School House in Relaxing Highland Perthshire
Hosted by Gillian
Gillian is the host.
5 guests
3 bedrooms
4 beds
2 baths
5 guests
3 bedrooms
4 beds
2 baths
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In the Highlands of Perthshire, the School house is the perfect, relaxing Scottish country retreat. Spacious and quiet, with tranquil views, this is real countryside living. This large, private detached home has recently undergone a full renovation.
*Pet free home*

The space

**Please contact me if you would like a longer stay at a negotiated price**

The Schoolhouse, a former Victorian school, this large detached property has been fully renovated over a two year period. This is a labour of love! Over two floors, as much of the old charm has been retained as possible. With original wooden flooring, picture rails, big school door, and log burning stove that heats the 4 metre high vaulted school room.

Our beautiful interior designed home houses a collection of antiques and items collected over 20 years in flea markets, auctions and antique shops throughout Europe. The Old School House in Perthshire is an enjoyable, peaceful place to be.

With two main bedrooms you can drift to sleep in one of the twin beds, or in the king size Antique French upholstered bed. In addition, if there is a fifth member of your party, they can use the third bedroom which has an antique half tester bed (but is a little on the short side - not suitable for taller people!) There are two bathrooms, each with free-standing baths. There is no shower, but there is a (powerful!) shower attachment that can be used when you are having a bath.

This spacious, eclectic home, is the perfect base to explore all that both Perthshire and Scotland has to offer.

To make your stay as comfortable as possible, you will have full access to WIFI, washer & dryer, kitchen with microwave, oven, gas hob, dishwasher and fridge/freezer. You can choose to eat in the dining kitchen, or at the main dining table in the School room. There are two comfortable sofas and armchairs, in front of the large log burning stove. There are two bathrooms, one has an original roll top cast iron bath, the other is roll top and made from volcanic stone. No shower, but baths fill quickly!

Available to you:
Towels, Fresh Linen, Hairdryer, Shampoo, Conditioner and soap.

Speedy Wifi, tea, coffee, milk to get you started, full use of kitchen and condiments. I should mention there is no TV - enjoy a peaceful break in front of the log fire instead :)

* Please note that we love children, but the School House is not currently suitable for young children due to the stream and ponds*

Guest access

You will have full access to the house including; dining kitchen, 32 foot dining/living room with large sofas (the former school) two bathrooms, two bedrooms (third if you have a 5th member in your party) and gardens which feature an Italian garden (ponds), and a small stream. There is also parking for up to 3 cars.
There are an array of garden tables and chairs to position yourself as the sun moves around the garden during the day.
We are in a wonderful rural Highland Perthshire location, but have good WIFI access throughout the house. We don't have a television though :)

Interaction with guests

We are happy to answer any questions you have and happy to continue communicating with you during your stay.

Other things to note

We love children. However, due to safety issues regarding both the pond and stream in the garden, the house is sadly not suitable for young children.
Pet free home - except the fish in the pond!

Business travel
This listing has essential business travel amenities.

Wireless Internet
Free parking on premises

Extra people $88 NZD / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee $88 NZD
Security Deposit $683 NZD
Weekly Discount: 10%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds
Bedroom 3
1 single bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 11AM
Self check-in with lockbox

We want you to feel comfortable and at home!
As this is our full time home, we appreciate you treating the Schoolhouse with the same respect as you would your own property.

- Non-smoking home. Smoking is OK provided it is outside, away from open doors/windows
- Pet free household (sadly we are allergic!)
- No loud music after 10.00pm please, we are rural and have lovely neighbours
- Two booked guest maximum per room upstairs, One booked guest maximum downstairs (it's not big enough for two!)
- Please ensure the Schoolhouse is left in the same condition as you find it.
- Please bring slippers, and leave your outdoor shoes in the entrance/boot room rather than wearing them in the house.
- Please can you strip your beds (except cotton mattress protectors) and leave pillow cases, duvet covers and sheets in the boot room before you leave.
- Please do not bring young children, we love them, but have ponds and a little river in the garden.

Finally - the main thing about your stay is that you have a relaxing, fun time. This is a beautiful part of Perthshire and I hope you enjoy our home.

I look forward to welcoming you. Enjoy!


