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Ideal holiday location between Perthshire and Angus and for Carnoustie Open '18!

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 914 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights

Overview

About the property

Country cottage with private, secluded garden in woodland setting.

Birnie Cottage is ideally situated in the Vale of Strathmore.This is a charming cottage between Kirriemuir and Blairgowrie.The rooms are quite large and the oil fired central heating is included in the price and wood/coal is always available (free of charge) for the open fire.The kitchen is well equipped and has an old fashioned theme, mindful of the original use as a gardener's cottage for nearby Birnie House (the home of the owner- willing, if available, to give advice about where to go and what to see in the area). The cottage was totally overhauled in 2009 but great care was taken to retain the original 1930s character. Visitors are welcome to walk in the woods attached to the house. Various games are available for younger visitors and activities in the surrounding area abound; enough to satisfy any age of visitor! Dogs are also welcome but not on the beds or sofas! The cottage also has free wi-fi.

An added quirky feature is a nuclear bomb shelter in the grounds - a relic of the Cold War!

Find out what's happening at and around Birnie at: https://www.facebook.com/www.birniecottage

Walking: The CATERAN TRAIL is a walking route full of breathtaking landscapes with a wide range of changing terrain that should suit long distance walkers of any age. Situated on the southern end of the Highlands in the Heart of Perthshire and the Angus Glens this route provides the walker with a true feel of Scottish landscape and offers a glimpse of the lifestyle of the Caterans in the 15th to 17th centuries.

The DEN OF ALYTH has several walks of varying length through the deep, shady glen of the Alyth Burn amongst mixed open woodland. As well as being a quiet place to walk, the Den is a place to rest, picnic and watch the varied wildlife. Oak, ash and birch trees are home to small birds like tree creepers and great tits, while dippers and grey wagtails live by the waterside.

Walk around AULD ALYTH or the quiet country roads leading to Glenisla and the Angus Glens. The views are magnificent. Also in the area is the waterfall, REEKIE LYNN, on the way to PEEL FARM.

Nature: GLEN ISLA is one of the more significant and the most westerly of the Angus Glens, a wide valley in the southern Grampians, between Glen Shee and Glen Prosen. The River Isla flows south and then southeast into the Valley of Strathmore.

LINTRATHEN reservoir is a nature reserve in the Braes of Angus, situated at the southern end of Glen Isla, 4 miles (6 km) northeast of Alyth. Surrounded by farmland, the loch is visited by large numbers of wildfowl, wintering geese, whooper swans and the occasional osprey.

LOCH OF KINNORDY, nearer Kirriemuir, is a shallow loch set in a natural basin which attracts all sorts of wildfowl and is open from dawn to dusk.

Near Dunkeld, LOCH OF LOWES is all about ospreys. From April to September a pair of ospreys usually breed here and there is an observation hide just 150m from their nest, as well as a camera so visitors can watch close up pictures of the birds. The reserve covers 95 hectares of the loch, shoreline and surrounding woodland.

Peter Pan: The Peter Pan House in Kirriemuir is the birthplace of J M Barrie who is best known for his wonderfully enchanting story of the boy who never grew up.. His childhood house is equally as delightful and visitors have a rare privilege to see where he grew up and step into the rooms where he spent his childhood can and even go into the wash room that is said to be the inspiration for his Wendy House and was his first theatre during his childhood.

The narrow streets of Kirriemuir are lined with traditional red sandstone houses, friendly shops and galleries, interesting museums, cosy cafes and welcoming pubs, not to mention some of the best ice cream in Tayside.

From the 'Camera Obscura' you can enjoy panoramic views of the countryside and southern slopes of the Grampians. Kirriemuir, which has lost none of its charm, is central for explorations of the beautiful Braes of Angus - all penetrating deep into the lonely eastern Grampian mountains.

