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Traditional Highland Cottage Overlooking Loch Ness

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Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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About the property

Tranquil Cottage overlooking Loch Ness with mountain views, close to Inverness, Drumnadrochit and many other stunning locations like the Black Isle and Nairn Beaches

Rowan Cottage overlooks Loch Ness with splendid views to the village of Dores on the far side also the hills and mountains beyond. Situated in the rural location of Abriachan it offers Comfort, Privacy and Tranquility while close to the City of Inverness and many other places of interest, an excellent location from which to explore the Highlands. There are walks on the door step should you wish to stay close to your base, maps and guides provided. There is one spacious, light bedroom with a King-size bed with quality mattress, original art work on the wall, thick curtains to keep out the early morning light. The sitting area has an open fire, sofa and easy chair. An entertainment cabinet holds the flat screen TV, DVD Player/Recorder and Sky Box. We provide a number of DVD's should you wish to relax and watch a film at the end of the day. More original art work. Bathroom - from the beginning of April 2016 we will have a new fitted bathroom with a top of the range power shower as well as bath. The kitchen is well equipped, Gas Hob, Electric Fan Oven with Grill, Microwave, Dishwasher, Washing Machine - all detergents and soaps provided as well as Tea, Coffee and various other sundries. We leave a very generous Welcome Pack for our guest upon arrival with home baking plus other treats and basics like Bread, Milk, Butter, Eggs. The comfortable Conservatory looks on to the Loch and beautiful mountain views as well as the private garden, where you may see all kind of wildlife like the Pine Marten and the occasional Squirrel and Deer, a lovely selection of birds come to feed upon the bird table. A Hedge provides very good privacy. There is a lovely burn running down the side of the garden which sounds delightful when in flow. Private parking to the rear of the house and a garage space is available should guests need to store mountain bikes.

John & Mairi Young
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
16 February, 2017

About John & Mairi Young

We live near the village of Beauly. My Husband and I are local to the area, John is a retired Electrical Engineer. We are still very active and enjoy meeting new people, especially welcoming them to the Highlands for the first time, second and third. We had no idea we would enjoy this time in our lives so much, the most rewarding thing for us is knowing that Rowan Cottage has been such a delight to so many guests, we were not prepared for how many new friends we would meet along the way - it really has been a joy for us.

John & Mairi Young purchased this cottage in 2000

Why John & Mairi Young chose Inverness, Loch Ness & Nairn

The minute we found Rowan we knew it was the most Idyllic spot for our guests to enjoy tranquility and peace but not to be too far away from all the attractions in the Highlands - so many right on the doorstep. Location is every thing and Rowan has Location!

What makes this cottage unique

Rowan is a traditional Highland Cottage and a little over 100 years old. Apart from the Idyllic location, it offers a comfort and welcome that puts our guest at ease straight away. We have many added extras available to guests, including a generous welcome basket on arrival. Many of our guests say they don't want to leave. Our Visitors Book is testament to the many charms and benefits that Rowan has to offer and we are pleased to say many of our guests return year after year. The conservatory particularly is enjoyed by our guest who simply like to sit and watch the bird life around the garden, read a book or gently snooze in the very comfortable chairs. At the end of the day this is often where our guests sit to eat and enjoy a relaxing refreshment like a glass of wine. In the cooler weather our guests enjoy the fireside which soon makes the living room a very snug place to curl up.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This is our first trip to the Highlands and we feel so fortunate to have found Rowan Cottage. This really is a very special place to stay - so much more than just a base from which to explore. Thank you Mairi and John for the warm welcome and for all the thoughtful extras including the fabulous welcome pack (we really enjoyed our daily slice of home-made fruit cake). You seem to have thought of everything. For future guests we can only echo what others have written : stock up the bird table - you will be delighted! We would love to come back again.

Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to stay in such a lovely, comfortable cottage. The scenery is magnificent. Your hospitality was second to none. Thank you for the lovely fruit cake. For other guests a visit to Glen Affric is well worth the effort. We hope to return to Rowan Cottage one day.

Our 4th visit (it would be rude not to make it 5 at some point in the future). A great way to celebrate our 27th wedding anniversary. We love to do all the same old familiar things but always manage to find one or two new experiences. As bike riders and walkers we are in OS heaven. For some reason we always seem to avoid rain in Scotland and have been lucky with the weather. Many thanks again for your kindness and warm welcome, we feel we are coming home when we reach Rowan Cottage.
Mar 2015
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Simply stunning

  • 5 of 5

Rowan cottage was stunning in every way possible every window has a beautiful view of loch , countryside and wildlife habitat , the cottage was truly a home from home with the added luxury of a real coal fire .Me and my new husband spent our honeymoon in rowan it was the most special time for us , mairi mar gave us the most lovely welcome and a wonderful welcome pack , carrot cake and champagne in pack were lovely , we spent our days exploring the Highlands as far as John o groats and our evenings cuddled around the real fire , we will be booking again for our 1st anniversary and we are so looking forward to returning to loch ness rowan cottage and our Highland getaway ...thankyou so much for our honeymoon being made so perfect in every way ...colette and Jim shaw .

  • Review Submitted: Oct 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Hidden Gem!

