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Country Cottage Near Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle And The Village of Drumnadrochit



Updated: 05-Oct-2016
Country Cottage in Balbeg, Glenurquhart, Nr. Loch Ness, Scotland - Secluded Location on Top of the Hill, Ideal for Nessie Watching, Touring the Highlands, Hill Walking

The Manor House is the original farmhouse of the country estate at Balbeg, near Loch Ness and Drumnadrochit, Urquhart castle and Nessie are close by. The house was built in 1888 and was fully renovated in late 2011 adding a new kitchen extension and conservatory, it sleeps 4-5 in 2 bedrooms, has 2 bathrooms/toilets and a new kitchen and conservatory. The Manor House sits on top of the hill in picturesque Glenurquhart in the small village of Balbeg. The house has 180 degree views of Glenurquhart overlooking loch Meklie and up to the mountains of the West coast up to 40 miles away. The house is surrounded by a working hill farm and backs onto moorland. This is a beautiful and secluded location for anyone looking for a quiet holiday or a central location to tour the highlands. The Isle of Skye and the famous village of Plockton can be toured within a day returning to Glenurquhart in the evening. Inverness, is 20 minutes away. Castle Stuart golf course is a mere 25 miles away.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I am Jim McGregor a native of Glenurquhart and Balnain.

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5 Reviews

based on 5 holidaymaker reviews


Lovely sized property in fantastic surroundings

  • 4 of 5

It was difficult to located the property as it didn't have a name post (which it does now). Very spacious living area and good-sized bathrooms. Second bedroom could have more storage as there was plenty of room. It is a good place to stay to travel to many places of interest including Glen Affric, Inverness, Fort George, Cairngorms and even John' O Groats! We had good weather which made the holiday even better. Nice place to relax and get away from it all and watch the wildlife. Good local shops in Drumnadrochit and very interesting Loch Ness visitor Centre. A very enjoyable holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Séjour à la campagne

  • 4 of 5

Tel que décrit. Liz very helpful. The owner responded quickly to our questions and request. Le calme à la campagne. Il faut méditer dans le solarium, en face des collines et des pâturages! A small welcoming package very appreciated if you arrive late in the afternoon. Tous les appareils ménagers fonctionnent très bien. Bed is comfortable. Avons assisté brièvement à la tonte des moutons chez le voisin! No problem orienting yourself with a GPS. Lots to visit - a must: l'île de Skye.

I would recommend this cottage without hesitation. Venez visiter les Highlands en restant dans ce petit bungalow de campagne.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous cottage

  • 5 of 5

What a gem, a fabulous cottage in an unspoilt area with views to die for, everything you need to relax and unwind with welcome goodies and a very warm welcome from Liz who made sure everything was just perfect. Plenty of lovely wildlife to see, sheep and cows next door and a variety of birds. We were lucky to have the full moon rising over the glen, very romantic. The weather was excellent for the whole week and the location is perfect for touring.we will never forget our holiday in the highlands and would not hesitate to recommend this cottage, thanks!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

We were a family of five adults, staying for a week. Liz (Jim's aunt) called in to ensure we had everything we needed.

The cottage is fully equipped, including tea, coffee, sugar, loo rolls etc.

A welcome gift of fruit, biscuits and wine were very appreciated.

The water is hot throughout the day which is excellent.

We did have a problem with sorting out the fridge temp. Liz responded quickly, bringing a fridge thermometer and stayed to check that the fridge temp was cooling and at the correct temp.

The name of the house on the wall would be a good idea, as we were unsure if we'd found the right house.

I ordered food from Asda on line and had it delivered.

Co-op in Drumnadrochit is well stocked should you forget to bring something.

Many thanks for sharing your "home".

  • Review Submitted: Jun 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great stay

  • 5 of 5

We found The Manor House warm, comfortable and spacious. We had a lovely welcome visit from the owner's representative. The only slight issue was originally finding the house as although the directions we received were clear, the house itself is not marked with a name on it and is one of 3 on top of the hill. However, our stay was really enjoyable.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 24, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

I bought the property in 1985 from an old school friend with the intention of renovating and living in the house. However my work kept me from renovating it until last year.

Activity and Interests

Special interest holidays:

Balnain bike park is 1 mile away.


This is a country cottage in the highlands of Scotland, Inverness, the capital of the Highlands is 20 miles away. The nearest airport is at Inverness. It is recommended that you use a car to reach the cottage.


Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness and Urquhart castle is 5 miles away. Inverness is 20 miles away. Glen Affric is 8 miles away. You can drive to Plockton, Sky, and back in a day.

Further Details:

Cruise Loch Ness on the Drumnadrochit cruise boats or visit the Loch Ness Monster exhibitions at Drumnadrochit.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Autumn break
15 Oct 2016 - 29 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas and New year
24 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Easter break 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 29 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2017
17 Jun 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas 2017
23 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please email the owner at Jim McGregor for booking. 50% deposit to be paid at time of booking, remainder 1 month before the start of let.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday. Departure by 10am, arrivals after 4pm. This gives us time to clean the property for you. These times are flexible on a case by case basis.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 05-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

The location of the house is one of its strong points, it is on the top of the hill and has some of the best views in Glenurquhart. It is close to Loch Ness and Glen Affric and ideally situated for touring the highlands.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • DVD Player
  • Television


  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • 2 spacious toilet/showers, 1 upstairs and the other downstairs.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 1 double bedroom, 2 single beds in other bed room plus 1 fold away bed.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Outside: Situated in nearly 1/2 an acre of land this property faces onto farmland with views of up to 40 miles away to the mountains of the West coast. The village of Balbeg backs onto moorland and is superb for hill walking and wildlife enthusiasts with red and roe deer, grouse, capercaillie, pine martin etc available locally. Utility Room: Clothes dryer, washing machine. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included. These are changed prior to occupancy. Other: Dining room comfortably seats 6. Conservatory at front has 180 degree views of Glenurquhart up to the hills of Glen Affric.

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