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Gushat Cottage
Strathtay, Pitlochry, Perthshire

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The village of Strathtay is a conservation area and it is friendly and welcoming. The village shop is a gem: the owners work hard to ensure that their little emporium provides all the essentials � plus a great deal more! Start the day with a stroll past the wee golf course to the shop for the morning papers and some chat. At this point there are two options: Option 1 - back to the cottage for a good coffee and the papers at the kitchen table keeping an eye out for the squirrels in the garden. Option 2 - stroll down the road, across the bridge over the Tay, to the coffee shop for a read at the papers, a cup of good coffee and one of their award winning chocolates.

Quite literally across the road from Gushat Cottage is the wonderful Strathtay Golf Club: the course offers a challenge that is exacting and the greens run fast and true. As you would expect in Scotland there are other super courses within easy reach of Strathtay and few of them are ever very busy. There are any number of great walks in Perthshire and they range from the straight forward 90 minute circuit going up The Birks and around the Falls of Moness, starting and finishing in Aberfeldy, to the much more daunting 7�9 hours for Creag Mhor and Beinn Heasgarnich. With a stretch of water just a walk away that is as testing as anything on offer in the UK, you can bring your canoe or kayak and have a week on the water! There is canoeing available locally, or you can join one of the rafts that run the rapids from Aberfeldy to Grandtully or try canyoning at Kenmore or in the Tummel valley.

For cyclists there are routes for on road cyclists that pass the door and for mountain bikes further afield. Highland Safari Cycle days are available for the experienced and the cycle road race Etape Caledonia passes nearby. In the best traditions of the highlands there is excellent hunting, shooting and fishing available throughout the locality. The River Tay is one of the foremost salmon rivers in the UK and anglers come to the area from around the world for the experience of fishing on the Tay. Riding and trekking in the wilds of highland Perthshire offer fabulous scenery, exciting rides and great memories.

There are also castles, gardens, distilleries, visitor centres and coffee shops to visit if all the outdoor pursuits sound too exhausting!

  • Sleeps - 6
  • Bedrooms - 3 (2 doubles, 1 twin)
  • Bathrooms - 3 ensuite
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine/tumble drier
  • Drying room with space for golf clubs, hiking boots etc
  • 2 TVs/video player/2 radios with CD players
  • iPod docking station
  • WiFi and Broadband included
  • 2 log burning stoves
  • Electric off peak heating
  • Reading room and library
  • Patio garden with garden furniture and barbeque
  • Cot and high chair available
  • Pets by arrangement
  • Short breaks available
  • Pitlochry 7 miles, Aberfeldy 7 miles
  • Edinburgh Airport - 1 � hours drive
  • Glasgow Airport - 2 hours drive
  • Pitlochry station - 7 miles
  • Pubs/restaurants - wide choice, 2 within walking distance
  • Golf - Strathtay across the road; Pitlochry 7 miles; Aberfeldy 7 miles; Taymouth Castle 12 miles; Kenmore 12 miles
  • Walking
  • Fishing on the River Tay
  • Bird watching - ospreys at Loch of the Lowes
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Cycling - on road trails go past the cottage, off road throughout Perthshire
  • Highland Safaris - Weem 10 miles
  • Horse riding and trekking - Kenmore 12 miles
  • Rafting - from Aberfeldy to Grandtully
  • Castle Menzies � 7 miles, Blair Castle � 20 miles
  • Countless coffee shops, Distilleries, Gardens, Pitlochry Theatre
  • Scottish Crannog Centre - Kenmore 15 miles

Gushat Cottage is the conversion of the outbuildings of Strathtay's Victorian village shop. The old shop stores and offices now house the kitchen, dining room and two of the three bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. The barn containing the old cart shed and bake house is now the sittingroom, master bedroom with a reading room and library at first floor level. The corridor between the two buildings has been roofed over to provide a light and airy hall, drying room and store and the en-suite bathroom for the master bedroom.

Arrive and step in to the spacious, stone flagged hall with room to drop the bags and explore. Immediately in front is the drying room with space for the golf clubs, hiking boots and other clutter. On the right is the modern, fully fitted kitchen with a corner to sit by the window with a coffee and watch the red squirrels in the garden or read the morning paper. The open plan kitchen and dining room is split level, spacious and airy with electric off peak heating and a log stove for warmth, comfort and atmosphere. There is a door from the dining room that leads out to the garden and the patio. Stairs lead to the big double bedroom with en-suite bathroom at first floor level. Below is the very comfortable twin bedded room with en-suite shower room.

Turning left from the hall and you enter the sitting room with its stone flagged floors, high ceilings and original timbers, picture window with heavy, tweed curtains, the underfloor heating and the wood burning stove, just the place for a nightcap. The stairs lead to a galleried reading room and library with plenty of books to borrow and plenty other to exchange. Three steps take you from the sitting room to the master suite with en-suite wet room. Lots of room here to relax and spread yourselves out!

The garden has a southerly aspect and the little patio area and garden furniture gets well used. Red squirrels, roe deer and woodpeckers are frequent visitors. But the cottage is a haven in any season with walks around the golf course for the views or down to the river for the action. The cold, bright and sharp days of the New Year are stunning; the spring flowers of snowdrop, daffodil and bluebell are remarkable in their profusion; the long, still and balmy evening of summer and the autumn brown golds and russets of bracken, beech and oak seem to run on and on. The distinctive cry of the buzzard over the hills a constant.

From the south: From Edinburgh head north over the Forth Road Bridge heading to Perth on the M90. From Glasgow head north toward Stirling to Perth on the M80, A80, M80, M9 and A9. From Perth head north toward Inverness to Ballinluig on the A9.
From the north: From Inverness head south toward Perth on the A9. Approx 4/5 miles south of Pitlochry leave the A9 at Ballinluig.
North or south: At Ballinluig head west toward Aberfeldy to Grandtully on the A827 (approx 4/5 miles). In Grandtully turn right before The Inn on the Tay pub and cross the metal bridge over the Tay. Over the bridge carry on to the top of the hill and turn right at the T junction (approx 200 mts). Drive 200 mts with the golf course on the left. The entrance to Gushat Cottage is opposite the entrance to Strathtay Golf Club.

What's included:
Heating is included plus 1 basket of logs for each stove. Bed linen is provided.
Wifi and Broadband are included plus a selection of CDs, DVDs and videos are available also a selection of games and jigsaws. There are books to browse and books to exchange.

Cost and availability.
Gushat Cottage is rented out throughout the year. There is no set change over day.
Short breaks - check in 4pm and check out 12 noon.
Longer breaks (more than 3 nights) - check in 4pm and check out 10am.

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Gushat Cottage, Strathtay, Pitlochry, Perthshire, PH9 0PG Scotland

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