About the property
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- Minimum Stay0 - 7 nights
4 bedroom, spacious living space, secure garden.
Balorrin is ideal for a relaxing family holiday in the Highlands, set in picturesque surroundings only twenty minutes from Inverness. Built to a Swedish design and completely renovated to a high standard, the cottage offers spacious, modern and comfortable self-catering accommodation for six, with an open plan living and dining area, an enclosed garden and patio, and a ping pong table in the garage.
Situated five minutes by car from Muir of Ord, in the quiet hamlet of Aultgowrie, Balorrin is ideally located for unwinding in tranquil surroundings and touring the Northern Highlands.
The garden is frequented by red squirrels and pine martens, and there are two pairs of golden eagles in the nearby Strathconnon Glen. To the east there are dolphin watching opportunities along the coast.
The cottage is close to the River Orrin and a spectacular waterfall is within walking distance. As well as soaking up the peaceful surroundings, you can enjoy biking, angling, golf and distillery touring.
Other attractions include Loch Ness, Cawdor Castle and Glen Strathfarrar. Ullapool, Gairloch and the spectacular west coast are only an hour’s drive away.
Accommodation & Facilities
Master bedroom: king size bed with en-suite bathroom (shower over bath and WC) and an adjoining conservatory.
Two twin bedrooms: twin beds, black out blinds in all bedrooms. The twin bedrooms share the second bathroom, with bath, WC and separate shower.
Kitchen: well equipped with dishwasher, microwave, fridge/freezer, toaster, kettle etc. Adjoining utility room with large sink, washing machine/dryer, iron and board.
Dining/living area: spacious, bright, open-plan area with wood burning stove, Sky TV, DVD, CD player, WiFi (via dongle) plus a selection of books, games, puzzles and tourist brochures. Patio door leading to the back garden.
The double garage has a ping-pong table and two adult mountain bikes. The property has a large, garden and there is private parking for two cars.
All bed linen, towels, electricity, unlimited wood for the stove and parking are included in the price and the holiday home is stocked with a starter supply of kitchen and bathroom supplies as well as a starter pack of wood for the stove. A cot and high chair are available at no extra cost.
No smoking is permitted within the holiday home.
Pets are welcome, but please check in advance if bringing more than one.
Bookings are from Saturday 4pm to Saturday 10am.
Security deposit: an amount of £100 will be pre-authorised against the card you pay your final balance 10 days prior to arrival. This will reduce your available balance on your card by £100 for 30 days.
Gael Holiday Homes
- Response time:
- within a few days
- Calendar last updated:
- May 27, 2018
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A well-equipped, cosy cottage in tranquil surroundings
As a family of 5 we found the house to be the perfect size and pretty well-equipped for a family holiday. The log burner and recliner sofa were bliss in the evenings and the showers are incredible! The enclosed back garden meant we could let our boys (aged 10, 8 & 3) out to burn off some energy without having to be outside ourselves. We all enjoyed the walk up Glen Orrin which starts right next to the house and is about 6km in total. It was also exciting to spot a red kite circling over the trees on that walk! We appreciated the quick visit from the owner, who lives nearby, to check everything was ok. It was good to know she was on hand but wasn't intrusive in any way. There were very few negatives about the house, but we were disappointed to find the wifi needs to be paid for - although the website stated it was via a dongle, so we weren't expecting a hugely strong or fast signal, there was no mention of having to pay extra for it. From previous experience most cottages in this price bracket include free, unlimited wifi and I'd imagine most people expect that nowadays. Some of the furniture and games were a bit old and well used, although that didn't detract from their usefulness. The only other thing is chopping boards! There were only two wooden bread boards; a couple of plastic ones would be a great addition as it felt a bit wrong cutting raw meat on a wooden board. Overall though a lovely place where we enjoyed a really relaxing family break away from it all. We'd definitely recommend it.
Late in the season so maybe a bit tired looking. Oven needs some attention. Looked very clean when first entering the cottage but later find a few problems with cleanliness.
Spacious, well equipped property.
We have stayed in Balorrin before and will do so again. It is a spacious well equipped property and is convenient for my husband who fishes the Conon. We would prefer a Sunday to Sunday let for that reason. Having taken our son and his family with us this time, the wifi arrangements proved very expensive!! We would prefer a fixed system, even if it meant a slightly higher rental charge.
Beautiful Holiday House
The house is spacious, comfortable and well located. There is plenty to see and to do (dolphin watching, mountain biking, walking), the next supermarket is not far away and the garden is great for playing football. The table tennis in the garage was used every day. Whenever coming back to Scotland, this is our first choice.
Enjoyed a week at Balorrin with our dog, Nico, who loved the local walks on the doorstep (there is an excellent dog walk starting right outside the back door). The cottage is well equipped which meant the usual extras that we bring (such as sharp knives for cooking) were just not needed. It's a great place to relax yet close to local amenities in Muir of Ord (great butcher) and places of interest. I think we will be back.
Our second stay and again an excellent one
We stayed with 7 people for the first part of the week and there was still plenty of space. We love the layout of the house and it works really well for us, there was a minor problem with the boiler which was sorted out straight away ( great to see that if something needs fixing it is done so fast)
Follow the A9 north from Inverness, crossing the Kessock Bridge. At the first roundabout take the first left signposted to Muir of Ord. At the Muir of Ord junction go straight across to the traffic lights at the railway bridge. Turn left after the bridge on the A832, signposted to Ullapool. Turn left at the bottom of the hill just before the Glen Ord Distillery and continue along the single track road for about 3 miles. When you reach the Aultgowrie sign Balorrin is the second home on your left.
Additional pricing information
Contractual booking deposit: 25.00% rent