Send this page to a friend

Thank You

Your message has been sent.

You can send this page to up to five email addresses. Please separate each email address with a comma.

Peaceful, cosy cottage in beautiful Highland Perthshire with wonderful views

Andrea Cox

Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Andrea Cox

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 12, 2015
Call Owner
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Book with confidence
Book with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Peaceful, cosy cottage in beautiful Highland Perthshire with wonderful views

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Dunkeld and Birnam Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 bedroom detached cottage sleeping up to 4 people.

Little Puddockwells is a stone built detached cottage which is adjacent to the owner's property. It is furnished to a good standard and is very well maintained. The cottage is very cosy with oil fired central heating. There is an open plan kitchen/living room. The kitchen includes the dining area and is fully fitted with a fridge, washer/dryer, dishwasher, microwave and electric cooker. The living room has 2 comfortable sofas with a large TV, DVD player and Freeview. There is also a CD player/radio. Upstairs there are two twin bedrooms with plenty of storage available. The bathroom is fitted with a bath, a good shower over the bath and a heated towel rail. The garden, equipped with garden furniture and a BBQ, looks onto wonderful views towards Butterstone and Benachally. The cottage is sheltered from prevailing winds but there are super views from the garden. There is plenty of parking space. Linen, towels, dish towels, heating and electricity are included in the rates. The cottage is strictly non-smoking and well behaved pets are welcome.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Andrea Cox (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 12, 2015

About Andrea Cox

We are a family of 5. I am a teacher, my husband is a Director at Landrover Experience Scotland and we have 3 children aged 20, 18 and 14. We have lived in Dunkeld since 1997 and just love living in such a beautiful part of Highland Perthshire.

Andrea Cox purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Andrea Cox chose Dunkeld and Birnam

The cottage is next door to us and we completely renovated it by taking it back to the 4 stone walls and starting again. It is now a modern, cosy cottage with all mod cons and wonderful views over the beautiful countryside. My husband was born and lived in this area until he was 18 and it was lovely returning to the area to live as a family in 1997.

What makes this cottage unique

The views and absolute peace and quiet while watching and listening to the wildlife around.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Beautiful, delightful, wonderful and all the other "ful's" too. A gem wedged in between the heather and the hills. Visited on a work activity but would not hesitate to return with the family. Thanks.
May 2012
  • 1 of 3

Why HomeAway

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Book with confidence
Book with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.


based on 7 traveler reviews

Write a Review
Peaceful, cosy cottage in beautiful Highland Perthshire with wonderful views
average rating of 4.142857 based on 10 reviews

the listing description was accurate.

  • 3 of 5

Puddockwells cottage was recommended by our cousins as a really,lovely cottage.Situated very quiet and the surrounding is beautiful. The pictures on the website are giving you a good idea, what you can expect.After exploring the surrounding, visiting a castle or making a good walk,it is nice to come back in a warm and comfortable cottage.It felt like home.

Greet and Johan de Groot, the Netherlands.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. It was a pleasure to meet you both and we are so pleased you enjoyed the cottage and our beautiful surroundings.

A Perthshire Gem

  • 5 of 5

This is a marvelous cottage set in glorious countryside with fine views, and if you like wildlife, the Red Squirrels, calls from the nesting Ospreys and daily views of the nearby nesting Buzzard family are a real bonus!

My wife and I have visited nearly 10 times, and I have to say that I do not recognise Little Puddockwells from then earlier negative review ( nor would you if you read the visitors book full of fulsome praise!)

The cottage has always been of the highest standard of cleanliness, and is very well equipped. Cookiing facilities have always been clean and well maintained, and the owner makes a real effort with the little details - a welcoming pack of biscuits, milk and teabags, and a selection of up-to-date magazines "Scotland Outdoors". There is even a list of their own DVDs which can be borrowed should the fancy take you!

The cottage is along a secluded lane, but close to the owner's own house, and the views from the downstairs are lovely, but the views from the outdoor eating area - just beside the side door - are some of the most distinctive in Perthshire - the lovely Deuchary and Benacally Hills.

