Three Off-Grid Highland Cottages in Sutherland

05/06/2021 Three Off-Grid Highland Cottages in Sutherland


For guests seeking a true off grid wilderness escape, total relaxation and an immersive nature stay escape on a private 20,000 acre estate near Kinbrace in the Scottish Highlands - immerse yourself in nature where red deer roam, lochans team with trout and stunning walking from your doorstep.

Greamachorry Cottage

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Greamachorry Cottage has been sensitively renovated retaining its highland charm having formerly served as the Shepherds house up until the 1960's on the Achentoul Estate. Superbly cosy with new insulation and full double glazing throughout ensures you're warm and comfortable in every season. Wide open spaces surround you as your holiday home is sited in one of Scotland's last wildernesses which reaches far across Caithness and Sutherland also known as the Flow Country.

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Sleeping up to 6 guests comfortably in 4 bedrooms the cottage has plenty of room to stretch out. Downstairs is home to a single bedroom, spacious and well-equipped kitchen with gas cooker (four ring hob, oven and grill), electric fridge freezer and breakfast bar. The dining room with a wood fired Rayburn (which also produces hot water for bathroom and kitchen use) offers an ideal room for relaxing family meals and socialising. The Rayburn dispenses with the need for a kettle (as well as being electricity conservative), where in the busiest of worlds, the old ways slow down life just beautifully. The comfortable living room at Greamachorry has a cosy wood burning stove - great to stretch out in front of after a day on the hill where you can catch up on the day's activities and plan tomorrows adventures. Upstairs the cottage has two comfortable twin bedrooms and one single bedroom.  Off-grid living at Greamachorry is a unique experience without compromise -the wood fired Rayburn provides heating and hot water, and a small diesel generator produces around 2kW of electricity for the essentials such as fridge freezer lighting etc with plenty of spare power for charging devices. The pure Highland water at Gremachorry is perfectly safe to drink straight from the hill, a fresh private supply, treated by bonechar filter and UV.

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Book your stay at Gremachorry Cottage here.

Rowan Cottage

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This stunning traditional cottage was originally built to house Estate staff on the magnificent 20,000 acre Achintoul Estate. Having undergone careful renovation with all the modern comforts guests will love this highland holiday hideway.

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The sitting room with its delightful lounge and groove style wooden panelling with tranquil painted palette is designed to soothe the soul and offers a warm and inviting social space with comfortable seating centred round the cosy wood-burning stove. The kitchen has all the mod cons you need for a relaxing stay including hob, dishwasher, freezer, microwave and cost nestle style bench and seating at the breakfast table.

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Look out across the views and past the drystone dyking to the rolling hills and vast estate lands where you can immerse yourself in stunning highland scenery. The cottage has a bathroom with wc on the ground floor. Head up to the first floor where you will find two further bedrooms a double and twin room. The level of detail afforded to the bedroom décor in Rowan is gorgeous with bespoke design inspired wallpaper and matching soft furnishings offering a mulberry nod to the orient in one room and pretty pastel walls adorn the other with matching curtains and elegant covered headboards.

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Guests will love the extensive grassed garden with views out over open fields for lovers of nature and wide-open spaces you won't get much better, as your holiday home is sited in one of Scotland's last wildernesses which reaches far across Caithness and Sutherland also known as the Flow Country.

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Book your stay at Rowan Cottage here.

Ruathair Cottage

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This beautiful wilderness cottage was originally built to house Estate staff on the magnificent 20,000 acre Achentoul Estate. Having undergone careful renovation with all the modern comforts guests will experience the quickest relax to ensure the perfect base for their next highland adventure. The sitting room is designed to offer a warm and inviting social space with comfortable seating centred round the cosy wood-burning stove. Inside you will find a smart wood-panelled kitchen which is well equipped including fridge, freezer, hob, breakfast bar and dishwasher and there is an integrated dining area for social evenings and relaxing family dinners.

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Looking out across tranquil loch views from the large picture windows you can immerse yourself in stunning highland scenery. Off the central hallway is the family bathroom with a traditional panelled bath and also on this level are two smart twin bedrooms, both of which can convert into double rooms to suit guests own requirements. Upstairs is another bright double bedroom with large roof windows and stunning loch-views. Just across the landing is a modern and spacious shower room with walk-in shower which works also well as a guest dressing room.

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Guests will love the extensive grassed garden with views out over open fields and down to the Strath of Kildonan and across to the loch. There's even a BBQ and outdoor furniture for alfresco dining so you may want to pick up some charcoal for enjoying those long summer nights.  For lovers of nature and wide-open spaces you won't get much better, as your holiday home is sited in one of Scotland's last wildernesses which reaches far across Caithness and Sutherland also known as the Flow Country.

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Book your stay at Ruathair Cottage here.

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