The Keeper's House,
The Keeper's House, as the name implies, was once the home of the gamekeeper responsible for the wildlife on this extensive private estate a little more than an hour's drive north of Edinburgh. High up in the hills between Dunkeld (7m) and Blairgowrie (11m), the house is reached by three miles of private road ( which may have one or two potholes particularly after a winter frost), truly a destination well away from the daily grind. There are only two other houses (The Hirsel and the caretaker's house) a little further along the track which continues on ending up at the Big House itself.
The cottage stands in front of a tree-clad hill, an ideal place for relaxing, for taking long walks in the wilderness and for children to play in safety (if they wander out beyond the front and back grass gardens the only traffic should be the occasional farm vehicle).
Inside, the cottage is full of charm and is modestly but comfortably furnished in traditional style with an open fire in the cheerful sitting room.
If you feel the need to do more than unwind a bit you are well placed for exploring in all directions. The road into Dunkeld runs past the RSPB hide at the Loch of the Lowes where pairs of osprey (including 'Lady', at 26 the oldest known breeding female) breed regularly. Dunkeld itself is a pretty little town with a fine selection of shops and eateries, a charming square, a cathedral and it is close to the Hermitage and Beatrix Potter Experience at Birnam both of which are worth visiting. Pitlochry, with its famous Festival Theatre and Fish Ladder, is further north, up the A9. Turning west here you will soon arrive at the magnificent Lochs Tummel and Rannoch or, if you carry on north, Aviemore, the Cairngorms, and Inverness are all easily accessible.
Alternatively, you may head east to Blairgowrie and on to the Angus glens which must surely be among Scotland's hidden gems. If, at Blairgowrie, you turn north instead, you will find you are on the road to Royal Deeside, well-known for its outstanding scenery and historic castles ( Balmoral being but one). The Fair City of Perth lies about 30 minutes to the south. Here, there are leisure centres, a whole range of sporting activities, first class shops and restaurants not forgetting nearby Scone Palace, where the Ard Righ or high kings of Scotland were once crowned.
Golf, fishing, kayaking and riding are all available in the vicinity of the cottage so there should be no chance of getting bored at Keeper's Cottage.
Heating is by oil-CH (included), open-fire and electricity. Bed-linen and towels are included. Pets are welcome but sorry NO CATS. A refundable damage deposit may be required.
Accommodation (sleeps 6):
- Small front porch with bench-seats looking onto front garden.
- Sitting/Dining room with open-fire (range-type) and TV.
- Kitchen with electric-cooker, microwave, fridge-freezer, etc., and a washer/drier under the stairs.
- Double-bed room.
- Bathroom with bath, shower, WC and basin.
- 2nd WC and basin.
- Twin-bed room.
- Twin-bed room.