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The Best View Of Loch Ness

People4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Separate WC's1
Space 699 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Indoor Pool
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

1-Bedroom Luxury Apartment in Fort Augustus, Scottish Highlands - With Access To All The Abbey's Facilities

This exceptional split-level apartment in the Monastery Tower is truly unique. Beautiful original stone windows offer breathtaking views over Loch Ness. It has a stunning and private location on the top floor of St Benedict’s Abbey, a Victorian monastery that has been converted into luxury apartments. Stylishly decorated throughout, this property makes a wonderful romantic getaway.

Alternatively, it could be used for a party of four utilising the large sofa bed in the main living area.

The property is situated at the top of the grand stone staircase from the historic cloisters walkway. If you look at pictures of the Abbey, in many of them you will see a tall, square tower that stands above the rest of the building – this is where the Monastery Tower apartment is located.

In many of the apartments, and from the Abbey grounds itself, you will get some wonderful views of Loch Ness but the Monastery Tower offers truly unrestricted views over the trees and right across the water.

All of the rooms in the apartment are special but the highlight is probably the open plan living / kitchen area. A series of stunning arch windows work their way around this unique room bringing in much light and providing panoramic views of the loch and mountains.

Entertainment options include a flat screen TV with Freesat, Netflix (provided free to our guests), and bluetooth speakers for your phones and tablets. The fully fitted and well-equipped kitchen area features lovely granite work surfaces and the dining area has an oak dining table and four chairs.

Upstairs, the bedroom features a very comfortable king size bed, with windows overlooking the cloisters and a flat screen TV with an integrated DVD player for those lazy days.

Located next to the bedroom, the bathroom with its original quatrefoil windows and lovely views has a powerful built-in shower over the bath. There is also a second toilet located on the lower floor.

This welcoming apartment provides modern comforts and convenience whilst retaining many of its striking original features.

More Details

Owner
Nick and Sarah
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
18 October, 2017

About Nick and Sarah

Sarah and I moved to Scotland in 2010 after some 15 years in London. At first I continued to commute down south for a few days each week and Sarah worked in Dundee. We now have a young family, I work in Edinburgh and we are both loving the lifestyle up here.

My family are originally from Scotland and we wanted somewhere more relaxing to live and with access to the countryside. It has been a great move for us and we are really well settled in now.

Nick and Sarah purchased this apartment in 2007

Why Nick and Sarah chose Inverness, Loch Ness & Nairn

We bought the Monastery Tower in 2007 for a holiday apartment for ourselves whilst we were living in London. Very quickly the area became very special to us. We got married in Urquhart Castle and had our wedding reception in Fort Augustus.

Loch Ness is probably the most talked about strip of water in the world. "Nessie" may get most of the coverage the loch itself is truly beautiful and, whatever the weather, it is so peaceful looking across it at the hills and mountains.

But it's not all about the loch. The surrounding area is just as charming. There are so many interesting walks, many from the town itself and the sights are amazing.

What makes this apartment unique

St Benedict's Abbey was redeveloped as luxury holiday apartments a few years ago and named the Highland Club. The grounds are lovely, the architecture is stunning and its location is fantastic.

There are a number of facilities in the Abbey itself that guests can enjoy such as snooker (full size table), swimming, croquet, tennis and table tennis. Walking around the grounds is a real pleasure.

All of the apartments in the Highland Club offer something special and they are all so different that there is probably no such thing as the "best" apartment. However, we bought the Monastery Tower as we wanted 360 degree views of the area and, in particular, an unrestricted view of Loch Ness. If it is views that you want, then you really won't find a better choice at the Abbey.

2017 UPDATE - due to renovations, the swimming pool and sauna area in the Highlands Club will be unavailable for use until summer 2017.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just back from our 3 night stay at the Monastery Tower. Accommodation was first class, very unique with amazing views over the Loch. Highland club facilities were second to none. Excellent location for the surrounding areas. Would highly recommend it! - September 2013



Just back from 4 fantastic days in the Monastery tower. Couldn't have been better - wonderful views through every window, lovely apartment, really comfortable and excellently furnished. The whole complex was excellent and we really enjoyed ourselves. - September 2013



We stayed for 5 nights at the top of the Monastery tower. The views over Loch Ness were fantastic, well worth the climb. The amenities both within the apartment (fully equipped kitchen, towels and bedding, television and DVD) and the complex (swimming pool, snooker, table tennis, free Wi-Fi...) were top notch. Fort Augustus itself is a great base for visiting the region. - July 2013
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Location

Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Inverness
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Kilometres
Bothy and the Lock Inn
Nearest Golf
1 Kilometres
Fort Augustus
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Spean Bridge
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Kilometres
Boat House
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Glen Coe
Car: recommended

Coast/Beach:

The Abbey is literally on the shore of Loch Ness, probably the most famous strip of water in the world. If Nessie decides to make an appearance, you won't get a better view than from the Monastery Tower.

If you want to get to the sea shore, then the Moray Firth in Inverness (40 minute drive) is a beautiful place to visit - watch out for dolphins! The drive west towards Skye is longer but, with mountains and lochs at almost every turn, you won't be disappointed.

Travel:

The nearest train station is at Spean Bridge (20 minute drive) but there is more service to Inverness and Fort William (both a 40 minute drive). The nearest airport is Inverness where there is a regular service to London and other UK cities.

We would recommend bringing a car as there is so much to see that is beyond the reach of public transport. Inverness and the other major Scottish cities have plenty of car hire options - contact us for details.

