Bordered by lochs and mountains, Dochfour has been the ancestral home of the Baillie family since the mid 1400s. The present owner, the Hon. Alexander Baillie, is the younger son of Lord Burton.
Dochfour House, set in mature parklands, boasts stunning views over Loch Dochfour and Loch Ness. The original house was burned down during the Jacobite rebellion of 1745 and rebuilt in 1780. Legend has it that the Baillie of the time, fleeing the English, lived in a cave in the hill behind the house.
The house itself is a harmonious and beautiful amalgam of Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian construction. When visiting Dochfour Prince Albert reported to Queen Victoria that it was beautiful, the house elegant with a fine garden
Terraced formal gardens with orchards, rose gardens, walled gardens and a water garden go down to the water and are set against a majestic backdrop of rocky cliffs, woods and hill tops. The hill behind Dochfour House rises steeply from the loch with parkland giving way to hardwoods and Scots pine. The higher ground is mainly birchwood, which in turn borders large expanses of open moorland complete with hidden lochs.
The estate therefore offers a wide variety of spectacular scenery and activities such as shooting, fishing, walking, riding, sailing and golfing can be organized on request. Over 50 miles of forestry and hill tracks within the estate provide off-roading opportunities. Dochfour, home to many of Britains rarest flora and fauna including ospreys, barn owls, red squirrels and pine martens, is a haven for the nature lover.
The house and gardens lend themselves to exclusive house parties and provide an idyllic setting for occasional and specialist corporate events such as conferences, promotions and product launches. In addition, Dochfour also provides dramatic locations for filming and photo shoots.
Dochfour is the perfect marriage of the formal and grand on the one side and the wild and remote on the other. Added to this, the estate is only 5 minutes from Inverness city centre and 20 minutes from the Airport.
Above all, the house is a family home and Alex and his wife Gigina welcome visitors and guests from around the world to share in some of the magic of Dochfour.