Woodpecker Pad Farr - Inverness
Inverness, Nairn & The Black Isle

About Woodpecker Pad

Woodpecker Pad - Inverness, Nairn & The Black Isle

Location: Farr - Inverness - Inverness, Nairn & The Black Isle

Sleeps: 5

Price From: £460 p.w.

Christmas: £840

New Year: £840

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Woodpecker Pad, Inverarnie, Inverness

Sleeps 5/6 Pets Welcome. Category 3 Disability Award.

STB 4*'s. Green Tourism - Gold Award

Woodpecker Pad is a luxury three bedroom self catering holiday home, has been awarded Gold for Green tourism. Situated on a 200 acre farm, which lies amidst the beautiful and picturesque valley of Strathnairn, the cottage sits in a secluded idyllic woodland location, only 6 miles southeast of Inverness, 11 miles from Loch Ness and 26 miles from the skiing centre of Aviemore.

Nearby, and within walking distance, is the rural village of Inverarnie, with a well stocked shop and Post Office. For couples, families or for the larger party (you could hire one of the other cottages Rowan Ridge or The Haven, as well) this is an ideal spot for your holiday in the Scottish Highlands. With superb views all round, much thought and care has gone into the layout and spacings of the cottages to provide maximum privacy and secure the best views of the mountains around.

From the doorstep of Woodpecker Pad you can access 3.5 miles of beautiful woodland and riverside nature walks, these connect into Forest Enterprise roads/walks allowing you to walk for miles into the hills (or mountain bike) on good quiet forest trails. We are sure your four legged friend will simply love this freedom.

Over a mile stretch of river runs through the centre of the farm and passes just below the cottage. There is a wide variety of wildlife and birdlife, with several RSPB reserves local to Woodpecker Pad, including Loch Ruthven, the main breeding place of the rare Slavonian grebe. Gold eagle, red kite, osprey, buzzard, owl, hawk and woodpeckers are frequently seen.

Choosing your accommodation close to the city of Inverness and Loch Ness, has numerous benefits - excellent shopping and sports facilities within Inverness, Loch Ness cruises, many top class golf courses, Culloden battlefield, Moray Firth dolphins and a central location for wider tours in the Highlands and Islands. For winter visitors, this is an ideal base for a skiing holiday, with Aviemore only 30 minutes by car.


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  • Spacious lounge with colour freeview TV, DVD, CD player with iPod dock. DAB radio. WiFi internet.
  • Large windows for watching the numerous birds that inhabit the birchwoods, and a patio to the front of the cottage for your relaxation and enjoyment.
  • The large kitchen, with dining area, has cooking by electricity, oven, grill and hob. A microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine/dryer, toaster, coffee pod machine, electric kettle and all the other kitchenware required.
  • King bedroom en-suite with a bath and a shower over
  • Twin bedroom
  • Single bedroom with a pull out companion bed
  • Pay phone.
  • Bathroom has a shower, basin and toilet, with a heated towel rail and shaver point.
  • A large airing cupboard, iron and ironing board, clothes dryer, hairdryer and vacuum cleaner complete the facilities.
  • Two pets welcome.
  • Fully enclosed garden with plenty of parking space adjacent.
  • Garden furniture and barbecue. Garden shed for storage of bikes, complete with table football.
  • Bike hire available.

Included in the price

  • Bed linen & towels.
  • Cot & highchair available on request.
  • All oil and electricity is included in the price. Double glazing and full oil fired central heating ensure the cottage is warm and welcoming in the cooler months.

 Best Features

  • A fabulous woodland location and a short drive through spectacular countryside to Loch Ness.
  • Forest, woodland and hill walking from from the doorstep.
  • The birds and wildlife around the cottage and central location make it ideal for touring.

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Woodpecker Pad Reviews

The latest reviews of Woodpecker Pad...

Reviewed this property on 28/09/2021
And awarded it
A well appointed and comfortable cottage.lots of bird life and good walks from the door. Easy access to inverness.will definitely stay again.

Reviewed this property on 29/07/2021
And awarded it
A fantastic location with everything we needed in the cottage. We had our daughter 2 dogs and 3 grandchildren and everyone was catered for. Lovely surroundings for the kids and dogs, spacious rooms with all the home comforts. Bbq came in very handy as weather was superb as were the enclosed garden. Thank you for a memorable holiday.

Reviewed this property on 17/06/2021
And awarded it
Had a great week. Cottage is located in a beautiful spot, not been back for 16 years but still as relaxing as we remember. Cottage contains EVERYTHING you need. Great rural walks on the doorstep for Milo our dog.

Reviewed this property on 06/08/2014
And awarded it
We were actually upgraded from woodpecker pad to nearby Cathies Cottage, presumably because previous guest wanted to extend their stay in woodpecker pad- and I can understand why. It is a truly stunning location. It was nice to have somewhere really live up to the claim of being dog friendly. Ther is and extensive network of beautiful walks within the grounds . Cottage itself was large, tasteful and comfortable. We all had plenty of space to enjoy indoors and out.

Reviewed this property on 15/04/2014
And awarded it
A wonderful natural location and a perfect holiday destination for a very active spaniel! The trails, streams and walks from the gate at the bottom of the garden were just amazing and it was manna to the soul to just sit and watch the wildlife going about their business. The cottage was warm (roasting!) clean and very comfortable with everything we could possibly have needed. Would return tomorrow.

Reviewed this property on 21/10/2011
And awarded it
Very well equiped cottage and ideally situated to explore Inverness and surrounding area. Will return in future

Reviewed this property on 17/08/2010
And awarded it
3 generations really enjoyed staying at Woodpecker pad. The cottage had everything we needed. The added bonus was the bird table outside the window from where we saw birds that we have never seen before, we were so excited. Walking distance to the play park and the shop was appreciated and well used. Location and nature trails were great. Hope to return soon as we love Scotland.

Reviewed this property on 12/08/2010
And awarded it
Excellent property. Highly recommend this cottage to all ages. Great location for exploring the area or just sitting watching the wildlife

Reviewed this property on 30/06/2009
And awarded it
We have stayed at Wilderness Cottages many times but this was our first stay at Woodpecker Pad.
The cottage is modern and very well equipped. For us, with our two Newfoundlands Nevis and Cuillin, the setting of Woodpecker Pad was perfect, with easy walks at the doorstep.
We had an excellent week and will not hesitate to come back to Woodpecker Pad.
Many thanks.

Reviewed this property on 07/08/2005
And awarded it
Excellent holiday, the cottage was absolutely wonderful, so well equipped with all mod cons. There were three generations of us and we all had a smashing time in the evenings going for walks, playing cards, swingball,scrabble and not forgetting the table football in the shed! The cottage was lovely and clean.

Reviewed this property on 26/04/2003
And awarded it
We've just returned from Woodpecker Pad, Dalvourn Farm, Inverarnie. Wow, what a location. Each of the lodges is placed just so, so it feels as if you're the only ones there. Stunning location - all you can hear is the river at the bottom of the valley, the rustling of the leaves and the singing of the birds. We can't wait to return!

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