If ever a house could be said to have a split personality, then Robin's Rye is it! It has a commanding hillside position in the little village of Fearnan above Loch Tay, with superb views down across the loch. From the outside, it looks like a perfectly attractive wooden lodge. It is only when you get inside that you see that it really is 'something else' and the wooden lodge impression goes right out of the window!
The designer owner has certainly worked her magic here. A large, state of the art dining kitchen leads through to a night-and-day sitting area, the 'day' part with floor to ceiling plate glass windows overlooking the garden, and the 'night' cosy and perfect for curling up with your favourite programme or a good book. From here too, patio doors lead to a little extension which overhangs the garden, where you could relax over breakfast or an evening drink and watch the sun go down.
There are three excellent bedrooms, two double and a twin. The master is en suite and again has patio doors to another dressing room extension. There are also two further bath or shower rooms - so there is one for each bedroom. Furniture and fittings throughout are of the highest quality.
There is plenty off road parking at the door and extensive gardens (furniture) slope down to the front. This is a unique and very memorable cottage.
Fearnan has a gallery and pottery within walking distance of the cottage. It is also a very central base for seeing some of the best of Scotland. Four miles to the east is the pretty village of Kenmore (shops, hotels where a visit to the Crannog Centre should not be missed, while at the other end of the loch Killin (all facilities) is a popular tourist village, bisected by the impressive Falls of Dochart. From there it is an easy drive westwards to Oban and the west coast or south to the Trossachs.. In Aberfeldy, a few miles beyond Kenmore, you can visit the local distillery, the pretty Birks (a wooded glen with waterfalls) the Watermill bookshop and cafe, or continue east to Pitlochry with its Festival Theatre and the A9 to Perth or Inverness. Or you can turn south through the lovely Sma' Glen to Crieff.
The surrounding hills offer endless opportunities for walking and for spotting the local wildlife buzzards, golden eagles, peregrines, deer etc. Nearby Drummond Hill has been the site for the re-introduction of the ptarmigan, so look out for these as well. For a tougher challenge, Ben Lawers, just along the loch, awaits you. And, of course Loch Tay is famous for its watersports, so bring your canoe, kayak or windsurfer.
Bedlinen, towels, electricity and the first £20 of gas-CH are included in the rental. Sorry pets are not accepted and because of the number of glass doors in the house it is not really suitable for very young children. A refundable householder's deposit will be required. No smoking.
Accommodation (sleeps 6):
- Open plan sitting room, dining kitchen with gas hob and electric oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge freezer, TV/DVD etc. with sliding doors to breakfasting extension
- Utility room with washing machine and tumble drier leading to Shower room
- Double bedroom with veranda dressing room and en suite bathroom with separate shower
- Double bedroom
- Twin bedroom
- Bathroom with bath/shower, WC and wash basin