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House of the Northern Gate

Dunnet, Nr John O'Groats
North Highlands
20 Guests
9 Bedrooms
9 Bathrooms
4 Dogs
The House of The Northern Gate has a stunning location on Dunnet head with views over the Pentland Firth to Orkney, with direct access to the owner’s sandy beach, just a short walk from the house. The beach is perfect for beach combing but if you want the surf then you need to visit the nearby impressive sands of Dunnet Bay.
The traditional Scottish Mansion House, recently awarded 5* by Visit Scotland, has been completely refurbished and upgraded to provide luxury accommodation which is welcoming and homely. The character of the classic 1800’s Scottish architecture has been retained while also providing modern comforts with the majority of bedrooms having en suite facilities. The house is able to accommodate up to 20 guests (Max 18 adults).
The setting makes a superb location for a memorable family or large group gathering. Bookings are accepted for 3 or 4 nights to full weeks and more, making it perfect for wedding parties as well; particularly with direct beach access and the surrounding 1800 acres of the owner’s heather clad Estate along the dramatic cliff walks round to Dunnet Head lighthouse.
At the right time of year, you will have the chance to see puffins, arctic skuas, storm petrels, colonies of guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes & many more. At all times, if you keep your eyes peeled there is the opportunity to see dolphins and other Sealife including Sea Otters, Seals together with elusive Killer Whales or Minke Whales. Sea safaris can be booked at John O’Groats
Caithness, with it’s wide-open skies is a stunning holiday location and to make the most of it you do need to get out and about either on the North Coast 500 with its many sites of interest or on foot or bike along quiet side roads and forest tracks. The area has long been a favourite with the Royal Family and it is reputed that while staying at the house the Queen Mother decided to buy the Castle of Mey after seeing it from her bedroom window, now known as the Mey bedroom; you can also search for the “Royal” picnic bench beside the peaceful River Thurso and “rest and be thankful” with Royal approval!

Post Code: KW14 8YD
The House of the Northern Gate accepts arrivals on any day of the week, with short breaks accepted throughout the year
Damage deposit £750 (Unfortunately we are unable to facilitate the Damage Waiver Fee on this property, please select the Refundable Damage Deposit)
STL Licence: HI-00003-F

Accommodation for 20 (max 18 Adults) over two floors with wheelchair access:
Ground Floor: 2 steps to Entrance Vestibule with 4 Steps internally leading to Reception Hall with gallery landing on first floor; Sitting room; Library/ snug sitting room; Cinema/Games room with double sofa bed; Dining room seating 18 but possible to seat 20; Kitchen with breakfast table seating 8; Catering Kitchen; Garden Hallway with ramp access to courtyard garden & parking area; Wet room Shower; WC; Back Hall with door to parking area (2 steps down); Boot room with table tennis table.

First Floor: Gallery landing (note 2 steps to higher level);
Bushta Bedroom with 4 Poster King bed and en suite bathroom with slipper bath and separate walk-in shower in the turret overlooking the bay;
Hoy Bedroom with King Zip Link bed and ensuite shower room;
Mey Bedroom with Super King Zip Link bed and ensuite bathroom with over bath shower;
Holborn Bedroom with Super King bed and ensuite shower room with walk in shower;
Morven Bedroom with Super King bed, day bed and ensuite shower room with a walk-in shower that has a sea view;
Olrig Bedroom with double bed and ensuite shower room with walk in shower; Rear landing with 2 sets of steep stairs with a turn to ground floor garden hallway;
Stroma Bedroom with King Zip Link bed;
Family bathroom with bath and over bath shower;
St John’s Bedroom with Twin single beds;
2 steps down from landing to
Dwarwick Bedroom with Super King bed and ensuite bathroom with sea view a slipper bath and in bath shower.
Two additional fold-out beds for children

Courtyard Garden and patio with seating areas, fire pit and path to lochan. Access to a secluded sandy beach and 1800 acres of moorland and cliff paths leading to Dunnet Head Lighthouse, the most northerly point of Scotland.

Services: Heating from a ground source heat pump * Open fires (logs not supplied but available locally in Dunnet Forest and in Castletown nearby) * Bed linen and Towels included * Bramley toiletries provided * Washing Machine * Drier * Dishwasher x 2 * Fridge Freezer * Freezer * Wine Cooler * Catering Kitchen available on request * Family kitchen with Electric oven, separate steam oven and induction hob * Microwave * Cinema room * Smart T.V. * DVD * Bluetooth Speakers * WI-FI * High chair * Travel Cot * Bicycle storage * Courtyard garden with patio furniture and BBQ * Maximum 4 dogs welcome but must be kept downstairs and off sofas/furniture. Extra charges apply.


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Pets Allowed
Open Fire/Stove
Bicycle Storage
Sea View
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Damage Deposit for care of property

All holiday-makers booking a holiday are required to pay either a Damage Deposit, £150 or as noted in the property listing details, or Damage Deposit waiver, whichever is selected is required to be paid with the balance payment of the holiday. Where selected the Damage Deposit will be held by Discover Scotland to be applied against the reasonable costs of repairs, replacement or additional cleaning of furnishings, kitchen equipment, crockery, glass, bedding and towels damaged or soiled other than by normal wear and tear during the holiday. The Damage Deposit, less any reasonable charges, will be returned within 14 days of the departure date. Where any costs exceed the Damage Deposit the holiday-maker will pay such excess as notified to them by Discover Scotland within 14 days of notification. Where the holiday-maker has agreed to pay the Damage Deposit Waiver the Damage Deposit is not payable. This amount is non-refundable. If the cost of any damage or breakages exceeds the applicable Damage Deposit value for the property, then the holiday-maker will be liable for any additional costs. Any such excess will be notified to them by Discover Scotland and due for payment within 14 days of notification.

All bookings require either a refundable Damage Deposit £150 or as per the property details or £20 non refundable Damage Deposit Waiver.

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