Ross-shire Hall

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Sleeps: 14 Bedrooms: 7 Bathrooms: 7

Overview

Wedding Venue Chateaux & Castles
Wow Factor
Heritage Collection
Beach Nearby Ideal for Kids Walk to Village All Bedrooms En-Suite

The grand country mansion house, Ross-shire Hall is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion with family or friends. This incredible Grade II listed building, dating back to the 1700’s, has been brought back to life by the current owners and offers luxurious comforts as well as characterful nods to its fascinating past. It is documented in the village records that President Franklin D Roosevelt and Eleanor spent part of the honeymoon staying at the house. This magical building stands proud in six acres of glorious gardens and woodland near the village of Evanton in the Scottish Highlands. Its location is perfect for day trips to the Cairngorms, Caithness and Sutherland, the west coast of Scotland, the beautiful Black Isle and the gentle shores of Loch Ness. It is a great base for exploring the popular NC500 route while offering total tranquility and seclusion. This unspoiled area of natural beauty is home to much wildlife and you are likely to see pheasant and deer in the garden and buzzards and red kites flying above. There are opportunities for fishing, shooting, cycling, horse riding, watersports, white water rafting, quad biking, dolphin spotting and sea kayaking. You can visit whisky and gin distilleries, enjoy some serious fine dining and most of all, you can rest, recuperate and indulge yourselves in this oasis of gracious and glorious living deep within the Scottish Highlands.

As soon as you start your drive through the well-tended grounds of Ross-shire Hall and approach this beautiful building with its turrets, grand outer staircase and immense character, you know you are in for a treat. With seven beautifully presented bedroom suites, three reception rooms and a large kitchen, Ross-shire Hall is wonderful for family and friend get togethers. You will relax in the atmospheric, panelled drawing room in front of a blazing fire, dine like royalty and dive deep into slumber in the crispest of cottons and softest of duvets. There are many special touches including fresh flowers throughout the house, magazines and books, board games and toys for the little ones and organic Scottish toiletries in the bathrooms. Discreet, complimentary daily housekeeping is a joy and there are some excellent catering options. For an additional charge, the owner chef Graham is happy to cook for you by prior arrangement using delicious fresh local ingredients. You can choose from waitressed formal dinners for special occasions, a full week of catering, traditional Scottish breakfasts, picnics or meals ready to be served by yourselves at the end of a busy day. You can also pre-order a drinks package for your holiday. Please just enquire at the time of booking for further information. It is easy to see why Ross-shire Hall has been awarded five stars from the Scottish Tourist Board for more than twelve years. Ross-shire Hall is a fabulously unique venue for any holiday or special occasion.

The outdoors steps take you to the entrance hall and living spaces on the first floor. The drawing room is the perfect place for pre-dinner drinks or a late-night dram of whisky in front of the fire. With panelling all around, gorgeous window seats and sumptuous sofas, it is a great spot. The dining area is also lovely with plenty of character and classic styling. Next to the drawing room is the sitting room, a lovely space where you can disappear with a pot of tea and the Sunday newspapers. On the lower ground floor, you will discover the third reception room where you can relax watching a movie on Netflix or playing family games. The kitchen is absolutely fabulous with both an Aga and a range cooker. It is perfect for self-catering or else you can let someone else take over and enjoy your break away from the oven. There is a handy breakfast table too.

There are four bedrooms on the upper floor and three on the lower ground floor. They all enjoy superior super king-size beds, four of which can be set up as twin beds. In addition, there are a number of cots and fold-away beds for young children that can be used. Every bedroom enjoys its own en-suite bathroom. The bedrooms are elegant, spacious havens where you will enjoy sumptuous furnishings and beautiful garden views. Some enjoy neutral decor while others enjoy bright colour pop feature walls that match the rugs on the floor and other warm accessories. Each bedroom enjoys its own character and every guest will be delighted with their room. The bathrooms are beautifully maintained, with a mix of baths and showers.

Ross-shire Hall sits in six acres of fabulous gardens and woodland. With fragrant, colourful borders, lush lawns and towering, ancient trees, there are so many beautiful spots for picnics, family games and quiet moments with your holiday books. There is a gas barbecue for alfresco dining and the only noise you may hear is the soft hoot of an owl.

