7 (all year)
Duirinish Lodge sleeps up to ten guests in elegance and style. It is an impressive country house dating back to 1936 ideally located in Duirinish, just two miles from Plockton, a truly beautiful fishing village in the Scottish Highlands.
Perfect for the discerning traveller who appreciates classic Scottish charm, Duirinish Lodge nestles amongst eighteen acres of glorious grounds with private wooded areas, terraces for alfresco dining, ponds, a well stocked fruit and vegetable garden, extensive lawns and outhouses (one has been converted into a games room with pool table).
Beautifully presented throughout, the lodge lends itself well to all occasions whether you want to simply spend time with friends and family, or celebrate a special occasion in a magical setting. Russle up a hearty breakfast, supper or celebratory meal in the kitchen with Aga. Have pre-dinner drinks in the conservatory area of the drawing room where you can soak up the incredible views over the Isles of Skye and Raasay. Chat about the days adventures over dinner in the formal dining room (a place that is fit for the most special of meals), then enjoy a dram in front of a roaring log fire back in the drawing room. The upstairs living is equally as welcoming with spacious comfortable bedrooms to retire to at the end of the day.
Duirinish sits in Lochalsh, just two miles from Plockton. It is possibly one of the most enchanting crofting townships you are likely to stumble upon in Scotland with its houses set around the village green with little stream running through. An unspoilt place where you can step back in time and immediately start to relax and unwind.
Plockton is within walking distance (or a short drive) and offers two good pubs serving food, traditional music and a warm Scottish welcome. There is also a very good modern restaurant (Plockton Shores which also specialises in seafood) and a village shop for provisions. Attracting artists and sailors alike due to its pure natural beauty, the crystal clear waters surrounding Plockton are home to an abundance of wildlife and provide some of the best sea kayaking you will find in the country (excursions are available from the village where boats can also be hired). Alternatively, if that sounds too energetic, take one of Calum's seal trips which provide the chance to discover the areas beauty from the water and see the wildlife (seal sightings are guaranteed - no sighting, no fee!). For those who enjoy walking, there are paths along the shore to explore and if you are lucky, you may catch a sighting of an otter.
For those who can tear themselves away from the beauty of this area, there are plenty of great day trips out. The Skye Bridge is under five miles away and provides access to unforgettable attractions including the fairy pools, the Quiraing hill-walks that will reward with some of the most breathtaking scenery, and Talisker Distillery. Glenelg is a popular day trip for walkers with its ancient fortress, remote loch and restaurant for refreshments, or head to Kintail and tackle the Five Sisters if you are feeling brave. Eilean Donan Castle is under half an hour away by car and a trip to the remote peninsula of Applecross is a must with incredible scenery enroute.
Find out more about Plockton: https://www.independentcottages.co.uk/holiday-blog/plockton-a-little-slice-of-scottish-paradise/
Dirk Andres joined Independent Cottages in May 2019
Ground floor of the lodge
First floor of the lodge
The Wing: As well as the accommodation above, the adjacent Wing provides further accommodation and is furnished and equipped to the same high standard as the rest of the lodge. It has a kitchen/diner, lounge with comfy seating, television, DVD player, a shower room with WC and wash hand basin and three first floor bedrooms (one double and two single bedrooms).
Outside: With eighteen acres of extensive grounds, there is lots of fresh air and space where children and dogs can explore and play. Relax on the patio with an alfresco meal (BBQ provided), enjoy a quiet moment by one of the ponds, explore the private wooded area, challenge your friends to a game on the lawn or find the shade of a tree and make time to read a book. Soak up the views from the octagonal summer house or just relax on one of the benches. A trip to the organic fruit and vegetable garden may reward you with all sorts of goodies for supper when in season (plums, lettuce, leeks, sprouts and tomatoes to name just a few). There is no shortage of off-road parking by the front entrance and there are outbuildings providing a drying room, games room with pool table, and bike storage.
Additional information: Pets are welcome. Prices include heating, bed linen, electricity and towels. The property is equipped with a 21st century green energy biomass boiler that provides heat to radiators in every room and hot water throughout the building, keeping it nice and warm all year round. WiFi internet access throughout. No smoking. Short breaks may be available out of peak season, please enquire with the owner.
Weddings: Duirinish Lodge provides a stunning setting and is available for weddings and civil partnerships with the use of a marquee placed in the grounds for parties of up to sixty guests. Outside catering available by arrangement at an additional charge.