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Keeper's Cottage - Award Winning Accommodation

SuperhostStraloch, United Kingdom
Entire cottage hosted by Lucy
4 guests2 bedrooms4 beds2 baths

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Situated on a beautiful private 3,000 acre estate, Keeper's Cottage combines style and comfort with simple luxuries. Enjoy stunning scenery, great walks from your door and kayaking on the loch. Regional Thistle Award Winner for Best Self-catering Accommodation Experience 2019/20. Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms (doubles or twins).

Note: July & August minimum 7 night stay, Saturday to Saturday. 2 night minimum stay at other times, except Christmas and New Year when it is 4 nights minimum.

The space
This charming 19th century cottage has been sympathetically renovated, combining original features and traditional Highland décor with contemporary elements, resulting in a cosy and exceptionally stylish holiday property.

The open-plan ground floor features a comfortable sitting area with wood-burning stove, a sleek kitchen with stone worktops and a bold contemporary staircase with steel rails and oak treads. A mix of period and modern furniture, paintings and solid oak flooring creates a homely but elegant space.

Upstairs, a stunning reclaimed roll top bath sits pride of place alongside new bathroom fittings. Two elegant double bedrooms with views over the glen feature designer wallpaper, the best beds and fine cotton linen.

Little touches include unstinting storage for outdoor garments, a huge wall mounted map of the region, and an all-important separate drinks fridge.

Warm & luxurious
Keeper's Cottage is beautifully warm and eco friendly thanks to the biomass boiler that runs off waste timber from the estate. You'll find crisp cotton sheets on the comfortable Hypnos beds, snug feather duvets, fluffy towels and delicious smelling handmade soap, shower gel and shampoo by The Highland Soap Company.

Families
We have travel cots and high chairs for guests young children and even an all terrain Landrover pram! There are board games, DVDs, toys and books in the house and outside there are swings and a tree house with slide. We also have other garden games available to borrow, such as cricket, swing ball and a football net. The garden is private and securely fenced.

Dogs
We welcome up to 2 well behaved dogs (over 1 year old). Dogs are not allowed on the sofas or beds and must sleep overnight in the boot room (please contact us to discuss if this will be a problem as we can occasionally make exceptions). The garden is fenced but dogs must not be left outside unsupervised. As this is a working estate with sheep and cattle, dogs must be kept on a lead around livestock but there are plenty of places you can let your dog run, including the 5 acre Millennium Wood which is securely deer fenced.

Activities
There's masses to do from your door, from walks galore and exciting wildlife watching including red squirrels on the feeder, to fishing or just a gentle row around the loch. We have 3 kayaks you can use (buoyancy aids are provided and must be worn) and there's a hard tennis court a short distance away. Please note that the kayaks, rowing boat and tennis court are only available from 1 April to end October.

Straloch is a good place for mountain biking and road cycling too with many popular routes on the door step. We have a lockable bike shed for your use.

Children's activities
Straloch is a wonderful place for children and there are lots of places for them to explore like the Millennium Wood and the Walled Garden. The back drive is quiet and perfect for cycling up and down safely. Have a picnic on the island and toast marsh mallows or build a den in the wood!

Guest access
Games Room
This is shared with the other holiday cottage. It has a pool table, table tennis and darts and is heated.

Bike shed
There is a lockable bike shed for your use. We also have bikes you can borrow (at your own risk).

Kayaks and rowing boat
There are 3 kayaks which you can take out on the loch (2 singles, 1 double) and a rowing boat. Buoyancy aids of all sizes are provided and MUST BE WORN. This is a condition of use and you do so at your own risk. Boats are only available for use from 1 April to 31 October.

Tennis
There is a well maintained hard tennis court up at the main Straloch house. We have racquets and balls you can borrow. 1 April to 31 October only.

Other things to note
Please be aware that the wifi internet in the house is fine for internet browsing and emails but is NOT fast enough for streaming music or films, so make sure you download what you need before you come.

Re mobile phone reception, while we have excellent 4G all over the estate and a good reception for O2 and Vodafone but the mobile phone reception in the house itself is weak meaning that for some networks you might have to step outside to make and receive calls. Please check with us before booking if this is a concern.

Home cooked ready meals & picnic service - our housekeeper Penny can provide you with a range of delicious home cooked ready meals which you can order in advance. She also does bespoke picnics (March to end October only) delivered to a site of your choice. Please message me if you'd like to see the menus for either of these.
Situated on a beautiful private 3,000 acre estate, Keeper's Cottage combines style and comfort with simple luxuries. Enjoy stunning scenery, great walks from your door and kayaking on the loch. Regional Thistle Award Winner for Best Self-catering Accommodation Experience 2019/20. Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms (doubles or twins).

Note: July & August minimum 7 night stay, Saturday to Saturday. 2 night minimum…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed, 2 single beds

Amenities

Heating
Dryer
Dedicated workspace
Hair dryer
Hangers
Smoke alarm
Kitchen
Private entrance
High chair
Iron

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Straloch, United Kingdom

Strathardle is a deeply rural, sparsely populated but friendly neighbourhood. It is known as one of Perthshire's prettiest glens with some exceptional flora and fauna. The local economy is primarily low intensity hill farming (sheep and cattle), forestry and tourism. If privacy and peace are what you want then we are it! The nearest shop and pub is 5 miles away in the small village of Kirkmichael. It's a nice cycle ride away along private roads and tracks (35 mins) but too far to walk. The small town of Pitlochry (8 miles/ 20 minute drive) is a bustling hub for visitors to the Highlands and has a small supermarket, plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants, from gourmet to fish and chips. It also has gift shops, whiskey shops and lots of shops selling outdoor clothing and equipment, plus a doctors' surgery, minor accidents clinic, dentist and veterinary surgeon.

Situated on the southern fringes of the Cairngorm National Park, the glen feels wonderfully remote but is well placed for touring Scotland, being so central and close to the main A9 north/ south trunk road that links Inverness to Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Strathardle is a deeply rural, sparsely populated but friendly neighbourhood. It is known as one of Perthshire's prettiest glens with some exceptional flora and fauna. The local economy is primarily low inten…

Hosted by Lucy

Joined in December 2017
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I was brought up at Straloch and now live here full time with my family, plus Freda the black labrador, Freuchie the Border terrier and two cats. We have a lot of pets and welcome guests with well behaved dogs! I never tire of the beautiful scenery at Straloch, whatever the weather or season, and I love the wildlife which is all around, especially the birds and red squirrels. I am into bird song and can recognise most of our resident and visiting birds just by listening. I am happy to share this knowledge with anyone who's interested! I'm also on had to advise about things to do on the estate or locally. Basically my aim as host is that you have a wonderful experience and go home with lots of memories to cherish.
I was brought up at Straloch and now live here full time with my family, plus Freda the black labrador, Freuchie the Border terrier and two cats. We have a lot of pets and welcome…
During your stay
I always try to pop in and say hello soon after you arrive to say hello and show you how things work in the house. If you have any problems at all during your stay, do not hesitate to contact me on my mobile +44 (0)7941 152049. I am always happy to give tips about where to walk on the estate and places to visit or eat locally. I even do guided walks for a small fee - I love birds and wildlife generally and have a reasonable knowledge of the wildflowers and archaeological features on Straloch.
I always try to pop in and say hello soon after you arrive to say hello and show you how things work in the house. If you have any problems at all during your stay, do not hesitat…
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No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed
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