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Spacious House in a spectacularly scenic area, mountains, forests and glens

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

3 bedroomed rural retreat, walks and cycles from the door

There is heaps of space to relax and unwind in this peaceful and comfortable, dog friendly, post and beam house with turf roof. Seven acres of private grounds close to the beautiful Glen Affric Nature Reserve. The surrounding mountains and three glens, Affric, Cannich and Strathfarrar, are spectacularly scenic with very diverse wildlife. Explore the wild places on your doorstep and relax in the peace and quiet. Starry night skies, beautiful highland rivers and lochs, and central location for day trips to the east and west coast.

liz Balharry
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
12 April, 2018

About liz Balharry

I work locally as an ecologist and have worked in the past on educational projects for organisations like Scottish Natural Heritage. Although my family and I have lived here for 25 years, we have still much to learn about the this amazing place. Having the Glen Affric Nature Reserve on the doorstep, close access to the high tops and miles and miles of forestry tracks and trails for running on, biking and general exploring, are key reasons why we enjoy living here. We also love the peace and quiet and gentle pace of life in this very rural area.

liz Balharry purchased this house in 1980

Why liz Balharry chose Tomich

About twenty five years ago we came to Glen Affric to work. We loved it here and were offered a little cottage, the croft house, to rent. The owners kindly offered to sell us the house and although we had to move to Perth, we were allowed to holiday-let it in the summer to cover our purchase payments. Several years later we returned to the cottage to live permanently and to raise a family, as it is a perfect place for this. We built a timber framed, eco friendly addition onto the house, which took many years, as self-builds do, but gained many skills in the process and the kids enjoyed all the sawdust and mess. With children now adults, we are building another house on a site near Cannich, and renting out the Croft to people who want to get to know this beautiful area.

What makes this house unique

What i enjoy about living here is: the peace and quiet, no background noise of traffic, just bird song and the river; the clean air - all the trees and stones are thick with lichens. The space - you walk out the door and you can go for miles and miles in any direction, paths, forest tracks, quiet single track roads. There are rivers to picnic by, waterfalls, and lochs and pools to swim in. There are route guides at the house, to help you explore the area, by bike, car and on foot (by canoe and on horseback too - if you like!) and there are identification guides for plants and animals too. I love watching barn owls fly past the window on dusk, finding slow worms in the compost heap and hearing the stags roaring in the Autumn. The starry night skies are the icing on the cake!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Tomich in Highland

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 17:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Downstairs bathroom with large deep bath, shower over bath, wc and hand basin, door to corridor and to Bedroom 2. Upstairs shower room with wc and hand basin. Separate wc down stairs.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed & sofa bed Bedroom 2 with king size bed Bedroom 3 with 2 single beds
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Plenty of hot water, strict No Smoking policy (house must be booked by non-smoker who will undertake to ensure that any smokers in their party do not smoke inside the house or near open doors or windows. Dogs welcome if well-behaved and friendly to other dogs and people as the garden is large but unfenced. Dogs are not allowed on the beds or soft furniture. Logs are provided for the wood burning stove Outside: Seven acres of garden ground with lawns and woodland. Outdoor seating, camp fire area and organic fruit and vegetable garden. Covered drying area with table tennis table and additional shed for storing out door equipment such as bikes and canoes. large area for parking. Utility Room: Washing machine and storage space for out-door gear. Linen and towels, for the number of guests stated in the booking, are included with the rental. Other: pantry with larder fridge and shelving for easy storage of groceries


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(44 traveller reviews)

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Spacious House in a spectacularly scenic area, mountains, forests and glens
average rating of 4.8863635 based on 44 reviews

Beautiful cottage, beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

Liz was incredibly helpful in the lead up to staying. When we arrived at the cottage we were in complete joy of how great the croft is, the photos do not do this cottage justice. The place is large and locate in such a beautiful part of Scotland. Great location for exploring the Highlands and Skye. We took a few walks from the cottage and over the glen in Affric. Beautiful. Highlights of the cottage was the surroundings, the large rooms, the fireplace and the cosiness. One of the best cottages I have stayed in.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A gem of a place nestled in beautiful countryside

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful property in a beautiful setting with everything that you need for a great holiday. Plodda Falls and Glen Affric are nearby and the Spar shop at Cannich has all your essential and more. The Lodge is simply stunning and provided the peace, tranquillity and fresh air that we love. I have booked this accommodation previously and have another holiday planned for September here. The only setback to providing such a glowing account of Liz Balharrys The Lodge, is that other people will want to go and I want it all for myself!!! Seriously though - it's a gem of a place and Liz has thought of everything. We all loved it.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing week at The Croft

