The Steading Dornoch

About The Steading Bespoke Accommodation in Dornoch

Built over 150 years ago, The Steading is one of the original E-shaped barns on the Duke of Sutherland’s estate. The Steading is situated in the beautiful Scottish Highland region of Dornoch and has been uniquely modernised inside to create exceptional guest accommodation for travellers seeking a peaceful environment, five-star quality and good old fashioned hospitality. We took care during the restoration of The Steading to retain the original character and traditional style of the exterior.

Our location makes us the ideal base to explore the wild beauty of Dornoch and authentic Scotland. We are situated just two minutes drive to the beautiful town of Dornoch, the ancient capital of Sutherland to the north coast NC500 route – the Route 66 of Scotland! And if you are visiting to experience world-class golf, we are five minutes drive to the world-renowned Dornoch Championship Golf Course. With just eight bedrooms we are able to offer a personalised and friendly service to each and every guest. We’ll be waiting to welcome you at reception.

With just eight bedrooms we are able to offer a personalised and friendly service to each and every guest. We’ll be waiting to welcome you at reception.

A spacious ground floor public area is open plan and we invite guests to make themselves at home. Relax in a luxurious armchair drinking your whisky gazing over the stunning scenery of the Dornoch Firth during the long Highland summer days or in front of the log-fire on a cold winter’s night. (groups only)

The lounge area has been decorated in a neutral style, with a laid-back feel. A classic high ceiling and full size cathedral windows create a luminous space, with magnificent views of the Dornoch Firth and the hills beyond. Comfortable oversized sofas to seat 12 guests and a woodburning stove provide a relaxed and warm space for you to enjoy a glass of wine or tumbler of Glenmorangie before dinner. There is a large flat screen TV with 200 channels if you want to catch up with the latest news or your favourite film.

The lounge opens to the bar, breakfast dining area and kitchen. There are eight tables to accommodate sixteen guests and a servery area that converts into a bar for evening drinks. Let us know in advance and we can organise outside catering for groups of eight or more for evening meals.

Enjoy our healthy continental breakfast in the dining area or in your room. We are happy to serve breakfast to fit in with your timetable. Just ask if you need an early bird breakfast. (groups only)

If you need clean clothes during your stay we have a laundry area with a combined washing machine and tumble dryer, for a fee we can launder and iron your clothes. Our philosophy is to provide a first-rate service at an affordable price, so you’ll find our mini bar prices more than reasonable.

Cattle and sheep graze on the acres of fields that surround The Steading and off in the distance there is a small Christmas tree plantation. If you are up early enough you could be lucky and spy the local deer that stray through the fields. Our patio area is furnished with table and chairs where you can take in the spectacular Scottish countryside.

What’s to appreciate at The Steading:

  • A two minute drive into town
  • Five minutes from Dornoch Championship Golf Course
  • Great walks in a wild and beautiful setting
  • Log fire for cosy autumn and winter breaks
  • On site bar and gift shop selling local specialities (groups only)
  • Continental Breakfast included (groups only-pre booking required)
  • Group evening meals available / subject to availability
  • Airport and station pickups and shuttle service / extra fee
  • Secure on site parking
  • Use of secure garage for cycles, motorcycles and golf clubs

Bedrooms at The Steading

The Steading Boutique 'Easy Sleep' Accommodation in Dornoch

The Steading in Dornoch has eight spacious and elegantly appointed en suite bedrooms. The furnishings, fittings and equipment are the same in each room, but room size and style vary. Continental Breakfast is excellent.

You’ll sleep well and wake up refreshed in a continental SuperKing 3000 Pocket Sprung Bed with Cooling Medi Gel Topper / Soft To Medium, four SuperKing pillows to match and crisp white linen.

The bedrooms are designed for your relaxation and privacy. A 32″ digital flat screen TV is fitted in each bedroom with 700 channels, sports, movies, entertainment and a mini bar is at your disposal with a selection of snacks and beverages, and you’ll find a desk, computer docking station and laptop safe if you need to work during your stay.

Each bedroom has an immaculate en suite bathroom with walk in high pressure shower and toilet; best quality, soft towels and bathrobes, heated towel rail, superior bathroom fittings and complimentary toiletries and skincare from The Scottish Fine Soap Company.

If a full service luxury accommodation out of town  is not what your looking for then why not try our sister properties. We have two, three bedroom properties which are fitted out the same as The Steading. The cottage is three bedrooms and is self catering and you can have all the facilities with a minimum one night stay. So you get all three luxury bedrooms en-suite plus a kitchen and laundry and gorgeous gardens and only a stone’s throw from the town centre. Balloan house is identical but a little more luxurious , it has the gorgeous gardens along with superking beds, pillows and all the trimmings so you can book one room for one night.

Deluxe SuperKing En-Suite Double / Twin

We have eight delicately appointed rooms with a variety of  sizes from 25 to 50 sqm. All rooms are fitted out exactly the same with the same facilities but all our rooms are a little querky. We are a cross between a Country House and a small boutique hotel, the rooms have the feel and facilities of a hotel and the property has that country house feel with all views been to the front of the property from the lounge, bar and restaurant.

Room Facilities

  • Spacious rooms
  • SuperKing beds with mattress toppers and non-allergenic rated pillows, duvets and sheets
  • Built in privacy and blockout blinds
  • En suite walk-in showers
  • Complimentary toiletries from The Scottish Fine Soap Company
  • Bathrobes and soft white towels
  • Built-in wardrobes
  • Two luggage racks
  • Bedside tables and lamps
  • Mini bar with snacks and beverages at very reasonable prices
  • Kettle, plus coffee and tea facilities
  • In-room laptop safes
  • Docking station
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Alarm clock
  • Large mirror and hair dryer
  • Ice maker and fresh water facilities
  • Writing desk, two chairs and reading lamp
  • Multiple drawers
  • Flat screen TV with up to 700 channels
  • 100 premium channels including sports
  • Guest laundry with combination washer dryer
  • Open plan large guest lounge with spectacular views
  • Breakfast Servery, Dining Room
  • Pleasant Neutral Decor
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