About the property
- Cabin1367 sq. ft.
- Separate WC's0
- Minimum Stay2 - 5 nights
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.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 27, 2018
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 Perth and Kinross
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) 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.
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Fantastic house set in a wonderful location
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.
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!
Fantastic log cabin
We had a lovely time staying in this very spacious log cabin. The open plan lounge, diner and kitchen was big and bright and included plenty of comfortable seating, an open log burner and excellent views out into the woodland. We saw deer and red squirrels on many occasion just looking out the windows! The weather wasn't quite warm enough for us to sit outside but we could imagine it being lovely to sit outside around the big picnic bench or sitting on the wooden stools around the campfire. I'd thoroughly recommend this place. Its situated in really quiet woodland but is close to the village of Carmichael which has a good community shop/cafe as well as hotels and bars. I'd love to return to the log house some time!
Perfect Countryside Cabin
Nine of us spent New Years Eve in the cabin -- parents, kids, the works -- and it was pretty much perfect. Plenty of space in the bedrooms, a large kitchen, and a great living room/common area. We spent a week taking long walks around Kirkmichael (there's a great trail that leads out of town and through the neighboring farms), hanging around the two pubs in town, and reading by the fireplace. It was the perfect quiet getaway for the holiday; we're looking forward to coming back!
Beautiful house in an amazing location - even better than we expected!
We had a wonderful weekend in the snow with 5 children between 5 and 11 years old. The house was spacious and well equipped and beautifully clean. And the log burner was very cosy in the evenings.
The location is amazing - we didn’t get in the car once but had lovely walks in the surrounding area and saw deer, red squirrels and eagles! The kids had a ball climbing trees and sledging in plastic bags.
Richard was very friendly and helpful all the way through the process, giving us lots of useful info and returning our deposit very quickly after our stay.
We can’t wait to come back!
Many thanks for this. A review that highlights so much of what we think the house has to offer (and you got the snow!) I'll pass this on to the cleaner as well.
Deceptively spacious, secluded property in woodland area but within walking distance of village.
We enjoyed our week's stay, which was very peaceful and relaxing but also offered many varied walks which our dog was very keen on! Was nice viewing red squirrels and deer in the "garden" through the patio door as well as when out walking. Only one restaurant open in the village currently (plus the cafe at the village store) but it was very good and allows dogs in if you eat in the bar.
We've just stay for 1 night but that was awesome. Very quiet and lovely place. Thanks a lot
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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