Ardchoille Cottage sits, bright and bandbox fresh, in its charming front and back gardens just a mile from the picturesque village of Fortingall near Aberfeldy, in one of the most scenic and popular parts of Highland Perthshire.
Offering a high degree of seclusion, it is a light and comfortable semi-detached cottage, which is also surprisingly spacious. At the entry there is a large sun porch, ideal for shedding muddy boots or storing rods or sporting equipment. This leads in to the house proper, where, on the ground floor there is a charming sitting room with open fire, a separate dining room, modern fitted kitchen and WC/utility room. Upstairs are three light and airy bedrooms and bathroom. They and the sitting room all face south, so the sun streams in all day.
There is parking in the back garden, which runs down to the River Lyon behind the house. With extensive lawns to the back (furniture), and attractive herbaceous borders to the front, you have plenty of choice of where to wile away lazy sunny afternoons.
Should you wish to venture out and about however, you are equally spoiled for choice. Fortingall, just along the road, has an excellent hotel. It is a charming little village with (very uncharacteristic for Scotland!) thatched cottages and, of course the legendary Fortingall Yew, at 4,000 years old believed to be the oldest living thing in Europe. It was already middle-aged at the beginning of the Christian era, and Fortingall's other claim to fame is as the birthplace (one of many!) of Pontius Pilate, whose Roman soldier father was said to be stationed there. (As the Romans only really arrived in Britain in 43AD the dates hardly tally unless Pilate Senior went awol on their first sorties in 55 and 54 BC, but when did that ever stand in the way of a good story?)
Beyond Fortingall, you have the choice of heading along Glen Lyon, Scotland's longest glen, and on to Loch Tay where there are lots of watersports to enjoy, or over the shoulder of Schiehallion, the 'Fairy Mountain' to the glories of Loch Tummel and Loch Rannoch.
There are lots of good picnic spots along the shores of the lochs. Energetic souls can climb either Schiehallion or Ben Lawers over on Loch Tayside but there are also many less challenging walks to be enjoyed from the house. Aberfeldy (7m) offers all facilities, a good range of shops and eating places, a golf course and even a distillery.
Another 'good day out' would be a visit to the Highland town of Pitlochry, with its Festival Theatre in the Hills, and Dunkeld, where you can also visit the spectacular Hermitage or visit the RSPB hide at the Loch of the Lowes, where you can see osprey on their nest and fishing in the loch. Or, once on the fast A9, you can head north to Aviemore and the Cairngorms.
But if you are simply looking for a chance to chill and recharge the batteries in lovely surroundings, then Ardchoille is the place for you.
Bed linen, towels, electricity and the first £30 of oil-CH are included in the rental. Sorry, pets are not accepted and smoking is not permitted in the cottage. Wi-Fi is available, subject to provider.
Accommodation (sleeps 6):
- Sitting room with open fire, TV/DVD
- Dining room
- Kitchen with electric cooker, microwave, fridge etc. dishwasher and tumble drier in cupboard
- WC/utility room with washing machine
- Double bedroom
- Double bedroom
- Room with bunk beds
- Bathroom with bath/shower, WC and wash basin