Since our first visit nearly a decade ago, Little Puddockwells has been a favourite. On our recommendation, my Mum and Dad have visited several times and fallen in love with it too! The owner is always helpful, friendly and welcoming

and Mum & Dad found her advice about local attractions helpful and well-informed. For hillwalkers wanting the Mountain Weather forecast the O2 phone signal, at least, is full strength there and the owner's idea of introducing WIFI is a real bonus.

Little Puddockwells is a place that I leave with regret and re-book as soon as we are home again. It is a place to return to after hard days in the hills, a home from home to relax and soak in the lovely views, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jon for your kind review. We are always delighted to see you back each year along with many others who come back for more. We know how much you appreciate the wonderful surroundings along with the great variety of wildlife. We do try hard to make all our visitors feel welcome and make sure they have a happy holiday. Look forward to seeing you next year.

Waving twice

  • 1 of 5

Brief encouter with landlady on path leading towards the cottage: she halted her car, waved and drove off. A very bumpy ride to the cottage, due to very bad maintenance of the path (one long lane of holes). 'Daughter' opened in pyjamas, showed us around. The only toilet is on the first floor! Not nice for two ladies with walking difficulties! Matrasses in beds were 15 cm. too short. Curtains in bedrooms so thin we decided to pin the landlady's towels over them. Beds were made with parfumed sheets etc., despite specifical correspondence about our perfume allergy and agreement on bringing our own bed- and other linnen. Internet access was only installed after urgeing the –irritated- owners (mobile phone had no reach there). Cooker and oven were so thick in grease the fire alarm went off first time we used them. Owners (living next door) did not show up to see if they could help/rescue. Kitchen utensils, pans, cutlery, crockery all desperately needed a thorough washing. Yet no tablets for the dishwasher. One of the lights in the kitchen and light in the refridgerator were not functioning. Key of side door did not work properly, key of frontdoor did not work properly. Landlord very reluctant to do any repair, sighingly changed one light 'bulb' in the kitchen. ‘Forget about the light in the fridge’ not working, as ‘Nobody ever complained about that’. Keys were fine, he said. When I mentioned security and having to escape the cottage in case of fire his reaction was 'Leave everything open, it is safe here'. We refused, so he gave us 'the good set of keys' (landlady's words) for the frontdoor. He fixed the side door lock (with good key?) next day. Turning on the hot watertap produced enormous banging noise. That was normal, said our landlord, as was the spouting and sputtering each morning. ‘Turn it open completely and it will eventually stop making noise…’ Every tap in the cottage was constantly dripping. So many people are dying from thirst around the world! Fresh dog faeces in front of cottage every day, which –after 3 days- we moved to owners' carpark. Eventually faeces thus got less. Photograph of cottage inaccurate: view from cottage –entrance side- is completely blocked by trees and bushes now. “Wonderful views” are restricted to views from small side door and window in bathroom. Our stay here has been twice in one: the first and last! We are Very Disappointed! Somewhere else in the area for us in 2013, no doubt!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am deeply saddened at this review. We have been welcoming guests for over 10 years and this review is a first. I did wave at the guests arriving as I was on my way to an appointment and left my capable 18 year old to welcome them and show them around. On my return, I visited the cottage to check they were happy with everything. The road to the cottage has now been upgraded as was planned. There is one toilet upstairs as described on our website. The mattresses are of standard single size. The blinds in the bedroom are a light colour but I have had no complaints so far. The ladies told me that they would bring their own linen and that was a mistake on my part but one that was easily rectified. I did install internet access at their request and no, I was not irritated. Most mobile phones do work here. I absolutely refute the allegations about the cleanliness of the cottage. I take a real pride in this area and in 10 years, I have not had ONE complaint about the cleanliness of the cottage. The smoke alarm does go off occasionally usually due to hot air when the oven is opened. I would have only heard the alarm had I been outside. There are always lightbulbs and dishwasher tablets under the sink. We had a problem with one set of keys but this was sorted out at the time. We are always very willing to do anything to ensure our guests enjoy their stay. There is one tap in the bathroom which had a very slow drip and again this has been rectified. Turning on the hot water tap does not produce “enormous banging noise”. There was a dog staying nearby for a week who liked to visit the garden and I apologise for not realising he left his calling card but for the ladies to dispose of it in our driveway was unnecessary. The views are from a normal standard sized side door (as per the photos) which leads out onto the garden. I am sorry many of the positives were ignored in the review including the price reduction for bringing their own linen, the flowers and biscuits left for them, the birthday card I left, they told my daughter that I had been very helpful and that I did them a huge favour by letting them arrive on a Friday (with no charge for the extra day) which meant I lost out financially with the previous week. I am sincerely sorry these ladies did not enjoy their stay and I hope that this review does not put off others who might be thinking of staying here. All guests are guaranteed a warm welcome and we do our best to make sure they leave with happy memories.

