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Stunning Highland retreat in peaceful glen near Dornoch (sleeps 5)

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,722 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Three bedrooms, bath WC, shower WC, two reception rooms, kitchen and study

This unique traditional Scottish stone house (built in1877), and recently modernised with a bright large modern extension is located in Scotland’s popular holiday area of Ross-shire and Sutherland. The modern kitchen is designed for family cooking and is part of an open plan area with the sitting and dining room, which looks out to the magnificent views through a double storey height picture window. There is also a separate cosy traditional Scottish open fire TV lounge/game room. The three bedrooms are comfortable, two of which have Victorian themed furniture. There is a bathroom upstairs and a shower /WC downstairs. Internet WiFi free access is available around the house. Lastly, there is a separate study room with extensive views, to provide inspiration for the creative writer or artist. Efficient heating keeps the house warm in all weather. The large garden is ideal for relaxing under the trees in summer or alfresco dining.

The immediate Polgarrie secluded location offers the best highland views of mountain, glen and down to the blue Dornoch Firth. Six golf courses are within a 10 to 20 minute drive, the beach 15 minutes.

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Kate Pullicino
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, german, italian
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Calendar last updated:
April 12, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Kate,

We are very sad to be packing up to leave in the morning. We had a wonderful time traveling all over the Highlands and coming home to the comfort of Polgarrie House. We were vey lucky with the weather, for the most part. Only one day of real rain and not very cold at all. Yesterday afternoon I hiked up to the lower hill, behind the old croft to see the view and around to the west to explore the hut circles and even older croft sites. Is that large standing stone at the corner of the field significant? Once you start looking it seems every pile of stones around here has a story!
Apr 2017
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Tain House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 1722 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
  • wheelchair accessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

Stunning Highland retreat in peaceful glen near Dornoch (sleeps 5)
average rating of 4.7647057 based on 21 reviews

Spectacular setting

  • 3 of 5

Spacious accommodation in a spectacular location. Wonderful views from the open plan living area. Excellent base for walking and exploring the highlands, beautiful beaches nearby and several distilleries in easy reach for whisky tasting and tours.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Very comfortable Cottage in delightful isolation of the Scottish Highlands

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed staying and found our accommodation to be a great base for touring through the local area and longer trips through the Scottish Highlands. The Cottage is in a lovely valley with fantastic views of the surrounding hills including delightful sunrises. Peaceful and welcoming with everything you would need for a thoroughly enjoyable escape.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Loved our family time in Polgarrie House !

  • 5 of 5

The location of the house is spectacular with stunning views of countryside , hills and many sheep ! A true get away noise during the day or light pollution at night - perfect ! The house itself is comfortable , very warm both in the extension and in the sitting room with its log fire . The owners have provided you with everything you need for your stay . The surrounding area has so much to offer with beautiful beaches , forest / hill walks and little towns with good restaurants . We are a family of 5 ( children 14, 12, 7 ) and we all agreed it was one of our best holidays ever . Im sure our dog was in agreement too ! Do not hesitate to book this lovely house , we will most certainly return .

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our favorite Highland "home"

  • 5 of 5

We love the scenic, secluded location and the comfortable, well equipped house.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Great house, great area

  • 4 of 5

The house and its location was lovely, with lots of accessible walks, close to local towns. Weather was good, heating, when needed worked well.

Liked the bright sitting room, and most of what we needed was there. However, it was not possible to open any of the bedroom windows, painted shut, which wasn't great - I like to be able to air my bedroom in the morning.

The kitchen was quite well equipped, but knives were blunt, and there were no chopping boards. Also would have appreciated a few basic dish-washing utensils.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Simply beautiful

  • 5 of 5

An absolutely gorgeous location. Isolated, yet all amenities are within 10 min drive, I.e. pharmacy, hospital and shops.

The house is well maintained, very clean and tidy. There is a big garden at the back of the house - great for BBQs and for children to play.

You can make your stay full of activities, visit local distilleries (there are plenty around and they sell great Scottish whiskey for good price!), go for hikes (you're spoiled with choice) or to Dornoch beach (10 min drive) and plenty more. In the evening, you fire up the fire place, get on wifi or Sky TV or simply read a book and enjoy the magnificent views - just look at the photos! We are definitely coming back next year!

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Nearest Airport
59 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Edderton Hotel Pub
Nearest Ferry
312 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
6 Kilometres
Tain Golf Course
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Edderton Hotel
Nearest Ski
99 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
11 Kilometres
Dornoch Beach
Car: necessary

Polgarrie House lies in a beautiful, peaceful highland glen, with all round views, 45 minutes drive north of Inverness, on the Dornoch Firth, near the Royal Borough of Tain.

Our farmhouse offers the perfect setting for exploring the North of Scotland. Polgarrie itself sits at the bottom of Struie Hill, making it a perfect setting for outdoor activities including hiking, climbing and mountain biking (A well known national trail is just 15Km), exploring archeological sites, or playing badmington on the lawn of its own 1.5 acre grounds. It is ideal for bird watching and also wild game spotting, such as red deer, foxes, hares and polecats have all been seen from the sitting room. There is a stream 100m from the house with a water fall to explore.

Whiskey tours of the nearby Edderton distillery (Ballblair) and the Tain (Glen Morangie) stills as well as tours of the Dunrobin Castle (30 km) are all within easy reach.

The famous Falls of Shin are a 25 Km (25 minutes) drive away, which makes another ideal outing to see jumping salmon.

Golf: Tain Golf Course - 6 miles (10 Km);

Skibo Castle Golf Course - 6 miles (10 Km) (Carnegie's old Scottish estate);

Bonar Bridge Golf Course - 7 miles (11km):

Royal Dornoch Golf Course- 10 miles (17 Km);

Golspie Golf Course - 17 miles ( 27Km);

Alness Golf Course - 19 miles (30 Km);;

i.e. Six courses between 10 to 20 minutes drive;

Ski: Aviemore ski and tourist resort- 62 miles (1hour 28 minutes drive)


Rates & Availability

Tain House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
April to May
Apr 1 2017 - May 27 2017
4 night minimum stay
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 24 2017
4 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 5 2017
7 night minimum stay
Aug 12 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 16 2017 - Oct 29 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Payment conditions are:
20% on booking and balance 8 weeks before rental start date.
Payment to Bank of Scotland account.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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