Balachladdich is a traditional country house situated just twenty minutes from the City of Inverness. The property overlooks the waters of the Cromarty Firth and is surrounded by rolling farmland. The property is within sight of Foulis Castle which is the ancestral home of the Clan Munro, and guests are free to explore the grounds of the 2600 acre Foulis Estate. The property has been furnished and equipped to a high standard by the present owner and the spacious layout will accommodate large families or groups of up to eight.
Downstairs guests will find a central hallway of which is located the lounge, furnished with large leather sofas and equipped with a flat screen TV, and benefiting from a real fire. The lounge offers direct access to the patio area located to the side of the property. The master bedroom “Cromarty” is also located off the hall, complete with a king-size bed and an en-suite bath room, this bedroom is large and spacious. To the rear of the property is the kitchen and dining room. The kitchen is equipped with all the usual kitchen appliances and the dining area has a table and chairs for eight. From this room guests can access the patio area, complete with garden furniture and a gas bbq. An ideal place for some al-fresco dining in the warmer summer months. A rear entrance hall complete with laundry facilities and a cloakroom completes the downstairs facilities.
From the hall, stairs lead to the upstairs and the bedrooms, following the tradition of naming the bedrooms after places in the vicinity, guests will find to the rear of the property; Foulis – a twin bedroom complete with an en-suite shower room; Fyrish – a double bedroom complete with a king-size bed and an en-suite bath/shower room; and to the front of the property; Firth – another twin, and a separate bathroom complete with a bath with shower over. The bedrooms have been furnished in a modern style, and are well equipped, all have Digital TV’s and two have DVD players. There are views across the surrounding countryside from all the bedrooms. All the en-suites and the bathroom benefit from having under-floor heating, heated towel rails and built-in hairdryers.
In the vicinity the small village of Evanton offers a few small shops and a pub, not far from the property on the main A9 you will find the Storehouse of Foulis, home to the Clan Munro Exhibition, restaurant and a farm shop, which sells the best of the locally produced food, including meat and vegetables, all sourced by the owner Quentin. Further afield the small market town of Dingwall is just 4 miles away and has a good selection of small shops and the larger supermarket chains.
The property makes an ideal base for exploring the whole of the Highlands, within an hours drive south you can be in Aviemore and the Cairngorm National Park, in winter you can ski and in the summer months you can walk and mountain bike through the forest trails, or enjoy the watersports at Loch Morlich. To the west the picturesque town of Ullapool and the Isle of Skye are within a ninety minute drive and to the north within a couple of hours, the northern coastline and the ferry connections to the Orkney Islands. Closer still Loch Ness is within a 45 minute drive, in the village of Drumnadrochit visit the Loch Ness Monster Exhibition or Urquhart Castle which is situated on the outskirts.
In the surrounding area the whole family is well catered for in terms of activities. For the golf lover there are approximately twenty courses within an hour’s drive, the newest being Castle Stuart situated on the outskirts of the City of Inverness. The City itself has a wide range of shops, art galleries, a museum and a theatre. Riding and pony trekking is available either in the villages of Muir of Ord or Fortrose, and for those interested in things historic, the area is home to many historic sites including various Castles and Culloden Battlefield. For a more leisurely time sit and enjoy spotting the dolphins at Chanonry Point on the Black Isle.
Balachladdich is the perfect cottage for a relaxing countryside vacation, it reminds me on the Film starring Cameron Diaz "The Holiday" as once you are there you won't want to leave. it has everything you need including a fantastic wood burning fire for those cold winter evenings, shops are only 10 minutes away in Dingwall, exceptionally clean and very well catered.
We had a lovely stay at Balachladdich from 18-25 September 2017. With 2 children aged 6 & 7 as well as a baby, it was a suitable house for us. We were grateful for a highchair & portable cot being provided. The bedrooms are all lovely & it is such a treat having modern bathrooms in the Highlands! The house is cosy & quiet. The location is very convenient to drive anywhere around the Highlands - we were able to do day trips to Skye, Loch Ness, Plockton & Balintore to name a few. We would love to stay there again in future. If I had to fault anything, it took 3 months to get a reply on whether cot linen could be arranged for us. It would be great if cot linen could be provided in future.
Balachladdich is really comfortable, welcoming and well kitted out and is a fantastic base for any visit to the area. This was our second year of visiting in October so the sitting room fire was a big draw in the evenings as usual as well. Thoroughly recommended ...... (but don't tell everyone - it might catch on!)
Excellent well equipped property. Had a fantastic week and felt really at home. If we stayed in this area again we would definitely stay here !
Lovely cottage set in idyllic country side just a stones throw or short cycle from Fouils Castle. Ideal location for cyclist and families. The local town is Evanton and the people extremely friendly and helpful. The road in to Evanton is very quiet and suitable for walkers. The cottage its self is set to an extremely high standard and is kitted out with all mod cons including wifi which was installed on our visit. We are considering going again.