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Grand Victorian Mansion

Alness, The Highlands

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Sleeps 11
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 5
Change Sat
pets Dogs welcome 2
grade 5 star
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / wood burner
Internet access
Games / Play facilities
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Fishing on site / nearby
Family friendly
Spa Facilities
Four Poster
Wedding venues
Parking on site / nearby
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 listed Victorian mansion with mesmerising countryside views, is a fantastic backdrop for a special holiday that everyone will remember for years to come. With a grand finish inside and out, including original turrets and parapets, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. And with space enough for the whole group, you can spread out and enjoy being lords and ladies of the manor. By day, enjoy leisurely strolls in the beautiful gardens and mature woodland and by night, light the open fires, tinker on the piano and play a fun round of snooker.

 

The Great Hall resembles something from a period drama, with an elegant stag surveying the proceedings and portrait paintings adorning the panelled walls. Relax on the comfortable brocade sofas around the open fire or spread out a board game on the oversized coffee table. Musical guests can entertain the others on the piano or organ, and children will be delighted to bang the gong to announce dinner. Those looking for a little peace and quiet can retire to the second sitting room with ample stylish sofas and chairs to curl up in, while older children will enjoy using the full-sized pool table in a sunny third entertaining room. With both an ornate formal dining room and a welcoming family kitchen/diner, there is plenty of choice for meals. The large kitchen has everything a holiday group needs, including a gas range oven and dishwasher, plus a utility room with extra fridge/freezer. Up the elegant stairs from the Great Hall, the four double bedrooms are arranged along a galleried landing, along with a twin room offering an additional small single bed. All have either an en-suite or Jack and Jill bathroom and there is a further sixth double bedroom if required for an extra charge. Outside, fire up the BBQ and let the children loose on the play equipment before enjoying a family meal alfresco at the marble table and a game of cricket as the sun sets.

 

Read more Code: CA096

  • 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
  • Short term licence - HI-20159-F
  • EPC rating - F
  • 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.

 

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 18 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Linda 17th February 2024

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This is my second time here and we'll definitely be planning a third. We love it. Both luxurious and comfortable, friendly, helpful, unobtrusive staff available to answer questions or solve issues. Every room has its own character and each family member found their spot. The kids loved it even in February with space to run and zipwire and trampolinRead moree. Kitchen spacious warm and well equipped. Gorgeous bedrooms! Hide

Reviewed by Inga 10th February 2024

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It's really a spectacular house and perfect for a larger group of family and/or friends. We had a wonderful time there with 7 adults, 7 children and two dogs.

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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