland with our children. He is an academic (climate/energy scientist) at University and I am a nurse/mother/general sorter out of things. We have 4 children, one an adult now and three children who are still at school (15, 12 & 10). Work commitments prevent us from living in the highlands but we have a beautiful cottage there which we have owned for nearly 20 years. Six years ago we upgraded the property a bit and began to rent it out for others to enjoy as a holiday retreat. We found we were using it less frequently ourselves and hated the thought of it sitting empty so much of the time, so we decided to let others come and enjoy our little bit of heaven. I can honestly say that the cottage is one of my most favourite places in the entire world.

Aislinn Haszeldine purchased this cottage in 1998

Why Aislinn Haszeldine chose Inverness

We love the area and were it not for the fact that work commitments keep us in central Scotland, we would live here. A beautiful part of the country. The things we looked for when seeking a property in the area were that it was isolated but not too remote, that it had incredible views, which it has, and that we fell in love with it the moment we first set eyes upon it, which we did. And we still do! We spend around 6 weeks a year there ourselves, during the children's school holidays.

What makes this cottage unique

Total peace and quiet but with ready access to Inverness within 20 minutes or so. Owl, deer, woodland, even lizards and slow worm have been spotted either at the house or in the grounds. It is a magical place and I love it beyond words. I'm sure you will too!

Guestbook comments from the owner

It was a truly magical place to stay and like you say, isolated but only 20mins from Inverness, which is amazing.
Aug 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Inverness in Highland

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
  • Upstairs bathroom with velux window, cast iron bath, porcelain basin with mirror and shaver point and modern toileting facilities. There is a radiator and a towel rail in the bathroom. There is an removable attachment for the taps which allows rinsing of hair, muddy children etc.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 3 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps up to 5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom with king-size bed, wash-hand basin and dormer windows. Cot in master bedroom for baby. It is a spacious, comfortable room with ample storage facilities. Second bedroom (also spacious) sleeps 2 or 3 in single beds. All beds are suitable for adults.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Notes on accommodation: Although the house is very child friendly as we have used it for years now with our own children, I am aware that many people may like the house to be clutter free to enable a retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Everything is neatly stored away neatly to facilitate this, however there are toys, games, etc. for every age. Outside: There are flower beds in front of the house, then a large gravel pathway to the side and front of house leading to the access track. Surrounding this is an expanse of grass around the main buildings and barns etc. Half an acre surrounding the house is deer fenced and once the gate is closed, dogs have the run of the place, however the remaining 5.5 acres attached to the property are longer grass and heather and can be accessed through several gates. We provide BBQ equipment, outdoor seating, netted trampoline for the children, swing ball etc. There is a hardwood table and 6 chairs with parasol. Several other wooden benches and seats are placed strategically at especially good view points around the garden. The track up to the house is a basic forestry track of around half a mile. A secret hideaway haven. Utility Room: The utility room (boot room) is a walk-in pantry set off from the kitchen/dining room. Lots of storage space for food, coats, bags, toys, shoes etc. Washing machine, vacuum cleaner, Iron and Ironing board. Brush, mop etc. for any spillages. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are provided free of charge. We do not provide a cleaning service but spare linen and towels are available for everyone. Other: The large carpeted dining room adjoining the kitchen is a spacious extra room with solid wood pine table and seating for 6. There is also a 2 seater sofa and shelving in this room storing dozens of books, videos and DVDs, Games, maps


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Traditional Highland Croft cottage. Dog Friendly.
average rating of 4.785714 based on 16 reviews

A character cottage in a stunning rural location. Great base to explore the Highlands

  • 4 of 5

Rinuden provided a great base for exploring the Highlands. Despite the short drive from Inverness and Loch Ness, it provided a peaceful retreat and offered beautiful views in its isolated but accessible position. The accommodation was warm and comfortable, and we particularly enjoyed the open fire during the evening (unlimited wood was provided). The small kitchen was very well equipped, and having access to a washing machine was an added bonus. An old crofters cottage with great character which is highly recommended

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What wonderful guests. So glad you enjoyed your stay at Rinuden. It makes me really happy to have such lovely comments from you about our special place. You're welcome back any time!
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Beautiful old croft

  • 5 of 5

Property is very nice in lovely surroundings not to far from local amenities perfect little getaway. Loved it.

