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Contemporary Highland House minutes from Loch Ness

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Spacious 3 bedroom house- 10 Minutes From Loch Ness, With Views Over The Great Glen And Inchnacardoch Forest.

Oiseval is at the end of a short private road that leads directly onto the Great Glen Way, about 5 minutes from the village centre of Fort Augustus. The house itself is just three years old, and has been designed for maximum comfort and liveability, but with striking architectural features such as the chapel style ceiling in the main living area. This, like the rest of the living area downstairs is open plan, which creates a seamless feel throughout the house as well as maximising effective heat circulation; no bad thing in an area which has to cope with sub zero winter temperatures!

There are three comfortably sized double bedrooms, one downstairs and the other two upstairs. The whole house is amazingly light as every main living area is either double or triple aspect to ensure people get every opportunity to see the surrounding countryside; at the front, spectacular views over the Great Glen and at the back, views of Inchnacardoch Forest which is practically on the doorstep.

We have (very friendly) neighbours on one side of the house, but the rest of the surrounding land is still croft land which creates a great sense of privacy without feeling too isolated.

The house is an excellent starting point for numerous walks - through the forest, along the side of the River Oich towards Auchterawe as well as sections of the Great Glen Way, where in minutes, you'll feel very close to nature (helped by the abundant wildlife) and that you've come a long way from civilisation. But you haven't; the house is also near enough to the village for you to be able to get an extra pint of milk if you've run out, or a good meal at one of a number of local eateries.

Whilst we have kept the adult accommodation to six is this is the maximum number that can be accommodated comfortably, we will consider on request accommodating a small child, and a cot and high chair are available in the house.

More Details

Owner
Ros Dunn
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
8 July, 2017

About Ros Dunn

Buying Oiseval is part of our planned retirement strategy. I have already stopped working full time, but my husband David has a few years to go. We've been coming up to the Highlands for some time, keeping an eye out for a suitable place and fell in love with Oiseval as soon as we saw it.

Sadly, we aren't yet able to get up to the Highlands as much as we'd like and so we'd like the house to be used and appreciated by others when we're not there. But of course, we're looking forward to a time where we'll be able to spend more time there ourselves.

Ros Dunn purchased this house in 2015

Why Ros Dunn chose Inverness, Loch Ness & Nairn

Fort Augustus is a lovely village in its own right, with an attractive centre built round a flight of five locks that are part of the Caledonian Canal, and with a great location on the shores of one of the most beautiful (and famous) stretches of water in the world. But it is also a great place from which to "do" the Highlands with everything (even John O'Groats, 130 miles away) with in a manageable driving distance, and the chance to drive (or cycle) through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the UK.

What makes this house unique

Oiseval is a new house and its previous owners, who had the house built, told us that they had modelled it on the best of everywhere they had lived before. it worked; not only is it incredibly comfortable and relaxing, but it is also very well organised as living, dining, sleeping and working space. And because it is new it meets very stringent environmental standards, making it very well insulated and easy to keep warm, but also draft free. When we stayed there in sub zero winter temperatures, we didn't need to use the radiators because the wood burning stove kept the whole house warm! This means that Oiseval is not just a lovely place to come home to after a long day's walking/cycling, but a very comfortable place to relax in when the weather is being at its most unkind.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Great and spacious accommodation in the cosy town Fort Augustus. Just behind the house you can get up on walking path in the Highlands and I played golf on the local course which is 5 minutes away. Only regret is I didn't go swimming in Loch Ness!" Tobias, Stockholm.
Jan 2015
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Inverness in Highland

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Ensuite bathroom with downstairs bedroom Downstairs guest toilet Upstairs family bathroom with shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: downstairs, kingsize bed with ensuite shower room. Bedroom 2: upstairs, with one double bed Bedroom 3: upstairs, with two twin beds (and room for a cot) A travel cot is available for use; bedding is also provided
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • ski
  • tennis
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: Basic welcome pack included on arrival. This includes milk, teabags, coffee and initial firewood. Initial cleaning materials i.e. washing powder and washing up liquid/dishwasher tablets will also be provided. There is a book of the house in the property, with details of all appliances etc, as well as emergency phone numbers. We also operate a "use and replace" policy; this includes food left in the freezer and tins for late arrivers. Outside: There is plenty of outside space in an enclosed garden, including space to eat out and sunbathe when the weather allows! There is a carefully placed bird table on the front lawn, which gives hours of pleasure if you put food on the table and watch the birds come for their lunch. Outdoor seating and a small barbecue are included. Utility Room: Small utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer, hoover and sweeping brushes, iron and ironing board. Entrance to rear of property. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels (including tea towels) and bed linen are included with a small additional per person charge for laundry and cleaning. For guests staying more than one week, linen will be changed once each week for a further small charge.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(28 traveller reviews)

Contemporary Highland House minutes from Loch Ness
average rating of 4.928571 based on 29 reviews
5

AMAZING !!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing cottage...I have stayed in many cottages but this was the best I stayed in. A warm welcome awaited us when we arrived and the place was immaculate and very comfortable. Great location. Definitely recommend.....The instruction booklet that was there was very clear and detailed so we did not have any trouble..

