This isolated Highland croft house set in nearly 6 acres of it’s own ground is situated just 3 miles away from Loch Ness. It is the highest traditional Croft in the immediate area at around 1000 feet above sea level. Access to Loch Ness (5 minutes), Inverness, Beauly and Drumnadrochit (20/25 minutes) and the rest of the Highlands. Picture windows offer wonderful views looking west towards the Glen Affric mountains and beyond. We are very child friendly as we ourselves use the house with our own 4 children to holiday and have done for years. The house is situated at the end of a half mile long track off a minor road. Totally isolated with no neighbouring properties.
House near Abriachan and Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands - Isolated Yet Only 20 Minutes From Inverness City And 7 Minutes Drive From Loch Ness
About Aislinn Haszeldine
Hello everyone. My husband and I live in Central Scotland with our children. He is an academic (climate/energy scientist) at University and I am a nurse/mother/general sorter out of things. We have 4 children, one an adult now and three children who are still at school (15, 12 & 10). Work commitments prevent us from living in the highlands but we have a beautiful cottage there which we have owned for nearly 20 years. Six years ago we upgraded the property a bit and began to rent it out for others to enjoy as a holiday retreat. We found we were using it less frequently ourselves and hated the thought of it sitting empty so much of the time, so we decided to let others come and enjoy our little bit of heaven. I can honestly say that the cottage is one of my most favourite places in the entire world.
Aislinn Haszeldine purchased this Cottage in 1998
Why Aislinn Haszeldine chose Inverness
We love the area and were it not for the fact that work commitments keep us in central Scotland, we would live here. A beautiful part of the country. The things we looked for when seeking a property in the area were that it was isolated but not too remote, that it had incredible views, which it has, and that we fell in love with it the moment we first set eyes upon it, which we did. And we still do! We spend around 6 weeks a year there ourselves, during the children's school holidays.
What makes this Cottage unique
Total peace and quiet but with ready access to Inverness within 20 minutes or so. Owl, deer, woodland, even lizards and slow worm have been spotted either at the house or in the grounds. It is a magical place and I love it beyond words. I'm sure you will too!
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The property was was warm and cosy, with everything one could possibly need.
The scenery was wonderful with the added bonus of snow on the mountains made it even more magical. Everything was perfect cosy and warm. Fully equipped with everything one could possibly need. Away from it all so peaceful and quiet. We saw a few reindeer. The garden was lovely the dogs loved it. Loch Ness just down the road which the grandchildren Chayce and Cristin loved the boat trip along the loch. Aviemore was just wonderful and visiting the reindeer centre. the children loved seeing Father Christmas little house, and Aviemore was covered in snow, Just magical.
Very peaceful location
We had a very peaceful and relaxed stay. The weather in October may not be that good, but we had a variety of weather including 18C one one day very mixed on other days.
The dogs enjoyed the secure garden. We all had a wonderful time.
Beautiful old croft
Property is very nice in lovely surroundings not to far from local amenities perfect little getaway. Loved it.
Splendid isolation yet 20 mins away from everything!
Love this cottage - felt utterly relaxed within seconds of walking through the door. No tv is actually a blessing and quality time with your holiday mates takes on a whole new level. Well equipped, dog friendly/safe, beautiful views and we also had great weather! Storage heaters keep the house warm during the day and the real log fire makes it cosy at night. We slept really well in the very comfortable bed and enjoyed long pleasant walks in the many local forests. A true haven!
We had a WONDERFUL time in Scotland and part of this was due to our stay at this charming little cottage. The cottage was clean and neat and about a 20 minute drive to Inverness Town Center. It was located in a perfect location for us and our travels. If you want quiet, calming and a little disconnect from the world, this charming little cottage is the place for you. However, there are some Con's and reasons for only 4 stars, one being the driveway getting there. First, you pull onto a one lane road that takes you about 5 miles up the mountain, then you come to the "Driveway" that leads to the Cottage. This drive is very bumpy and jarring. You will need to take it very slow. Second, there is a TV, but no service only DVD's, or VHS tapes, if you want to watch the TV when you come in from one of your outings. Last, there is no shower...a tub only. Which is not a big deal really, but it is something of a chore getting in and out of the tub, when you have a bad back, or knee's.
The owner's are VERY nice and easy to talk to. We didn't need anything per say while we were there, but I'm sure they would have been fine with us contacting them, if we needed help for anything.
Thanks for your review. I'm glad you had a good week at Rinuden and will warmly welcome you back anytime. In response to your comments, I imagine the terrain is very different from what you are used to in the states. The single track road from Inverness/Loch Ness, with passing places, is not at all unusual in the highlands, but you get the hang of them. It's part of the joy. The track is also part of the joy according to many of my visitors. The beautiful views from the cottage far outweigh the small amount of time spent in reaching such splendid isolation. Re. some of your other comments, I've always strived to ensure that my listing is very accurate. It explains clearly that there is a bath (no shower). Sorry if that was unexpected, but it's clearly listed and there is a shower attachment for the taps for those who require that in addition. With the TV, we have around 100 films in our 'library', and cutting off from 'live television' is really very liberating and absolutely deliberate. A positive choice if you like. The internet is always available for those who need the live news. There are no limits on broadband access. I'm writing this response partly for future readers who might appreciate the clarification. But as I said, you really were a pleasure to have as guests and I do hope the highland roads won't put you off visiting the area again. Kindest regards, Aislinn.
A character cottage in a stunning rural location. Great base to explore the Highlands
Rinuden provided a great base for exploring the Highlands. Despite the short drive from Inverness and Loch Ness, it provided a peaceful retreat and offered beautiful views in its isolated but accessible position. The accommodation was warm and comfortable, and we particularly enjoyed the open fire during the evening (unlimited wood was provided). The small kitchen was very well equipped, and having access to a washing machine was an added bonus. An old crofters cottage with great character which is highly recommended
What wonderful guests.
So glad you enjoyed your stay at Rinuden.
It makes me really happy to have such lovely comments from you about our special place. You're welcome back any time!
Loch Ness. 3.5 miles