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Gruinyards - the best views of Loch Ness

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2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
6 guests
4 nights minimum
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Great News - the swimming pool is open again - it was closed for over a year following a fire (in the sauna) but it has now all been restored and is working again. Gruinyards is a beautiful two bedroom top floor apartment in a historic former Abbey with stunning views along Loch Ness, possibly the best available anywhere. It is elegantly furnished and will give you a truly memorable holiday. It sleeps four, or six with the sofa-bed. Or use the double Aerobed in the very large master bedroom to make it a family room. With high sloping ceilings, Gruinyards manages to be both spacious and cosy. It combines old and new, having magnificent stone windows but is furnished in a clean contemporary style. There are windows on three sides giving great views and the possibility of uninterrupted su...Great News - the swimming pool is open again - it was closed for over a year following a fire (in the sauna) but it has now all been restored and is working again. Gruinyards is a beautiful two bedroom top floor apartment in a historic former Abbey with stunning views along Loch Ness, possibly the best available anywhere. It is elegantly furnished and will give you a truly memorable holiday. It sleeps four, or six with the sofa-bed. Or use the double Aerobed in the very large master bedroom to make it a family room. With high sloping ceilings, Gruinyards manages to be both spacious and cosy. It combines old and new, having magnificent stone windows but is furnished in a clean contemporary style. There are windows on three sides giving great views and the possibility of uninterrupted sun all day. However even on cloudy days the rooms are bright and cheerful making it a fantastic place to relax whatever the weather. The apartment has unlimited free Wifi, a large TV with its own Netflix subscription, plus a range of films & DVDs, and a Bluetooth speaker system for music. There are detailed maps & guides and plenty of games and books. The large open plan living-dining room also includes a fully equipped kitchen, complete with dishwasher and washing machine/drier. The high sloping ceilings frame a huge Gothic window that offers the best views along Loch Ness. There are two bedrooms: a very bright and spacious principal bedroom which also has high ceilings and enjoys views over the hills to the east and the Abbey cloisters to the south. It has a magnificent en-suite with a roll-top bath overlooking heather clad Borlum Hill. There is also a very comfortable and cosy twin bedroom and a second bathroom which includes a bath and a shower. Additional accommodation takes the form of a high quality double sofa bed in the living room. Alternatively we also have an automatic double Aerobed (it has an electric pump and adjustable firmness which makes it extremely comfortable) available in the principal bedroom so that this can be used as a very convenient family room. As a guest at the apartment you can also make use of all the facilities of the Highland Club. In addition to wandering around the beautiful Gothic abbey and cloisters, there is tennis, badminton, bowling, croquet, a barbecue area and fishing in Loch Ness all set in the lovely loch-side gardens. Inside there is the residents' lounge and games room with a full sized snooker table, table football and table tennis. And now you can enjoy the swimming pool, steam room and sauna in the magnificent setting of an old chapel. There is also a well equipped gym with weights and a wide range of rowing, cycling and other exercise equipment. In addition activities including archery, air-rifle shooting and, tomahawk throwing, fishing lessons and canoeing can be provided in the grounds or very nearby. More adventurous activities, such as white-water rafting, canyoning, abseiling and clay-pigeon shooting are available locally, and there are daily boat trips and cruises offered just outside the abbey grounds. Further afield, Gruinyards is ideally located for exploring the Great Glen, for climbing Ben Nevis, stunning walks in the Glen Affric and Glen Nevis nature reserves, dramatic waterfalls including the Falls of Foyers, immortalised in verse by Robbie Burns, the dramatic ruins of Castle Urquhart or cycling the Caledonian Canal. Inverness and Fort William are both less than an hour’s drive away while the implausibly romantic Eilean Donan Castle and isle of Skye are just over an hour away. Don't miss one of the worlds great railway journeys from Fort William to Mallaig, going over the Glenfinnan viaduct and also highly recommended is the remarkable historic fort and army base at Fort George. However much of the time you will probably just want to relax looking at the view and taking in the wonderful surroundings. SHORT BREAKS We are happy to take short break bookings (less than a week) throughout the year. The online booking option is only available for stays of 4 nights or longer but we can take 2 or 3 night bookings as well. If you would like to stay for less than four nights PLEASE contact us direct to get a price for these stay lengths. As a guide, 2 nights will work out at about 65% of the weekly rate and 3 nights 75%. However we would urge you to consider staying longer, not only because it is better value, but also because once you arrive I can promise you won't want to leave! More
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Jonathan N
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:July 2009
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Reviewed 9 September 2018

I was looking for a place to have a vacation away from my vacation (between two tours), for a few days, and was thrilled to find this place. Nestled in Fort Augustus, overlooking the southern bank of Loch Ness, is this old Abbey that has...More

Date of stay: August 2018
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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Date of stay: April 2017
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

We booked Gruinyards based on the view it offered of Loch Ness, so we were expecting to be blown away. But even on a grey rainy March day the sight out of the living room window exceeded all our expectations. Utterly, utterly amazing. The apartment...More

Date of stay: March 2017
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Reviewed 10 January 2017

We had a very happy week in the Gruinyards flat. It really does have the best view of the loch. It was wonderful to sit on the sofa and gaze down Loch Ness, watching the changing weather. It was very quiet at night and the...More

Date of stay: January 2017
Thank Jessica N
Reviewed 3 January 2017

We spent 4 days in this well furbished apartment in the converted abbey. At the southern tip of Loch Ness, adjacent to the Caledonian canal, the situation couldn't be better for fabulous views of the loch and surrounding mountains and access to the small town...More

Date of stay: December 2016
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Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Cooker
DVD Player
Grill
Suitable For Children Under 5
Sauna
Gym
Local Guides/Maps
Refrigerator
Alarm Clock
Central Heating
Washer
Water Views
Blender
Dryer
Outdoor Dining Area
Dishwasher
Towels Provided
Cable/satellite TV
Books
Waterfront
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Stereo System
Parking
Shared Garden
Microwave
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
Internet Access
Toaster
Shared Indoor Pool
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