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Stunning Highland retreat in peaceful glen near Dornoch (sleeps 5)

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome


About the property

Three bedrooms, bath WC, shower WC, two reception rooms, kitchen and study

This unique traditional Scottish stone house (built in1877), and recently modernised with a bright large modern extension is located in Scotland’s popular holiday area of Ross-shire and Sutherland. The modern kitchen is designed for family cooking and is part of an open plan area with the sitting and dining room, which looks out to the magnificent views through a double storey height picture window. There is also a separate cosy traditional Scottish open fire TV lounge/game room. The three bedrooms are comfortable, two of which have Victorian themed furniture. There is a bathroom upstairs and a shower /WC downstairs. Internet WiFi free access is available around the house. Lastly, there is a separate study room with extensive views, to provide inspiration for the creative writer or artist. Efficient heating keeps the house warm in all weather. The large garden is ideal for relaxing under the trees in summer or alfresco dining.

The immediate Polgarrie secluded location offers the best highland views of mountain, glen and down to the blue Dornoch Firth. Six golf courses are within a 10 to 20 minute drive, the beach 15 minutes.

More Details

Kate Pullicino
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, German, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 March, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Kate,

We had a wonderful time at Polgarrie and were sad to leave. The location is so quiet and peaceful (although the wind does blow!) and we enjoyed visiting the Balblair distillery and hiking and birding in the area. Thanks for the wonderful Scotland experience and we look forward to visiting again somewhere down the road.

May 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Tain in Highland

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 160 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed
  • wheelchair accessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • ski
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(15 traveller reviews)

Stunning Highland retreat in peaceful glen near Dornoch (sleeps 5)
average rating of 4.866667 based on 17 reviews

Loved our family time in Polgarrie House !

  • 5 of 5

The location of the house is spectacular with stunning views of countryside , hills and many sheep ! A true get away ....no noise during the day or light pollution at night - perfect ! The house itself is comfortable , very warm both in the extension and in the sitting room with its log fire . The owners have provided you with everything you need for your stay . The surrounding area has so much to offer with beautiful beaches , forest / hill walks and little towns with good restaurants . We are a family of 5 ( children 14, 12, 7 ) and we all agreed it was one of our best holidays ever . Im sure our dog was in agreement too ! Do not hesitate to book this lovely house , we will most certainly return .

  • Review Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our favorite Highland "home"

  • 5 of 5

We love the scenic, secluded location and the comfortable, well equipped house.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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Great house, great area

  • 4 of 5

The house and its location was lovely, with lots of accessible walks, close to local towns. Weather was good, heating, when needed worked well.

Liked the bright sitting room, and most of what we needed was there. However, it was not possible to open any of the bedroom windows, painted shut, which wasn't great - I like to be able to air my bedroom in the morning.

The kitchen was quite well equipped, but knives were blunt, and there were no chopping boards. Also would have appreciated a few basic dish-washing utensils.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Simply beautiful

  • 5 of 5

An absolutely gorgeous location. Isolated, yet all amenities are within 10 min drive, I.e. pharmacy, hospital and shops.

The house is well maintained, very clean and tidy. There is a big garden at the back of the house - great for BBQs and for children to play.

You can make your stay full of activities, visit local distilleries (there are plenty around and they sell great Scottish whiskey for good price!), go for hikes (you're spoiled with choice) or to Dornoch beach (10 min drive) and plenty more. In the evening, you fire up the fire place, get on wifi or Sky TV or simply read a book and enjoy the magnificent views - just look at the photos! We are definitely coming back next year!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic Highland Holiday

  • 5 of 5

Polgarrie House is a real gem. The house itself is very spacious and welcoming. The lovey bright open plan living area really makes the most of the beautiful views of the landscape. We really enjoyed exploring the surrounding area. We set off for some beautiful walks from the house. The Struay hill is a definite must. We will definetely be back to this charming property.


  • Review Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful get-away with easy access

  • 5 of 5

We arrived early afternoon after our flight from London. The house was easy to find, yet located well away from the main road. The house was clean and the kitchen modern. The bedrooms were adequate with bathrooms both up and downstairs. To stretch our legs we walked up the Struie behind the house to observe wonderful views of the Dornoch Firth with the house nestled in the heather and sheep below us. The addition to the house brings in wonderful views up the valley and of the setting sun. We had a small issue with the water pump that was resolved very quickly by the most polite plumber - thanks Rory.

We spent our days horseback riding with Hollingwells Equestrian (what super people and horses), touring distilleries (Balblair at the bottom of the road was featured in the film - The Angel's Share) and trips around the coast. Every evening we would return to the peace, quiet and warmth of Polgarrie. The house was a perfect retreat and launch pad for our escape in the highlands. We will certainly come again.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
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Nearest Airport
59 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Edderton Hotel Pub
Nearest Ferry
312 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
6 Kilometres
Tain Golf Course
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Edderton Hotel
Nearest Ski
99 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
11 Kilometres
Dornoch Beach
Car: necessary

Polgarrie House lies in a beautiful, peaceful highland glen, with all round views, 45 minutes drive north of Inverness, on the Dornoch Firth, near the Royal Borough of Tain.

Our farmhouse offers the perfect setting for exploring the North of Scotland. Polgarrie itself sits at the bottom of Struie Hill, making it a perfect setting for outdoor activities including hiking, climbing and mountain biking (A well known national trail is just 15Km), exploring archeological sites, or playing badmington on the lawn of its own 1.5 acre grounds. It is ideal for bird watching and also wild game spotting, such as red deer, foxes, hares and polecats have all been seen from the sitting room. There is a stream 100m from the house with a water fall to explore.

Whiskey tours of the nearby Edderton distillery (Ballblair) and the Tain (Glen Morangie) stills as well as tours of the Dunrobin Castle (30 km) are all within easy reach.

The famous Falls of Shin are a 25 Km (25 minutes) drive away, which makes another ideal outing to see jumping salmon.

Golf: Tain Golf Course - 6 miles (10 Km);

Skibo Castle Golf Course - 6 miles (10 Km) (Carnegie's old Scottish estate);

Bonar Bridge Golf Course - 7 miles (11km):

Royal Dornoch Golf Course- 10 miles (17 Km);

Golspie Golf Course - 17 miles ( 27Km);

Alness Golf Course - 19 miles (30 Km);;

i.e. Six courses between 10 to 20 minutes drive;

Ski: Aviemore ski and tourist resort- 62 miles (1hour 28 minutes drive)


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Tain, Scotland

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
April to May
1 Apr 2017 - 27 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
3 Jun 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 5 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
12 Aug 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
16 Sep 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Payment conditions are:
20% on booking and balance 8 weeks before rental start date.
Payment to Bank of Scotland account.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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