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Luxury lodges, Loch Ness self catering - sleep 10 and 6

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Located in historic Glen Urquhart just a few miles from legendary Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands, these purpose built luxury lodges are set in landscaped grounds and enjoy views of the imposing Suidhe Ghuirmain peaks and the river and verdant glen below.

Prices From £ 540 To £ 1,575 short breaks at off peak season

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Luxury self catering Loch Ness area, Scottish Highlands - sleep 10/6

Many of my childhood summer holidays involved the thrill of boarding the overnight sleeper in London, getting ready for bed straight away and spending the night (mostly awake) in a cosy little cabin while the car was magically transported somewhere behind us. I imagine my parents got us all into bed before spending a pleasant evening wining and dining Orient Express-style in the dining car, although I wasn't aware of this at the time. We would be reunited with the car at Inverness and the next part of our journey was begun with a combination of excitement and apprehension, which still wells up today whenever I drive along Loch Ness...would this be the year that I would spot the monster at last? I'm still waiting... perhaps, as they say about love, Nessie will only show up when you're not looking for her!

Loch Ness truly is a magical place, special in many ways - in the sheer beauty and scale of the loch and the Great Glen, the 400- million-year-old geology, the history and myth in which it is steeped. In the 6th century, the Irish Saint Columba is said to have put the monster to flight when she attacked one of his monks swimming across the loch. On a rocky promontory on the north shore of the loch, in a vantage point inhabited for 4,000 years, sit the ruins of Urquhart Castle, evoking the struggle and bloodshed through which it has changed hands many times over the centuries, from clan to crown to clan to crown and back again, until the end of the 17th century when it was abandoned to the people of the glen and gradually became a ruin.

Just six miles from the castle and the loch, in a secluded spot deep in the heart of the stunning Urquhart glen, these holiday lodges make a really special place for a holiday. The larger lodge is ideal for friends or extended family and even with 10 guests staying, doesn't feel full, with spacious rooms and two living rooms to choose from - great for playing a lengthy game of hide-and-seek! As well as a fantastic kitchen dining room, for a more special, perhaps celebratory meal, the formal dining room, with full height windows looking out over the hillside, really fits the bill. In fact, all the rooms have lovely views, of the glen, the woods or the mountains beyond. The smaller lodge is just right for a smaller family contingent, with plenty of room for six, light and spacious rooms and equally good views.

We all have slightly different checklists for how to spend our time here, but no-one will go home disappointed. I like to go for long walks along the Loch Ness trails, to take a boat trip (every time, but not the same one every time), and to visit a whisky distillery - I'm still working my way through the subtle complexities of silky, smooth liquid gold produced by the Men of Tain at Glenmorangie. I always feel a bit uncomfortable visiting Culloden, where so much blood was shed, but the new Culloden Battlefield visitor centre is excellent, especially if you have children - innovative and interactive, with a 'living history' presentation which really brings the battle to life, a good shop and cafe. We are all Shakespeare fans in my family, so visits to several of the nearby castles go down well - Cawdor, Brodie and Inverness are all linked with the 'Scottish' play, which was staged in a special royal performance for King James VI, who was fascinated by the gory and macabre.

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Facts and Figures

Both lodges have lovely views from all the rooms, of mountains, glen, countryside and woodland, depending on the aspect, are centrally heated throughout (electricity, gas and oil are included in the rental price) and have outside decking areas and ample parking.

Lodge 1:

Kitchen/dining room: up-to-date kitchen fitted with the latest cooking facilities and appliances expected of a property of this standard ie, dishwasher, full-sized fridge/freezer, microwave, coffee maker etc, Denby crockery, crystal glasses and ample cookware.The open plan dining area has a solid oak dining table and matching chairs of the highest quality ready for some gourmet dining.

Laundry room housing full-size fridge freezer, washing machine and separate tumble drier for all your laundry needs.

Sitting room: quality oak floors are fitted throughout all the living areas accompanied by beautiful rugs. WiFi, Sky SAT TV (HD), DVD and CD Players along with an ample amount of games and books are at hand for your entertainment. This room is furnished with luxury Italian leather suites complemented by quality throws and cushions. You will find specially commissioned art work by a renowned local artist situated in this room accompanied by hand-made high quality curtains and blinds.

Bedrooms: 3 king-size (2 ensuite, 1 with additional sitting room which could be used for a baby or young child), 2 twin. A fabulous contemporary four-poster bed made from solid oak is the centrepiece of the master bedroom. The crisp white Egyptian cotton linen is the perfect backdrop for the beautiful plaid throw and candy-coloured cushions by Highland textile designer ANTA.

