Dornoch Firth View
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What Oliver loves…
- A path leads directly from the garden down to the gorgeous Embo beach, from here you walk along the shore to Dornoch beach and the Dornoch Firth (SSSI)
- This makes the perfect base for keen golfers with the renowned Royal Dornoch Golf Course less than ten minutes away by car
- Each of the elegant bedrooms comes complete with en-suite or access to a private bathroom, making it an ideal choice for a group of couples who wish to enjoy some privacy
- While, the practice pitching area in the garden may not be professional enough for golfers who take themselves too seriously, however it provides great fun for the whole family!
Dornoch Firth View holds a truly one-of-a-kind position, situated just a short distance from both Dornoch Castle and the world-famous Royal Dornoch Golf Club. Located overlooking the Dornoch Firth and set within eight acres of private gardens, this makes the perfect choice for those looking for a truly tranquil escape. The Grade A listed house, dates back to the sixteenth century and is therefore steeped in history, it has benefitted from a recent refurbishment and today offers visitors contemporary interiors while still possessing plenty of character and charm.
The house has been modernised with high attention to detail and offers all the necessary amenities for a more than comfortable stay. On the ground floor is the extravagant entertaining space which comprises of a cedar-lined library, a cosy sitting room, a games room complete with bar, an opulent dining room and a modern kitchen which boasts all the tools a budding chef could possibly need! Dornoch View can comfortably accommodate up to sixteen guests across eight plush bedrooms, each of which comes complete with en-suite bathroom or access to a private bathroom. There are four super-king rooms, which can be set up as twin rooms on request, three king-size double rooms and one double room. Seven of the bedrooms boast beautiful sea views over the Firth!
Dornoch Firth View is set amongst 8.5 acres of wonderfully maintained private gardens with a large variety of flowers and a fantastic herb garden. In the summer, the garden overflows with homegrown raspberries, currants, strawberries and rhubarb, all of which the guests are welcome to enjoy! The terrace comes complete with dining facilities and a barbecue, making it the perfect place to dine al fresco on a warm evening. The summerhouse has been carefully positioned to catch the afternoon sun and is the ultimate spot from which to enjoy some peace and quiet, a good read and a cold glass of wine!
What you should know…
- The games room comes complete with a well-stocked Whisky bar, please do be honest when recording your drinks!
- There is the possibility for a chef to be provided to cook both breakfasts and dinners however there would be an additional charge for this, please enquire at time of booking
- Some of the bedrooms can be set up as either a super-king double or twin room, please ensure you state your preference at time of booking
- Library with fireplace, sofas, a selection of books and table ideal for jigsaws or games
- Sitting room with sofas and smart TV
- Kitchen with dining facilities and French doors leading to terrace
- Grand dining room with fireplace and dining facilities for 16
- Games room with bar, pool table and TV with sky sports
- Utility room
- Cellar rooms – perfect for storing golf clubs and fishing equipment
- Master bedroom with king-size bed and en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and separate shower
- Bedroom with super-king double or twin beds and private shower room
- Bedroom with king-size bed and access to private bathroom
- Bedroom with super-king double or twin beds and en-suite bathroom with large claw-foot bath and separate shower
- Bedroom with super-king double or twin beds and en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom with super-king double or twin beds and en-suite bathroom with Georgian-style gunmetal bath and separate shower
- Bedroom with king-size bed and en-suite bathroom with large claw-foot bath and separate shower
- Bedroom with double bed and en-suite shower room
- 8.5 acres of gardens to explore
- Terrace with dining facilities and barbecue
- Herb garden
- Practice pitching area
- Path to the closest beach
- Wi-Fi throughout
- 3 x TV’S
- Sound Systems in all bedrooms
- Stocked Whisky bar with “honesty tab”
- Selection of books and games
- Washing machine & tumble drier
- Three car garage
- Plenty of parking
- Travel cot (more can be provided if necessary)
Dornoch Firth View boasts impressive sea views, situated just a mile north of the Royal Burgh of Dornoch. The historic town of Dornoch, is best known for it’s golf course, however, it boasts a selection of handy amenities, including shops and restaurants. The house is not only perfect for golfers but also birdwatchers, nature enthusiasts, walkers and cyclists being ideally located between two Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI’s) - The Dornoch Firth and Loch Fleet Nature Reserve.
From walking along the white sands of Dornoch or Embo Beach, to joining the fearsome Old Duke of Sutherland at the summit of Ben Bhraggie, there are walks around Dornoch for all abilities and inclinations.
