Country cottage with private, secluded garden in woodland setting.
About Aileen Hynd
I am a retired English teacher who moved to Birnie House with my family to enjoy the peace and beauty of the countryside and I now share that with others who are very welcome to stay in what was the gardener’s cottage.
Aileen Hynd purchased this Cottage in 2007
Why Aileen Hynd chose Blairgowrie
The gardener’s cottage, although nearby, is very private and very important to us as it is part of the history of the house and, more recently, has become a place of happiness and laughter for people visiting from all over the world.
What makes this Cottage unique
The house and cottage have the advantage of seeming to be quite remote and ideally situated for enjoying watching birds and squirrels and, sometimes, deer and, without driving anywhere, you can go walking in woodland and by fields and it is very private, but also within five minutes of a very busy, small country town with everything you need.
smoking is never allowed inside the cottage
pets stay free of charge
Max guests:5 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
Although pets are very welcome and stay free of charge, owners are responsible for cleaning up ALL pet refuse. Pets are not allowed on furniture.
We have a septic tank which does not take kindly to offerings other than white toilet tissue and natural waste. Anything else WILL block the pipes.
Breakages do happen so PLEASE let us know so that we can replace damaged items for the benefit of other guests.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
From arriving to leaving Bob and Aileen made us feel so wecome and nothing was two much trouble .even they chickens were the same ha ha greating us as we pulled car in and making us laugh when we came home from days out
Everything you need to cook or chill is there in the cottage
I ordered food off Tesco to be delivered day of our arrival and we were late getting there but Aileen sorted it for us and left it in cottage
Great people great place going back next year
There is so much more to see in this part of Scotland so you definitely have to come back. Thank you for looking after the cottage so well. It is much appreciated. See you next year!
A delightful short break.
This was a lovely cottage, situated in a great place with plenty to do. The owners were very helpful, and the cottage had everything we needed and more besides. Lovely coal/log fire, and thoughtful ‘treats’ left for us upon arrival (even catering for a gluten allergy!). We will definitely come again. There is so much to do and see and we hardly had time to scratch the surface. Thank you for a lovely time and such a warm welcome!
You will be very welcome to come back to the cottage which you looked after as if it were your own. Thank you so much for that and, yes, there is so much more to see and to visit while you are here with several highlights of Scotland’s beautiful heritage within an hour of leaving the cottage with many, many more much closer. Please come back soon.
Cottage in the woods
Enjoyed a very comfortable weekend here . The cottage has everything you could possibly need & more. It is a few minutes drive from Alyth for provisions/takeaways.
Aileen is very friendly & I would highly recommend a visit to Birnie Cottage.
We are so glad you enjoyed your week-end and hope that you come and visit us again some time. It really is a great location for touring Perthshire, Angus, Fife and beyond. Dogs love it here, too, so I’m sure Bonnie enjoyed her holiday as well. 😊
A lovely cottage in Perthshire.
A great central location for east central Scotland, both Perthshire and Angus counties. Many historical sites within 60 minutes. Great golfing too.
It was a pleasure to welcome you to the cottage and to hear of your experiences with the wildlife. The girls (aka the hens) will miss Happy Hour in the garden. I hope you return to Scotland soon and if you’re ever in the neighbourhood, look us up. You will be made very welcome.
Cosy, Comfortable Cottage
Birnie Cottage was nestled among the trees off the A926 and was the perfect location for exploring the local (and not so local) area. Our hosts, Aileen and Bob were welcoming and kind; nothing was too much trouble and they were on hand for advice if needed (even though we did not need to avail ourselves of their kind offer). The cottage was very comfortable and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
The garden was a delight to sit in and we could often be found there in the afternoon/early evening enjoying a relaxing cup of tea. The birds, squirrels and hens were amusing garden guests and to see deer in the local roads and fields near to the cottage in the very early hours of the morning was a treat.
Overall, we would recommend Birnie Cottage to other holidaymakers.
Thank you for your thoughtful review. I’m sure it will help others who look for guidance in their choice of holiday accommodation. We do like people to feel comfortable and relaxed at Birnie and it sounds as if that has been the case with your visit. Your excellent care of the cottage whilst visiting was much appreciated. We would be delighted to welcome you back again some day.
Lovely holiday in Scotland
This was a great, well equipped holiday home for our family (2 kids aged 4 and 6). The cricket set and kids games were an added bonus, but the highlights were definitely the chickens and the sunny weather! Great location for many days out within a 30 min drive, the owners were available but not intrusive - I would recommend this holiday home to everyone!
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. The sound of laughter reassured us that you were enjoying your time at Birnie. Apart from the local places of interest which you found, the cottage is ideally located to travel further afield and be in St Andrews, or the beach, or up in the mountains, or even in Edinburgh within about an hour. We hope you can come back some day and visit more places and enjoy the sunshine of Bonnie Scotland.
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.
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