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Highland Holiday Cottage - attractive, traditional coach house in scenic spot

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Vernon's review of this Scottish Highland holiday cottage
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Highland Holiday Cottage - sleeps 4 + 2

Attractive, traditional coach house in one of the prettiest glens in the Scottish Highlands

Splashes of yellow in birch and chestnut join orange and red rowan berries to herald the start of Autumn as we wind along the River Conon and through the pretty Scatwell Estate towards our Highland holday home. Around one last bend and there it is, surrounded by deciduous woodland and overlooking a lawn with a delightful pond - an attractive, traditional coach house built of natural stone punctuated with warm, red sandstone facings, at the same time elegant and homely.

The house sits in an enormous, wild garden at the end of a five mile track so we are guaranteed peace and quiet while we are here as well as plenty of interesting walks right from the door and the chance of spotting all kinds of wild creatures such as red squrrels, hedgehogs and woodpeckers, who love the untamed, undisturbed environs.

Inside, we find a perfect mix of tradtitional and contemporary. Original fireplaces and exposed stone sit well with the modern furniture and subtle decor while neutral tartans add a touch of Scottish chic. I especially love the raised fireplace which has been built into the kitchen wall and which somehow has a rather Scandinavian flavour to it. A hamper of local goodies starts us off foodwise and a good collection of cookery books is helpful in planning shopping and menus for the week. I'm a real ale fan so am pleased to try out the samples of local beer that have been thoughfully left for us, including the intriguingly named 'Hibernator' stout from the recently opened Black Isle Brewery, which I'm assured goes really well with cheesecake!

The living room is a spacious and comfortable place to sit, with lovely views of the garden and estate, a large fireplace for a good, crackling log fire and a collection of books and films to chose from for time spent relaxing indoors after a hearty meal. Because we're here in the 'season of mists and mellow fruitfulness', we've had plenty of those - I think this will be remembered as the holiday of the puddings! - and although we've done our best to walk it all off with some absolutely glorious walks, we always seem to come back laden with more wild fruits to make yet another delicious pudding.

I'm not a munro bagger by any stretch of the imagination, but the strikingly shaped and widely visible Ben Wyvis kept beckoning so we decided to pack a substantial picnic, answer the call and hike the nine miles round trip to get the view from the top. We were certainly rewarded with a fantastic view as well as being thoroughly worn out by the time we got home. A visit to the honesty bar and an indulgent soak in a lovely candlelit bath, followed by an evening by the fire with a movie ended a perfect day.

Upstairs to a luxuriously comfortable bed, crisp white sheets, cosy warm duvet and peaceful, undisturbed sleep. Heaven!

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Further details about this accommodation
The house is decorated in a stylish, contemporary boutique style which reflects the landscape and nature nearby.

Large lounge with wood burner, small DVD library with a selection of classic films, honesty bar.
Dining kitchen with open fire, ceramic range cooker, retro fridge freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher. Nespresso coffee machine with a selection of capsules ( bring your own too if you have a favourite blend). Selection of Scottish cookbooks from some great Scottish names such as Claire MacDonald and Nick Nairn. Welcome hamper with a small selection of lovely foodie goodies and Scottish beer.

Master bedroom with superking bed, woodburner and freestanding bath.
Twin/superking bedroom with two additional pull out guest beds.
Bathroom with bath and large separate shower, supplied with Arran Aromatics products and beautiful candles.
Cosy bath robes and slippers in the bedrooms are perfect for curling up in front of the open fire.
Our top 5 reasons why you would choose to stay at this excellent self catering property
hotel There are plenty of lovely walks in the Scatwell estate itself. To the east is the Black Isle, one of the richest agricultural areas in Scotland, while to the west the landscape is more rugged, with fine woodland walks alongside the Blackwater river (Rogie Falls is just one example of the wonderful cascades in this area). Further up the valley, the mountains become higher, with munro Ben Wyvis an ever present, majestic feature.The ascent to its plateau is a straight forward nine mile walk in good conditions, rewarded with a spectacular view from the summit.

The Scatwell estate is a very pleasant area for cycling right from the door, while nearby Strathpefffer is a hub for cycling in the Highlands, from the 24 hour Strathpuffer endurance event to family cycling holidays. Square Wheels In the village square hires bikes and has maps of the trails around the local woods and hills (contact Steve Macdonald 01997 421 000).

self catering Easter Ross offers a variety of fishing options: salmon fishing on the Rivers Conon and Blackwater and loch trout fishing on a number of lochs. Permits are available from the Loch Achonachie Angling Club for both salmon and trout fishing; visitors permits are available at £5 per day per loch or £20 per week. Boats, for two rods, cost £25 per day, with outboards an additional £10. Permits are available from Contin Filling Station ( tel: 01997 421948) or John Allen at The Bungalow, Curin, Strathconon (01997 466 222).

Castle Stuart, the 'Gleneagles of the north', has an outstanding championship links course overlooking the Moray Firth, as does Nairn. Strathpeffer Spa Golf Club, with its panoramic views down the Peffery valley to the Black Isle and westward to the Fannich hills, is one of the most scenic golf courses in the north of Scotland.

hotel The Corner on the Square deli and coffee shop in Beauly deservedly features in the Independent Guide Top 50 in Britain. Storehouse of Foulis at Cromarty Bridge and the Old School Tearoom in Beauly are also excellent.
For fine dining, visit Rocopol in Inverness or Culloden House. The Ceilidh Place in Ullapool serves delicious langoustines.