Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday apartment in Loch Ness - Gruinyards
Beautifully bright top floor 2 bedroom vacation rental, fantastic views sleeps 6
Gruinyards is a stunning two bedroom penthouse apartment in a historic Monastery with probably the best views of Loch Ness from anywhere. It is elegantly furnished and will give you a truly memorable holiday.
The prices for online booking are only given for weekly bookings because the way the website is set up means that prices for shorter stays come out too high. If you want to stay for less than a week PLEASE contact us direct to get a proper price for these stay lengths. As a guide, 3 nights will work out at about 75% of the weekly rate, 4 nights 85% and 5 nights at about 90%. We can also do two night stays which would be about 65% but we would urge you to stay longer, not only because it is better value, but also because once you arrive I can promise you won't want to leave!
The apartment at Gruinyards sleeps four, or six with the sofa-bed. Or use the double Aerobed in the huge master bedroom to make it a family room.
There is access to all the facilities of The Highland Club, which is the name for the whole Abbey complex. There are extensive gardens on the edge of Loch Ness while the facilities include a swimming pool and spa in a former chapel, tennis, badminton, croquet, snooker and table tennis, all of which are free for residents. Archery, kayaking and fishing can also be arranged in the grounds.
With high sloping ceilings, Gruinyards manages to feel both spacious and cosy. It combines old and new, having magnificent stone mullioned windows but stylish contemporary furnishings. There are great views on three sides and it gets the sun all day long making it a fantastic place to relax whatever the weather.
The apartment has free Wifi, widescreen TV, films & DVDs, detailed maps & guides and a range of games and books.
We should mention that the Gruinyards is on the third(UK)/fourth(US) floor of the old Monastery building, and is reached by 75 steps (there is no lift) but this is why it has such good views. It also means there is no one above you and it is wonderfully peaceful there, like a nest above the rest of the world.
The apartment itself has a large open plan living-dining room with high sloping ceilings and a huge stone window that gives stunning views right along Loch Ness. There are also views over the hills to the east and the abbey cloisters to the south. The living room has a fully equipped kitchen area and an oak dining table that can be extended to seat 8. There is a large TV and a wide range of DVDs, as well as a selection of board games, maps and guide books. There is unlimited free Wifi internet provided in the apartment and an iPod dock for music.
There are two bedrooms: a very spacious principal bedroom which also has high ceilings and views on two sides. It is beautifully bright and airy and boasts a magnificent en-suite with a roll-top bath overlooking heather clad Borlum Hill.
There is also a very comfortable and cosy twin bedroom, a second bathroom and a double sofa bed in the living room. However we also have an inflatable double Aerobed (it has an electric pump and adjustable firmness which makes it extremely comfortable) available in the principal bedroom so that this can be used as a very convenient family room.
As a guest at the apartment you can also make use of all the facilities of the Highland Club. As well as being able to wander around the amazing Gothic abbey and cloisters, there is tennis, badminton, bowling, croquet, a barbecue area and fishing in Loch Ness all available in the lovely lochside gardens. Then there is the residents' lounge and games room with a full sized snooker table, table football and table tennis available. And now you can enjoy the beautiful new swimming pool, steam room and sauna in the magnificent setting of the old abbey church with its stone arches and columns. There is also a well equipped gym with weights and a wide range of rowing, cycling and other exercise equipment.
In addition activities including archery, air-rifle shooting and, tomahawk throwing, fishing lessons and canoeing can all be provided in the grounds or very nearby. More adventurous activities, such as white-water rafting, canyoning, abseiling and clay-pigeon shooting are all available locally, and of course there are daily boat trips and cruises offered just outside the abbey grounds.
Gruinyards is ideally located, not only for Nessie spotting and exploring around Loch Ness, but also for climbing Ben Nevis, stunning walks in the Glen Affric and Glen Nevis nature reserves, dramatic waterfalls, the romantic ruins of Castle Urquhart or cycling the Caledonian Canal. Inverness and Fort William are both less than an hour’s drive away while Skye is just over an hour away. At Fort William during the summer you can take the 'Hogwarts Express', a steam train ride that passes over the famous Glenfinnan viaduct. There is also skiing at the nearby Nevis Range ski centre, while the cable car up Aonach Mor runs throughout the year. Also very highly recommended is the remarkable historic fort and working army base at Fort George. However much of the time you will probably just want to relax in the apartment looking at the view and taking in the wonderful surroundings.
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Jonathan Norris
I am an architect who has specialized in the restoration and conversion of historic buildings. My wife is a lecturer (professor) in Mathematics at Kingston Business School and we have two boys.
Jonathan Norris purchased this apartment in 2008
Why Jonathan Norris chose Loch Ness
I was working for the company which bought the old abbey and converted it into apartments (it used to be a monastery and boys school, but had been empty for a number of years). When we were given the opportunity to buy an apartment in the old abbey I was in the fortunate position of being able to assess what I thought would be the nicest apartment in the whole development and reserve it!
What makes this apartment unique
We love the apartment at Gruinyards not only because of the fantastic view down Loch Ness, which was the original reason for choosing it, but also because it has windows on three sides. This means that not only do you get to see three different views, but also that you can get the sun shining in all day long. Because it is up on the third floor (fourth floor if you are American) it isn't overlooked and is amazingly light even on a grey day in winter. I love the sloping ceilings, which mean it manages to be both cosy and spacious at the same time. And like everyone, I love sitting in the window seat looking out over the Loch, watching the constantly changing light on the water, the mountains and the trees. The apartment is really well laid out and is just somewhere you feel very comfortable and at home in, so that it can be really difficult to motivate yourself to do anything except just lounging around enjoying being there.