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Quarryside Farmhouse

Castletown, The Highlands
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 2
3 star
Downstairs bedroom
Waterside views
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Working farm
Beach within easy reach
Family friendly
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Comfortable and peaceful farmhouse surrounded by countryside
  • Spacious and welcoming with lovely views from every window
  • Close to glorious Dunnet Bay for fun on the beach
  • Visit the beautiful Castle of Mey or take a ferry across to Orkney
  • Visit John o’ Groats, the most northerly point in the UK
  • Ideal location for touring the spectacular North Highlands coast
Property code: CA416

Set in an elevated position with glorious views of the surrounding countryside, this traditional farmhouse is surrounded by lush green fields and offers peace and quiet, close to the beach.

This stunning farmhouse occupies an elevated position with views across beautiful Dunnet Bay in the far north coast of Scotland. It is the ideal property for families looking to explore Caithness with the low-lying countryside in the east and the dramatic coastline in the north. It also lies on the breathtaking NC500 route. You will find it easy to relax here, but if you enjoy outdoor pursuits, you will have a range to choose from including surfing in Dunnet Bay.

Situated on a working farm, this homely farmhouse has large rooms with plenty of space for everyone. Original features, period decor and traditional furniture harks back to a time gone by, but its mod-cons bring it up to date and a pale colour palette creates a light and airy feel.

On the ground floor, the large lounge is a great place to relax of an evening in front of the open fire. There’s even a piano for those who like a tinkle. The kitchen/diner is also spacious with vaulted ceilings adding to this sense of space. It is well-equipped with everything you’ll need to cater for everyone and there is a handy utility room for all your outdoor gear. On this floor, you will also find a good-sized twin room.

Upstairs, there are two lovely double rooms, both large, but one is particularly spacious. They have gorgeous views of the surrounding countryside and out to the coast – on a clear day, you may even be able to see as far as Orkney. There is also a contemporary bathroom with a shower over the bath.

Outside, there is an enclosed garden where you can soak up the tranquillity and immerse yourself in the natural beauty.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

Please note there is a refundable £150 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

  • 3 bedrooms: 2 doubles and 1 twin
  • 1 bathroom with shower over bath, hand basin and WC
  • Electric hob and oven, Rayburn, fridge, freezer, microwave, washing machine, tumble dryer
  • Open fire – logs included
  • TV, DVD, radio, CD player
  • Oil central heating
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Enclosed lawned garden
  • Ample private parking
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Beach and local shops 1 mile

Despite its remote location, you’re 4.5 miles from the harbour town of Thurso, the most northerly town in mainland Scotland. There is plenty to see and do here including a range of galleries, shops, cafes and restaurants as well as historic buildings.

You’ll no doubt want to visit John O-Groats (16 miles), so that you can say you’ve been to the most northerly point of mainland Britain. Whilst here, soak up the beautiful scenery, watch the wildlife and wander around the shops/eateries.

Wick (17 miles) is also worth a visit; it’s a former Viking settlement home to a castle known as the Old Man of Wick. There’s a lovely cliff-top walk to the castle from the tiny village of Staxigoe just north of Wick. For another trip around a castle and its grounds, head to Castle of Mey and Gardens (10 miles) - it was once property of the Queen Mother.

Dunnet Head, a 2-mile long white, sandy, arc-shaped beach is popular with surfers and wildlife enthusiasts alike and is also a great spot for a swim or a paddle. It has the largest colony of seabirds, including puffins – you can find more information about what you can see at the visitor centre.

Whilst you’re this far north, you may want to take the opportunity to visit The Flow Country, one of Europe’s last wildernesses, which is home to an abundance of rare flora and fauna and stretches across Caithness and Sutherland.

Fiona MacDonald

This property is personally managed by Fiona.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 9 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Michael 24th October 2020

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Stayed for a long weekend sat/Wednesday beautiful house in the middle of rolling countryside fully equipped house with everything you need long or short stay welcomed whole heartedly by the owner with a little welcoming pack and nothing was too much trouble small village shop near by and Thurso itself not far for anything else you need ideally situRead moreated for John o groates and the north coast beaches near by all in all if you want a place to stay off the Beaton track yet within reach of everything Hide

Reviewed by Heather 10th October 2020

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Beautiful location, secluded but also convenient for shops and historical sites and beauty spots. The owners are very welcoming and friendly.

Reviewed by Carlo 26th September 2020

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Andrew Swanson owner was always available and ensured any questions were answered. It was also good to see him working on the farm and he always made a point of chatting and asking if all was ok. The welcome pack was a nice touch and we were given a free bag of logs for the fire during the week on one of the coldest days We loved the location, the Read moreviews and being close to Thurso was also beneficial to buy groceries, go shopping or go for meals. Hide

Reviewed by Gareth 19th September 2020

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Cosy, warm and comfortable farmhouse with friendly owners nearby. Enclosed garden for dog. Magnificent views of Dunnet bay, beach and sea from house and garden. Very quiet.

Reviewed by Robbie 12th September 2020

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Reviewed by Alison 29th August 2020

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Lovely house in a great location, dog friendly.

Reviewed by Karen 22nd August 2020

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The Farmhouse is well equipped, very clean and we had an amazing time, lovely welcome pack, with fresh eggs and milk included. We would definitely recommend this delightful property.

Reviewed by Anne-Marie 1st August 2020

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Reviewed by Debbie 18th July 2020

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A clean, comfortable, spacious house in the middle of farmland. Beautiful views across to the sea. Fantastic area for beaches and exploring. We will be back!

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Location

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From the isolated and peaceful Shetland Islands in the north to the thriving border towns and cities in the south, across wild mountains and serene lochs, and encompassing over 700 islands, Scotland’s rich and dramatic landscape simply must be seen to be appreciated. Scotland is home to the ten highest mountains in the UK – including Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest peak – and is bordered by three seas, offering epic scenery unlike any other you may have seen.

Whether you choose to explore the Highlands, lowlands or islands, lovers of the great outdoors will be thrilled by the stunning Scottish landscapes where some of the rarest UK wildlife can be glimpsed, including golden eagles, dolphins and whales. Take a road trip on the North Coast 500, Scotland’s version of Route 66, to experience the sheer beauty of the land’s wilderness or, as Scotland is the home of golf, either tee off at one of the 550 courses across parkland, heathland and links courses.

Scotland is also a land of unique culture where the people are renowned for their incredible warmth and hospitality. Experience the peaceful Isle of Lewis where Scots Gaelic is widely spoken, or immerse yourself in the cosmopolitan cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen which are vibrant with thriving arts scenes, delicious restaurants and bustling nightlife. And no trip to Scotland is complete without exploring the castles and distilleries: learn about clan rivalries or bloody battles amongst 13th-century battlements or try a taste of Scotland itself during a tour of one of the 120 whisky distilleries. Pure Scottish culture in a glass.

With so many beautiful places to visit and things to experience, a break to Scotland should not be missed. Our fantastic Scottish holiday cottages will ensure a truly memorable getaway. Whether it’s a dog-friendly countryside cottage for two, or a vast and resplendent castle for the entire clan on a tranquil island, we have a holiday in Scotland to suit everyone.

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