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Welcome

Greenacre Bed and Breakfast.

3 Stittenham, Ardross, Ross-Shire, Scotland. IV17 0YD

Tel. 01349 882207

 mailto: olly@greenacre2002.com  or   greenacre2002@aol.com

Greenacre is a small, warm and welcoming bed and breakfast offering a diversity of services and products to enhance your holiday stay and make your time in the Highlands most memorable.  Greenacre is so named because it stands in an acre of beautiful, landscaped gardens which our visitors are invited to share.  Located between Inverness and Tain our bright and comfortable home occupies an enviable position on the border of Stittenham Wood, which can be accessed from the rear of the garden.  A ten minute walk through the wood leads to the Stittenham Stones where there are superb views over the Cromarty Firth. Interesting local excursions can be made to Alness (Britain in Bloom winners yet again), Portmahomack, Rogie Falls, The Falls of Shin, Dornoch, Lairg, Nigg, Dunrobin Castle, the Pictish Trail and many other destinations.  Using Greenacre as a base longer day trips can be made by both road and rail to all areas of the Northern and Western Highlands where visitors will be awed by the beauty of the landscapes and the tranquility of the countryside .


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Accommodation


Our two guest bedrooms are spacious and light (4 x 6 square meters floor area) with double and single beds, both have hospitality trays, oodles of soft towels, televisions+ dvd, hairdryers and vanity units, they are separated by a landing on which is situated the well appointed bathroom.

                     

Breakfast can be taken from 08.00 or at a time to suit you (it's your holiday!). Our comprehensive menu includes the following, extra items are added when available and advised at the time:-

Tea/coffee, fruit juice, cereals/porridge, toast, bacon, sausage, fried bread, tomatoes, baked beans, hash brown, haggis, black pudding, eggs, Scottish pancakes and syrup.

Vegetarian meals and special dietry requirements can be arranged. This will be done in discussion with the guest to ensure their meal is as wonderful as the normal breakfast offered.

Evening meals at Greenacre are a social event with the entire household sitting together to enjoy whatever delight is on the menu for that day. The accent on food is to provide home cooked, tasty, varied menus, which are a little different from normal fare.   The speciality of the house is mouthwatering roast salmon -  succulent Scottish salmon fillet topped with a delicious mixture of tangy lemon, home grown garlic, cream cheese, home grown spinach and freshly made breadcrumbs, oven roasted to perfection, served with juicy, tender asparagus (when in season) and "real" chips!

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Tariff


Tariff

For availability and booking please call

Tel. 044(0)1349 882207 Email  olly@greenacre2002.com or greenacre2002@aol.com

Bed and Breakfast

Single ---------- from £24 per person per night

Double --------- from £24 per person per night

 Family Room from £60 per night            

Travel cot and high chair available, at no extra cost.

Evening Meal   

                    From £14.00 per person - includes a main meal and dessert plus a glass of wine, beer or soft drink.

Picnic Lunches

                   From £5 each - For guests returning in the evening a wicker hamper, flask, travel rug and fold up chairs are available for that "special" picnic.

Pet Care Package


Pets Paradise

One of Greenacre's specialities is its ability to provide a secure and safe environment for your pet so that you may enjoy your holiday together.

Our garden, once the gates are closed, is completely secure so pets may roam free.

The areas immediately around the house are forested and "Walkers Welcome" sign posts invite you to adventure into them.

Owners of Koala Bears and Giant Pandas need not worry about bringing food as we have Bamboo and Eucalyptus growing in the garden.

A suitable package (£5 per day) can be organised to include feeding, exercising, housing and care for your pet whilst you enjoy some of the delights of the area where animals are not permitted.

Pets stay for £2 a night.

We are a family of 4 - Olly, Brian, Ben our collie cross and Finn our "sprocker".

          

Ben was born in May 2004 and spent 2 years in Munlocky Rescue Centre before adopting us.  He is a big dog and very friendly but not very assertive so Finn (born in May 2008) is proving to be a great companion for him. 

   Brian's painting of Ben in Acrylic.

 

Booking Form

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Greenacre Bed and Breakfast

3 Stittenham, Ardross, Ross-shire,

Scotland, UK,

IV17 0YD

Tel. 01349 882207

Booking Form - Date ______________

Name ............................................................

Address .......................................................

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Zip/Post Code ............................................

Telephone Number ..................................

Email Address ...........................................