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What you should know…

  • Please let us know if you are interested in any of the catering options or if you will cater for yourselves. The property owners can also arrange drinks packages that will be at the house ready for you
  • Every bedroom at Ross-shire Hall comes with its own en-suite bathroom. There are cots and fold-out beds for young children available if required and some of the bedrooms can be set up as twins rather than with super king-size beds. Please let us know in advance
  • If you want to fish or play golf, please make arrangements prior to your holiday

Property Features

Wi-Fi/Internet BBQ Hairdryer All Bedrooms En-Suite Smart TV Indoor Games Outdoor Games DVD Working Fireplace Heating AGA Caretaker/Owner on Site Waterfront

Lower Ground Floor
- Television room
- Cloakroom
- Bedroom with super-king double or twin beds and en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom with super-king double or twin beds and en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom with super-king double or twin beds and en-suite shower room

Main Floor
- Hall with honesty telephone
- Spacious wood-panelled living & dining room with two open fires
- Sitting room with open fire
- Fully-equipped kitchen with two dishwashers, AGA, microwave, Gas cooker & fridge/freezer
- Cloakroom

First Floor
- Bedroom with super-king bed and en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom with super-king bed and en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom with super-king double or twin beds and en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom with super-king double or twin beds and en-suite bathroom

Exterior Grounds
- 6 acres of gardens & woodland
- Seating for 14
- Large gas barbecue
- Garden games

Additional Facilities
- Wi-Fi
- Smart TV
- Washing machine
- Complimentary toiletries
- White waffle dressing gowns
- Hairdryers
- Children's equipment including: a wooden cot, low children's beds, highchairs, baby bath, toys & books are available on request
- Ample log supply
- Parking

Location

About the surrounding area of Ross-shire Hall
Beach Nearby Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant Watersports Canoeing/Kayaking Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Golf Nearby Stalking/Hunting Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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Ross-shire Hall enjoys a fabulous location close to the village of Evanton, 15 miles north of Inverness, 4 miles south west of Alness and 6 miles north east of Dingwall. Evanton enjoys the Fyrish monument, the Black Rock Gorge and a good selection of shops, restaurants and cafes. Those that love shopping can fill their suitcases with cashmere knits, woollens, tweeds, glassware, ceramics, jewellery, art, antiques, cheese, chocolate, gin and whisky, all bought locally.

The location makes it very easy to visit quiet Highland beaches, lush green landscapes brimming with waterfalls, challenging hills and mountains and historic buildings. A day trip to Aviemore, an hour from the house, brings the thrills of white water rafting, skiing, quad biking, an aerial adventure course and various watersports. Those that love the water can take a RIB boat trip to spot dolphins in the Cromarty Firth or on Loch Ness. You can also canoe on the River Beauly or sea kayak in the Firth. If you want to enjoy a fishing session, you will be delighted to find picturesque locations on the River Alness or the Conon with excellent trout and salmon fishing. Guided fishing trips and hire of equipment can all be arranged. There are also fantastic golf courses within easy reach of Ross-shire Hall including Royal Dornoch, Castle Stewart and Fortrose and Rosemarkie. Clay Pigeon shoots can be arranged on the Brahan Estate, 20 minutes away.

The Ross-shire countryside is beautiful. The house sits close to the Cromarty Firth and The Black Isle. A few minutes walk up from the house brings you to sensational views of the majestic Ben Wyvis and further, the serene beauty of Loch Glass. Black Rock Gorge is just a short stroll from the house, famous as its featured in the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Dornoch is just under an hour away with its stunning cathedral, its breathtaking sandy beach, its Royal Dornoch Golf course and its wonderful shops, restaurants and bars. The links golf course has been played on since the 16th century. You might like to take a look in The Carnegie Whisky Cellars while you are there. On the way there or on the way back, you may like to stop at the Whisky Distillery at Glenmorangie or at the famous ANTA Pottery and Tain Pottery studios.

A trip to Loch Ness is popular. There you can enjoy a boat cruise, stopping at the ruins of Urquhart Castle. The Black Isle is also beautiful with plenty of quaint seaside villages, smoked fish shops, craft shops and cute cafes as well as its own Black Isle Brewery where you can stop and taste the beer. Other trips that guests enjoy are to the west coast and in particular, the picturesque town of Ullapool, Caithness and the Castle of Mey and Dunrobin Castle.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Inverness

(30 minute drive)

Nearest Village Evanton

(4 km)

Nearest Town/City Dingwall

(11 km)

Nearest Restaurant The Storehouse

(8 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub The Balconie Inn Evanton

(4 km)

Nearest Beach Evanton Beach

(8 km)

Nearest Golf Alness

(6 km)

Nearest Train Station Dingwall

(11km)

Region

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.

