ACCOMMODATION Loch Ness Escapes : Upper Dunain Cottage

Loch Ness Escapes : Upper Dunain Cottage

Luxury Highland Hideway with hot tub midway between Loch Ness and Inverness (pets welcome)




Loch Ness Escapes : Upper Dunain Cottage

Loch Ness Escapes presents this single-story secluded cottage - the ultimate Highland hideaway. Set in the middle of historic Dochfour Estate whose origins date back to the 1400s, this little gem sits its own private glade in the middle of the woods and was previously two estate worker cottages which have been renovated to provide a 2 bedroom luxury getaway. The extensive fully fenced gardens offer direct access to wonderful hill and forest walks up to the Great Glen Way and the wilderness of the Highlands and yet is only minutes from the amenities of Inverness and Loch Ness. Sit in the hot tub under the pagoda and enjoy the peace, tranquillity and clear air or cosy up in front of the log burner in the stylish sitting room. 

Sleeps 4 – 2 x bedrooms 2 x bathrooms


Set in a large, fully fenced garden with direct access to the hill and forest you will really feel that you have found a little Highland hideaway. There is a soft seating and dining area on the little terrace or if you prefer something more rustic a sunken fire pit area with log seating where you can warm up on a chilly night and tell tall stories. Up a little path set into your own private little hillside is the hot tub under its lit pagoda where you can relax and take a deep breath. 

Your accommodation

Inside you will find two super-comfortable bedrooms with king-size beds. Both have French windows and direct access into the garden. On request, one of the beds can be divided into two singles

All linen and bedding is high quality Egyptian cotton from Tielle Loves Luxury as recommended by House and Garden Magazine and Country Life and is also used by many 5* hotels. The bedding is hypoallergenic

By request we can also provide a cot. 

There are two bathrooms; a large shower room and one large bathroom with a beautiful view to the hills.

All soaps and shampoos are organic and sourced from the Highland Soap Company.

The cosy sitting room has a wood burning stove, books, games and TV with Freeview, Netflix, Amazon Prime etc. It also has beautiful views on both sides of the room and provides the perfect retreat when you want a change from the great outdoors. 

The extensive kitchen/diner is fully equipped with an integrated fridge/freezer, dishwasher, induction hob, electric oven and every amenity you could wish for. The dining section has a table with seating for up to 5 and has an electric wood-burner and a sound docking system. 

There is a separate utility room complete with integrated washing machine and tumble dryer, outdoor equipment and plenty of storage.

I have supplied a comprehensive house manual in which you will also find suggestions for day trips, visitor attractions, shops, restaurants etc. - in addition I have also included all the required emergency numbers that you might need during your stay.

Where you’ll be

The cottage is exactly midway between the city of Inverness and iconic Loch Ness (5 minutes either way) and despite its remote location is only 25 minutes from the airport and 15 minutes from the nearest train station. Local pubs, restaurants and shops are a 5 minute drive away. A Farm Shop on the Estate, a very short drive or even a walk away, supplies locally-sourced meat and veg and other delicacies. Jacobite cruises depart from nearby Dochgarroch up the Loch several times a day and you will find there the award winning An Talla shop and restaurant. A short 5 minute drive into town will take you to another award winning, but affordable, restaurant, The Rocpool. Nearby you will be able to rock and party at Jonny Foxes and Hootenanny to name but two of Inverness's live music venues. There are of course 100s of restaurants to choose from in Inverness offering a wide range of local and international cuisine. There are several famous golf courses within a ½ hour drive and of course the area abounds with historic castles, whisky distilleries and fabulous walks and cycle paths not only along the canal, but also on the Great Glen Way which runs behind the property. Canoeing, leisure cruises, horse-riding and many other amenities are also right on the doorstep. In addition, for the more retail minded, woollen mills, tweed and cashmere shops are all over the area. The house is an ideal base to explore the rest of the Highlands and Islands

House rules

Check-in: After 16:00

Check out: 10:00

Self check-in with keypad

No smoking

No parties or events

Pets are allowed but please notify in advance 


Additional rules

Non-breakable table and glassware to be used in outside areas 

Dogs are welcome but not allowed on furniture or beds. All dog waste must be disposed of and we have a dog composter in the garden. 

It is also important to keep in mind that outside the fenced areas there may well be livestock - usually sheep -so the garden gate must be kept shut.



Free Parking

Free WiFi


Pet Friendly




Upper Dunain Cottage