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Characterful Riverside Highland Home with a "Wow" Factor Grand Hall Living-Room

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom, Occupancy 8

The Space

Originally a school from 1880s which we have completely and passionately transformed into a delightful family home.

We have exposed and reinstated many original features throughout the house, one of the most impressive being the grand hall (around 30 x 18 feet with a 14 feet high ceiling). It has a stone wall to one side with an open log fireplace. A floor-to-ceiling library wall is well stocked with books and games and hides a 50-inch LCD television with DVD player. At the other end of the room large French doors opening out on to the front garden. This room includes designer fabrics, some antique furniture, paintings and many family heirlooms. It is a great place to entertain and relax whatever the weather or kick-back after an action-packed day. There’s even a piano for the musically talented!

The kitchen-dining room also has an open log fire within a carved oak fireplace. It has a dishwasher, fridges and is very well equipped, even offering bone china and silverware to lay the table.

There are 4 bedrooms with 2 doubles and 2 twin bedded rooms. Two bedrooms upstairs and two on the ground floor.

There are 3 bathrooms. One is ensuite with the master double bedroom and two are on the ground floor (one of which has a walk-in shower.

A separate utility room has two washing machines and a tumble dryer.

There is free WiFi and the telephone is available on an honesty payment basis for non-local calls.

The Location

The Old School nestles in an acre of garden by the side of the River Fechlin. The river is teeming with wild brownies for fly fishers and our favourite swimming hole is just opposite the front garden for the warm-blooded! The Fechlin runs to the picturesque Falls of Foyers and then into Loch Ness around three miles away.

We are in the Monadhliath mountains where there is an abundance of wildlife, red squirrels in the garden, stags on the hills, golden eagles and peregrine falcons in the skies, pine martins in the forests and even occasional otters on the river just off the garden.

The Whitebridge Hotel is a five-minute walk from the Old School and offers a cosy restaurant and popular locals’ bar. It is a great option for a simple lunch or dinner out.

You could come here to paint or photograph the beautiful surrounding scenery, climb the many hills and mountains, walk for miles across the grand estates, fish for salmon in nearby rivers or Loch Ness, shoot or stalk on nearby estates, drive to magnificent places, or just come for a well-earned rest and read a book. For the adventurous there are many local activities such as kayaking, mountain biking, canyoning, white water rafting and much more, with equipment rental and activities readily available. The Old School offers an ideal base in the Highlands.

More Details

Kim Pattie
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 22, 2018

About Kim Pattie

We live in East Sussex as my husband works in London but dreams in Scotland!

Kim Pattie purchased this house in 2006

Why Kim Pattie chose Inverness

We have holidayed as a family in the area for almost 30 years and knew The Old School was the right home for our adventures as soon as we saw it.

What makes this house unique

The riverside location offers an unheated swimming pool(!) and is teeming with wild brown trout for the fly fisherman.

The grand hall is a spectacular living-room which makes a wonderfully comfortable venue for entertaining the family or friends whatever the weather.


Inverness House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , Ensuite with the master bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Ground floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , Ground floor
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , This bedroom is ensuite on the first floor
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Twin on the first floor
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Ground floor
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Ground floor
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • limited accessibility ...
  • forests
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing


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Characterful Riverside Highland Home with a "Wow" Factor Grand Hall Living-Room
average rating of 4.5 based on 8 reviews

Lovely location - quiet and secluded

  • 4 of 5

We very much enjoyed our time here. The house is charming and we had everything we needed. The warm and cozy kitchen is well stocked and we enjoyed many nights there preparing dinner . We especially enjoyed our evenings in the wonderful great room by the fire reading and playing games. It was fun feeding the birds and watching the other wildlife. We would definitely stay at the Old School House again.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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What a lovely warm and beautiful home.

  • 5 of 5

Our group of six could not have been happier with what we referred to as our little cottage, even though it is not so little. The kitchen was well appointed, the setting was perfect. We went to bed at night listening to the sound of the river below, to wake to Pheasants and rabbits on the lawn in the mornings. The perfect road for a morning walk to get in a painting or two of the sheep and beautiful landscape, as well as the proximity to villages around Lock Ness was good too. We plan to visit again.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Ynez

Heaven in the Highlands

  • 5 of 5

Neither photos nor words can adequately do "Old School" justice. We met up with dear friends here for a week in the Scottish Highlands and each and everyone of us were immediately awestruck and yet felt quite at home in this cottage. Beautifully and tastefully furnished, impeccably clean, cozy and comfortable, private and quiet, and equipped with all you need to settle in for a week or more! We were thrilled to watch the birds and squirrels play in the garden and were only too happy to supply them with feed and nuts...a pheasant even strolled through!

The location was perfect....a easy 20 minutes to Fort Augustus and a gorgeous 40 minute drive up to Inverness. An easy walk to Foyers Falls and back fills one of your peaceful days at "Old School". Dinner and drinks at the Whitebridge Inn - just up the road completed the Highland experience.

We would highly recommend this Highland cottage....and hope to return real soon. Thank you for sharing this amazing home with us.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mountain Brook

Perfect location from which to enjoy nearby Loch Ness and the beautiful Scottish countryside!

  • 5 of 5

The home is lovely and very well appointed. The owners obviously care greatly for their home and provided excellent recommendations about nearby touring as well as excellent travel instructions. A very comfortable "home base" which we enjoyed immensely!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Home, Wonderful Host, Wonderful Location

  • 5 of 5

The Old School is a perfect place for a family looking for a roomy, quiet spot in the Highlands. The home exudes character and charm and, importantly, is quite comfortable. Our family group of 8 had plenty of room to sleep, spread out and hang out -- both indoors and outdoors. the kitchen is well-stocked with all items needed for cooking a dinner for a large group and the extra refrigerator came in quite handy. The location is convenient to Fort Augustus and Inverness as well as the Cairngorms. The River Fechlin and the White Bridge are beautiful and the quaint Whitebridge Hotel is an easy 5-minute walk for pub meals and real ales. The host, Kim Pattie, was responsive to emails and calls and provided much information for local activities. We will be looking to book the Old School upon our return to the Highlands.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ein fabelhaftes Haus in idyllischer Lage für die ganze Familie!

  • 5 of 5

Es war ein perfekter Urlaub! Und das nicht zuletzt wegen diesen tollen Haus! Es ist liebevoll eingerichtet, sehr sauber und man findet alles was man braucht. Die Lage ist perfekt um abzuschalten aber auch um Ausflugsziele schnell zu erreichen. Familie Pattie ist sehr freundlich und steht jederzeit mit Rat und Tat zur Seite. Es ist einfach alles perfekt! Wir kommen sicher wieder!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Whitebridge Hotel
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Fort Augustus
Nearest Train
23 Miles
Nearest Motorway
21 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Whitebridge Hotel
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
Car: recommended

The Loch Ness area abounds with opportunities for sports, activities and wildlife watching. Wild swimming is in the river pools just off the garden.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit $464.44

Pets are not permitted. Smoking is not permitted in the house.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.