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.
Because some family members are allergic to animal hair, pets are welcome in the grounds and garden but can only be accommodated if they sleep in your car.
Leslie is a wonderfully welcoming person and her place is amazing! Fantastic bedroom with idyllic views to her garden/forest park and to the mountains, private bathroom, cosy sitting room, and lovely rustic kitchen with some delicious breakfast food, fruit, and home made goodies, etc. Just fabulous! A home with character, art and crafts, lots of books and blissful surroundings. I was there with my husband for my winter birthday and even though it was a cold time, we were blessed to stay in this wonderful place and we highly recommend it. Leslie also gave us precious advice where to go for a walk, shared her local guide books and we both really enjoyed our stay and want to come back for more. Many thanks, Leslie! You are an angel!
The cottage is beautiful. Just far enough away from the village to make it feel like you're in the countryside, close enough to walk to the pub. Cosy, excellent breakfast.
Leslie was enthusiastic to help us plan our trip and knew just the places to go and see.
Perfect. Thank you.
Marie made us feel very welcome and we had everything we needed for a comfortable weekend. The room is spacious but we also had use of sitting area which was nice for relaxing after a day on the hill.
The local is area is great with plenty of trails for walking and cycling. It's somewhere we would go back to.
We had a lovely stay. There was loads of space for our wellies, hiking gear and big jackets in the room. We felt completely at home in the wonderful and cosy atmosphere of the cottage. The access to the kitchen to cook meals and to the upstairs "snug" room was fantastic. Thank you Marie Leslie, you are a very nice host :)
We had a lovely time staying with Leslie. She made us feel really at home. Great host, super friendly and helpful, also made sure just to let us relax and feel at home. Really helped us find our feet in the surrounding highlands, recommending good drives, walks and eats.
Also really loved all the art and books in the house, the place is truly a lovely, lived in and well kept home.
Hope to stay again someday. Thanks for a lovely stay, Pete and Kim
Had a fantastic week of Ryder Cup and Marie was a fantastic and accommodating host. A lovely cottage in that was typical highland Scotland with a beautiful garden and vistas. Look forward to returning with more time in hand
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!