Country Cottage in Balbeg, Glenurquhart, Nr. Loch Ness, Scotland - Secluded Location on Top of the Hill, Ideal for Nessie Watching, Touring the Highlands, Hill Walking
About Jim McGregor
I am Jim McGregor a native of Glenurquhart and Balnain.
Why Jim McGregor chose Inverness
I bought the property in 1985 from an old school friend with the intention of renovating and living in the house. However my work kept me from renovating it until last year.
What makes this Cottage unique
The location of the house is one of its strong points, it is on the top of the hill and has some of the best views in Glenurquhart. It is close to Loch Ness and Glen Affric and ideally situated for touring the highlands.
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Beautiful, quiet location
We arrived to find a substantial welcome pack, with immediate essentials. The house is well equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay. It was close to Loch Ness and good for exploring Inverness, the Black Isle and further afield. We enjoyed our stay
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House was freezing on arrival,, 3 heaters did not work. Had 2 1/2 days without acceptable heating in cold weather as electrician didn't come until Monday evening. Fuse box tripped 9 times in one evening when appliances were switched on in the kitchen. 16 amp fuse had been fitted instead of 32 amp.the electrician said. This problem was high lighted by customers eighteen months ago see previous feedback.Three new heaters arrived 10.30 p.m. Monday evening. On arrival we noticed a pool of dried up vomit on the floor next to one of the single beds.This was reported to the manager Debbie but nothing was done about this.Conservatory offered no privacy as it was overlooked by the neighbour's back garden.(Albeit very nice people) WiFi was intermittent. No tumble dryer even though advertised. Crockery left a lot to be desired. No coffee maker/cafetiere. No hand wash in the toilets Having stayed all over Scotland in cottages over many years this was very poor value for money and it is obvious that this property is not being maintained properly. On the plus side we were grateful for the welcome pack on arrival. Any reasonable person would feel a rebate was justified under the circumstances. .
Manor House is clean and well equipped and the lovely Debbie is on hand if you need anything... loved the little sunroom with amazing views of the hills and view of Loch Meikle from the garden. Very peaceful, lovely neighbours including the beautiful cows, sheep and chickens! Limited broadband usage included but enough to get emails etc. Good sized garden for the dogs and lots of walks and pubs nearby.
Stayed here at The Manor House for 3 weeks for the first time and wished it had been for longer. 4th-25th August..Would highly recomend this Cottage. Fingers crossed will be back for longer next year. One point which swayed me to book was as we are a family of 4 the need for a washing machine and tumle dryer. Washing machine was there but no tumble dryer, just a clothes airer.It certainly didnt turn out to be a problem as it made a great change to see washing blowing on the clothes line, being high up there was a wind most days. The clothes airer I put in the consevartory and clothes dried in no time. My husband and I spent most of out time in the conservatory. Beautiful views. Children enjoyed the farm animals and became very friendly with them. cows, sheep chickens, dogs so fresh eggs were to die for. The neighbours around the Manor House were also very friendly. This was such a great change to be able to rechanrge the batteries from living in the City. Have only been back home for 24 hours and im ready to book the Manor House again.Many thanks Jim and his Manager Debbie.
Fantastic house and location
We had a wonderful stay at the Manor House and found the house to be very well equipped. Due to travelling with a 9 month old, we had asked the owner if he had a high chair and a new one was provided for us when we got to the house, along with a travel cot already set up. As the weather was due to be lovely during our stay (which it was) we had also asked if there was a BBQ at the house and again, a new one was waiting there when we arrived.
The house itself was just what we were looking for and the location is fabulous! We spent every evening in the conservatory enjoying the views and the wildlife. The enclosed garden was brilliant for both the dog and baby as it offered plenty of room to roam around and explore and the chickens who came to visit were very friendly! Nearby Drumnadrochit is a lovely little place with a well equipped Co-Op and great gift shops.
We would highly recommend the Manor House and will be returning in the future.
Lovely central location to visit the highlands
We had a wonderful 2 weeks @ the manor house ,cottage clean & spacious,garden fully enclosed for our dogs.weather lovely for whole of our stay.great central location for stay in the highlands.had groceries delivered from asda & well stocked co op & great takeaway in drumnadrochit.could have done with info on refuse collections & heating instructions being in cottage for guests to refer to as had to phone property manager as soon as we arrived after 12 hr journey being tired & cold as when we put heaters on electric kept tripping which was a hassle.
Cottage is well stocked with everything you need .will be returning!!!
Special interest holidays:
Balnain bike park is 1 mile away.
This is a country cottage in the highlands of Scotland, Inverness, the capital of the Highlands is 20 miles away. The nearest airport is at Inverness. It is recommended that you use a car to reach the cottage.
Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness and Urquhart castle is 5 miles away. Inverness is 20 miles away. Glen Affric is 8 miles away. You can drive to Plockton, Sky, and back in a day.
Cruise Loch Ness on the Drumnadrochit cruise boats or visit the Loch Ness Monster exhibitions at Drumnadrochit.