  • Review Submitted: 02-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Splendid isolation yet 20 mins away from everything!

  • 5 of 5

Love this cottage - felt utterly relaxed within seconds of walking through the door. No tv is actually a blessing and quality time with your holiday mates takes on a whole new level. Well equipped, dog friendly/safe, beautiful views and we also had great weather! Storage heaters keep the house warm during the day and the real log fire makes it cosy at night. We slept really well in the very comfortable bed and enjoyed long pleasant walks in the many local forests. A true haven!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming Cottage

  • 4 of 5

We had a WONDERFUL time in Scotland and part of this was due to our stay at this charming little cottage. The cottage was clean and neat and about a 20 minute drive to Inverness Town Center. It was located in a perfect location for us and our travels. If you want quiet, calming and a little disconnect from the world, this charming little cottage is the place for you. However, there are some Con's and reasons for only 4 stars, one being the driveway getting there. First, you pull onto a one lane road that takes you about 5 miles up the mountain, then you come to the "Driveway" that leads to the Cottage. This drive is very bumpy and jarring. You will need to take it very slow. Second, there is a TV, but no service only DVD's, or VHS tapes, if you want to watch the TV when you come in from one of your outings. Last, there is no shower...a tub only. Which is not a big deal really, but it is something of a chore getting in and out of the tub, when you have a bad back, or knee's.

The owner's are VERY nice and easy to talk to. We didn't need anything per say while we were there, but I'm sure they would have been fine with us contacting them, if we needed help for anything.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. I'm glad you had a good week at Rinuden and will warmly welcome you back anytime. In response to your comments, I imagine the terrain is very different from what you are used to in the states. The single track road from Inverness/Loch Ness, with passing places, is not at all unusual in the highlands, but you get the hang of them. It's part of the joy. The track is also part of the joy according to many of my visitors. The beautiful views from the cottage far outweigh the small amount of time spent in reaching such splendid isolation. Re. some of your other comments, I've always strived to ensure that my listing is very accurate. It explains clearly that there is a bath (no shower). Sorry if that was unexpected, but it's clearly listed and there is a shower attachment for the taps for those who require that in addition. With the TV, we have around 100 films in our 'library', and cutting off from 'live television' is really very liberating and absolutely deliberate. A positive choice if you like. The internet is always available for those who need the live news. There are no limits on broadband access. I'm writing this response partly for future readers who might appreciate the clarification. But as I said, you really were a pleasure to have as guests and I do hope the highland roads won't put you off visiting the area again. Kindest regards, Aislinn.
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Cozy and perfect for kids!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time. The property suited us perfectly - the rooms are so cozy, the fireplace in the lounge is great, and the house is so well equipped for little ones - so many toys and games, children's crockery, lovely little cot for babies, trampoline with net and other play equipment in the garden. You're near to a great woodland park and although you feel so remote and secluded in the cottage, looking out at the lovely surroundings, Loch Ness and also Inverness city centre really is a short drive away.

The cottage owner was very kind and looked after us whenever we had a question. I can't reccommend this cottage enough, especially for families!

  • Review Submitted: 01-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Tranquil, secluded, fantastically equipped, cosy retreat.

  • 5 of 5

Rinuden feels amazingly remote yet it is only a 15 minute drive to Inverness, 'gateway to the Highlands'. It feels like a loved family home rather than a holiday cottage. We had a brilliant fortnight here & it was a wonderful base for exploring the hills, lochs & coastline (incredible beaches!).

The cottage is very comfortable for 4 adults and as already mentioned, equipped really well! It's great not having to buy things like washing up liquid, oil, cling film etc... Dog friendly with a large, secure garden although it is quite a tick hotspot so regular checks needed. There's a huge variety of toys for kids of all ages so I'm sure younger visitors would also love it.

We were very sorry to leave & plan to return in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary


Loch Ness. 3.5 miles


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Inverness, Scottish Highlands & Islands

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Spring 2018
10 Mar 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £5

Saturdays are best for changeover, but I can be flexible.

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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