Holiday House Details
Balnakeil House
(6 reviews)
From £3,200 per week
Sleeps 17
9 bedrooms
2 doubles, 1 single, 6 twins

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Weekly Rates

From DateTo DateWeekly RateDeposit
Sat 07 Sep 2019Fri 04 Oct 2019£3,600£1,080
Sat 05 Oct 2019Fri 25 Oct 2019£3,600£1,080
Sat 26 Oct 2019Fri 20 Dec 2019£3,200£960
Sat 21 Dec 2019Fri 27 Dec 2019£3,900£1,170
Sat 28 Dec 2019Fri 03 Jan 2020£4,200£1,260
Sat 04 Jan 2020Fri 03 Apr 2020£3,200£960
Sat 04 Apr 2020Fri 24 Apr 2020£3,600£1,080
Sat 25 Apr 2020Fri 22 May 2020£3,600£1,080
Sat 23 May 2020Fri 29 May 2020£3,900£1,170
Sat 30 May 2020Fri 19 Jun 2020£3,600£1,080
Sat 20 Jun 2020Fri 04 Sep 2020£3,900£1,170
Sat 05 Sep 2020Fri 02 Oct 2020£3,600£1,080
Sat 03 Oct 2020Fri 23 Oct 2020£3,600£1,080
Sat 24 Oct 2020Sun 20 Dec 2020£3,200£960
Mon 21 Dec 2020Sun 27 Dec 2020£3,900£1,170
Mon 28 Dec 2020Sun 03 Jan 2021£4,200£1,260


Set above Balnakeil Bay near Durness, Balnakeil House is an A Listed nine bedroom Highland lodge which sleeps up to 17. Now fully restored, it has been sympathetically refurbished to provide a unique and luxurious experience.

The setting is magical; all rooms have spectacular sea or mountain views; step out the back door and onto the mile and a half long white sandy beach. Step into a timeless décor of earthy colours in sympathy with the surroundings, solid wooden furniture and heated slate floors, lovely muted plaids and tweeds from Anta. Enter to find the superbly equipped kitchen with an Aga at one end and a stove at the other separated by a 4.5m long oak table; it makes the perfect spot to gather and socialise whilst preparing and enjoying meals. A games room with table football, board games, books, DVDs, stove, a comfy sofa and a flat screen TV will keep the young at heart entertained, whilst those requiring quieter moments can rest in the sumptuous drawing room upstairs, with a fantastic view over the beach, before all joining up for dinner in the breathtaking dining room. The nine bedrooms are welcoming and exceptionally comfortable, with crisp white linen over memory foam mattresses.

It is a pretty walk to Durness (1 mile) to find the shop, pub, and petrol station. Stop by the craft village on the way and enjoy the local arts and crafts on offer, or buy some tasty chocolate at the well-known Chocolate Factory.

The adorable Beach Bothy next door sleeps a further two people should it be required and is at extra cost.



Ground floor:

Kitchen/dining/living – includes table to seat 16/17, games room with pool table and flat screen TV, drawing room, dining room to seat 18, 1 twin (can be made into super king), separate WC, bathroom with bath no shower.

First floor:

2 king size doubles, 1 twin (can be made into super king), half landing shower room, 1 en-suite shower room.

Second floor:

2 twins (can be made into super kings), 5 single beds (2 passageway rooms separated by a curtain & 1 single bedroom suitable for a child), 2 bathrooms with baths and showers.

Telephone - with honesty box.

Chargeable extra: Good Housekeeping Deposit £500


  • Spar shop, restaurant/pub/hotel & petrol station - Durness 1 mile.
  • 2 dishwashers
  • 3 Extra TVs
  • Aga
  • Ample parking
  • BBQ
  • Beach side location
  • Cot
  • Dryer
  • DVD player
  • Fridge with ice box
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Garden furniture
  • Hair dryer
  • High chair
  • Linen and towels provided (including beach towels)
  • Microwave
  • Muli fuel stove - starter pack of coal included
  • Oil and electricity included
  • Private garden
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Wi-fi
  • 1 Pet only - £25.00 charge per Week per Pet. Restricted to ground floor - charge £25
  • Reviews

