Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday home in Inverness - Blair Na Coi, Charleston
The Beauly F4-bedroom House On The Shores Oirth, With Direct Access To Water.
Luxury self-catering holiday home amidst stunning scenery on the shores of the black isle, and at a spectacular location near Inverness in the Scottish highlands.
Blair na coi was built in 1993, and faces south to maximise light and to give stunning views of the water and sky from all rooms.
It accommodates a maximum of 8, with 4 bedrooms, 1 bathroom & 2 shower-rooms.
The house has a conservatory with views of, & double doors that open onto the garden & the beauly firth. The sitting room has an open fire, flat screen free sat TV & DVD, wi-fi, Hi-Fi system, large sofa & easy chairs. Guests are welcome to bring CD's & DVD's.
The sitting room leads into the open-plan contemporary kitchen/dining room, with extendible dining table for 6-8. Sliding doors open from the dining area onto a large outside deck & garden overlooking the water and hills beyond, with garden furniture & lighting for outdoor dining. Soft-lighting makes this a comfortable place for relaxing & dining, whilst listening to the curlews on the shore on a light summer evening, or the cosy warmth of a log fire on winter nights.
The contemporary kitchen has fridge/freezer, double-oven, dishwasher, butler sink, & microwave.
On the ground floor, there is a large twin-bedded room, & bathroom with shower over bath. The boot room has space for all outdoor clothing & equipment, & has washer, tumble dryer, & sink with drainer.
On the first floor are 3 double bedrooms. One bedroom has en-suite shower-room, and there is a further shower-room on the landing. All bedrooms are spacious, with built-in hanging cupboards & shelves, bedside furniture, and ample room for luggage. All rooms have full or partial views of the water. One bedroom has sliding double doors that open to a glass-sided balcony facing the firth. All bed linen and towels are provided.
There is parking off-road for one car by the side of the house, also parking on the road by the house.
The house is constructed using energy-efficient insulation; heating, hot water and cooking are by electricity (the house has economy 7 tariff), & all rooms are heated by high-performance electric storage radiators & heated towel rails.
The house is located north of Inverness on a9, over the kessock bridge on to the black isle. By train to Inverness station, (pre-booked car hire collection available at the station.) by air to Inverness airport via easy jet & fly be from London Gatwick, Luton, & Heathrow, Bristol, Birmingham & Manchester. Car hire available from airport.
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair accessible
About Sue Macdiarmid
My family have been returning to our roots on the Black Isle since the mid-70's. We have known it in all seasons: high summer, and when the leaves turn red & gold in the autumn. In winter, when the snow comes, & sunsets can be dramatic, & again in Spring, when everything comes back to life.
We built our house on the shores of the Beauly Firth in 1993, & designed it to face south to give maximum light from the water & sky. Our 3 sons have learned to fish, spot red kites & osprey, canoe amongst seals, & have childhood memories of the beach & rock pools at Rosemarkie, & tea & home-baking from Mrs Tiggiewinkle's beach side cafe. (It's still there, & sells the best local ice cream.)
Over the decades, we have seen Inverness become a vibrant town with good food & entertainment, but for us, the joy of the house is the proximity of the natural world - the sounds, the views, & the light. When away living in London, & navigating the traffic of the city, I have the other soundtrack of curlews, oyster catchers & the birds on the shore.
As a family, we use our waterside home often, and now want to share it with others. It would be wonderful for families, groups of walkers, bird-watchers, cyclists, or just as a relaxing hideaway.
Sue Macdiarmid purchased this house in 1993
Why Sue Macdiarmid chose Inverness
A luxury self-catering holiday home set amidst stunning scenery on the shores of the Black Isle, and at a spectacular location near Inverness in the Scottish highlands.
The house accommodates up to 8, and offers a unique setting directly on the Beauly Firth. It has uninterrupted views across the water, from Inverness in the east, to the hills in the west.
Wake to the sound of the tide on the shore, seals basking in the early morning sun, otters playing by the water, & go to sleep with the call of curlews and oyster catchers. Step onto the deck for breakfast as the tide comes in, or watch the sunset after a busy day.
In winter, light the fire after skiing or a walk on the hills, have a dram as the sky streaks red, and the moon rises over the water.
Paradise for families, hill-walkers, bird watchers, golfers, or just a romantic hideaway. Or how about cycling, skiing, pony-trekking, castles, distilleries & beautiful beaches? Just some of the attractions, all within a short distance.
The convenience of Inverness city, train station and airport are all within 15 minutes by car from the house. Enjoy theatre, cinemas, restaurants & night-life without the long trek home.
What makes this house unique
From the house, you will see many varieties of birds, seals, dolphins, pine martins, & our local otter. The local shoreline is a designated SSI (area of special scientific interest) due to the large number of birds that use the shore as a natural habitat. Our visitors have seen 40 varieties of birds in one afternoon!
North Kessock (1 mile) has a Spar village shop, the Kessock Hotel has a bar & restaurant, & the White House café offers lunch, coffee & afternoon tea. A stroll to the harbour with an incoming tide often rewards with the sight of leaping dolphins. The Tourist Information office is located up the steps behind the shop, as well as the free Dolphin exhibition centre. In summer months, Rolph, our local boatman offers cruises on his solar-powered boat out on the firth.
Inverness (10 mins by car) has major supermarkets, Eden Court theatre & cinemas, leisure centre & swimming pool, and award-winning bars & restaurants.
Golfers are served by a huge variety of courses: Fortrose, Muir of Ord, Castle Stewart are all within 20 minutes by car; Aigas, Dornoch, & Carrbridge are within 45 mins.
Gardeners will love the world famous sub-tropical Inverewe Gardens (NT) near Gairloch.
Pony-trekking & fishing are available locally. Mountain biking (hire at Strathpeffer or Rothiemurchus) Hill-walking in all directions, including Caingorm National Park, & Ben Wyvis (both 30 mins.)
A spectacular sandy beach is at Rosemarkie (20 mins) - rock pools, beach side café with local ice cream, tennis courts, children's’ play park – paradise! Sailing, windsurfing & boat-hire from the boathouse at nearby Loch Morlich, & swimming & picnics on the beach, walks among the pine woods by the loch. Skiing in season at Aviemore.
Castles, distilleries, mountains, lochs. Every day something different!