With its traditional white rendering and sash windows, Giusaichean cottage, a former croft cottage, is a spacious and comfortable holiday home. The inspired conversion of the former byre to the present lounge with a vaulted pine ceiling, pine floor and natural stone walls, gives breathtaking views of the mountains and forests through the cathedral window towards Loch Ness. This is highly desirable holiday accommodation for many people, including families and a first choice honeymoon destination. We welcome dogs, cats and considerate owners to Giusaichean.
The mature garden provides privacy and seclusion in a most peaceful setting - deer and buzzards being seen often, and the occasional pine marten. The great variety of plants are interesting and colourful at any season. Although the Farigaig Forest centre with its way-marked walks is only 2 miles away through the beautiful Pass of Inverfarigaig, many miles of forest tracks all around the cottage invite you to explore. The famous Falls of Foyers are 4 miles south in the village of Foyers with its Post Office, general store and tea room. The birdwatchers amongst you will be drawn to the local RSPB reserve at Loch Ruthven, breeding place of Slavonian grebes. Further afield are Culbin Sands for sea birds and Loch Garten where nesting ospreys may be seen at close quarters.
Included in the price
Terrace with garden furniture, and large mature fenced garden with extensive lawns and colourful plantings.
Two pets welcome.
Good Housekeeping Deposit of £75.00 required.
The lastest reviews of Giusaichean...
This was our third visit to Giusaichean and I am sure we will be back. The setting is beautiful and the garden is perfect for dogs - lots of places to explore and fully secure. The log burner in the lounge gives off lots of heat and satisfied my husbands need to make fire!
Lovely week relaxing the highlands, this cottage is lovely, I have been coming her for 13 years on and off. I used to bring my children to spend Christmas. It is great for dogs and really feels homely, log fire is a real treat if you don't have one at home and there is lots to see and do. Dores inn is nice, food ok but service could be better, which was a real shame. Beautiful glass blowing shop in fort Augustus you can watch the lady making glass ornaments, of course I had to bring home a little glass Nessie, some pretty little shops there also selling nice souvenirs to take home. I believe that the owners are coming back to live in this cottage soon, so it won't be available, so if you can get a break here before I would highly recommend. I still love the highlands and will be looking at alternative places to bring my dogs and grandchildren in the future.
What a wonderful, peaceful place to stay. We have two very curious dogs and so it was wonderful to allow them to roam the garden without them finding an escape route :) You have everything you could wish for in the kitchen and the place was spotless. Bed was super comfy too. The surrounding area is so beautiful and the nearby forest walks are superb. I walked for over 3 hours one day and didn't see another soul. If you want to get away from it all....but still have the comfort of WiFi if you need it...this is the place for you!!
We absolutely loved staying at Giusaichean! It felt like a home away from home. It has everything you need to enjoy a comfortable, relaxing stay. The location is peaceful and beautiful, and it is perfect as a base for taking day trips of your choice. We were there for 2 weeks and truly hated to leave. We were lucky enough to see the pine martens on several evenings, too! Lovely, lovely home.
What can be said that previous reviewers haven't already written? A totally relaxing getaway in the peaceful environment that is south Loch Ness. Walking trails, nature and plenty of opportunity to unwind and appreciate your surroundings. Giusaichean is well appointed and ideally suited to holidays in such surrounding's. Views from the cathedral window on the local wildlife can easily absorb, and if you are as lucky as we were in seeing the pine marten every day there is an added excitement
I had an amazing time staying here at the end of March. Complete peace and quiet, wonderful views and a very well equipped and comfortable place to stay. What more could anyone ask for! I highly recommend Giusaichean as a place to stay and left feeling refreshed and ready for anything!
An AMAZING cottage. Being a very busy "London" worker, I didn't know what to expect from this picturesque cottage.. I had imagined being maybe a little bored. I was so wrong. The cottages placement up high above Loch Ness created the most amazing scenery of the mountains and scenery around it. That coupled with the most vivacious selection of fauna and flora make this destination, for me especially, unbeatable. Soooo much more to do than I've put down.. Go discover yourself!!!
We had a blissful break in this charming home. The views, gardens, wildlife, local walks were all wonderful. The house was warm, comfortable and sparkling clean. We couldn't have asked for more.
