Croit nan Sithean
Sleeping 4 (6)
'Croit nan Sithean' translates as the Fairies’ Croft and the fairies would find the quiet situation enjoyed by this cottage very much to their liking (as, we hope, will you). It stands at the end of a lane amid a cluster of cottages, just outside the hamlet of Balnaguard on the back road between Pitlochry and Dunkeld in the Perthshire Highlands.
Outside, it looks like a typical 'chocolate box' cottage, traditional and stone-built, with the adjoining barn now forming an extension. The inside has been renovated to a high standard resulting in a truly delightful cottage full of character and unexpected features.
Words sometimes fail to capture the full picture but let us try. The sitting room is L-shaped, snug and comfortable, with an open fire. The kitchen is well-appointed and leads into the dining area which overlooks the garden and which has an attractive bench window seat. On the far side of the sitting room, a utility room/passageway (clever design) leads through to The Barn which has been transformed into a second huge reception room on two levels, with multi-fuel stove and beamed ceiling. This gives added options to any group of visitors who may have different preferences when it comes to TV programmes, quietly reading or just chatting. A double sofa bed provides yet another option for this room as, with the downstairs bathroom, it could easily be another bedroom.
The two upstairs bedrooms have a shower room between them and enjoy wonderful views of the surrounding hills. The stairs, however, are fairly steep and not exactly toddler-friendly.
It is not possible to guarantee any garden as being 'dog-proof' but the pretty walled and hedged suntrap at the back of Croit nan Sithean is as good as it gets in that respect. Laid to grass and with a seating area close to the house this cottage garden is planted with climbing roses, clematis and honeysuckle creeping up the walls to create a delightfully secluded haven. Parking is available by the rear entrance.
The surrounding area is just as lovely as the house. Croit nan Sithean is less than an hour's drive north of Perth (leisure centre, cinemas, theatre etc.) and sits right at the gateway to the Highlands. Hill walking here is excellent with Ben Vrackie near Pitlochry (11m) the nearest major peak. From the Hermitage at Inver near Dunkeld (10m) you can watch the salmon leaping the falls as they swim valiantly up river to spawn. Another wildlife excursion could be a visit to the osprey hide at the Loch of the Lowes on the edge of the village. Fishing may be organized on the nearby River Tay. More energetic visitors may wish to try out the white water kayaking at Grandtully (2.5m), one of the best sites in Scotland, and where, at Strathtay, you will find the nearest shop to the cottage.
As you are very close to the fast A9 road day trips north to the Cairngorms, Aviemore and Inverness are all easily possible. Pitlochry, itself, has a fine selection of shops, hotels and restaurants as well as its celebrated 'Theatre in the Hills'. Heading north- west you will arrive at Loch Tay (watersports) by way of Aberfeldy, or drive over to the magnificent Lochs Tummel and Rannoch. You will definitely need more than a week to explore this fascinating place.
Heating by gas central heating, bed linen and towels are all included in the rental. There will be an additional charge for numbers over four. Two well behaved pets are welcome by arrangement. Smoking is not permitted within the cottage.
Accommodation (sleeps 4 (6)):
- Kitchen with gas range cooker and electric oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher etc.
- Dining room with door to garden
- Sitting room with open fire, TV/V/DVD
- Corridor/utility room with sink and washing machine
- Second sitting room with multi-fuel stove, TV and double sofa bed
- Bathroom with bath, shower, WC and basin.
- Double bedroom
- Twin bedroom
- Shower room