Originally the western end of a stone built Highland Steading (Scottish word for barn), built in the early 1800s. The walls in this cottage are two feet thick and have been keeping the Scottish weather at bay for around 200 years.
Walnut Cottage is named after the six walnut trees planted only fifty yards away. The walnuts from these trees were originally used for dying clothes long before modern dyes were available.
This steading was built by Major Colin Mackenzie and was converted into luxury holiday cottages by the current owners Kenneth and Lesley Mackenzie in 2009/10.
Originally used as a grain and wool store the accommodation available upstairs now includes two double bedrooms. Both have en-suite bathrooms and the master bedroom boasts a balcony looking west with stunning views to the mountains of Kintail and the towns of Dingwall and Strathpeffer.
Downstairs offers heated floors throughout, another family shower room with W.C, a well equipped kitchen with granite worktops, a spacious lounge with 42" plasma television, blu-ray DVD player, ipod dock, free wi-fi, solid oak flooring and luxurious leather sofas.
Outside Walnut Cottage is the original courtyard with parking available to the main door. There is a patio which is accessed through patio doors from the lounge and is the perfect place to relax and take in a beautiful highland sunset. From April until October in the field immediately adjacent, three Highland cattle known as “The Mountgerald Highlanders' roam freely and are very fond of having their photographs taken.
We have tried to make Walnut Cottage child friendly, providing a travel cot, stair gate, and high chair. There is a children's play park available on the flat grass area just down hill from Walnut cottage which includes swings, slide, picnic table, monkey bars and a tower.
Floor Plans (not to scale)
Click to view a virtual tour of Walnut Cottage.