The Duck House
Cleverly designed about 10 years ago within the attractive stone walls and arches of a former Victorian coach-house (it once housed the owners' ducks), the Duck House stands in a peaceful and scluded courtyard which in former times also housed some stables and a blacksmith's forge but is now used only for storage. It stands one mile up the Tamano farm road (some potholes) off the B8033 just 7 miles north of Dunblane in Perthshire and 3 miles south of Braco - easily reached via the Edinburgh Stirling Perth Motorway. Thus there is now passing traffic and nothing to disturb the peace of this rural idyll.
Inside its arched entrance, the Duck House gives the impression of a Scandinavian style, open-plan gallery with its delicate colours, pale woodwork, clean-cut spacious interior which is light and airy from the large windows and pleasantly warmed by background CH, a log stove, and the homely touch of books, pictures and a radio.
It faces across a peaceful wooded countryside towards the Ochil Hills whose green horizons hide The Kingdom of Fife on the far side, and as well as offering a comfortable and restful retreat (there is even a stone seat by the duck pond to sit and dream by), there are pleasant un-taxing walks in the immediate area, where you can often glimpse deer or foxes.
It is not often that such peace and quiet can be combined with such a central and accessible situation, but this is certainly the case with the Duckhouse. Dunblane and pretty Bridge of Allan are just a few minutes down the road, and historic Stirling, with its castle, Wallace Monument, university and the battlefield of Bannockburn are also within a short drive. Both Edinburgh and Glasgow can easily be reached for day trips – you can take the train from Stirling if you want to avoid the hassle of parking in the city. To the north beyond Perth you can visit Lochs Tummel and Rannoch, or even continue further towards the Cairngorms, while the Trosssachs and Loch Lomond make other Scottish must-see destinations.
For those of an active disposition, the area offers plenty of golf courses (famous Gleneagles is only half-an-hour up the road!), fishing, riding etc. so whatever you choose to do at the Duckhouse, boredom is not an option!
Heating is by wood-burning stove (starter pack of logs included) and oil-fired central heating (included). Electricity, bed-linen and towels are all included. Pets are welcome. Smoking is not allowed within the house.
Accommodation (sleeps 6):
- Sitting-room with wood-burning stove, TV, and French windows onto a small patio with furniture.
- Large open-plan kitchen with electric cooker, microwave, fridge, washing-machine, etc, and separate dining-area.
- Double bed room with king-size bed.
- Twin-bed room.
- Twin-bed room.
- Bathroom with bath, shower, WC and basin.