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Knockshannoch Lodge

Kirkton of Glenisla, Perthshire and Kinross, Scotland
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A thatched roundhouse / gatehouse dating back to 1880, sleeps 2-4 + dogs. Top location for exploring Cairngorm Nat. Park + Southern Highlands

Knockshannoch Lodge is a listed 19th century stone gatehouse recently renovated to create a unique self-catering holiday cottage. The lodge makes a very romantic hideaway sitting in a beautiful glen where you have wide views of the surrounding farms and countryside with the River Isla at the end of the lane. Although it is popular with couples seeking a romantic hideaway the cottage is also ideal for small families (sleeps up to 4 people) and walkers looking to walk the Cateran Trail (you can join this right from the cottage) or walks in the southern Cairngorms.

2 well-behaved dogs are also welcomed at no extra charge. The lodge is located on the southern edge of the Cairngorms National Park and is a good location for exploring Perthshire, Angus and the Southern Highlands.

The property, dating back to 1880, was originally a gatehouse to a large hunting and shooting lodge. It is the last remaining thatched roundhouse in Scotland and has featured in The Scots Magazine and Scottish Field.

The cottage accommodation comprises of a quirky circular entrance hallway leading to all rooms – with 2 bedrooms - 1 double room with antique French 4 poster bed (no canopy, see pics), oak arts & crafts dressing table and wardrobe and 1 bedroom with 2 adult sized bunk beds and small wardrobe. There is also a beautifully renovated rustic style kitchen with reclaimed solid oak flooring, a wood burning stove and antique welsh dresser, a Belfast sink in antique pine sink unit, dining table and chairs and plenty of worktop space for cooking prep, the views of the garden and bird feeding tables make this a delightful place to sit. The bathroom also has an oak floor and has a Victorian roll top bath with efficient overhead electric shower. All other rooms have fitted carpets and additional rugs.

The owners have lovingly converted the property themselves being self-taught carpenters/painters and general fixer uppers, maintaining and adding to its vintage character with antique stained glass windows, unique hand painted pieces of furniture along with traditional pieces and throughout the cottage, they have exclusively used a Farrow & Ball paint palate. There is a semi-circular comfortable lounge with a very efficient wood burning stove and with antique chesterfield leather sofa and chairs, desk and sideboards containing large selection of DVD’s and board games, there are books galore around the cottage and the lounge has a sound system/home theatre system, flat screen TV, DVD/CD and Blue Ray player plus fast WiFi and Nintendo Wii. All logs for wood burners are included in your rental.

There is a pleasant garden at the rear with teak table and chairs, a small trampoline, a tyre swing from the big tree and views to Mount Blair and beyond, there are seating areas to the front of the property too where you can catch the last of the evening sun, the lodge is on a quiet lane well off the main road, there is a large woodland at the rear of the property with two ponds and you are welcome to roam in the woods, there is also a meadow at the side of the ‘top garden’.

Up to 2 cars can park on the drive and sports equipment can be stored in the garage. There are steep steps in two areas to access the ‘top garden’ at the rear and it is therefore not suitable for anyone who may struggle with steep steps. A wide variety of birds including woodpeckers and buzzards visit the garden, red squirrels come to the nut feeders, red and roe deer are frequently seen on the hillside and in the woods and pine martens also make a regular visit to the garden.

Saturday is the changeover day. Occasionally short breaks can be accommodated – please feel free to enquire. Price is £650 a week.

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Nearest Airport/s

Perth / Dundee