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Tychat House -Private Highland Estate Overlooking Loch Ness

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Nestled above the legendary Loch Ness in the rolling hills of the Great Glen, Tychat House sits on a sprawling 38.5 acre estate and boasts panoramic views of Urquhart Bay and its Pictish ruins with the gracious Monalaidth Mountains providing a stunning backdrop. This secluded, charming and unique highland getaway is an idyllic holiday retreat - the view alone will keep you captivated for hours.

Renovated in 2008, the home’s interior is delightfully eclectic including a pictorial tribute to the owner’s famous scientific investigations into the existence of the Loch Ness monster. With views of the Loch from each room, Tychat House is the perfect place to “Nessie-watch.”

The ground floor features large picture windows and its open layout surrounds a wood-burning fireplace. Round every corner is another nook or snug with seating. During fine weather, the outdoor patio is perfect for enjoying the fresh highland air or dining, but don’t be surprised by the occasional woolly passer-by (sheep).

The first floor presents the choice of two spectacular double bedrooms. Both offer king-size beds, stellar views and private balconies - ideal for enjoying a morning cup of coffee or a quiet drink as the sun goes down. The third bedroom is equipped with a single trundle bed and is also endowed with the same breathtaking vista.

When you venture out you will be spoilt for choice of things to do in the area. Easy day trips include: The Loch Ness Exhibition Centre at the Drumnadrochit Hotel, Glen Affric, Fort Augustus (where you can see the famous Telford lock), Fort William, Aviemore (both have steam railways) Inverness City and its shopping, swimming pool and multi screen cinema, Culloden Battle Field and its visitors centre, take a boat trip on the Moray Firth so see the dolphins or board a real Loch Ness research vessel to search for Nessie.

The area is rich with history and nature. There is easy access to water sports, golf, fishing and walking/hiking. In fact, the ‘Great Glen Way’ footpath passes through the fields of Tychat Estate and is easily accessible from the house.

Keywords: House, Loch Ness, Loch Ness Monster, Nessie, Highland, Scotland, Holiday, Vacation, Holiday Let, Self Catering

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 20, 2017


My family and I have owned this property since the early 1970s. It has become our beloved second home and my father, Robert H. Rines, has based his research into the Loch Ness Monster from this house for the last 30 years. We hope that you will enjoy the mystique, comfort and beauty that Tychat Estate provides. Not to mention, the possibility of catching a glimpse of Nessie : )

JUSTICE RINES purchased this house in 1978

Why JUSTICE RINES chose Inverness, Loch Ness & Nairn

This property is first and foremost our second home. We have decided to position the house as a vacation rental in order to help with the expenses of the property as well as open the doors to others who will experience one of the most mysterious, relaxing, beautiful and inspiring locations in the Highlands.

What makes this house unique

Privacy, beautiful vistas of the Great Glen and Loch Ness; including the ruins of Urquhart Castle. Easy access to the Great Glen Way, which passes through the 38.5 acre estate. Proximity to the Loch Ness exhibition center and other tourist attractions.


Inverness House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Double Aero Bed
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Tychat House -Private Highland Estate Overlooking Loch Ness
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Lovely property with killer views

  • 5 of 5

Very well-appointed house with 360 degree breathtaking views! The owner was wonderful to work with, as was the caretaker, Mimi. Hope to be able to stay there again.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Albuquerque, NM, USA

The cat's meow!

  • 5 of 5

I did a brief search of houses in "the highlands region" in early 2012, as soon as I saw the picture of Loch Ness from the sunroom of Tychat house I knew I would stay here. Finally the time arrived and it lived up to my dreams of what it would be. We were a party of 6 adults, which was a bit crowded perhaps so if you aren't a close bunch you probably want to go for a smaller group. The layout of the house is great for flow and has plenty of quiet little nooks you can slip into, special favorites were in front of the enormous picture windows over looking the loch. The house is on the side of a fairly steep slope so make sure your car has a nice tight turn radius & good gears for climbing. The house is well furnished with glasses, but could use some more plates to get 6 adults through an entire day of dining at home. There are a lot of stairs and varying levels in the house as well as a note of caution for small children or those with mobility issues. Drumnadrochit is a lovely little town with lots to offer a vacationer. Fiddler's & The Loch Ness Inn were both enjoyed by our party. We made a day run ups to the Isle of Skye, down to Dalwhinnie & over the Malt Whisky Trail. My favorite spot of all though was right there in the house doing some Nessie watching. If you are up for a nice quiet relaxing vacation I highly recommend Tychat. I can certainly see myself back there many times in the years to come.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Misawa-shi, Aomori, Japan


