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Luxury Fisherman's Cottage in quiet Highland Village Location.

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Cottage in Balintore, Tain, Easter Ross, Scottish Highlands - Minutes from Beautiful Blue Flag Beach, Harbour and Stunning Countryside

Our lovingly renovated Fisherman's cottage is in the picturesque village of Balintore, Easter Ross. 8 1/2 has been extended to offer luxury holiday accommodation. Situated in the historic centre of this Highland village, the cottage retains its original charm yet comes with modern facilities and offers a real Scottish Highland home from home. The cottage is located on a quiet side street and is an excellent place to relax while you explore the Highlands. The charming village pub and hotel are just a short walk away. Accommodation is on two floors and the property has views across the village to nearby Nigg hill. Outside, there is a large rear garden with lawn, barbecue and seating.

Christel Johnstone
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2017

About Christel Johnstone

8 1/2 John Street is run by Christel Johnstone. Her husband, David, works away and renovated 8 1/2 over two years. David was born in the village of Balintore and met Christel when she owned one of the local hotels. They married several years ago and still live in the village.

Christel Johnstone purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Christel Johnstone chose Moray

Balintore is one of the Seaboard villages situated on the east coast of Ross-shire, in the Scottish Highlands.

Over looking the Moray Firth, Balintore was a traditional fishing village. The centrally located harbour is just a minutes walk from the house.

The peaceful village location offers essential amenities and is an ideal base for exploring the Highlands.

Although Easter Ross is a remote rural area the city of Inverness is only 40 minutes by car.

We have lived in Balintore for many years and love the area.

What makes this cottage unique

Centrally located in the picturesque village of Balintore, Easter Ross, 8 1/2 is a recently renovated fisherman's cottage, extended to offer 3 bedroom luxury holiday accommodation.

The cottage is situated in the centre of the village but is also minutes from the beach, harbour and open countryside.

The newly renovated and extended cottage offers the character of a traditional cottage with the convenience and luxury of contemporary fittings and design. There is full central heating, a modern kitchen and bathrooms.

After spending a day at the beach or on long country walks, take an evening stroll to the local pub for your nightcap and a chat before settling down in front of the log burning stove for a snooze.

8 1/2 is an ideal base for exploring the Highlands.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Staying at 81/2 John St was like a home away from home. We had everything we needed and it was very comfortable. We will definitely return to Balintore and recommend this as a holiday home to anyone. Thank you Christel and David for making our stay so enjoyable." Chelsey Tunbridge, Kaitlyn Parrott, Kailah King and Kat Mercer, Perth, Western Australia. July 2011

"We spent so happy days in this house during the marriage of my sister. We also had so good sunny weather and a wedding ceremony at the lighthouse like in a fairy tale. We wish you many gentle guests in this house and that they spend as luck days here as us." - Gabriela and Robert Maettner, Ulm, Germany, August 2011.

"For the wonderful days which we spent here on the occasion of our daughter's wedding we would like to thank you dear David and dear Christel cordially." Mr & Mrs Maettner, Darmstadt, Germany, August 2011
Apr 2011
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Hilton Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Toilet, Basin and Double ended Bath with Hand-held shower.
    Shower room 2 - toilet , shower , Toilet, Basin and Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - toilet , shower , En-suite with Toilet, Basin and Shower Enclosure
  • Ground floor - Fully tiled shower room with basin and WC. First floor - Large family bathroom with double ended bath with hand-held shower, wash basin and WC. Master en-suite fully tiled shower room with basin and WC.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Travel Cot available.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , King Size Bed, Travel Cot available
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 to 7 Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 Master suite with king size bed and en-suite shower,WC and basin. Flat-screen TV, views over village to open countryside. Bedroom 2 Spacious Family room with 1 double and 1 single bed - Flat screen TV, Garden view. Bedroom 3 Twin room with 2 single beds - Flat screen TV, Garden view
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
Notes on accommodation: Newly refurbished and extended fisherman's cottage upgraded to provide luxury accommodation for seven people. The property has all the comforts of home including a well fitted kitchen, a comfortable sitting room, TVs in all bedrooms, living room and kitchen. The bedrooms are newly carpeted, the kitchen and bathrooms have tiled floors and the sitting room and hallways have solid oak flooring. All essential household and kitchen equipment and accessories are provided for your stay. Picnic equipment is also provided for your day trips. There is roadside parking at the front of the property which is situated on a quiet side street. 8 1/2 John Street is run by Christel and David Johnstone. David was born in the village of Balintore and met Christel when she came to run the local hotel. They married several years ago and still live in the village. Children are very welcome. Out of courtesy for others we are unable to allow smoking in the property and we ask you not to bring pets. Outside: Outside, the cottage has a large shared rear garden with lawn and shrubs together with a seating area and BBQ. There is also a clothes line. The garden has wooden fencing but is not fully enclosed having pathways to the side of the house and from the bottom of the garden. There is a patio area with steps to the lawn. The garden is open and sunny. Utility Room: Washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Fitted units stainless steel sink / drainer, iron and ironing board, clothes airer, torch, vacuum cleaner, food mixer, baking tins and trays, cafetiere, cleaning equipment and materials. Picnic equipment. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen will be provided (1 set per bed per week). Additional towels and bedding can be provided on request. Cleaning equipment and materials are provided. Please contact owner for details. Other: Large hallway with solid oak flooring and oak staircase to upper floor. Coat rack.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

Luxury Fisherman's Cottage in quiet Highland Village Location.
average rating of 4.882353 based on 18 reviews

I highly reccommend this property.

  • 5 of 5

This cottage has been rebuilt and refurbished to a very standard. It was also more spacious than I imagined.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Livingston UK

Spotless, Spacious, 5 Star Finish, Relaxing and Welcoming!