The house is ideally situated for wildlife watchers:
Loch Fleet Nature Reserve, walking distance from the house, is a large tidal basin with sand dunes, mudflats, coastal heath and pinewoods. The pinewoods support Scottish crossbills, crested tits and pine martens, as well as woodland plants, such as one-flowered wintergreens. Highlights of the area include all kinds of wading birds plus otters, seals and wild orchids
The Dornoch Firth is a couple of miles south of the house and is another vast “Site of special scientific interest” (SSSI)
The Falls of Shin near Lairg. This spot is famous locally as it is great for watching Salmon leap the waterfall as they migrate upstream to their spawning grounds in the Summer. There is also a very nice coffee shop nearby.
Organised Whale and dolphin watching is available in the Cromarty and Moray Firths, between Dornoch and Inverness.
Birding, The South East of Sutherland has a good range of habitats making the area exceptionally bird rich, though this is especially true of the coast, with large numbers of ducks, geese, waders and gulls. Red and Black Grouse can be seen in the hills, as can a variety of raptors, although Golden Eagles are scarce.
Fishing can usually be arranged by the the owners with a bit of notice.
Lochs: The area around Dornoch is surrounded by numerous lochs, invariably in peaceful, beautiful and sometimes spectacular surrounds. Local licenses for the Dornoch area can be purchased by the day from the Eagle pub in Castle St, enabling them to be fished from bank or boat. Wild brown trout are a quarry common to all these lochs, but some are also stocked with rainbows and char. There is abundant fishing further afield, including at Loch Brora through which pass salmon and sea-trout, and at Loch Eye near Tain, where the nutrient rich waters sustain brown trout of 5lb or more.
Rivers: For the experienced fisherman it may be possible to arrange fishing for salmon or sea trout at one of the nearby rivers – such as the Fleet, Shin, Brora or Alness – or at the Kyle of Sutherland. Again, do call Jim to discuss your requirements and he will liaise with the local estates.
Sea: For those who fancy a walk down to the nearby shore, fish such as mackerel and skate can be caught from the beach. There are a couple of spare rods and tackle in the house for your use. And later on, at the right time of the year, you might even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights which were spotted from Embo beach a couple of times last year.
Sutherland’s roads are amongst the quietest in the entire UK, and mixed with breath-taking scenery, this makes for great cycling. Bikes can be hired from Grannie’s Heilan’ Hame in Embo, or they can be delivered to the house from Sam’s Bike Shed in Golspie.
Road Cycling. There are any number of Ordnance Survey maps in the house, for you to find your ideal cycling route. If you are feeling energetic, you might consider trying some or all of the increasingly famous “North Coast 500” route, which makes a huge, 500 mile circle around the north of Scotland.
Mountain Biking. Highland Wildcat Trails, Golspie, is a purpose-built mountain bike course set in magnificent Highland scenery, just north of Dornoch, while a little inland and to the west, the ‘Kyle of Sutherland’ mountain bike trail offers more of a woodland experience.
The Highlands are rightly famous for their malt whiskies and Dornoch Firth View manor is happily placed in an area which allows you to learn as much as you want about Scotland’s national drink. Six famous distilleries are within an easy drive: Glenmorangie, Balblair, Clynelish, Dalmore, Glen Ord and Old Pulteney. It is easy to arrange a tour.
It’s not just the distilleries which are serving! Visit ‘The Whisky Bar’ in the Castle Hotel Dornoch. It has won many awards and has a vast collection of the finest whiskies in the land. The Carnegie Whisky Cellars in the Courthouse in Castle St. is happy to arrange tastings and pack you off with whisky which will last you the rest of the year, – or just sit and sip your own favourite in the House’s own Whisky bar (with honestly tab).
Dornoch runs an annual Whisky Festival in October, which includes, tastings, distillery tours, ceilidhs and lots more.
The name Sutherland dates from the era of Viking rule. So although this county contains some of the northernmost land in the UK, it was called Suðrland or “southern land” by its Norwegian rulers. Norse, Pictish and more recent Scottish history involving bloody battles and the notorious “Highland Clearances” of Victorian times are all around. We recommend visiting some or all of the following:
- “Historylinks” Museum in Dornoch and “Timespan” Museum in Helmsdale, to find out about The Clearances and the burning of the last witch it Scotland.
- Dunrobin Castle in Golspie, built by the notorious Duke of Sutherland
- Dornoch Cathedral, which dates from the 13th century
- The Tarbat Discovery Centre at Portmahomack for Pictish remains
- Culloden – Famous battle site near Inverness airport, and Fort George.
Dornoch contains a number of general grocery stores, plus specialist butchers, bakers, bookshop, hardware and electrical stores, amongst others. There is also a very good antique shop and a number of fantastic gift shops, most notably The Jail, situated in the middle of the village in…. the old town jail!
