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Gruinyards - the Best Views of Loch Ness

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Gruinyards is on the top floor of an old abbey with fantastic views of Loch Ness

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Last updated: 12/01/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Apartment
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

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About the Property

Beautifully bright top floor 2 bedroom vacation rental, fantastic views sleeps 6

Gruinyards is a stunning two bedroom penthouse apartment in a historic Monastery with probably the best views of Loch Ness from anywhere. It is elegantly furnished and will give you a truly memorable holiday.

SHORT BREAKS
The prices for online booking are only given for weekly bookings because the way the website is set up means that prices for shorter stays come out too high. If you want to stay for less than a week PLEASE contact us direct to get a proper price for these stay lengths. As a guide, 3 nights will work out at about 75% of the weekly rate, 4 nights 85% and 5 nights at about 90%. We can also do two night stays which would be about 65% but we would urge you to stay longer, not only because it is better value, but also because once you arrive I can promise you won't want to leave!

The apartment at Gruinyards sleeps four, or six with the sofa-bed. Or use the double Aerobed in the huge master bedroom to make it a family room.

There is access to all the facilities of The Highland Club, which is the name for the whole Abbey complex. There are extensive gardens on the edge of Loch Ness while the facilities include a swimming pool and spa in a former chapel, tennis, badminton, croquet, snooker and table tennis, all of which are free for residents. Archery, kayaking and fishing can also be arranged in the grounds.


With high sloping ceilings, Gruinyards manages to feel both spacious and cosy. It combines old and new, having magnificent stone mullioned windows but stylish contemporary furnishings. There are great views on three sides and it gets the sun all day long making it a fantastic place to relax whatever the weather.

The apartment has free Wifi, widescreen TV, films & DVDs, detailed maps & guides and a range of games and books.

We should mention that the Gruinyards is on the third(UK)/fourth(US) floor of the old Monastery building, and is reached by 75 steps (there is no lift) but this is why it has such good views. It also means there is no one above you and it is wonderfully peaceful there, like a nest above the rest of the world.

The apartment itself has a large open plan living-dining room with high sloping ceilings and a huge stone window that gives stunning views right along Loch Ness. There are also views over the hills to the east and the abbey cloisters to the south. The living room has a fully equipped kitchen area and an oak dining table that can be extended to seat 8. There is a large TV and a wide range of DVDs, as well as a selection of board games, maps and guide books. There is unlimited free Wifi internet provided in the apartment and an iPod dock for music.

There are two bedrooms: a very spacious principal bedroom which also has high ceilings and views on two sides. It is beautifully bright and airy and boasts a magnificent en-suite with a roll-top bath overlooking heather clad Borlum Hill.

There is also a very comfortable and cosy twin bedroom, a second bathroom and a double sofa bed in the living room. However we also have an inflatable double Aerobed (it has an electric pump and adjustable firmness which makes it extremely comfortable) available in the principal bedroom so that this can be used as a very convenient family room.

As a guest at the apartment you can also make use of all the facilities of the Highland Club. As well as being able to wander around the amazing Gothic abbey and cloisters, there is tennis, badminton, bowling, croquet, a barbecue area and fishing in Loch Ness all available in the lovely lochside gardens. Then there is the residents' lounge and games room with a full sized snooker table, table football and table tennis available. And now you can enjoy the beautiful new swimming pool, steam room and sauna in the magnificent setting of the old abbey church with its stone arches and columns. There is also a well equipped gym with weights and a wide range of rowing, cycling and other exercise equipment.

In addition activities including archery, air-rifle shooting and, tomahawk throwing, fishing lessons and canoeing can all be provided in the grounds or very nearby. More adventurous activities, such as white-water rafting, canyoning, abseiling and clay-pigeon shooting are all available locally, and of course there are daily boat trips and cruises offered just outside the abbey grounds.

Gruinyards is ideally located, not only for Nessie spotting and exploring around Loch Ness, but also for climbing Ben Nevis, stunning walks in the Glen Affric and Glen Nevis nature reserves, dramatic waterfalls, the romantic ruins of Castle Urquhart or cycling the Caledonian Canal. Inverness and Fort William are both less than an hour’s drive away while Skye is just over an hour away. At Fort William during the summer you can take the 'Hogwarts Express', a steam train ride that passes over the famous Glenfinnan viaduct. There is also skiing at the nearby Nevis Range ski centre, while the cable car up Aonach Mor runs throughout the year. Also very highly recommended is the remarkable historic fort and working army base at Fort George. However much of the time you will probably just want to relax in the apartment looking at the view and taking in the wonderful surroundings.

