On the outskirts of the beautiful village of Beauly
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Struan Lodge is situated on the outskirts of the popular Highland village of Beauly in an area called Barnyards.
It offers comfortable self catering accommodation for four in a peaceful country location within 10 minutes walk of the village square with its shops, cafes and hotels not to mention the 13th century Priory.
The chalet itself is aromatic with the Western Red Cedar cladding, finished to a high standard, with a covered veranda allowing comfortable enjoyment of the open country Scottish views without concern for the vagaries of the Scottish weather.
The master bedroom has a king size bed and enjoys views of the countryside through the sliding patio doors which lead out onto the covered veranda. There is ample storage space in the fitted wardrobe with mirrored doors which with its vaulted ceiling and patio doors gives the room a beautiful airy feel. It is en-suite to the shower room which is also accessed through the hall for other guests.
The twin room has views to the rear and also has a fitted wardrobe.
The open plan lounge with its vaulted ceiling has a multi-fuel stove for those evenings that are slightly cooler and a ceiling fan for warmer nights. It is comfortably furnished with leather sofas for you to relax and enjoy the views in or watch the flat screen TV. There is an oak dining table and chairs to enjoy your meals at.
The kitchen offers a home from home experience with all the facilities you would hope for with electric hob, oven, dishwasher, fridge and freezer, microwave oven and washing machine all covered by a solid oak worktop.
There is central heating and Wi-Fi throughout for those who like to keep in touch with the outside world.
Linen is a soft and luxurious 400 thread count, we supply one set of bed linen per bed and one set of towels per guest.
This is a newly built property and well behaved children and pets are warmly welcomed. Parking for 2 cars.
John & Susan Campbell have built this Canadian style lodge in their grounds. They wanted to provide good quality self catering holiday accommodation that would fit in with the countryside. Struan Lodge offers just that providing visitors with comfortable accommodation in a rural setting. Newly built in 2012 it sits in a south facing direction with views towards Beauly and the hills beyond. Visitors can enjoy a ten minute stroll to Beauly stopping for coffee in one of its cafes and browsing through its shops.
The area Barnyards was once a thriving fruit farm and the site the lodge sits in was where the berry pickers used to stay. Although there is no longer a fruit farm here the farm next door still grows strawberries and raspberries and sells them in their shop Robertson’s Larder you can also visit their Children’s Farm where you can feed their many small animals. Our next door neighbours graze their prize Texel sheep in the field in front of the lodge. Visitors arriving in Spring can enjoy seeing the new born lambs in the nearby barn.
No need to worry about packing lots of shopping when you come as Beauly has all you will need right on your doorstep. We have one mini supermarket and a larger Co-op, a butcher, greengrocer, delicatessen, chemist, baker, ironmonger, clothes shops, gift shops and three cafes.
Close to the Lodge is Robertson’s Larder the local farm shop where you can buy free range eggs, their freshly picked strawberries and raspberries, when in season, plus other local produce.
Beauly is a central location to tour the Highlands and is close to many tourist attractions like Loch Ness, Culloden Battlefield and Glen Affric. Beauly is credited with having the smallest train platform in the UK. It is on the West and North coast lines, you can travel to Kyle on the West or Thurso in the North.
Inverness is a 20 minute drive away where you can visit its Castle, Cathedral, Eden Court Theatre and many shops and restaurants.
If you enjoy nature or photography you will be spoilt for choice staying here with Red Kites and Buzzards frequently seen flying above. Glen Affric and Glen Strathfarrar are all close by for walks and spectacular scenery.
Beauly is an ideal location for those wishing to tour the Highlands. It is only 15 miles from Inverness with its shopping centre, Castle, Culloden Battlefield, Eden Court Theatre, many restaurants and bars or 10 miles from the market town of Dingwall which offers a more traditional town centre. You can travel west to the fishing town of Ullapool or further afield to the acclaimed Poolewe gardens in around 90 minutes. Go north to Dornoch to its beautiful beach and cathedral or Golspie and visit Dunrobin Castle all around one hour's drive from Struan Lodge. Closer to home there is the Black Isle where you can go to Chanonry Point in Fortrose and watch the bottle nosed dolphins.
Golfers are catered for with Muir of Ord course only 2 miles away and many more close by. The recently opened Castle Stewart course which hosts the Scottish Open is approx 30 minutes drive away. More details of local courses are available. The nearby town of Muir of Ord has a distillery and visitor centre and the world famous Glenmorangie in Tain is approx 30 minutes drive away. Go further afield and visit Speyside with its many distilleries to satisfy any taste. Those who may enjoy fishing can obtain permits to fish in the River Beauly or nearby lochs at the local ironmongers.
The name Beauly is thought to come from the words of Mary Queen of Scots when she stayed there in 1564, ‘un beau lieu’ (What a beautiful place). It is indeed a beautiful place and a great place for a break with a range of excellent traditional shops and places to eat. The town has far reaching history with traces of people living there from 2000BC. However the inception of the Priory in the early 13th Century secured it position in history and leaves a lasting tribute to the village with the elm at the entrance to the graveyard believed to be the oldest elm in Europe at 800 years old.
The more recent past belongs to the Scottish clans with the Lovat Frasers, Chisholm’s and Mackenzie’s all associated with the village. Warfare has also played its part with the Lovat Scouts founded in 1899 by a Lord Lovat, great grandfather of the current Lord, to fight the Boer war. This tradition continued with his son then being honoured for his bravery during the 2nd world war.
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|John & Susan Campbell, Struan, Barnyards, Beauly, IV4 7AT
Tel: 01463 782294 Mob: 07899933997 or 07867994030