More Details

Owner
Aileen Hynd
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2017

Amenities

Blairgowrie Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 914 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • White suite with instant shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , memory foam mattress
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • All duvets and pillows are made from non-allergenic materials. There is a travel cot available on request, ideally for babies up to 6 months old. There is also a small double sofa bed in the sitting room, suitable for guests who require separate sleeping quarters. Please let us know if you will require bedding for the sofa bed. The maximum occupancy of five should include children as five adults may find only two bedrooms and one bathroom inadequate for perfect comfort.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • 2 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
You can park your car beside the cottage in the private driveway, well away from the main road. The cottage garden is quite large and enclosed with rhubarb and soft fruit bushes and which also has very young fruit trees at the moment but there is one tree which will be bursting with fruit in season. In order to maintain the garden for your enjoyment, and because the cottage is let throughout the growing season, our gardener may have to be there during your stay but we shall try to arrange this whilst you are having an away day and will, of course, ask your permission if not. The larger garden in front of and behind the house is, of course, private but there is a path to the side which leads to the woodland walk and to a network of paths to explore. Permits are available for fishing on the River Isla (only a mile away) an excellent trout and grayling river. Below the River Ericht, the Isla acts as a corridor for salmon. We also have outhouses for equipment and a freezer for fish.

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Ideal holiday location between Perthshire and Angus and for Carnoustie Open '18!
average rating of 4.968254 based on 63 reviews
5

Review by Frankie and Trevor and 2 retrievers

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a fantastic week, and so did our two dogs. There are lots of places to visit within easy driving distance or if you want to stay in. You can just walk through the owners wood (and continue across the fields if you want). There are deer in the woods and a huge variety of birds to watch. The setting of the cottage is amazing and tranquil. The garden is large and completely enclosed, so the dogs cannot wander off. The cottage is well equipped and comfortable. The owners are very helpful and are a good source of local knowledge, history and ideas of things to do. There are several pubs and hotels in the town of Alyth to suit most budgets and the town is unspoilt by tourism. I would definitely recommend it and we have already booked another stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2009
  • Stayed: May 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent

  • 5 of 5

Really nice cottage in secluded Location, Aileen was a great host

Thanks again

Scott

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad that three generations of your family enjoyed the seclusion of Birnie's location. Not only does it have the privacy of the garden and the walks beyond but it is also central to touring further into Perthshire or to the coast, or to Fife or even further. It is especially relaxing to return to after walking the many routes round the local glens and I've kept the copies of walking routes you left for other visitors to use. Your childhood links to Scotland may keep bringing you back and you will be welcome here should you ever wish to stay longer and discover more about the area's walks and wildlife. Give my best wishes to the others.
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5

Perfect place for family 👪

  • 5 of 5

It was a great experience living in birnie cottage. Especially, my son enjoyed a lot staying there. I would definitely recommend this place for everyone. Aileen was very friendly and helpful during our stay. Thanks a lot for that :) I will see if we can come back again next year to Birnie. Thanks, Vinodh

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It would be lovely if you could return for another visit. I think the hens were a big hit with your son. Birnie has many advantages, not least its location as a convenient base for visiting different parts of Scotland but also as a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Thank you for your kind words and also for looking after the cottage so well. 🤗
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5

Home away from Home

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed ourselves immensely during our stay. Aileen and Bob always made sure we had what we needed, and always had great advice about things to do in the area. This was our first trip to Scotland, and I couldn't have fallen more in love with the people and the countryside. We will most definitely be back to this amazing place.

Thank you, Bob and Aileen! <3

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your enthusiasm and happiness to be here and to take part was wonderful and we would welcome you back anytime - there are so many more places and things to see. Hopefully, see you soon!
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Lovely cottage, just what we were looking for!

  • 5 of 5

Our doggy and daughter had great time playing in the garden and the woods. A short drive into town to the park, a visit to the reekie linn waterfall and nearby peel farm with its nature trail and deer park filled our days. Would highly recommend a visit here x

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you had a good time and enjoyed the garden and the wood. Birnie is a good base for travels further afield but it's also a lovely place to relax and to enjoy the local attractions as well. We do try to keep Birnie Cottage Facebook page up to date with what's going on round about so keep your eye on that and maybe you will come and visit us again some day. 🤗
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Birnie House Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Thanks to Aileen, Bobby and Bob, who jointly made us feel so welcome. The cottage is all we expected and much much more. Aileen and Bob were good enough to allow us to walk our dogs in their wood, which is attached to the large garden, surrounding the cottage. The cottages was immaculate, well equipped and cosy. Alyth is only a mile or so away, and has all you would need for a restful holiday. The local people are very. welcoming and helpful. The area around Alyth has some spectacular scenery and lots of great walks or drives. Blairgowrie is only 5 miles away and has several large supermarkets for provisions and a good selection of shops.

