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Historic Castle and Cottage On Private Estate - The Cottage



Updated: 16-Oct-2016
Cottage and Castle near Beauly, Scotland - Peaceful Location Close To River

1 Erchless Cottages, known as the Factors Cottage, is situated on a private estate in the fertile land of the Glen of Strathglass near the pretty town of Beauly. The spacious rooms have been tastefully furnished and the cottage, which is part of the original steading, is an ideal base for enjoying the stunning local scenery and exploring the riches of Loch Ness, Glen Affric and the surrounding area. Factors Cottage is the end one of three Victorian listed stone cottages in the grounds of Erchless Castle

You will be welcomed with a complementary bottle of wine and tasty shortbread biscuits handmade in the Highlands, The separate dining room is ideal for getting round the table in the evenings and catching up on the day before settling down round a log fire. Watch for deer and red squirrels in the fields and forests or salmon leaping in the river as you enjoy walking through the estate. Whether you wish to play golf, ride, visit the local distillery or explore the area by foot or bike there is an abundance of things to do and see from watching dolphins in the Moray Firth to visiting the historic sites of Culloden, Urqhuart castle and Castle Leod. Spend a day visiting the west coast on the wonderfully scenic railway from Beauly to Kyle of Lochalsh or watch the water thunder down the drop at Plodda Falls a few miles away near the pretty village of Tomich.

The relatively short distance from Inverness airport makes the area very accessible for a short break in the spacious and well equipped cottage or the magnificent historic castle.

More Details

Details for holiday cottage The Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 3 Bathrooms

BEDROOMS: Bedroom one with double bed and bathroom adjacent

Bedroom two with twin beds and shower

Bedroom three with twin beds and en suite shower room. Comfortable beds Egyptian cotton sheets

BATHROOMS: Bathroom adjacent to bedroom one with bath/shower over, wc and handbasin. En-suite shower bedroom 2 no wc. En-suite shower bedroom 3 with wc and handbasin. Downstairs cloakroom with wc

KITCHEN: Range cooker, freezer, fridge, microwave, dishwasher, table and chairs

UTILITY ROOM: Iron , ironing board

LIVING ROOM: Living room with wood burning stove, TV with DVD player , wifi

DINING ROOM: Dining room seats six comfortably

CLEANING/TOWELS/LINEN: Towels and linen are included

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

The estate is privately owned by the Hon M Robson whose family have owned the estate for over 60 years. Until the 1930's the castle was the seat of Clan Chisholm.

Speaks English

Guestbook comments from the owner

The cottage was far more spacious and comfortable than I expected. The kitchen was well equipped and the welcome bottle of wine was a nice surprise. We all had a great time - brilliant to have a dining room for getting round the table in the evenings
Aug 2015
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Absolutely fabulous place to stay in a wonderful l

  • 5 of 5

A lovely little cottage. It was spacious enough for our family of six. Well kept and clean. Plenty of facilities for everyone without argument. The oustide space was pleasant and large enough for all the family sports my children wanted to play. Set in the grounds of Erchless Estate with walks and wildlife on the doorstep. The nightly badger visits were captivating.

Alison and Greg were fantastic at accommodating any needs we had. Alison is a wonderful baker, the menu is well worth a try. They were fantastic company, can't thank them enough.

The location is an ideal base to explore a much wider area. We particularly enjoyed our day on Dornoch Beach. A Jacobite cruise on Loch Ness is well worth it and they are very good with children. (We invaded the wheelhouse and sat in the Captains chair watching the sonar to see if Nessie would come out to play.) One of the highlights was a trip up to Cougie for pony trekking. A very long and pot-holed road but definitely worth it in the end.

