Self-catering cottage rental, rural, shooting, golf, walking, fishing
Roland van Oyen
- English, French, German, Dutch
Minimum age of primary renter:21
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
We decided on Scotland for a vacation to commemorate our 30th wedding anniversary, as Scotland has been on our travel list for a long time. Since we enjoy landscapes, nature, country scenes, more so than cityscapes, we started looking for lodging opportunities out away from the city. Through various searches on the internet I ended up on VRBO.com and quickly found a number of nice, affordable rentals. The pictures and reviews of Westlodge were all it took to convince us to make reservation.
Upon arrival to the cottage we were simply awestruck. Just like you always experience with pictures-vs-reality, as beautiful as the pictures were, the property and house were significantly more lovely than any picture could capture. The setting is so peaceful and relaxing that you feel immediately welcome and comfortable. The landscaping has been thoughtfully put together and is maintained to a very high standard, truly amazing selection of plants.
It only got better when we went inside! We found a house that was perfectly appointed with EVERYTHING you could possibly need. Every room is spacious and comfortable and the kitchen is simply fantastic, with literally every dish, pot, pan, appliance you would ever have in your own kitchen. The sunroom…… my favorite room of the house….. was the perfect spot for coffee/tea in the morning, as well as where I spent every night winding down, reviewing pictures from our day’s travel, and planning our next day’s adventure.
I could go on and on about the inside and outside of the house and property and the level of detail that Roland and his family have provided (Like the trunk FULL of clothing, slippers, hats, jackets, etc in the upstairs bedroom, or the radiant heated flooring in the kitchen).
Westlodge is truly the very best place we have ever stayed on any vacation. Roland made the entire process easy and everything worked fantastic, from the booking through the stay.
With that said, I always believe in room for improvement in any situation so I had to come up with something that could be better. The only thing I could think of was the chairs in the kitchen could use some felt pads under the legs so they are not so loud on the floor. Seriously, this tongue-in-cheek improvement is all I could think of. We could not have been happier!
Everything we needed was available at this lovely cottage in a very peaceful location.
We had a wonderful time at the Lodge House. It is very comfortable and has everything you might need. The gardens are beautiful lots of birds including an owl and we could see bats in the evening as well as deer.
We were a mixed age party and everyone had a great time. There are lots of places round about to visit. Thank you!
Great week away
Had a very peaceful time in the excellently equipped house. Lots of nice walks close by, and interesting things to see. Have no negative comments at all. Would go again.
Great get away!
The West Lodge is a beautiful house and so well equipped! Nothing was missing, and the contact with Roland was very good as well. There is so much to do and see in the area. We highly recommend staying there!
Westlodge is the perfect get away in the Highlands. Our entire family met there for our annual reunion and we could not have been more pleased. The house is gorgeous and so is the area. You will not be missing anything since Westlodge is so well equipped. The location is perfect for day trips and there are endless places to visit and explore. The contact with Roland was great. I hope we will be able to come back one day and I would highly recommend staying at Westlodge! We made memories there that will last us a lifetime.
Whilst staying in the Highlands, there are various outdoor sporting activities, fly fishing, clay pigeon shooting, golf, walking, stalking in season and walked up grouse, pheasant and duck shooting.
Loved by millions throughout the world, Golf is a game that was born on the links land of eastern Scotland, for over 600 years the Scots have natured the game and today, as it has always done, gold is regarded as the game of the people.
The popularity of golf was so much so that during the mid-15th century when Scotland was preparing to defend itself against an English invasion, the population’s enthusiastic pursuit of golf led to the neglect of military training such as archery practice.
This unwanted distraction led to the Scottish parliament of King James II to ban golf, the ban lasted from 1457 until it was lifted in 1502.
Today Scotland is regarded as the home of golf and has almost 500 courses many of which are survivors from the very earliest.
Other Activities: shooting
Golf: Nairn Golf Club, this Traditional Scottish Golf Links Course was created form a wilderness of whins and heather and talents of professional and amateur alike. Nairn’s truly remarkable feature is that from every hole you can see the Moray Firth and the golden colouring and changing lights of the Black Isle. Even more extraordinary – only too easily you can strike the ball into the sea on every one of the first seven!
Tain Golf Club in Ross-shire, a traditional Scottish Highland links course designed by Old Tom Morris, situated 9 miles south of Dornoch and 31 miles north of Inverness. Our Championship length links enjoys spectacular views over mountains and sea and benefits from a sheltered climate, which allows favourable golfing conditions for most of the year. With our 3rd hole rated as one of the best 18 links holes in Scotland and our 17th acknowledged as one of the top 18 holes designed by Old Tom Morris, we believe that Tain offers one of the finest settings and challenges for a round of golf.
Inverness Golf Club, situated one mile from the city centre and only six miles from the airport, provides an excellent test of golf for all levels of player and a great alternative to the traditional links courses. Visiting golfers are most welcome to play the 6,256 yards par 69 course. There are two Bars and a Restaurant. Visitor locker rooms are available with shower facilities provided for both males and females. Handicap certificates are required.
Ski: Aviemore is the outdoor capital of the Cairngorms. It firstly developed as a ski resort and both the Cairngorm and Lecht areas have a range of pistes suitable for snowboarding and skiing. Being surrounded by the Monadhliath and Grampian mountains there are plenty of Munros, hillwalks, climbing opportunities and low level walks to suit all abilities. The rivers in the area provide excellent opportunities for kayaking and canoeing trips. There are a wealth of outdoor companies based in Aviemore for equipment hire or courses.