Blissful escapism

  • 5 of 5

Little Puddockwells is one of the best kept secrets in the Perthshire countryside. The listing description is accurate but cannot convey just how special this cottage is. Its location is idillic, with stunning views and the feeling of truly escaping to the countryside. Wonderful walks are on the doorstep inviting exploration by all ages and stages. The location of the cottage enables easy access to a variety of amenities. We have thoroughly enjoyed a week's stay at the cottage on at least eight occasions. Something special keeps drawing us back. There is so much to do in the surrounding area that we discover something new on each visit. From the warmest of welcomes to the saddest of farewells, we savour every moment. The cottage is so easy to enjoy. It is clean and well maintained, with all mod cons. We would recommend Little Puddockwells to anyone who is able to keep this special secret.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2011
  • Stayed: Apr 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always a pleasure to welcome you to Little Puddockwells. I know how much you enjoy the peace and quiet, the walks and cycles, the many places to eat and the fact you can just chill and get away from it all. Looking forward to seeing you again soon. With very best wishes Andrea
Aberdeen, Scotland

Quiet, comfortable rural retreat.

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at this cottage four times, the last time was over Christmas. Despite the heavy snow the cottage was warm and snug with abundant hot water. In these conditions a 4x4 is recommended although the owner keeps the approaches clear.

The bathroom is a little on the small size and the stairs may prove a little steep to anyone with walking problems but we (mid 70’s) had no difficulties. The cottage was spotless, with comfortable beds and all equipment was in good condition. No problems using my mobile phone. Nearest shops are in Dunkeld and Blairgowrie. Larger towns (Perth, Pitlochry and Aberfeldy) are within easy reach.

The owners house is adjacent but at no times did one feel overlooked as all windows (except the bathroom) look out over open country. The owner and her family are very helpful but not intrusive and there is a good selection of local guides available in the cottage.

The views from the cottage are exceptional and it would be hard to find a better rural retreat. Perthshire is a beautiful county, there are lovely walks and we found cycling on the minor roads relaxing and peaceful. There are several golf courses within easy reach. In summer one can see the Loch of Lowes ospreys from the cottage, there are birds aplenty and red squirrels inhabit the woods nearby.

We look forward to our next visit.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2011
  • Stayed: Dec 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. It is always good to hear about guests enjoying our beautiful countryside while making the most of the wonderful local facilities we have on offer. The wildlife is abundant and varies from red squirrel, woodpecker, pheasant, osprey, hares, deer, red partridge not to mention all the garden birds that visit. I am glad you enjoyed your stay and I hope to see you both again in the near future. With kind regards. Andrea
Pocklington, E Yorks

Relax in peaceful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

We have been returning to this comfortable, comprehensively equipped cottage for several years. Its delightful, peaceful situation provides a variety of interesting walks from its own front door, and there is enough information in the cottage to suggest no end of trips further affield, according to taste. The whole area gives an excellent introduction to the Highlands of Scotland. Dunkeld has a good range of eating places and there are plenty of other choices nearby. A friendly and helpful owner completews what is an excellent package. Highly recommended.