  • 5 of 5

We travel extensively with our three children and we tend to stay in apartments/houses/villas instead of hotels. Tychat House is one of the most amazing places we have ever stayed through out all our travels in Europe and Asia! Our kids loved exploring it! It was greatly furnished, kitchen had anything you can imagine to stay there for weeks, if you wanted. The view--SPECTACULAR!! Beds are very comfortable, bedrooms have lots of space, all appliances work great. I must add that here you will also find the softest towels in Europe--no kidding!:) I recommend it to all of my friends who are travelling to the Highlands.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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House of the Cat

  • 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Tychat. The location was perfect for day trips to many beautiful areas of Scotland. The house had all the amenities you could want in self-catering. The added bonus was free access to the cat for our entire stay. Or maybe we were his added bonus (he learned the beauty of prosciutto). Internet access was great, fireplace was nice on chilly nights. Nice deep soaking tub too. We would definitely stay here again (particularly if we can be assured a vacation cat).

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2011
  • Stayed: Oct 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peachtree City, Ga

Best of Inverness accommodations !

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed our stay at Tychat House so very much. We had a few interesting glitches because the internet cable and the water line were accidentally cut while we were there. Franz and his wife Mimi were on vacation, so it was sort of the "perfect storm" of things going wrong. Justice had a friend come and check on us and went the extra mile to see that we were taken care of. The problems caused us to cut our time at Tychat House short, but we felt that Justice was more than fair in his compensation and we will be back! The house itself could not be a more wonderful place. The views are dramatic and the house is very warm and inviting. Looking out over Loch Ness at Urquhart Castle all lit up at night was amazing. We loved having Tychat House as our "home base" while we wandered all over the highlands. We especially enjoyed dinner at The Kitchen in Inverness. It sits right on the River Ness with a beautiful view of the castle. We were pleasantly surprised that the weather in April was really wonderful. We had very little rain and the day time temps were in the 60 degree (F) range. We hopefully plan to return to Scotland with our adult children this summer and would love to stay at Tychat House again. Thank you, Justice for your kindness and fantastic customer service!

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2011
  • Stayed: Apr 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wausau, WI


  • 5 of 5

The pictures absolutely do not do this property justice! The scenery is even more stunning than the pictures can convey. We stayed here for 4 short nights. It was in a great location that allowed to explore the Highlands in the day and rest at night. The views from every window are just gorgeous. I loved sitting on the couch and looking out of the window. Inverness is less than a 20 minute drive away and Drum (I cannot remember how to spell the full name of the town) is less than 5 minutes away. If you need groceries I would recommend stopping at Tesco in Inverness. Drum does have a convenience store but it is limited in what it has and its hours. Franz, the caretaker, was very helpful during our stay. The cat which we named "Mr. Pillowpants" was very friendly and would always greet us when we returned from a long day out. The only downside was that we couldn't stay longer. Do not hesitate to book this property, it is as advertised and absolutely stunning. We hope to return someday.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Fiddler's / Drumnadrochit Hotel...
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Inverness - Torvean / Castle Stuart
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Fiddler's / Drum Hotel / Loch Ness Inn
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Nearest Beach
35 Miles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Inverness House Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $324.93
Pet Fee $129.97

I may use a 3rd party management company to oversee the property as I live mainly in the US. They charge 30% up front and contact you to collect the balance a few weeks prior to your arrival. The 250 GBP damage protection is a hold on your credit card which just drops off within 2 weeks provided there is no damage.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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