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Spacious house with garden and outstanding views in the Scottish Highlands

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,399 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Spacious modern house for 6-8 people, with large garden, ideal for families

4-star rated by Visit Scotland, Taigh a'Chaorainn is a spacious modern house in quiet, peaceful surroundings with stunning views of the Grey Corries, Aonach Mor and Ben Nevis. It has all the amenities you need to make your stay as comfortable as possible and we hope you enjoy staying there as much as we do.

Nathalie Davies
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

About Nathalie Davies

Nathalie is half-British, half-French and lives and works in Brussels with her Scottish partner and two kids. She has lived in Greece, France, Britain, Germany and Belgium. She spent a sabbatical year living in Spean Bridge in 2010/2011. She uses the house on a regular basis for family holidays.

Nathalie Davies purchased this house in 2010


Spean Bridge House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1399 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , has just been renovated
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom 1 on 1st floor (where 1 double bedroom and 2 single bedroom located) which has has just been renovated. Large bathtub with shower. Plenty of cupboard space. Shower room with toilet on ground floor next to double bedroom 2. Renovated in 2016
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Master bedroom on the 1st floor with mountain view
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Master bedroom on the ground floor with mountain view
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , 2nd pull-out bed - mountain view
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , 2nd pull-out bed
  • All the beds, mattresses and furniture in the rooms on the 1st floor were bought in 2011. The furniture in the master bedroom on the ground floor is from 2011. All the bedrooms have large built-in wardrobes and chests of drawers. All bedlinen (sheets and duvet covers) and towels (1 bath towel and and 1 smaller one) provided. All the duvets atre anti-allergenic. Lots of teatowels in the kitchen. Parquet floor in the master bedroom, carpets in the others. Sofa-bed (for 1 person) in the living room.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
Child friendly environment - high chair, booster seat, travel cot and plastic plates, cups and cutlery.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(48 traveler reviews)

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Spacious house with garden and outstanding views in the Scottish Highlands
average rating of 4.8958335 based on 48 reviews

Wonderful big house

  • 5 of 5

This is the third time we’ve stayed in Nathalie’s beautiful house and it’s a real home from home. We were given a warm welcome from Nicola as always and everything you could need is provided in the house. There were 8 of us, but there is plenty of room. We were very lucky to get some amazing snow and enjoyed 3 lovely days snowboarding. If anyone is ever travelling to the house in the snow, it might help you to know that the road was cleared and well gritted up to the house. There is a really nice kids swing park a 5 min walk away. This time, we took the path up Neptune’s staircase (a very easy stroll) with some lovely barges and boats at the top. In previous years we have taken the walk into Glen Nevis to Steall waterfall - it’s a lovely family walk up a walking path but it is rocky in places (not for buggies) and you really should have good boots for the walk.

The house is gorgeous with fantastic views of the mountains. There is a great selection of books and dvds. There are family games and a few toys for kiddies too. The house is so well equipped that we managed Sunday Roast with homemade chocolate cake. Lots of utensils and plenty of space. The Wi-fi works fantastically, and we all got a really good mobile signal. My husband measures most accommodation on its showers and the showers both got full marks! Thanks for another lovely holiday, I’m sure we’ll be returning for a 4th visit.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely review, Julie. So glad you enjoyed your stay and I look forward to welcoming you for the 4th time!
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Great spacious house with good heating

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay in this house. Now in winter it is also great to know you'll come back to a warm place after a chilly day out. Kitchen very well equipped and all rooms nice and tidy. Only point for improvement perhaps would be mattress of one of the single beds. The springs reduced comfort somewhat.

