World class interiors and fabulous photography… thank you Newhall Mains for making my job so easy. I don’t need to try to make this place look good, it is good. It makes Scotland look good. Perfection. I’ll leave you with the photos……. So dreamy. Well ok then, I guess I should write a little more. The French bourgeoisie have moved to the wilds of northern Scotland and taken the contents of the Palace of Versailles with them! I jest, this 5 star accommodation does have a French classic feel to it, but is also contemporary, sophisticated and dreamy. Think: a twist on Kit Kemp of Firmdale fame with all of those fabulous, fabulous colours and fabrics. Timeless perfection. Probably the reason I mention France is because when I see something this beautiful my mind starts to think on a wider, more global level. Newhall Mains could be featured on the front cover of any magazine, anywhere in the world and celebrated for its beauty. To be honest, I feel pretty honoured to have them on the site and I wish them huge success. Scotland has gained more worldwide publicity and popularity as a holiday destination and it was crying out for some up-to-date countryside class. Because when people come here, it’s so important that they travel further than Edinburgh. After Edinburgh, come here....! Newhall Mains is located on the Black Isle, which is not an island - it’s a beautiful peninsular north of Inverness and close to the start of the iconic nc500 driving route. I couldn’t imagine a more heavenly spot to start or end your tour. This beautiful 18th Century ‘Mains’ building and the Coach House cottages are family-owned and part of Newhall Estate. Until recently, they were at risk of falling down and being lost forever, but they have been beautifully restored by the family without compromising the integrity, beauty or intrinsic character of the original buildings built well over 200 years ago. We do love a successful restoration here at Chic Scotland! Here’s what they say about it: Having embarked upon a two-year process of restoration, Newhall Mains is nearly set to go and we have begun taking bookings from the 1st July onwards, 2019. We have 5 cottages available and 4 smaller "hotel style suites" that are designed for solo travellers and couples. In all, we can accommodate up to 20 people. The cottages and suites, which are each named after the owners children have been lovingly restored. The rooms are wonderfully comfortable and the luxurious and contemporary interiors (led by Kelling Designs) are intended to perfectly complement the classical architecture. The quadrangular building centres around a beautiful sandstone courtyard which each of the cottages have access to. In summer months, guests can eat outside on and soak up the highland sun! Although we don't provide meals, we leave a starter pack of food and drink, with many items coming directly from our own farm. These include freshly laid eggs, milk, bread, shortbread, butter, tea, coffee and beer from our local brewery. On request, we can also prepare a welcome hamper of locally sourced seasonal produce to ensure our guests are fully stocked for the entirety of their stay. The building is surrounded by a landscaped garden with barley fields to the north and our own flock of Jacob sheep to the south. In terms of location, we are situated on the northern tip of the Black Isle - about 30 minutes from Inverness airport and conveniently positioned on the NC500 route. Activity wise - we are on the doorstep of some of Scotland's best golf courses, whisky distilleries and wildlife spots. It looks amazing, and I can’t wait to hear what they do next - because judging by this project, I have a feeling this productive family won’t rest here, although you definitely should do.