The Old Furnace
Blairgowie and Rattray, PerthshireGuest Rating
A true ‘one of a kind’ retreat is The Old Furnace that is set within the impressive Keathbank Mill right alongside the beautiful River Ericht, in the market town of Blairgowrie and Rattray in Perthshire.
|Sleeps: 2||Bedrooms: 1|
|Changeover Day: Sat||Pets Allowed: Yes (2)|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 2|
The A-listed mill building dates back to 1864-5 when it harnessed the power of the river to spin flax and jute with the help of a huge water wheel (the largest in Scotland at the time) and a massive steam engine.
From the parking area a short path leads through to the front door that sits in the original mill chimney and from there are steps down to the cosy living area that has the sitting room on one side and the kitchen on the other.
The L-shaped sitting room is warm and inviting and the well-equipped kitchen has a dining area set up by the window for admiring the river whilst eating and trying to spot salmon leaping. Sliding doors from both the kitchen and sitting room provide access out to a pretty terrace (with seating) and there is a handy downstairs WC with laundry facilities.
Heading upstairs the double bedroom is spacious and bright with a lovely king-size bed to stretch out on. There is the option of using the unusual hexagonal rainfall shower up the stairs from the bedroom or the adjoining bathroom that has a bath and shower over. From the bedroom doors open out to a little Juliet balcony that overlooks the river so the sound of the water can be enjoyed from the comfort of bed.
Private parking for up to two cars is available and an enclosed gravelled garden area wraps around the chimney to the side of the terrace.
It is a short drive to the centre of Blairgowrie (1 mile), or Blair as it is known locally, where a selection of supermarkets and smaller independent shops can provide all necessary supplies. The path through the woods along the riverside makes for a very picturesque alternative route if you are on foot.
Permits for trout and salmon fishing on the river are available and walkers can follow the Cateran Trail out to Bridge of Cally (6 miles) with a pitstop at the hotel restaurant there along the way. For something to really remember, take a trip out to the Bowland Trails (6 miles) for an exhilarating Siberian Husky sled ride through the beautiful surrounding countryside!
Based within Blairgowrie’s library is a Geneology Centre where local family history connections can be researched and history enthusiasts will also enjoy visiting the Meigle Museum (8.5 miles) where there are 27 fascinating Pictish carved stones on display.
Just south of the town the Blairgowrie Golf Club has three golf courses to choose from – two 18 hole courses and the less challenging, 9-hole Wee Course. Glenshee (24 miles) is in easy reach for snowsports and various watersports can be tried out at Outdoor Explore in Alyth (6 miles).
It is only half an hour’s drive to the bustling cities of Dundee or Perth for more serious shopping or some sightseeing.
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.
Sitting room (six steps down) with TV (Sky Sports)/DVD
Kitchen/dining room with gas hob and electric double oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, etc
WC with washing machine and tumble dryer.
Double bedroom (king-size) with en suite shower and separate en suite WC
Bathroom with bath and shower over, WC and wash basin.
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Sets of towels (per person)
- Travel Cot (excluding linen)
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. The first £30 of electricity is INCLUDED with any additional usage payable 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 electric underfloor heating. WiFi is INCLUDED. A maximum of 2 dogs are welcome at an additional charge (1 large, 1 medium, 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 08/07/2022 to 11/07/2022
From 20/12/2022 to 22/12/2022
From 27/12/2022 to 29/12/2022
From 15/07/2022 to 18/07/2022
From 22/07/2022 to 25/07/2022
Changeover Day: Sat
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 2|
|06 Jan 2024 - 05 Jan 2025||POA|
|06 Jan 2025 - 05 Jan 2026||POA|
|06 Jan 2026 - 05 Jan 2027||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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A very good property, which was well laid out, with good kitchen facilities, etc, everything you needed for a weeks brea...Read More
Location did it for me, looking onto the River Ericht, one morning there was a salmon on one of the rocks and a bunch of...Read More
We had a most enjoyable week in this stunning property in the most perfect location. It was very comfortable indeed and ...Read More
Spent a very enjoyable week at the Old Furnace at the beginning of October. The accommodation was very comfortably furni...Read More
A very unique place to stay, location was wonderful. For me, too many ornaments around gathering dust. Bed was very comf...Read More
'Beautiful, tranquil setting. We enjoyed being able to leave the car and walk from the house. Being able to eat on the balcony whilst listening to the river and soaking up the sun was fantastic.'
'We have both enjoyed our stay in your very tastefully furnished house. The position is lovely overlooking the river, the town has everything you need.'
'Watching the character of the river change was mesmerising with a flash of an otter on the sand bank opposite. The hermitage walks are all great - our 13 year old border terrier kept up!'