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3-bedroom log house set in woodland in the heart of Highland Perthshire

Sleeps9
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,367 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, spacious living/dining/kitchen area with log fire

This is 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 and Blairgowrie.

It 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.

More Details

Owner
Richard Davie
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2017

About Richard Davie

I lived with my family in Glasgow for 13 years. Work brought us up to Scotland - we worked at the University in Glasgow - and work took us away again - we're now a long way away down on the North Kent coast. We would happily have stayed for this place if we could.

We loved Glasgow; we loved living in Scotland, not least the Highlands, and wanted, if we could, to get a place up here, and finally we got the chance.

We bought this place as a retreat from the working week, an adventure for our young son, and a place to host our friends and their kids. Once we'd got it, we 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.

Sadly, we had to move away but we're trying to keep it as a special place for us and we hope you can see that when you visit. Our son still loves his log house, and friends who've visited know why we love it so much, and I hope you can see why.

Richard Davie purchased this cabin in 2011

Why Richard Davie chose Scotland

As soon as we saw the log walls and turf roof (beginning of May, 2011) we wanted the place. Visiting it (and the lovely drive over the pass from Pitlochry, and passing through the village, and lunching in the Log Cabin Hotel nearby) clinched it.

For us it was a whole combination of things: it's accessible but still secluded; the area is historic but not twee; you get the convenience of a holiday 'site' while still feeling you've got away from other people; the country around is beautiful but not bleak; being on the East side of Scotland the weather is dryer; and you can easily get to other places around about, so you won't exhaust the possibilities in one stay.

What makes this cabin unique

Drive over the pass from Pitlochry or up the valley from Blairgowrie; drive into the village, over the river, up the hill and into the woods and park up at the house. Stop: listen. It's so quiet. At night it's truly dark.

You go in and you smell the wood and the background smoke from the log fire in the living room, which of course you light...

During the day you may see a red squirrel in the trees outside (yes they still have red squirrel here), or deer walking past the back window.

And the next day you've slept in because it's so quiet. And after breakfast - maybe in good weather you've already opened up the patio door and sat outside - you walk down to the village to stock up on a few things, and the view when you walk down is a tonic in itself.

Amenities

Perth and Kinross Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1367 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , This also has the comfort of under-floor heating
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - a two-berth bunk bed with an additional pull-out bed beneath
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib , The bed can be arranged as two singles on request.
  • All the bedrooms have good sized storage cupboards and heating.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • playground
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
Notes:
For traditional country pursuits the area provides fishing, shooting & horse riding. Skiing is only 30 minutes away in Glen Shee. And there's walking everywhere from gentle rambles on established paths to Munro bagging in the central Highlands and the Cairngorms.

Reviews

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3-bedroom log house set in woodland in the heart of Highland Perthshire
average rating of 4.95 based on 20 reviews
5

Fantastic house set in a wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic holiday staying at the log house in the woods. The house is even better than the pictures suggest and I can not recommend it highly enough. Richard provided a very comprehensive guide and responded to any queries we had quickly. Hope to return soon.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: A lovely review: good to know the place worked so well for a big family gathering (we think it's ideal for that). Hope to see them again!
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5

beautiful

  • 5 of 5

The lodge is much bigger on the inside than what it looks like from the outside. Very peaceful setting but close to towns and activities. Was good that i could bring my dog too.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning location in the forest

  • 4 of 5

We really loved our stay at the cabin! It's much more spacious than it looks in the pictures too, will definitely like to go back and stay again at some point, though maybe during a less pricey season ;P

It's completely private and surrounded by forest, with a little Wendy house that our 2 yo just loved playing in. Also a short walk to a river which was great.

Only reason it's not 5 stars was even after following all the instructions, we still had some issues with hot water... maybe we missed something though. Also we lit a fire in the fireplace the first night and there was a LOT of smoke still coming into the living room (the vent was open, so faulty design or maybe just needs a chimney sweep!)

Otherwise we totally loved it and definitely want to go back.

Jay

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Brilliant getaway lodge

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the lodge in early spring for a long weekend, initially attracted by the flexible dates and good price for a larger group. But we were very surprised at how lovely the cabin is; very spacious, stylish furnishing and all the ambiance that a real log cabin gives.

