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“Wonderful apartment, beautiful location, perfect”
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View over the rooftops - the Boys Dormitory is the roof in the foreground
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View over the rooftops - the Boys Dormitory is the roof in the foreground
Aerial view of the Abbey
The apartment has two stunning large stone mullioned windows
Antiques throughout the property
Spacious open plan living area
Solid oak kitchen with all modern amenities
Very comfortable sofas for admiring the view of Loch Ness
Antique UK king-sized brass bed
Billiards room and club lounge - the former monks' refectory
Indoor pool in the historic chapel
The abbey cloisters
The view from the window in winter
Loch Ness from the grounds of the monastery, with Boat House restaurant
Gorgeous sunrise over Loch Ness
View of the Boys Dormitory window from the cloisters
Fort Augustus Abbey at dusk
View through the daffodils to the monastery
Stunning architecture of the abbey
View of Boys Dormitory from the gardens
Caledonian Canal at Fort Augustus, built by Thomas Telford
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Fort Augustus, Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, Scotland

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bakery3
Bedfordshire
Level 6 Contributor
177 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Wonderful apartment, beautiful location, perfect”
Reviewed 6 January 2012 for a stay in March 2011

This apartment is just as described and more. It has an indiscribable atmosphere which must be due to the love and attention to detail that Mark and Laurie have put in to it, the age and history of the building and the wondeful views. My partner and I have stayed here in the boys Dorm several times and hope to stay many more, From the moment we first walked in to it we were smitten.

We love to walk and the location is a perfect base. We have only stayed here in the winter (take your thermals) and have had the place pretty much to ourselves. The roads are quiet at that time of year and even when there is deep snow the main roads are cleared quickly. We have walked in deep snow in the mountains and not seen a sole. A perfect place to unwind. The light around the mountains and lochs is perfect for photography and the sky changes by the minute making every photo different from the last.

Usually when on holiday we like to experience different places to eat, but here we force ourselves to go out for a meal once because we feel we should. The rest of the time we can't wait to get back to the apartment, cook supper and settle in for the evening. The kitchen is fully equiped for self catering and the apartment has everything you need for a restful evening following a days waking, beautiful and comfortable furniture, IPod docks, radio, TV, DVD player and DVD's, books, magazines and board games. Within the Abbey there is access to a communal lounge, pool table, football table, ping pong, garden chess and there will soon be a swimming pool.

I feel I must comment that this apartment is up several flights of stairs that are not for the faint hearted. I don't feel it would be suitable for anyone with a health problem or disability that affects their mobility and ability to climb stairs. Thankfully that is not a problem for us and once you get up there it is well worth the climb!

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Liked best: The love and attention to detail that has gone in to the apartment
Liked least: Climbing all the stairs to get to it!
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Emma T
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“The perfect luxurious romantic getaway”
Reviewed 5 January 2012 for a stay in December 2011

We stayed in the Boys Dormitory for 5 nights for my 30th birthday weekend and it lived up to and exceeded our expectations. Much bigger than it seemed from the photos it still managed to be warm and cosy, you could quite easily spend every evening sunk into the comfy sofas reading, watching TV or just looking at the amazing view from the living room window. We were lucky enough to have snow after a couple of days as well, my camera got a new lease of life! It's all top spec, there's no expense spared on the furnishings - I wish my kitchen at home was as well kitted out.

The abbey itself is fascinating to walk around, it feels a bit like Hogwarts and it was all but deserted apart from a few workmen who were building the swimming pool. We had a sneeky look around it and it looks like it would be very nice when built. There is a giant club lounge with snooker table and an oversized chess board in the courtyard for wizards chess. Highlights of Fort Augustus village are the canal, The Lock Inn for really tasty pub grub, the Lovat restaurant for more gourmet and pricey food for a special occasion and we quite liked the 'Rare Breeds Croft' which was like a zoo for farmyard animals (they have a sheep called Elvis!). It was a shame that very often things seemed to be closed such as the souvenir shop and the pub on occasions but I suppose we did go out of season, probably not worth them being open if there's no-one about.

