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Luxury accommodation on secluded 3,000 acre Highland estate. Tennis, fishing - Keeper's Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights



Keeper's Cottage

This charming 19th century estate cottage has been sympathetically renovated, combining original features and traditional Highland décor with contemporary elements, resulting in a cosy and exceptionally stylish holiday property.

The open-plan ground floor features a comfortable sitting area with wood-burning stove, a sleek kitchen with stone worktops and a bold contemporary staircase. A mix of period and modern furniture, paintings and solid oak flooring creates a homely but elegant space.

Upstairs, a stunning reclaimed rolltop bath sits pride of place alongside new bathroom fittings and a modern shower. Two elegant double bedrooms with views over the glen feature designer wallpaper, the best beds and fine cotton linen.

Little touches include unstinting storage for outdoor garments, wall mounted maps of the region, and an all-important separate drinks fridge.

The rear of the house has a large private garden with mature plants and a stream running through it.

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About the property

Stylish Highlands hideaway

Sleeping six, Stalker's Lodge can be rented separately or together with adjacent property, Keeper's Cottage which sleeps 4, providing accommodation for ten across the two properties.

Both have been designed with a discerning eye for style and comfort, offering a tranquil holiday in an unspoilt setting.

With a nod to the estate's heritage, the interiors combine traditional touches together with a sleek, contemporary feel.

New build Stalker's Lodge has two deliciously comfortable double rooms, one ensuite, with a smaller twin, whilst Keeper's Cottage retains its original nineteenth century origins, boasting two elegantly spacious double bedrooms.

The cottages are a splendid base for walking the hills, climbing the mountains, visiting local attractions or maybe just relaxing and taking in the fine views.

Straloch definitely stands out from the pack in terms of finesse and quality. There's no danger of finding chipped glassware, nylon sheets or saggy sofas here.

Both properties are extremely energy efficient and the water and heat is fuelled by a biomass boiler run off waste timber from the estate forestry.

PLEASE NOTE: our weekly lets are Saturday to Saturday and we do not do short breaks during High and Peak season. If you are looking for a short stay of more than 3 days then please contact us for an accurate quote - the estimate shown will be considerably MORE than the actual price! See below for our short stay pricing policy.

The estate and its surroundings:

Set against the dramatic backdrop of a distinctive rocky crag and forest bowl, with a beautiful loch as its centrepiece, this family owned 3,000 acre private estate is rather special. Looking down the famously pretty glen of Strathardle, Straloch sits right on the edge of the unspoilt wilderness of the Cairngorm National Park. To the north there is nothing but heather moorland and mountains, and to the south gently rolling pastures and hills.

As a Highland holiday destination it's hard to beat, offering inspiring scenery, exciting wildlife, tranquil surroundings and the freedom to wander.

Red squirrels abound, along with red deer and a wide variety of bird life including peregrine falcon, red and black grouse.

It also makes a good jumping off point for exploring Scotland too as although it feels wonderfully remote, it's only 15 minutes from Pitlochry and Scotland's main north/ south artery, the A9. Edinburgh Airport can be reached in just over an hour.

There are plenty of famous golf courses within striking distance, including Rosemount, Gleneages and Dalmunzie, Scotland's highest golf course. Salmon fishing locally on rivers such as the Tay and Ericht can be arranged too.

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3 days is the minimum short stay permitted and our pricing system is as follows:

3 nights charged at 70% of weekly rent

4 nights charged at 75% of weekly rent

5 nights charged at 80% of weekly rent

Please contact us for availability and a quote.

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Property Manager
Lucy Holt
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

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Calendar last updated:
23 September, 2018

About Lucy Holt

Lucy was brought up on Straloch - her parents bought the place in the 1960s - and is passionate about its countryside, nature and wildlife.

With these two new holiday properties, she is delighted to be able to share her beautiful family home with others.

She lives on the estate with her family and (if free) she's more than happy to organise guided nature walks and picnics around the estate.

Why Lucy Holt chose Perth and Kinross

If it's peace and tranquility you're after, look no further. There are many beautiful places in Scotland but Straloch seems to have a special atmosphere about it that people really love. The scenery is exceptionally beautiful and the loch and the birds that live on it have a lovely calming effect. Wildlife abounds and in the spring and summer the air is full of birdsong - the perfect antidote to stress. The wildflowers in season are lovely, with many unusual heathland varieties, including orchids (see our website for more information).

It's also well positioned for sightseeing as, although it feels wonderfully remote, Straloch is only 15 minutes' drive from Scotland's main north-south trunk road, the A9, making it the perfect for day trips.

What makes this cottage unique

The accommodation is unusually stylish and comfortable. The showers are great. The towels are fluffy and the sheets are crisp. The outlook is lovely. The gardens are attractive and private. You have 3,000 acres to yourself to explore. There's a rowing boat on the loch and a tennis court plus a games room for rainy days with pool table, table tennis and darts. Activities for children can be arranged, such as nature treasure hunts and pond dipping. Gourmet picnics can be arranged.

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High quality cotton bed linen and towels are provided. We also supply hand soap, luxury shower gel, bin bags, washing up liquid and cloths, dishwasher tabs and loo paper. The kitchen has basic herbs, salt and pepper but you need to bring all other groceries. The kitchen is well equipped - please refer to inventory on the Tenants' Notes - these available on the Hospitality Section or can be emailed to you in advance on request, along with directions, access instructions and suggestions about things to do in the local area.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage around the Perth and Kinross around the Scotland

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • No food in the bedrooms Dogs must sleep downstairs in the utility room Dogs are not allowed on the sofas or chairs
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Bed can be made up as twins
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Bed can be made up as twins
  • Both beds are zip-link and be split to make twins. Travel cot or spare mattress for a child available on request.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • pond
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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average rating of 4.96875 based on 32 reviews

Exceeded expectations in every way! Luxury accommodations.

