Balnakeil House

Entire residential home hosted by Elizabeth

16 guests, 9 bedrooms, 11 beds, 6 baths
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A deluxe holiday house in Durness, a beautiful area of Scotland. All rooms have spectacular sea or mountain views. This A-listed eighteenth century mansion is the ultimate holiday house by the beach for up to 17 adults.

Balnakeil House is situated in a stunning environment in the North West Highlands of Scotland. It is in a courtyard setting with Southerly aspect, so the sun shines on the house for most of the day.

Now fully restored it has been sympathetically refurbished to provide a unique and luxurious experience. The setting is magical - step out the back door onto the mile and a half long white sandy beach that is Balnakeil Bay. Inside, enjoy solid wooden furniture, heated slate floors and a timeless décor of earthy colours in sympathy with the surroundings, paired with lovely muted plaids and tweeds from Anta.

On entering, there is a hallway that leads to the superbly equipped kitchen with an Aga at one end and a wood burning stove at the other, separated by a 4.5m long oak table. This makes the perfect spot to gather and socialise whilst preparing and enjoying meals. A games room with a table football, boardgames, books, DVDs, a wood-burning stove, a comfy sofa and a flat screen 3D smart TV will keep the young at heart entertained, whilst those requiring quieter moments can rest in the sumptuous drawing room upstairs with a view over the beach, before all gathering for dinner in the dining room.
The nine bedrooms are welcoming and exceptionally comfortable, with crisp white linen over memory foam mattresses.

The space

Ground Floor:

Kitchen/dining/ living: table to seat 16/17, sofa and flat screen smart TV.

Games room: table football, flat screen smart 3D TV, sofa.

1 twin (can be made into Super King size).

Separate w.c. at back door.

Bathroom: bath, toilet, sink.

Utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer, clothes drying area, sink.

First Floor:

Drawing room.

Dining room to seat 16/17.

2 King size double bedrooms, both with flat screen TVs, 1 with an ensuite shower room.

1 twin bedroom (can be made into Super King size).

½ landing shower room.

Second Floor:

2 twin bedrooms (can be made into Super King size).

2 twin bedrooms.

1 single bedroom.

2 bathrooms: bath, shower, toilet, sink.

Linen and towels provided.
Electricity included. 4 multi fuel stoves – fuel included.
TV in kitchen (with Netflix) & DVD player, TV in games rooms (3D smart TV with internet access), TVs in 2 main bedrooms, free WiFi , telephone - fair usage policy - 1 hour max per call on standard UK calls, payment due/ honesty box for others, universal “docking station” for all mp3 players & phones - via headphone socket.
Aga (2 oven & hob) and adjoining Aga electric module with 2 electric ovens & ceramic hob, microwave, large American fridge/freezer with ice box, under counter fridge, under counter freezer, 2 dishwashers, 2 double sinks, washing machine, tumble dryer. Hair dryer in each bedroom.
Cot & high chair.
BBQ (charcoal), outdoor seating, beach towels, beach games included.
Two dogs by prior arrangement restricted to the ground floor.
Good housekeeping deposit £500.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 king bed

What this place offers

Beach access – Beachfront
Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
TV with standard cable

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Where you’ll be

Durness, United Kingdom

Balnakeil is on the North West tip of Scotland, and while it may be a long trip for some, it rewards those that make the journey. With impressive beaches, hills and vast open spaces, it is just how you imagined the Highlands to be and more.

Beaches and coastal paths await – stroll across the white sands, roam the Faraid Head, marvel at the sunsets, and even have a dip in the North Atlantic (not for the faint-hearted)!

Balnakeil is heaven for bird watchers and nature lovers alike.

Climb a Munroe - mountains like Ben Hope, Ben Loyal and Foinaven stand proud over the landscape and are a haven for walkers.

For golfers, the Durness nine- hole course is the most Westerly course on the mainland.

Fishing - Loch Croispol is one of the well-known Durness Limestone Lochs and it is part owned by the farm. During your stay you are welcome to go free bank fishing for wild brown trout here.

Nearby you will find Cape Wrath, Handa Island, Sandwood Bay and the famous Smoo Cave.

It’s an attractive walk to Durness (1 mile) to find the shop, pub and petrol station. Stop off at the Balnakeil Craft village on the way and peruse the local arts and crafts on offer, or buy some scrumptious chocolate at the well-known Cocoa Mountain Chocolate Factory.

Balnakeil is truly magical, and no matter how you spend your time here, you will regret ever having to leave such a special place.

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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 4:00 p.m.
Checkout: 10:00 a.m.
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

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