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Everything was as-advertised. The roads are one-track for most of the way from Kirriemuir. I did not have cell signal at the cottage. The wood-fired stove in the sitting room was perfect, with lots of firewood available, along with newspaper to get it started. The kitchen had everything I needed, as did the bathrooms. There are 2; however, the shower stall in the smaller bathroom is very tiny and the natural drafts from the shower meant I had a shower curtain stuck to my leg most of the time.
The water is from a well and uses a pump that the occupant is responsible for turning on and off. This is ordinarily not an issue unless doing laundry or using the dishwasher. The water was very hot very quickly.
While it was not very cold during my visit, the radiators (both water and electric) kept everything comfortably warm (too warm at times, until I figured out all the various heating methods and their various efficacies).
My only real complaint was with regards to rodents, both terrestrial and airborne. I found evidence of rodents under the kitchen sink, and on 2 separate occasions I had to chase a bat out of the cottage (this was not easy). I can't say how it got in, but all the windows and doors were closed except for the few seconds to enter or exit. I also heard something scrabbling around in the attic in the overnight hours.
Overall, as expected, it was a rustic cottage away from everything, which was exactly what I wanted. I enjoyed it immensely and would recommend it to others looking for the same.
We explored different parts of the surrounding area every day and still didn't do everything we wanted to. Glen Clova was a complete delight, so many different walks from the same starting point.
Glamis Castle , Duntottar Castle, Edzell Castle and the House of Dun were all superb in their own very different and unique ways. We can highly recommend a visit to any of these places.
The Drovers Inn serves superb quality food, a brilliant way to spend an evening. In addition the Airlie Arms in Kirriemuir was also superb (mind, we were wanting to watch the football and they catered for our every need). Great food and company here too.
As well as visiting castles were also enjoyed several woodland walks, where we saw a couple of red squirrels, whilst in Augusta's Walk (at House of Dun) we surprised a deer and fawn, after several seconds of staring at each other (us and the deer) the deer ambled off into the woods. In addition Lunan Bay was a great beach walk, with a ruined castle at one end and a cave at the other. The cafe there was superb and offers a selection of "free from" goods in the shop area.
The cottage was very well appointed and we lacked for nothing, the kitchen was very well stocked with utensils. We loved the history of past residents of Winters Cottage, it gave a sense of a family home rather than a rental cottage. There is nothing can can be done to improve on the cottage. We loved watching all the birds, rabbits and pheasants first thing in the morning exploring the garden. What a great way to wake up!
There is nothing to fault about the cottage, the location or activities to do in the area. We have fallen hopelessly for Dykehead, Angus and its environs. Everyone we spoke to was friendly and couldn't have been more helpful.
We will definitely be back, possibly as soon as next year.