With views over the Grampians, this property makes a perfect base for a romantic retreat.
Set on a Highland estate spanning 4500 acres with hills rising to 2500ft, these four holiday properties are situated on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park with a wild flower reserve nearby, and an abundance of wildlife including ospreys and huge herds of deer. For 300 years Cistercian Monks spent half of each year at this peaceful place, making butter and cheese and brewing beer from the pure springs that continue to feed the houses.
Delightful 18th-century Clover Cottage (ref UNH) is reached from its parking area via a short track across a stream. With its own large garden with views towards the great massif of the Grampians. Claypotts (ref SYH), a charming 18th-century cottage, is in an utterly peaceful glen at the heart of the estate with its own enclosed garden on the banks of the River Isla. Croft End Cottage (ref SPPX), a 15th-century cottage lies secluded behind double hedges and is a romantic yet fabulously comfortable place perfect for explorers, lovers and honeymooners. Brewlands Cottage (ref SDDB) is a 17th-century, cosy, very comfortable property in a lovely riverside location with fishing from the garden and views of high hills and surrounding quiet countryside.
The owners can arrange a number of different activities, including a beautician/masseuse, a piper who can give talks on Highland bagpipes, bird watching, cyle hire, clay pigeon shooting, falcony demonstrations, full/half day tailor-made tours including smoked salmon tasting and whisky distillery tours, photography stalking, tennis lessons with a junior Wimbledon finalist and wildlife safaris. The list is endless! All the properties can be partially or fully catered, including cakes, freezer cooking left for your arrival, and even children’s tea. Barbecues and picnics can also be arranged, as well as wine/whisky deliveries.
There are ancient wild flower meadows with rare wild yellow violets and orchids. Red squirrels live around the gardens and the walls support rare ferns and lichens which grow only in unpolluted places. Walking from the door of each cottage. Excellent golf courses at St Andrews, Carnoustie, Gleneagles and Rosemount. Glenshee ski resort is 35 minutes, as is Pitlochry with its theatre, restaurants and kilt and cashmere shops. An adventure centre 20 minutes away, with pony trekking at Balmoral Estate and many castles and stately homes to visit: Balmoral, Glamis, Blair Atholl, Scone Palace and Braemar. Visit the famous Whisky Trail. Riding centre 6 miles. The oldest tree in Europe is in Fortingall, 1 hour. Shops 12 miles, pub 2 miles.
Spacious beamed living/dining room with cast-iron wood-burning stove. Well-equipped, modern farmhouse-style kitchen. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Open-tread, spiral stairs to first floor: Galleried double bedroom with 5ft bed and beams overlooking living room.
Although I rated low for local ammenaties this was kind of what we were looking for an isolated place. It's disappointing paying so much to stay and then be charged for use of electric.
A very nice cottage in great surroundings, well furnished and has a wonderful bathroom. Bearing in mind the price of the cottage for 2 weeks, disappointed with the reliability of the hot water and also the TV. Trying to watch the Euros or Wimbledon was almost impossible, particularly on BBC1. The written directions we were send were a disaster. Not everyone can read instructions as a travelling passenger, and the post code given for the house was incorrect - it was for the managers house half a mile and 2 road junctions away, and as the house sign is hidden by trees, we went passed the house twice. If the correct post code as shown on the emergency notice inside the house for the Fire Brigade are available, then it should be given to new arrivals prior to them travelling. We enjoyed the hot tub very much. After holidaying with English/ Welsh/Scottish/French holidays many times since 1997, I think that it is time to look elsewhere.