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Cawdor Estate Cottages
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Cawdor Estate Cottages
Sudbury, Massachusetts
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“Absolutely perfect in every way! Space, decor, views, condition - everything.”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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Property: Cawdor Estate Cottages
Address: | Cawdor, Nairn IV12 5RE, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Nairn
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Ranked #2 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Nairn
Number of rooms: 13
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Cawdor Estate Cottages Nairn, Scotland

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