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The Herdsman’s House

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7 Nights  

  • £2100  to  £2450

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Short Breaks From

  • £300 p/night
    Off peak
    (3 night min)
  • £350 p/night
    Peak season
    (3 night min)

Key Information

  • Sleeps


  • Bedrooms

    5 Rooms

  • Min Nights

    3 (all year)

  • Children


  • WiFi


  • Dogs

    3+ Dogs

  • Bathrooms


  • Access

    Ground floor

  • Hot Tub

About The Herdsman’s House

The Herdsman's House is one of the nicest Highland holiday homes you can see. The historic property is in a scenic spot near the River Thurso with tranquil rural views and night skies unpolluted by ambient light. It's so peaceful that it's hard to believe that you're barely two miles from Thurso! The house has recently been refurbished and redecorated and sleeps 12 people in five bedrooms. Fixtures and furnishings are top quality, yet it is convenient for families or friends with lots of space, including a games room and a utility room. Guests love that the house feels boutique without being overwhelmingly fancy.

Thurso is a lively town on the north coast of Scotland, half an hour west of John o'Groats and 90 minutes by ferry to the Orkney Islands. It's a breathtaking part of Britain with a spectacular coastline, a big Atlantic swell, and beaches famous for cold water surfing and kayaking. Thurso has an excellent variety of locally owned shops, bars and other businesses to meet your needs. The local museum has information about life over the centuries, while the gallery showcases the work of artists living in and around Thurso. Thurso has a beach, the ruins of a church and a castle, and a Viking tomb with a tower. Take a drive along a stretch of the North Coast 500, Britain's answer to Route 66, and visit the Wolfburn Distillery or the Dunnet Bay Distillery.

Every walk and bike ride is a joy in Thurso. The landscape is incredible, with both gentle views and dramatic scenery. We highly recommend the route between Scrabster Harbour to Holborn Head to see puffins, orcas, and the Orkney Islands. Anglers will be delighted to know The Herdsman's House has direct access to the River Thurso. The owner can help arrange seasonal fishing rights. Thurso has a golf course, while Reay Golf Course and Wick Golf Club are only half an hour's drive. Other attractions include the Castle of Mey, home of the former Queen Mother and one of the King's favourite childhood holiday destinations.

Contact the owner

Owner details:

Fiona Sutherland joined Independent Cottages in September 2022

Enquire online / Phone:

Amenities / Facilities

  • Hot Tub
  • Log Burner
  • Off-Road Parking
  • Cot
  • Highchair
  • Games Room
  • Bike Storage
  • Golf Nearby
  • Kingsize +
  • Garden/ Outside Area
  • Enclosed Garden
  • Smart TV
  • Washing Machine
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Microwave
  • Dish washer
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Horse Riding Nearby
  • WiFi
  • Farm Stay
  • Off Grid / Remote

Location (Highland)

Accommodation Comprises:

Your nearest neighbours are sheep and cows that live in the surrounding fields. Accommodation is on three floors.


  • Two living rooms let you spend time as one group or separate to do different things. Each room has very comfortable seating and a Smart TV. One has a wood burner, while the second is a more casual "family room" space next to the kitchen.
  • Enthusiastic chefs will love the amenities in the kitchen, where even reluctant cooks will feel comfortable turning out meals. It's been designed with group self-catering in mind and includes a five-burner stove, a big fridge/freezer, and a dishwasher.
  • The kitchen has an island with bar stools for snacks and easy eating, but most of your meals will be taken in the separate dining room.
  • A utility room has laundry and cleaning facilities and space to hang coats and dry boots.
  • One of the five bedrooms is a spacious king-sized room on the ground floor.

First Floor:

  • Can't find the kids? They'll be in the games room with a full-sized pool table.
  • A triple bedroom has three single beds and is perfect for children.
  • There is a double room with a king-sized bed.
  • Family bathroom.

Second Floor:

  • Two further double rooms have king-sized beds, with one also having a sofabed.
  • The family bathroom has a shower, bath, WC and a handbasin.

Outside: An enclosed walled garden is the perfect place for children and pets to play safely. There's a seating area for eating outside in the long summer evenings and a hot tub for star gazing in luxury.

Accommodation Comprises: Up to three dogs are welcome by arrangement. WiFi, logs, bed linen and bath towels are included. The house is a non-smoking property.

The Herdsman’s House Tariff & Supplementary Information

Bedroom Configuration:
Sleeps 12 in 5 bedrooms (4 King, 1 Triple, 1 Sofa Bed)
3 or more dogs welcome
Not suitable for wheelchair users
No smoking
Prices for 7 nights:
From £2100
To £2450
Preferred Arrival Day:
Payment Options:
Credit / Debit Card, Bank Transfer
Group Booking Details:
All male groups - Yes
All female groups - Yes
Catering available - Yes (by arrangement).
Booking Conditions:
Please refer to the owner for accessibility requirements, booking terms / conditions and cancellation policy.
Help combat online fraud. Speak to the owner on our officially verified number: +44(0)7921 362835 before paying by bank transfer.
Please discuss any requirements regarding your pet(s) with the property owner.
Children must be supervised when around / using the hot tub.
Independent Cottages recommends that you take out holiday cancellation insurance.

Owner Area

Fiona Sutherland
Member Since September 2022

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* Calendar last updated: 20th January 2023

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