I was taken to this wonderful cottage by the owner; there I spent 5 truley amazing days. I am 82 and have never seen such beautyful scenery all around me, so much so I felt over whelmed. The bed was so comfy, the loungs so delightful, the kitchen to die for and the wild life in the garden was abundant. Yes I am a friend of the owners but I'd say all of this anyway. God bless you Lesley-ann and Ashley for making your home available to others. Thelma
Loved this cottage had everything you would need really cosy and had the feeling that the owners cared about there home and it showed, and the lovely enclosed garden it was perfect for our golden retriever Chessie ,we saw a pine marten most evenings and once in the mornings,lots of birds as there are plenty of bird feeders around,couldn't fault it in any way so sad to leave and will recommend to family and friends thank you
Wonderful holiday,fabulous enclosed garden,saw a pine marten three times a regular visitor really made it special for us,Giusaichean was perfect for us and our dog Chessie we had lot's of long walk's in the forest,didn't want to leave and would love to return again next year we would defiantly recommend it to our friend's.thank you for the memories
We had a fantastic and peaceful break at Giusaichean Cottage. The cottage is in a great spot and ideal for anyone who wants to get away from the rat race and relax in complete comfort. The wildlife we experienced in the grounds was amazing with regular visits from the Pine Martin, Hare, Red Squirrel and perhaps best of all the Badgers, not to mention plenty of bird life. We would recommend a stay at Giusaichean Cottage to anyone who has a love of wildlife and enjoys peace and tranquility.
What a beautiful, homely and enjoyable cottage, set in the most stunning landscape with easy enough access to Loch Ness, Inverness and the surrounding areas. Very well appointed in terms of facilities, the best shower I have ever had (!) and the grounds are glorious. We are sat here now, car packed and ready to leave, but don't want to go.
We absolutely loved this cottage - it was very well equipped, very comfortable, and very quiet and peaceful. It was a great base for exploring and walking in the local area. We loved the surrounding scenery. The birds in the garden were plentiful and fascinating. We were lucky with the weather, we were there in early September. It felt like a real home from home, and we hope to return.
Beautiful cottage with stunning garden and wildlife. We had a very relaxing family holiday in August 2013 and would definitely recommend if you want to get away from it all.
This cottage is absolutely lovely and very well appointed. It has everything you need plus land line and wifi. The grounds are gorgeous and the fireplace is seriously toasty! We would highly recommend Giusaichean. p.s. to top it all off there were chocolates and shortbread on arrival!
What a beautiful cottage, we could have quite happily stayed there and not gone out, the peace was to die for, you listened and there wasn't a sound. So well equipped, we wanted for nothing, warm inside, lovely enclosed garden for the dog, wildlife, walks. We didn't want to come home. Had a wonderful feel about it. Thank you so much, we will return.
Had two splendid weeks (OK the weather could have been more May-like than March-like but the snowy hills were a bonus) watching the birds and animals that share the land around this cottage. Plenty of things to do within 30 miles (further afield if you choose) or just sit and enjoy nature close at hand (Springwatch eat your heart out!). Very comfortable, interesting garden (the dogs loved exploring it) and welcoming tea & biscuits.
We had the most wonderful honeymoon. Our stay at Giusaichean was fabulous, the cottage was clean, comfortable and had all that we required and felt really homely. We loved the gardens and the wildlife was spectacular. We had a pine marten visit us, and saw deer and red squirrels. We also loved how peaceful and relaxing it was. We also loved the area around Loch Ness as the scenery was beautiful and the people really friendly. The only negative was the midges, but they were an annoyance nothing more.
Had a wonderful week. Spent a lot of time being entertained by the wildlife in the garden. We saw, a red squirrel,pine marten, hares and the cute wee mice who loved custard cream biscuits. We were visited by numerous birds including a couple of woodpeckers. The week went by far too quickly, the cottage was well equiped and clean and cosy, and we were very sad to leave.
Our third time back to this lovely cottage. The weather wasn't as kind as it has been on previous visits but we had a lovely time. The woodpecker visited the nuts most days. We were also honoured by a couple of visits from a red squirrel - so adorable - and also the pine marten walked through one evening. A great place to chill out. Very dog friendly.
Second time at Giusaichean and even better, despite the weather being mixed. We and the dogs love the garden and it was a delight to see it in summer. The highlight was the, several times, daily appearance of a pine marten for 4 days - in daylight. The house is very comfortable, well located and the large, glazed end of the sitting room ideal for wildlife watching.
We had a very enjoyable stay.The cottage is well equipped and comfortable.The gardens are lovely and very private,ideal if you have a canine companion with you ! Lots of walking trails in the area.We have visited a few Highland cottages and this was the best by far. Would recommend it.
