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Balnakeil House

Balnakeil House

5.0
out of 5
Ratings from 6 reviews
100% of guests
recommend
Cleanliness
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Condition
5.0
Location
5.0
Value
5.0
Customer
Service
5.0


A deluxe holiday house in Durness, a beautiful area of Scotland. All rooms have spectacular sea or mountain views. This A-listed eighteenth century mansion is the ultimate holiday house by the beach for up to 17 adults.

Balnakeil House is situated in a stunning environment in the North West Highlands of Scotland. It is in a courtyard setting with Southerly aspect, so the sun shines on the house for most of the day.

Now fully restored it has been sympathetically refurbished to provide a unique and luxurious experience. The setting is magical - step out the back door onto the mile and a half long white sandy beach that is Balnakeil Bay. Inside, enjoy solid wooden furniture, heated slate floors and a timeless décor of earthy colours in sympathy with the surroundings, paired with lovely muted plaids and tweeds from Anta.

On entering, there is a hallway that leads to the superbly equipped kitchen with an Aga at one end and a wood burning stove at the other, separated by a 4.5m long oak table. This makes the perfect spot to gather and socialise whilst preparing and enjoying meals. A games room with a table football, boardgames, books, DVDs, a wood-burning stove, a comfy sofa and a flat screen 3D smart TV will keep the young at heart entertained, whilst those requiring quieter moments can rest in the sumptuous drawing room upstairs with a view over the beach, before all gathering for dinner in the dining room.
The nine bedrooms are welcoming and exceptionally comfortable, with crisp white linen over memory foam mattresses.

Wow

Review submitted on Mon, 06 Jun 2022
5.0
out of 5

Guest recommends this property
Cleanliness
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Condition
5.0
Location
5.0
Value
5.0
Customer
Service
5.0
Balkaniel House exceeded all our expectations. The house is magnificent, the location is perfect. Thank you so much Liz and your team



Wonderful

Review submitted on Mon, 30 May 2022
5.0
out of 5

Guest recommends this property
Cleanliness
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Condition
5.0
Location
5.0
Value
5.0
Customer
Service
5.0
This is the second time we stayed at Balnakeil House.
The house itself is a large ,grand building . It’s beautifully furnished, very comfortable and has all mod cons.
The most amazing asset, however, is the gorgeous beach which is accessed directly from the house.
There are interesting places to visit nearby, including Cape Wrath, Handa Island (a bird sanctuary,accessed by ferry) and Smoo Caves, reached by boat ,underground.
Some of us clocked up Munros and Corbetts, the landscape of the Northern Hihighlads is second to none.
I would love to return.




A wonderful property in a wonderful location.

Review submitted on Wed, 25 May 2022
5.0
out of 5

Guest recommends this property
Cleanliness
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Condition
5.0
Location
5.0
Value
5.0
Customer
Service
5.0
Balnakeil House has been thoughtfully and wonderfully restored. The location is fantastic - right on the beach and with so many other beautiful beaches and sights within a short drive if exploring further afield. The property offers lots of space for a large group in a variety of comfortable bedrooms. The communal spaces are equally wonderful and the kitchen is a pleasure to cater from with everything you could need and more, including two dishwashers and two sinks. The only minor discomfort was trying to keep all the spaces warm but then we were there in particularly cold, snowy weather and would expect it to be challenging to keep a period house the size of Balnakeil completely warm in such conditions. Overall our stay was exceptional and we hope to return.



Scottish holiday house perfection!

Review submitted on Mon, 16 May 2022
5.0
out of 5

Guest recommends this property
Cleanliness
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Condition
5.0
Location
5.0
Value
5.0
Customer
Service
5.0
We're a group of three families who've holidayed together in Scotland for a week each Easter for the last 20 years - and, after all that time and experience, we think we've found "Scottish holiday house perfection" at Balnakeil House! It really is the perfect house in the perfect location. The house itself has been restored to a very high standard - it's toasty warm and very comfortable. The kitchen is a fabulous communal space where you can all relax and socialise together but there are quiet spaces for those that want to hide away with a book by a fire. The main bedrooms are all generous sizes with lovely beds, and the cabin rooms are cosy. The location is amazing - it would be harder to get closer to such a stunning beach. There are lots of lovely walks straight from the front door as well as other things to do in the local area if you can tear yourself away for a trip out. The house is really well equipped, including outdoor kit in the beach room. Covid meant our return visit was delayed but once we were finally back at Balnakeil it was only a couple of days before we were booked in again for next year!



Beautiful location and stunning home

Review submitted on Sun, 15 May 2022
5.0
out of 5

Guest recommends this property
Cleanliness
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Condition
5.0
Location
5.0
Value
5.0
Customer
Service
5.0
We had a lovely time away with all the family, the accommodation was prefect and there was plenty of room for everyone. The location is beautiful, right on the beach and plenty of walks. We would highly recommend a stay at Balnakeil House and will definitely be back.



Wonderful Christmas stay

Review submitted on Thu, 30 Dec 2021
5.0
out of 5

Guest recommends this property
Cleanliness
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Condition
5.0
Location
5.0
Value
5.0
Customer
Service
5.0
We had a wonderful stay in Balnakeil house. The beds were so comfortable and the house was brilliantly equipped. It was perfect. We did run out of hot water one 2 days in the even but it didn’t bother us too much especially as our party had shrunk from 16 to 10. We did struggle with the oven temperatures so some guidance on them would be helpful . Cooking Christmas Day lunch was a bit challenging at times but we absolutely loved the house and the location was breathtaking. The costumer service and help/ support from Sam and Liz was amazing. Thank you so much we had a very, very special time and look forward to returning.