Distances:

The centre of Fort Augustus is an easy (and beautiful) 5 minute walk away and there are plenty of choices there for eating out, including two excellent pubs. The Boathouse restaurant in the grounds of the Abbey is also recommended. The nearest major supermarkets are in Fort William and Inverness - stock up on your way here but the smaller supermarkets in Fort Augustus will cater for most things.

Further Details:

The Scottish Highlands are one of the world's most dramatic and beautiful locations and St Benedict's Abbey is itself one of the rein's highlights.

The monastery is built on the site of the original "Fort" Augustus and the old stone walls are still visible. The building dates back to the nineteenth century and has the intricate architecture and stonework you would expect of an ecclesiastical. Staying in the Monastery Tower is more than just having a stunning holiday apartment. You also have full access to the Abbey's grounds and facilities, including a swimming pool, sauna, gym and tennis court. Relax in the Highland Club lounge with its full-size snooker table and library of books or play croquet on the shores of Loch Ness - there is something for everyone.

There is also free wifi in the Highland Club lounge.

Fort Augustus itself is a charming town, split in half by the Caledonian Canal and a series of locks which are opened throughout the day as boats pass through.

As for Loch Ness itself, so much is written about it that it is hard to add much more. However, it is a beautiful loch, stretching over 30 miles and banked on both sides by steep mountains. What really strikes us is how much it changes during the day. You'll need to see the colours for yourself but, whether it is calm or rough, the view is spectacular. Settle down at a dining room table in the apartment and keep an eye out for the monster!

The surrounding area will appeal to walkers, cyclists, photographers and wildlife enthusiasts.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Fort Augustus in Highland

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 4
Building Type:
  • chateau / country house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 699 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • lake
  • mountain
  • resort
  • rural
  • village
  • waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Holiday Complex
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower)
    Cloakroom - Toilet
  • Located next to the bedroom, the bathroom with its original quatrefoil windows and lovely views has a powerful built-in shower over the bath. There is also a second toilet located on the lower floor.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (1 Bedroom and sofa bed in living room) Notes on bedrooms: Upstairs, the bedroom features a very comfortable wrought iron king size bed, with windows overlooking the cloisters and a flat screen TV with Freeview and an integrated DVD player. There is plentiful storage with a built-in wardrobe and chest of drawers.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Sauna ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • ski lift pass
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Outside: The Abbey lawns are well maintained and, according to the season, there are a number of sporting activities that you can enjoy right on the doorstep (and at no extra cost). And if you just want to watch, Fort William's cricket team play on the pitch within the Abbey grounds. There is also outdoor seating and a barbecue area. There are numerous parking spaces around the building. There is a restaurant in the grounds in the old boathouse. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Cotton bed linen and towels and feather duvets and pillows are provided as standard (but hollow fibre duvets and pillows can be provided at your request). Other: Entertainment options include a flat screen TV with Freesat, Netflix, DVD player and bluetooth speakers.

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5

The prefect retreat and the best views in an adorable town!

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough great things about our stay here! My stepmom and I stayed here for three nights during a 2 week vacation to Scotland and we were wishing we had more time here. Nick and Sarah have been in communication since I booked this a few months ago and were sure to give us all the info. we needed. Upon arrival, Mike was great to show us around the property and made sure we had everything we needed. I can't wait to come back!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your lovely review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to seeing you again. Nick & Sarah
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5

Lovely place to stay in Ft. Augustus

  • 5 of 5

The Monastery Tower at The Highland Club was a great place to stay, stairs and all. The unit was comfortable and well-equipped, and check-in was well organized and friendly. The grounds of the Highland CLub are serene and beautiful, and just a short walk into town. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and we hope to see you again.
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Gorgeous

  • 5 of 5

This place is awesome, they have everything you want or need. It is tastefully refurbished, honoring the original monastery, beautiful well maintained grounds, plenty of fun communal areas.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Lots of stairs but worth the climb! Awesome view and well done.

  • 5 of 5

We loved it!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic views and lovely historic setting

  • 5 of 5

Lovely apartment. Very light and airy. Loved the views and exploring the building. Plenty to do in the area and we were lucky to have good weather. Think I counted 100 steps to the apartment so need to be fairly fit but we needed the exercise after eating out at The Bothy ( very good food). All in all a wonderful break in the Highlands.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful view and amazing place

  • 5 of 5

This place will remain in our memories forever. It is an absolutely stunning location. The views are amazing. Now with all that said, don't take the walk up for granted it is about 4 floors up and with luggage this can be a bit daunting. But the unit is very nice and the master bedroom very romantic. The grounds are also stunning and you can really get the feel for the abbey. The remodel is done amazingly and you have all the comforts of home in a truly historic building.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Fort Augustus, Scottish Highlands & Islands

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Autumn
2 Sep 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
£280
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Late autumn
4 Nov 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
£215
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Christmas and new year
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
2 night minimum stay
£300
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Winter
6 Jan 2018 - 23 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay
£250
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£500
 
 
Easter
24 Mar 2018 - 13 Apr 2018
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£300
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Spring
14 Apr 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
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£290
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please contact us and we will send you a booking form. We accept payment by credit card (via PayPal), bank transfer, cheque or Barclays Pingit. A deposit of 20% of the rental is payable on booking. The balance of the rental is payable six weeks prior to arrival. For bookings made less than six weeks in advance, the total amount is payable on the booking.

Changeover Day:
Changeover is typically Saturday but we always try to be flexible. Please just let us know your preferred dates and we will do whatever we can to accommodate you.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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