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Ardendrain, Beauly, Highland, UK
  • Farmhouse1399 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Mininum Stay1 - 7 nights

Farmhouse near Beauly, Scottish Highlands, Scotland - Peaceful Quiet Location, Down Long Private Tarmac Drive Off A Quiet Single Track Country Lane

Please Note: Adults and children over 12 only. The house sleeps up to 6 people in 3 bedrooms. The availability calendar is up to date and the prices are correct. If it shows the house is available, it really is! Please note that because of risks to young children who may run about, we only accept adults and older children. We are strict about this, better safe than sorry. Sorry, no pets. Our property is not a conventional farm with machinery and livestock, we run a small boarding stable and there are 5 horses on the land.

If you have any questions, please phone us, we are very happy to talk to you before you book. 01463 741433 from the UK or 0044 1463 741433 from outside the UK. Mobile/cell 07793 045902.

The house is in a quiet glen (valley) about 15 minutes north of Loch Ness and 25 minutes west of Inverness. If you find Drumnadrochit on a map, which is a village on the north shore of Loch Ness, our property is 7 miles due north, near a hamlet called 'Foxhole', the nearest village is Kiltarlity.


Set in the owners 22 acres with their house nearby. Please note that although the house is large, only the rooms shown in the photos are accessible to guests, the remaining 2 bedrooms are not used. The guests bedrooms are on both floors, the front bedroom on the ground floor has a queen size (5ft) bed and a closet and two sets of drawers. There's an en suite bathroom with a shower, basin and toilet, radiator and fan heater. The rear bedroom on the ground floor has two single beds and a set of drawers and a double closet. There's an ensuite bathroom with a whirlpool bath and radiator. The third twin room (the beds can be pushed together to make a 180cm double) is on the upper floor with a shower room across the landing, one metre away, with a shower, basin and toilet, radiator and fan heater. There are two sitting rooms, the ground floor room has two sofas, a TV and DVD player, a desk with chair and coffee tables. The upstairs sitting room has a large sofa and two chairs and a smart TV. The kitchen has a double oven, a microwave oven, a gas hob (cooker top) a large fridge/freezer, a dishwasher and ample cutlery, pots and pans and cookware.

Towels and bed linen are provided and electricity is included. The utility room has a washing machine, storage cupboards, racks for walking boots or cases, iron & board and a clothes airer. There's a toilet off the utility room. Suitcases may be left in the hall or utility room.

The owners house is totally separate but on the same land. Most of our land is used for horses but we have no horses for guests to ride, however, trekking & riding lessons are available in Drumnadrochit, 9 miles.

We have much wildlife here, many badgers – a neighbour who feeds and photographs them had nine badgers visit one night - and foxes, hares, pine martens, red kites, buzzards, woodpeckers, sparrow hawks and many other birds are seen occasionally. The house is very quiet, being down a long drive off a country lane, all you can hear at night are the owls. There are six other well spaced houses in the hamlet.

There are several places to eat in Beauly, 7 miles, which also has a post office and two small supermarkets plus an antique shop, a bank, a garage and a filling station, hardware shop, pharmacy, bread and cake shop etc..

The City of Inverness has good facilities, a large theatre and cinema complex, a large sports centre with swimming pool and gym, harbour, marinas, cinemas and many supermarkets & shops, plus the Caledonian Canal which leads to Loch Ness also has a marina and an impressive 'stair' of locks.

There are two large forests close by and the local roads make pleasant walking or cycling with little traffic. Mountain bikers and walkers have many forests to choose from, as well as the Caledonian Canal towpath and the Great Glen Way; our lane is on the Great Glen Cycle Route. There are many activities in the area apart from sightseeing - walking groups, archaeology groups, skiing in season, fishing, ceilidhs & music – the Tartan Heart Music Festival is held 3 miles away (just out of earshot) and there are several castles and NT properties such as Brodie Castle, Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness and Dunrobin Castle is just over an hour away. We have lived here since 1991 and can suggest many trips and activities to keep you entertained. The spectacular Glen Affric is 35 minutes west by car.

Travelling by car is easy in any direction, the west coast can be reached in about one hour, Fort William is 60 miles, Kyle of Lochalsh about 75 miles, the Spey Valley (Aviemore) 50 miles, the long sandy beaches of the Moray coast 40 to 50 miles. Making a trip to Orkney is possible, even for a day, although an early start is required, but the archeology is worth the trip.

