The Rennie Mackintosh Retreat
There can be few who have not heard of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, one of the most distinguished and individual architects and designers of the early 20 century. Devotees flock to the west of Scotland, where he was based to view the Glasgow School of Art, the Willow Tearooms, the Hill House. Fewer would expect to find one of his gems in the little Perthshire village of Comrie, still more unusual to find one available for holiday letting. A one-off opportunity indeed!
Comrie is an attractive village, equidistant (6 miles or so each way) between Crieff and Loch Earn. The original building where the Retreat now stands dated from the mid 18th century and was devastated by fire at the end of the 19th century. It was Mackintosh who was entrusted with its rebuilding, and who created, in his own characteristic style, the charming little town house you will find today.
The Mackintosh style starts at the front door, takes you up a typical panelled staircase to the front door on the first floor. Within is an open plan kitchen-living room, with a very well equipped kitchen (with all 21st century appliances!) where the original fireplace is topped by a striking Art Deco mirror.
This leads through to the living room, with open fire and dining alcove. For the sleeping accommodation, you go downstairs, by another internal Mackintosh staircase, to two bedrooms, one of which springs a surprise with a concealed en suite spa bath and the other with an en suite shower room. This house really is full of character and charm. Just round the corner from the house is an AA-rosette hotel, one of several in Comrie, which also has a good range of shops. The river which flow through the village is just a minute from the front door, and offers excellent riverside walks.
More energetic ramblers and climbers can head off up Glen Lednock, perhaps to the De'il's Cauldron, a spectacular gorge, or make for Ben Vorlich, at Loch Earn. Loch Earn is also very well known for its marina and watersports. Comrie has a golf course, there are two in Crieff, one at St Fillans, and the world famous golf complex at Gleneagles is only 15 miles away. Crieff Hydro Hotel offers riding and adventure sports, while fishermen have the choice of local rivers and stocked trout lochs at nearby Auchingarrich, a family wildlife park just outside Comrie.
The village is an excellent base for touring in all directions - to the west coast, to the Highlands, east to Perth and Fife, or south to Edinburgh, Stirling or Glasgow. Unusually too, this is a holiday property which is accessible by public transport, should you wish to go completely 'green' and leave the car at home.
Bed linen, towels, electricity and the first £30 of gas-CH are included. One well behaved pet is welcome by arrangement. Smoking is not permitted in the property. Wi-Fi is available, subject to provider.
Accommodation (sleeps 3):
- Open plan living room and kitchen with open fire, TV/DVD, electric cooker, washer-drier, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, microwave, etc.
- WC and wash basin
- Double bedroom with en suite spa bath
- Double bedroom with en suite shower, WC and wash basin