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Cawdor Estate Cottages
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Cawdor Estate Cottages
Reviewed 3 January 2012

We just spent Christmas at Achneim cottage, and it was really wonderful. We were overwhelmed with excitement when we arrived, not just because it was a perfectly formed cottage, but the estate had been kind enough to put up a tree for us, leave some Christmas goodies, and build a fire ready for us to light as soon as we arrived. As we couldn't get food otherwise, we organised a supermarket delivery that also arrived at the cottage so we were all stocked for the festive season. We saw rainbows every day, took long walks around the estate, warmed ourselves with a dram at the tavern, and made the hours drive to Loch Ness. We also visited Elgin, where the sell lots of reasonable cashmere, and have a very beautiful cathedral. There is a clay range 5 mins walk from the cottage, which we had a go at. Its seriously cheap compared to the rest of the UK, and extremely friendly - definately worth ago, even if you are new. Every moment was excellent. The cottage has everything you could need, and is remote enough to feel like you are completely away from it all, yet only 15 mins drive from the airport. It ticked all our boxes in that it had a view of the Moray Firth, and the highlands, yet we weren't able to see another building from the cottage! We barely saw other people, although there were some celebs staying in the lodge by the river whilst we were there. Walks round there are very beautiful. I think the price is top end, but I can see why, as it really is the perfect little getaway....

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 October 2011

I have been a regular visitor to Cawdor Estate Cottages since 2005. I am sorry to say that I no longer feel that the Estate delivers the same standards that I enjoyed in my first few years. They charge a very high rental for facilities that are no longer a match to their competitors and they have unfortunately, in my two latest visits, failed to respond in a reasonable time, to problems such as a broken dishwasher. I also also encountered more wildlife than usual - particularly mice which noisily munched the bedding in the early hours! I have had many happy stays on the Estate but I won't be back because I was made to feel like I was complaining unnecessarily when in fact I was just trying to put things right.

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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 July 2010

We stayed in the Achneim Cottage on the Cawdor Estate for a few days to rest during a very busy vacation trip. With its large bedroom, comfortable living room, eat-in-kitchen, sizable bath and even a room for laundry and/or storage, this tastefully furnished little home is a bit of heaven for two in the Scottish countryside!

The cottage is set back by itself on a lane where no one can see it and you cannot see another dwelling. From the bedroom and living room, there is a wonderful view of the Moray Firth and the lovely wheatfields and trees that surround it. It is peaceful and there are wonderful walks and you might see a pheasant or two in the lane.

This cottage is self-catering (no food or bath products available but what you bring and cook/use yourself) but we were greeted with a hamper filled with delicious local goodies such as cheese, pate, various spreads, crackers/biscuits and wine that made a perfect evening snack when we arrived.

The luxurious and comfortable bed had crisp white bedding, and the spacious bedroom has a desk/vanity, reading chairs and closet with all necessary amenties (ironing board/iron, luggage rack etc.).

The fully-equipped immaculate kitchen has everything you need to prepare a home-cooked meal and there is even a small washing maching/dryer in the adjoining closet with a freezer and mini dishwasher.

The bathroom is roomy and incredibly clean with plush towels and lots of places to put your toiletries and plenty of hot water.

The delightfully decorated living room has a big, cushy couch, two small card tables, lovely working fireplace (with wood included), a TV if you must, CD player and lots of neat books.

My husband and I both travel for business and often stay in five-star hotels, and although you won't find robes and a minibar here, we'd give this cottage a five-star rating any day. Everything we needed was there - except Internet access, but since we were there for a rest, we didn't care - and there is dependable cell and smart-phone access.

Although this cottage is rustic, it fits perfectly into the 21st Century. We were exceedingly comfortable and had a wonderful rest. We will definitely stay again when we return to Scotland.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 June 2009

We stayed in Achniem which is a perfect, wee one bedroom honeymoon cottage. Plain and unpretentious but very comfortable with a log fire, great big bed and deep bath. After the mania of the wedding it was the perfect place to go for a very relaxing week. It sits in splendid isolation (the only person we saw was the farmer working in the next door field) surrounded by fields and trees, with lovely views over the Moray Firth.
During the days we visited Cawdor Castle, Culloden and the lesser known but equally impressive Clava Cairns. We went to Nairn and Findhorn (neither of which would merit a return visit), and we walked down through the beautiful Cawdor woods to the village (30-40 mins) which has a good wee pub with decent food and a good pint on tap.
In the evening, when we weren't sitting outside sipping champagne and watching the sunset, we were lying in front of the log fire, sipping champagne and munching our way through the basket of local goodies provided by the estate.
All in all, the most pleasant and relaxed holiday we have ever had and we'll be booking a return visit.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: | Cawdor, Nairn IV12 5RE, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Nairn
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Ranked #2 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Nairn
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We have 5 cottages to choose from, Achneim Cottage sleeps 2, Lochanshelloch, Ivy, Fishermans and Gardeners all sleep 6. ... more   less 
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