GRUINYARDS - luxury holiday apartment by Loch Ness

A Luxury 2 Bedroom Penthouse at the Highland Club

Gruinyards is located on the top floor of the Old Monastery at the Highland Club, created from the conversion of a Benedictine Abbey situated on the shores of Loch Ness. It can sleep 6 in total, with two bedrooms, and a sofa bed or aerobed in the spacious high ceilinged living/dining room.
The Living Room
The Living Room
The Kitchen
The Kitchen
The Master Bedroom
The Master Bedroom
The Master Bedroom Again
The Master Bedroom Again
The Ensuite Bathroom
The Ensuite Bathroom
The Twin Bedroom
The Twin Bedroom

Gruinyards is part of the newly created Highland Club, an exclusive conversion of the Category A Listed historic Fort Augustus Abbey into luxury apartments on the shores of Loch Ness. The Highland Club has extensive grounds along with mooring and fishing rights for guests, as well as the Boathouse Restaurant, tennis courts, cloisters and a spectacular galleried club lounge containing snooker and other entertainment.

The apartment, with a total area of about 105sqm (1150 sqft), is well laid out, being entered through a hallway which leads straight to the living room on the left and the master bedroom on the right. The main bathroom is straight ahead with the second bedroom also directly off the entrance hall.

A floor plan of the apartment can be viewed here (opens in a separate window)

Linen, towels, heating and electricity are all included, along with free, high-speed wi-fi exclusive to Gruinyards guests, with a cot and highchair available at no extra cost. However there is a small charge (£20) for use of the sofa bed.

Photos of the individual rooms are adjacent, with some more atmospheric pictures of the interior in a gallery on Flickr.

A selection of photos of the views from the apartment (mostly the Loch from the large Gothic window in the living room)

Pictures of the old Monastery building overlooking Loch Ness


The Living/Dining Room 
is spacious room measuring 22' x 16' (6.8m x 4.8m) with high sloping ceilings, a giant stone mullioned window looking out directly over Loch Ness and another window looking over the hills to the East.

It boasts wide-board real oak flooring with the furniture is solid oak to match. There is a suite of leather sofas and chairs (one of which is a double sofa bed) and a solid oak refectory style dining table that can be extended to seat eight people if required.

Integrated within is a fully equipped kitchen with black granite worktop and all the expected appliances.

The Master Bedroom
also has tall sloping ceilings and windows on two sides, looking over the hills and also over the cloisters and old abbey buildings. It is very generously sized at almost 21' x 13' (6.3m x 3.9m) and is tastefully fitted out with solid oak furniture, tartan Roman blinds and a flat weave wool and flax carpet.

It benefits from a king-size bed, walk-in cupboard and a magnificent ensuite bathroom with slate flooring and a freestanding bath with a view out of another grand stone mullioned window.

The Second Bedroom
has more of a cottagey feel, with its sloping ceiling and dormer window, and is laid out with twin beds, although these can be linked together if required.

Furniture includes a sizeable wardrobe and a small chest of drawers and is solid oak as elsewhere in the apartment.

The Family Bathroom
is equipped with a full size bath with a built-in thermostatic power shower and shower screen.

Room by Room Photos

For more photographs of the apartment, as well as other parts of the abbey and the view from the apartment, please look at the Gallery section.

More pictures of the apartment (on Flickr)

Detailed floor plan of the apartment (this can also be seen at the end of the gallery section)

The Old Abbey and the Highland Club

The Highland Club, founded around the former St Benedict's Abbey, is a stunning place to stay. There is a host of activities available on site, the Monastery buildings are hugely picturesque and impressive, while the view from the gardens is both breathtaking and relaxing at all times of the day.

To see some pictures of Loch Ness taken from the gardens during a visit at the end of May, click here.

Here are some atmospheric pictures of the cloisters from the same visit.

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