Farmhouse in Crieff, Central Scotland - Trowan Farm, House In A Peaceful Location Facing South With Views Of Torlum Hill
About John Blackwell
Why John Blackwell chose Crieff
I was born at Trowan Farm and enjoyed a very happy childhood: canoeing, swimming and fishing in the river, exploring the woods, cycling and walking on the farm, playing golf on the many local courses and sailing and water skiing at Loch Earn nearby. It is a beautiful peaceful place where the only sounds are natural and yet the pretty market towns of Crieff and Comrie are only 4 miles away. Local attractions include The Famous Grouse Whisky Distillery, Auchingarrich Wildlife Park, Loch Earn and The Trossachs National Park. There are 3 Munroes within a few miles for the serious walker and many glorious gentler walks: Lady Mary's Walk is one of the prettiest in Scotland: a few minutes walk from the house.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
The Farmhouse has plenty of space for car parking and secure storage for bicycles. It is ideal for cycling, walking, fishing and golfing holidays while the Scottish Ski resorts are close by (Aviemore 2 hrs, Glen Shee, Glen Coe 1.5 hrs) My website gives details of cycle hire locally, fishing tariffs and local walks as well as the best local restaurants and cafes.
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Beautiful area, lovely walks
Set in beautiful surroundings, we enjoyed our stay at this property. Owner was very helpful and easy to deal with, property would benefit from upgrading their beds though.
A lovely welcoming retreat in beautiful surroundings
Trowan is the perfect place to get away from everything, relax and revitalise yourself. The farmhouse itself is in a great position and is a traditional stone property retaining some lovely original features, it is exactly as it is supposed to be, a lovely family sized comfortable property. It is nestled at the bottom of a hill carpeted in bluebells ( we visited at the end of April) and overlooks fields where we spotted deer every morning and night, pheasants and all types of birds could be seen daily and the addition of spring lambs around the corner and a donkey made for a real treat for everyone. Crieff is only a 45 minute walk away via a beautiful woodland and river walk so there's no need to take the car if you want to pop out for dinner. We found so many lovely restaurants and cafes in Crieff, it's a real foodie area! The owner had left a map in the hall with some of their favourite suggested walks which we decided to try, the Comrie walk and Loch Turret were beautiful walks and the scenery was stunning. We managed to get to the Glenturret distillery too, a great tour! There was so much to do and a week just wasn't enough time. We will definitely be back. The whole family relaxed, recharged and had a great time. Thank you!
The house promised a lot but disappointed in so many ways.
The house promised a lot and is a great space in a very alluring location but lack of attention to detail and tired facilities make it very disappointing. No usable WiFi, terrible bedding and old, uncomfortable couches in the lounge spoilt this great old home. A lack of availability by the owner made for a very stressful arrival. In fact we had to go knocking at nearby farms to try to find if anyone could help us get in. This place needs some tender loving care and upgrades to bring it up to the standards other properties offer for this price. All in all, over priced and under loved.
I am sorry that your experience of Trowan was disappointing. Sadly, I was unavailable when you tried to contact me and, for the first time in 5 years, communications broke down. WIFI was down for a few days and unfortunately BT could not reconnect before your visit. I have arranged for mattress toppers for those who prefer a soft bed. There is antique furniture in the house - tenants have said this adds to the charm! but all the sofas etc. are recently purchased. My apologies once again for your distress.
Charming farmhouse in stunning location
We spent a weekend here for a recent family birthday celebration. Lucky with the weather we were able to enjoy several great walks right from the doorstep.
The children enjoyed meeting the local donkey, and our dog was in her element enjoying all the space in and around the house.
The house is well stocked with everything you’d need - plenty of bits and bobs in the kitchen, bedding, towels etc.
The wood burner came in handy on the chilly evenings and the central heating warmed us up quickly each morning.
Although just moments away from the lovely towns of Crieff, Comrie and St Fillans, the house felt beautifully secluded. We had clear nights and the stars and full moon were stunning.
The property is very homely and nicely furnished, a couple of signs of age but what you might expect from a building of this age. My one disappointment was the mattress in the main bedroom - I found it uncomfortable and wished I’d brought a mattress topper to add to it. But all that was forgotten by morning when we opened the shutters and let the morning sunshine pour in :-)
Would definitely recommend overall, and we would love to visit again one day.
Many thanks, the Lawsons
We enjoyed five days at Trowan Farm. It was perfect for everyone...hiking, shopping, games, Scotch tasting, and sightseeing. The home is spacious and accommodating. The kitchen has everything one needs to prepare meals. Thank you for the WIFI, too. We would highly recommend Trowan Farm, you won’t be disappointed. We hope to return for a longer stay next time! Thank you, John Blackwell, for sharing your home and your quick response to our inquiries. If you want a beautiful, quiet setting, within an hour of Edinburgh, this is the spot!
Delightful house of character in a lovely setting
We were a mixed group of family and friends staying for a long weekend of festivities and fun for a family wedding at nearby Comrie Croft. The house was perfect for us and the wood burner and numerous games very much appreciated in the inevitable rainy day. Lovely to have walks straight from the house. All communication with John was prompt and efficient. We’d love to come back one day and explore the area properly.
Special interest holidays:
Trowan is a wonderful place for a family holiday. In addition to the farm, the river and the woods, there are lots of child friendly activities nearby.
Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre, with a host of different species of animals and loads of activities for children and adults, is less than three miles away.
Do it Outdoors is based at Auchingarrich and offers Archery, Bushcraft and Fly Fishing and various adventure activities.
Blair Drummond Safari Park is about 25 miles away.
Loch Earn, 9 miles to the west, offers all sorts of water sports.
Trowan is an excellent setting off point for day trips. Here are a couple of suggestions:
West to Comrie, St Fillans, Lochearnhead and on to Callander and The Trossachs National park.
North from Lochearnhead, over “rest and be thankful” to Killin and western end of Loch Tay.
West over Rannoch Moor towards Glen Coe.
East through Crieff and Gilmerton then North through The Sma’ Glen and on to Amulree, Aberfeldy and the Eastern end of Loch Tay.
Fishing: The house is a couple of hundred yards from the famous River Earn which runs through the farm:
Guest rod lets are available currently for Salmon and Sea Trout @ £25/day February-March, £30/day April-July, £40/day August,£50/day September, £65/day October.
Trout rod letting, as available, is £5 /day. No VAT is applicable.
Equipment hire is currently @ £25 a day.
Tuition and guiding is available currently @ £80 a day.
Trowan Farm is the perfect location for a cycling holiday: with a host of cycling trips, many of which start at the door. On or off-road, family routes and some of the best mountain biking Scotland has to offer are all to be found in the Strathearn valley.
There are many lovely walks locally.
The Farm road and Lady Mary’s Walk: Walk East through the farm for half a mile or so then turn right at the ruined cottage to join the river at Lady Mary’s Walk. Continue east along the River Earn to Crieff. This is one of the prettiest river walks in central Scotland. An alternative route back west passes The Laggan Farm: duration about one hour.