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Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens Ideal for Xmas/NY

Ross-shire Hall is perfect for family get togethers. With seven bedrooms plus cots and fold-out beds, there is room for several families. The owners of the house supply many toys and games for children. The television room with Neflix access is wonderful. Children can settle down to a movie of their choice at the end of a busy day. There is a library filled with books for all ages. Also, the gardens are sublime. They are perfect for fun family games.

Families that love the outdoors enjoy the scenery and the activities available in the Scottish Highlands. The rivers provide much fun with canoeing, kayaking, fishing and boat trips. You can also take boat trips to watch sunsets and to look out for dolphins. Ecoventures is a brilliant company that offers super cool, high speed, offshore RIB trips to enjoy the unique scenery, wildlife and history of the area. The trips leave from Cromarty on the easternmost tip of The Black Isle with its imposing cliff coastline. It is home to a resident colony of Bottlenose dolphins. Most families take the two hour Wildlife Watch trip which heads out into the Inner Moray Firth. As well as the dolphins, you are likely to see Common and Grey seals, porpoises and occasionally a Minke whale.

There are some beautiful beaches to visit including Dornoch and those on The Black Isle. Dornoch Beach is stunning with soft sands, lots of dunes and shallow water. The beach extends all the way to the village of Embo in the north. Dornoch itself is a lovely historic town with a fantastic cathedral to visit. Cromarty Beach is also gorgeous with lots of sand and the odd dolphin out at sea to spot. It is a great beach for fossil hunting too.

In Inverness there are many family friendly attractions including the castle which overlooks the River Ness, the Ness Islands Walk and Railway, the Inverness Ice Centre, the Inverness Botanic Gardens, Frankie and Lolas indoor play centre and Whin Park with its boating lake. The Landmark Forest Adventure Park is always popular with its rope courses, playgrounds and exhibits. Cawdor Castle and Gardens is another favourite with its well-preserved castle, beautiful gardens and its 9-hole golf course.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Animal farm
  • Beach Nearby
  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • Watersports
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Children's books
  • Children's videos/DVDs
  • Indoor Games
  • Outdoor Games
  • DVD
  • Toys
  • Waterfront

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Daily Housekeeping Included
  • Flexible, Bespoke Catering Available By Property Owner On Request (everything from served formal dinners, a full week of relaxed Chef catering or everyday “one-pot” meals, freshly cooked for you to serve yourselves after a day exploring)

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:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services

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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Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Event information

Wedding Capacity
Indoor reception capacity: 50
Outdoor reception capacity: 150 (with marquee)

Availability
All year.

The Service
There are several local churches. Cermonies can take place in the house or garden.

Catering

Typically between £42 - £55 per person for 3 courses.

Other Services
The owners have many contacts for wedding services depending on each individual's requirements. Flowers, live music, DJs, travel, and marquees can all be arranged.

Accommodation
14 adults can sleep on site, plus 2 cots and 2 fold-away beds for young children. There are bed and breakfasts in the village 2 miles away and hotel accommodation 8 miles away.

Travel
The house is 30 minutes from Inverness and Inverness airport. Train stations are at Inverness and Dingwall.

Please note that weddings are subject to an events fee in addition to the house rental prices as shown on the "rates" tab. This will be a bespoke fee so please enquire for further details. There is a 2-night minimum stay for all wedding events.

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit £500 or £1,000 for wedding groups which is to be refunded in full subject to a damage inspection on departure
Arrival time 4pm
Departure time 10am
Energy costs included? Yes, included in the rental price
Linen & towels included? Yes, included in the rental price
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival.
Internet access? Yes, Wi-Fi is included in the rental price
Changeover day Flexible
Minimum stay Please note that there is a 2-night minimum stay, this may be increased across peak dates
Pets welcome? No pets
Smoking Allowed? No smoking
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, personal belongings and any accidental damage caused during their stay.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Oct 7th 2022 - Dec 19th 2022 £6,988 £7,418 £7,848 £8,278 £9,138
Dec 19th 2022 - Dec 26th 2022 - - - - £10,213
Dec 26th 2022 - Jan 6th 2023 - - - - £10,213
Jan 6th 2023 - Dec 18th 2023 £6,988 £7,418 £7,848 £8,278 £9,138
Dec 18th 2023 - Dec 25th 2023 - - - - £10,213
Dec 25th 2023 - Apr 9th 2024 - - - - £10,213