We have 4G mobile (cell) phone reception and the house has broadband. If you need a fast connection, we would suggest bring a 4G 'dongle' or router with you to use with a tablet (iPad) or laptop. You can borrow our 4G router but you will need a 4G data-only SIM card (available from O2 or Vodafone).

Winter: We very occasionally have snowy winters which may make our rural roads and long driveway a little difficult. This is why we generally don't accept guests from just after New Year to the end of March, however, we will consider bookings if the weather and roads are suitable. Please phone for advice if planning to book Christmas or New Year or in the winter months. 01463 741433.


Cath Hill-Freeman

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Apr 16, 2018
About Cath Hill-Freeman

Our names are Eddie and Cath Freeman, we are retired and live a mostly peaceful life here in the Highlands, where we have been since the 1970's following careers in the Police, Fire Service, and BP for Eddie and the motor trade and local government for Cath. We have our main holidays in the winter - skiing, though the pistes are beginning to look steeper these days and the aches and pains last longer. We enjoy meeting our guests and are pleased to offer help with places to visit.

Cath Hill-Freeman purchased this Farmhouse in 1991

Why Cath Hill-Freeman chose Ardendrain

We bought this house shortly after we met, mainly because of the land for the horses and that we thought it the best area in the UK. Eddie had lived in the area since 1978 and Cath had lived near Oban at about the same time. We can't imagine ourselves living where we were brought up, although rural France has its appeal and one day we hope to have a house there when we retire properly.

What makes this Farmhouse unique

Having our own land . Some people couldn't imagine driving a few miles for supplies, but you don't find peace in a crowd. It's cooler than other places in the south of the UK, but if it was the same here it would be standing room only! We have some of the best views imaginable in this area and we never tire of it.


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, En-suite shower room with wash basin and toilet.
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single, En suite bathroom with whirlpool bath.
      • Bedroom 3
        2 twin/ single, Shower room with toilet & basin across the landing (1 metre)
      • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) (Third bedroom available from Easter 2018) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed and en suite. Small wardrobe and two chests of drawers. Bedroom 2 with twin beds and en suite bathroom. Pine wardrobe and chest of drawers. All beds with duvets. Bedroom 3 with twin beds, very large fitted wardrobe, bedside table, cupboard with shelves. (Bed. 3 available from Easter 2018)


      • 3 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, tub, Whirlpool bath, shower head for hair washing, basin
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower, Basin, fan heater, radiator
      • Shower room 1
        toilet, shower, Washbasin also
      • En suite to bedroom 1 with shower, hand basin and wc. En suite to bedroom 2 has whirlpool bath, hand basin and wc. There is also a separate shower room upstairs opposite Bedroom 3 with wc and basin.

      Location Type

        • Rural


            • Guests provide their own meals


                • Living Room
                  Comfortable living room with two sofas and an armchair & freesat TV on the ground floor, large room upstairs with balcony, sofa and chairs and Smart TV with freesat.
                • Garage
                  A barn is available for motorcycles & bicycles.
                • Heating
                  Full central heating.
                • Internet
                  Yes, good & secure. Shared with owners. If guests want faster, individual access, they should obtain a 'data-only SIM card' from O2 or Vodafone to use with our wireless 4G router.
                • Iron & Board
                • Linens Provided
                  Bed linen provided and changed weekly for longer stays.
                • Hair Dryer
                • Parking
                  For several cars.
                • Towels Provided
                • Tumble Dryer
                  Available on request
                • Washing Machine
                  Washing machine in the utility room
                • Wood Stove
                  Large Villager wood stove, some wood supplied


                    • Dishes & Utensils
                      Ample supplies
                    • Dishwasher
                      Bosch dishwasher
                    • Freezer
                      A large fridge-freezer.
                    • Kitchen
                      The kitchen has oak units, double oven, gas hob, microwave, dishwasher, large fridge freezer, kettle, toaster and lots of crockery, cooking utensils etc
                    • Microwave
                      With grill facility
                    • Oven
                      Neff double oven.
                    • Pantry Items
                      Salt, pepper, cooking oil.
                    • Refrigerator
                      A large fridge-freezer
                    • Stove
                      Gas with self-igniters on 4 burners
                    • Toaster
                      Small toaster, large one for 2018.


