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Rowan Cottage and the nearby 'Plough Inn'
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The beach is 2 minutes walk from the cottage Modern, well-equipped kitchen
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57 reviews
Rowan Cottage and the nearby 'Plough Inn'
The beach is 2 minutes walk from the cottage
Modern, well-equipped kitchen
The rear of Rowan Cottage and it's colourful garden
The wood-lined sitting room
Lounge
Traditional fireplace in the Lounge
Oil-fired stove in the sitting room
Double bedroom
Fitted wardrobes in the double bedroom
Twin bedroom
Upstairs bathroom
Rowan Cottage
Looking West along the beach to Chanonry Point
The beach is 2 minutes walk
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Rosemarkie, Ross and Cromarty, Scottish Highlands, Scotland

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Tim M
Portree, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
105 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Cosy and comfortable haven in an icy, crisp January 2015”
Reviewed 24 January 2015 for a stay in January 2015
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Staying a week on the Black Isle is becoming a regular out-of-season week in January for us. Last year (2014) we stayed same time same month in a lovely bungalow near Cromarty. This year (2015) the lure of Rosemarkie Beach pulled on the Black Isle's southern coastline and thus we found Rowan Cottage, at short notice, hoping that in this quiet, short, darkened days time-of-year up here, vacancies would be available and that holiday home owners would rent properties.

We have lived on Scotland's NW Coast for 27 years and know whilst the west endures wet, wet, wet windy times in winter The Black Isle - just three hours away fairs much better. So it was, after a week at home of tremendous storms, often hurricane force gales and dark wild days with electricity cuts etc etc, we drove the three hours across Scotland through snow and eintry showers to the calm, crisp, but blue- sky icy Black Isle.

Eureka, as last year there, a glorious but cold week in this cosy comfortable cottage with Brandy our 2 year old Irish Terrier. Well- appointed, as previous reports confirm and all the luxuries a two- bathroom extended cottage can provide. That the (public) car park at the rear of Rowan Cottage was an ice-skating- rink, all week didn't in any way spoil our time here. Just outside the cottage doors are temptations to suit all tastes. We enjoyed many glorious walks along the Rosemarkie Beach in both easterly and westerly (Chanonry Point) directions; the lovely river and burn walk up to and from the Fairy Pools; two trips to Inverness, and a day out to Dornoch, Brora and Helmsdale (walking in the empty icy bracing grounds of Dunrobin Castle enroute) made for a good week and always this cosy cottage to return to. Not a drip of rain all week, but temperatures never above zero for long!

We didn't meet the owner but from comments in the visitor book within the cottage many guests return again and again here. We can see why they do.

The garden pond in the small garden never thawed, we broke the ice for the birds to drink......

This cottage is fully booked it seems from Late April to October and we can see why, long summer days, and all local attractions and restaurants would be open allowing this cottage to shine even brighter. We do not expect folk visiting these locations in winter, when tourists are the exception rather than the norm, mind that, and like us, when a comfortable clean warm well equipped haven like Rowan Cottage is at day's end what more could be asked? Highly recommended...

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PBS21
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Perfection”
Reviewed 16 November 2014 for a stay in November 2014
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Just arrived back from a wonderful break in Rosemarkie - a week in this lovely cottage is not enough so we hope to book again soon. The cottage was beautifully presented with everything we needed and immaculately clean. Had wonderful walks on the beach, travelled around the area to take in the attractions, a fantastic little bistro in Cromarty, Fort George just across the bay, Culloden Moor, the beautiful marina at Findhorn, and then being able to come back every day to such a warm, inviting cottage rounded off each day perfectly!

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Liked best: The space in the cottage - it was like a Tardis
Liked least: Nothing at all
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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jamiso
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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168 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Ticks all the boxes”
Reviewed 16 September 2014 for a stay in September 2014

Having in recent years rented houses in USA, France, Italy, Spain, Lanzarote and various locations in the UK, one can say that Rowan Cottage ranks very positively on all counts. The cottage is very well furnished and the open plan kitchen and dining area made it very pleasurable to cook and enjoy the excellent food products that are available in the region. From the cottage one can easily walk along the beach to Channory Point to watch dolphins and soak in the very relaxing atmosphere of the Black Isle.

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Denise L
Ringwood, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Accommodation & Location Outstanding”
Reviewed 27 March 2014 for a stay in March 2014

Beautiful immaculate maintained cottage in a wonderful location. Weather was amazing, didn't see the dolphins but the walks & the stunning area made up for this.
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Liked best: Cottage & location
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Friends
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Bristol, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 January 2013 for a stay in December 2012
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Liked best: The kitchen - it had everything you could possibly want.
Liked least: The TV in the lounge - indoor aerial which picked up interference when a car went by.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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