Manager

Member since: 2014

Speaks: english, french, german, russian, bulgarian
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/01/2016

Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 4
  • 1100 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room:

    There is a residents' lounge and games room available for the use of guests at any time...moreless

  • Games:

    Lots of family board games in the flat...moreless

  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo:

    Ipod dock...moreless

  • Television
  • Video Library:

    Variety of DVDs including many family films...moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Playground
  • Ruins
  • Water Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Ski Lift Privileges
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Whitewater Rafting

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    There is a well equipped gym on site for the use of guests with a variety of exercise machines....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    Wifi, no charge, unlimited....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Included in the cost...moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided:

    Included in the cost...moreless

  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    Loch side sitting area...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Available from the grounds by prior arrangement...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    The abbey has extensive riverside and lochside gardens and grounds...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis:

    There is a tennis court for the use of guests. Racquets and balls available in the flat....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    In an old chapel, available for use of guests free of charge but needs to be booked. Very warm....moreless

  • Heated Pool
 

Reviews

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Your penthouse apartment in this beautiful Abbey will not disappoint. 04/20/2016

VRBO Bear stayed here:


My visit to Gruinyards with my family was everything a vacationing bear could wish for: a spacious and comfortable penthouse apartment with breathtaking views of Loch Ness and the surrounding countryside. The apartment was well appointed with everything we needed for a magical family get-away. Our host obviously took great care in preparing the space, with cozy and attractive furniture, dishes and utensils in the kitchen, games and puzzles, an organized binder with brochures for all of the area’s attractions, and manuals for all of the appliances. He even made sure we had tea and tasty biscuits upon our arrival. Gruinyards is located on the beautiful grounds of a nineteenth century Abbey in Fort Augustus. There was plenty for my family and I to do whether we wanted to venture out or stay close. It is conveniently located near several sites of historic interest including Fort Williams, Urquhart Castle, and the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition. Cruises of the Loch left regularly from a dock right next to the Abbey. Within the grounds we explored a fun playground, a super-human-sized chess set, and played croquet. My cubs especially enjoyed the heated pool, while I took a refreshing trip to the steam room and sauna. A wide range of food was just a short walk away with the Boathouse pub right on Loch Ness, the restaurant at the Lovat Hotel, and a market that had everything we needed when we didn’t want to venture out. The owners of Gruinyards have created a wonderful and relaxing space that we hope to visit again. This was one of the best vacations we’ve ever had. Thank you!

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early winter
Nov 12 - Dec 19, 2016
7 night min stay

$617

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $4 per night, per additional guest

Christmas 2016
Dec 20 - Jan 2, 2017
4 night min stay
$239

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $4 per night, per additional guest

Mid winter 2017
Jan 3 - Feb 3, 2017
7 night min stay

$667

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $4 per night, per additional guest

Spring half term
Feb 4 - Feb 24, 2017
7 night min stay

$793

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $4 per night, per additional guest

Early spring
Feb 25 - Mar 24, 2017
7 night min stay

$743

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $4 per night, per additional guest

Spring Holiday
Mar 25 - Apr 7, 2017
7 night min stay

$957

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

Easter
Apr 8 - Apr 21, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,045

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

Late Spring
Apr 22 - May 26, 2017
7 night min stay

$957

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

Summer Half Term
May 27 - Jun 2, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,083

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

Early Summer (June)
Jun 3 - Jun 30, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,045

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

Early Summer (July)
Jul 1 - Jul 15, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,498

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

High Summer (July-Aug)
Jul 16 - Aug 18, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,586

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

Late Summer
Aug 19 - Sep 1, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,498

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

September
Sep 2 - Sep 30, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,083

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

Autumn (October)
Oct 1 - Oct 21, 2017
7 night min stay

$995

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

Autumn Half Term
Oct 22 - Nov 3, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,045

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

Early November
Nov 4 - Nov 17, 2017
7 night min stay

$705

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

Early Winter
Nov 18 - Dec 8, 2017
7 night min stay

$667

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

Early Christmas
Dec 9 - Dec 18, 2017
7 night min stay

$793

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

Christmas/New Year 2017
Dec 19 - Jan 2, 2018
7 night min stay

$1,209

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

Mid Winter 2018
Jan 3 - Feb 2, 2018
7 night min stay

$667

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Use of Sofabed/Aerobed $25.18
  • Taxes Not included

Manager's cancellation policy:

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.