                        • Dining
                          A separate dining room off the sitting room
                        • Dining Room
                        • comfy seating for 6 people


                            • Books
                              Small selection.
                            • DVD Player
                              With the 37 inch TV downstairs.
                            • Games
                              Board games and cards.
                            • Music Library
                              Music CD's on request
                            • Satellite / Cable
                              FreeSat due to the surrounding hills.
                            • Television
                              37 inch flat screen TV downstairs, 32 inch Smart TV in upstairs sitting room.
                            • Video Library
                              DVD loan on request.


                                • Golf
                                  There are two golf courses in Inverness as well as a driving range and a go at Aigas near Beauly. All within 15 miles. The course at Muir of Ord is approx 10 miles and there are several others in the wider area.
                                • Lawn / Garden
                                • Ski & Snowboard
                                  Aviemore is 50 mins/1 hour away and the ski slopes an extra 20 mins.


                                    • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                    • limited accessibility
                                      Two bedrooms are on the ground floor. Wheelchair access would be possible through the patio door in the sitting room but there's a low step outside and a 6inch step into the sitting room.
                                    • not suitable for children


                                        • autumn foliage
                                        • churches
                                        • forests
                                        • restaurants
                                        • waterfalls

                                          Leisure Activities

                                            • bird watching
                                            • horseback riding
                                            • scenic drives
                                            • sight seeing
                                            • walking

                                              Local Services & Businesses

                                                • ATM/bank
                                                • fitness center
                                                • groceries
                                                • hospital
                                                • laundromat
                                                • medical services

                                                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                    • cycling
                                                    • equestrian events
                                                    • fishing
                                                    • fly fishing
                                                    • freshwater fishing
                                                    • golf
                                                    • hiking
                                                    • mountain biking
                                                    • sailing
                                                    • swimming


                                                        • Notes on accommodation: Adults only - risks ffrom horses, water courses etc. The house has secure Wi-Fi. No smoking. Sorry, no dogs. Outside: Outside are large informal gardens mainly laid to grass with mature mixed trees to one side and fruit trees in another area. There is a south facing sheltered patio with garden furniture. Ample parking in front of the house and provision to store bikes in the barn. The fields are used to graze horses, and you can often watch them being exercised in the arena. One can walk on quiet roads from the house and into a forest in 10 minutes. Rural area, no street lights. Utility Room: Utility room with washing machine, iron and ironing board, cupboards, boot rack and coat hooks. Back door leading to the garden. Off the utility room is a WC. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen and towels are included. Property is cleaned prior to your arrival and weekly linen change for longer stays. Other: Spacious hallway with coat hooks. No-one else shares or uses the house. There are two locked storage rooms upstairs.

                                                          House Rules

                                                          Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                          Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                          Cancellation Policy

                                                          100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                          17 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          Dularich; Perfect in every way.

                                                          Kim R.

                                                          The owners are kind, generous. The attention to detail was brilliant. Their advice for eateries and places to go was excellent and helpful. We even got to see the Dolphins at Chanonry Point. The house was spotless, warm and cosy. All of our needs were met. We have had a truly spectacular visit for two weeks and are planning next years visit. The two local eateries were good value for money and offered friendly and efficient service. Places to visit are numerous depending on your needs. Uruquart castle, Dunrobin Castle are brilliant Brodie although good was less value for money than Dunrobin. We decided to do a road trip to the Kyle of Lochalshe including Eilean Donan Castle. The setting of the Castle is fantastic but we decided not to go in. Rogie waterfall, Divach waterfalls are well worth the visit and the Big Burn Walk was also enjoyable. Elgin and the black Isle are splendid. So as for things to do plenty. If you need a beach then Findhorn and Lossiemouth are great. Thanks to Cathy and Eddie for sharing their lovely home with us at Easter. Kim and Gary

                                                          Beautiful property- very nice, comfortable home.

                                                          Julie B.East Dubuque, IL

                                                          Eddie and Cath welcomed us, and made our short stay great! I hope to visit again! Julie

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Many thanks Julie, a pity you had to leave early to get your flight..

                                                          Nice home in the Highlands

                                                          Carrie C.

