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Transvaal House
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Transvaal House

The Northern Highlands and Cairngorms National Park beckon visitors to Transvaal House, a pet-friendly cottage sitting on the rugged coastline near Durness. The unique cottage offers ample grounds, modern comforts and an open fire.

Children and pets can play in the large lawned garden which boasts views of the ocean and captures the sea breeze. An additional sitting area is located in the extended entrance porch for the cooler months.

The homely interior of the cottage includes a large fitted kitchen and dining area as well as a comfortable sitting room. Here, guests can swap tales of their highland adventures by the cosy open fire.

A good night’s sleep is assured in the bedrooms, which include two double rooms, a family room with 3 single beds, and a room with adult bunks. The first bathroom contains a bath, shower over, basin and WC, while the second contains shower, basin and WC.

Guests at Transvaal House are on the doorstep of some of the most beautiful landscapes in Britain and can count on amenities for young children, parking, central heating and laundry facilities, as well as satellite TV, radio and a small selection of books and games.

Transvaal House is situated just moments from the wonders of the Northern Highlands and Cairngorms National Park, and only a few minutes from historic Durness. Furthermore, the cottage sits atop the cliffs of a coastline full of coves and bays and spectacular beaches.

To make an enquiry or book Transvaal House, please use the Visit Website buttons for further information. When making an enquiry, please tell us that you found this North Highlands coastal cottage near Durness on the My Favourite Holiday Cottages website. Thank you.




Great value family holiday

A lovely cottage suitable for a large family who aren't bothered about fancy modern matching furniture and fittings, but just want a comfortable cottage to feel at home in. Lovely log burner. Amazingly well equiped kitchen and superb location.

A FlipKey verified reviewer

Clean, very comfortable and generally just brilliant!

Transvaal house was excellent accomodation for us and our children, it was extremely comfortable, spotlessly clean and had everything you could possibly need and more. The location was amazing and there was so much to do in the immediate vicinity we didin't drive anymore than 3 miles away through the whole holiday.

A FlipKey verified reviewer

Little piece of heaven

We had a lovely time at Transvaal House. Great walks close to the house. The stove in the kitchen was great very warm.

A FlipKey verified reviewer

We came for the aurora and found it !


Wonderful in every way

Booking through Sykes Cottages was smooth and simple. The caretaker was friendly, helpful but not intrusive (we only saw her twice and that was at our request).
The cottage was very clean, comfortable and perfectly situated. We especially liked the open fire in the lounge and the wood burner in the kitchen.
The purpose of our holiday was to try to get some pictures of the Northern Lights and we were blessed with amazing displays on two nights. We needed a location that was isolated but not too remote as my wife is disabled. Durness has everything we needed, a local, well stocked shop and quiet, friendly pubs and cafes. Oh, and don't miss the chocolate factory less than half a mile up the road.
The only downside was that everything was very expensive. I had heard that the Scottish national pastime was overcharging and it was certainly true. Having said that, they did it with a smile.
I wouldn't hesitate to go again and in fact, we are planning to do just that. Thank you.

Alan and Nikki

breath takingly beautiful

the cottage was lovely and very comfortable. The kitchen was the best room in the house due to the beautiful view out of the windows. Everything is within walking distance. Durness is stuning we were blessed with lovely weather despite going in febuary.

A FlipKey verified reviewer

well equipped and comfortable

Booked through Sykes cottages. Pick up of keys seamless. House chilly as all older properties can be but heaters and coal fires available. Would prefer heating to be included and wished this projected cost was added to rental agreement however trivial complaint. Property was exceptionally well stocked with the exception of towels for some reason. There were a range of kitchen utensils that I had no idea what they were for and am looking them up on google! The property was well located with lots to explore in the area. If you are travelling with smaller children take some games as the ones in house are past their best with too much missing to be useful. The view from the kitchen was great and I liked the kitchen best as roomy.

diana w

Nice area

Had a lovely time up in Durness. The house was comfortable and warm with a multifuel stove in the kitchen and an open fire in the sitting room. The local shop delivers coal and it was waiting for us when we arrived so we were cosy from the first night. Plenty of nice walks and stunning beaches in the area and Smoo Cave is well worth a visit. The drive down to Ullapool is lovely as well . Would stay again.