  • 5 of 5

An amazing view and so quiet and peaceful. We watched the birds from the conservatory and were visited most nights by a pinemarten who came for his/her marmalade snadwiches! We also had visits from badgers (3 together once)! The welcome basket and home-made cake were amazing and the really thoughtful little 'extras' that made our stay so special - thank you Mairi Mae. Enjoyed visits to Culloden Battle Fields, Plodda Falls & Fort Augustus and the drive around Loch Ness gave us some truly amazing scenery. We also had two excellent meals at the Loch Ness Inn, near Drumnadrochit. A really wonderful week - the property was immaculately clean and had everything you could ever need to make your stay perfect. Mairi Mae was the perfect host. Would definitely return!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic cottage and location

  • 5 of 5

We has the most amazing time staying at this beautiful cottage. The location is great and the views are stunning, particularly over Lock Ness. I believe the images of this property do not do it justice. The owners are very helpful, warm and friendly. We will be returning.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Hidden Gem Tucked Away on the Hills of Loch Ness

  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to Scotland (from the US - North Carolina), and we had done a lot of research into our accommodations for our two week stay. Rowan Cottage had all of the comforts and accommodations that we were looking for, and then some. Mairi made us feel SO welcome, and the welcome basket made it feel a bit like Christmas! The cottage has a stunning view of Loch Ness, it is as beautiful on a clear night as it is during the day (you can clearly see Mars and Venus above the Loch at night).

We felt right at home during our stay; this cottage served extremely well as a "home-base"of sorts… there are plenty of things to see and do near Loch Ness, but just about everywhere else we wanted to go (from John O'Groats to Edinburgh) is only about a 3 hour drive away. It was a very good feeling to have Rowan cottage to come back to after a long day of adventuring.

Its proximity to Inverness is also quite nice, it's only a quick 15 minute ride away. Yet it is far enough away from the hustle and bustle to help you kick back, relax, and just enjoy your time in Scotland!

When we come back to Scotland, we will definitely look to spend our time at Rowan cottage. Mairi went above and beyond for us, on a couple separate occasions… I just know that the kind of hospitality she extends to her visitors is something unlike anything I've experienced anywhere (except my own mum, of course).

If you're reading this, and are considering staying in this cottage, look no further. This place has everything you could want for a holiday home, and more.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Delightful crofter's cottage

  • 5 of 5

This unspoiled and delightful crofter's cottage has been our perfect getaway for 8 years now. It is situated along a secluded road but perfectly located for a short drive to enjoy Inverness and as a base to explore all the attractions and scenery along Loch Ness and the mountains whether you prefer to be a tourist or a hiker. Not only is the cottage equipped to the highest standard but the owners have set the highest standard of 'welcome' pack that we have ever come across. And even ask what sort of cake you would prefer in it!! The local wildlife that may be viewed in the garden is truly amazing - we have seen pine martens, badgers and woodpeckers. When you arrive be sure to read the visitors' book to catch up on what's been happening outside. We'll be back for a 9th year.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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An outstanding cottage with magnificent views

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful place to stay, the best we have ever been to. The cottage is tastefully furnished, very comfortable and warm with everything you could ever need provided. The welcome pack was awesome! The home made cake was superb and didn't last long! We had a very peaceful, relaxing stay and I was in wildlife heaven; saw my first (live) badger (albeit at 1.30am by torchlight) and the pine martin came several times and was wonderful to see. We also went to Loch Garten to see the ospreys and crested tit, the dolphins at Rosemarkie and seals near John O' Groats.

I cannot recommend this cottage highly enough and we will definitely be coming back.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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11 Mar 2017 - 1 Apr 2017
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2 Apr 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
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29 Apr 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
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3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
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1 Jul 2017 - 4 Aug 2017
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5 Aug 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
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1 Oct 2017 - 4 Nov 2017
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Booking Notes:
We require a £50 deposit as soon as your booking is made with the balance due in full 6 weeks prior to the date of the holiday The price you see on our chart is the price you pay no additional charges. For guests coming from abroad who cannot pay by cheque we require a bank transfer or we can use the Pay Pal system.

Changeover Day:
Our Change over day is normally a Saturday, suggested arrival time 3 p.m. departure 10.30. We are able to be very flexible if we have no incoming/outgoing guests and during off season we can offer a four day break if your time is limited.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Inverness in Scottish Highlands & Islands

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • lake
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • From April 2016 we will have a fantastic, new bathroom with a combination bath and shower. The power shower will be top of the range. A good supply of quality towels, toiletries and soap.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, spacious, light and airy, king-size bed with top of the range, new mattress and quality bed linen. Splendid views from the front window towards the Loch, at the side the view is of the garden and nearby trees offering good privacy
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Rowan is a stunning cottage, comfortable, tranquil and private, best suited to a couple - it has often been used as a Honeymoon destination. Well situated for exploring the Highlands. Our guests have been very positive and say how relaxed they feel from the moment they arrive which is what we aim to achieve. Outside: There is a hedge around the front and side of the garden which offers good privacy while still allowing the view. A number of native trees and shrubs. The garden is regularly and well maintained. There are two garden chairs and a table, plus bench and a sun chair for better weather. Towels, Bath Mats, Linen all included in the price and are of good quality. We feel sure our attention to cleanliness & hygiene is partly responsible for our return business. Other: Conservatory has two very comfortable Chairs & Table to dine at, views are stunning from here, our guests enjoy it very much. A vast selection of Birds feed from the bird table close to the conservatory. Pine Martens call around too (see our web site) also Badgers, Deer & Squirrels

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