|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately a recent fire has badly damaged the swimming pool area, which is unavailable during the repair work. However none of the Abbey's other facilities are affected.
Gruinyards is a unique holiday apartment on the third floor of the old Monastery within the historic Abbey at Fort Augustus on the tip of Loch Ness. With windows on three sides, it enjoys some of the most spectacular views of Loch Ness to be found anywhere, all from the comfort of the living room. Gruinyards is beautifully furnished with many original features and has two generous bedrooms, but can sleep 6 with the use of either the comfortable sofa-bed in the living room or the very comfortable double Aerobed in the master bedroom.
The open plan living-dining room has 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. The apartment has unlimited Wifi internet (login details given when you arrive) and there is a large TV with a wide range of DVDs, as well as a selection of games, maps and guide books and an Ipod dock.
The spacious master bedroom 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.
The apartment also has a very comfortable twin bedroom, a second bathroom and a double sofa bed in the living room. Alternatively there is a self inflating double Aerobed available in the master bedroom, so that it can be used as a very spacious family room with the added convenience that the extra bed can be left up throughout your stay. Linen, towels, heating and electricity are all included, and a cot and highchair are also available in the apartment at no extra cost. However there is a small charge (£20) for use of the sofabed or Aerobed.
As a guest at the apartment you can make use of all the facilities of the Highland Club. As well as being able to wander around the wonderful Gothic abbey and cloisters, there is the heated swimming pool in an old chapel, together with sauna, and steam room. There is also a well equipped gym, tennis, badminton, croquet, a barbecue area and fishing in Loch Ness all available in the lovely lochside gardens. In addition there is a club lounge with snooker, table tennis and table football.
Midway along the Caledonian Canal, equidistant from Inverness and Fort William, Gruinyards makes a perfect base for exploring the Scottish Highlands. It is ideally located, not only for Nessie spotting and exploring Loch Ness, but also for climbing Ben Nevis, numerous dramatic waterfalls, stunning walks in the Glen Affric and Glen Nevis nature reserves, the romantic ruins of Castle Urquhart and the Caledonian Canal. However once you are there, you may well just want to relax looking at the view and taking in the wonderful surroundings.
PLEASE NOTE: SHORT BREAKS ARE AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR - Unfortunately the booking system cannot deal with the pricing of short breaks but we offer short breaks from 2 nights upwards throughout out the year with the exception of July and August. Please contact the owner for prices and to book, but as an indication the pricing would be as follows:
2 nights - approx 65% of the weekly cost
3 nights - approx 75% of the weekly cost
4 nights - approx 85% of the weekly cost
5 nights - approx 90% of the weekly cost
6 nights - approx 95% of the weekly cost
The pricing is weighted towards longer stays, this is because many of the costs are the same whether you stay for 2 days or a week, but this means the longer you stay the better value it is. And, I can promise, once you are there you will not want to leave, so you will be really grateful for any extra days you book!
I am an architect who has specialised 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
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!
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.
This apartment is roomy, modern, and fully equipped, in a unique setting. The Highlands Club is renovated apartments in an old abbey on the banks of Loch Ness. The grounds are spacious with plenty of room for lawn games as well as strolling. The interior approach to the apartment is also beautiful, with much of the old architecture preserved, including the enclosed cloisters and central courtyard. There is a swimming pool and exercise room, although we did not use them, preferring to get our exercise hill walking and biking. There is also a lounge area with snooker and plenty of seating for quiet reading. In addition to the loch, the abbey is adjacent to the Caledonian Canal and the lower locks at Fort Augustus. There is plenty of parking available on the grounds.
There is a surprisingly well stocked grocery located in the gas station about a block away. We had bought groceries on the way, but if we had not, we would have been able to get almost everything we needed here. There are also a large number of restaurants within walking distance, from pub food to more upscale dining.
The apartment itself has a master suite and a smaller bedroom, although even the small bedroom is lovely. The views from the apartment are superb - we were able to watch boats on the loch and plenty of wildlife. Both bathrooms are generously sized. There is a soaker tub in the master and a tub/shower combo in the hall bath. The kitchen really is fully equipped and there was tea, coffee, biscuits and milk waiting for us. There were salt, pepper, sugar and vinegar in the apartment, but any other spices you may want will need to be purchased or brought from home. The refrigerator is full sized with a large freezer beneath. There is both a dishwasher and a washer/dryer combo. Note to Americans - the dryer will not get your clothes bone-dry. There are drying racks in both baths which will finish the process for you. I have found that this is common in European units. It was immaculately clean.
The owner was very helpful with lots of advance information. The manager who showed us the apartment was also very thorough and informative.
The apartment was spacious, modern, nicely decorated and clean. All communication was clear and check in was easy. Upon arrival, the manager showed us around the property and the apartment and answered all of our questions. There were cookies, coffee, and tea in the cupboard and milk in the fridge. There were books, DVDs, local guide books, board games, etc as well. It felt like we were at home. Best of all, because it is located on the fourth floor of the Abbey, the apartment has spectacular views of Loch Ness and the surrounding property. We were beside Loch Ness and the canal. It was a very short walk to the pretty village of Fort Augustus and its local pubs, restaurants and shops. We would recommend the nearby Boathouse Lochside restaurant, the Lovat Brasserie and the Loch Inn. Fort Augustus is very centrally located for exploring the Highlands. Essentially, everything was exactly as outlined in the description and photos. Except it was better. We would definitely stay again!
Geräumiges Appartement, traumhafter Blick vom Wohn- / Essraum, wunderschöne Zufahrt; Ausstattung umfänglich (z.B. deutlich mehr als die oft übliche Mindestanzahl an Bestecken), Waschmittel, Nähzeug, Geschirrspühl-Tabs vorhanden; hoher Freizeitwert durch viele Möglichkeiten (Schwimmbad, Billard, Fitness, Ping-Pong, Schach etc.); Einkaufsmöglichkeit des täglichen Bedarfs in Gehweite (Lebensmittel, Metzgerei); Badewanne und Dusche verbesserungsfähig (Spritzschutz);
Fort Augustus, situated mid way between Inverness and Fort William, at the southernmost tip of Loch Ness, next to the Caledonian canal and the fast flowing river Oich and river Tarff, is a charming destination in its own right. Loch Ness cruises set off from the swing bridge, with Castle Urquhart and the Loch Ness visitor centre just a short drive away. However it is also ideally located climbing Ben Nevis (or skiing at the Nevis range), visiting numerous dramatic waterfalls and stunning walks in the Glen Affric and Glen Nevis nature reserves. Fort William, forty minutes away, boasts the Ben Nevis distillery and, during the summer, the Jacobite steam train service up to Mallaig. Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, is less than an hour away, the journey there, along either side of Loch Ness, one of the most spectacular there is.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
The prices are given per week but short breaks (min stay 3 nights, 4 nights at Christmas and New Year) and any day starts are available throughout the year except for the summer months of July and August. As a guide, a 3 night stay will be about 75% of the weekly cost, 4 nights - 85% 5 nights - 92% and 6 nights 95%. It is better value to stay longer plus you really won't want to leave