Just over the Dornoch Firth in Tain, there are a number of other interesting shops, not least Bannermans fish shop for local seafood and The Tain Pottery shop. (If you’re interested in Potteries, you also won’t want to miss the Anta Pottery, which is a little further south.) There are also a number of large supermarkets in Tain.
Aspen Spa at the Carnegie Courthouse (next to the Jail) is a haven of calm and a perfect retreat after a day on the golf course, or a break from a busy day sightseeing or shopping. They have a range of face, body and nail treatments for men and women
Eating and Drinking
Dornoch boasts a number of good restaurants and bars to suit a range of tastes. We have a number of up-to-date recommendations in the house, but would especially caution in the Summer or other popular times, that you book in advance if you want to secure a table, as there aren’t quite enough!
Royal Dornoch Golf Course
Ah, bonnie Scotland! A wild and beautiful part of the world, where you can explore the rugged highlands or enjoy the colour and vibrancy of cultural capitals like Edinburgh and Glasgow.
But how do you know you’re getting the very best out of your trip? That’s where we come in. If you’ve had a browse through our range of luxury cottages and castles in Scotland, you’ll know there’s some great places to stay, but to find all the great things to do, see and eat you’ll need our handy Scotland travel guide – so read on and enjoy!
Dornoch Firth View is a great house for the whole family to enjoy. The big kids will enjoy the games room which comes complete with pool table, jigsaws and cards, while any keen readers will enjoy the library which boasts a wide selection of good reads. There are large gardens which the kids will have endless fun exploring, while the Wi-Fi and smart TV's are bound to keep them occupied in the evening. For the really little ones, travel cots can be provided on request.
Baby and Toddler Equipment
Kids Activities Close-by
- Beach Nearby
- Walk to Beach
- Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
- Tourist Towns & Villages
- Games Room
- Indoor Games
At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:
- On arrival there will be a complimentary “welcome pack” including some essentials and local goodies.
- You can buy your own supplies from local shops in Dornoch or supermarkets in Tain.
- The kitchen is supplied with everything you would expect: cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, coffee machine etc.
- Breakfasts. Would you like somebody to come in and cook your breakfast?
- Dinner. By advance arrangement, a local chef can be provided to cook dinner.
- Alternatively, there are some good restaurants in Dornoch which we can recommend. (Important to book in advance in the Summer & busy seasons)
- The house will be thoroughly cleaned before your arrival and after you depart. If you are staying for more than 1 week, it is possible to arrange for an extra clean at the end of the first week.
- Alternatively, if you would like a full housekeeping service, with beds made daily, this may be possible, given good notice.
- There is a washing machine, tumble drier and iron for your use in the utility room, as well as all kinds of other cleaning materials, should you need them.
- Most guests arrive in their own cars, but some come into Inverness airport or train station. It is easy to hire a car from the airport, which is about 1 hour 10 minutes from Dornoch Firth View.
- Drivers can be provided by prior arrangement to pick you up from the airport/golf courses and restaurants in town, if required.
- There is free WiFi throughout the house
- There are 3 TV’s of which one has Sky (Sport). Your own Netflix account etc can also be run on the televisions.
- There are sound systems in several rooms and in all of the bedrooms, through which you can run your own streaming service.
- The Whisky Bar is well stocked for your enjoyment and we just ask you record your drinks on the “honesty tab” so we can settle up at the end.
- There is a small pool table in the games room and other games, cards, jigsaws etc. available for your use.
- The Library is full of books which you are welcome to read
- There are also many maps which you can use to plan walks, cycling trips etc.
- If we are given sufficient notice, it may be possible to organise bespoke entertainments at the house, such as whisky tastings, yoga, pilates and spa treatments
Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfill your requests!
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From the white sand beaches of the coast, to the dramatic glens and mountains inland, the Highlands are made for romance! Dornoch Firth View is ideally situated to help you create the most magical Highland wedding. It can be hired for your exclusive use all week or from Thursday – Monday of your weekend and we will endeavour in every way we can, to help you create your dream wedding.
You can be married in the fabulous, 13th century Dornoch Cathedral, built in golden sandstone and set in the heart of the Royal Burgh of Dornoch – or maybe you’d prefer the beach as your backdrop? There’s an ideal spot to make your vows on the front lawn at Embo, or our cedar-lined library is another great venue.
The day before the wedding, it is becoming increasingly popular to have a Rehearsal and a Rehearsal Dinner with the wedding party. Where better for this than in our elegant dining room?