The cabin is based on a shared site, but there's loads of space and trees between each cabin that you would only see another one if you go on a walk through the woods (even then, they are far away). Walks to the local village with a great pub and the end of the road (just outside the village but keep walking around the corner) and the village also links into wider walks across the hills near Pitlochry. We are hoping to come up again soon with our young family - the garden area would be perfect for them to play in. It's also very near Glenshee, so we might look into this next time we plan some skiing!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful & calm, great central location

  • 5 of 5

The house was very spacious, clean and in a very quiet and peaceful setting.

Very close to the Cairngorms and ideal location to visit the central Highlands. Nearby there was lots to visit, like the lovely town of Pitlochry and Dunkeld. Lots of trails nearby and in the region, we wished we had had time to do them all!

We very much enjoyed our stay and would consider staying there again.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This highlights the advantages of the location: it's a good base for a large swathe of the highlands as well as Tayside and the lowland areas to the south (even, longer day trips to Edinburgh and Glasgow are not out of the question). Plenty for a busy week and quite enough for longer.
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peaceful place

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with my mum, dad ,partner and two children. The cabin has the wow factor for sure, thats the first word my partner said when he walked in, its got everything you need, plenty of space (although just that little bit more food storage space would be good), i love the smell you get as you walk in of the woodburner although we never needed to use it , the surroundings are beautiful and peaceful just what we wanted, for once i could actually let the kids run around without worrying too much about them because hardly any traffic maybe the odd car, there are nice walks up the hill ,there is a nice walk down to the village and nice friendly people at the village shop, it stocks quite alot of things that you wouldn't expect, there is a walk alongside the river from the village and paths that take you on the cateran trail. Good places to walk are the hermitage, killiecrankie and craigvinean forest, beautiful scenery, overall we had a lovely holiday at the cabin and would do it again .

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: A lovely summary of the place's appeal, and its surroundings, not least for families with kids. The walking tips are welcome as well: I know the Cateran Trail well, but I need to look into the other places more (I may well put them in an updated guide to the house--thanks!)
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Map

Nearest Airport
110 Kilometres
Edinburgh
Nearest Barpub
150 Metres
60 (Pine Tree Lodge Log Cabin Hotel)
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Pitlochry (or Spittal of Glen Shee or Blairgowrie)
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Pitlochry (Edinburgh/Glasgow to Inverness line)
Nearest Motorway
11 Kilometres
A93 to Perth (main A9 a little further)
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
Kirkmichael (Strathardle Inn)
Nearest Ski
29 Kilometres
Glen Shee (or Aviemore, north up the A9)
Car: recommended

As a place to stay, from a weekend’s skiing or walking to a family summer holiday, it couldn’t be better located.

It’s accessible: 20 mins from Pitlochry/A9; 50 mins Perth; 1.5hrs from Edinburgh, 30mins more to Glasgow

It’s scenic: it lies in the beautiful and historic vale of Strathardle which is peppered with prehistoric remains—there’s the ruins of a castle visible across the valley, the remains of old farms and field systems can be seen when you walk up Glen Derby into the forest and heather moorlands beyond; the 60 mile (100 km) Cateran Trail runs along the valley (you can join it 10 mins. down the hill from the house); the peaks of the Grampian Highlands are visible around (with snow on in season), and Glen Shee with its walking and skiing are a short drive away (or the hills of Central Highlands a drive in the opposite direction), Braemar and southern approaches to the Cairngorms a lovely drive beyond that. Picturesque & historic towns abound in the area—Pitlochry, Blairgowrie, Dunkeld and Perth to name a few—plus other scenic & historic sites around those.

It’s convenient: the village of Kirkmichael is just down the hill with a pub and a restaurant and a great little shop; and you’re just 20 mins. in either direction from Pitlochry or Blairgowrie for more services, so you don’t have to plan your holiday around long journeys to resupply with food & drink—it’s all on your doorstep.

And it’s secluded: nights can be soundless (we’ve never slept better), and you’ll see deer, grouse and red squirrel (yes, they’re still around here) and much more in the woodland and moorland around.

Oh, and the weather: the beauty of the eastern Highlands is the same remote hills and mountains, but also... less rain (and in the right season, more snow), and in Summer, fewer midges. We like the East! And in fairness, it's a different kind of landscape as well: if you know the western Highlands (beautiful to be sure) try the eastern hills as well; a quite different character. Walking is generally firmer under foot but the hills just as remote and quiet.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $13.51 per person per night
Pet Fee $27.02
Damage Deposit $135.12

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.