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“Excellent stay in the Bothy”
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Cottage -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Inverness, Scottish Highlands, Scotland

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David K
Carlisle, United Kingdom
1 review
“Excellent stay in the Bothy”
Reviewed July 1, 2015 for a stay in June 2015

Comfortable, well equipped and immaculate. Good location and excellent hosts.
Views out to the Moray Firth and Black Isle and close to Inverness, airport and Nairn.

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Liked best: The cleanliness
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers People with pets
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Brenda C
Canberra, Australia
1 review
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“Loved this place”
Reviewed June 22, 2015 for a stay in June 2015
1
person found this review helpful

It had everything we needed and was very comfortable. It's a great spot as a base and peaceful to come back to. I would recommend it highly and hope to come back for a longer stay.

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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LDB48
1 review
“Lovely cottage in a great location”
Reviewed June 16, 2015 for a stay in June 2015

Friendly hosts, fabulous views of the Moray Firth from the front door, plenty to see and do in the area. Well equipped and cosy cottage, we very much enjoyed our stay.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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starterto...
Inverness, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Excellent facilities in a tranquil setting”
Reviewed May 2, 2015 for a stay in March 2015

We stayed at the Byre for 2 weeks and thoroughly enjoyed it. Great care had been taken to provide a very comfortable, extremely well equipped and spotless holiday let. It was warm, comfortable and had lovely views towards the Moray Firth. It is an excellent location to go off exploring along the coast, shopping and eating out in Inverness and just a lovely quiet location to relax if that is what you are looking for. Barbara the owner was very friendly and made sure that we had everything that we needed. The log fire was a real bonus, although the storage heaters kept us cosy and warm throughout our stay. I would certainly recommend Balblair Holiday Cottages, and will be staying with Barbara again next time we are in the Inverness area. Thank you Barbara for making us so welcome x

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Liked best: It was warm and clean, fantastic location
Liked least: Nothing really, although the shower pressure could have been a wee bit stronger, but very minor
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children People with pets
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33lovetra...
London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Fabulous cottage, fabulous location”
Reviewed November 20, 2014 for a stay in November 2014

We stayed in the Bothy Cottage for 3 nights and loved it, high standard, really enjoyed it. Spotless and the bed was so comfortable, peaceful and relaxing. Very welcoming and could have stayed longer. Cats were great, and lots of logs for the stove - even though the cottage was warm anyway, we loved having the open fire on ! Would highly recommend staying here.

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Liked best: everything
Liked least: having to leave
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway
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heathersi...
south wales
2 reviews
“Byre Cottage is a wonderful cosy holiday stay”
Reviewed September 17, 2014 for a stay in September 2014

We only booked for 3 nights but stayed the week. Byre cottage is clean, modern and has everything you need. In the right spot for seeing inverness. Barbara and family very kind and helpful, we will be back ....

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Liked best: the whole package the cottage, the area and the owners
Liked least: leaving
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
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2seniorso...
sheffield england
Level 6 Contributor
39 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“the barn - fantastic cottage”
Reviewed September 3, 2014 for a stay in August 2014
1
person found this review helpful

Five of us recently stayed in 'The Barn', one of the Balblair Cottages. there are three cottages, the byre being one of the others. For a large family group they are ideal as, added to this one sleeping 6, one of the cottages sleeps 4, and the other 2. The cottages are located near Croy in the Scottish Highlands, about 10 miles from Inverness, 6 miles from Nairn. This particular cottage has 3 bedrooms, all with double or twin beds, and has more than enough space for 6 people. It is the nicest, and most well equipped self catering accommodation we have rented in the UK. Although we didn't have any pets with us, they are welcome. We normally use this type of accommodation and have had good, average and terrible rentals. This one I can say with certainty is excellent. It is spotlessly clean, well maintained and furnished well above average for a holiday rental. There was nothing we might have wanted that they didn't have. The kitchen especially is exceptionally well equipped. The beds are super comfortable and the log burner (logs included) in the living area was very welcome on the couple of cold evenings we had. There are two bathrooms, one upstairs and one down, one has a good sized shower cubicle and the other, joy of joys, a bath. After a full day out walking or sightseeing a relaxing soak in a hot bath is something that is often not available as many holiday rentals only have showers. The cottage has a small outside paved area with seating and a table, where there is a multitude of birds to watch and listen to. Its location is very quiet and peaceful with lovely views all around, but is close enough to both Inverness and Nairn for the usual supermarkets and other shopping. The Inverness supermarkets will deliver from an internet order which is what we did. It was very convenient not to have to try to either transport large amounts of food, or have to shop after a long drive. Wi-Fi is available and the signal must have been good considering there was, at any one time 5 devices being connected. It was a good enough signal to watch TV online. Within 30 to 45 minutes drive are some beautiful beaches along the Moray Firth and the west coast is 1-2 hours away depending on where you choose to go. Just a few miles away is the Culloden battlefield site, well worth a visit. There are various rail journeys from Inverness, one especially worth while is the historic Kyle of Lochalsh line with wonderful stunning views over Loch Carron when approaching the Isle of Skye. The cottage is bookable online, and with the excellent communication from the owners, and the facility to pay online using a credit card, the whole experience was completely stress free. They put in those little extras that make the stay a bit more special, such as the basket containing the most delicious, locally made biscuits and jam. The shortbread especially is the nicest we have ever tasted and wish we could get them locally. Barbara, who we dealt with over e-mail, came over just after we arrived to welcome us, show us how the log burner and heating system worked, and to check that we had everything we needed and to answer any queries. We had a wonderful week, and can 100% recommend this accommodation. I am sure that we will be back.

How easy was it to book the property? How helpful were the directions to the property?
How easy was key pickup/access to the property? Overall condition of the property
Bedding & mattresses Kitchen & utensils
Bathroom cleanliness Other facilities & amenities
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Liked best: the overall condition of the property and how well equipped the kitchen is
Liked least: there was nothing not to like
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Management Response
Sep 11, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write a review on your holiday home at Balblair Cottages. It's great to hear that you thought the beds were super comfortable, the area peaceful and that it was one of the nicest holiday cottages that you've stayed in in the UK! It's also good to know that you liked the little extras in the cottage. We hope to see you again in the future. Kind regards, Barbara.
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