|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Graded at Quality Assurance (high) 3 stars (very good) grading.
Bedroom is upstairs (a half flight of steps), with en suite shower.
All bed linen is 100% cotton, 200 threads per inch count. Fresh decoration.
Upstairs sitting/TV room with single brass bed. (This is charged at £25 extra for third person, but included in the price for 2 guests).
Large dining kitchen with table and chairs seating for 4.
Kitchen has washer / dryer, electric cooker, microwave, toaster,glasses, coffee maker, kettle, all matching china, stainless steel pans and cutlery.
All electric heating. Private car parking place. Electricity included April - Oct.
Fodderty Lodge, an old manse, built in 1730, is the ideal destination for a quiet holiday in the Highlands. Between Strathpeffer and Dingwall, it's perfectly placed for exploring the whole of the North of Scotland (N,S, E and W). There are 3 bright and cheerful, well-equipped 3 & 4 star cottages geared to reflect the needs of families, couples and singles. Many 3 x generation holidays have been enjoyed here. Furnished to a high standard, all bed linen (100% cotton) is included; each has its own washer/dryer as well as outdoor drying facilities, colour digital television with many Freeview channels, and integral DVDs. With fully fitted kitchens, and cosy sitting rooms, they provide the perfect haven to relax in at the end of a day’s adventures in the Highlands, and are renowned for their cleanliness. There are radios, DVDs, wi-fi, games and books for guests' use. A 'Home away from Home'. No pets allowed though and there is strictly no smoking permitted in the cottages nor the grounds
Lets are usually Friday to Friday, especially in JUne, July and August. Short breaks (3 night minimum) Friday - Monday / Tuesday, or Monday / Tuesday to Friday. Arrive after 4pm on the first day and leave before 10am on the last day. We are very flexible though, outwith the high season. Please telephone to double check.
More information: Good local restaurants in Dingwall and Strathpeffer. 24 hour Tesco in Dingwall, but there are also lovely traditional High Street butchers, bakers etc. Banks etc. Museums. Swimming pool and leisure centre in Dingwall. Strathpeffer Pavilion is an exciting multi-purpose Arts venue with many classical concerts, operas and rock concerts.
Booking and Payment: For payment details please email a request. Payment of a 25% deposit at the time of booking with the balance arriving 6 weeks before the beginning of the let. Payment from overseas is usually made by internet transfer or through Paypal.
Mervyn and I returned to the Highlands after living overseas for most of our married life. Our three daughters are all grown up now but have always felt that the North of Scotland was 'home' and return often. We bought Fodderty Lodge in 2001 and our roots went deep and spread wide very quickly! It is in the middle of a wonderfully friendly area and even we were pleasantly surprised to discover just how accessible so many places of interest are. You can go North, South, East and West and will find exciting things to do in every direction. We have holidayed ourselves in many self-catering cottages, and have a very definite idea of what makes a Good holiday base, and what makes a Bad one! We hope that we make everyone who visits feel welcome in our special part of the world. The photo was taken from the top of Knockfarrel looking over Strathpeffer....slightly windswept, but spectacular!
Maire Lee purchased this apartment in 2001
Fodderty Lodge enjoys a rural location, but is still only 20 minutes from the small city of Inverness (the capital of the Highlands). There are theatres, restaurants, cinemas, swimming pools etc within easy reach. Dingwall, with shops and supermarkets, is only a couple of miles away as is the Victorian spa village of Strathpeffer. There are many walks around and golfing and fishing are closeby. It is a nature lover's paradise.
Maire welcomes you personally and introduces you to your accommodation. She is on site should you require help or advice about places to visit whilst staying at Fodderty Lodge and has many local tips and real insider knowledge. There is a drawer full of tourist information, with suggested itineraries for you to get the most out of your days, but she will also leave you alone to discover places for yourself if that is your wish! The cottages have many 'extra' touches, books, DVDs, games, magazines, and there are even folding picnic chairs for you to use from your car during your stay. The Lees want you to leave at the end of your holiday with a positive feeling about Scotland, the Highlands and Fodderty Lodge.
A welcome break from city living, Fodderty Lodge is set in beautiful, peaceful surroundings that felt like we were truely away from it all. However, the convenient location means the amienities of Dingwall were close to hand to make logistics easy; a good butchers, groceries and swimming pool, and the location meant we could easily get to Fodderty after work.
