Scatwell House, Strathconon, Ross-shire

 
Scatwell House - Exterio

Key Information

9 bedrooms sleeping 22
2 double; 5 twin; 2 family (twin+double)
6 Reception Rooms
Grand Piano, Billiard Table, Large Gardens
Couples and small groups welcome
Short break enquiries welcome
From £3,750 per week self catered

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Description


Property Description

Scatwell House is a real gem, an elegant and very spacious country house furnished with tasteful antiques and artworks set in a quiet and secluded location in the heart of the beautiful Highland glen of Strathconon. Dating from the mid 1800s, the property is surrounded by 25 acres of delightful gardens and mature woodlands that has some fine examples of ancient trees.

The large gracious rooms all have period charm and a sense of opulence. Entertain and relax in one of the 3 Drawing Rooms, each with its own distinct character and open fire or wood burning stove. The generous sized Dining Room lends itself perfectly to special gatherings and celebratory occasions.

The light and airy well equipped Kitchen with breakfast seating has an excellent selection of high quality crockery, cutlery and glasses. There is also a second smaller Kitchen and more intimate Dining Room at the far end of the house.

One bedroom is on the ground floor and the other 8 are on the first floor with access via a choice of two staircases. Each of the charming bedrooms has an en-suite bathroom (with bath and/or shower) except one family room where the bathroom is situated just along the hall. One of the ensuite bathrooms is shared by two bedrooms (there are locks on both doors).

The Grounds

The extensive lawns, garden areas and lush woodland are varied and quite captivating and just waiting to be explored. Follow the winding path up to the Summer House, or stroll round the Victorian walled garden or maybe play a game of croquet on the lawn. 

Many of the impressive trees are labelled for identification purposes with some unusual specimens from around the world including Lawson Cypress (from North West America), Japanese Sawara Cypress, Vilmorins Rowan (from China) and the Canadian Nootka Cypress. Part of the grounds and trees can be floodlit in the evenings if you wish.

The Area and Activites

The tranquil 17 mile long glen of Strathconon, rich in flora and fauna, is perfect for scenic days out picnicking, hill walking, bird watching and cycling. There are plenty of sporting opportunities in the area with good fishing available on the local rivers and lochs. Stalking and shooting can be arranged for guests on nearby estates. There is also a great choice of world class golf courses situated within easy access including the Royal Dornoch Golf Club, Castle Stuart Golf Links and Nairn Golf Club.

Within the local area there are a variety of things to do. Visit the nearby Victorian spa town of Strathpeffer with its historic Pump Room and impressive Pavilion which offers a programme of live music and entertainment throughout the year. Don't miss the Pipe Band performing most Saturday evenings in Strathpeffer Square during the summer season.

There are miles of walking trails in Achilty Forest and at Rogie Falls, where you may be lucky enough to see salmon leaping up the waterfalls during the summer months. The Brahan Estate, near Marybank, provide an interesting selection of outdoor activities and events. Visit the Tollie Red Kites Visitor Centre and marvel at these graceful birds of prey as they soar aloft waiting for their daily food to be put out in the adjoining field. When they swoop down for their lunch it's quite a spectacle to behold.

Scatwell House is in a great central location for exploring the Highlands. Enjoy a drive over to the beautiful and dramatic west coast and spend the day on one of the many stunning sandy beaches. Travel up to Dunrobin Castle or call in to one of the whisky distilleries in the area. Take your binoculars for a bit of seal, porpoise and dolphin spotting on the Cromarty and Moray Firths, or venture over to Loch Ness for a bit of monster spotting!

There are several companies that offer guided walks to remote and challenging areas of the Highlands and there are activity specialists who can organise archery, sea kayaking, open canoeing, mountaineering, mountain biking, abseiling and gorge walking in the surrounding areas.

Scatwell House is easily accessible with Inverness only 24 miles away and Inverness Airport 30 miles. It is situated 6 miles from the main road (A835), past the village of Marybank and along a single track road to the property entrance. The single track road continues down to the end of Strathconon glen and is a no through road.

Pets

Dogs are welcome by arrangement.

Self catered

During your stay the house will be exclusively yours, however the property manager and housekeeper live locally and are on hand to help with any issues that may arise. Additional housekeeping services can be organised by separate arrangement. Guests are welcome to bring their own cook.

Our Comment

We were immediately impressed with Scatwell House. From the stone pillared entrance off the quiet single track road and the sweeping driveway through the beautiful grounds to the delightful Victorian architecture of the property itself. The setting felt private and peaceful.

Fine paintings and ornaments in the large hallways and impressive main staircase give the house a sense of grandeur. There is attention to detail throughout, from the Scatwell monogrammed bathroom towels to the appropriate flag being raised on the flagpole outside the house of the incoming guests home country (with guests agreement). A feature we also liked was the discreet centrally located hi-fi system with its tastefully hidden speakers in the main rooms and independent room controls.

Before we left we noticed a wonderful old photograph displayed in the entrance hall from the late 19th century of the 40 or so staff waiting for the arrival of Queen Victoria at Scatwell. It certainly felt like a very special house to us and befitting for such a prestigious guest.