We spent half term (February 2011) here and what a wonderful week we had. The cottage is simply amazing, so clean, warm and cozy - we LOVED it. Walks are very close by and we found it to be pretty central for getting about. The garden is very big and beautiful and we simply enjoyed the peace and quiet with the birds and the stars and NO street lights. Thanks so much and yes we will be back in the very near future.
Visited Giusaichean 13 - 27 Nov 2010, what a wonderful 2 weeks. Cottage was excellent and very clean. Garden was a delight and the dogs thought so too, No need to worry really is dog friendly. Good walks right from the doorstep. Would visit again. V
We stayed at Giusaichean at the beginning of October. We were looking for a complete week's rest. We chose this house because of its large, lovely garden which is securely fenced which is important as the holiday is just as much for our two dogs, Sam and Sox. It certainly exceeded our expectations - the house is lovely and the garden even better. Sam and Sox spent many happy hours just exploring on their own while we relaxed. Can't recommend it highly enough.
We spent part of our honeymoon in Giusaichean. It is a beautiful cottage with excellent facilities and we were really impressed. The garden is amazing and Ralph loved being able to explore it whilst we didn't have to worry about him escaping. We visited some lovely surrounding places - Fort Augustus, The Beach and pub at Dores are great, especially to let the dog have a good run. All in all a great holiday and we'd highly recommend :o)
Just got back from 2 weeks holiday, miss the peace and quiet no traffic noise just the sound of bird song and wonderful views. Cottage comfortable with all amenities, just a word of warning beware the midges. Found a plug in mosi machine from Sainsburys good. The wild life was amazing 15 different birds, toads slow worms, and loads of voles and mice. The highlight was the Pine Martin. You wont want to leave the lounge window.
Our week in April high above Loch Ness was perfect for ourselves and our labrador Jake. The house was comfort itself and the garden just the best place for a glass of wine at the end of the day. Such a peaceful location but within very easy reach of good walks and places of interest. We will certainly return again soon, with a car full of treats for the birds who visited the patio and gave us so much pleasure.
All in all a highly recommended cottage.
This cottage is fantastic - extremely comfortable and cosy yet spacious too. The library has a good selection of books catering for all tastes from James Joyce to J K Rowling and the kitchen has every gadget & mod-con a Foodie could possibly need.
We loved the tranquility, the fabulous walks right on our doorstep, the abundance of local wildlife & enjoying a log fire every evening.
Giusaichean is the ideal base for touring the Highlands & we were very sad to leave after our week. We will definitely be back!
We stayed at Giusaichean in February/March 2007 and felt we would love to go back again. Due a a family wedding we had to go later in September than previous years, but were certainly not disappointed as we had lovely weather, saw loads of red squirrels and enjoyed pure peace and relaxation. This cottage is very homely and comfortable, and you feel at home as soon as you step inside. Our dogs thought they were in paradise with the large garden to explore and cosy evenings by the log fire, although we didnt really need to light it much.
The only problem now is which cottage to choose for next year, as we have also stayed at Marnies Croft, very different but equally good.
Booking a holiday with Wilderness is like contacting old friends, always helpful and efficient.
We absolutely loved this cottage, the lounge area is fantastic with the large glass gable end. The bird feeder on the tree opposite which is visited constantly is great if you like bird photography, youll get woodpeckers, finches, robins etc. I got some nice buzzard shots while walking back to the cottage from the walks at Inverfarigaig and with Loch Ruthven not far away theres Slovanian Grebes and Ospreys if your really lucky. Our dogs loved the freedom of the garden and we loved not having to worry about them.
A small tip for anyone staying here in the summer, leave the windows closed in the bedrooms, bring a fan. I spent ages hoovering up midges that moved in to our bedroom overnight. That said we have already booked up another cottage for this year in the Loch Ness area and will definately be back to Giusaichean Cottage in the future.
Beautiful cottage everything you could wish for, the welcome pack was a lovely touch even the dog biscuits. Thankyou. The garden was out of this world, Ruby loved exploring. It was lovely watching the different birds feeding on the nuts especially the woodpeckers. Plenty of lovely walks around the cottage and in Inverfarigaig Forest. Well definitley be back.