Alison and Terry Alsi

E. Yorks

  • Submitted: May 10, 2011
  • Stayed: Apr 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Alison and Terry for your review. It is always good to see you at Little Puddockwells and we know how much you enjoy the peace and quiet while watching the wildlife all around. When you visit in Spring each year, we know the ospreys must have returned to nearby Loch of the Lowes Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserve. I look forward to welcoming you again in August. With kind regards. Andrea


Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Nearest Ferry
164 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Dunkeld and Birnam
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Dunkeld and Birnam
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Dunkeld or Meikleour
Nearest Ski
26 Miles
Nearest Beach
27 Miles
East Coast beaches
Car: necessary

Little Puddockwells is situated 4 miles from the beautiful Cathedral town of Dunkeld in Highland Perthshire. Dunkeld sits on the banks of the River Tay opposite the Victorian village of Birnam. They are linked by the magnificent Telford Bridge which was built in 1809. Dunkeld has a wonderful selection of independent shops, galleries, bars and restaurants. Birnam has much to offer too. Beatrix Potter spent many childhood holidays along the banks of the River Tay and there is a garden and exhibition devoted to her. You can also visit the majestic Birnam Oak of Shakespeare's play 'Macbeth'. 2 miles away from Little Puddockwells lies the Loch of Lowes, the Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve where the ospreys are on full view along with Great Crested Grebe and otters. Edinburgh and Glasgow are about 1.5 hours away, Inverness 2 hours away and Perth only 25 min away. The House of Bruar (Harrods of Scotland!) is just 40 min away with wonderful shopping, waterfall and restaurant.

Golf: There are 40 golf courses in Perthshire.

The nearest ones are:

Dunkeld and Birnam 18 hole golf course, offering great golf with the most amazing views. Very welcoming to all visitors or just come along for a drink or sample their great food.

Blairgowrie- 2 championship courses (Rosemount and Lansdowne) plus the 9 hole Wee Course.

Other golf courses can be visited at Pitlochry, Crieff, Comrie, Alyth, Perth, Aberfeldy, Blair Atholl, Taymouth Castle (Kenmore) and of course at Gleneagles which is only 45 min away.

Ski: Scotland has five ski centres. Glenshee is 45 min away, Cairngorm is 1.25 h away and the Lecht is 1 hr 40 min away.

Glenshee Ski Centre offers the UK's most extensive skiing and snowboarding facilities. Glenshee's impressive 21 lifts and 36 runs offer an amazing diversity of natural terrain for all standards of skiers and snowboarders.

CairnGorm Mountain has a reputation as one of the most beautiful and sometimes challenging places to ski in the UK, as well as boasting Scotland's only funicular railway. It is located just a short distance from the main A9 arterial route which runs between Perth and Inverness. It has 12 lifts and 22 runs for all abilities.

The Lecht is smaller but offers some of the most consistent snow in Scotland, especially as there is also a facility for snow-making. It occupies a stunning location in the eastern Cairngorms and is accessed from one of the most scenically beautiful roads in Scotland, the A939. There are 18 runs.


Rates & Availability

From £69 Per night

Dunkeld and Birnam Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring 2015
Mar 21 2015 - Jun 26 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2015
Jun 27 2015 - Sep 4 2015
7 night minimum stay
Autumn 2015
Sep 5 2015 - Oct 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
Winter 2015
Oct 31 2015 - Dec 22 2015
2 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year 2015
Dec 23 2015 - Jan 2 2016
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Notes Changeover day is normally a Saturday but please ask if you wish something different and we may well be able to accommodate you.
A non-returnable deposit of £100 per week is required to secure any booking. The balance is to be paid 30 days prior to your arrival.
The key will be made available from 4 pm on the day of your arrival and the cottage must be vacated by 10 am on the day of departure.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
Enter dates to see total


Dunkeld and Birnam Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • A good shower over the bath.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Two twin bedrooms with plenty of storage available. Comfortable beds, with beside cabinets and lamps. Linen and towels included in the rates.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Pets are welcome and must have their own beds. They are not allowed upstairs and must be under control at all times. Little Puddockwells has everything you need for a relaxing holiday. Just bring yourselves.

Partner Offers

Other Vacation Properties

$741 - $886 per week
7 night min stay
  • 3 BR,
  • 2 BA,
  • Sleeps 6
$818 - $1,116 per week
3 - 7 night min stay
  • 3 BR,
  • 3 BA,
  • Sleeps 6

Contact the Owner

Tell the owner when you would like to travel.

Tell us about your trip, then book it

Enter dates to calculate a quote