3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, spacious living/dining/kitchen area with log fire
- english, french, german, spanish
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 Blairgowrie
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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Beautiful and relaxing
Beautiful and relaxing environment.
Amazing house with all the conditions and more. Perfect for families with children as well.
peace and tranquillity
If you want to get away from it all and be surrounded by nature, this is perfect. Our stay was everything we wanted it to be, pure escapism.
The log house is so spacious and very comfortable and the aspect from the lounge patio doors is fabulous, I saw red squirrels, deer and various bird species.
It felt a wrench to leave....
A visit worth making
This place is so much more than we hoped for. The area is beautiful, the village of Kirkmichael is very quaint, and the owner- Richard Davie is prompt and very organized. The house comes with a 20 some page" How To " manual. The fireplace in the living room was a nice touch on even a cool Aug. evening. There is a nice little pub in the inn just down the street. I have been sorry I booked some HomeAway locations, but you will not be sorry you booked this one.
A wonderful family holiday - excellent log cabin in a great location.
Our family group of 7 (plus dog!) enjoyed a fantastic summer holiday at this log cabin. We stayed for 13 nights and enjoyed wall-to-wall sunshine. The accommodation is very spacious and comfortable and proved to be an ideal base for exploring this part of Scotland.
We explored the immediate surroundings on foot and on bikes and spotted lots of deer, red squirrels and buzzards. The other log cabins in the area are well spaced so the cabin feels secluded and very private. We enjoyed lots of walking in the wider region and because of the fantastic weather we became avid river swimmers - finding great spots to swim all over the place.
Highlights of the holiday included trips to Pitlochry, to Braemar and to the giant trees at the Hermitage near Dunkeld. We bagged our first two Munro's near Glenshee and we all enjoyed swimming at the Linn of Dee, near Braemar. What a special place to walk and swim. We would also recommend Blairgowrie Evangelical Church - which we visited on both sundays.
Richard provided a very thorough visitors guide and his communication was excellent.
We heartily recommend this log cabin. Watching England win a few World Cup football matches was an unexpected bonus!
Stayed with family enjoyed staying in cottage throughly
Secluded and beautiful
The pictures don’t do justice to the location of this place. The house is deceptively large with more than enough space inside and out for a family of five and a dog. It’s well situated to visit so many places and a well equipped kitchen meant meals or BBQ’s were easy. We ate outside most of the time on the huge round table that would easily seat 8 or more. We loved the 70’s vibe of the cabin. The house sometimes felt like a ship, as the wood creaked and cracked with changes in temperature.
I hadn’t twigged that there was no WiFi at the cabin or indeed phone signal, this was gutting at first but once we got used the idea,it gave us a fabulous opportunity to connect with each other instead. We played games (could do with a few more, given the lack of internet), made jigsaw puzzles and went for some long walks directly from the cabin. There’s tons of Ordanance survey maps you can use at the cabin.
Any downsides? Well, WiFi, if this is an important requirement to you.
I think the microwave was from the 70’s, colossal in size and baffled us all with it’s dizzying dashboard that made no sense. We were unable to use it.
The Dining table is beautiful but the chairs are too low, making sitting at the table feel like you are a small child that can’t quite reach. The lighting is pretty inadequate in the kitchen and Dining area and we needed lights on during the day. None of this detracted in any way from the wonderful time we had and we would certainly stay again.
I would have liked to have seen a visitors book at the place, mainly because I enjoy reading other people’s stories and ideas for places to visit.
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.