The Keeper's House
Near Dunkeld, PerthshireGuest Rating
The Keeper's House has a wonderful position in the high hill country between Dunkeld (7 miles) and Blairgowrie (11 miles) and was formerly the home of the Gamekeeper who tended the wildlife on this large private estate.
|Sleeps: 6||Bedrooms: 3|
|Changeover Day: Sat||Pets Allowed: Yes (2)|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 1|
The house is just over an hour's drive north of Edinburgh yet really 'away from it all' and is reached by three miles of private road. There are only two other dwellings (The Hirsel and the Caretaker's house) a little way along the track which leads finally to the Big House. The cottage backs right on to a wooded hillside.
Inside, the cottage has loads of character and is simply yet comfortably furnished in a traditional style. The cosy sitting room is most certainly the warm heart of the house, with its relaxing atmosphere and original range fireplace and open fire. The kitchen has plenty of work surfaces and appliances with the dining area at one end so everything is to hand.
The double bedroom and bathroom are both downstairs, making this a suitable house for guests who prefer not to tackle steps. There is also a handy separate WC.
Upstairs are two twin bedrooms, both of which have dormer windows with lovely views to the front of the house. They do have slightly coombed ceilings, but they are of such a good size that this is unlikely to be a problem even for tall guests. The furnishings are all pleasingly traditional in style and in perfect keeping with the nature of the house.
It really is a perfect spot for relaxing, for walking out into the wilderness and for children to play (the occasional passing farm vehicle is all they should have to look out for if they wish to stray beyond the grass gardens to front and rear).
If you do feel that something more energetic is called for than a simple chill-out session, the cottage is excellently situated for touring in all directions.
On the way into nearby Dunkeld you will pass the RSPB hide at the Loch of the Lowes, where pairs of osprey regularly breed. Dunkeld is a charming wee town with a good range of shops and eating places, a pretty square and a cathedral, while the nearby Hermitage and Beatrix Potter Experience at Birnam are both well worth a visit. Further up the A9 is Pitlochry, with its Festival Theatre and Fish Ladder. It is the gateway to beautiful Lochs Tummel and Rannoch to the west and from there too you are borne swiftly up the A9 to Aviemore, the Cairngorms and Inverness.
If, on the other hand you go east towards Blairgowrie, you will soon come to the Angus glens, which must surely be one of Scotland's best-kept scenic secrets. Or, from Blairgowrie you can also go north to Braemar and famous Royal Deeside with its superb scenery and historic castles (including Balmoral itself.)
To the south, the Fair City of Perth is within a half hour drive, where you will find leisure centres, all manner of sporting activities, excellent shops and restaurants and nearby Scone Palace, the ancient crowning place of the Ard Righ, or high kings of Scotland. Golf, fishing, kayaking and riding are all available locally, so it is unlikely that you will be bored at Keeper's Cottage!
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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 (range-type) and TV
Kitchen/dining room with electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, etc. There is a washing machine/tumble dryer under the stairs
Bathroom with bath with shower over, WC and wash basin
WC and wash basin.
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Linen (Single Bed)
- Sets of towels (per person)
- Cot (excluding linen)
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by oil central heating (first £20 INCLUDED with any additional payable at the end of your stay) and open fire (supply of logs INCLUDED). Wifi is INCLUDED, subject to a fair usage policy (not suitable for large downloads or video streaming, etc.). Water is from a private source which is UV filtered and regularly tested; however (as is typical in many parts of Scotland) it can become discoloured, particularly after heavy rainfall. Guests may therefore prefer to bring bottled water to drink. A maximum of 2 dogs are welcome at an additional charge (2 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).
From 29/10/2021 to 01/11/2021
From 22/10/2021 to 25/10/2021
Changeover Day: Sat
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 2||Sleeps 6|
|09 Oct 2021 - 29 Oct 2021||£595.00||£695.00|
|30 Oct 2021 - 17 Dec 2021||£450.00||£495.00|
|18 Dec 2021 - 27 Dec 2021||£795.00||£795.00|
|28 Dec 2021 - 05 Jan 2022||£795.00||£795.00|
|06 Jan 2022 - 04 Feb 2022||£450.00||£495.00|
|05 Feb 2022 - 01 Apr 2022||£550.00||£595.00|
|02 Apr 2022 - 22 Apr 2022||£595.00||£695.00|
|23 Apr 2022 - 06 May 2022||£550.00||£595.00|
|07 May 2022 - 27 May 2022||POA||POA|
|28 May 2022 - 03 Jun 2022||POA||POA|
|04 Jun 2022 - 24 Jun 2022||POA||POA|
|25 Jun 2022 - 22 Jul 2022||POA||POA|
|23 Jul 2022 - 26 Aug 2022||POA||POA|
|27 Aug 2022 - 16 Sep 2022||POA||POA|
|17 Sep 2022 - 07 Oct 2022||POA||POA|
|08 Oct 2022 - 28 Oct 2022||POA||POA|
|29 Oct 2022 - 17 Dec 2022||POA||POA|
|18 Dec 2022 - 27 Dec 2022||POA||POA|
|28 Dec 2022 - 05 Jan 2023||POA||POA|
|06 Jan 2023 - 05 Jan 2024||POA||POA|
|06 Jan 2024 - 05 Jan 2025||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.
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