All in all a fabulous holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou -I am glad you had a good holiday exploring some of the places the area has to offer. It was good to meet you and just to let you know that we give a 5 per cent discount to returning guests. Please let the children know that the chickens have arrived in the walled garden and are doing well !
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From the Owner

This magnificent castle is surrounded by farmland in an area of stunning natural beauty, with the dramatic landscape of the hills beyond, yet it is easily accessible by road rail and air with Inverness being only 40 minutes away by car. Fantastic for getting together with family and friends, relaxing round the fire in cooler months or enjoying the hot tub in summer. The games room and full size snooker table can be a welcome diversion on a wet day, but the extensive grounds are a joy to explore and relax in whatever the weather. Comfortable beds including two four posters, luxurious Toiletries from the Highland Soap Company and thick fluffy bathrobes help to soothe aching muscles after a day on the hill or just visiting local places of interest and ensure a good nights sleep. We can also supply delicious home cooked meals on request for your arrival. - just ask for details.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Inverness at 30 Miles Nearest Barpub : Cnoc Hotel at 1 Miles Nearest Golf : Aigas at 2 Miles Nearest Train : Beauly at 9 Metres Nearest Restaurant : Struy at 1 Miles Nearest Ski : Aviemore at 40 Miles Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Salmon fishing and stalking in season. We can also arrange group activities such as archery, mini highland games, or a visiting beautician for massages and treatments.

Visit the distillery or enjoy the shores of Loch Ness. The well known beautiful Glen Affric is nearby, and Plodda Falls are a must to visit. For the more energetic it is possible to bag three Munros in a day.

Culloden, Castle Laud,and the Museum of Childhood are all within easy reach. Inverness has all the attractions of a city and it is a delight to discover small restaurants, the castle watch the boats on the Caledonian Canal.


Forty minutes by car to the moray firth for coastal activities and where seals and dolphins are a common sight.


Inverness airport forty minutes by car. Flybe and Easyjet fly to Inverness. Car recommended.Nearest local railway station is Beauly 8 miles away.


Nearest town Beauly approximately eight miles. Glen Affric approximately 8 miles,

Loch Ness, Drumnadrochit, approximately 12 miles. Muir of Ord distillery, Strathpfeffer, Castle Leod approx 15 miles. Inverness 45 minutes by car.

Further Details:

Estate produced meat (beef and lamb) is available and can be pre ordered and put in the fridge for your arrival.

Local store and pub at Cannich 8 miles, restaurants shops in Beauly 8 miles. Small hotel with restaurant 1/4 mile easy walking distance.local pub 1/2 mile.

Fishing in season often available - enquire for availability

Subject to availability, there is an accomplished local piper who will play in the castle grounds by arrangement.

Local small plane trips can also be arranged.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
4 Sep 2016 - 30 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
31 Oct 2016 - 18 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
21 Dec 2016 - 28 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
New Year
29 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
8 Jan 2017 - 26 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
27 Mar 2017 - 25 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
26 Jun 2017 - 27 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please phone for details - deposit 25%, full payment required six weeks before let

Changeover Day:

Notes on prices:
Short breaks often available at 75% of weekly price on request out of high season - please e-mail details of request and we will get back to you.

25% deposit then full balance due six weeks prior to stay

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From the Owner

The castle is comfortable and spacious with a unique sense of history and wonderful views across the glen to the hills. The peace and tranquillity of the surroundings with the gentle lilt of the river in the background make it a paradise for relaxing and seeing local wildlife . including the native red squirrel. For several centuries it was the home of clan Chisholm and still retains many original features.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster


  • Dining Room


  • Games ...
  • Television


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • river
  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Downstairs cloakroom with wc


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, Bathroom adjacent
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, shower en suite
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, shower and wc en suite


  • Bicycles
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue
  • 1 bicycles


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Spacious comfortable accommodation with all the charm of a well loved family home, perfect for friends and family gatherings, humungous dining room table for sociable dining, cosy log fires and stunning views. All our bedlinen is Egyptian cotton with cosy feather duvets, pillows and mattress toppers. We have one double room with wool bedding suitable for allergy sufferers and provide toiletries by the Highland Soap Company. Non smoking. Outside: The castle is in a wonderful setting, lawn and barbecue area outside, croquet lawn and set, outdoor hot tub for summer use, peaceful gardens with river and stunning views. Mountain bikes available subject to availability at nominal charge. Cottage also has lawn and barbecue area.

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