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the Barn
the Barn - open plan kitchen
the Barn - front door
the Barn - woodburning stove
the Barn - open plan dining area
the Barn - downstairs bedroom with twin beds (ziplock to make superking)
Balblair Cottages - sign
the Barn - upstairs bedroom with kingsize bed
the Barn - upstairs twin bedroom
the Barn - bathroom with soap
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Inverness, Scottish Highlands, Scotland

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bunnyr12
New England
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11 reviews
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“SImply Wonderful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013 for a stay in July 2013

Our extended family of 6 stayed at the Barn of the Balblair Cottages for 6 nights and could not have asked for a more lovely home base for our time in the Highlands. Situated on a farm just off the A96, the location was perfect or exploring the area, both west to Inverness, Loch Ness, etc. and east to the Whisky Trail, Nairn, Elgin, etc. The Barn has all the charm of an old stone cottage with all the modern amenities we could have wanted including washing machine, dish washer, flat screen television, Wi-Fi, full kitchen, 2 bathrooms, comfortable and well-appointed bedrooms and enough comfortable sitting room in both living room area and dining area... and a couple of friendly ponies who greeted us each morning and evening. :) There are also 2 smaller cottages available for smaller groups and I will recommend Balblair Cottages to everyone I hear travelling to the area. Thank you Strachan family for your gracious hospitality!

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Liked best: the combination of cosy cottage appeal with all modern conveniences
Liked least: nothing, no complaints at all
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Genieward
Wigan
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“What a lovely place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2013 for a stay in May 2013

We stayed in 'The Barn' at Balblair for just 2 nights (not long enough) as we came to visit our friends in Forres for a weekend. What a lovely cottage that was perfect for 6 adults. Everything was spotless, the beds were really comfortable, bedding and towels were all good quality. The lovely smelling Scottish hand soap in both bathrooms and tea and coffee in the kitchen cupboards were nice touches that made all the difference. The surrounding countryside was stunning with bright yellow fields all around the cottage. We will definitely be staying here again and hopefully for longer next time:-) Overall a highly recommended property!

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Liked best: How clean it was
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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London, United Kingdom
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2013 for a stay in March 2013
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Liked best: well equipoped cottage in peaceful location ( but not too far from anywhere )
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
25 Apr 2013
Thanks for all the tips of where to go and what to do, especially for families. The ponies may have put on a wee bit of weight with all the extra carrots but they loved having the girls stay...as did we. Best wishes, Barbara.
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RosyA100
2 reviews
“Excellent accommodation in a beautiful location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2013 for a stay in January 2013

We had previously stayed in the smaller cottage - the Bothy a number of years ago and were impressed with the welcome, cleanliness of the cottage and idealic views. We returned with our 2 year old to stay in the Barn which was perfect for our needs. Our daughter had lots of room to roam, loved being out in the secure garden and of course the cows, ponies, sheep and chickens were a big hit. The Barn was spotless and had everything we needed for a comfortable and relaxed stay. Barbara offered a lovely welcome. We will definitely be back. Ideally placed to make use of amenities in both Nairn and Inverness.

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Cherylahu...
Haydon Bridge, United Kingdom
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“Most relaxing place in the country”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2012 for a stay in October 2012

We have been visiting Balblair for 12 years. It is like a second home to us. The welcome is always friendly and the cottages are spotlessly clean and very well equipped. Fantastic base to see the area. We have been as a newly married couple on our honeymoon as a family group and now with our children as they have grown. It is the most relaxing place in the country and I would happily live there all year round if Barbara would let me lol

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Liked best: The relaxing atmosphere and friendly welcome
Liked least: Going home
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
4 Dec 2012
Thank you for your great review. We are so pleased that you find our cottages clean, well equipped and a good base for visiting the area. It's been a pleasure to welcome you over the passed 12 years and we look forward to hopefully seeing you in the future. Many thanks, Barbara
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Christchurch, New Zealand
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2012 for a stay in September 2012
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Liked best: The location and hospitality
Liked least: nothing comes to mind
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Large groups
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Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2012 for a stay in August 2012
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Liked best: Very comfortable bed,
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Families with young children
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