    (6 reviews)
    Balnakeil House reviews
    Nobody should expect wall to wall sunshine in July, but we were particularly unlucky with the weather all week. Nevertheless Balnakeil House came up trumps every day and provided us with an ideal refuge from the elements. Large, comfortable and very well appointed, it fully met the needs of our mixed age group and allowed us to sally forth into the wind and rain sure of a welcoming return, quickly drying clothes and a vast accommodating kitchen. Endless sandy beaches for the young, miles of cycling trails for the adventurous and wonderful botany and bird watching for the no-longer young, everybody was catered for within easy reach of the house and our cars remained virtually unused all week.
    Mr Lawson - June 2019
    Wonderful house the only thing if any were the sight of huge motor homes that were parked in full view from the kitchen bay window ! Our family had a lovely day on Handa island while I waited in the Storehouse sea food tasting their wonderful lobster. Good meals at the Sango sands and the Smoo Cave hotel.
    Mrs Beesley - May 2019
    I am really torn whether to give a four or five star rating but as it wasn't 100% perfect, I have opted for the latter for fairness. It was very close though as we really loved our stay at Balnakeil House. Our group were 17 friends in their early 30s (plus a baby) who wanted to celebrate our 10 year anniversary, and the location was due to one of them was cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats. It is really hard to find somewhere large enough to accommodate such a large group so when booking my priority was that everyone had their own bed and privacy and this certainly ticked those boxes. The house is beautifully decorated in a modern country style, with monogrammed linen and fluffy towels. Every room was spotlessly clean (and I have very high standards) so we were all very comfortable making use of the kitchen. The house is huge and it took a bit of time to get used to the lay-out and to find everything (we didn't locate the games cupboard until the final day unfortunately) but was perfect for us and there was always a quiet spot if you wanted some alone time. We tended to hang out in the kitchen around the giant table and window seats as it had lots of light, but we did use the formal dinning room a couple of time and hosted our own drinks reception in the drawing room. The location is remote but I would assume that anyone looking in the area would be aware of that. We were able to collect our enormous food order through Tesco's from the Kinlochbervie Hotel (about 40 minutes away) but the local Spar shop in Durness seemed relatively well supplied and we were able to buy fresh salad from there one evening. We also loved being able to walk along the beautiful beach moments from the house, and we also popped to the Craft Village and a couple of friends played on the golf course. Our only issues were: 1. The smell of damp in the red corridor which impacted the games room. I understand that this is due to problems the bottom bathroom but they are struggling to rectify the problem. Luckily it faded by day two but it wasn't nice for the girls staying in the ground floor bedroom. 2. There were lots of light bulbs but unfortunately not of the sort we needed so we had a couple of dark areas, again, weirdly, on the red corridor. It would be good if the lights had been checked by the housekeeper before we arrived. 3. One of the top floor bathrooms is missing a flush so we had to take the top off the toilet to push it. However, I would stay again without question and would highly recommend Balnakeil House to anyone who wants a large and luxurious property in the north of Scotland.
    Ms Langmead - September 2018
    This is a lovely house with fabulous views out of every window. The beach is just beyond the back gate and what a beach! Even in April we had sunny days and the kids built sandcastles, jumped off the dunes, played rounders and even paddled in the sea (the brave ones). There were lots of good walks from the house. We enjoyed Smoo Cave and the zip wire a few miles out of Durness.
    Mrs Gray - April 2018
    Balnakeil was a wonderful surprise. At first sight austere and rugged, the interior was stunningly luxurious. Beautifully designed and executed and generously sized for our party of 16. As we had "tweenage" and younger children, we never used the splendid dining room, and hardly made use of the drawing room either, but we never felt cramped. Although we researched places of interest to visit, we never really moved from the house all week as it was so well placed for the beach and masses of interesting local walks. The children were able to body surf and swim (wet suits advised) and quickly return to the house for showers, while adults could go off puffin watching and finding Primula scotica and white field gentians in abundance. Internet access was good and useful in the evenings. Inevitably there were niggles - more food storage space would have been good and there was a drain smell in the area of Rob Donn bedroom. Some of the party found the pillows too hard. The bath shower mixer in the bathroom next to Aerie didn't work so the bath had to be filled with the shower attachment. None of these things detracted from a delightful week.
    Mr Lawson - July 2017
    Balnakeil is in a superb location with direct access onto one of the best beaches in Scotland. The house had been beautifully upgraded and decorated to a very high standard. We enjoyed one of our best family holidays ever !
    Mrs Laird - July 2014