Family bathroom featuring fabulous spa bath and separate spacious shower enclosure, wash hand basin and W.C. Spotless Italian tiled flooring, chrome fittings and soft white towels.

Dining room: the formal dining room is light and spacious with French doors leading onto the decking and panoramic views of Suidhe Ghuirmain. Furnished with solid oak dining tables and chairs, the floor-to-ceiling windows are framed by burnt orange curtains with complementary modern pictures on the walls.

Second sitting room with big, comfortable chocolate leather sofas and footstools - a peaceful haven for reading and relaxing.

Cloakroom: conveniently located downstairs and fully wheelchair accessible, this room is fitted with a fresh white WC, wash hand basin and comes with soft white hand towels.

Lodge 2:

Kitchen/dining room as above.

Laundry room as above.

Sitting room as above.

Bedrooms: 1 double ensuite, 1 twin. Four poster, linen etc. as above.

Family bathroom as above.


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Points of interest

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The lodges are set in a lovely spot with views of woodland, river, the Urquhart glen and Suidhe Ghuirmain peaks, just six miles from Drumnadrochit and Loch Ness and 20 miles from Inverness, capital of the Scottish Highlands.

Flybe operates direct flights from a number of UK and European airports to Inverness, while Scotrail operates an excellent rail service, including the overnight sleeper which begins at London Euston and is fantastic value. Cars may be hired at the airport and railway station.

There are delightful walks from the lodges themselves but don't miss out on walking by Loch Ness itself, where you will never run out of footpaths with a spectacular backdrop. Mountain bikes may be hired at the time of booking.

For those who enjoy a single malt, several Highland distilleries are within striking distance and offer tours and tastings, amongst them Glen Tomatin, Glen Ord, Dalmore and Glenmorangie.

Small to medium sized dogs welcome, surcharge £25.

So what is there to see and do close by ?
good area for walking and mountaineering

Nessie, the legendary Loch Ness Monster was first spotted in the 7th century and regular reports of sightings persist, invariably describing a creature of immense size with a long neck and fat body, resembling the prehistoric plesiosaur. Loch Ness is one of three lochs which split Scotland in two in the fault line known as The Great Glen, which dates back 400 million years. The loch is around 740 feet deep with a thick layer of sediment on the bottom, preventing accurate measurements in some parts and providing a place for Nessie to remain undisturbed. Many motorists, bikers, walkers, even locals, keep a weather eye on the loch in case they spot a dark shape on the surface...The Loch Ness Exhibition at Drumnadrochit is excellent and informative, both about the ecology of the loch and the history of the monster.

good area for sailing and boat trips This part of Scotland is fantastic for walking with spectacular scenery, whether you prefer a short ramble or a lengthy and strenuous hike. The South Loch Ness Trail (opened in 2011) runs for 28 miles from Loch Tarff near Fort Augustus to Torbreck near Inverness, with short and circular sections for those not wanting to do the whole lot at once. The Great Glen way is excellent for independent or guided walks (Highland Rangers 01320 366633) and the newly opened Trail of the 7 Lochs provides 50 miles of pathways around the lovely southern part of Loch Ness.
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A boat trip along Loch Ness is the ideal way to relax and admire the wonderful scenery of the Great Glen, to spot deer, otters, salmon rising and perhaps catch a glimpse of the legendary monster herself. Several cruise companies will take you the length of the loch, past historic Urquhart Castle and into the Caledonian canal - such as Loch Ness Cruises, Drumnadrochit, Cruise Loch Ness, Fort Augustus and Jacobite Cruises at Inverness.

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INearby medieval Urquhart Castle, near Drumnadrochit stands in a dramatic, strategic position overlooking Loch Ness and has an excellent visitor centre. Further afield are Cawdor Castle, linked by Shakespeare with Macbeth, the iconic Eilean Donan which sits majestically on its own island where three sea lochs meet and the National Trust's 16th Century Brodie Castle, legacy of the Clan Brodie, full of antiques and paintings and with lovely gardens and grounds which include the hillock where Shakepeare's Macbeth encountered the three witches.

whisky distillery

The Loch Ness Inn, Drumnadrochit, does very good pub food - the fish and chips are highly recommended. For a special treat, try the delicious Franco-Scottish cuisine of Ross Fraser (winner of the prestigious 'salon culinaire' competition for the Highlands and Islands) at Loch Ness Lodge, Loch-Ness Side.

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