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Dairy Cottage, Nr Dunning, Perthshire


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Dairy Cottage is a delightfully restored barn conversion with a bright interior blending the best elements of the contemporary with the traditional. It sits in a secluded oasis of broadleaved trees and fields on the south side of the Strathearn Valley, invisible to the outside world. The only disturbance is from birdsong and tumbling water in the stream close by. From the secure child-friendly garden, visitors are free to explore over 30 acres of private woods and fields leading up to the Ochil Hills from which there are stunning views north over Strathearn to the Highlands beyond.

Dunning, a delightful conservation village, is two minutes by car and boasts a golf course, all-weather tennis courts, a playground, a good family pub/restaurant, two grocery shops and a post office. Just over the hill, nestling in Glen Devon is the Tormaukin Inn, one of the best rural pubs in Scotland with an excellent menu. Perth, 'The Fair City', is just 15 minutes away. Located on the River Tay, it is a pretty town offering museums, an ice rink, galleries, a concert hall, cinemas, swimming pools, a theatre and a wide range of speciality shops and restaurants. Strathearn is a largely undiscovered secret of beautiful scenery, abundant wildlife, diverse recreational facilities and cultural riches. A one-minute walk takes you into a wood populated with deer, foxes, badgers and a plethora of song-birds. Fifteen minutes can see you enjoying the facilities of Gleneagles Hotel, be it golf on one of the world's great courses, relaxing in the spa or enjoying the thrill of the activity centre (4x4, riding, shooting and more). Scone Palace is 20 minutes by car, and an hour's drive will take you to the Georgian elegance of Edinburgh or a remote Highland glen.

There are opportunities to enjoy hill walking from the cottage door straight onto the moors above, and the nearest Munro is just 35 minutes by car. Stalking, shooting and fishing can all be arranged (whether it be a salmon beat on the Tay or casting for brown trout on a hill lochan), whilst water-sports enthusiasts can enjoy sailing, water-skiing and kayaking on Loch Earn or white-water rafting down the River Tay. Cliff-climbing for the adventurous, ceramic painting for the artistic, off-road wildlife safaris, a multitude of golf courses, mountain bike routes - it's all close by.

Those seeking a bit of Scottish culture will find it in abundance, from Highland Games days to historic castles. Scone Palace and Drummond Castle Gardens are both just 20 minutes drive, whilst Stirling Castle and 'Discovery Point' in Dundee are a mere 40 minutes away. Dairy Cottage - a gorgeous hideaway in an idyllic location from which to do as much - or as little - as you want.

  • Sleeps - 6
  • Bedroom - 1 double, 2 twins
  • Bathroom - 2 (1 is shower-room)
  • Log fire
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Stereo, DVD and Satellite TV
  • Central heating throughout
  • Secure sheltered garden
  • Garden furniture and BBQ
  • Idyllic countryside
  • Cot and highchair available
  • All ability access and accommodation on one level
  • Horse paddock adjacent to the cottage (prior arrangement)
  • Dogs welcome (prior arrangement)
  • Complimentary chocolates & bubbly
  • Perth 15 mins
  • Edinburgh Airport - 60 mins
  • Glasgow Airport - 75 mins
  • Gleneagles Station (mainline) 10 mins
  • Cinema, theatre and leisure pool in Perth
  • Delightful pub/restaurants in Dunning and Glen Devon
  • Golf - Gleneagles 15 mins, Dunning 2 mins
    10 courses within 30 mins
  • Excellent fishing on Rivers Tay and Earn
  • Stalking and shooting locally
  • Hill walking from the back door
  • Castles, gardens and distilleries
  • Horse riding and cycle trails
  • Gleneagles resort (equestrian, 4x4, falconry, spa, shooting) 15 mins

On the last turn of the private drive Dairy Cottage is glimpsed between the trees of the surrounding deciduous woodland. The tarmac parking area leads via an all-ability paved ramp to the covered porch (with antlers above). The entrance hall feeds into the main public room with a south-facing arched window framing the paddock adjacent. French Windows to the side give access to the secure and sheltered garden which is partly paved and furnished with teak furniture making it ideal for al-fresco dining.

The large covered front porch (great for mucky boots) leads to the entrance hall which in turn gives access to the large open-plan sitting room with dining area and kitchen. This bright and airy room boasts solid hardwood floors, a wood-burning stove (all logs supplied), a large picture window to the south and French Windows to the east. Enjoy meals in front of the wood-burner at the substantial pitch-pine dining table, then withdraw to the sofas to watch the embers of the fire.

The sitting room is equipped with a satellite TV (incorporating a DVD player) and a stereo CD/radio system. There is also a selection of books, DVDs and games. The kitchen includes a microwave, dishwasher and washing machine.

The master bedroom has an elegant double bed and a dressing-room annexe with a large Victorian gentleman's wardrobe providing abundant storage for clothes. There is a door from this bedroom to the main bathroom (with a shower over the bath). The bathroom can also be accessed from the front hall. Down two steps there are two additional generously-sized twin bedrooms, the larger of which has an en-suite shower room with WC. Please note the second twin bedroom also gives access to the third bedroom.

The cottage is well insulated and served by a substantial boiler ensuring warmth and abundant hot water even in the depths of winter.

Horses and dogs are both welcome by prior arrangement. Your horse can be accommodated in the sheltered paddock immediately adjacent to the cottage and there is a secure dog-run next to the garden. Well-trained dogs are allowed in hard-floor areas of the house.

The cottage is one mile south of the village of Dunning and ten miles south-west of Perth. The post code for satnav is PH2 0RA and the national grid reference is NO 019 129.

From Stirling: Head north on A9. After Auchterarder and Blackruthven turn right onto B9141 to Dunning. Cross the staggered crossroads in Dunning heading out of the village on the B934 (Muckhart Road). After 3/4 mile turn sharp right up track immediately before entrance to Kippen House (which is marked by stone pillars). Go to end of drive (about 500m) passing Kippen Home Farm and Kippen Stables on the right. Go over cattle grid (road becomes tarmac again) and on to the end - Dairy Cottage is the cream-coloured house on the right with a timber clad extension and antlers above the porch.

From Edinburgh: Head north over the Forth Road Bridge and onto the M90. Exit at junction 10 (Perth and Inverness) making sure you keep left and follow for Inverness. At roundabout at end of motorway take first exit onto the A9 signed for Stirling. After about 5 miles (and a long downhill) turn left to Dunning on B9141 then follow directions as from Stirling above.

What's included:
Cotton bed linen, towels, seasoned logs, central heating and electricity are all included. You will also find the cottage is stocked with essentials including cleaning materials, dish cloths, detergent, toilet tissue, soap, firelighters, matches and bin bags. Your arrival is greeted with complimentary chocolates and a bottle of bubbly. A travel cot and high chair are available.

Cost and availability.
The cottage is rented out year round.
Full weeks are from Saturday to Saturday. Short breaks and alternative start dates are available on request. Checking-in time is usually after 3pm and departure is by 10am.

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Dairy Cottage, Kippenhill, Dunning, Perthshire, PH2 0RA Scotland.

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