  • Review Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful home away from home. Warm and private

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful place, everything you could need and more. Very nice location, close to great routes for Isle of Skye, Inverness, and Fort Williams. House was spacious and cozy. Had a trip we will never forget with my wife and two boys. Magical place!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Tennessee, USA
5

Cozy, welcoming, and lovely home

  • 5 of 5

My family of four spent our Christmas holiday in Ros's lovely Highland home. Everything was spot-on as described (perhaps better!) and we had a most enjoyable visit. My children loved playing in the garden and feeding the birds. Cozy fires in the evening and meals prepared the the excellent kitchen made it feel like home, only better - in Scotland! Walking to the village for an excellent pub meal was one of the highlights of our trip. We loved it so much at Fort Augustus that we are planning to return (and hopefully to this house!) later this year. Thank you, Ros, for sharing your home with us. xx

  • Review Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Cosy and charming house in the heart of Scotland

  • 5 of 5

Oiseval is a lovely house, everything was clean and well furnished. We had nice evenings in the seating lounge with the bay windows, great view on the valley of Fort Augutus.

It is also perfectly located if you plan to visit Loch Ness and its surroundings, or even for a full day in the Isle of Skye. And when the sun comes up (or down), we recommend to go for a short walk at the Boathouse, it's 5 minutes away from the house and there's a stunning panorama on the Loch!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
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Canberra, Australia
5

Outstanding house, right on the Great Glen Way

  • 5 of 5

Oiseval is an outstanding house furnished and equipped to a very high standard. It is light and spacious with great views from most windows; it has such a nice feel about it. It is in a peaceful location just a short stroll from the heart of the pleasant village of Fort Augustus. It is within easy reach of many of the greats of the Scottish Highlands.

But for us being able to walk out the door onto the Great Glen Way nearby was fantastic. With only a little effort we had spectacular views along Loch Ness and back towards Ben Nevis. Then to return home to such a pleasant, comfortable and want-for-nothing house was just perfect.

We also appreciated the large amount of very well organised information (and maps) available in the house, that really helped us get the most out of our visit. It also made us realise that there is so much that can be done with Oiseval as a base that we will have to return for a longer visit.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
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5

Beautiful house

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house, clean and comfortable.

There is all what you need and even much more. The interior decoration is nice and cosy.

We have had a great stay !

  • Review Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
32 Miles
Inverness
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Lock Inn and Bothy Bar
Nearest Ferry
55 Miles
Isle of Skye
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Fort Augustus
Nearest Train
32 Miles
Inverness or Fort William
Nearest Motorway
500 Metres
A82
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Inch Hotel
Nearest Ski
32 Miles
Nevis range
Nearest Beach
50 Miles
West coast of Scotland
Car: recommended

Coast/Beach:

It's a 10 minute walk down to the shores of Loch Ness, although this isn't swimming or sunbathing territory!

Travel:

Use of a car, which can be hired from both train stations and the Airport, is strongly recommended. There are flights to Inverness Airport from the UK and Amsterdam. Overseas visitors would also find it easy to get connecting flights from the main international UK airports, or could fly to Glasgow or Edinburgh and either drive or get a train to Inverness. The Caledonian Sleeper serves both Inverness and Fort William (except on Saturdays). There are also a number of local bus services

Distances:

Fort Augustus is 33 miles from Inverness and 31 miles from Fort William, which is close to Ben Nevis. These are the "bookends " of the Great Glen Way. We're 60 miles to the Isle of Skye,with easy access by car to the beautiful West Coast of Scotland, but also within reach of the East Coast, and the Black Isle.

Further Details:

Local Shops and restaurants:

There are two general stores, one (the Great Glen Trading Centre) has a Londis attached to the local garage, also selling a wide variety of tourist goods and walking clothes, plus a very good selection of Whiskies. The other general store, MacVeans, also supplies a range of good and has a small coffee shop attached, overlooking the River Oich.

There are a number of other local shops, selling hand made souvenirs and gifts, as well as a very good butcher on the Canalside.

There is also a good selection of places to eat, from fine dining at the Lovat to more basic fish and chips at the Canalside Chip Shop. restaurants tend to be situated along the side of the Caledonian Canal or, in one case (The Boathouse) overlooking the Loch itself.

For things to do:

Try the Clansman Centre which is about life in the highlands in the 17/18th centuries. It also has a very good gift shop. the Caledonian Canal visitor Centre is also worth visiting, as it explains how the caledonian Canal was built, a masterpiece of engineering for its time.

And really, no visit is complete without a cruise on Loch Ness, which sets off from the entrance to the loch at Fort Augustus; you don't need to believe in Nessie, and the Loch is absolutely breathtaking when you take a trip out on it.

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Prices & Availability

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

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
High season
3 Jun 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
£370
for 3 nights
From
£120
£850
 
 
Mid season
3 Sep 2017 - 20 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£340
for 3 nights
From
£110
£780
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £25
Linen/cleaning per guest £10
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

ADDITIONAL NOTES ON PAYMENT TERMS AND OTHER CHARGES

The security deposit of £150 is due at the time of booking, and will be included with the first rental payment.

We charge £10 PER PERSON per stay towards the cost of linen and cleaning. For stays of more than one week, we charge £5 per person for an additional linen changeover.
We make a small charge for pets of £5 per pet per night, up to a maximum of £25.
We charge a £75 Premium for stays of 3 days during mid and high season.

These charges will be added to the basic rental costs as applicable.

We have recently started to accept online bookings via Owners Direct/HomeAway and payments via Paypal as well as by direct bank transfer. Owners Direct/HomeAway charge a Service Charge fee, which guests pay direct to them. Payments made to us through PayPal will attract an additional charge to cover their additional cost to us.


PLEASE NOTE: these charges may NOT appear correctly in the automatic quote because of the way the quote is generated. But we will make them clear to you through the booking process.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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