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Review of Balvraid Steading

The house from the inner courtyard. The two annexes are behind the camera.
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The house from the inner courtyard. The two annexes are behind the camera.
The southern end of the spacious main lounge, with galleried landing. The separate 'snug' with Freesat TV and DVD player.
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The house from the inner courtyard. The two annexes are behind the camera.
The southern end of the spacious main lounge, with galleried landing.
The separate 'snug' with Freesat TV and DVD player.
The large dining room with table seating twelve.
The fully-fitted kitchen includes twin ovens and hobs, large fridge/freezer, dishwasher and all smal
A typical en-suite bedroom in the main house, all of which are decorated in a similar style but with
The view from the lounge French window
The northern annex, with three double en-suite rooms. The southern annex is a mirror with one double
View from the house across the Loch Fleet estuary.
Springtime beside Loch Fleet, just a short walk away.
The garden with a view along the north-east coast.
View from the house NW across Strath Fleet.
View to the east across the Dornoch Firth.
View of Estate salmon ladder on the River Carnaig
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5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Dornoch, Caithness and Sutherland, Scottish Highlands, Scotland

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Linda S
Lanarkshire, Scotland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Breathtakingly Beautiful - A holiday home from home!”
Reviewed August 22, 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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My family and I spent our summer holiday at Balvraid Steading this year and I must say this is one of the most beautiful places I have ever stayed on holiday.
The Steading is well cared for and has the most amazing view of the estuary.
It is very peaceful and a wonderful place to relax.
The house is large enough to get lost in, which my lovely mother proved the first night.
A place which we have fallen in love with and are already looking forward to our next stay.
The most comfortable beds I must mention also.
Thank you Caroline and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
Highly recommended.

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Liked best: The view of the estuary. The silent nights where we could sit out in the garden and watch the stars. The house.
Liked least: No wi-fi/internet but that is something we could all learn to live without for a while.
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Shepperton, United Kingdom
Reviewed August 6, 2013 for a stay in July 2013
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person found this review helpful

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Liked best: The standard of the all the facilities
Liked least: leaving
Traveling group: Extended Family
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Brighton, United Kingdom
Reviewed July 19, 2013 for a stay in July 2012
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Liked best: The location and scenery
Liked least: There was nothing to dislike about our holiday
Traveling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
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polarbear...
Inverness, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“We had a Wonderful time”
Reviewed July 14, 2013 for a stay in June 2013

Friends and family gathered for a wonderful time at Balvraid Steading , with absolutely beautiful views from most rooms in the house that looked out across the Dornoch Firth and Loch Fleet , you will have a job to beat this property .
With lots of rooms for us all bedrooms large with ensuite and tastefully furnished , The owners were very helpful with helping us with some extras we wanted at no extra charge . Garden is well kept with lots of herbs that we did use ,flowers on arrival , all just brilliant . Thank you Caroline x

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Liked best: The views
Liked least: We had to go home
Traveling group: Extended Family
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Bristol
Reviewed July 14, 2013 for a stay in June 2013

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: No wifi
Traveling group: Extended Family
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onekingsd...
Epsom, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Fabulous Location, Luxury & Comfort”
Reviewed July 3, 2013 for a stay in July 2012

We have stayed at Balvraid Steading for the last 4 years and have booked again for 2013. It has the most stunning views over Loch Fleet which change constantly with the tides.
The house is ideal for families and groups, with flexible accommodation and it is very well equipped. The furnishings are top notch and the bedding straight out of the 'White Company' catalogue.
The owners live locally and are happy to arrange fishing, shooting & stalking for guests if you give them some notice. There is good walking over the hills & moors and the wildlife is plentiful - we have seen Ospreys, Grey & Harbour Seals, Pine Marten & Hen Harriers all within a mile or two of the Steading.
We go for the salmon & sea trout - the estate has miles of spate river fishing plus lochs. The fish are not huge but fight well!
Downsides? Very few really. You need a car as the house is on an unmade road about 3 miles from the nearest town, but there's no need for a 4x4 if you take it carefully. And the weather, of course, but Dornoch seems to have it's own microclimate and is often dry when it's wet inland. Still, if it does rain, you just light the log burner and enjoy a wee dram.....

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Liked best: Location, Comfort & Outdoor Activities
Liked least: It's a long Drive from Surrey!
Traveling group: Friends
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