Donald Ross, the famous golf architect was born in this very attractive stone cottage which lies in the Dornoch conservation area. Fully equipped it sleeps 4 and is perfectly situated for golf, fishing, walking ,sandy beaches and restaurants. The cottage has 2 bedrooms and bathroom/shower upstairs and sitting room, dining room, cloakroom and kitchen downstairs. It is very well maintained and improved whilst retaining all the original features. There are numerous restaurants, hotels and shops in easy walking distance from the cottage where local produce can be purchased.
Dornoch is an elegant town with a championship golf course, second 18 hole course and magnificent sandy beach. The town has many elegant local buildings including an impressive Cathedral and County Buildings. The town is surrounded by farmland,hills,spectacular scenery and an abundance of wildlife including red deer and Highland cattle. The nearby salt-water Nature Reserve is home to seals, ducks and numerous waders.
NEW for Spring 2012 : The kitchen has been modernised and completly refitted .
In February 2012 The Royal Dornoch Championship Course moved up 2 places and is now rated 13th on Top100golfcourses.co.uk.
I will start off this review by saying that I enjoyed this historic house with my 2 brothers and my father in celebration of his 60th birthday. I couldn't imagine a more perfect time or place to relax, play golf and appreciate such a wonderful occasion.
The house was perfect from the second we arrived! We parked right on the street outside the house and behind Luigi's Restaurant. If you love golf...you are in the in the right place. If you love history...you are in the right place. If you want to stay in a place with great Scottish charm and comfort...you are definitely in the right place.
The house is warm and inviting and the owner is readily available to answer any questions you have. There are two nice size bedrooms as well as a high quality air bed that can be used at the house. I am a extreme golf nut so staying in the house that Donald Ross was born in was a huge thrill for all of us. I grew up playing a 9 hole course that DR designed in the USA and it was truly a once in a lifetime experience staying in his house.
The grocery store is literally a 30 second walk from the house as well as many other restaurants and attractions. The golf course was less than a 10 minute walk through town and couldn't have been more pleasant. In finishing, if you are going to stay in Dornoch definitely stay here!
We had a delightful second stay at the cottage and it does feel like we're coming home. The cottage is comfortable, extremely clean, ideally located, and the owner is excellent at communication. Dornoch itself, is located close to so many wonderful outdoor activities and we mostly walk or only drive short distances as the Scotrail station is Golspie is a 10-15 minute drive away. Thank you for such a happy place!
We have just returned from this lovely traditional cottage in the centre of Dornoch. The cottage is spacious, light and well equipped and is extremely warm and comfortable - a real home from home. Despite being in the centre of town the location was extremely quiet.
It is ideally positioned for golf with the 2 courses at Royal Dornoch just a short walk away and with a selection of delightful courses within easy reach by car.
For those interested in exploring the surrounding countryside on foot there is a large selection of maps and local guides on hand at the cottage. The beautiful beach is just a stroll away and there are local walks to suit all abilities.
The town itself has a good selection of bars and restaurants and for those who wish to self-cater there is a very good supermarket a short walk away as well as a butchers and bakers.
As golfers we would definitely recommend this property as a base but it would equally suit those interested in walking holidays or just a quite relaxing time in a pretty town with glorious surrounding countryside to admire.
My husband and I spent 2 delightful weeks at this cottage in Dornoch. Not only is the house ideally located, it is comfortable, clean, and well provisioned. The Co-Operative grocery is literally at the end of the block, there is a Carnegie Library a few blocks away, restaurants and pubs as well. The kitchen is very well equipped (the knives are sharp!), beds are very comfortable, linens spotless, and washer was so very handy. We were extremely happy and pleased. Also, the owner communicates very well and promptly which I really appreciated.
A great place to stay in a beautiful part of the world. The accommodation lived up to all that was expected of it and more. In terms of locationit is hard to beat being close to the mountains and the sea with the added benifit of being within walking distance of all the excellent amenties in Dornoch. The owners even had to hand childrens toys which were appreciated by the 2 year old.
All in all highly recommended, would have no hesitation in making a return visit.
This cottage was perfect for a short break in this breathtaking part of Scotland. We stayed in mid September amid some brilliant weather conditions that gave us sunsets, rainbows and great beauty. Everything that was promised was delivered in terms of the facilities, the ambience, and style of the cottage. Bedrooms were great, lounge and dining room were comfortable and well equipped and the kitchen (recently replaced we understand) was excellent. Information about the cottage itself and the surrounding area was comprehensive and very helpful. Not being golfers ourselves, but recognising quality and beauty in any situation, the golf course and adjacent beach appeared spectacular and worth a visit at any time of the year. We had some lovely walks and drives up to the far north.Wild and wonderful countryside. Would highly recommend and would certainly come back.
Nothing negative to say about this place at all!
Dornoch is 45 miles north of Inverness off the A9 road.
Dornoch was created a Royal Burgh in 1623 and was the county town of Sutherland. The Cathedral, The Castle Hotel (former Bishop's Palace) and the Old town Jail are all well worth visiting.
Dornoch benefits from the Gulf Stream and has its own micro climate with very low rain fall .
The famous Royal Dornoch Golf Course is constantly rated in the top 20 best courses in the world.
Donold Ross (who became a golf architect and designed Pinehurst No 2 in America) was born in this cottage in 1872.
Besides golf there are tennis and squash courts, bowling green and swimming pools nearby.
The golden beaches offer safe bathing and river,loch and sea fishing can all be undertaken locally.
There is a wealth of opportunity for walkers of all standards whether just a stroll on the beach , in the hills or up a nearby Munro.
Dornoch makes an ideal centre for touring the North of Scotland.