Type of Accommodation required. (Max' 6)

                          No. of persons / No. of nights 

Family Room               ______ / ______

Double/ twin/single    ______ / ______

Vegetarian Meals required - No. of Persons _____

 Is an evening meal required on night of arrival  Yes/ No

Do any of the party have any allergies  Yes/ No

(if yes, please give brief details) .................................

Are there any foods anyone really does not like  Yes/No

(if yes, please give brief details) ..................................

Pets stay for £2 per night - No. of pets  _________

Please give details of type of pet  and

sleeping requirements :- 

For availabilityplease ring - 01349 882207 or email

olly@greenacre2002.com

Confirmation will be accepted on receipt of this

booking form with a 25% deposit. Deposit _______

Please make cheques payable to O Rawsthorne

Arrival date _________    Departure date _________

Special Interests :-

The Garden


Birding

Going birding at Greenacre can mean trips to the RSPB reserve at Nigg (30 minutes drive away), walking in the woods behind the house, driving and walking in the area, or just sitting in the conservatory, front room or kitchen.

Warning should be given here for guests driving in Spring as the roads can become very congested so care must be taken. Last year a 15 minute journey to Tain took 30 as we had to wait whilst a lamb and ewe moved out of the road, a cow and calf were herded back into their field and a family of Pheasants were persuaded that whilst the tarmac was a warm place to nestle it was not the safest place to sunbathe. On the way back from shopping 15 Red Legged Partridges stopped the traffic whilst they ran up the road!

Red Kites fly freely across the fields and have nested (for the first time in 2007)  in the woods behind Greenacre and Kestrels occupy the copse opposite the house. Rogie Falls and the Falls of Shin are enchanting places to walk and see the Salmon Leap from May to November and Dippers can be seen hopping along the rocks. In Spring of 2005 we parked at the Sailing Club on the Cromarty to eat our fish and chips and were amazed to see an Oystercatcher tending it's nest on the grass verge of the car park - there were four eggs in it! On the A9 from the roundabout at the Cromarty Bridge to the Storehouse building the grey seals spend their days sunning themselves on the rocks once the tide begins to ebb and seem not to be perturbed by the activities of the Guillemots. The Black Isle is a great place to see Corn Buntings and Channery Point is a renouned Dolphin look out place (as well as a lovely spot to take a picnic). Herons abound at Alness Point but unfortunately have also taken to flying up the hill and stopping of at our pond for elevenses. We bought a decoy but don't think this has worked!!

There are Woodpeckers, Owls, Wood Pigeons, Collared Doves and Crows in the woods at the back of our house. In 2002 we believe we had a Black Grouse mating ceremony - we didn't manage to see them in full fling but did see two flying away and heard the amazing noise of their mating ritual.

At home we feed our wild birds all year round and our garden bustles with their activities. We have permanent residents, seasonal visitors and those that just pop in for the odd meal. Our guests from the south of England complain that the Sparrows are no longer seen in their gardens - maybe that's because they've all moved to Scotland - along with the Siskins!

In 2008 our garage was taken over by a family of Swallows who built their nest opposite that of the House Martins in the rafters which meant we had to leave the door open for 50 days so that the parents could get in and out! They have arrived in spring each year since.

Sparrow Hawks pop in for the odd meal which is usually provided by a Coal Tit (making the counting for an RSPB survey a little more difficult) and Buzzards can be seen in the sky above the garden circling and calling - they seem to revel in the joy of gliding in the thermals over the hill opposite the house. If you drive down to Alness on the by-way at 11am in a morning you can see a very stately Buzzard sitting atop a lamp post but he will wait until you have stopped the car and got the camera out before he flies away - we are determined that one day we will take his photo!

The Great Tits, Blue Tits and Coal Tits are here most of the time but disappear during July returning in September along with the Goldfinches and Siskins. Three territorial robin families inhabit sites in the front garden, the vegetable garden and the back garden. Blackbirds, Thrushes, House Sparrows, Hedge Sparrows, Chaffinches, Greenfinches live here all year round, whilst Bullfinches and Wagtails are summer visitors. Our wrens are difficult to spot but make up for it with their song.

New visitors to our garden sent us scrambling for the bird books - a pair of Bramblings spent a week with us so we are hoping they will come for their holidays again.

The highlight of our birding year is in spring when all the birds are dressed in their best bibs and tuckers and when, eventually, they proudly bring all their chicks out into the garden to meet us!