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Oct 7th 2022 - Dec 19th 2022 €7,470 €7,929 €8,389 €8,848 €9,768
Dec 19th 2022 - Dec 26th 2022 - - - - €10,917
Dec 26th 2022 - Jan 6th 2023 - - - - €10,917
Jan 6th 2023 - Dec 18th 2023 €7,470 €7,929 €8,389 €8,848 €9,768
Dec 18th 2023 - Dec 25th 2023 - - - - €10,917
Dec 25th 2023 - Apr 9th 2024 - - - - €10,917

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Oct 7th 2022 - Dec 19th 2022 $7,315 $7,765 $8,215 $8,666 $9,566
Dec 19th 2022 - Dec 26th 2022 - - - - $10,691
Dec 26th 2022 - Jan 6th 2023 - - - - $10,691
Jan 6th 2023 - Dec 18th 2023 $7,315 $7,765 $8,215 $8,666 $9,566
Dec 18th 2023 - Dec 25th 2023 - - - - $10,691
Dec 25th 2023 - Apr 9th 2024 - - - - $10,691

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

Property Owner

Elizabeth & Graham

How long have you owned the property?

12 years

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?

The house was a complete renovation for us as it was falling down when we bought it 12 years ago. It's a captivating house that we fell in love with in a really peaceful spot.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?

We have had one or two but we treat them just like every guests that comes to stay at Ross-shire Hall and keep it on the down low.

What’s the strangest or most difficult guest request you’ve ever received?

This is a hard question... most difficult guests might be the ones who turned the heating on full but opened all the windows day and night!

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...

Really do?

You must taste the Whisky! Visit a distillery for a tour and tasting. Local distillery Dalmore have fascinating tours and some very special whisky.

Really eat?

Well I would have to say here! Have Graham cook for you, choose from great local ingredients and nobody has to drive home!

Really see?

Visit the black rock gorge, just a short walk from the house and so so pretty you will stand in awe of the place

Lastly, what insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?

The Highlands of Scotland is really beautiful in the Spring and the Autumn, the changing seasons, the great outdoors. Visit Loch Glass it's a hidden gem just up the road from Ross-shire Hall.

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Reviews

  • The perfect place for all of us

    Posted by Sandra on 11/07/2022

    You do not have enough stars to rate our experience at Ross-shire Hall. The home is beautiful. The ambience is so peaceful and calm. This home is completely and fully equipped with any and everything you can possibly want, including three baskets of toys for our toddler. We were a four generation family. This was the perfect place for all of us. All three fireplaces are relaid every day for beautiful fires in the evening. The grounds are lush and beautiful. Graham prepared dinners for us every evening, and provided soups and sandwiches for lunches. The food was unforgettable. If you want to experience how royalty lives, please visit. Elizabeth and Graham will take care of everything and make you feel like kings and queens. I cannot say enough. This is by far the most memorable experience any of us have ever had at a BNB.

  • Outstanding!

    Posted by Donald on 02/11/2020

    We rented Ross-shire Hall in September. This is an outstanding property. The owners attention to detail is excellent. It is spotless, the kitchen is amazingly well appointed, the bedrooms and bathrooms all superb. There is no consideration which has not been thought of. The catering was impacted by COVID but Graham is a wonderful chef and provided endless meals left in the kitchen for our group. The grounds are beautifully kept and secluded. The house is brilliantly located with so much on offer for all ages nearby. Elizabeth and Graham are the best and we cannot recommend this house more highly. It is expensive but for what you get well worth it.

  • A privilege

    Posted by Anon. on 24/09/2019

    I had the privilege of staying with nine other guests at Ross-shire for three nights. It was by far the best accommodations over the course of our 10-day trip through Scotland, having the place all to ourselves, with delicious breakfasts and dinners cooked by Graham and wonderful hosting and welcoming by Elizabeth... we couldn't have asked for anything more. Comfortable, spacious, clean, secluded... Ross-shire Hall has it all!

