About this listing
Characterful old cottage, rural but not isolated, surrounded by woods and farmland. Less than one mile from a pretty village with lots of shops and restaurants.
Comrie lies on a geographical fault-line marking the border between the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland. For this reason it is subject to slight tremors and houses a very early example of seismographic equipment in 'Earthquake House', just over the River Earn from my property.
Built as a farm worker's cottage over one hundred years ago, my house has a huge garden running up into the trees on the hill behind. There is great walking country around for all levels of ability.
The guest bedroom is at the rear of the property overlooking the woods and includes an open-plan area upstairs with a single bed and a small sitting-room. There is a TV in this sitting-room but reception here is not great so you can help yourself to a title from the collection of old videos instead. There is a private guest bathroom and a separate entrance so you can come and go as you please. This is a private house, not a business, so I don't offer refinements such as trouser-presses and air-conditioning (not usually needed in Scotland anyway!) The plumbing is noisy and the layout confusing but that is what I think gives the place its charm.
Guests are welcome to use the house kitchen although there is a Farm Cafe across the road which is open until late afternoon every day.
Ideally situated for touring the Highlands to the north, Oban and the islands are to the west and historic Perth to the east. There is a bus stop at the gate but a car is recommended to get the best from your visit.
Smokers are asked to smoke outside in the garden only.
We had a wonderfull time at Leslie's lovely cottage. Full of books and lovely displays, surrounded by a great garden. Leslie gave us lots of privacy in her home. We enjoyed talking to her, and receiving lovely breakfasts. She had us use whatever we needed in her kitchen. Highly recomendable.
Marie's home was in a beautiful location. She provided us with tons of maps and brochures for local sights. We were given ample breakfast foods and a very comfortable, large bedroom + bath. We definitely recommend staying at Marie's.
We had a wonderful 2 days staying with Marie. If seclusion and tranquility is your thing, then Marie's cottage is ideal. The setting is in beautiful countryside with a stunning view of the surrounding hills. Loch Earn is not very far away and we can recommend The Four Seasons for dinner.
We are just home from a lovely 2 day break in Leslie's beautiful house. It was a return visit and I am sure we will return again and again. Leslie is a very welcoming host, the room is so comfortable, lots of choice for breakfast and a wonderful setting and area to explore. We like to cycle and walk and there is lots of opportunity to do both around Commie. We saw rabbits and deer from our bedroom window, and Leslie's garden is stunning. It is great value for money and a delightful place to stay.
Marie Leslie was a wonderful host. She has a quaint, cute little B&B very close to restaurants, castles, a famous distillery, and beautiful scenery. While we only encountered each other a few times during our stay at her B&B she was very effective at communicating with us through notes and emails with very prompt responses. She was very welcoming and sweet. Breakfast was great because we could prepare it for ourselves at any time of our choosing. We would definitely recommend this B&B to anyone.
We really enjoyed our weekend at Marie Leslie's beautiful cottage. We were made to feel very at home and would definitely stay again. We really appreciated having access to the kitchen and liked the wide variety of foods we were offered for breakfast.
Marie Leslie made us most welcome in our own section of her beautiful home. The ambiance of her home is beautiful and as soon as we drove up to her door, after following her meticulous directions, we knew we had arrived at somewhere special and unique. The garden at the back of her house is peaceful and is surrounded by trees and full of birds and rabbits. A bench under a tree provides a quiet place to sit and read. The bedroom is beautifully and individually decorated and includes some lovely old world features - and is full of books for the book lover. There is plenty of travel information in the house. The bathroom was for our sole use and there also is a sink in the bedroom. The house is close to Comrie - also known as shaky Toon - where there is recorded information on earthquakes. Lough Earn is a short distance away and this beautiful Loch stretches from St. Fillans to the aptly named Loughearnhead. Marie Leslie's kitchen was generously stocked and she made us feel so welcome. We were sad to move on so soon.
About the Host, Marie Leslie
I love to travel and the last place I visited was the US to see my daughter. We started in Chicago and did a bit of a road trip to Alabama, taking in stops in Tennessee and Georgia as well. Loved Memphis! This year I am sticking to Europe, hoping to catch some early sun in Malta and contemplating Rome as my big expedition planned for later in the year. One day, when I have a month or so free, I really want to visit Canada...that is the next one on the list!!
2014 update: windy Malta was fascinating with lots of neolithic sites to visit. Rome was, as you might expect, awesome and the Amalfi coast, thereafter, quite lovely (wore my shoes out with all the walking) but best of all was Siena which I would recommend highly to anyone Airbnb-ing in Italy.
This year's travels projects are Cyprus, for (hopefully) cloudless skies and New York for all the museums rather than the weather.
Travel plans for 2015 include Morocco in the spring and France in the autumn (to retrace my roots and childhood haunts)- those two trips should polish up my rusty French language skills.
If I have time, I am also determined to strike out for the Scottish Islands sometime over the summer and get to know my own backyard!