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Grand Victorian Mansion

Alness, The Highlands
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
Family friendly
Four Poster
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 a getaway with family and friends.

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 six 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 small single 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 small 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
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • 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
  • Please note there is a refundable £500 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of 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.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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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.

Reviewed by Michael Philip 4th September 2021

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Reviewed by Srinivas 7th August 2021

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Reviewed by George 25th July 2020

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Super property, well taken care of in terrific area.

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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

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