St Andrew's Chapel - sleeps 4 guests in 2 bedrooms
About Joanne Nicholson
Built in 1876, The Benedictine Abbey that's now home to The Highland Club is one of the oldest buildings in Fort Augustus and one of the most stunning buildings around Loch Ness. For many years, Benedictine Monks ran the Abbey as a school. There are many recorded sightings of the Loch Ness Monster by the Monks over the years whilst they stayed there.
Joanne Nicholson purchased this Cottage in 2008
Why Joanne Nicholson chose Fort Augustus
The Highland Club provides luxury self catering accommodation in the Highlands of Scotland. This holiday destination is an ideal way to experience the best that Scotland has to offer for both young and old.
What makes this Cottage unique
The Highland Club is just 40 minutes from Inverness and Inverness Airport, making it convenient to fly for a rejuvenating weekend break. The location allows traffic free access to Aonach Mor ski area during the winter months and year round access to the Highlands and all the local outdoor/adventure sports. The beautiful beaches of the West Coast of Scotland can be found about an hour away with easy access to Isle of Skye across the new bridge at Kyle of Lochalsh. To the East there are several beaches in the Dornoch/Black Isle area. Whisky Distilleries are in all directions, while for the children, the Hogwarts Express is a train that runs along the valley where Harry Potter was filmed. The nearby ruins of Urquhart Castle, Cawdor Castle and the world famous Eilean Donan Castle are all within an hour's drive. Not forgetting the Loch Ness Visitor's Centre and the monster itself.... Whether you are looking to have a family holiday on Loch Ness, or you want a romantic weekend break for two, The Highland Club is in the perfect location to offer something for everyone, whether you want to soak in the area's history, go on an adventure, or stay warm and dry, there are activities for everyone. When you stay at The Highland Club, you have access to our extensive range of indoor and outdoor facilities, including: Swimming pool Sauna Steam room Tennis court Gym BBQ Area Billiard table Table Tennis Archery and other activities
Love and Hate
No one from management ever talked to us, maintenance man was of no help whatsoever. I had to reset hot water tank twice each day every day just to have heat and water. The electric curtains did not work and haven’t worked for 6 months according to maintenance man.. The sauna and steam room did not work, other than that the place was beautiful.
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are pleased you enjoyed the location at The Highland Club. We thank you for your considered and frank comments regarding the apartment. Good reviews are always uplifting as it means we are doing things right however more important is your feedback when we have not met customer expectations. It is important to point out that The Highland Club is a collection of privately owned properties with a property manger in place. In the apartment itself there is a welcome book with contact details for the allocated property manager. The management team are on hand during the arrival process and during your holiday and can if asked attend to any maintenance issues. In response to the hot water issue there is no hot water boiler in this property and therefore you may be referring to the combo boiler in the cloakroom which under normal circumstances should not be adjusted. We are sorry that you did not telephone or email the property manager as this was a simple fix as the pressure was low. This was checked immediately after your departure as you kindly left a note on the contact form, its a great pity you had not called or emailed the management team as this could have been easily remedied. Regarding the electric blinds these are in working order but on inspection were switched off at the main socket.
Currently the sauna is not working as the glass window has been broken and we are awaiting a part from Germany, however there is no issue with the steam room.
Thank you for raising all your comments, we rely on customer feedback to improve our service. The welcome book in each property is an invaluble tool for guests and they should never feel inhibited about contacting the property manager if they have an issue with their property. The managers are always on hand to help, if the problem is not within their capability they will contact a relevant trades person at the earliest opportunity.
Funky, modern chapel designed to please
Ancient walls and windows—ultra modern amenities! There were 2 reasons I gave this property 4/5 stars was because there were stairs and no elevator, AND the smaller bedroom’s bath was down another flight of stairs. If you’re physically fit, it’s perfect! Great location for exploring the Highlands and good food in the Boat House restaurant on the Highland Club property.
Definitely has the WOW factor!
We very much enjoyed our stay in this apartment! It was very well equipped and so unique. The beautiful stained glass windows and arches mixed with modern was very tastefully done. We would definitely stay again!
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are delighted you had a wonderful holiday . St Andrew's Chapel takes guests away from the ordinary as the accommodation is both atmospheric and beautifully appointed. The owners are extremely proactive with real attention to detail, combined with this outstanding location we hope all guests will have a memorable holiday.
Joanne Nicholson - Highland Club Direct
Amazing location and stunning architecture but the decor and comfort were slightly lacking.
We were excited to stay in such a beautiful location. The gentleman checking us in was so friendly and helpful. The stain glass windows and architecture were truly breathtaking. The decor was questionable with lots of fake flowers and uncomfortable furniture. You could only take one shower at a time or it would be cold and the mattress was very uncomfortable and hard. I am glad we stayed one night but that’s all. We did enjoy the pool. Could have been very lovely if they invested in better beds and decor.
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. At Highland Club Direct we take these reviews seriously, good reviews are always great however, the most helpful reviews are those that are more analytical as this enables us to implement change and sort out issues. I have discussed your comments with the owner who has advertised on my site for a number of years and is extremely proactive. This is one of our more unusual properties and almost without exception has received 100% great reviews. I was surprised to hear you were not happy with the mattress as these were replaced a year ago. Mattresses are notoriously difficult as it's not easy to please everyone however, the owner has requested that the property manager check the mattresses and if necessary is happy to provide a mattress topper if the feedback from their manager is in agreement with your comments. Your second point regarding the furnishing and the smaller furnishing details such as vases and flowers. This is difficult to assess as this has not been raised before and is subjective. Although all the furniture is clearly shown in the photographs we are currently in the process of organising new photographs of a higher quality which hopefully will make the choice easier for our customers. Thank you drawing our attention to the shower, we have organised the the maintenance team to check this. Kind regards Joanne Nicholson
Lovely- beautiful and relaxing
The apartment was beautiful and exactly what I was looking for. I appreciated all of the amenities and the property manager was very helpful and friendly. Hope to come back!
Great holiday, wonderful apartment.
We thoroughly enjoyed the Highland Club, it’s amenities and the surrounding area. Top notch!
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are delighted you had a wonderful holiday staying in St Andrew's Chapel. This is one of the premium properties with Highland Club Direct and has an abundance of original architectural features. We hope you will visit again and take advantage of our repeat guest discount.
Highland Club Direct