Bedroom 7. Super-King Double bed or twin beds with private shower room next-door. This bedroom is above the Whisky Bar and Games room, with views over the Firth. Along with the bedroom next-door, it would be ideal for a family group.
Bedroom 8. Kingsize bed with private bathroom Views over the Firth.
With views of the Dornoch Firth
Here is a summary of the available bedroom facilities:
Bedroom 1. Master Bedroom & en-suite bathroom. This is the only bedroom in the west wing of the house and it is situated above the library. Decorated in a contemporary style, with beech panelling, shutters and bespoke beech furniture throughout the bedroom and bathroom. You can enjoy a kingsize double bed with plenty of hanging and storage space for clothes. The bathroom is equipped with a double Jacuzzi bath with integral radio as well as a separate shower. This makes an ideal bridal suite for weddings held at the house.
Bedroom 2. Super-King Double bed or twin beds with en-suite bathroom. A classically decorated room with stylish wallpaper, antique furniture and a black-and-white bathroom, this bedroom and its twin across the hall, benefit from the generous proportions of what would have been the original, Georgian master suites. Huge shuttered windows have an amazing view over the Firth. The bathroom is equipped with a large claw-foot bath and a separate ‘drenching’ shower.
Bedroom 3. Super-King Double bed or twin beds with en-suite bathroom. This room is in a very similar style to Bedroom 2. although the specific décor is different. (eg, the bathroom is green & white)
Bedroom 4. Super-King Double bed or twin beds with en-suite bathroom. Still generously proportioned with marvelous views overlooking the Firth. Whilst not as ‘grand’ as the two bedrooms beneath, this is the best place to have a bath in the house. The en-suite bathroom contains the “Keystone” arched window in the centre of the house. A “Landmark” Georgian-style gunmetal bath sits in front of it and the bathroom is also equipped with a separate drenching shower.
Bedroom 5. Kingsize Double bed with en-suite bathroom. A good-sized bedroom with great views over the Firth and a beautiful brass bed. The bathroom is equipped with a large claw-foot bath and separate drenching shower.
Bedroom 6. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room. The smallest bedroom, but beautifully formed and furnished with great views over the garden and surrounding countryside. The en-suite shower room is contemporary with luxury finish and is equipped with a large drenching shower.
The garden runs to 8.5 acres and most of it is laid to grass, though to the back of the library, there is an extensive terrace and a large circular lawn, surrounded by flowers. In the Spring, daffodils run riot in the wooded areas and in summer the fruit cages overflow with raspberries, currants, strawberries and rhubarb, all of which our guests are welcome to enjoy. There is also an extensive herb garden, with different herbs and roses enclosed within miniature box hedges, in the form of an old-fashioned “knot garden”.
BBQ/Terrace area, just outside the kitchen and on the terrace. The BBQ is huge and built-in. There is cast-iron garden furniture for enjoying balmy evenings or afternoon tea on the terrace.
Summerhouse. Perfectly positioned to enjoy the afternoon sun, the glass summer-house is furnished with comfortable seating and is a wonderful place from which to watch the sun disappear over the yard-arm, accompanied by friends and a chilled bottle of white. Though unheated, this summerhouse is so warm in summer that an apricot tree and a grape vine produce large, edible fruits.
Practice pitching area. Golf aficionados and members of Royal Dornoch Golf Club may not rate our pitching area very highly, however, it can provide great fun for friends and family, and comes complete with a tee, pond/water hazard, bunker and flags! We also have a set of clubs for your use, which are stored in the cellar.
Embo House’s Practice Pitching area
A three car garage is available for those who wish their cars to be under cover. Otherwise, there is lots of parking at the back of the house.
Art or Pilates Studio. Next to the garages, there is a generous-sized north-facing studio with many electrical points, which can be used for a number of interesting purposes.
The Firth and the Seashore. There is a short path from the front of the house down onto incredibly beautiful Embo Beach and from here you can walk the 4 km south to spectacular Dornoch Beach and the Dornoch Firth (SSSI). Alternatively, you can go a couple of kilometres north, past Coul Links to the National Nature Reserve of Loch Fleet (SSSI). This is famous for all kinds of wading birds and wildfowl, flora, fauna and the pods of seals, visible year-round as they bask on the sand bars.
Embo beach in winter and summer
Reception rooms, kitchen, dining and garden
The library is a large, warm room lined with spicy-smelling cedar wood. At one end, there is a large fireplace surrounded by sofas, enough to comfortably accommodate the group. At the other, a small dining table and 4 chairs, ideal for jigsaws and other games or projects. French doors lead out from here onto the terrace and then the garden. Windows on the opposite side look out over the sea. In a secret “priest hole” behind some of the book shelves, there is a sound system from which you can hook up the speakers to your own streaming service or MP3 player.
The sitting room is a cosy yet elegant room in russet and gold, with an open fire and wonderful views looking out over the Dornoch Firth. Two 3-seater sofas and various occasional chairs create a perfect space for snuggling up to watch a film on the large smart TV, or reading a paper away from the crowd.
There’s also a Games room with a bar, including a fridge and dishwasher, topped with American oak and surrounded by bar stools. There are a couple of comfortable, leather sofas to relax in. At the other end, there is a small pool table and large wall mounted TV, equipped with Sky Sports, ideal for following the latest golf tournament!
The Kitchen is light, airy and contemporary. It is well-equipped with a large gas cooker with double oven, dishwasher, fridge, microwave, DAB radio and wall-mounted TV/sound-system. The wooden kitchen table can seat 8. There’s a small wood burning stove for winter mornings and cosy kitchen suppers. French doors lead out onto the BBQ area and terrace/garden
Dining Room. This is probably the grandest room in the house, dramatically furnished in red, silver and mahogany. It boasts a large fireplace, a dining table to seat 16 and two, immensely grand silver candelabras. A door leading directly into the kitchen makes it easy to serve and clear meals away.
The Utility Room/Golf club storeroom is an essential part of the house! Equipped with a washing machine, tumble drier, butler’s sink, a couple of vacuum cleaners and all kinds of cleaning products. There is also a supplementary fridge/freezer and chest freezer, ideal for stocking up.
Cloakroom/Bootroom/Drying Room. This generous walk-in cloakroom, easily accessible from the back door, has masses of space to hang and dry out everyone’s coats, plus associated walking boots & wellies, hats, scarves and gloves on the racks provided.
Cellar Complex. There are 4 very large, standing-height, unheated cellar rooms which can be used for storage by any of the guests, for things such as golf clubs, fishing equipment, wine etc. They are accessed via proper steps down from the Utility Room and date back to the earliest days of the house.
DORNOCH, IV25 3PP
Tel 01862 811409
mob 07836 656476