Only 90 minutes' drive from Edinburgh, this sunny 15th century cottage with private hot tub secluded behind ancient double hedges in the centre of a Highland estate on the edge of the Cairngorm National Park, is such a romantic yet fabulously comfortable place that it is perfect for explorers, lovers and honeymooners. It is 400 metres from one of the best (private) trout lochs in Scotland with stunning views of mountains up to 3000 feet and there are a huge number of activities available. 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 cottage. From the bed, one can see the heather hill where the monks put their hives, and from where we still get honey today. The cottage sits between two ancient wild flower meadows; unploughed, unimproved, and protected, full of rare wild yellow violets and orchids. Red squirrels live around the garden and the walls support rare ferns and lichens which grow only in unpolluted places.
Croftend has been sympathetically restored, retaining the enormous medieval fireplace (pot hooks in tact) with a wood burning stove, original wood panelled walls and ceiling, solid oak floor, granite worktops, super-king bed with ensuite power shower and of course, bathrobes and every modern convenience. You can arrange to fish on the estate's lochs and river, hire mountain bikes, or relax in the hot tub while the estate's chef prepares a romantic dinner, or, in winter, skis can be brought directly to you and a guide or lessons arranged at Glenshee, 35 minutes from the house. There is excellent pub grub 5 minutes away and lots of good restaurants in the area. We provide a full concierge service so why not let us do your shopping, arrange golf tee times, provide surprise champagne and chocolates (or a romantic meal), bring mountain bikes to the door, or take you on a wildlife photography safari.
You can golf at St Andrews, barbeque on the south facing terrace, walk to the Historic Scotland protected Pictish ruins on the hill above the house, ride over the hills miles away from the public road, climb a Munro, walk the long distance Cateran Trail which winds through the Estate, or take a trip to Pitlochry and House of Bruar with their tartan makers, summer theatre and cashmere and gourmet food shopping. Alternatively, visit a distillery, or just wander along the river to picnic in a place beloved by Queen Victoria, where the Highland ponies like to come to cool down on hot days.
This house is the place to find peace and tranquillity for your holiday in the Scottish highlands, yet is only 35 minutes from fantastic cashmere, kilt and gourmet food shopping. Close to the Queen's and Queen Mother's Balmoral and Glamis Castles and on the edge of the Cairngorm National Park, there is outstanding wildlife viewing, fishing, clay pigeon and other shooting and other sporting activities along with whisky distillery tours, wild swimming, adventure centres, on and off road cycling and riding and artisan food producers. Championship golf courses such as St Andrews and Gleneagles (home of the 2014 Ryder Cup) are within easy reach. There are not only numerous activities and places to see both on and off the estate and we try to do everything to make your holiday a happy one.
- Sleeps 2 - 4 (different prices)
- Bedrooms - 2
(1 super king-sized, 1 twin)
- Bathrooms - 2 ensuite
- Private hot tub in the garden
- Ideal honeymoon cottage
- Wood burning stove
- Oil central heating
- Free Wi-Fi
- 2 TVs/DVD/CD player /
I-pod docking station
- Cooking of any kind by arrangement
- Full concierge service
- Barbeque, garden furniture
- Washing machine/tumble dryer
- Sun porch
- Sitting room with books, toys and games
- Masseuse and beauty therapist
- Drop off and collection from
airports and walks can be arranged
- Electric blankets
- Large enclosed garden
- Cot, highchair etc available
- Sorry, no smoking
- Airports - Edinburgh 90 minutes,
Glasgow 2 hours, Dundee 40 minutes
- Stations - Pitlochry 30 minutes,
Perth 50 minutes
- Shops - 11 miles in Alyth -
Co-op and good butcher
- Asda home delivery
- Tesco, Sainsbury's, farm shop,
fishmonger - 14 miles in Blairgowrie
- Bagpiper for special occasions
- Fishing/rod hire and tuition
- Pheasant duck, partridge & grouse shooting
- Clay pigeon shooting
- Roe and red deer stalking
- Golf tee times arranged - 4 courses within 14 miles:
championship courses within 75 minutes
- Lochs with boats for fishing
- Mountain bike hire
- Off roading and adventure centre nearby
- Pony trekking and riding nearby
- Ski hire and skiing at Glenshee - 35 minutes
- Tennis lessons
- Beautiful walks from the door or further afield
- Wildlife safari and photography tours
The accommodation in this gorgeous cottage is on one level. The kitchen, dining and sitting areas are open plan, with low voltage lights on dimmers. The kitchen is very well equipped, with granite worktops. There is a wood burning stove in a huge medieval fireplace, a deep sofa with plenty of cushions, and lots of books, local maps and guides. Through the south-facing, wood panelled, oak floored sun porch, the sitting room has another TV and lots of games and books.
The twin bedroom has an ensuite shower and floor to ceiling heated towel rail. The double bedroom is large and very sunny with a super king-sized extra-long bed, Victoria cast iron fireplace and a wood panelled en-suite bathroom with a large power shower and floor to ceiling heated towel rail.
The secret half acre garden with private, secure, hot tub, is fully enclosed with lawns full of daffodils, bluebells and wild flowers, a huge maple tree and old apple trees with clematis and rambling roses growing through them. There is parking space for 2 cars.
90 minutes' drive from Edinburgh International Airport, 2 hours from Glasgow International Airport and 40 minutes from Dundee Airport.
Pitlochry station is 30 minutes and Perth station 50 minutes. Both stations have connections, including sleepers, to the rest of the UK. Arrangements can be made for you to be met at stations and airports.
All bed linen and towels are included. First basket of logs free, thereafter available at cost.
To cut down on your shopping, bathrobes, soap, tea towels, oven gloves, cling film, apron, foil, bin bags, loo rolls, washing up liquid and essential cleaning materials and other helpful touches to start your holiday off are provided.
What's not included:
Electricity and oil are charged by meter reading.
Two well-behaved dogs welcome.
Also available: a cook, a personal piper, romantic presents like champagne or chocolates on arrival, home-baked afternoon tea on arrival - simply request whatever you would like with your reservation.
Cost and availability:
Croftend Cottage is rented out throughout the year.
Weekly rentals are usually Saturday to Saturday; arrival 4pm and departure 10am.
Short breaks welcome.
To book this romantic cottage with a hot tub on a Highland Perthshire estate, click the enquiry button below and see availability and prices.
direct to the owner
Croftend Cottage, Brewlands Estate, Glenisla, Perthshire, PH11 8PL Scotland