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Barn Owl Cottage, Newton, near Tain

Sleeps 2Sorry, No Pets1 Bedroom1 Bathroom£419 - £1055 pw

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An ideal base for couples wishing to explore the wild beauty of the Highlands, with beautiful beaches just 10 minutes away.. Ground Floor:

All on the ground floor.

Open plan living space: With wooden floor.

Living area: With 28" Freeview TV, DVD player and French doors leading to garden.

Dining area.

Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine.

Bedroom: With kingsize bed and en-suite with shower cubicle, toilet, heated towel rail and tiled floor.. Electric panel heaters (underfloor heating in shower room), electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Use of freezer available on request.. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are two steps to the garden (can also be accessed by a slope).. Situated on a quiet lane and overlooking open countryside, Barn Owl Cottage is a detached, single-storey cottage. Set in the grounds of the owner’s home, it has its own private garden and enjoys lovely views across fields to the hills beyond. It is situated in a small hamlet which lies between Portmahomack and Tain, in the heart of rural Ross-shire. This bright accommodation is beautifully presented throughout and provides an ideal base for couples. An entrance porch leads through to the main open plan living area, and French doors open onto the pretty sandstone patio with lawn beyond - an ideal spot for alfresco dining or relaxing with a glass of wine. Adjoining the main living area is a very attractively presented kingsize bedroom with colour co-ordinated soft furnishings. An en-suite shower room with underfloor heated tiles completes the picture.

The region is justly famed for its wild beauty and there is plenty to explore in every direction. The pretty seaboard villages of Portmahomack, Shandwick and Balintore, with their lovely sandy beaches, attractive harbours and pretty stone cottages, are just 10 minutes’ drive away. The more energetic might prefer to walk directly from the cottage to the shoreline in the nearby hamlet of Inver. There are numerous forest walks and mountain bike trails in the locality. The cottage is also close to the renowned North Coast 500 route. Golfers are spoilt for choice, with traditional and well known links courses at Royal Dornoch, Tain, Golspie and Brora. Wildlife is abundant in the area, including deer, pine marten, osprey and red kites all seen locally. On Loch Eye, just 15 minutes’ walk from the cottage, there are numerous birds to be seen, including a large number of resident swans on this Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The area is renowned for its archaeological sites, and at the nearby Tarbat Discovery Centre there is a fascinating display of Pictish, Norse and Medieval artefacts. Just 3 miles away lies the oldest Royal Burgh of Scotland, Tain. Predominantly built of local mellow sandstone, this charming historic town offers an excellent selection of small shops, restaurants, cafés and pubs, as well as a wide variety of sporting and recreational facilities, including tennis courts, gardens, golf club and bowling club, all of which are available to visitors. Nearby places of interest include the whisky distillery centre, home of Glenmorangie single malt, the famous Falls of Shin, one of the few places nearby to see salmon leaping, and the enchanting town of Dornoch with its magnificent cathedral, sandy beach and championship golf course. Beach 1 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

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Short Breaks Allowed
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Guest Comments

"Lovely little cottage in a quiet setting."

Robert, August 2021

"Exceptionally clean & well presented. Nice welcome pack. Everything we needed was made available. Annie, the owner, who lives onsite, was very welcoming, and although the cottage in on the same grounds as the owner’s house, it is very private and has its own little garden. We made friends with Annie’s dog, Echo, who came to see us when we were coming and going. We recommend this cottage and would stay again."

David, July 2021

"A very nice fully equipped cottage ideal for couples and singles. 3miles from Tain.The local fishing villages have good pups for meals. In Tain Green's Restaurant."

Robert, July 2021

"Lovely comfortable Cottage in a quiet location, helpful owner, guaranteed peace.All amenities available in Tain, petrol,supermarkets and food outlets. Within easy reach were small village's and glorious beaches, Dunrobin castle with its gardens and falconry. Further driving sends you to John O Groats and Wick with lots to explore around the area.Excellent week was had investigating many interesting places, yes I would go again it was that good."

Colin, May 2021

"A place of perfect solitude, if that is what one wishes, but also located within east reach of a number of places of interest, as well as being able to access the A9 to travel further up or down the country."

Mark, December 2020

"Lovely and well equipped cottage in a beautiful and peaceful location with lovely views across the fields. Perfect for couple, good base to exploring the north highlands. The owner, Annie is very welcoming and helpful and she is just next door and do not forget about her lovely dog Echo, such a nice and friendly dog. There were a few welcoming goodies and also birthday card for my boyfriend as I have mentioned to Annie booking of the cottage as a birthday surprise. Such a nice gesture from her, nice bonus and very much appreciated. We would highly recommend this cottage, thank you very much!"

Lenka, November 2020

"Excellent place to stay"

Alice, November 2020

"Very comfortable cottage. Very well appointed and in a quiet location. Area is ideal to get to so many lovely locations. We didn't want to leave!"

Norma, September 2020

"Great cottage in a lovely part of Scotland. Owner very helpful and friendly.Really enjoyed the forests and beaches."

Susan, September 2020

"Lovely cottage and being next to the owners home didn't make it any less private, so quiet and comfortable with everything needed for a home from home stay.There were a few welcoming goodies (wine and biscuits) which was a really nice bonus and were very much appreciated.We would recommend this cottage as a relaxing break away."

Fiona, July 2020

"We rented the cottage as it was near where my family live. It is absolutely beautiful, very comfortable and clean. Everything in the cottage that you would need. Anni was fantastic even allowed my grandchildren to come and visit us there so they could come and enjoy breakfast with us. Added bonus of the lovely dog Echo. He is such a lovely friendly dog. Would 100% recommend and i would also book again.Thank you for a lovely week."

Tina, July 2020


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