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Location

37 Miles
Nearest Airport
Inverness
200 Metres
Nearest Barpub
The Boathouse restaurant
250 Metres
Nearest Ferry
Boat trips on Loch Ness
0.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Fort Augustus Golf Club
31 Miles
Nearest Train
Inverness
300 Metres
Nearest Motorway
A82
200 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
The Boathouse restaurant
22 Miles
Nearest Ski
The Nevis Range
50 Metres
Nearest Beach
Shore of Loch Ness

Car: Recommended

Fort Augustus, situated mid way between Inverness and Fort William, at the southernmost tip of Loch Ness, next to the Caledonian canal and the fast flowing river Oich and river Tarff, is a charming destination in its own right. Loch Ness cruises set off from the swing bridge, with Castle Urquhart and the Loch Ness visitor center just a short drive away. However it is also ideally located climbing Ben Nevis (or skiing at the Nevis range), visiting numerous dramatic waterfalls and stunning walks in the Glen Affric and Glen Nevis nature reserves. Fort William, forty minutes away, boasts the Ben Nevis distillery and, during the summer, the Jacobite steam train service up to Mallaig. Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, is less than an hour away, the journey there, along either side of Loch Ness, one of the most spectacular there is.

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 2008

About: I am an architect who has specialized in the restoration and conversion of historic buildings. My wife is a lecturer (professor) in Mathematics at Kingston Business School and we have two boys.

Why Fort Augustus, Fort Augustus, Highland, UK:
I was working for the company which bought the old abbey and converted it into apartments (it used to be a monastery and boys school, but had been empty for a number of years). When we were given the opportunity to buy an apartment in the old abbey I was in the fortunate position of being able to assess what I thought would be the nicest apartment in the whole development and reserve it!

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
We love the apartment at Gruinyards not only because of the fantastic view down Loch Ness, which was the original reason for choosing it, but also because it has windows on three sides. This means that not only do you get to see three different views, but also that you can get the sun shining in all day long. Because it is up on the third floor (fourth floor if you are American) it isn't overlooked and is amazingly light even on a grey day in winter. I love the sloping ceilings, which mean it manages to be both cosy and spacious at the same time. And like everyone, I love sitting in the window seat looking out over the Loch, watching the constantly changing light on the water, the mountains and the trees. The apartment is really well laid out and is just somewhere you feel very comfortable and at home in, so that it can be really difficult to motivate yourself to do anything except just lounging around enjoying being there.


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Speaks: english, french, german, russian, bulgarian
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/01/2016

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Photos

  • Gruinyards is on the top floor of an old abbey with fantastic views of Loch Ness

    Gruinyards is on the top floor of an old abbey with fantastic views of Loch Ness

  • Gruinyards is on the top floor of the old Monastery, next to the tower

    Gruinyards is on the top floor of the old Monastery, next to the tower

  • The living room with the Gothic windows looking down Loch Ness

    The living room with the Gothic windows looking down Loch Ness

  • The living room with window seat and dining table

    The living room with window seat and dining table

  • The main bedroom is very bright and spacious

    The main bedroom is very bright and spacious

  • The main bedroom with the additional bed giving a really comfortable family room

    The main bedroom with the additional bed giving a really comfortable family room

  • Ensuite bathroom

    Ensuite bathroom

  • The twin bedroom

    The twin bedroom

  • The view from the living room window in autumn

    The view from the living room window in autumn

  • The swimming pool - available to all guests

    The swimming pool - available to all guests

  • There is a lounge and games room for the use of guests

    There is a lounge and games room for the use of guests

  • The former monastery building from the garden, Gruinyards is on the left

    The former monastery building from the garden, Gruinyards is on the left

  • The view from Gruinyards

    The view from Gruinyards

  • A floor plan of Gruinyards

    A floor plan of Gruinyards

  • The living room

    The living room

  • The kitchen is fully equipped including dishwasher and washing machine/dryer

    The kitchen is fully equipped including dishwasher and washing machine/dryer

  • The main bedroom looking the other way - it has views on two sides

    The main bedroom looking the other way - it has views on two sides

  • The ensuite bathroom to the main bedroom (there is a family bathroom as well)

    The ensuite bathroom to the main bedroom (there is a family bathroom as well)

  • The twin bedroom

    The twin bedroom

  • The view from the living room window in summer

    The view from the living room window in summer

  • The view from the living room window in winter

    The view from the living room window in winter

  • The swimming pool is in an old chapel!

    The swimming pool is in an old chapel!

  • The cloisters in the old Abbey

    The cloisters in the old Abbey

  • The Abbey gardens with the Boathouse restaurant at the end

    The Abbey gardens with the Boathouse restaurant at the end

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Saturday, December 10, 2016

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