+44 131 476 6500 email@example.com
Sleeps - 18
Region - Highlands & Islands
Sporting Driven shooting · Salmon Fishing · Shooting · Stalking · Trout Fishing · Walked-up grouse
Activities Mountain biking · Riding · Tennis
Facilities Mobile coverage · Snooker / Billiards · Tennis court · Wifi
Features Children Friendly · Fully Catered
Ardtalla is located on the Novar Estate which was created by Sir Hector Munro in the 18th century and is still owned by his descendants. It is a traditional mixed highland estate extending to 20,000 acres between the Rivers Glass and Alness.
Novar Estate was once described as a “barren and treeless place”. Three hundred years later and under the stewardship of the same family, it is a thriving Highland estate extending to 20,000 acres and including farmland, forestry, hill, shooting, fishing and most recently alternative energy enterprises.
Dogs are welcome in kennels outside. There is a tennis court and croquet in the walled garden. The estate offers high quality driven shooting, rough shooting, duck flighting, some stalking and grouse: walked-up or over pointers. You can fish for salmon, sea trout and trout on the River Alness or explore 150 miles of tracks on foot or by mountain bike.
Close by are whisky distilleries, castles, beaches and over 20 golf courses. Should you wish a full sporting or bespoke cultural itinerary to be devised for you or just to find a place to relax with friends or family, Ardtalla is an excellent choice.
Housekeeping and all meals are included except by special arrangement. Where ever possible produce is grown in the garden for use in the house and other produce is sourced nearby including local seafood and Highland Fine Cheeses.
Accommodation for an additional 6 guests is available in the adjacent Larch Cottage bringing the total capacity to 24 guests.
Novar Estate is a traditional mixed sporting estate of 20,000 acres offering excellent driven partridge and pheasant shooting, deer stalking and salmon fishing on the River Alness.
Ardtalla offers exceptional fully catered accommodation for up to 18 guests and is still owned by Sir Hector Munro’s descendants who will give you the warmest of welcomes.
The whole family leaves you with regret – but also with the mind full of the most happy memories. You have a great country. Warm thanks also for all your great and gentle help. All of you – Good Luck. Baroness Dora Janssen, Belgium
See more testimonials
There are nine ensuite bedrooms. Each can be configured for double or twin beds. The beds are made up with crisp white Egyptian cotton sheets. The bathrooms all have large showers and free standing baths.
The drawing room and galleried hall provide sufficient space for groups to be together in front of roaring log fires or with french windows to fling open on those occasional warm sunny days. There is also a snug for time out to watch television, DVDs or for children to play with the selection of games.
The dining room seats up to twenty two people with a resident chef who takes prides in using local, fresh, seasonal ingredients from the garden and nearby suppliers.
Upstairs there is a very popular games room with a snooker table and table tennis table. There is also an outdoor tennis court and croquet lawn.
Ground Floor Large galleried hall, drawing room, sitting room, dining room, 2 double/twin bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, kitchen, drying room and secure gun room.
First Floor Billiard room, 7 double/twin bedrooms each with an ensuite bathroom on the first floor.
Additional cottage for six, with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, finished to the same high standard as Ardtalla. Therefore a total number of 24 guests can be accommodated, if required.
Dogs are not allowed in Ardtalla, although kennels are available if required.
Shooting The estate offers a high quality driven partridge shoot. There is also driven pheasant, rough shooting, duck flighting, walked-up grouse and grouse shooting over pointers. Roe deer and limited red deer stalking is available.
Fishing Salmon, sea trout and trout fishing is available on the River Alness and Loch Morie. The Novar Fishings comprise about 6.6 miles of double-banked salmon fishing on the River Alness producing an average rod catch of 435 salmon & grilse per year – 557 fish were caught during the 2010 season. The Novar Fishings are split into two sections: the upper beats comprising Beats 1 and 2; and the lower beats comprising Beats 3, 4, 5 and 6. The upper and lower beats are split by about 2.3 miles (3.7 km) of fishings controlled by Kildermorie and Ardross Castle estates. The average length of each beat is 1.1 miles (1.8 km), with typically 15 to 20 named pools per beat allowing for 4 rods. Both banks are included; however most of the fishing is from the southern (right) bank. Further trout fishing is available on stocked lochs. Fly fishing instruction can be arranged on the estate.
Clay Pigeon Shooting Clay pigeon shooting, archery and Falconry demonstrations are also available on the estate.
Golf Ardtalla is an ideal base for groups of eight to eighteen golfers wishing to play some of the finest courses in the Highlands of Scotland including Royal Dornoch, Castle Stuart, Tain, Fortrose and Nairn. Other notable courses in the area can be found at Brora, Golspie and Strathpeffer among others. There are more than 20 golf courses within an hours drive.
The staff at Ardtalla can arrange tee times and transport for you and may be suggest a visit to a local ditillery or a famous Highland castle on your way home from a game.
In the unlikely event, that you return from a rainy day out, there are drying facilities to make sure your clothes and equipment are ready for the next day.
Mountain Biking There are over 150 miles of tracks on Novar, accessible by mountain bike. There is the challenge of a ride to the Fyrish Monument or a cycle over the hill to a picnic prepared for you on the moor or beside the river. The staff at Ardtalla will organise mountain bike hire for guests and have them awaiting your arrival. it is also possible to arrange a mountain bike guide for the more adventurous.
Falconry A highlight for a visitor of any age is a falconry display in the walled garden. These usually take place in the early evening and are highly interactive. Children of all ages delight in donning the falconer’s glove and having the experience of handling these majestic birds.
Archery The timeless sport of archery can be brought to the walled garden or to hidden glades on the hill. For most people a half day is an ideal introduction to the sport. A qualified instructor is on hand to make the experience enjoyable with high quality equipment.
Whisky Tasting The waters of the River Alness and the malting barley grown on Novar are key ingredients in the fine local malts of the Highlands. A whisky tasting can be sampled at Ardtalla or at a local distillery. The Dalmore, Glenmorangie and Balblair are all near by.
Other Activites Table tennis and billiards are available, and tennis and croquet in the walled garden.
There is the opportunity to explore the North Highlands including the castles of Dunrobin and Cawdor and Dornoch Cathedral.
What a wonderful time we had. Somehow, as a group, we managed to catch salmon, shoot clays, have owls land on our heads, learn archery, hike mountains and gorges and NOT break anything at Ardtalla. Quite an achievement. The girls had terrific fun, Erica was very sweet to us and the household ran beautifully. Thank you, Margaret, for all your help and please pass our thanks on to George as well. Really a swell time. Looking forward to next year.
Once again had a terrific, action packed time at Ardtalla. Some of the second timers felt it was even better than last time, which is high bar indeed, and those that were with us for the first time all had a marvellous time.
Clive Eminson, Suffolk
Download George Goldsmith 2020 brochure
Exclusive Properties & Sporting Estates
Download George Goldsmith 2018/19 brochure