The Old Schoolhouse

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The Black Isle, actually a peninsula between the Moray and Cromarty Firths just north of Inverness, is a truly lovely part of Scotland.

Quick Info

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4
Changeover Day: Sat Pets Allowed: Yes (1)
No smoking Bathrooms: 2
  • No Smoking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Open Fire/Solid Fuel Stove
  • WiFi
Overview

There is so much to commend this area - the smiling countryside, pretty villages, beaches, wildlife galore and the excellent situation for touring the north and north west Highlands.

The pretty village of Rosemarkie is on the south side of the peninsula. On the hill above the village, just a couple of minutes’ walk from the village centre and 5 minutes from the beach, is The Old Schoolhouse. This substantial semi-detached Victorian house is now completely and most beautifully refurbished and modernised.

The house has a quiet and secluded situation and perhaps the first thing that strikes you on entering is how spacious all of the rooms are. The sitting room is a case in point, bright and most elegantly and comfortably furnished, with a large open fire creating a warm ambience. The large dining kitchen, with its fine wood flooring is, if anything, even more spectacular in scale. It is light and bright and forms a real heart for the house. There also a double bedroom and shower room downstairs for added convenience.

Upstairs there are three bedrooms, a double and two twins. All of the bedrooms are large, extremely comfortable and beautifully furnished. They are also very airy with large windows (some with additional Velux ones) and lovely views over the village to the sea. An additional modern bathroom completes the accommodation.

The Old Schoolhouse offers superlative comfort and is ideal for larger parties or for two families that want to holiday together.

Map & Local

Rosemarkie and its neighbour, Fortrose (the two more or less run into each other) are picturesque little places and have shops, galleries and good restaurants.

Perhaps the jewel in their crown, if you exclude the attractive ruin of the old Cathedral in Fortrose, is the spit of land which runs out from the villages into the Moray Firth at Chanonry Point. Chanonry Point is arguably the best site in Europe for spotting dolphins, as they swim through the narrows there into the inner Sound. The spit is also the site of an excellent and fiendishly challenging golf course, sandwiched between the gorse bushes and the sea and guaranteed to test even the most skilful golfer.

Further back down the road towards Inverness, there is Munlochy Bay, a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) that is famed for its wildfowl. The Black Isle Wildlife Park is also down that way and you should keep an eye out for the red kites which have recently been reintroduced into this area. They are often to be seen near the Tore roundabout, where the A832 joins the A9.

Another local curiosity is the original Clootie Well, adapted by Ian Rankin into one of his Rebus novels. It may not be to your taste, but is well worth a look! Finally, the charming village of Cromarty at the end of the peninsula,should not be missed.

A little further afield, there is of course bustling Inverness itself with all the facilities one could wish and beyond it Loch Ness, Glen Affric and Glen Cannich, perfect for walking and picnics and you may even spot a golden eagle. To the north west is the spa village of Strathpeffer, which has managed to retain much of its Victorian elegance. Beyond there you can be on Skye in just over an hour. Trips to John O' Groats and the far north are also easily achievable in a day.

Please note: while we make every effort to be as accurate as possible, the actual position of the cottage indicated on the map above and the proximity of the amenities in the Local Info section cannot be guaranteed to be precise and should be used as a guide only.

Facilities

Accommodation

Downstairs

Dining kitchen with electric cooker, dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer etc.
Sitting room with open fire, TV/DVD, CD/iPod docking station
Utility room with washing machine
Double bedroom
Shower room with shower, WC and wash basin

Upstairs

Double bedroom
Twin bedroom
Twin bedroom
Bathroom with bath, WC and wash basin

What's included

Cot
Free
Linen (Double Bed)
Free
Highchair
Free
Linen (Single Bed)
Free
Sets of towels
Free
WiFi
Free

Available Extras

Pet
£20.00

Services

Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by oil central heating (first £20 INCLUDED with any additional payable at the end of your stay) and open fire (fuel INCLUDED). WiFi is INCLUDED (subject to a fair usage policy). A maximum of 1 dog is welcome at an additional charge (1 large, 1 medium or 1 small). If you wish to bring any other pets please contact us and we will see what we can do. No smoking.

Availability

Availability

The calendar below shows dates which are either available or booked for this property. Use the Book Now menu above to select your desired holiday dates.

Changeover Day: Sat

Booked Available
2016
Price

Weekly Prices

The weekly guide prices for this property are shown below. Use the availability & book sidebar on the right to select your holiday or calculate short break rates (where available).

  • 2 Week Discount (£25)
  • Save 15% - Christmas 2016 From 19/12/2016 to 27/12/2016
  • Save 10% - New Year! From 27/12/2016 to 03/01/2017
  • Save £180 w/c 20 Dec 16 (EL8)* From 19/12/2016 to 27/12/2016

Changeover Day: Sat

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 4 Sleeps 8
29 Oct 2016 - 19 Dec 2016 £495.00 £695.00
20 Dec 2016 - 27 Dec 2016 £1,145.00 £1,145.00
28 Dec 2016 - 05 Jan 2017 £1,145.00 £1,145.00
05 Jan 2017 - 10 Feb 2017 £550.00 £750.00
11 Feb 2017 - 17 Feb 2017 £650.00 £850.00
18 Feb 2017 - 03 Mar 2017 £550.00 £750.00
04 Mar 2017 - 07 Apr 2017 £650.00 £850.00
08 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017 £750.00 £950.00
22 Apr 2017 - 05 May 2017 £650.00 £850.00
06 May 2017 - 26 May 2017 £750.00 £950.00
27 May 2017 - 02 Jun 2017 £1,150.00 £1,150.00
03 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017 £750.00 £950.00
01 Jul 2017 - 01 Sep 2017 £1,150.00 £1,150.00
02 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017 £750.00 £950.00
23 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017 £650.00 £850.00
14 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017 £750.00 £950.00
28 Oct 2017 - 20 Dec 2017 £550.00 £750.00
21 Dec 2017 - 27 Dec 2017 £1,150.00 £1,150.00
28 Dec 2017 - 05 Jan 2018 £1,150.00 £1,150.00
06 Jan 2018 - 05 Jan 2019 POA POA
06 Jan 2019 - 05 Jan 2020 POA POA

Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking. If your party size changes for any reason after booking please let us know so we can ensure the accommodation provided meets your exact requirements.

Reviews

Reviews
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Excellent
28-Oct-2016

First class cottage !!

Excellent
13-Oct-2016

Excellent. 2nd time we've stayed and very likely to return

Excellent
13-Oct-2016

Really enjoyed the cottage. Great quiet spot with views
Of the Moray Firth. Would happily go back again.

Excellent
29-Sep-2016

It was exactly as described. Facilties provided fantastic and expectations/ instructions very clear.

Excellent
15-Sep-2016

Excellent cottage although another shower in the upstairs bathroom would have been helpful as the only shower was in the...

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