Our welcome was great, some lovely touches and good local information, although Maire was never obtrusive. The accommodation was comfortable and extremely well equipped and clean, and we loved the quirky historical building. The pretty garden is great for enjoying sunny afternoons. Perfectly situated for exploring the Highlands in any direction, we easily managed Cape Wrath and back in a day, and the countryside stunning. There was plenty to do locally too, with a lovely walk direct from Fodderty.
A thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing place to spend a holiday, and we sincerely hope to return.
Fodderty Lodge is a wonderful place to go. Close to the stunning highlands, Loch Ness and other beautiful sites. The Lodge is very quiet and peaceful with good equipment and a very friendly host. And last but not least: you don't have to worry about your shopping, because Tesco's in Dingwall is open 24/7.
We would happily recommend East Wing, and indeed have already done so. It is a pleasant characterful part of Fodderty Lodge which is in a lovely setting. It was as described, clean and tidy and the hosts, Maire and Mervyn were very pleasant and helpful - they were particularly good at providing all necessary information about the area.
Arriving at Fodderty Lodge is just like coming home, from the welcome you receive from Maire, and the dogs of course, to the homely feeling you get when you enter The East Wing, and the Top Flat.
We have been twice now, and on both occasions that is the feeling we have had. Fodderty Lodge is the most central place for exploring the highlands, in what ever way you want to do it, and we will be there again next year.
My husband and I stayed in East Wing for two summer holidays, and we found it to be exactly as advertised, very comfortable, with everything clean and in good working order. Everything we could possibly need in a 'home from home' was provided in the apartment, so we were able to enjoy our holiday from the moment we arrived. The owners are very kind and helpful, and have placed an 'information file' in the dining/sitting area with a wealth of information on places to see and things to do. Customer service is a priority for the owners and nothing is too much trouble for them, should you have any queries or need help. Medical help is only a couple of miles away in Dingwall should anyone need to be seen by a GP.
We do enjoy walking, and we particularly enjoyed the local walks - especially up on The Cat's Back. On day trips by car from Fodderty Lodge, we have been to Dunrobin Castle (where we saw falconry); Falls of Shin to watch salmon leaping; Ullapool; Achiltibuie for a boat trip round the Summer Isles; Applecross where a delicious lunch can be enjoyed in the Potting Shed in the Walled Garden; lunch is also excellent at the family owned and run Carron Restaurant near Strathcarron railway station. On a perfect summer day we took a day return on the train from Dingwall to the picturesque village of Plockton, where The Plockton Stores Cafe serves excellent meals. All in all we had a holiday from cooking because of the abundance of places to eat home cooked meals!
On the railway platform in Strathpeffer we enjoyed excellent meals in The Old Railway Station Cafe, where there are shops and a very good Highland Museum also on the platform, and well worth a visit.
I would recommend this property to my friends and family as an excellent base for a holiday in the Highlands, and we look forward to staying there again ourselves in the future.
A comfortable base to explore a stunningly beautiful part of the world - whatever the weather! Maire made us most welcome, and was very helpful in suggesting places to go and finding out details of other local amenities.
Fodderty Lodge is the ideal 4* destination for a quiet self-catering holiday in the Highlands. Free wifi. Between Strathpeffer and Dingwall, it is perfectly placed for exploring the whole of the North of Scotland: Ullapool and the West Coast can be reached in under an hour, driving on some of the most beautiful and empty roads in Scotland; Inverness, with an excellent theatre, swimming pool and ice rink is only 20 minutes away; Glen Affric and Loch Ness will take just over half an hour. The surrounding area has much to recommend it: many castles and golf courses; whisky distilleries; local fishing; Culloden Battlefield; charming Highland villages (Strathpeffer itself is a Victorian Spa village); beautiful beaches and a well known viewpoint for seeing the famous Moray Firth dolphins. The bird watcher and nature lover will be thrilled with daily sightings from the garden of red kites. Surrounded by many stunning walks for all abilities; the Ross-shire Pathway Network passes the gate.
Other Activities: walking, fishing, golfing, cycling, bird watching, clay pigeon shooting, distilleries
Golf: There are many golf courses nearby: Strathpeffer 2 miles away has a beautiful, challenging and sometimes humbling 18 hole Highland course; the links course at Rosemarkie 15 minutes drive away is in a stunning setting, jutting out into the Moray Firth; the championship course of Royal Dornoch is a 40 minute drive, as is the championship course at Nairn. Castle Stuart, hosting Scottish Open 2011-15 is less than half and hour away.
Honeysuckle Cottage and Fodderty Lodge are the ideal base for a dedicated golfing holiday.
Ski: We are about an hour and a half from the ski centre at Aviemore/