For such a small village, Fortingall, thirteen miles from Aberfeldy and just two and a half miles from Loch Tay in beautiful Highland Perthshire, punches well above its size in terms of charm, glorious surroundings and unusual claims to fame.
|Sleeps: 4||Bedrooms: 2|
|Changeover Day: Sat||Pets Allowed: Yes (2)|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 1|
With its thatched cottages, it is one of the prettiest of Scottish villages and is also reputed to be the birthplace of Pontius Pilate (he being the result of a liaison between his Roman soldier father and a local girl). That is only legend, but very real is the spectacular Fortingall Yew in the churchyard here. Dated as being between 4,000 and 5,000 years old, it is the oldest living thing in Europe. When you consider that it would already be middle-aged when the Pilates were around, that rather puts it in perspective!
Within walking distance of this delightful, peaceful hamlet on the way to Loch Tay and reached by a private drive is a tiny enclave of houses, behind which is Grandpa's Cottage, a traditional, stone-built cottage. Grandpa would probably be hard put to recognise it now, as it has been so well and stylishly modernised and refurbished.
With the hill right behind and extensive views southwards across the valley to the front, inside the accommodation is bright and spacious. Both the large and superbly-equipped dining/kitchen and the welcoming sitting room have beamed ceilings, while the latter also has a wood-burning stove to supplement the gas central heating and ensure year round cosiness. A useful boot room and WC complete the downstairs accommodation. Upstairs are good-size double and twin bedrooms and a family bathroom.
The cottage is furnished and finished to a very high standard and there is ample parking right by the door. Behind, there is an elevated patio area (with furniture), which is ideal for enjoying an evening drink and admiring the view across to nearby Drummond Hill.
Once established in this idyllic spot, you may be hard put to decide between the many local attractions. Loch Tay offers a variety of water sports, while there are golf courses at either end of the loch, in the pretty villages of Killin and Kenmore.
Ben Lawers, overlooking the loch, will be of interest to walkers, while just to the north is Schiehallion, the 'Fairy Mountain'. The famous and breathtakingly beautiful Loch Tummel and Loch Rannoch are within 15 miles of the cottage, while to the north west is rugged Glen Lyon, Scotland's longest glen.
Aberfeldy (all facilities) has a leisure centre and a cinema, while Fortingall itself has an excellent hotel. From Aberfeldy, the road runs back along the banks of the River Tay (more fishing and white water rafting at Grandtully) to the A9 and from there it is a short drive up to the busy town of Pitlochry, with its Festival Theatre where the boast is that you can ‘stay six days and see six plays’. Or, by turning south you come to Dunkeld, a most attractive village, with links to Beatrix Potter who once stayed there, and a historic and partially ruined cathedral.
At the nearby Hermitage there are lovely woodland walks along the River Braan to the spectacular waterfalls, while to the north of the village, the RSPB site at the Loch of the Lowes gives visitors the chance to see the ospreys who return each year to raise their young. There really is very little left to wish for at Grandpa's Cottage!< />
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 wood burning stove and TV/DVD.
Kitchen/dining room with electric hob and oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, washing machine, tumble-drier, etc.
Boot room with WC and wash basin.
Bathroom with bath, shower over, WC and wash basin.
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Linen (Single Bed)
- Sets of towels
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. The first £15 of electricity INCLUDED with any additional usage payable by meter reading at the end of your stay. Heating is by gas central heating (first £25 INCLUDED with any additional payable at the end of your stay) and wood-burning stove. WiFi is INCLUDED (subject to a fair usage policy). A maximum of 2 dogs are welcome at an additional charge (1 large, 2 medium or 2 small). If you wish to bring any other pets please contact us and we will see what we can do. No smoking.
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
Changeover Day: Sat
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 4|
|17 Sep 2016 - 14 Oct 2016||£395.00|
|15 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016||£495.00|
|29 Oct 2016 - 19 Dec 2016||£375.00|
|20 Dec 2016 - 27 Dec 2016||£595.00|
|28 Dec 2016 - 05 Jan 2017||£595.00|
|05 Jan 2017 - 10 Feb 2017||£375.00|
|11 Feb 2017 - 17 Feb 2017||£395.00|
|18 Feb 2017 - 03 Mar 2017||£375.00|
|04 Mar 2017 - 07 Apr 2017||£395.00|
|08 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017||£495.00|
|22 Apr 2017 - 05 May 2017||£395.00|
|06 May 2017 - 26 May 2017||£495.00|
|27 May 2017 - 02 Jun 2017||£595.00|
|03 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017||£495.00|
|01 Jul 2017 - 01 Sep 2017||£595.00|
|02 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep 2017||£495.00|
|16 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017||£395.00|
|14 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017||£495.00|
|28 Oct 2017 - 20 Dec 2017||£375.00|
|21 Dec 2017 - 27 Dec 2017||£595.00|
|28 Dec 2017 - 05 Jan 2018||£595.00|
|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.
'Returning to this cottage at the end of the day was the icing on the cake - so peaceful and beautiful surroundings. Everything we needed in this gorgeous cottage.'
'Wonderful stay in this lovely cottage.'
Van Bezouw party
'Cottage so well stocked, beautifully decorated, cosy and welcoming.'
'Everything we needed was at hand. Wonderful stay.'
'Holidayed a number of times in Perthshire, this has been our favourite.'