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Grand Victorian Mansion

Alness, The Highlands
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Sleeps 11
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 5
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 2
5 star
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Games / Play facilities
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Fishing onsite / nearby
Family friendly
Spa Facilities
Four Poster
Wedding venues
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • An 'A' listed Victorian Mansion that makes for a memorable stay with woodland and river walks from the doorstep
  • This elegant property has stunning period features including a piano in the great hall
  • Enjoy a sauna after a day out exploring or relax in the TV room or enjoy a game of snooker
Property code: CA096

This grand and beautifully restored Victorian Mansion with fishing rights and excellent access to the surrounding attractions and natural beauty provides wonderful accommodation for family and friends, our for a small wedding.

This baronial mansion sleeps ten guests across five magnificent bedrooms, offering guests a lavish yet utterly comfortable holiday retreat. The listed property has been carefully restored to its original grandeur, retaining features reminiscent of traditional Scottish castles, such as turrets and parapets. Set within 9 acres of garden lawns and woodland, the house overlooks the Moray Firth to the Black Isle, less than a mile from the pretty Highlands town of Alness in rural Ross-shire.

Each room has been carefully styled with classic furnishing and fabrics to maintain the character of the property, from elegant sweeping curtains to vintage rugs and antique furniture. A soothing colour pallet features throughout, with bursts of vibrant rich colours in the drawing room and Victorian-style tiling in the bathrooms. The house is made deliciously warm by oil central heating and open fires in most of the public rooms.

Accessorised with family portraits, hanging tapestries and wooden panelling, the great hall is a perfect example of Scottish hospitality, complete with a roaring fire. You’ll immediately want to sink into the comfortable sofas with a glass of locally distilled whisky, whilst keen musicians tap out a tune on the organ or piano. The kitchen is generously equipped for preparing a feast; you could even hire caterers for special occasions and entertain in style in the formal dining room. Finish with coffee in the grand drawing room or challenge your fellow guests to some healthy competition in the snooker room, which has a full-sized pool table and bar. Younger visitors may prefer to relax in the comfort of the TV room, which doubles as an excellent children’s room for games and play. There is also a sauna room with shower and WC.

Upstairs, the galleried landing leads to the  five cosy bedrooms, each one finished with magnificent attention to detail and period furniture. The bathrooms are equally as beautiful, with ornate tiling and quirky details. The master bedroom features a delightful en-suite bathroom and dressing room. The family room is also thoughtfully designed to accommodate younger guests, consisting of a double four-poster and twin beds, sharing a handy en-suite with a neighbouring double bedroom.

Sweeping lawns, immaculate gardens and ancient woodland surround the property, with access to an array of scenic walks along the riverbank. Sizzle up something special on the BBQ on lazy summer evenings, marvelling at the views across the Moray Firth whilst the children make use of the play equipment. Private parking is also available.

 

  • Sleeps 10 + 2
  • 5 bedrooms - 4 doubles each with a four-poster bed, 1 family room with twin beds and a doublel four-poster bed
  • There are an additional two double bedrooms available at an additional cost of £200 per week per room
  • 5 bathrooms - 5 en-suite bathroom, 1 shower over bath and WC, 1 bath with shower attachment and WC, 2 shower rooms with WC, 1 bath, separate shower and WC
  • Sauna with shower and WC
  • Library with pool table and bar
  • Gas cooker and oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher
  • Utility room with additional fridge/freezer
  • TV, DVD player and Bluetooth speakers
  • Wi-Fi 
  • Open fire - initial supply of logs included, additional logs can be arranged direct with the owner at an additional cost
  • Private garden with BBQ
  • Ample parking
  • Children’s play equipment
  • 1 travel cot and 1 high chair available, a further cot and/or highchair can be made available at a small additional charge payable direct to the owner
  • Bicycles can be hired for a small fee, payable direct to the owner
  • Concert piano available upon request for trained pianists
  • Football and table tennis available, equipment is upon request direct with the owner
  • There are two private apartments in the house which are not open to guests
  • Shops/hotels/pub 1 mile
  • Fishing available close by the grounds of the property - two rods available on request
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00, unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 2 dogs allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week
  • There is an Accidental Damage Deposit of £500 when booking at this property, however this may be waived for £55. We’ll provide more details about this when booking your holiday.

North of Inverness lies the Highlands town of Alness, located on the northern shore of the Cromarty Firth. Boasting a idyllic river and beautiful surroundings, it's a quintessentially Scottish haven with plenty to surprise and delight even the most seasoned of travellers. The town is home to two distilleries, a golf club and plenty of pretty shops perfect for whiling away an afternoon.

 

If you prefer bracing walks across rugged terrain, there are several routes to satisfy your sense of adventure, as well as a few gems for those who prefer a gentle amble. A short 4.5-mile drive will bring you to the start of the Fyrish trail, a pleasant hike along a well-maintained path with sloping stone steps, tall trees and rolling hills. The Fyrish Monument stands proudly at the top, a majestic landmark that's an ideal spot for a picnic as well as being a brilliant photo opportunity.

