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A Beautiful, Secluded Forest Holiday Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Ordhill Cottage. Black Isle, Inverness 5 miles away. Sleeps 4 - Pets are Welcome - Log Fire - Aga, more than just a cooker.

Ordhill Cottage a traditional stone built cottage in a truly splendid position, on its own in the forest just a few miles north of Loch Ness with Inverness just across the Firth. A typical Scottish country home in a forest clearing at the end of Ordhill forest track guarantees you peace and tranquility.

All the forest birds and creatures are right outside your door, you simply have to look out of the window to see the wildlife. Should you wish to go for a walk there are numerous forest paths leading straight from the door. All this makes it hard to believe that you are so close to Inverness and its amenities.

The large beautifully secluded garden grounds are securely fenced to keep your pets safe. The forest is used for orienteering, but also has many waymarked footpaths on your doorstep. You will have unlimited scope for birdwatching and walking.

Ordhill Cottage is very tastefully furnished and decorated country style with a welcoming log fire in the sitting room. The farmhouse kitchen with the Aga stove and cosy dining area provides a very warm intimate atmosphere for enjoying those wonderful meals that you will cook on the Aga!

There are two double bedrooms upstairs, continuing the country theme with country style decor and furnishings, the coombed ceilings give added character. Other features: Oil fired central heating, double glazing throughout. Pets are welcome, the garden is securely fenced. Bed linen, Electricity, and a bag of logs are included in the price. Bathroom with a bath, there is an unlimited supply of hot water from the Aga! - Cooking by Aga, supplemented by a gas hob.

We have fed Red Kites in the garden during winter, they nest very close by so they are regularly seen in the garden area. Fox, Deer, Pine Martin, Red Squirrels and an endless variety of wild birds.

If you set food out for them you're sure to attract many varieties.

There are Shops , Pubs and a Post Office at North Kessock just 2 miles walk through the forest. The Moray Firth is spanned at North Kessock by the Kessock Bridge. The A9 crosses here. You can see Dolphins most days either from the shore or the dizzy heights of the bridge. There is a Dolphin and Seal observation centre above the village where you can even listen to them by underwater microphones. It is also a Red Kite centre with a camera set up for nest viewing.

If you like to walk either alone or with your pets then there is an endless web of forest paths and tracks, marked and unmarked for your pleasure. The forest is a very peaceful place to be in and even inside the cottage you will feel this.

The fishing villages of the Black Isle are very picturesque and well worth a visit - especially Cromarty which is very pretty.

All the beauty of Loch Ness is just a short drive away and both sides of the Loch are worth visiting.

More Details

Mr John Milton
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
7 July, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

" Our first stay, perfect location for our Inverness shopping trips, we loved the cottage and garden, one of our best ever short breaks - Thank you
Nov 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Inverness in Highland

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The bathroom is situated between the two double bedrooms. There is constant hot water from the Aga. The bathroom contains a bath, but does not have a shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Both bedrooms have double beds with central heating and double glazing. They both look out on the garden and the forest beyond. Peaceful and quiet.
  • Books
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • wind-surfing


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A Beautiful, Secluded Forest Holiday Cottage
average rating of 4.857143 based on 14 reviews
Genève, Suisse

Charmant cottage traditionnel dans une clairière

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé 3 nuits dans la charmante maison de John : beaucoup d'espace, grande cuisine, salle-à-manger, grand salon avec baies vitrées, 2 jolies chambres à l'étage et jardin, très bien équipée pour un séjour confortable. Cadre agréable et situation très calme.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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superb views and peace and quiet

  • 4 of 5

lovely cottage down a forest path all on its own and as relaxing as you can get . the scenery is astounding anm the views wonderful .

inisde is very very homely and u have everything you need for a wonderful stay . its very rustic so dont expect 5 star accommodation but everything is clean , would like to say bath needs changing as is losing its enamel , otherwise everything good , 2 lovely comfortable double bedrooms , hot water all day via the aga which is lovely to cook on , coffee machines microwave , everything u need . places to visit loch ness is a must , , highland wildlife park , chanonry point to watch dolphins and pretty villages like rosemarkie all in all i will certainly be returning

  • Review Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The bath is having surface repaired later this year.
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delightful home from home

  • 5 of 5

delightful cottage immaculately clean slightly quirky cosy cottage. garden a haven for wildlife if a tad overgrown but delightful non the less. enjoyed our stay here.

  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable Cottage in a Tranquil Setting

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a wonderful weeklong stay at Ordhill Cottage, a lovely cottage in a truly beautiful corner of the world. Our family of four found this to be a great base for exploring the Scottish Highlands. The cottage was clean, comfortable and cozy, and the secluded forest setting absolutely breathtaking. It was an easy hike through the woods to nearby North Kessock, where we enjoyed some delicious meals and watched dolphins and seals in the Firth. John was a joy to work with, and the welcome bottle of wine and biscuits was an especially nice touch ;-). We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and would love to return to Scotland, and to Ordhill Cottage, some day in the not-too-distant future.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Un petit paradis au lileu de la forêt

  • 5 of 5

Un petit paradis au milieu de la forêt dans un calme complet tout en ayant l'entrée de la ville d'Inverness à 5 mn en voiture. Le cottage a gardé tout son charme rustique tout en étant bien équipé. Toute la famille l'a apprécié et mes enfants l'ont même baptisé "La maison des 7 nains" tellement il leur a plu.

Il est situé au départ de nombreux sentiers pédestres dans les forêts environnantes permettant de dominer le Firth et c'est une bonne base pour la visite des Highlands.

Si j'ai à revenir en Ecosse, c'est ici que je reviendrais volontiers.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

La maison est telle que la description le dit : propre, confortable, bien équipé. Rien ne manque. Nous avons passé un excellent séjour, au calme, tout en étant à 5 mn de l'entrée d'Inverness. Nous recommandons chaleureusement cette maison.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 14, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
North Kessock
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
North Kessock
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Nearest Beach
16 Miles

There is vast scope for outdoor activities and touring. However, if your idea of a Scottish holiday is to get away from it all, unwind or take the dog for a walk, then this is the right place for you. Or if you want to sit by the shore at sunset then Ordhill Cottage is certainly the place for you. Walking tracks round the forest are at your doorstep but if you wish to go further afield then the mountains and glens of the Highlands are all just a short drive away.

Fishing permits are available in Inverness for the river Ness and other areas. Golf courses are also to be found at Inverness and Nairn.

Winter Sports of course are to be found at Aviemore in the Cairngorms about 30 minutes drive away. Aviemore is also worth a visit in the summer months.

If you want to go monster spotting then the home of Nessie is not far away at all. Loch Ness is a spectacularly beautiful and haunting loch, best seen early morning or at dusk.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Inverness, Scottish Highlands & Islands

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
28 May 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
3 Sep 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Winter
4 Nov 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas- 2017
23 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Saturday entry time 4pm
Saturday exit time 10am

Pets are very welcome but we would ask you to keep them off the furniture at all times. At no times should your pets be allowed upstairs. This ensures that all guests enjoy their stay at the cottage. The garden must be cleaned up after your pet. A charge will be made for any extra cleaning that should be required because of soiling in the house or garden.

We know that your pets will enjoy their stay here and be very safe. Our dogs have always loved it in the forest. In the event of you requiring a vet for any reason you will find one at Inshes - The telephone number can be found in the information folder at the cottage.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.