Good news coming up: we are soon to open the doors of our Tuffies holiday let. We have the most remote and beautiful cottage in the Highlands near Loch Ness. It sits very much on its own, no neighbours at all, at the foot hills of the Monadhliath Mountains.
We have decided to rig it out to become a cottage for let, so we are in the process of fitting it out with all the necessary gear, which of course includes dog beds. We are a little bit in two minds whether we should allow dogs IN the house or restrict them to outside only. So the first thing we are aiming to do is to build beautiful kennels outside, where there will be heating and light etc. Perhaps all guests will be keen to leave their dogs on the luxury dog beds outside instead of having them in the house, but that remains to be seen.
Let me describe the house a little bit more: it is a stone built traditional cottage with two upstairs bed rooms and a shared bathroom. The downstairs has got two rooms, one is an L-shaped room next to the kitchen, so it will be the natural dining room, while the other is smaller and will be fitted out with comfy sofas and coffee table in front of the open fire. The kitchen is small and functional with a tiled floor. The rest of the house has wooden floors right through. Upstairs has warm, wooden floors as well.
The outdoors are absolutely stunning and you should not have any problems getting the hounds off their warm dog beds and out in the garden. The property has two acres of garden lawn and nature garden. It even has a stream running through it, so if you get hot days, it will be nice and cooling for the dogs.
You can of course walk right out from the cottage and up into the Monadhliath Mountains, but obviously you have to be in total control of your dog, as there are sheep, deer, hares, pheasants, curlews and much, much more to tempt a four legged hunter. It’s paramount that dogs do not disturb the stock or wild life surrounding the cottage, but if you take your dog with you in the correct manner, you will experience the most amazing walk in the Scottish Highlands.
In the evening you can put your tired dog in the kennel on one of the fantastic, waterproof dog beds and then settle down in front of the open fire in the house. Wonderful.