A romantic, country cottage in the grounds of an ancient Scottish castle, with stunning rural views across secluded landscapes…
Please note that the minimum stay for this property is 2 nights
Hidden at the end of a private, country lane is this charming Gardener’s Cottage on a Scottish, castle estate. Surrounded by secluded, farmland pastures and gentle, rolling hills, it is a captivating place just a few miles from Creiff. Indulge in hearty country walks amongst the stunning Perthshire landscapes, or fascinating tours of the areas rich, cultural heritage. With grand castle turrets and wild woodland valleys, this is a magical backdrop for a romantic holiday.
The traditional, stone cottage was built in 1874 and is nestled on the edge of the ancient Monzie Castle Estate which contains a number of self-catering cottages. Now expertly restored and beautifully finished, you can relax and unwind in complete and utter comfort. Its interiors ooze with a contemporary, country style and feature warm colours, soft fabrics and floral touches. Characterful antique furniture adorns the spacious rooms and has been lovingly repaired by local craftsmen.
The cosy living room has a classic grandeur with high ceilings, sash windows and rustic floorboards. Relax in the vintage armchair or on the sumptuous purple sofas, before lighting the open fire and curling up with a loved one. In the modern farmhouse kitchen you’ll find a myriad of goodies, including a range cooker, homemade treats and all sorts of baking extras. Whip up a decadent afternoon tea or a delicious evening feast, before digging out the board games and playing long into the evening.
Upstairs, you’ll find two lovely double bedrooms that have distinctive original features and a soothing colour scheme. Look out for the aged wooden bedstead or for the old fireplace or for the quaint floral throws and designer cushions. The master double also has its own en-suite bathroom complete with deluxe fittings and fluffy bathrobes.
When you’re ready to head out and explore the local area, throw on your walking boots and prepare for adventure. Hike across the flourishing valley and uncover its magnificent nature trails, stopping off to watch the interesting wildlife hidden along the way. Herds of local cattle can be seen grazing the endless fields, while prancing deer and swooping birds flit amongst the scenes. The market town of Crieff is also just four miles away and is brimming with independent shops and boutique art galleries. Enjoy the local inns and restaurants or beautiful river walks, before becoming king of the castle with a guided castle tour.
This includes VAT, starter pack of wood for the fire, a castle tour for stays longer than 7 days (subject to availability) and all other costs (toiletries, dishwasher tablets, cupboard essentials, etc).
From Previous Guests
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We stayed in the Gardener's Cottage for 3 nights mid August 2020. It was a wonderful stay from start to finish. Alexandra our host was welcoming, responsive over email and WhatsApp, while respecting our space and privacy. The cottage was spotless and we felt very safe knowing that it had been cleaned to the highest standards. There was also covid cleaning policy in place and we were reassured that the estate team had done their utmost to safeguard everyone. It was cleaned and checked thrice between guests! And when we arrived, it was as if everything was brand new. The fresh flowers, delicious home made brownies and bottle of wine were such a welcomed welcome treat. What a sight for sore eyes after a long drive from London. There was even a bad storm one night that we completely missed , only realised when we heard locals talk about it in the morning and the car was wet. The rooms and beds were so comfortable we didn't even know it was raining outside. The spacious kitchen was a joy to cook in, and we were lucky with good weather and had dinner in the garden. There is a burn (stream) right outside the cottage and we had fun paddling in it, and enjoyed long walks around the estate. There is also a castle which sadly we werent able to tour because of covid19 restrictions but hopefully we'll get one on our next visit. Alexandra was also super organised and sent us a curated list of local businesses before our visit, including herb majesty (started by a local mother who didn't want her children eating meat with antibiotics!) and Joelato a local gelato maker whose gelato tasted better than what we've had in Italy. What a treat to be able to try high quality local produce on Monzie recommendation. Our only regret is that we couldn't stay longer. Would love to visit again and maybe stay in the romantic Brae Cottage which was fully booked this trip. Until then, we're savouring the delicious apricot jam we got to take home with us.
Stayed August 2020
Our family enjoyed the most delightful Christmas week at the Gardener’s cottage! Our visit truly exceeded all of our expectations for celebrating the holidays and will always be one of our family’s favorite memories. Alexandra so kindly decorated the cottage for our stay and it was such a delight to arrive and see everything looking so pretty with holly boughs, greenery and delicious treats. It was exactly how we imagined our Scottish Christmas to be! We loved spending evenings by the fire and the beautiful Christmas tree in our festive and cozy living room! We had a wonderful tour of the castle on Christmas Eve day. It was a gorgeous morning with frost covering the countryside and the castle beautifully decorated for the holidays. The Crichtons were so friendly and welcoming and we had a lovely time hearing family stories and the history of Monzie castle. Afterwards we were able to prepare a roasted turkey, bake pies and enjoy a wonderful family dinner (thanks to the well-appointed kitchen), and we ended Christmas Eve by attending midnight services and singing carols at nearby Monzie Kirk. Monzie is a very special place and they’ve thought of everything to make for an incredibly memorable experience. The cottage is so pretty, charming and inviting! The surrounding countryside is stunning; just walking around the grounds is amazing. The location is perfect for day trips to Stirling (we purchased all of our groceries for the holidays at a large Tesco on our way out of town), the Trossachs, the lower Cairngorms and many beautiful places in and around Crieff. We had a wonderful time exploring the area but were always happy to come back to relax at the Gardener’s cottage. It really felt like home. Monzie was the perfect place to celebrate the meaningful and quiet Christmas our family was hoping for! We can’t wait to come back.
Stayed December 2018
This cottage is just perfect - it’s super stylish but also so comfortable and very cosy. It’s the loveliest rural cottage we’ve ever stayed in and I can’t recommend it enough. The Monzie Estate is stunning with lots of lovely walks straight from the cottage and definitely take the opportunity to have a tour of the castle.
Stayed October 2018
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