About the House
Located in the heart of the Northern Highlands of Scotland, built in 1794, our wonderful, early Georgian country house is the perfect base for an exclusive Self Catering Holiday for a large group of friends, family, a small Wedding or business get together. The house and cottage together can sleep up to 36 persons. The main suite has a very large bedroom, drawing/lounge room and bathroom, lots of privacy if required. Included in this number is a dormitory which holds 5 single beds, 1 double, 1 single bed placed outside the dorm. Otherwise all other rooms are twin/double en-suite or private facilities. There is also 3 large lounge rooms in the main house, 2 with woodburning stoves, for everyone to have some catch up time.
We can help you as much as you wish with your plans or if you just want a quiet week away with your family / friends then that's ok too, whatever you wish. Perhaps a Surprise Party, Highland Dancers, Piper, Catering or Fireworks just ask.
We can also organise 3 night weekend breaks for 14 persons, off season, or even at short notice if desired.
For celebrations there is a coach house, a rustic style barn, holding up to 60 persons, a Bar, Music, Heating and Catering could be organised with extra local accommodation arranged for extra guests if required. The barn is approx 60 metres from the main house.
The house is set in 33 acres, including a secret walled garden, terraced lawns to the front, mature trees and rhododendrons, and an ancient burial ground of the Romanes family. The approach to the house includes views of the Cromarty Firth and the Black Isle, and in spring is a riot of wildflowers including bluebells and daffodils.
Peaceful and elegant, Pitcalzean House is a relaxing haven where you can enjoy the perfect break. There is an impressive and elegant drawing room with lovely garden views, a spacious dining room once graced by the visiting Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 1974, and a fine snooker room for evening entertainment.
This area is peaceful and quiet with some lovely sandy beaches (Shandwick, Portmahomack and Dornoch) and dolphin watching or fishing cruises. Inverness is just 38 miles away and the airport just a little further.
Tain, the nearest town, is an historic market town with attractive shops and cafés. The famous Glenmorangie distillery is 6 miles away.
There is plenty to do for all the family - hill walking, beachcombing, dolphin spotting and golf. There is a 9-hole golf course at Tarbat nearby and also that most famous of Scottish courses - Royal Dornoch - just a 20-minute drive away.
We can also accommodate a group of friends looking for a 'get away from it all break' and can also create bespoke weekends for individual groups, breaks such as these can be considered at reasonably short notice if available.
We were looking for a venue to celebrate our respective 70th and 75th birthdays. As a family of descendants of Surgeon Major William Brydon, the sole survivor of the massacre of Jellalabad, Britain’s first disastrous foray into Afghanistan, we were in the midst of reading two recent books on the subject, John Cunningham’s ‘The Last Man’ and William Dalrymple’s ‘Return of a King’, we idly ‘googled’ Pitcalzean House, the home to which the Brydons retired after leaving India. To our surprise and delight, it was available for holiday rent and so, an idea was born. The owners, the Fillers could not have been more helpful. Fiona was full of advice, not only regarding the house but also putting us in touch with an excellent chef to cater for some of the meals and a brilliant trio who organised a Ceilidh. For a gathering of a very widespread family (France, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Oman and even England) it was the perfect venue, comfortable ,extensive and with plenty of room and activities inside and out for all ages. Not only the property but the whole region is charming and, for us, full of family history. We cannot recommend it more highly for such a gathering. Bruce & Jenny Lawson (Great, great granddaughter of William Brydon)”