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self catering Perthshire - luxury cottage by the river in beautiful Glen Lyon

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Price per week Low season £675 High season £875 Festive season £995
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Vernon's review of
luxury cottage Scotland


self catering Perthshire - sleeps 3

luxury cottage by the river in beautiful Glen Lyon, perfect for walking, shooting and fishing

Stunningly dramatic, Glen Lyon is aptly described as Scotland's longest and loveliest glen – it stretches for thirty four tranquil miles from Loch Lyon in the west to Fortingall in the east, enclosed by majestic, steep slopes with the river Lyon running through it.

A tiny, quiet road leads through this beautiful, hidden corner of Scotland to the door of lovely Craigeanie farmhouse, which sits just at the foot of one of the dramatic steep slopes, facing south across the glen and the river Lyon, which snakes gently along the valley. Traditionally built of stone in the Perthshire style, a pretty, uplifting touch of colour has recently been added which aptly gives the place a holiday feel, heightened by the frivolity of the brightly painted gypsy caravan which sits just outside.

The caravan has been the object of some discussion and part of the attraction of the already highly desirable venue. As well as my own two teen aged daughters, we have brought two of their friends with us on holiday this time. Predictably, the novel allure of the gypsy caravan has meant that all four girls would like to try it out, so two will sleep in the caravan and use the downstairs bathroom for the first half of the holiday, while two take the large twin room and the wonderful slipper bath upstairs. Half way through the week there will be a swap over, so we have the best of both worlds and everyone is happy.

It's such a treat to be here in this beautiful, peaceful spot and the house is perfect, with plenty of room for everyone to be together or to do their own thing – the large kitchen dining room is a lovely, bright area for cooking, eating and chatting, while both the living room and sun room are spacious and comfortable, with luxurious furniture, fantastic views and wood burning stoves to make cosy evenings. The south facing aspect means sunshine streaming in all day long – the sun room in particular with its large windows takes full advantage of this and I love to leave the door open through to the patio and relax while people come and go with drinks and snacks and just hang out and chill.

When we are at Craigeanie it is very easy to simply relax and enjoy the unspoilt beauty and tranquillity of the glen. We can head off on a walk straight from the front door and the river is right there, perfect for fly fishing. It's good to explore a little further afield though and here there's plenty of choice to suit everyone. Being a fan of the Arts and Crafts, Fortingall is one of my favourite places in the area, transformed from semi-dereliction into a unique story-book village beginning in the late 19th century. Beside the church with its distinctive windows and gables, beautiful arched ceiling and lovely wrought iron work, stands the Fortingall Yew, believed at 5,000 years old to be the oldest living thing on the planet, a humbling thought.

We are a family of water sports enthusiasts and while I'm enjoying my comparatively sedate day out, the youngsters are trying out the latest white water adrenalin thrill from guess where – New Zealand – river bugging, courtesy of Splash White Water Rafting in Aberfeldy. It sounds great and definitely thrilling and I'm looking forward to hearing about the thrills and spills later when we crack open a nice bottle of wine and watch the light deepen and then fade from our perfect viewpoint on the terrace.

Craigeanie Farmhouse self catering Perthshire sleeps 3

self catering Scotland

cottage Scotland sleeps 5

self catering by river

Further details about this accommodation

Ground Floor:
Spacious living room with wood burning stove. Flat screen T.V with freeview channels + DVD player. WIFI* (*please note there is no mobile network signal in the Glen) IPad / IPod Dock.
Stunning open plan kitchen and dining room with views down the Glen and up the hill immediately behind the property leading to:
Sun room of generous proportions (6m x 6m) with fantastic views down the Glen and south to the River Lyon, benefiting from a wood burning stove.
Downstairs bathroom with a large walk-in shower and wc. Fully equipped boot room/utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer.
First Floor:
Super king or twin bedroom, large enough to accommodate a third person on a pull-out bed.
Large single bedroom with traditional brass bed.
Stunning bathroom with slipper bath, wc and separate shower.
Gypsy Caravan:
Available to use by arrangement at an additional cost of £100 per week. Sleeps up to 2, perfect for older children.
NB the gypsy caravan is not available during the winter months.
The Farmhouse is framed by a traditional stone steading which creates a private courtyard area to the rear of the property. Landscaped garden to front with views of the river. There is also a garage and deer preparation area, convenient for preparing the deer for the game dealer after a successful day's stalking on the 500 acre hill immediately behind the property. Stalking is available only by prior arrangement.

Our top 5 reasons why you would choose to stay here
hotel Hiking- the impressive mountains to the north and south provide wonderful hill walking, including the famous Glen Lyon horseshoe, a high level walk taking in 4 munros.
golf available There is a variety of stalking and shooting on approximately 500 acres immediately behind the farmhouse. A ghillie is available for hire at a cost of £250. Over the last 20 years stalking on Slatich has produced around 10-12 stags and 20-25 hinds per season. The stag season in Slatich is relatively late being from early September to the 20th October. Hinds are resident on Slatich from October 15th right through to the 15th February. Stalking/shooting by prior arrangement only.
good area for walking and hiking Fishing - first class brown trout and salmon (fly only) fishing is available on your doorstep - the river is only 100 metres from the farmhouse (permit included in the rental price by prior arrangement only). Salmon fishing is available within only a couple of miles (permits from the post office at Bridge of Balgie).
good area for fishing Highland Safaris, based in Aberfeldy, offer a huge range of wildlife safaris by landrover, foot or bike, either on mountain or forest terrain, lasting anything up to a whole day. Spot red deer, black grouse, mountain hares and golden eagles. You can also feed red deer and go panning for gold and eat in their excellent cafe.
hotel The Fortingall Hotel has two AA rosettes for their award winning cuisine using locally sourced produce. It is excellent for dinner in the restaurant or a more relaxed meal in the bar.
The Glen Lyon Tea Room at Bridge of Balgie serves delicious homemade lunches and teas and wonderful locally roasted coffee made in a converted bothy in the glen - probably the most remote coffee roasting business in the UK. Don't miss out on the wonderful pistachio and almond cake!