 

Venturing slightly further along the coastline, the port town of Invergordon 3.5 miles away has impressive views across to the Western Beins and Black Isle, and an interesting history to match. The area was of significant naval importance during the first and second world wars, which you can learn more about in the charming museum. Stop for a bite to eat in one of the charming cafes or treat yourself to a delicious ale from the local brewery.

 

Fiona MacDonald

This property is personally managed by Fiona.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 19 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Iain 15th December 2023

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Dalmore House is epic. Perfect location for the 13 of us to celebrate my wife's 70th birthday. In its own substantial grounds with easy access to lots of walks. Close to Alness town (walkable) with farm shop, supermarkets, takeaways and pubs all nearby. Thanks to the owner for putting us on to Willie the piper!!

Reviewed by Carol 28th October 2023

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Beautiful house, very luxurious. Living kitchen was great for family meals , and the games room was fun once the little people were in bed. Lots to see and do in surrounding areas. Highly recommended

Reviewed by Anne 14th October 2023

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Reviewed by Bernadette 23rd September 2023

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Fabulous mansion absolutely loved our stay and highly recommend. Very welcoming owner who responded to couple of queries promptly. Wonderful place. Grounds and private woodland simply the best for the dog too. Beautiful river and less than 10 mins walk into town.

Reviewed by Flemming 16th September 2023

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A fantastic and impressive holiday home. Our 4th stay - and more to come

Reviewed by Sumit 29th July 2023

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Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful!

Reviewed by Helen 1st July 2023

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Beautiful house, very special place. Wonderful gardens to sit and relax and take in the views or to wonder in. Close to amenities. Just off the A9 so within easy reach of this part of the Highlands. Very helpful owners.

Reviewed by Timothy 24th June 2023

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One word WOW absolutely beautiful house & surroundings 8 adults 2 dogs . Loved every second didn't want to leave. So many beautiful walks a must is a loch ness cruise. Rosemarkie beach was fantastic we swam in the lovely sea. Everything close by for food. The storehouse is yummy. We played ping pong & croquet & every evening we played uno in the grRead moreand sitting room. A absolute gem of a place. Thankyou. Hide

Reviewed by Lynne 17th June 2023

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A truly wonderful country house experience in every way. The dining room and great hall were stunning as were all of the other rooms including the ensuite bedrooms, with very comfortable beds and linen . As a large group, we enjoy preparing evening meals and the kitchen was well equipped with plenty of utensils/lovely crockery and cutlery. The gardRead moreens are lovely (great outdoor furniture including sun loungers and cushions) perfect for hot, sunny afternoons relaxing outdoors. Hide

Reviewed by Sophie 1st April 2023

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The house was perfect for us. We are a large family group of 11. Grandparents, parents and children aged 9-14. We loved the space inside the house, so much room but still really warm and cosy. We enjoyed playing pool and darts and loved being outside in the beautiful gardens. The walk by the river to the sea is great - all the kids loved the zip wiRead morere. Great local area, brilliant mountain bike trails at Learnie Red Rock Trails and the beaches at Findhorn and Rosemarkie are beautiful. Hide

Reviewed by Lisa 19th November 2022

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Beautiful house. Every thing you could ask for. Comfy beds. Clean and the kitchen was stocked with every bit of quipment you could ask for. Caretaker was lovely and helpful. All in all a wonderful place to stay

Reviewed by Martha 15th October 2022

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Absolutely wonderful stay and perfect location. Could not have asked for a more fun and interesting place. Lovely place to take walks and very peaceful.

Reviewed by Anne 8th October 2022

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The property was perfect with everything you would need in a home from home.

Reviewed by Linda 17th September 2022

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The most amazing stay! A collective of friends celebrating a significant birthday had an incredible time, wonderfully comfortable rooms, grounds for a little stroll before supper, a river that we could swim in, gorgeous beaches a short drive away, roaring fires, cocktails in the bar and a banquet every night! Couldn't have asked for more.

Reviewed by Brian 3rd September 2022

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We had a lovely stay here with friends and family, highly recommend this outstanding property, its better than many National Trust Properties that we have visited. It was our second visit and really should of returned sooner. A great base for exploring Scotland, and a short walk to the village. The 12 adults that stayed had an amazing time here, anRead mored everything about the property is opulent but cosy, the sauna, gym was used and pool table was great fun. A Truly outstanding place to stay. Hide

Reviewed by Craig 30th July 2022

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Reviewed by Catherine 14th May 2022

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This is an absolute gem of a holiday home, we all had a wonderful time. Dalmore is elegant, clean and comfortable. Its very well equipped and although the weather was superb during our stay Im sure it would still be enjoyable for a cold and windy week. The grounds and location couldnt be nicer; its a short and easy walk into the village and there aRead morere shops, restaurants and fast-food places to suit all tastes. We will certainly stay here again and would recommend it to anyone! Thank you x Hide

Reviewed by James 30th April 2022

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Fantastic large house with plenty of space inside and out, well furnished and equipped. Well situated close to good walks and plenty of sights, but tucked away to feel secluded. Didnt want to leave will definitely return!

Reviewed by Jacoba 2nd April 2022

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Lovely home, lovely environment. Would like to visit again.

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