  • 5 of 5

This is our 2nd stay at The croft and like the 1st visit it was absolute bliss. On arrival the house was lovely and warm with a log fire blazing and the house was spotlessly clean. Liz is very thoughtful in how the Croft is presented, all the wood and stone make it feel natural. We listened to the owls every night which at first was a puzzle as we weren't aware what the noise was. I would like to refer to the review that only gave 1 star and was quite scathing. The conclusion that we came to was that those people would be more suited to Butlins. In our opinion and the opinion of everybody else that have left a review, 5 stars is not enough, 10 would be more appropriate. We most definitely will be going back to the croft. Thank you Liz for an amazing week.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you that was very kind and looking forward to having you back to the Croft!
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Absolutely love The Croft

  • 5 of 5

4th time at the The Croft amd will be back again. That really says all you need to know.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 1 of 5

We arrived on Friday 6th October for a week's break with our dogs. After a 10 hour car journey - we were met by Liz - who was supposed to be cleaning The Croft. The pictures that are advertised on here ARE NOTHING LIKE IT. I have never stayed in such a dirty cottage in my life. We lasted last than 48 hours - I sourced another cottage via a different company and we left the Croft on Sunday 8th October. I am taking this further with HomeAway and a full refund is being requested. I have evidence of the state of the cottage. The garden IS NOT dog friendly - the 7 acres of land is actually the hill/mountain behind you, which you cannot get up. The whole property had fumes from the oil burner which gives you a headache every day. I could go on and on - but I won't as there would not be enough space to type it all in. All the advertising of this property is totally incorrect and misleading. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS PROPERTY AT ALL

  • Review Submitted: 16-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This review and the comments left in the visitor book were a huge shock to me. All the more surprising because these guests arrived over 2.5 hours early and were in the house making themselves at home while I worked in the garden for well over an hour. They told me they loved the house and smiled and waved goodbye when I left. If they did leave after 2 days they didn't inform me at the time or make any attempt to contact me. I returned a week later to find the house left unlocked and uncleaned or tidied by them. Although they have said they will write to Owners Direct they haven't yet done so. Two of their party cancelled on medical grounds just prior to their arrival - I can only think that the note and the threat of a bad review were a way of trying to get me to agree to give them a discount or return their money, They have certainly threatened me with 'further action' of various sorts which fits with the fact they have neither followed through with a written complaint to Owners Direct and that they left posting their review for 8 days after their stated departure. Please read the other reviews and make a balanced judgement on where the truth lies. Needless almost to say, the house was cleaned as carefully and to the high standard I always clean it. I had also told them prior to booking that the gardens were unfenced and wouldn't keep a dog in and that neighbouring dogs equally might wander up. When they arrived they informed me that one of their dogs was an ex ratter, a rescue, and couldn't be trusted with other dogs, they advised me to put my dog in my car, before they let theirs out. I really don't understand quite what led these visitors to behave the way they did. However, they are the only upsetting and bad experience I have ever had letting, I won't be bullied or blackmailed so their review is up for you to make your own judgement on. Many many thank yous to all the genuine, lovely people who have previously booked, left the house so clean and tidy and given thoughtful and real reviews
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Lovely Getaway

  • 4 of 5

Truly unique home with special features everywhere. Filled with light from all of the skylights so even on a rainy day (and there were a few!) the house was bright and cheerful.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Spectacularly beautiful area with ancient pinewoods, mountains, lochs, waterfalls, sheltered glens, and open expanses.

You are centrally placed to explore the east and west coast of Scotland, day trips just 1-2 hours to west coast beaches and east coast attractions. Inverness airport is 1 hours drive, car hire or use of car is recommended.

The nearest villages, Tomich (1/2 mile) Cannich (4 miles), nearest town Beauly (21 miles), nearest city Inverness (32 miles).

Fishing, pony trekking, craft courses, and mountain bike hire are available locally. Golf courses, art galleries, a wide range of places to eat out, and specialist stores are found in and around Beauly (22 miles) and Loch Ness (16 miles).


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Tomich, Scotland

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
rate 10
10 Mar 2018 - 28 Apr 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
rate 3
29 Apr 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
rate 4
2 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
rate 11
30 Jun 2018 - 5 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
late 2018
6 Sep 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
christmas 2018
21 Dec 2018 - 11 Jan 2019
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

cleaning £70
Refundable Damage Deposit £75
Pet Fee £0

Once the owner has received your inquiry you will be sent an email confirming price and availability and a booking form plus terms and conditions for the let. The price includes linen and towels for the numbers booked, wood fuel for the stove, and all reasonable use of electricity and oil.
Well behaved dogs which are friendly towards people and other dogs are welcome, please note that the garden is unfenced. There is no additional charge although owners must clean up after their pets and bring dog beds or blankets for them to use. There is a strict no smoking policy in and around the house and the property must be booked by a non-smoker who must ensure that any smoker in the party only smokes outside the house and away from any open doors and windows.
Guests need to monitor their internet usage and remain within the 5 GB per week (or 0.71 GB per day booked) allowance.

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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