Balnacraig is located in the village of North Kessock near the City of Inverness. The property sits in a spectacular elevated position and enjoys views over the Beauly Firth, the Kessock Bridge and towards Inverness. The property is beautifully presented and is equipped and furnished to a high specification, the large outside decked area with its hot tub being particularly spectacular. The location would make an ideal base for touring the Highlands of Scotland including the Northern Highlands, the Loch Ness region and the West Coast.
Entering the property takes you into a vestibule and through to the inner hall. The open plan sitting room, dining room and kitchen is located off the hall. This room is light and spacious with the windows enjoying views across the decked area to the Beauly Firth. The sitting room has comfortable sofas, a flat screen Smart TV and a large dining table to seat ten. Leading from this room takes you through to the well equipped kitchen, the small utility room and past the cloakroom room and out to the decked area with the hot tub. Further facilities on this level include a twin bedroom, with a zip and link bed, this can be made up as a super king if required, a sunroom with views across the garden, and a beautiful family bathroom with a bath with shower over.
Upstairs there are four bedrooms, the master has a king size bed and en-suite with a large walk in shower. Two further kings are available, one with an en-suite shower room and the other with an adjacent shower room. Completing the bedrooms is a twin with an en-suite shower room. All the bedrooms are tastefully furnished and have TVs with DVD players, and charging facilities for phones and iPods. Quality bed linen is used throughout and towels are supplied.
The property is approached by a steep drive way with ample parking for three cars. The garden is spacious and offers various places to sit and relax, including the large decked terrace and garden furniture is provided. However guests with children should be aware that the garden is not fully enclosed. Behind Balnacraig direct access can be obtained to Ord Hill which is owned by the Forestry Commission and has many woodland walks and trails.
The nearby village has a local shop and hotel, the hotel is popular with the locals and has an exterior seating area which is ideal for some alfresco dining. The village is situated just off the main A9 north so it makes an ideal location for those wanting to explore. Inverness itself is home to all the usual high street shops and has a great selection of cafes, pubs and restaurants. The old town with the Victorian Market has a more unique collection of shops than the nearby Eastgate Shopping Centre which has the larger stores such as Debenhams and Marks and Spencer.
One area of the City that is particularly worthwhile exploring is the riverside and the Ness Islands. Starting from the Cathedral and passing en-route Eden Court Theatre, follow the river upstream, this leads to the main sports and recreation area of the City and includes the Inverness Aquadome and Sports Centre, an Ice Rink, and the Inverness Botanic Gardens. The gardens have a unique climatically controlled glass house features an array of sub tropical plants and also a cactus house, outdoor gardens and a coffee shop.
Also in this area a boating pond and miniature railway will appeal to the younger members of the family, and the nearby locks at Tomnahurich of the Caledonian Canal marks the starting point of the Jacobite Cruise Boats that travel through the canal and onwards to Loch Ness. They have various tours running throughout the day including stop offs at Urquhart Castle and the Loch Ness Visitor Centre in Drumnadrochit.
Closer to the property the historic village of Beauly is located, home to a unique collection of shops including the Old School which sells an array of Scottish goods and the Corner on the Square, a licensed delicatessen and restaurant overlooking the square. Exploring the Black Isle itself the villages of Rosemarkie, Fortrose and the conservation village of Cromarty are all worth a visit. For a spot of dolphin watching visit Chanonry Point which is considered one of the best places in the area for viewing them, or perhaps take one of the many boat trips such as the Dolphin Cruise from Avoch.
The use of the hot tub is included in the rental price, a disclaimer will have to be signed prior to the rental.
The property is not available to rent for hen or stag parties.
A Good Housekeeping Deposit of £250.00 is required at the property.
Balnacraig was absolutely amazing, each room was furnished immaculately and put together with a lot of detail and thought. My family and I really enjoyed our stay, we couldn't have asked for a better place to spend our Christmas holiday, what made it even more special was the Christmas tree and lovely decorations, which made it feel like a home away from home, this was a nice personal touch and we really appreciated the extra effort the homeowners put in. The homeowner (Gill) was very helpful and approachable. I would recommend the Balnacraig to anyone looking to base themselves in Inverness to explore the Scottish Highlands.