  • 5 of 5

This property is understated in its presentation. Pictures and descriptions can't give it justice. It's like a tardis, great sized rooms, beautiful kitchen and 3 well finished bathrooms that would give a 5 star hotel a run for its money. The quality of finish and attention to detail in this home is one of the best I've seen, with everything thought of to make your stay so comfortable. You could literally just bring yourself and clothes and all else is catered for. Obviously you need food but even then the cupboards have some essentials. The owner lives nearby and is so helpful and accommodating. We would return here without hesitation even just to stay in the home alone. It's an excellent base for touring the north east and Inverness is under an hour away. Wifi is also good. Great modern house, 3 bedroom sleeps 7 comfortably - beds are really good - honestly nothing needs improving! A joy to stay in - thank you!

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Lovely accommodations that are extremely clean & tidy. The hostess makes you feel very welcome and has all the necessities plus extra towels and such that aren't always available in other locations. A gorgeous beach and wonderful Inn for dinner 5 minutes from the cottage. Would recommend to any interested in top notch accommodations!

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent cottage in a great landscape

  • 5 of 5

We are a family with 4 children and really enjoyed this spacious, clean and well equipped home away from home. The location has an excellent beach and is not too far away for a trip to the northern end of Scotland. Together with the good sunny and warm weather it made a perfect stay in Scotland.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect highland holiday.

  • 4 of 5

A great holiday home. Very clean and tidy. Has home from home facilities. Good property to come home to after long days visiting many attractions across the highlands. Lovely harbour and perfect for kids to do crabbing.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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8 & 1/2 John St, Balintore

  • 5 of 5

A lovely week spent in a lovely cottage. The facilities were brilliant with everything we could possibly need and much more. Spotlessly clean, modern and tons of space for our party which was 6 adults and 2 toddlers. A lovely warm welcome from Christel and a very welcome bottle of wine!! We couldn't fault the cottage and it was a great base to see the surrounding area.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Car: necessary


Sandy beaches less than 5 minutes walk from the cottage. There are also beaches at Nigg, (10 mins by car), and Portmahomack (15 mins by car). Further afield beaches can be found at Golspie (30 mins) and Dornoch (20 mins).


Balintore is 40 miles from Inverness airport, 36 miles from Inverness rail and bus station and 7 miles from Tain. Trains and buses are available from Inverness to Tain or Fearn (3 miles) and there is a local bus service from Tain to Balintore.


The cottage is in the village of Balintore. Hilton and Shandwick are villages adjoining to the north and south of Balintore and are easily reached on foot (approx 5-10 mins). Tain 7 miles. Portmahomack 6 miles. Dornoch 17 miles. Inverness is 36 miles.

Further Details:


Birdwatching - Good birdwatching at the RSPB nature reserve and hide at Nigg Bay (4 miles) star species include lapwing, redshank, pink-footed goose, widgeon and pintail. The area also has large colonies of sea birds, buzzards are a regular sight and red kites are now breeding in the area.

Cash machine - There is a cash machine in the village shop available during opening hours. There are also four major banks and 6, 24-hour cash machines in Tain.

Children very welcome.

Eating Out -Saint Duthus Hotel Tain – good pub grub (7 miles).

Greens Market Restaurant (7 miles away).

Grocery delivery - Tesco, Asda, and Lidl in Tain. Tesco and Asda Shop n Drop delivery available.

Pictish Trail - Balintore lies at the heart of the Highland Pictish Trail – The Clach a’ Charridh or Shandwick Stone is at the edge of the village and traditionally the stone of sorrows marks the place where the unbaptised infants of the village were buried. There is another stone in the Old Church at Nigg.

Post Office - There is a PO in the village.

Sculpture -Mermaid of the North and the Balintore Sculpture Park – see the 10ft bronze statue the ‘temptress on the shore’.

Walking - Coastal walks from Balintore extend several miles north to Rockfield and south to the North Sutor. Many more walks are available a short drive away including forest walks at Auldie Burn, Tain and Tain Hill.

Wildlife - Dolphin watching at Nigg with boat trips from Cromarty.

Day trips from Balintore.

Dornoch – beach, golf course, cathedral, museum, cafés and restaurants, Dornoch Jail Gifts – 25-minute drive.

Golspie – Dunrobin Castle and gardens, beach and forest walks – 50-minute drive.

West coast beaches and mountains – 1 hour 30 minute drive.

Orkney Islands – day sailings – 2-hour drive to ferry.

The Black Isle – dolphin watching cruises, golf course, wildlife farm, cross-country mountain biking trail – 40-minute drive

Inverness – Aqua-dome leisure pools, restaurants and live music pubs – 45-minute drive, shopping centre.


Rates & Availability

Hilton Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mar 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 1 2017 - Jun 24 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jun 25 2017 - Sep 2 2017
4 night minimum stay
Sep 3 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:

See owners website for offers.
Your booking is secured with £100 deposit.
Full payment is expected 28 days before arrival and a refundable housekeeping deposit may be taken against possible damage and non-return of keys. Payment can be made by all major debit and credit cards via PayPal offering increased security to our clients.

Changeover Day:
Our usual changeover is Saturday and you would be expected to vacate the property by 10am. We can, however be flexible regarding changeover and will endeavor to accommodate your needs.

Bookings of less than 5 nights may incur a £30 Short Stay Cleaning supplement.
A Winter Heating supplement of £30 may be charged from 1st of November to the end of February

Notes on prices:
We aim to be flexible with our prices and encourage you to contact us with your requirements.
We welcome any number of visitors from 1 to 7. Ask us about possible discounts for partial occupancy.

Visit our website for full pricing details and Special Offers...

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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