- Sleeps: 18
- Bedrooms: 8
- Bathrooms: 7
- Minimum stay: 3 nights
A uniquely scenic location, the Black Isle isn’t an island but a peninsula; set in the mesmerising Scottish Highlands and bordered by the sea on three sides.
It’s here, close to the coastal village of Jemimaville, that you’ll discover the sweeping, elegant Poyntzfield House – a dream setting for special group celebrations that promise to inspire lasting memories.
Nestled amongst four glorious acres of mature gardens, the stately retreat dates all the way back to the 18th century. Two additional wings have since been crafted, to form a sociable U-shape that boasts a stunning Tuscan-style central courtyard… perfect for catch-up cocktails in the afternoon sunshine.
Sleeping up to 18 lucky guests, there are plenty of spaces for everyone to relax, unwind, and even challenge their competitive spirits, exactly as they wish. The lavish drawing room is home to a grand piano and a feature library wall, while the West Wing comes equipped with a games room that has a full-size antique snooker table.
The designated cook will adore whipping up celebratory feasts on the large gas range cooker, and there’s a magnificent dining room to savour them in, to befit the grandest of occasions. Just don’t forget the magnum of Champagne for toasting!
The jewel in the crown, however, has to be the private heated swimming pool. Boasting an inventive concertina roof that can be thrown open in the sun and closed in the rain, you can enjoy a sublime dip whatever the Scottish weather chooses to throw at you. There are plenty of poolside loungers, too – perfect for getting stuck into that book you never seem to find time for at home.
If you’re feeling particularly lordly, you could take a turn around those immaculate grounds, while the kids burn off some energy with a little help from the Wendy house, football goal-posts, and fun swings.Keep reading
At a glance
- A grand Georgian mansion with a private heated swimming pool, secluded amongst four acres of mature garden grounds on Scotland’s Black Isle.
- 8 bedrooms sleep up to 18 guests, and there are 7 bathrooms.
- There is a large, well-equipped kitchen and a magnificent dining room, along with a games room, drawing room, and garden games for the children to enjoy.
- The swimming pool has a concertina roof that means you can enjoy a swim whatever the weather! There is a Tuscan-style courtyard for al fresco drinks in the sun.
- Drive to bustling, culture-steeped Inverness in 30 minutes, or visit the local beaches to swim and spot dolphins.
- Dog Friendly
- Family Friendly
- Large Groups
- Seaside Breaks
- Swimming Pools
Accommodation is spread out across the main house (3 floors) and the West Wing. 8 bedrooms: 4 doubles, 1 with an extra daybed, 4 twins. 7 bathrooms, 5 of which are en-suite. 2 separate WCs. Main entrance hallway with seating, sitting room with piano and wood-burner, dining room with wood-burner, utility room/area with washing machines/tumble dryer, 2 fridges and freezer. Kitchen with double gas range cooker, 2 dishwashers, 2 microwaves, breakfast area. Snug with wood-burner, games room with snooker table. Swimming pool with loungers and concertina roof, central courtyard with seating, 4 acres of gardens with seating and games. Linen, towels, electricity and Wi-Fi are included.
Walking, cycling, beaches, swimming, dolphin-spotting, botanic gardens, shops, galleries, restaurants, pubs, historic sites.
When it’s finally time to turn in, you’ll have eight glorious bedrooms to choose from. There’s a convenient mix of double and twin rooms, all dotted across the floors of the main house and West Wing. You’ll also have seven indulgent bathrooms, eliminating any worries about awkward morning queues.
After a hearty home-cooked breakfast devoured all together, it’s time to plan the day ahead. Be warned: this may take you a while, since there’s so much to explore in this truly incredible part of the world.
Go dolphin-spotting at nearby Chanonry Point, or roll out your towel on Rosemarkie’s long, gorgeous sandy beach. If you’ve brought your mountain bike along, the Learnie Red Rock Trails offer an adrenaline-fuelled challenge!
You could also hop in the car and visit Inverness, the largest city in the Highlands, in just half-an-hour. Shop, dine, and stroll around the beautiful botanic gardens, before heading back to Poyntzfield House for another refined evening spent with your favourite people.
Things to note
Up to two well-behaved dogs are also welcome to stay, for an additional fee. Please note that the caretakers live in the house’s East Wing (there is no internal access and a separate garden) and will be on hand to answer queries if needed.