We had the most amazing week while staying in this beautiful cottage. the facilities were very good and the scenary was second to none. the enclosed garden meant it was safe for our dog to roam free without fear of danger. The wildlife that called daily is a must for all animal lovers. During our stay we had a woodpecker which visited daily. One word of advice though make sure that you have enough food for the birds. There is some lovely places to visit in the surronding area far to much to fit into one week. We hope to come again next year and would strongly recommend others to visit aswell.
The week we spent in Guiseachan far exceeded our expectations (and these were high). Wilderness cottages are the best self catering cottages weve been too (and weve been to a few in UK and overseas); a homely welcome, responsive and friendly support aduring our stay and a wonderful spacious cottages in an idyllic location. We really didnt want to go home and have already booked to come back in May to Charleston this time.
We have just returned from this wonderful cottage. The photos on the website do not do it justice! Very warm, well equipped and extremely comfortable. Our two dogs absolutely loved the garden and the wildlife. We would love to return again soon.
24th March - 1st April 2006
We have just returned from a lovely week in Giusaichean, a true home from home in a beautiful part of Scotland. The cottage is well equipped, warm and welcoming - and more than adequately dog proofed for our 3 labs. The views are just stunning, the wildlife abundent and the location so peaceful. Never before have we left a holiday feeling as if we are leaving home - but this time we have left our hearts in Glen Mor and cannot wait to return. We would also like to say how it is a pleasure to stay in a cottage where the owners care enough about the environment to encourage recycling, use of environmentally friendly products and continued feeding of the garden birds. Thank you and hope to return very soon
We have just spent an idyllic 2 weeks at this lovely cottage. Our 3 miniature schnauzers - Maisie, Zeta and Kaska - thought the garden the most wonderful place to explore and we enjoyed sitting out (or in) and watching the flocks of birds that came to feed on the patio. It was a welcome relaxing break for us all in beautiful surroundings and the cottage was well-equipped and very comfortable. We are already planning our next years holiday with Wilderness Cottages. Highly recommended - Thank you!
This was our first time with Wilderness Cottages and to the Scottish Highlands. The Cottage was beautiful with everything you require to make your stay relaxing. The location was stunning, great for walkers and those who just want to get away from the hassles of our regular lives. Our four children and dog, especially the dog also enjoyed it. Although we do feel it is worth pointing out that you need to be prepared for depression from your dog when you get home, our beagle was still mopeing around a week after returning home!!
A truly delightful cottage hidden away in the hills above Loch Ness. We couldnt have hoped for a more restful spot.
The cottage offered everything we could need and was most spacious and comfortable.
Surrounded by a beautiful garden we wiled away many hours on the patio watching the birds and local wildlife while we destressed from the hustle and bustle of city life.
We look forward to visiting again in the future.
We returned to Giusaichean for a second time and will be going back again! The weather was stunning and we both returned home with great sun tans.
The wildlife and scenery are breathtaking and the people are lovely. The cottage was even better than we remebered and our dog loves both the garden and the terrier from the cottage next door.
We live in Edinburgh but absolutely love this area and would recommend Wilderness Cottages to everyone.
This was our first time with Wilderness Cottages and would come again the cottage was well equipped we loved the log fire the shortbread / flowers and of course the bonio for the girls on arrival was really such a lovely thought and most welcome.We had a lovely time unwinding and recharging our batteries,the wild birds were a constant source of pleasure we watched them for hours.The walks from the cottage were marvelous I dont think the girls Tess / Kyra / and Jet wanted to come home they thoroughly enjoyed themselves as did we. Frank and myself would thoroughly recommend Giusaichean to any one especially if you have four legged friends to consider they will love it!! If you need any help finding the right cottage do what we did call Corrine or Gordon they are really helpful I called to say I wanted a cottage where we could bring three dogs which had a secure garden and had a television for hubby Corrine recommended Giusaichean and we were not disappointed!
Thanks for a wonderful holiday folks.
Giusaichean We had a wonderful (though too short) week at Giusaichean during the first week of December. The weather was perfect - crisp, clear days and the scenery superb. The cottage is perfectly situated at the South of Loch Ness in wonderful scenery and the locals were all very welcoming. Our dog loved the large, secure garden - and the wood burning stove. The cottage is lovely and perfectly equiped, really felt like a home away from home. I highly recommend both the cottage and Wilderness Cottages - we will be going back!
Enjoyed another wonderful stay at Guisaichean in October. It is the most delightful cottage, with every comfort, and in a stunning location. Walking, cycling, and even - on this occasion - snowball fights kept us busy, followed by evenings sitting at the woodburning stove. It is idyllic.