The owner was really friendly, and she helped with all queries quick and effectively.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to hear you had a good stay! Will see to the mattress! Hope to welcome you again soon!
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Home from home

  • 5 of 5

Lovely property, well equipped, comfortable and with lots of interesting reading materials and local info. Good base to explore the area and lovely views of the grey corries. Would definitely recommend.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your great feedback, Paola. Hope to be able to welcome you again soon!
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Nicely appointed cottage and great location

  • 4 of 5

We stayed for 2 weeks because we wanted ample time to explore The Highlands. During this time we hiked, visited several castles, did some Scotch tasting, went to the Isles of Skye and Harris and so much more. It was always a pleasure to return to the cottage at the end of the day; here we could relax, drink some wine, have a light dinner, etc. all in the comfort of a home that has all the conveniences necessary to do this. Our only issue was with the heating which is why I gave the rating 4 stars. We are early risers (6 AM) and we could not manually adjust the heating up until the furnace came on at 8 AM so we were chilly for a bit in the AM and had to bundle up in sweaters and jackets. I understand from Nathalie that she is changing the thermostat out due to this issue. You may want to inquire, if you are sensitive to a chilly home in the AM, if this has been completed. Overall, a wonderful location and perfect for our needs.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely House

  • 5 of 5

This is a nice, modern house in a very peaceful, attractive location. Spean Bridge is a little limited in terms of where you can eat and drink but there are options from the very basic at the Spean Bridge Hotel to other end of the spectrum at Russell’s and the Station Restaurant in the middle which is both affordable and has decent food and beer.

The only thing I would say about the house is the central heating is a bit erratic but that’s easily dealt with. However, make sure you do not shut the kitchen to hallway door when you go out or you’ll come back to find every room in the house like a sauna apart from the hall!

In summary I would not hesitate to stay in this house again because it’s well appointed, comfortable and in a lovely location.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: hello - I'm glad you had a nice time in our house. Very sorry about the glitsch with the heating. This is the first time it has ever happened and we are changing the thermostat this week so it will not happen again. We hope to be able to welcome you again. Nathalie
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A Little Gem

  • 5 of 5

I am at this minute sitting in this lovely house. It is clean, spacious and relaxing. I adore the beautiful prints and art work which decorate the walls.

I am here this weekend with the rest of my family, (husband + 3 grown up children). It is my eldest daughter's birthday and they have gone to spend the day climbing Ben Nevis. I have an illness which prevents me joining in but will join them later for a celebratory meal. I'm thoroughly enjoying relaxing at the house in such peaceful surroundings. The wifi is excellent and I'm getting up to date reports from Ben Nevis! If I wished I could spend the entire time watching anything I liked on the Sky TV or from the wide choice of DVD's here.

The house is spacious with plenty of room for either a group of adults or for those with younger children. There are plenty of games and toys to keep everyone entertained.

The kitchen contains everything you could think of, including a nespresso coffee machine so remember to bring your own pods.

Communication with Nathalie, the owner has been excellent. Thank you for all your patience with us and your help.

I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.

Now I'm off to enjoy the rest of my holiday.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad you are enjoying your stay in our house. Many thanks for your lovely review. Hope we can welcome you in the Highlands again soon.
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Nearest Airport
105 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Spean Bridge
Nearest Ferry
28 Kilometres
Corran (ferry to Mull)
Nearest Golf
1.5 Kilometres
Spean Bridge Golf Course (9 holes)
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Spean Bridge
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
9 Kilometres
Aonach Mor / Nevis Range
Nearest Beach
70 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Welcome to Taigh A'Chaorainn ('Rowan Tree House' in Gaelic) an ideal holiday destination in the Highlands of Scotland, 10 miles from Fort William, the outdoor capital of the UK. We are close to Loch Ness, Ben Nevis and the Cairngorms. The Caledonian Canal is a stone's throw away. The house is a great base from which to go walking/hiking, birdwatching, fishing, play golf, and try some water sports. Skiing in winter.




Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Guest arrival on Saturday from 4.00 pm. Departure on Saturday at 10.00 am.
3-day stay = 70% of weekly rate. Website calculates daily rate automatically and I cannot get rid of this nightly rate!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.