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Lydia Cottage, Cromarty

£330.00offer £280.00 | 2nd February 2018 - 5th February 2018
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
  • 2
  • 1
  • Dogs allowed
This traditional Cromarty cottage was built around 1911 on the site of Cromarty's former fire station. Fully refurbished with modern creature comforts it provides a spacious base for two people to explore the wildlife and history at the heart of this Black Isle town. Read More >
The cottage lies in Cromarty's Fishertown area, once populated by herring fishers and close enough to hear the waves lapping against the shores of the Cromarty Firth. An enclosed garden with a picnic table is perfect for summer barbeques.
 
Accommodation details

  • 2 storeys - detached cottage

  • Sleeps 2 - 1 twin bedroom

  • Sitting room

  • Kitchen with dining area

  • Shower room with double shower

  • Open fire

  • Electric storage heaters and electric immersion heater

  • Parking available at eastern gable end of cottage - not reserved but usually available

  • Public transport accessible

  • EPC Rating: D64

  • The first floor is accessed by a spiral staircase and is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues


 
About the area
Cromarty has plenty to enchant both travellers and holidaymakers: sandy beaches, Georgian architecture, bottlenose dolphins, and bird colonies of international importance. It first became a Royal Burgh in the 13th century. In the 1700s salt-fish processing and sea-trade helped to swell the town's economy, and many of its famous merchants' houses date from this era.
 
Cromarty is only 40 minutes' drive from Inverness, the "capital of the Highlands".
 
Things to do

  • Visit the birthplace of Hugh Miller. Miller was a stonemason, geologist and writer, whose thatched cottage is now a museum with a colourful garden of native plants.

  • Climb the 'Hundred steps' to South Sutor, accessed via the Reeds Park Path along the shore at the east end of town. The Sutors are rocks on either side of the firth thought once to be the abode of two giant shoemakers.

  • You'll be less than an hour's drive from Culloden. Discover the story behind the Jacobite uprising and the last battle to be fought on Scottish soil.


 
Getting there
Cromarty is 22 miles north-east of Inverness. From the Kessock Bridge in Inverness, follow the A9 north until signs for A832 to Cromarty. < Hide

Middle Cottage, Hill of Tarvit

£365.00offer £315.00 | 2nd February 2018 - 5th February 2018
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Fife
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Simple Edwardian elegance comes to life in this fairytale cottage in the grounds of Hill of Tarvit mansion house. Read More >
 
Roses climbing up the stonework, an inviting open fire, and a large private enclosed garden make Middle Cottage a perfect escape for families looking to step back in time.
 
Guests should note that from January to Spring 2016 there will be building work taking place at the adjacent East Cottage. This may cause some noise disruption and additional traffic to anyone staying at Middle Cottage during this period. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
 
Accommodation details

  • One storey

  • Sleeps 4 - 2 twin bedrooms

  • Sitting room/dining room with open fire

  • Kitchen

  • Enclosed private garden

  • Shower room with WC and wash basin

  • Full central heating

  • EPC Rating: F22


About Hill of Tarvit
French Chippendale-style furniture and paintings by Raeburn line the family rooms of this Edwardian mansion house, completed in 1906 by the architect Sir Robert Lorimer. 'Below stairs', the kitchen and pantry have been perfectly preserved to give an insight into the work of the servants who kept the household running.
 
The estate lies among a patchwork of rolling farmland, and has its own superbly kept sunken rose and kitchen gardens, as well as a restored Edwardian hickory-club golf course.
 
About the area
Hill of Tarvit lies just outside Cupar, ten miles from St Andrews, home to Scotland's oldest university and the world's most famous golf course. Fife's East Neuk is a short drive away, offering pristine beaches, picture-perfect harbours and delicious fresh seafood.
 
The nearest shops are 1 mile away in Ceres and 2.5 miles away in Cupar.
 
Things to do

  • Head to Anstruther for a stroll along the harbour. After taking in the views across to the Isle of May and the pastel and white cottages lining the shore, grab some award-winning fish and chips at the Anstruther Fish Bar.

  • For a day at the beach, St Andrews's West Sands, Elie's Harbour Beach, Burntisland and Aberdour's Silver Sands all have Blue Flags, meaning they are clean, safe and offer good facilities.

  • Spend a day in Renaissance paradise at nearby Falkland Palace. The country retreat of the Stuart Kings was a favourite of Mary Queen of Scots and is filled with elaborate antique furnishings.


 
Getting there
Hill of Tarvit lies off the A916, 2 miles south of Cupar and 1 mile from Ceres. Cupar Railway station offers the closest train links.
 
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North Segganwell, Culzean Castle & Country Park

£315.00offer £265.00 | 2nd February 2018 - 5th February 2018
  • Dates available
  • 2 StarGood
  • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
  • 4
  • 1
  • Dogs allowed
Tucked beneath the castle cliffs and opening out onto the beach, Culzean's two Segganwell Cottages make great seashore hideaways for families with children. Read More >
Simple and comfortable, these estate cottages are a reminder of the number of people it took to keep the castle and grounds in splendour throughout the year. William Kirkland, a Shepherd lived here with his wife and four children, two of whom were gardeners.
 
Accommodation details

  • 1 storey - reached by a steep stairway of over 100 steps and not suitable for less mobile people

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, with additional bunk beds in recess

  • Sitting/dining room with wood burning stove

  • Kitchen

  • Shower room with WC

  • Laundry facilities in an outbuilding

  • Night storage heating

  • Immersion water heating

  • Parking for 2 cars at top of steps

  • EPC Rating: F24


Please bring a torch for night time
Additional apartments are available at Culzean. An interlinking door leads to South Segganwell Cottage which can be unlocked if both cottages are booked.
 
About Culzean Castle
Monumental, romantic and splendid, Culzean Castle was designed by Robert Adam in the 1770s on one of Scotland's most dramatic clifftop sites. The Armoury, the Library, the famous crimson oval staircase; all are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
 
228 hectares (565 acres) of Country Park surrounding the castle offer a variety of countryside to explore, including clifftop and woodland walks.
 
About the area
Maybole is the closest town, an ancient village established in the 12th century. As well as a Victorian town hall and 17th century castle, the High Street has a range of shops and amenities.
 
Ayrshire is famous for its golf courses including Turnberry, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick. Fishing, cycling, horse riding and clay shooting are also available nearby.
 
Things to do

  • Spend a day losing yourself in Culzean's massive grounds. Spot the Ice House, the Swan Pond, visit the Deer Park and adopt a deer, or explore the rock pools on the beach.

  • Alloway is only a short drive away. Learn about Scotland's National Bard at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, then follow in the footsteps of Tam O'Shanter and visit Alloway's 'auld haunted kirk'.

  • There's not much left to see, but nearby clifftop ruin Turnberry Castle is steeped in medieval history. It's said Robert the Bruce's mother held his father captive here until he agreed to marry her, and the castle is widely held to be King Robert's birthplace. The ruin is old and unstable; take great care if exploring.


Getting there
Culzean is 12 miles south of Ayr, 4 miles west of Maybole.
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