W have stayed at this property several times. I will happily visit this house again due to it's size and location.

Miss Fox

Easy open access to the sea, on foot 1 mile. Always a breeze and plenty of space. House really nice inside and out.

Mr Reid

I can say that the house, and it's position, have been exactly what I was looking for, so I'm very pleased with the property.

Mr Burns

Cocoa Mountain at the Balhakeil Craft Village well worth a visit if you like chocolate. Beautiful beach and desert nearby! Cape Wrath trip involves ferry and minibus, but awesome. Delicious dinner served at the Mackay Rooms.

Mrs Phelps

Great location and well equipped cottage. Great garden for the children.

Mr Mitchell

Transvaal House is in a beautiful location. The cottage is fantastic for a family or two. It's really cosy and relaxing and had such a well equipped kitchen. We will be back!


This was a really good, really well equipped house in a fantastic location. It was very comfy. There were so many walks and so much to do around Durness that we hardly had to drive anywhere. The beaches are amazing. Smoo Cave was a brilliant afternoon out.

Mrs Mwande

Wonderful location. The house was outstandingly well equipped and comfortable.

Mr Devine

An amazing location with great mountains and beaches. The conservatory was useful - and there was plenty of space for coats and boots. The wood-burning stove and coal fire were very welcome.

Mrs Gordon

Fantastic location and superbly well equipped. Very useful porch for adverse weather and lovely efficient fire in lounge. Generally really comfy and welcoming.

Mrs Thomson

Transvaal house was a wonderful cottage the village was extremely friendly. Long drive from Manchester but able to walk everywhere once there. The kitchen was my favourite room; the views were incredible. There was wildlife in abundance around the area.

Ms Humphreys

The holiday was great with plenty to see, Transvaal House itself was great. Everything you could possibly need or want was catered for and the house was cosy and had a welcoming feel to it.

Mrs Mccabe

A nice cosy cottage, we had a great break. Exactly, no in fact, a little more than I expected!

Mrs Barrs

Good access to clean beaches and a local shop, people very friendly. House suited our needs and was clean and well equipped. It had a cosy overall feel to it and was large enough for our family and in our price range. Kids loved smoo cave and cocoa mountains hot chocolate, the local shop was reasonably priced and has a large range of items. Beaches were glorious with rock pools full of crabs, eels and even several sea slugs! Overall a fantastic holiday in a quiet area but lots to do, would definitely recommend!

Mrs Wandless

Liked the location and views. It was a house we could relax and feel at home in - comfortable and homely rather than immaculate and luxurious. Liked the sun porch on the front, the big kitchen with wood burning stove and the view from the kitchen window. The beds were very comfortable.

Mrs Dix

The house was lovely and comfortable. I have never stayed in a better equipped house, there were lots of crockery and cooking utensils. The log burner and coal fire made it cosy as it was unusually cold for May. The house isn't "posh" which suited us fine with a 2 year old and our dog, but it was homely, had a lovely feel and we would highly recommend it. The housekeeper was lovely and the view from the kitchen window cannot be beaten! Thank you for a lovely holiday.

Mrs Redshaw

In and around Durness is simply stunning. It was great after a day out exploring to come back to the well presented property. The space was good in and outside the house. It was cosy and homely with everything you could possibly need in the kitchen (and more!).

Ms Nash

Soul soothing, excellent surroundings and views. We would highly recommend staying here.

Mr Knowles

The location is wonderful and the view from the kitchen window is outstanding. There are many fine walks from the property and we didn't need to use the car. The house is well equipped and clean.

Mrs Barnes