A three-bedroom log-built house set in woodland on the outskirts of the historic village of Kirkmichael, in the vale of Strathardle in the hills between Pitlochry & Blairgowrie. Spacious, secluded and comfortable but still convenient for everything.
The house has a large kitchen/dining/living area with a well-stocked kitchen with oven/hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge & freezer and washing machine (plus a tumble dryer in the en-suite bathroom).
The living room includes ample seating around an open log fire, a TV with Free-sat channels and DVD/Blu-Ray player, plus CD player. There are books, games & DVDs on the shelves, so help yourself, and pictures and other personal touches to give it a sense of home. And the whole looks out through large french windows onto a paved patio, the fire pit with its log stools, and the open woodland beyond.
There are three bedrooms: a spacious master bedroom with a super-king bed (which can be detached to make two singles), a living flame fire for extra mood, and an en-suite bathroom (with under floor heating for your comfort); a twin room; and a bunk-bed room with additional pull-out bed (all full single-sized), plus further games & toys for the children. All have generous cupboard/hanging space.
There is an additional shower-bathroom off the main corridor.
Outside there is a large gravel driveway and car port with ample parking space (and more nearby). There is a paved patio area with a large picnic table, an outdoor fire pit, and also a small children's play house.
It's set in a 4.4 acre site with a mix of grass, rocks, trees and shrubs running down to a stream, shading over into a large area of open woods and moorland around.
You have the whole house! The guest keys are kept in a key safe which we'll tell you about before your stay. You can come and go as you please. Normal check-in is from 16:00 and check-out from 10:00, but depending on other bookings, early check-in and late check-out may well be possible. We can sort this nearer the time.
Interaction with guests
I'm not on site, but am happy to be contacted with questions prior to your stay. Before your stay, I'll give you the contact number of the local maintenance man who can help you if there are any immediate problems.
Other things to note
It can be very dark around there, so don't forget to have a torch with you if you want to head up to the Log Cabin Hotel or down into the village. We have had guests get caught out, stumbling back lighting their way with mobile phones...
Though it's not a place I can any longer visit frequently; it's still another home, as you'll see from the books, music, photos and other bits there. So treat it right! The cleaner who lives nearby is very house proud as well, and you don't want to get on the wrong side of her. Trust me.
We welcome dogs (for a small surcharge) with the normal rules:
• not to be left unattended in the Property
• to be kept out of the bedrooms and off of the furniture
• any fouling of lawns etc. must be cleared up without delay
• the owner must bring the dog's bed or basket for sleeping in
• ensure that their pets are free from parasites and fleas before they occupy the property
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.
I grew up in Kent where I now live. I lived with my family in Glasgow for 13 years. Work (I teach English language to international students) brought me up to Scotland - at the University in Glasgow - and work took me away again. I would happily have stayed for this place if I could.
I loved Glasgow; loved living in Scotland, not least the Highlands, and wanted, if I could, to get a place up here, and finally got the chance.
This place was bought as a retreat from the working week, an adventure for my young son, and a place to host friends and their kids. Once I'd got it, I wished we'd had it years earlier and could keep it for years after. It's the kind of place families will spend every Christmas and every Summer holiday: which is exactly what the previous owners did, and many of the neighboring families do as well.
I'm trying to keep it as a special place (still visit when possible) and I hope you can see that when you visit. My son still loves his log house, as do friends who've visited, and I hope you can see why. There are our books on the shelves, some CDs left behind by us and other guests, photos from our travels on the walls, and other signs that this is still a kind of home.