We arrived at the end of April, stayed a week, but could easily stayed much longer.

We will definitely be returning to Birnie House Cottage soon.

Neil

  • Submitted: May 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello! Thank you so much and we are delighted that you and your lovely dogs enjoyed your stay at Birnie. It is especially good for them because they have the woods and walks just outside. We would be very happy to see you return, not least because of how well you looked after the cottage - you even reset the fire and I loved the pine cones on the top. I must do that for other visitors now. :D
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Map

Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Edinburgh
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Alyth
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Rosyth
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Alyth
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Dundee or Perth
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Dundee or Perth
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Alyth
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Glenshee
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Broughty Ferry / Lunan Bay / Carnoustie
Car: recommended

The small town of Alyth is two miles away, convenient for supplies, restaurants and pubs. Glamis Castle (childhood home of the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother) is just a few miles away and is one of Scotland's most beautiful castles. Dundee and Perth are within a 30 minute journey for swimming pools, theatres, cinemas and shopping, and Scott of the Antarctic's RRS Discovery. St Andrews, the home of golf, is less than an hour away and there are several golf courses nearby (3 within 3 miles!) You can go skiing at Glenshee and hillwalking in the Sidlaws. (Alyth is also on the route of the Cateran Trail). Shooting and fishing can be arranged, in season, and there is a country sports centre featuring clay shooting, archery and quad biking within easy reach.

Birnie is ideally situated as a central point for most activities from beaches and mountains to hillwalking and fishing to golfing and riding to theatres and shopping. There is even the 'home' of Peter Pan in nearby Kirriemuir!

Golf: This cottage is at the heart of what must be a golfer's paradise. Between two and twenty miles from Birnie are: Alyth Golf Club, a moorland,18 hole course with tricky greens; Glenisla Golf Centre, a rolling parkland, 18 hole course with water hazards, set in beautiful scenery; Strathmore Golf Centre and Driving Range which offers a challenging 18 hole course and an easier 9 hole course with plenty of other facilities in rolling parkland which has excellent teaching facilities at the golf academy including a 10 bay floodlit driving range, short game practice area and 6 hole putting green; Blairgowrie Golf Club (Rosemount), which has two heathland, 18 hole courses and one 9 hole course in wooded surroundings; Kirriemuir Golf Club, a parkland and heathland, 18 hole course; Piperdam Golf Driving Range, which helps to perfect your golf swing at the 12 bay driving range with a short game area and professional tuition; Guthrie Castle Golf Course, designed to be the ultimate golf challenge, taking advantage of all natural hazards and truly one of a kind; Downfield Golf Club, a very fine heavily wooded parkland,18 hole course of championship standard, but good for all levels of golfer to enjoy.

In less than 30 miles there are Carnoustie Golf Links, having three famous courses in this complex, two of them less challenging than the famous Championship course and, St Andrews - the Home of Golf, which has 10 courses close to the town centre including the Old Course and Kingsbarns. Enjoy!

Ski: The cottage is ideally situated for ski-ing at Glenshee which is located at Cairnwell Pass where the A93 enters the Cairngorms National Park. Alyth is only 20 miles away via the B954 to Dykend on the B951 and then on to the A93. It is also accessible from Blairgowrie via the A93. With its diversity of pistes, Glenshee offers something for everyone from invitingly easy to the surprisingly steep, the most extensive skiing and snowboarding in Scotland. Beginners are able to get to grips with skiing and snowboarding on the nursery slopes and it is also ideal for intermediate skiers/snowboarders with no less than 26 blue and red runs, varying from the long and exhilarating to the short and steep. Experienced skiers and boarders, however, are able to test their skills on two excellent black runs. The "Tiger" is one of the most renowned runs in Scotland and visitors often come just to spectate. Recently the centre has upgraded the chairlift which takes you to the top of this mountain. Snowboarders are also treated to a specially designed Fun Park.With so much choice, it is easy to see why Glenshee is Scotland's premier resort.

There is more information in the photo album section of Facebook.

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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

The flat rate for the Carnoustie Open in July, 2018 is for any length of stay from 14th -22nd July inclusive.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.