Dornoch Firth View can comfortably accommodate 8 couples, all with their own bathrooms, (6 en-suite). All but one bedroom looks out over the sea. The Bride and Groom will be secluded in the bridal suite, the only accommodation in the East wing – which comes complete with a double jacuzzi bath and a complementary bottle of champagne.
Have your Wedding at Embo House
For your wedding reception, we would suggest a marquee on our pretty, circular lawn. This will accommodate up to 120 guests with space for dancing after dinner.
We would be delighted to liase with you to help organise your very special day.
These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.
|Security deposit||£750 paid directly to the owner prior to arrival. The security deposit is refunded in full following the damage inspection within 14 days of your stay.|
|Energy costs included?||Yes, included in rental price|
|Heating costs included?||Yes, included in rental price|
|Linen & towels included?||Yes, included in rental price. Please bring your own beach towels.|
|End of stay cleaning included?||Yes, included in rental price|
|Pets welcome?||Yes, 2 dog - £20 extra charge/per dog|
|Internet access?||Wi-Fi included in rental price|
|Minimum stay||Please note that there is a 3-night minimum stay|
|Changeover day||Any day of the week|
Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:
|Rental period||3 Nights||4 Nights||5 Nights||Weekly|
|Oct 16th 2019 - Oct 26th 2019||£2,704||£3,090||£3,477||£3,863|
|Oct 26th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019||£2,452||£2,802||£3,152||£3,502|
|Dec 21st 2019 - Dec 28th 2019||-||-||-||£4,738|
|Dec 28th 2019 - Jan 4th 2020||-||-||-||£5,047|
|Jan 4th 2020 - Apr 4th 2020||£2,452||£2,802||£3,152||£3,502|
|Apr 4th 2020 - May 23rd 2020||£2,740||£3,132||£3,523||£3,914|
|May 23rd 2020 - May 30th 2020||-||-||-||£4,378|
|May 30th 2020 - Jun 20th 2020||£2,740||£3,132||£3,523||£3,914|
|Jun 20th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020||£3,065||£3,502||£3,940||£4,378|
|Sep 5th 2020 - Oct 24th 2020||£2,740||£3,132||£3,523||£3,914|
|Oct 24th 2020 - Dec 21st 2020||£2,452||£2,802||£3,152||£3,502|
|Dec 21st 2020 - Dec 28th 2020||-||-||-||£4,944|
|Dec 28th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021||-||-||-||£5,305|
|Jan 2nd 2021 - Jan 8th 2021||£2,452||£2,802||£3,152||£3,502|
|Jan 8th 2021 - Apr 3rd 2021||£2,452||£2,802||£3,152||£3,502|
|Apr 3rd 2021 - Apr 18th 2021||£2,740||£3,132||£3,523||£3,914|
Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:
|Rental period||3 Nights||4 Nights||5 Nights||Weekly|
|Oct 16th 2019 - Oct 26th 2019||€2,991||€3,377||€3,763||€4,272|
|Oct 26th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019||€2,712||€3,062||€3,412||€3,874|
|Dec 21st 2019 - Dec 28th 2019||-||-||-||€5,241|
|Dec 28th 2019 - Jan 4th 2020||-||-||-||€5,582|
|Jan 4th 2020 - Apr 4th 2020||€2,712||€3,062||€3,412||€3,874|
|Apr 4th 2020 - May 23rd 2020||€3,031||€3,422||€3,813||€4,329|
|May 23rd 2020 - May 30th 2020||-||-||-||€4,842|
|May 30th 2020 - Jun 20th 2020||€3,031||€3,422||€3,813||€4,329|
|Jun 20th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020||€3,389||€3,827||€4,265||€4,842|
|Sep 5th 2020 - Oct 24th 2020||€3,031||€3,422||€3,813||€4,329|
|Oct 24th 2020 - Dec 21st 2020||€2,712||€3,062||€3,412||€3,874|
|Dec 21st 2020 - Dec 28th 2020||-||-||-||€5,468|
|Dec 28th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021||-||-||-||€5,867|
|Jan 2nd 2021 - Jan 8th 2021||€2,712||€3,062||€3,412||€3,874|
|Jan 8th 2021 - Apr 3rd 2021||€2,712||€3,062||€3,412||€3,874|
|Apr 3rd 2021 - Apr 18th 2021||€3,031||€3,422||€3,813||€4,329|
Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:
|Rental period||3 Nights||4 Nights||5 Nights||Weekly|
|Oct 16th 2019 - Oct 26th 2019||$3,299||$3,686||$4,072||$4,713|
|Oct 26th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019||$2,991||$3,342||$3,692||$4,273|
|Dec 21st 2019 - Dec 28th 2019||-||-||-||$5,781|
|Dec 28th 2019 - Jan 4th 2020||-||-||-||$6,158|
|Jan 4th 2020 - Apr 4th 2020||$2,991||$3,342||$3,692||$4,273|
|Apr 4th 2020 - May 23rd 2020||$3,343||$3,735||$4,126||$4,776|
|May 23rd 2020 - May 30th 2020||-||-||-||$5,341|
|May 30th 2020 - Jun 20th 2020||$3,343||$3,735||$4,126||$4,776|
|Jun 20th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020||$3,739||$4,177||$4,615||$5,341|
|Sep 5th 2020 - Oct 24th 2020||$3,343||$3,735||$4,126||$4,776|
|Oct 24th 2020 - Dec 21st 2020||$2,991||$3,342||$3,692||$4,273|
|Dec 21st 2020 - Dec 28th 2020||-||-||-||$6,033|
|Dec 28th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021||-||-||-||$6,472|
|Jan 2nd 2021 - Jan 8th 2021||$2,991||$3,342||$3,692||$4,273|
|Jan 8th 2021 - Apr 3rd 2021||$2,991||$3,342||$3,692||$4,273|
|Apr 3rd 2021 - Apr 18th 2021||$3,343||$3,735||$4,126||$4,776|
Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.
