Balvarran Mill Cottage

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Balvarran Mill Cottage in Perthshire, a cottage for wildlife not nightlife, stands on its own, very peacefully in lovely countryside.

Quick Info

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2
Changeover Day: Sat Pets Allowed: Yes (3)
No smoking Bathrooms: 1
  • No Smoking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Open Fire/Solid Fuel Stove

It is a short drive off the quiet A924 country road that winds its way over the moorland, past sheep and heather, from Pitlochry on the A9 (11 miles) to Kirkmichael (1 mile) and then to Blairgowrie (15 miles) in central Scotland.

An attractive, very old stone cottage with part of the ancient mill barn (now empty) at its side, its grass garden is bordered by the River Ardle just yards from the front door and here tenants can enjoy a week or more free fishing in season on the 1 mile private beat.

The interior provides simple, comfortable, unpretentious accommodation, that is perfectly in keeping with the cottage’s traditional external appearance. The oil-fired central heating ensures year-round warmth, with open fires in both the snug sitting room and separate dining room for good measure. There is also a very well-equipped modern kitchen.

Upstairs are a double and a twin bedroom, both of which are simply furnished and commodious. The family bathroom upstairs has been refurbished, so all practical considerations are well taken care of. Balvarran Mill is, in short, a very genuine little cottage.

Map & Local

Pitlochry to the west (easy access to Inverness, the Moray Firth, and the West Coast) has shops and all facilities. Kirkmichael nearby has a pub, a good restaurant, a PO/General Store, a riding-centre and excellent walks.

The area immediately round the cottage provides excellent walking opportunities. The Cateran Trail, named for the cattle thieves who used to plunder these peaceful glens, is a 64 mile circular walk which can be joined at Kirkmichael. Stretches of it are also set up for mountain biking. The Glenshee Ski Area is only about 20 miles away and provides excellent and accessible winter sports.

Gentler pursuits might include a round of golf at several well-known golf courses at Blairgowrie or Alyth, a visit to RSPB reserve at Kinnordy, a day on the magnificent sands at Lunan Bay or a visit to Glamis Castle, the childhood home of the late Queen Mother.

To the north and east there are good road connections to Braemar and stunning Royal Deeside (Balmoral and other Castles), as well as to the Angus Glens and sandy coast. There is certainly no shortage of things to do at Balvarran.

Please note: while we make every effort to be as accurate as possible, the actual position of the cottage indicated on the map above and the proximity of the amenities in the Local Info section cannot be guaranteed to be precise and should be used as a guide only.




Sitting room with open-fire, TV/DVD.
Dining room with open fire.
Kitchen with fridge/freezer, electric-cooker and washing machine etc.


Double-bed room.
Twin-bed room.
Bathroom with bath, WC and basin.

What's included

Linen (Double Bed)
Linen (Single Bed)
Sets of towels

Available Extras

Travel Cot


Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is payable by meter reading at the end of your stay. Heating is by background oil central heating (INCLUDED) and open fire (supply of logs INCLUDED). A maximum of 3 dogs are welcome at an additional charge (2 large, 2 medium or 3 small). If you wish to bring any other pets please contact us and we will see what we can do. No smoking.



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Changeover Day: Sat

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Weekly Prices

The weekly guide prices for this property are shown below. Use the availability & book sidebar on the right to select your holiday or calculate short break rates (where available).

  • Save 15% w/c 08 Oct 16 From 08/10/2016 to 14/10/2016
  • Save 20% w/c 01 Oct 16 From 01/10/2016 to 07/10/2016
  • Half Term Availability! From 15/10/2016 to 21/10/2016
  • Half Term Availability! From 22/10/2016 to 28/10/2016
  • Save £50 - 6 night break! (CA7) From 01/10/2016 to 06/10/2016

Changeover Day: Sat

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 4
17 Sep 2016 - 14 Oct 2016 POA
15 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016 POA
29 Oct 2016 - 19 Dec 2016 POA
20 Dec 2016 - 27 Dec 2016 POA
28 Dec 2016 - 05 Jan 2017 POA
06 Jan 2018 - 05 Jan 2019 POA
06 Jan 2019 - 05 Jan 2020 POA

Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking. If your party size changes for any reason after booking please let us know so we can ensure the accommodation provided meets your exact requirements.


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Very comfortable good fishing the enclosed garden was great to keep the dogs in as some days the river was running very ...

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Love location, new beds were very comfy, unfortunately new chairs in living room not so.


A coat of paint and gutter repairs on outside would be good and inside windows need painting


Pleasant location and relaxing cottage. Lovely to be close to the river


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