Luxury properties across the UK
Encompassing Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset, the South West is one of the most popular cottage holiday destinations in the UK. Boasting some of the most unspoilt countryside and coastline in the UK, it is easy to see why booking holiday cottages in the South West is so popular. See all of our South West Cottages
The Southern counties of England are varied, each with their own character and charm. Our collection of holiday cottages in Southern England covers the areas of Berkshire, Greater London, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Wiltshire. See all of our Southern England Cottages
The North West England region is home to the counties of Cheshire, Cumbria and Lancashire, each with their own unique qualities that draw in international visitors. The region is steeped in history as well as popular tourist attractions making it a popular destination to visit all year round. See all of our North West Cottages
Visit historic North East England with its castles and ruins, beautiful coastline and family attractions whilst staying in one of our luxurious holiday cottages. The region is home to countless Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Parks and World Heritage Sites. See all of our North East Cottages
Highlands of Scotland
Borders & The Lothians
Perthshire, Fife & Tayside
Skye & The Hebrides
Grampian & Speyside
Handpicked Cottages have selected what we believe are some of the finest holiday cottages in Wales. We have some superb properties in the most beautiful areas of the country. Rural valleys meet with the stunning coasts to make Wales a perfect self-catering cottage destination. See all of our Wales Cottages
The UK is blessed with some of the most beautiful and diverse National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty anywhere in the world. For us, these stretch from Isles of Scilly holiday cottages in the south to the very tip of Scotland. The largest of these is the Lake District but there are well over 50 in total. See all of our Cottages in Special Places
This is your chance to stay at this luxurious Scottish Highlands house for larger groups and extended families. The house is the ideal venue for a holiday, shorter break or to celebrate a special occasions and family get-togethers. The house has been rated as "5-star" by the Scottish Tourist Board.
Embo House is an elegant, Grade A listed Georgian mansion overlooking the sea. It has been furnished to a very high standard with period and contemporary décor throughout. Most of the large windows are at the front of the house, giving stunning views from every room. 7 of the 8 Bedrooms at Embo House have sea views and all have en-suite bathrooms. The ground floor and gardens include a well-equipped kitchen, dining room, library, games room, whisky bar and practice pitching area.
The area is world-famous for golf, with Royal Dornoch Golf Club and a host of other excellent links courses nearby. But North-East Scotland is also perfect for those who love the great outdoors, with walking, cycling, fishing or bird-watching just some of the many activities available around Dornoch.
Outside, the eight acres of grounds are laid down partly as a formal, enclosed garden and partly as woodland. There is plenty of space for children of all ages to play. There is a large barbecue and outside seating on the terrace. Nearby, in the glass summerhouse, peaches apricots and grapes all grow to full ripeness, and this is a great place for an evening drink. Golfers will enjoy the golf pitching area (complete with water hazard and bunker), while pirates will feel at home in the tree-house! A path from the garden leads directly down to the award-winning Dornoch/Embo beach, with its white sands and navy sea. Walking a couple of miles north takes you to Loch Fleet (SSSI) - and a couple of miles south to the Dornoch Firth (SSSI).
Downstairs there are a plethora of light and airy spaces, meaning all your guests can find their perfect spot. The Kitchen is the most contemporary space. It is well-equipped for keen cooks or visiting chefs and also features a wood-burning stove and wall-mounted TV. The breakfast table seats 8. Next door is the grand, red dining room which seats 16. Across the hall, is the cosy sitting room. This is furnished with comfy sofas and has a large, open fire. It also has a smart TV. Down the corridor from here is the games room/ whisky bar. One end on the room houses a pool table and a giant TV (complete with Sky Sport) whilst the other end has more of a pub vibe, with bar stools up against the well'stocked whisky bar - and leather sofas arranged around. At the other end of the house, guests will find the peaceful, cedar and book-lined library. This also has an open fire and spaces for reading, chatting or playing games. Last, but by no means least, for golfers and walkers, the house is equipped with a club store and extensive boot room/drying room area.
First Floor Description
Most of the bedrooms are on the first floor, though they are arranged in 3, separate areas. In the west wing, above the Library, is the Master suite. Both bedroom and bathroom are double-aspect, with views over the sea and over the gardens. The bathroom includes a double jacuzzi bath. In the main house, there are two additional, generously proportioned bedrooms with super-king beds and en-suite bathrooms, as there are also in the east wing.
Second Floor Description
There is only a second floor in the main part of the house. This accommodates 3 extra en-suite double bedrooms.
Window Views Description
Having been built by a Georgian architect, Embo House is blessed with very large windows, and most of them look out to the Dornoch Firth. Catching the sun rise over the sea can be a very special experience. The view is forever changing and forever magical.
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Pet Friendly Cottages
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Child Friendly Cottages
Cottages for Walking Holidays
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Award Winning Cottages
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Cottages with a Real Fire or Woodburner
Dornoch Town Jail & Courthouse
Old Jail & Courthouse, now turned into great shops, cafe, whisky cellar & spaVisit Website
Dornoch Castle Hotel's Whisky Bar
One of the best whisky bars in the world with a truly amazing collection of rare bottles.Visit Website
Falls of Shin
A great place to watch salmon leap - and grab a bite in a stylish cafeVisit Website
Fairytale castle with turrets overlooking the sea. Great gardens too!Visit Website
Huge, 13th Century Cathedral in the tiny village of Dornoch. How amazing is that?Visit Website
Eating and Drinking
Fabulous casual restaurant for lunch & dinnerVisit Website
The Courthouse Cafe
Fabulous casual restaurant for lunch & dinnerVisit Website
Links House Hotel's Restaurant.
The best fine dining in the area.Visit Website
Great Deli open year-round from 8am till 7pm.Visit Website
Comprehensive supermarketVisit Website
Sporting Attractions and Activities
Royal Dornoch Championship Golf Course
Probably Scotland's No. 1 golf course, and rated by Golf Digest as No. 5 in the World.Visit Website
Boat trips to see dolphins
Meet the dolphins in the Cromarty Firth from a boat.Visit Website
Local Fishing places
Jim can tell you all the best places to go and how to get your licensesVisit Website
Adventures on foot or bike
Tailormade, supervised adventures for your partyVisit Website
Brora Golf Club
Another excellent Championship links course, 30 minutes to the north..Visit Website
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