The Rennie Mackintosh Retreat
Comrie, near Loch Earn, Perthshire
Another treat for those who like their holiday accommodation to be something a bit different, with a story attached and an experience with which they can regale their friends.
|Sleeps: 4||Bedrooms: 2|
|Changeover Day: Sat||Pets Allowed: Yes (1)|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 2|
Charles Rennie Mackintosh is well known as one of the greatest and charismatic architects and designers of his age, and most are familiar with the best-known examples of his work - the Glasgow School of Art, the Willow Tearooms and the Hill House, all of which are in or near Glasgow where he lived and worked. But few people, if any, would look for him in Comrie.
This picturesque village stands on the banks of the River Earn in Perthshire, about 6 miles from Crieff and the same from lovely Loch Earn. Here, in the centre of the village, stood an 18th century town house which was gutted by fire at the beginning of the last century. When they came to rebuild it, they employed none other than the great man himself and it is this Mackintosh product, the Rennie Mackintosh Retreat - a remarkable A-listed dwelling, which is now available for holiday letting. A photograph of Mackintosh's work book, in his own handwriting and detailing the tenders for the works, hangs on the staircase.
Coming in from the street you proceed up the panelled staircase to the front door on the first floor. On this level is the open plan living accommodation - a stylish and fully-equipped kitchen featuring a fine Art Deco mirror over the original fireplace, which leads to a cosy sitting room with open fire and dining alcove. Windows to the front look across the street to the adjacent churchyard to the river, just a minute's walk away and over garden areas to the rear. On this level too is a useful WC.
You then head downstairs (another internal Mackintosh staircase this time, not the ones you came up originally) to the two double bedrooms. These, while not particularly large, have space enough and can only be described as fun. In one, what looks like a wardrobe opens to reveal a full size spa bath/shower over, while the other, with its carefully chosen Mackintosh style bed, has a very smart en suite shower room.
The Retreat is handily placed just round the corner from an excellent AA rosette hotel, one of several in the village, where there is also a good range of small shops. There are riverside walks right from the door, or you can head off into the hills behind, perhaps up beautiful Glen Lednock with its waterfall, pools and the spectacular gorge of the De'il's Cauldron, which you can view from the suspended walkways.
Golfers have the choice of the local course, two in Crieff (all facilities) and one at St Fillans, where the clubhouse serves excellent meals. The world-renowned Gleneagles golf complex is only 15 miles away.
For fishermen, there are the local rivers or stocked trout ponds at Auchingarrich, a family wildlife park just outside the village. Crieff Hydro Hotel offers riding and adventure sports and Loch Earn is well known for its sailing, windsurfing and indeed all water sports.
Being so central, with excellent road connections, Comrie is also perfectly placed for touring, whether east to Perth or Fife, west to Killin and the west coast, north to Aberfeldy and Loch Tay, or south to Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh. A further consideration is that you can easily reach the Retreat by public transport should you wish a car-free holiday. On the other hand, if you do wish to bring the car, there is unlimited free parking on the street outside or on one of the side roads nearby.
Local Events and Attractions
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.
Double bedroom with en suite spa bath/shower over
Double bedroom with en suite shower, WC and wash basin
Open plan living room and kitchen with open fire, TV/DVD, electric cooker, washer-drier, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, microwave etc
WC and wash basin
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Sets of towels
- Travel Cot
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by gas central heating (first £30 INCLUDED with any additional usage payable at the end of your stay). WiFi is INCLUDED (subject to a fair usage policy). A maximum of 1 dog is welcome at an additional charge (1 large, 1 medium, 1 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).
Changeover Day: Sat
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 2||Sleeps 4|
|30 May 2020 - 26 Jun 2020||£475.00||£495.00|
|27 Jun 2020 - 28 Aug 2020||£525.00||£550.00|
|29 Aug 2020 - 18 Sep 2020||£475.00||£495.00|
|19 Sep 2020 - 09 Oct 2020||£375.00||£395.00|
|10 Oct 2020 - 30 Oct 2020||£475.00||£495.00|
|31 Oct 2020 - 18 Dec 2020||£350.00||£375.00|
|19 Dec 2020 - 27 Dec 2020||£525.00||£550.00|
|28 Dec 2020 - 05 Jan 2021||£525.00||£550.00|
|06 Jan 2021 - 05 Feb 2021||£350.00||£375.00|
|06 Feb 2021 - 02 Apr 2021||£375.00||£395.00|
|03 Apr 2021 - 23 Apr 2021||£475.00||£495.00|
|24 Apr 2021 - 07 May 2021||£375.00||£395.00|
|08 May 2021 - 21 May 2021||£475.00||£495.00|
|22 May 2021 - 04 Jun 2021||£525.00||£550.00|
|05 Jun 2021 - 25 Jun 2021||£475.00||£495.00|
|26 Jun 2021 - 27 Aug 2021||POA||POA|
|28 Aug 2021 - 17 Sep 2021||POA||POA|
|18 Sep 2021 - 08 Oct 2021||POA||POA|
|09 Oct 2021 - 29 Oct 2021||POA||POA|
|30 Oct 2021 - 17 Dec 2021||POA||POA|
|18 Dec 2021 - 27 Dec 2021||POA||POA|
|28 Dec 2021 - 05 Jan 2022||POA||POA|
|06 Jan 2022 - 05 Jan 2023||POA||POA|
|06 Jan 2023 - 05 Jan 2024||POA||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.
'The Retreat was very comfortable, has a lovely fire and chairs to relax in on an evening and provided the perfect respite for the week. It is a perfect base for long walks and soaking up the local community vibe.'
'We’ve had a wonderful visit here in Scotland. Thank you for the warm welcome.'
'Thanks for a lovely place to stay. Lovely walks, views and lovely people.'
'Had another fab week here in Comrie. Good food in the Royal Hotel and met the locals again from our last visit!'
'Had a lovely stay. Plenty of sleep and fresh air. Lovely wee place.'
'A beautiful relaxing retreat. Thank you for the welcome gifts. Plenty of time lost in nature.'
'Second time at the Retreat and we loved returning. Having a lovely place to relax after long trips out makes made everything easy and comfortable - a great holiday.'