                                                          We enjoyed several days in the Highlands of Scotland in this countryside home. The hosts were most gracious and gave us many ideas of things to see and do. The countryside is so beautiful. We especially enjoyed drives in the mountains with the heather in bloom.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Many thanks for your review, we are very pleased you enjoyed yourselves..

                                                          Very beautiful house in Ardendrain

                                                          Gilbert L.Amherstview, Ontario, Canada

                                                          We were absolutely thrilled with this beautiful home. It was so well equipped, there was nothing left wanting, very clean and quiet. Cath and Eddie were so kind and helpful with trip advise and took great care of our laundry. Would love to go back.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Many thanks for your review, Gil, a pleasure to meet you both. E.

                                                          Lots of room for a 2 bedroom property. House had everything you could require and more.

                                                          Brian L.

                                                          Lovely house in a great rural location, very convenient for exploring the Highlands. Had a great week enhanced by some excellent weather. Eddie and Cath the owners were reaaly helpful and provided loads of information on where to go.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Many thanks for your review, you really scored with the weather, hope to see you again. Cath & Eddie

                                                          an excellent cottage set in beautiful country side.

                                                          Richard L.

                                                          We enjoyed our stay at Dularich and found Eddie and Cath very helpful. There were printouts in the cottage with information about the surrounding area and also places further afield and we found those very interesting and helpful in planning our day.

                                                          The cottage was a good size and more than ample for our needs. (party of four).

                                                          We found Eddie and Cath friendly and available if needed, but also happy to let us get on with our holiday if we wanted, without interruption.

                                                          Cath even offered our friend some practical advice on painting, which she gladly accepted and enjoyed immensely.

                                                          Yes, all in all, a good weeks stay, and the weather behaved itself, too!! Thank you.

                                                          Richard, Sharon, John and Diane.


                                                          Ardendrain, Beauly, Highland, UK

                                                          Special interest holidays: Cath is a well known local artist and can offer beginners or improver art sessions by prior arrangement. Eddie is involved with local archaeology and can provide information on interesting sites to visit. Coast/Beach: The Beauly Firth is a short drive away and the well known long sandy beaches of Nairn and Findhorn on the Moray Firth are reached within an hour and an hour and a half respectively by car. Rosemarkie on the Black Isle has wonderful beaches and caves to explore and is one of the best places to see dolphins. It can be reached in under an hour by car. For a day trip the west coast is easily reached as is the Isle of Skye. Fort William/Ben Nevis is 60 miles away. Plockton, north of Kyle is 74 miles. Travel: Nearest airport is Inverness (EasyJet, Flybe, B.A. etc.), 45 mins away where car hire is available. A car is essential at this property. There is a regular train service from Beauly station to Inverness and to the north and west. One of the best UK rail journeys is from Dingwall (14 miles) to Kyle of Lochalsh on the west coast. From Fort William (60 miles) a steam train goes to Mallaig, crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct which featured in the Harry Potter movies. (seasonal) Distances: Nearest small village is Kiltarlity, 3 miles away. There is a post office/ shop/ café and a pub serving a good variety of meals. Beauly, our main village is 7 miles. Several inns and restaurants and Post Office. Drumnadrochit is 7 miles away on Loch Ness and has gift shops, eateries and "Nessie" exhibitions with Urquhart Castle nearby. Also to visit are many other castles, Culloden Battlefield, Fort George the oldest fort still occupied in Europe, the Findhorn Foundation and the City of Inverness which is 14 miles away. Eilean Donan Castle, on almost all calendars, is on the road to Kyle of Lochalsh Further Details: Beauly 7 miles offers interesting individual shops, such as Campbells famous tweed and woollens shop, cafes and galleries as well as supermarkets. Inverness has four Tescos, an M&S in the Eastgate shopping centre, Morrisons, two out of town shopping areas with most of the usual outlets. Dingwall has a large Tesco and many individual shops.

                                                          Rates & Availability

                                                          Additional information about rental rates

                                                          Additional Guest Fee
                                                          $0 - $14

                                                          Booking Notes: £50 deposit on booking with balance payable at least 4 weeks before arrival. Payment by cheque or bank transfer. Changeover Day: Changeover day is Saturday, we ask you to vacate by 10 am and to arrive after 4pm. Flexible stays may be possible for longer or shorter periods subject to other bookings, but not in July and August. Please phone if interested.

                                                          17 Reviews
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