We didn't go on a Loch Ness boat tour but we did take the bus up to Urquhart castle and walked (!) to Drumnadrochit village. The guy at the castle told us it was 5 minutes but I think he assumed we had a car (I think we were quite unusual in not having one). A rainy hour later we made it and had the same problem with nothing being open. We took sanctuary, tired and hungry in the Ben Leva pub/B&B who weren't serving food but had a cosy fire, and then we realised why the dormitory provides you with shortbread which we had brought. It was the ONLY way we managed to survive. If I were to go back there I would like to go to the Loch Ness museum, I think there is a lot more to be gotten out of Loch Ness in the summer months, but the price of accommodation does reflect that.

Overall a place to go to relax, not do much, look out for nessie (unfortunately we did not see her) and escape from the world. We heeded someone elses advice and bought a lot of food in Inverness to take with us, but I think the village was pretty well stocked actually. There was a butcher and couple of small supermarkets that were open most of the time. It's a gorgeous place to stay, I would love to go back!

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Liked best: The view!
Liked least: Leaving :(
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
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WOOLFRW
Waterloo, Canada
1 review
“Ideal Location”
Reviewed 3 January 2012 for a stay in July 2011

My wife and I spent a week in July of 2011 at The Boy's Dormitory and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The apartment is spacious, beautifully and thoughtfully furnished, and comfortable, with a wonderful view over Loch Ness. The location was ideal as a base for exploring. We travelled the circumference of Loch Ness, hiked Highland trails, made two trips to Skye with many side trips enroute and each day loved coming "home" to the apartment. The staff at the monastery were very helpful, as well. It is necessary to climb a number of flights of stairs to reach the apartment but the view and the loveliness of the accomodation make this a minor inconvenience.

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Christine...
Oldham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Stunning apartment, outstanding location, in one word perfection!”
Reviewed 3 January 2012 for a stay in November 2011

This is the best holiday apartment that we have stayed in and we have been staying in self catering accommodation for over 20 years. The apartment is equipped to a very high standard and there is everything you could possibly want. The location within the Abbey would be difficult to surpass. After the climb up the stairs (phew!) the spectacular view from this apartment makes the effort pale into insignificance. On arrival we were warmly greeted and nothing was too much trouble. A short walk brings you to The Boathouse Restaurant which we found to be very pleasant, good views over Loch Ness, very polite staff and not least, good food. A trip up the loch on the Royal Scot is a must as is a trip up the cable car at Anoch Mor (a clear day is best to enjoy the stunning views). Even though it was November we were blessed with a week of excellent weather, clear blue skies and sunshine. A loch side stroll, illuminated by a full moon, was an experience never to be forgotten. This is somewhere that we definitely want to return and our thanks go to Mark & Laurie for allowing us to stay in their wonderful apartment.

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Liked best: Location and the apartment
Liked least: Having to come home
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puzzlelli...
Telford, Shropshire
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Idyllic, magical and truly wonderful”
Reviewed 3 January 2012 for a stay in September 2011

My husband and I stayed at The Boys Dormitory for one week at the end of September and it was the first and only holiday we've ever had where we didn't want to come back home. The location is truly wonderful and the views are spectacular.

We unashamedly stayed in the apartment for most nights as no matter where else you went, the views from the sofa looking over the Loch were unrivalled and we wanted to savour every moment.

There is every imaginable luxury in the apartment and attention to detail is second to none. I cooked some lovely food during our stay and never had a problem with lack of utensils or equipment.

The village of Fort Augustus is gorgeous and only a short but and scenic walk from the Abbey. Food in The Bothy was good and the staff friendly. For something quick and easy, the cafe opposite the Abbey was very good too. The local butchers sold nice quality food if you too fancy a night or two in. :-)). There is a good quality local store for essentials but the staff were always a little grumpy. This was a small detail to an otherwise perfect holiday.

Driving out to the Loch Ness Centre was a nice trip out and the short cruise down the Loch was beautiful too.

The only thing to be aware of at The Boys Dormitory are the numerous steps to get there if you are not fit and able bodied. However, the owners do make this perfectly clear on their website and, you don't mind this once you reach the top and arrive at a little slice of heaven.

Every turn in the Abbey and the apartment itself holds a different breathtaking view and wonderful surprise and if we had the opportunity I wouldn't hesitate in attempting to buy it from the owners (but I'm sure they wouldn't sell).

We will definitely be going back once we've got our heads around the very long journey from Shropshire.

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Liked best: Quality of the apartment finish, the furnishings and spectacular views
Liked least: Havjng to leave at the end of the week
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Your age range 35-49
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