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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Garve, Ross and Cromarty, Scottish Highlands, Scotland

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Ada552014
Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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“A little piece of heaven”
Reviewed October 10, 2014 for a stay in October 2014

If you want to get away from it all, relax in peace, far from the madding crowd, then this is the place to be. We have been coming for a few years now, always loved it, but have been reluctant to leave a review and let others in in this secret haven. It is isolated, far from shops, restaurants etc but if you are a keen photographer as we are the views are sublime, the wildlife plentiful and the deer graze in the lawn by moonlight!
It is perfectly placed to tour the highlands, a car is essential, public transport is not an option.
It's sixty miles to the Isle of Skye, 40 to Spey-side and the Cairngorms, twenty five to Strathfarrar , another best kept secret.
The Mackenzie family are wonderful hosts, keep the cottage spotless and are mines of useful information. Don't bother looking in Secret Escapes website, this will do perfectly, perhaps more for adults than children.

Date of stay: October 2014
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Liked best: The peace and quiet
Liked least: Kitchen utensils a bit dated
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Reviewed August 8, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

Date of stay: August 2014
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Auchtertool
Reviewed September 25, 2013 for a stay in July 2013

Date of stay: July 2013
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Bridgwater
Reviewed August 23, 2013 for a stay in June 2013

Date of stay: June 2013
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Rhin
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“Very Relaxing stay in lovely property”
Reviewed October 10, 2012 for a stay in September 2012
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The Rowans, Loch Tarve

We booked this cottage through Sykes after much searching for a property by itself but handy to tour the very North West of mainland Scotland. It is a two bed roomed property, we were two couples and it was more than big enough for us. There is a beautiful view from the sitting room onto Loch Tarve. Although there were midges here during the time we were there (a week at the end of September 2012), they were not overpowering as they can be. The weather was fine for most of the week and even when it rained it did not spoil the touring holiday we had planned.

The Location says it is in Strathpeffer but it is about 7 miles west of there on the A835 just after the Tarve Services – there is a red post box right on the junction. There is a single track uneven road leading to the cottage (follow signs for Loch Tarve Trout farm, keep left and next to the trout farm there is a signpost saying The Rowans adjacent. The owner’s property is in front of you as you drive in and the cottage is about 40 yards away on its own. It is a detached bungalow with plenty of parking space.

The owners are very friendly including their daughter who sold us a dozen eggs. We had a problem the first evening we arrived as a stone flew up on a road 20 miles away from property and made a small chip in the top of the windscreen. The mobile reception in the area was to say patchy and could not explain the problems to the Glass firm. Ally was great and allowed me into his house and use his landline. I sorted out the problem easily enough there and then – so thanks Ally it was much appreciated and alleviated fears that the windscreen would totally crack. He showed us around his modern property (if it is on Sykes’s books then you know it is going to be a good standard in all aspects including cleanliness).

As you enter the property there is a combined kitchen/diner & sitting room, Ally’s wife had left 6 large bottles of still water for us, he explained that the drinking water there was from a private water supply and some people did not like the colour of the water, slight brown colour. It was checked several times a year for hygiene and always passed. We did use bottle water for tea & coffee but that was it. In the sitting room part was a three piece suite which was comfy enough; it had a TV and DVD player but there is NO Internet connection at all – which did not matter as we were there to relax. There is a large dinner table at the Loch facing sitting room window.

There are two bed rooms, one double room and one smaller twin room; each had ample storage for clothes. The shower was efficient although the cubicle was a little small but OK, there is no bath. We never got to use the terrace as we always got back late in the evening.

All the conveniences were there to use apart from a tumble dryer but we used the radiators for drying clothes. We thoroughly enjoyed our week there and it was so relaxing. It is a perfect place for touring about the North West Highlands, Inverness is about 22 miles south. YES – we would go back there if we go back to the North of Scotland.

Rhin

Date of stay: September 2012
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Liked best: Being no light pollution
Liked least: Nothing comes to mind
Traveling group: Extended Family
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Devon
Reviewed November 12, 2010 for a stay in September 2010

Date of stay: September 2010
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Manchester
Reviewed December 9, 2009 for a stay in June 2008

Date of stay: June 2008
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