Dolphin CottageGuest Rating
Nestled at the base of the cliffs on the west side of the Moray Firth, near Portmahomack in Ross-shire, is the peaceful fishing hamlet of Rockfield (Inverness 1 hour).
|Sleeps: 4||Bedrooms: 2|
|Changeover Day: Sat||Pets Allowed: No|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 1|
At the south end of the settlement, an hour from Inverness, is Dolphin Cottage. This attractive and comfortable semi-detached property has an extensive front garden that leads to its own beach.
Rockfield is made up of a single street of traditional fishermen's houses, facing east on the Tarbet Peninsula, with Ballone Castle standing guard over it in the distance. It is a truly magical situation to escape the stresses of modern day-to-day life.
Dolphin cottage, as it name implies, is perfectly positioned to experience the wide variety of wildlife in the area, including numerous types of sea birds, dolphins, seals and otters. There are few houses where otters actually come into the garden or can be spotted ambling down the little street!
In autumn/winter, whooper swans come in to feed and any number of overwintering waders can be seen on the shoreline, so make sure you bring the binoculars. You walk from the front door across the expanse of lawn and right to the water's edge.
The downstairs of the cottage comprises a warm and welcoming sitting room at the front of the property, a well-equipped dining kitchen to the rear and a shower room.
Upstairs the inviting double bedroom offers you the opportunity to gaze at a stunning seascape from its dormer window. Up a separate staircase, the cosy twin bedroom provides a view of the beautifully landscaped back garden. Please note that the staircases are quite steep.
Dolphin Cottage offers a further bonus in the form of a small wood cabin in the pretty terraced grounds to the back of the property. Its raised position means those gorgeous sea views are again on offer!
The house is only 1 mile from the pretty seaside village of Portmahomack (with shops, pub and a hotel) with its picture-postcard harbour.
The village boasts an award-winning Pictish and Local Heritage Museum and The Oystercatcher restaurant, which specialises in locally caught shellfish. Unlike many east coast villages, Portmahomack faces west so it is the ideal place to experience the magnificent sunsets that can be admired from its natural sandy beach.
Ten miles to the west of Rockfield is the attractive town of Tain (with all facilities). Close to the A9 it provides easy access to both the north and south, however Tain itself has plenty to offer. Tain Golf Club, which is fondly referred to as 'Old Tom Morris's Northern Jewel' in honour of the man who designed it in 1890, enjoys a sheltered location ensuring favourable weather for most of the year.
The ruins of St Duthac's Chapel lie waiting to be explored on the north east side of the town. It is here that, during his exile, Robert the Bruce's family took shelter en route to Orkney and just a mile further west is the world famous Glenmorangie Distillery.
Dolphin Cottage and its location abound with opportunities for visitors, but perhaps most importantly, it offers beauty, tranquillity and glorious views which make it very hard to beat!
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.
Sitting room with TV/DVD.
Dining Kitchen with fridge freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave etc.
Shower room with WC and wash basin.
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Linen (Single Bed)
Bed linen INCLUDED and sorry towels are not available to hire. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by oil central heating (INCLUDED). WiFi is INCLUDED (subject to a fair usage policy). Sorry, pets are not accepted. No smoking.
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% w/c 08 Oct 16 From 08/10/2016 to 14/10/2016
- Save 20% w/c 01 Oct 16 From 01/10/2016 to 07/10/2016
- Half Term Availability! From 15/10/2016 to 21/10/2016
- Half Term Availability! From 22/10/2016 to 28/10/2016
Changeover Day: Sat
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 4|
|17 Sep 2016 - 14 Oct 2016||POA|
|15 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016||POA|
|29 Oct 2016 - 19 Dec 2016||POA|
|20 Dec 2016 - 27 Dec 2016||POA|
|28 Dec 2016 - 05 Jan 2017||POA|
|05 Jan 2017 - 10 Feb 2017||POA|
|11 Feb 2017 - 17 Feb 2017||POA|
|18 Feb 2017 - 03 Mar 2017||POA|
|04 Mar 2017 - 07 Apr 2017||POA|
|08 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017||POA|
|22 Apr 2017 - 05 May 2017||POA|
|06 May 2017 - 26 May 2017||POA|
|27 May 2017 - 02 Jun 2017||POA|
|03 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017||POA|
|01 Jul 2017 - 01 Sep 2017||POA|
|02 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep 2017||POA|
|16 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017||POA|
|14 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017||POA|
|28 Oct 2017 - 20 Dec 2017||POA|
|21 Dec 2017 - 27 Dec 2017||POA|
|28 Dec 2017 - 05 Jan 2018||POA|
|06 Jan 2018 - 05 Jan 2019||POA|
|06 Jan 2019 - 05 Jan 2020||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.
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Dolphins! Dolphins! Dolphins! We saw dolphins on a number of occasions, and the sea really is at the bottom of the garde...Read More
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We had a great time in Dolphin Cottage. A very charming house with everything we need in it!