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

3 nights minimum stay

9 Reviews

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Laura User Profile
August 2017
Gillian's place is a treasure and I cannot recommend it more highly. We could not have been more comfortable in this magical area of Perthshire. All of the civilized areas around Pitlochry for shopping and the wilds of the Cairngorms just over the hill for hiking, this is a secret paradise that will remain in my heart for life. Gillian's generous breakfast foods laid in were a welcome treat at the end of the road and the house and gardens are the perfect place in which to awake to the sights and scents of these glorious mountains and glens.
Gillian User Profile
Response from Gillian:
Laura, receiving a review where someone just "gets" the house and the location makes my day! You were wonderful guests, and I really hope you come and stay in my home again. Your comments mean a huge amount to me.
August 2017

Christian User Profile
August 2017
We loved our stay at The Old Schoolhouse in Ballintuim. If you love period homes, you will really enjoy this home. It's full of character and makes for a highly memorable and cozy stay. We felt extremely welcome and Gillian was quick to answer any queries we had. I would highly recommend to others, particularly to those who enjoy being surrounded by beautiful antiques and interesting artifacts.

Hussein User Profile
August 2017
This is the best kept secret of Airbnb! Totally amazing, big, comfy and luxurious house with wonderful views and a magical garden. The interior is mind blowing for it's style, quality and sheer originality. If you love country house hotels, this is your own private mini version. This house was the highlight of our stay in Scotland, wonderful coming back to this home and sinking into the sofas with a whiskey. Can't thank Gillian enough for her kind hospitality.

Ruth User Profile
August 2016
This is the most beautiful house we've ever stayed at and a perfect place for our honeymoon. Gillian was wonderful and great with communication and looking after our needs, plus she clearly has an eye for beautiful design, interior decorating and style. Pictures can't do justice to how wonderful and beautiful this old house is and the garden as well - wow. Sitting up above the house over looking a lily pond and the valley with a cup of coffee is a memory I will treasure. We both were very impressed and enchanted by this gorgeous place and wish we didn't have to leave. Elegant, beautiful, secluded, enchanting, fun, peaceful - all words to help get an idea of how great this house is.

Chanuki User Profile
August 2016
Gillian made us feel so welcome in her beautiful home in Perthshire. Although we never met in person, she was immediately in touch with all the questions I had and left us some nice treats in the kitchen to make our stay even more comfortable. The house itself is a real gem, full of character. I wondered where Gillian had found all these unique beautiful objects to decorate the space! i can imagine it took 20 years as the listing says! The area itself was also fantastic. We loved the walks on the Cateran trail. The Dirnanean Garden nearby is definitely worth a visit. The village of Pitlochry has so many special shops to pick up fantastic wine and special food treats. Donaghy & Sanderson ( worth visiting for foodies. We spent a week here but we could have easily stayed for much longer. Such a great space in a really gorgeous part of the country. All in all we had a wonderful stay in this beautiful school house. Highly recommend!
Gillian User Profile
Response from Gillian:
Chanuki it was my total pleasure and delight to host you. It sounds as though you really made the most of all that highland Perthshire has to offer. Thank you for the great local recommendations.
August 2016

Arjen User Profile
July 2016
A very nice accomodation with a lot of character. Gillian was very helpfull, allthough she was abroad. A perfect place to spend a nice quiet holiday.
Gillian User Profile
Response from Gillian:
Dear Arjen it was wonderful to host both you and your family in my Perthshire home!
July 2016

Heather User ProfileHeather is a superhost.
January 2016
The house at Ballintuim is a real gem - full of character and charm. Gillian has decorated the house beautifully and it feels very grand and luxurious whilst also being cosy. There are big comfy sofas in the living room from which to gaze at the wood burning stove. The bathrooms are gorgeous and and the beds were fab. We enjoyed our stay over new year and would love to return in the summer so we could enjoy the fabulous garden. Gillian was very welcoming and made every effort to ensure we had everything we needed. We would highly recommend this as a super place for a break in a spectacular part of the country.
Gillian User Profile
Response from Gillian:
Heather it was lovely to host you and your friends at my Old Schoolhouse in Perthshire - look forward to welcoming you again!
January 2016

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