Luxury Apartment - 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps 6 with fantastic views
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About Jonathan Norris
I am an architect who has specialised in the restoration and conversion of historic buildings. My wife is a lecturer (professor) in Mathematics at Kingston Business School and we have two boys.
Jonathan Norris purchased this Apartment in 2008
Why Jonathan Norris chose Ft Augustus
I was working for the company which bought the old abbey and converted it into apartments (it used to be a monastery and boys school, but had been empty for a number of years). When we were given the opportunity to buy an apartment in the old abbey I was in the fortunate position of being able to assess what I thought would be the nicest apartment in the whole development and reserve it!
What makes this Apartment unique
We love the apartment at Gruinyards not only because of the fantastic view down Loch Ness, which was the original reason for choosing it, but also because it has windows on three sides. This means that not only do you get to see three different views, but also that you can get the sun shining in all day long. Because it is up on the third floor (fourth floor if you are American) it isn't overlooked and is amazingly light even on a grey day in winter. I love the sloping ceilings, which mean it manages to be both cosy and spacious at the same time. And like everyone, I love sitting in the window seat looking out over the Loch, watching the constantly changing light on the water, the mountains and the trees. The apartment is really well laid out and is just somewhere you feel very comfortable and at home in, so that it can be really difficult to motivate yourself to do anything except just lounging around enjoying being there.
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So beautiful, you will hardly want to leave the apartment
This is our second time in beautiful Fort Augustus but our first time staying at Gruinyards. I honestly can’t say enough about it. Jonathan was very helpful and communicative prior to our arrival and Simon ensured we had everything we needed once we were there.
Gruinyards is spacious, clean and you can’t beat the views. We hope to be back!
Clean, well equipped and beautiful views!
My wife and two children (10 & 11) stayed at Gruinyards for 4 nights. Upon arrival the gated premises is instantly impressive. We met the management who showed us around the facility and led us to our room. The Abbey has everything a family needs to keep entertained; my kids especially enjoyed the pool, table tennis and bunny counting. The apartment itself is bright, clean and well equipped. The views of Loch Ness and the surrounding hills are amazing. While at Gruinyards, we saw some of the most vibrant Rainbows that we have ever seen. The overall location of the apartment is great. Within a short walk we were at a nearby Grocer, several Pubs, historic Caledonian Canal, gift shops and boat tours. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at this property and would recommend to families such as ours.
Fabulous, spacious apartment with a great view of Loch Ness
Impeccable, within walking distance to the village (shops, restaurants). There were many activities on site, though we couldn't do all of them because of the rainy weather. Our kids especially loved the giant chess board, the pool and steam room. Terrific welcome on site by Charles.
Unlike anything I've ever seen, The Gruinyards is quite spectacular. Even Charlie checking us in said it has the best view of all the apartments in the building. Hard to manage though if you are a heavy packer or out of shape (no elevator-and the apartment is on the American 4th floor...75 steps to the top) but the views are worth it! Gorgeous grounds, well maintained and loved, and the apartment was everything you could want. The washer/dryer would not seem to dry our clothes but that may be user error. Overall, this was gorgeous and loved our time there ...maybe next time we can stay longer! Beware that most things in "town" close very early!
Comfortable apartment in stunning setting
This apartment is roomy, modern, and fully equipped, in a unique setting. The Highlands Club is renovated apartments in an old abbey on the banks of Loch Ness. The grounds are spacious with plenty of room for lawn games as well as strolling. The interior approach to the apartment is also beautiful, with much of the old architecture preserved, including the enclosed cloisters and central courtyard. There is a swimming pool and exercise room, although we did not use them, preferring to get our exercise hill walking and biking. There is also a lounge area with snooker and plenty of seating for quiet reading. In addition to the loch, the abbey is adjacent to the Caledonian Canal and the lower locks at Fort Augustus. There is plenty of parking available on the grounds.
There is a surprisingly well stocked grocery located in the gas station about a block away. We had bought groceries on the way, but if we had not, we would have been able to get almost everything we needed here. There are also a large number of restaurants within walking distance, from pub food to more upscale dining.
The apartment itself has a master suite and a smaller bedroom, although even the small bedroom is lovely. The views from the apartment are superb - we were able to watch boats on the loch and plenty of wildlife. Both bathrooms are generously sized. There is a soaker tub in the master and a tub/shower combo in the hall bath. The kitchen really is fully equipped and there was tea, coffee, biscuits and milk waiting for us. There were salt, pepper, sugar and vinegar in the apartment, but any other spices you may want will need to be purchased or brought from home. The refrigerator is full sized with a large freezer beneath. There is both a dishwasher and a washer/dryer combo. Note to Americans - the dryer will not get your clothes bone-dry. There are drying racks in both baths which will finish the process for you. I have found that this is common in European units. It was immaculately clean.
The owner was very helpful with lots of advance information. The manager who showed us the apartment was also very thorough and informative.
Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to report in such detail on your time at Gruinyards and I’m sure your comments will be useful for other travellers. I’m delighted that you had a wonderful stay and found the apartment comfortable and well equipped, we certainly try to make it that way and are always looking forward to our next visit there.
The apartment was spacious, modern, nicely decorated and clean. All communication was clear and check in was easy. Upon arrival, the manager showed us around the property and the apartment and answered all of our questions. There were cookies, coffee, and tea in the cupboard and milk in the fridge. There were books, DVDs, local guide books, board games, etc as well. It felt like we were at home. Best of all, because it is located on the fourth floor of the Abbey, the apartment has spectacular views of Loch Ness and the surrounding property. We were beside Loch Ness and the canal. It was a very short walk to the pretty village of Fort Augustus and its local pubs, restaurants and shops. We would recommend the nearby Boathouse Lochside restaurant, the Lovat Brasserie and the Loch Inn. Fort Augustus is very centrally located for exploring the Highlands. Essentially, everything was exactly as outlined in the description and photos. Except it was better. We would definitely stay again!
Thank you very much for your very kind and informative review, it is much appreciated. I’m really pleased you had a great holiday and would be delighted if you did decide to stay again.
Fort Augustus, situated mid way between Inverness and Fort William, at the southernmost tip of Loch Ness, next to the Caledonian canal and the fast flowing river Oich and river Tarff, is a charming destination in its own right. Loch Ness cruises set off from the swing bridge, with Castle Urquhart and the Loch Ness visitor centre just a short drive away. However it is also ideally located climbing Ben Nevis (or skiing at the Nevis range), visiting numerous dramatic waterfalls and stunning walks in the Glen Affric and Glen Nevis nature reserves. Fort William, forty minutes away, boasts the Ben Nevis distillery and, during the summer, the Jacobite steam train service up to Mallaig. Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, is less than an hour away, the journey there, along either side of Loch Ness, one of the most spectacular there is.