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The House

Built in 1901 on the site of an old boat yard, Tigh-na-Mara (gaelic for 'House by the sea') is a stunning Victorian property sitting right on the beach front. Recently renovated to the highest standards, Tigh-na-Mara is the perfect base for a wonderful holiday.

The house sleeps a maximum of 12 with four double and two twin bedrooms all with private bath or shower room facilities. There are two lounge areas, a large modern kitchen opening into dining room with views across the sea. Outside there is a large garden with summer lounge and private patio and barbeque area.

You can see more pictures of the house by clicking on any of the images below:

Ground Floor Plan Upper Floor Plan

The Bedrooms

The house has 6 bedrooms, of which 4 are double and 2 are twin rooms, one of the doubles being on the ground floor. All five bedrooms upstairs have en-suite facilities and the downstairs double has it's own private bathroom.  The rooms are all spacious and have been recently renovated to a very high standard.  The house comfortably sleeps twelve, four couples in doubles and four guests with single beds. 

The Garden

The front garden looks straight to the beach and open water beyond. Enjoy your morning coffee sitting in the front porch basking in early morning rays and watching the tide move out to reveal the enticing sandy beach just a few feet away. You might even catch sight of a group of dolphins making their way to Chanonry point just off the shore!

The back garden is more sheltered with a sunny patio and barbeque area, with a grassy slope leading up to a summer house with incredible views across the Moray Firth.

The Kitchen and Dining Room

The large family kitchen was recently modernised to the highest standards and comes equipped with everything a keen cook is likely to desire. The large Rangemaster range cooker with fantastic induction hob lies at the heart of the kitchen, surrounded by dishwasher, microwave, food processor and all the culinary equipment necessary to whip up a feast for your whole group!  Unlike most holiday homes we do not expect our guests to bring, or have to buy, copious qusntities of herbs, spices etc; all we ask is that you replace any jar that you have emptied so that it is there for the next guest.  We will also gladly lay in a "welcome" pack of groceries for you prior to your arrival - just let us know what you would like to have. 

The kitchen opens through a wide archway into the dining room which boasts a newly installed and highly efficient wood burning stove which is quick to light and adds warmth and cosiness to this wonderful living space, particularly during the autumn and dark winter months. The dining room has a large table with comfortable seating for 12, with room for 16 close friends prepared to squeeze up closely together! The large bay window looks straight out to sea with a view across the water to Fort George.  Members of the Bottlenose dolphin pod which is resident in the Moray Firth sometimes come to play outside the diningroom window - a talking point and a "must" for photos as the food gets cold!

The Public Rooms

There are two ground floor lounges and a "rumpus" room to the back of the main house.

The very comfortable and cosy main lounge has seating for seven in leather chairs or couches, with additional occasional seating on pouffes or on the window seat.  This room has an open fire in the original Victorian fireplace and logs and coal are supplied. There are a TV and a Hi-Fi system in this room which has a large bay window overlooking the Moray Firth where one can watch tankers and other large merchant ships negotiating the complex Z-bend necessary to reach the Inner Moray Firth and thence Inverness Harbour.  As in the dining room, the view across the water is to Fort George which is an active military garrison. 

The second lounge is set up with seating for six on comfortable settees and also has a TV, thus enabling two programmes to be watched at once, one in each lounge, to avoid at least some of the arguments!

  

 

The Games Room

At one point in the recent past Tigh-na-Mara was run as a language school and a classroom building was built just behind the house. We hummed and hawed about what to do with this extra space and finally decided to fill it with fun. The sun doesn't always shine in the North of Scotland, so when rain clouds fill the sky you can retreat to the games room which is fit up with TV and DVD, board games etc.

If music is more your thing there is a lovely old piano for your delight and a guitar to strum away the clouds.