  • Stunning

    Posted by Anon. on 15/08/2019

    The house is stunning, very impressive and well maintained as is the grounds around the house. Beautiful location with spectacular views and walks. The house has 7 bedrooms all en-suite and tastefully decorated. The beds were so comfortable and additional camp beds added for kids if required and plenty space to do so. Everything was really nice and well looked after. The towels are lovely with nice products in the bathrooms. Graham cooked dinner on the Saturday night and it was exceptionally good. The service and attention to detail was perfect. The girls that worked with him were lovely and so efficient. He is an excellent chef, well worth spoiling yourself and have dinner made for you. I honestly cannot rate this experience highly enough. We didn't want to go home! The owners, Graham and Elizabeth are fantastic hosts who should be so proud of what they have achieved.

  • Have to drag ourselves away.

    Posted by Deborah on 03/09/2018

    You just have to walk out the door to experience the stunning scenery, it’s so unbelievably beautiful here. We loved Cromarty, pottering around, Sutor Creek Café and the boat trip. Cycling and quad biking at Aviemore and fabulous walks on your doorstep.

  • Unique Atmosphere

    Posted by Jose on 11/07/2018

    Lovely house and staff! Great vacations in an unique atmosphere.

  • This is the place of fairytales

    Posted by Sacha on 02/07/2018

    Thank for you an amazing time in this wonderful castle, like a fairy tale. I can honestly say Elizabeth, Graham and their team have completely blown us away. The welcome, the service and the food were exceptional, everything was perfect.

  • Wow, wow, wow, what can we say?

    Posted by Mike on 08/04/2018

    Absolutely fantastic! Graham and Elizabeth, you and your team made our day so special. Your hospitality is second to none Words cannot thank you enough.

  • Scotland at its best

    Posted by Vanessa P on 13/09/2015

    Our family of 14 had a fantastic stay at this property. It's spacious, very comfortable and very well appointed. The kitchen was the hub and the formal living room with the open fireplace was a favourite hangout come evening. It's also very well located for day trips further north. We would definitely go again in the future. The only thing missing was a clothes dryer which is much needed given the wet weather of Scotland and a prolonged stay.

  • Scottish Spirit

    Posted by Me & Mrs Lopez-Perea on 15/10/2011

    We will bring this Scottish spirit with us to Spain and it will never leave us! Thanks for everything, it's been great!

  • Such a special weekend

    Posted by Michael & Sharon Acland on 19/10/2010

    Really enjoyed seeing Assynt House restored to perfection - fantastic in every detail. Thank you very much for looking after us all and making the weekend so special.

  • We'll be back!

    Posted by Mr & Mrs Wallace on 24/02/2010

    If ever there was a place to have a traditional Hogmanay then Assynt it is. Laughter, log fires, family games, good food - and the odd glass of wine! We will be back!

  • Fabulous

    Posted by Claire Copley on 23/02/2010

    Fabulous Fabulous Fabulous! House beyond expectations,Scotland fab, Kids need to go home for a rest. Looked after very well and can't wait to come back. Thanks for one of our best summer holidays!

  • Wonderful & Magical

    Posted by Mr & Mrs Miranda on 27/11/2009

    We could haver never imagined the magical weekend we have had at Assynt. Thank you for your hospitality, warmth and superb cooking!!! Wonderful and magical luxury home.

  • I could stay forever!

    Posted by Mr & Mrs Potter on 19/11/2009

    Pertectly wonderful. I feel as if I could stay forever. Great views, great food and all with relaxed luxury. Thank You.

  • Unbelievable

    Posted by The Fitzmaurice, Bloomfield & Richardson families on 01/11/2009

    We have had an unbelievable week, the house is truly beautiful and the setting is positively picturesque. Thank you!

  • Our wedding came alive

    Posted by Mr & Mrs Stenhouse on 29/10/2009

    Words cannot express how wonderful the past 3 days have been, Elizabeth & Graham have worked so hard to make our wedding come alive just as we saw it in our minds. Attention to detail, the food, the advice has made our special a day to be grateful for. We shall remember this place forever.

  • Amazing

    Posted by Dee Fife on 15/10/2009

    Such an amazing place! Thank you for creating a real oasis, an atmosphere that is totally relaxing and beautiful. The catering and the wonderful hospitality were the icing on the cake. You have taken what was obviously once a special place and turned it into a very special place. See you next time.

  • Our expectations were surpassed

    Posted by Mr & Mrs McNamara on 03/09/2009

    All of our expectations were surpassed, the house is beautiful and warm,elegant and inviting.

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