I learned about the 5 cottages on the Cawdor Estate from Fodor's Guide, much to my surprise, in a little blurb noted as "TIP," in thier section on Cawdor Castle. I contacted the website and also was pleased to find out that rentals for three days but less than a week were possible, so this seemed a great idea for our 4 night trip near Inverness. I am so glad we chose this option vs. a hotel in Inverness, which is an OK place, but wouldn't have been the same. At Achneim Cottage, which sleeps two in a one-bedroom, kitchen, separate living room arrangement, we had views of the Moray Firth across fields and unobstructed 360 views around the house. The cottage itself is very nice and well equipped. The kitchen, which can be closed off to hall, and to the living room, also has a separate laundry/utility room. I couldn't quite figure out the washer/dryer combo, but that was nice to have, as was a tiny dishwasher. We enjoyed the antique pine tables, and comfortable furnishings by the fireplace each night, coming back from great destinations nearby. Plan on spending plenty of time at the Cawdor Castle itself, which is magnificent and personally overseen by the Dowager Countess herself. Her presence is felt throughout and the friendly and loyal staff are happy to tell you alll about it. We made easy drives from here to Loch Ness and Urquardt Castle; Inverness, Cromarty and the Black Isle, Nairn, Brodie Castle, Culloden Moor, Clava Cairns, and a drive through Strathspey along the river. The countryside here is beautiful and our little dirt track drive from the village of Cawdor abounded with pheasants and other birds. I found dealing with Carol, the booking manager, a real pleasure as the deposit and final payments were made in advance. Directions and wealth of helpful local information are provided beforehand, and all you need to do is pick up the key. Same easy departure, as everything is included here -- utilities, firewood, linens, and a lovely welcome basket that included eggs and local products. Can't beat this, and for less than an ordinary hotel in Inverness. I join the others who signed the guestbook (some regulars) in saying we would definitely come back. Really, truly, a beautiful stay in this cottage.
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- Cawdor Estate Cottages Nairn, Scotland