  • 5 of 5

Straloch Estate was a dream to visit. The attention to detail in the design of Keeper’s Cottage was truly exceptional. A sparkling clean designer kitchen, lovely furnishings, soothing and feminine bedrooms, a vintage soaker tub and the stunning views made for a romantic country getaway. Lucy made sure we had all the necessary information to explore the area as well as the 3000 acre estate. My husband and I enjoyed walks around the loch while watching swans, birds and grazing sheep against a backdrop of mountain scenery. The nights were cozy with roaring fires and magical views of the Milky Way. We are already planning a return visit.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: September 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for that very lovely review and evocative descriptions! So glad you had such a good time and we look forward to seeing you again. All best, Lucy
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Stunning, idyllic property

  • 4 of 5

From the moment you turn into the long and winding estate driveway, to the time you turn the key and walk into the beautifully finished stone cottage, you can't fail to be impressed by its charm and loveliness. Gorgeous surroundings, even though stairgates for our toddler were not provided in time but the owner did her best to resolve this. Sadly no WiFi was available and my wife had to purchase additional mobile data as she had to work during our stay, which was at considerable cost. Overall, a lovely stay.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Lovely cottage in a lovely location and made even better by the fantastic weather

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful tranquil cottage

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a fabulous weeks stay at keepers cottage, which is located in a beautiful peaceful area, with wonderful walks on the doorstep. The cottage is cosy and homely with everything you need. It’s an ideal base to explore Scotland and there is lots to see and do around the estate, we didn’t want to leave. We would highly recommend this cottage

  • Review Submitted: 20-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind comments - so glad to hear you enjoyed your stay. See you again another time I hope! All best Lucy
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Great stay at Keepers cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully equipped cottage with amazing views. Ideal for dogs with great walks from the doorstep. We took lunch up to the Bothy which was very special.

We only had time for a three night stay but will definitely be booking again as lots yet to explore.

  • Review Submitted: 09-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lovely to hear you and the dogs enjoyed your break at Straloch. Look forward to seeing you again for longer next time! Lucy
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Lovely stay

  • 5 of 5

It’s a special place. We came again as the children loved it so much.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Pitlochry Golf Club
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Strathardle Inn
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Glenshee ski resort

Wildlife - While the estate itself is particularly good for wildlife watching, especially birds, there are several excellent bird reserves nearby, including the RSPB Kinnordy Loch and the Scottish Wildlife Trust's Loch of the Lowes Reserve with their famous ospreys. There is Black Grouse lek nearby which the owner can take you to - worth getting up early for! (March to early June only)

Hillwalking - You're spoilt for choice around here, from famous Munros such as Ben Lawers, Schiehallion and our local Beinn a' Ghlò, to the less strenuous but no less scenic Ben Vrackie above Pitlochry. A local guide may be arranged with advance notice.

Water and Adventure Sports - Straloch is close to one of Scotland's best water and adventure sports hubs, including whitewater rafting, tubing and canyoning ( There are also exciting Landrover safaris on offer nearby which take you on wildlife spotting adventures high up into the mountains ( or Or for the ultimate adrenaline experience there's the Highland Fling Bungee Jump off Tummel Bridge -

Castles & Culture - Blair Castle, Glamis Castle and Scone Palace, three of Scotland's most famous landmarks, are all within easy reach, each fascinating in their own way. Art lovers will relish the Fergusson Gallery in Perth which houses the largest collection of paintings by the famous Scottish Colourist, J D Fergusson. There's Pitlochry Theatre and nearby Aberfeldy is an artistic hub, with several independent art galleries and craft shops. The charming and ancient small town of Dunkeld is a lovely day trip, featuring the famous Cathedral on the beautiful banks of the River Tay, good shops and places to eat. It's also a great place to walk with a popular network of walking paths in to suit all abilities.

Highland Games - a big attraction during the summer months and a must-do if you're on holiday at this time. Our local games, the Strathardle Highland Gathering is small but delightfully traditional and great fun, with plenty of entertaining things that everyone can take part in, such as 'Tilt the Bucket' and 'Musical Cars', as well as the usual caber tossing, hammer throwing and Highland Dancing (held on the 3rd Saturday in August annually Alternatively there's the Atholl Highland Games at Blair Castle in May, featuring the spectacular Atholl Highlander's Parade, or the larger Pitlochry Highland Games in September.

Golf - there is plenty to amuse and challenge golfers of all standards nearby, including the scenic and challenging Pitlochry Course, the famous Rosemount Course in Blairgowrie and Scotland's highest golf course at Dalmunzie, up towards Glenshee. Gleneagles itself is only an hour's drive away and Saint Andrews is in striking distance too, being an 1 hour 30 minutes away.

Skiing & Mountain Biking - Glenshee, Scotland's biggest ski resort, is only 30 minutes drive. It is also a good place for high alpine walks in the summer and has several challenging mountain bike trails which are accessed by one of the ski lifts (

The Enchanted Forest - Visit the award winning 'Enchanted Forest' in Pitlochry during October, a night time walk with spectacular light and sound effects (


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