The House appears today as an elegant, Grade A listed Georgian mansion overlooking the sea. However, it actually dates from the sixteenth century, and its appearance has changed through time. The original, six-room manor house (which now forms part of the west wing) was home to the Gordons of Embo, scions of the Gordons, Earls of Sutherland for two hundred years, and therefore Embo House is an ancestral Castle of the Clan Gordon. The house still holds a marriage stone, once built into the house, dated 1677 and bearing the arms of Sir Robert Gordon of Embo and his new wife, Dame Jean Leslie. A copy of the stone is on public display at Dornoch’s Historylinks Museum, but the original is still in the house. For more information about the Gordon Clan.
It is believed the house suffered a very serious fire towards the end of the eighteenth century and the last of the old family to live there was Sir John Gordon, 5th baronet, who died at Embo on January 24th, 1779, with mountainous debts.
The principal creditor was Robert Hume Gordon, who went on to acquire the estate and rebuild / extend the house around 1790. His political ambitions dictated it should be substantial and handsome; it was part of his strategy to win a parliamentary seat against an opponent backed by the Duchess of Sutherland.
Gordon wanted a country seat which would rival the grandeur of the Duchess’ Dunrobin Castle. However, having completed the house – and no doubt entertained the local electorate in grand style – he lost the election!
Strongly influenced by the fashionable New Town houses in Edinburgh, Gordon’s newly completed house might not have swayed the voters but it clearly made quite an impression on the Rev. Donald Sage who, in 1801, described the house as “the most elegant mansion I have ever witnessed”.
It appears though, that from then on, none of the members of the Gordon family ever lived in the house and in 1900 it was first leased and later purchased by Mr John Mackintosh.
The Mackintosh family still farm all the land around the house. More recently, The House was owned by the Lafferty family, who substantially updated it. They now live nearby in Dornoch.
Fabulous views to the sea…completely blew us away!
ust returned from a wonderful stay and we just feel so relaxed and rejuvenated. The interiors are luxurious , spacious and elegantly decorated. The fabulous views to the sea and out over the flower and fruit filled gardens completely blew us away! Walking on the beach, seal spotting , golfing , reading in the beautiful cedar library .. it really is a house for all seasons. We will return..
This is an amazing property and a very special place to stay. Everything is top quality including the views and the sea air. There is plenty to do and see in the surrounding area but just being in and around the house is enough. Highly recommend, we will be back!
Thank you for an outstanding stay
A truly impressive property set in the most amazing landscape with glorious views all around. It has been furnished to the highest standards with everything you need for a perfect stay with a large group of friends or family. The owners have got the perfect balance between grandeur and cosiness. We loved the views over the Firth, exploring the grounds, seaside walks and of course, the golf. With so many wonderful links courses in the area it is heaven for golfers and I can’t wait to go back and improve my scores.
Magical and marvellous
We had a magical time in this marvellous house. The accommodation has been so well thought out and is luxuriously comfortable with fabulous decor and facilities. The beautiful garden leads into the peaceful landscape and spectacular shoreline, and there is so much to see and do in this area. We were a group of painting enthusiasts and did not find ourselves short of inspiration! We are much looking forward to a repeat visit and recommend the house as one of the best we have ever stayed in.
An is impressively grand and stylish with beautiful grounds and in a stunning location. Lots to do for those that want to, both in the house and around but also great for a chill and relax. We highly recommend a stay for a little or long break and will be returning soon.
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