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The Old Laundry - Achfary

Achfary, The Highlands
Sleeps 9
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 3
Change Sat
No Dogs
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Fishing onsite / nearby
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Spacious detached cottage with original stone features in ample private grounds
  • Stunning views across Loch More and the surrounding hillside
  • Excellent family getaway lodge with water running through the garden’s edge
  • Versatile spaces including sunroom, library and large kitchen with walk-in fridge
  • Easy access to the north coast cliffs and beaches
  • Thousands of acres to explore with a wealth of wildlife and outdoor activities available
Property code: CA362

Be immersed in the wild rugged mountains and countryside of this splendid Highland estate with generous grounds and interiors for an invigorating family or group holiday.

Set in a stunning remote location, this deceptively spacious stone cottage makes an unforgettable holiday retreat for a family or small group seeking a tranquil Highland retreat. With ample space for nine guests, this stylish, traditional and welcoming house is a perfect getaway. The estate has attentive and knowledgeable staff who can arrange wildlife viewing trips both on the estate and in the surrounding sea lochs and islands if conditions permit. Picnics can also be arranged in spectacular secluded locations. Two hours of daily housekeeping are also available by arrangement.

The large but cosy lounge makes a lovely space to relax and chat, with plenty of delightful features including an attractive fireplace and large windows looking out over the garden and toward the hills and Loch More. The lovely dining room is perfect for enjoying any meal, which you can prepare in the stylishly designed and fully-equipped kitchen. There are several more public rooms to explore, including two light-filled sunrooms and a study. The five warm and comfortable bedrooms are beautifully furnished, with crisp linen and glorious views from the windows. The only sounds are the burn bubbling through the garden and the animals which inhabit the estate.

On entering this lovely property you will find the attractive and spacious lounge. With plenty of seating and a range of antiques, this is a wonderful space to unwind in at the end of a great day. You can also relax in the two sunrooms which have views out over the garden. The light and inviting dining room is ideal whether you’re enjoying an informal meal or marking a special occasion. You can grab a snack or breakfast around the breakfast table in the fully-equipped kitchen, which features a walk-in chill room. The ground floor also offers a delightful study/library if you want to catch up with some work or enjoy a good book in peace. Other ground-floor features include a pantry, two utility rooms and two WCs.

Going upstairs to the first floor, there are five cosy bedrooms to choose from. A double room to the rear of the house has its own shower room. To the front of the house, with views out over the loch, is a zip-and-link room which can be made up as a double or a twin. There is also a single room at the front of the house. In the middle there are two further bedrooms – a twin and another zip-and-link double/twin.

The delightfully maintained garden is enchanting, with a burn running through it. In the autumn, salmon spawn within metres of the drawing room windows. An attractive three-bedroom annexe – with a lounge, a double bedroom, two single rooms and a bathroom – is also available.

Please note there is a refundable £500 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

  • 5 bedrooms – 3 double, 1 twin, 1 single
  • 3 bathrooms – 1 cloakroom with WC, 1 en-suite shower room, 2 bathrooms with shower over bath, shower and WC
  • Electric cooker, hob and grill, range cooker, chest freezer, double door fridge freezer, dishwasher, microwave, walk-in fridge
  • 2 utility rooms
  • Open fire – solid fuel included
  • Heating and electricity included
  • Flat screen TV, DVD player, iPod dock
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Wi-Fi included – computer with printer also available by arrangement
  • 2 hours of daily housekeeping is included, please note this is a requirement of booking this property and is non-negotiable
  • A 3-bed annexe (1 double, 2 singles) with bathroom and sitting room is also available by arrangement
  • Enclosed garden with burn running through - please note children must be supervised at all times

The property is a great base for exploring the breathtaking cliffs and hidden beaches of Scotland’s wild and rugged northern coasts. There are thousands of acres of wilderness surrounding the house for you to discover, making this a perfect starting point whether you’re an experienced hill walker or a more modest rambler. The area is dotted with magnificent mountains and spectacular lochs, with Foinaven (15 miles), Arkle (6 miles) and Ben Stack on the shore of Loch Stack (3.5 miles) all close by. The coastal village of Scourie (13 miles) offers a choice of shops and places to eat and drink. Nearby is the tiny hamlet of Achfary which is at the heart of the Reay Forest Estate which occupies some 96,000 acres in northwest Sutherland. There is a plethora of wildlife to see throughout the area including deer, eagles, otters and rare black-throated divers. The estate also offers plenty of opportunities for stalking and fishing for salmon and brown trout. Boat trips can also be arranged through some of the lochs and towards nearby islands including Handa (15 miles) which is the site of a wonderful bird reserve where about 100,000 seabirds – including guillemots, razorbills and great skuas – breed each summer.

This property is personally managed by Carol.

Guest comments

Reviewed by Mr Rae July 2018

As a family of 4 (two teenage children) plus 2 dogs we found a haven in the Old Laundry that ticked just about all the boxes. Tricia's welcome cake didn't last long, the only grumble we could muster was that it wasn't automatically replenished when finished! We would have had no qualms over receiving a bill from her at the end of the week for non-sRead moretop Lemon Drizzle Cake, although the waistbands would have been under immense strain. My wife and I were 99% delighted to be without a reliable internet signal (it's amazing how it has almost become one of life's necessities), the teenagers less so, but a trip back to the "good old days" where we entertained ourselves, enjoyed the great outdoors and each other's company where we actually spoke to one another turned out to be a good thing. A valuable lesson for the kids who were the better for it. The dogs loved the open grounds and the burn running through them and were, in the most part, mindful of the beautifully tended gardens - the chase after a mouse through one of the borders was a low point admittedly but a bottle of bubbly as an apology for the understandably irritated gardener seem to help put matters right along with our reassurance that we were as appreciative of her horticultural efforts as she has every right to be, they are a wonderful part of the "Achfary experience". If you like the hustle and bustle of modern day life or you want to at least have it close by in case of any withdrawal then The Old Laundry is not for you. If you want a very comfortably appointed place, almost in the middle of nowhere, to stay for a break away from all that then it is. Hide

Reviewed by Mr Wight March 2018

If you are looking for a top spec property with doorstep access to some of the most beautiful walks and views in Sutherland then I cannot imagine anywhere else that would exceed the offerings of The Old Laundry. Head out of the front door and you can walk around Loch More, up a steep climb and you have breathtaking views, drop back into the glen anRead mored you are in amongst a variety of lochs, overshadowed by the looming mountains above. From the rear of the property you can head straight up the forestry track and either skirt the foot of Ben Stack to a variety of hill lochs or take the route to the summit. A short drive towards Scourie or the coast past kinlochbervie and you arrive at the tropical beaches, albeit with sea temperatures a tad lower those those of the West Indies that they imitate . As for the property, everything is a cut above the norm and the housekeeper was a surprising but very welcome extra who made sure everything was in order and made up the open fire each day. Loved it and can't wait to come back in warmer seasons to fish all the hill lochs. Hide

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