Comfortable 3 bedroom cottage well situated for exploring the Highlands
About Jilly Sinclair-Knipe
Jilly and Peter Sinclair-Knipe, as long term friends of the owner, manage the properties and the Estate.
Why Jilly Sinclair-Knipe chose Beauly
We completely refurbished the cottage a few years ago and love the history and position near the Burn. Although it is peaceful, it is easily accessible . We hope you enjoy it.
What makes this Cottage unique
The location is peaceful yet convenient with the sound of the Erchless Burn and the opportunity to see local wildlife along the riverbank . Red squirrels, numerous songbirds, pine martens and badgers all visit the garden. The cottage is cosy yet spacious, situated in one of Scotlands most lovely glens.
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
Quaint Highlands Getaway
The cottage was lovely and very well appointed (lots of toilets/showers for its size!). Quaint, clean, comfortable and truly lovely grounds and surrounding areas. Jilly was a fount of information and very responsive to my many questions. Greg and Alison provided a friendly welcome and quick response to any requests we had. Location was convenient to the local towns as well as Inverness and other places of interest. Highly recommend!
Property was very clean throughout in a beautiful secluded setting with a well kept garden with lots of wildlife.
It has a very relaxing feel about it and is an ideal base to explore surrounding area.
. Channory point - saw dolphins, seals and porpoise
. Loch Ness - saw Osprey
Lovely housekeepers on hand with information if required.
Postcode supplied by Home Away was wrong so took time to find, it is IV4 7JT not 7JU.
Great holiday would definitely go back.
Erchless Castle Cottage
The location was ideal for exploring the glens from Affric north to Strathconon. The cottage was beautifully warm and the wood burner, which did not function particularly efficiently, was not really needed. There was ample space for four of us, though we might have found it more cramped if all three bedrooms had been used, as the ensuite in one of the twin rooms did not have a toilet, so it was hardly ensuite. The other twin room had a complete ensuite, but the washbasin was very small, really just a hand washbasin. The double room had no ensuite.
Greg and Alison who look after it were absolutely delightful and could not have been more helpful. We had a thoroughly enjoyable stay despite some less than perfect weather.
The information given to us by Homeaway about the caretaker was inaccurate. We were asked to phones Kasia and were given two numbers. The first produced an angry reply from someone who had nothing to do with Erchless, had clearly been bothered by guests several times before and who muttered about taking the company to court. The second phone number brought no reply. It turned out that Kasia had preceded Greg and Alison some considerable time previously, so Homeaway info needs urgent updating. A new key box would be advisable.
As a final comment, we felt that the property would benefit from some redecorating and general sprucing up, although it is in a perfectly acceptable condition. Overall we loved it.
I am glad you enjoyed the cottage. We don’t actually specify that all rooms are en-suite although we do have two shower rooms and a bathroom. The chimney has just been swept and was recently relined -the wood burner has generally been found to be efficient so I will light a fire and check it out . Thank you for your feedback -it is always useful and we are constantly trying to improve . I do apologise for the unpleasant experience that you had with the gentle man on the phone who had worked for us for a short time. I have been in touch with home away and this should be sorted now. We would be pleased to welcome you again
Great place to stay
We love Scotland but always struggle to find a comfortable cottage where we can take our dogs. This was superb; the cottage itself was really comfortable and warm (the woodburner was a real treat). We were able to walk the dogs around the grounds and admire the river and bluebells. Alison and Greg were wonderful hosts and helped us with any queries/problems. Finally, it is a great location from which to explore the Highlands....or just laze around and read!! We already looking at booking again for next year.
Lovely Victorian Factors cottage-ideal base for exploring the Highlands.
The cottage is lovely and peaceful, has everything you need and is tastefully furnished and decorated. It is an ideal base for exploring the surrounding Highlands. You can see red squirrels, pine martens and lots of wild birds from the cottage windows.The housekeeper that lives next door is very friendly and welcoming and has local knowledge of some nice walks. I would recommend staying here.We had an amazing holiday. We visited the local glens and lochs. We saw bottlenose dolphins in the Moray Firth. We also went further afield to the Isle of Skye and Ullapool.
I am so glad you had a lovely holiday -we think it is a pretty special place and a good location for the highlands. It was good to meet you and the family
Spacious and full of history in a lovely setting
This property in a 19th century building that once housed workers for Erchless Castle. The flat is very spacious, and was clean. The on-site managers Allison and Greg are more than helpful and very knowledgable. We enjoyed talking to them daily.
The setting is gorgeous! The cottages are on the property of Erchless Castle, which looks more like a manor house than a castle. Renters do not have privileges on the castle grounds itself if the castle has guests, but you can still see it from lovely local walking paths. The surrounding community has a rich history. Though there is a written history of the castle in the flat, we recommend also reading the history of the area made available during a good meal at the Gnoc Hotel just down the road. We wish we had longer to stay and explore all the hiking trails and communities nearby.
There are three bedrooms. One has a queen bed with a bathroom (tub/shower) next-door. The second has an ensuite shower only. The third has twin beds with an ensuite bathroom with shower. There was also a large living room, large kitchen, and dining room. There is a hair dryer in each bedroom.
The kitchen is well stocked with appliances, but remember to bring your own coffee (we left a little that we'd brought). The bathroom has locally made liquid soap and shampoo. Bring your own Kleenex.
You need to know that this property is 18 miles outside Inverness, and not on a bus route. We actually enjoyed being away from town and would stay here again if in the area.
I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay It is a beautiful area to explore
Special interest holidays:
Salmon fishing and stalking in season. There are many good golf courses nearby. Canoeing on the river can be arranged or a falconry experience. The cottage is an ideal base for cyclists with the stunning glens of Strathfarrar Glen Cannich and Glen Affric nearby.Enjoy watching the local wildlife onteh banks of the burn. There are regular visits from red squirrels, badgers, pine-martins and numerous songbirds, Red deer live on the hill and Roe deer are often seen in the Glen.
The history of the area as the former home of the Chisholms is interesting and enigmatic. The monument on the other side of the road in memory of the last Chisholms living in the castle is deeply moving.
Visit the distillery at Muir of Ord or enjoy the shores of Loch Ness. Urqhuart Castle on its shores is historic and intriguing and makes a good family day out The well known beautiful Glen Affric is nearby, and Plodda Falls are a must to visit. For the more energetic it is possible to bag three Munros in a day. The scenic railway from Beauly to Kyle of Lochalsh on the west coast is good for a more relaxing but scenic journey.
Culloden, Castle Laud,and the Museum of Childhood are all within easy reach. Inverness has all the attractions of a city and it is a delight to discover small restaurants, the castle orwatch the boats on the Caledonian Canal.
Forty minutes by car to the Moray Firth for coastal activities and where seals and dolphins are a common sight.
Inverness airport forty minutes by car. Flybe ,British Airways and Easyjet fly to Inverness. Car recommended.Nearest local railway station is Beauly 8 miles away.
Nearest town Beauly approximately eight miles. Glen Affric approximately 8 miles,
Loch Ness, Drumnadrochit, approximately 12 miles. Muir of Ord distillery, Strathpfeffer, Castle Leod approx 15 miles. Inverness 45 minutes by car.
Estate produced meat (beef and lamb) is available and can be pre ordered and put in the fridge for your arrival.
Local store and pub at Cannich 8 miles, restaurants shops in Beauly 8 miles. Small hotel with restaurant 1/4 mile easy walking distance.local pub 1/2 mile.
Fishing in season often available - enquire for availability
Subject to availability, there is an accomplished local piper who will play in the castle grounds by arrangement.
Local small plane trips can also be arranged.