2 bedroomed cottage with stunning panoramic view 200 metres from the glens.
About Fiona Howard
The next generation has taken on the mantle of caring for Winters Cottage. Our grandparents moved from Scotland to Warwickshire in the 1930s. We three ‘Winter’ sisters live in South Warwickshire and manage the cottage as a holiday destination, project managing the maintenance and restoration with care. Black ranges, box beds in the kitchen and oil lamps have all gone. Babies are no longer born at the cottage – our children no longer walk across the field to the primary school by the river at Cortachy. But this bothy still holds a special place in our hearts. We have passed our love of the cottage to our children and the next generation – the 7th in line – are now enjoying the magic of this special place. History repeats itself. How wonderful to know that some things don’t change.
Fiona Howard purchased this Cottage in 1860
Why Fiona Howard chose Kirriemuir
In 1860 James Winter moved to the cottage from his father’s farm in Glen Prosen where he raised 5 children with his wife Eliza. He opened a post office and drapers store to sell linen from his business in Laurencekirk in what is now the kitchen/morning room. We can just remember the mahogany shop counter, wooden floors and open fire in the 1950s. The shop closed in the late 50s but we still have mementos of times gone by, including hand made linen, Victorian furniture and books, a family bible and a clock given by Peter Pan author J M Barrie to his sister who married cousin William. The cottage was handed down the generations to our father Donald and on to our generation. We are proud caretakers for generations to come and we hope you love the cottage as much as we do!
What makes this Cottage unique
Really easy to reach yet set in glorious highland scenery. At Perth you’ll soon be there. See the Grampian mountains coming into view. By Kirriemuir look out for Peter Pan; that’s where he comes from and he’s never grown up! Can you see the red squirrels or deer feeding by the castle? Through the woods, over the river and up to Dykehead. You’re there and only 15 minutes since you left a different world. Sit under the verandah with a cup of tea and gaze at the wonderful view. It’s great to be back. Riverside walks, cycling, fishing, golf and the glens on your doorstep. Visit historic houses and castles such as Glamis, birthplace of the Queen Mother. Ski at Glenshee or visit the Braemar games or Balmoral Castle, Scottish home of the Royal Family. Walk the coastal path or picnic at Lunan Bay 35 minutes away. Visit historic Perth, St Andrews or Dundee, city of Scott’s ‘Discovery’ voyage to the Antarctic. THE NEW V & A MUSEUM OPENED IN SEPTEMBER 2018. FUNDAMENTAL TO THE V & A IS ITS ROLE IN PROMOTING AND ENCOURAGING THE DEVELOPMENT AND UNDERSTANDING OF BRITISH DESIGN AND IN PARTICULAR, SCOTLAND. RICH HERITAGE, CHARACTERIZED BY CREATIVITY, CRAFT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP EMERGE FROM THE SUPERLATIVE COLLECTIONS AND EXHIBITIONS. THE CATERAN TRAIL - one of Scotland’s great trails, is a fully waymarked 64 mile route through Perthshire and the Angus glens. It follows old drove roads and ancient tracks across farmland, forests and moors. The Caterans were fearsome cattle thieves who raided the glens from the Middle Ages to the 17th century (ref James Winter who fought at the Battle of Saughs - see Winter family tree in Winters Cottage). Stage 4 of the 5 stages is nearest the cottage - Kirkton of Glenisla to Alyth. Call in to the Glenisla Hotel for lunch/refreshments.
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Really loved our stay here.
Lovely homely stay , will defiantly try to go back there and thank you fiona for your input on places to go , very helpful and thanks again for a lovely Scottish brake away , Ken and Wendy.
Hello Ken and Wendy
Many thanks for taking the time to send us a review and for your 5* rating which is much appreciated. We were glad you found the suggestions for places to visit helpful. Hope you enjoyed your birthday trip and we look forward to seeing you again some time in the future.
Very comfortable with 'rustic' touch to it
Salmon fishing all week and the cottage was an excellent base for the river South Esk with plenty of space for our equipment etc.
Many thanks for your generous 5* review Peter. We were delighted to hear you both had a successful week salmon fishing. Such a lovely time of the year on the Esk. It was helpful for us and future guests to hear you found there was plenty of space at the cottage for your fishing gear etc.
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We look forward to seeing you again some time.
Lovely cottage near the Cairngorms National Park
We enjoyed our stay in this nicely situated and well-appointed cottage on the edge of Dykehead village. Good kitchen and living room, comfy beds, nice outlook to the garden and fields beyond. It's a great base to explore the Angus area; you can do walks from the village, it's close to the glens and lots of interesting places to visit around Kirriemuir, Arbroath, Dundee etc. We may return!
Many thanks for your review Anne. We very much appreciate hearing feed back from our guests. It helps us to get a feel for what you enjoy most and hopefully encourages others to come to Angus!
Charming historical cottage
One week in this nice and charming cottage. Situated at the entrance of Glen Clova. The week we stayed it was typical un-Scottish weather. Lots of sunshine so it was a pleasure to heave this very big garden available with excellent views. Sun if you want, plenty of sheadow if needed. The house is well furnished, we personally would however preferred a moor smooth/ flat floor instead of the carpet in living room an bed rooms. Maybe a small upgrade could be done there. In general however a nice and comfortable stay in this lovely cottage.
Many thanks for submitting a review Jos. We appreciate your 4 star rating and were glad to hear details of what you enjoyed most about the cottage and surrounding glens. Thank you for the suggestion about your preference for hard flooring in the sitting room and bedrooms. We are sure you will understand, in a British winter we stay warmer with carpets! Thank you for booking Winters Cottage.
Best wishes to you both.
Five Stars All Round
Our first visit to the east of Scotland and we couldn't have wished for a better place to stay! The cottage is beautiful! Like
a hotel without the staff - our every need was catered for - towels, bedding, shower gel, coal and sticks for the fires, even fresh flowers to add to the ambiance. Exceptionally clean, comfortable bed, plenty of hot water. I can't praise it enough!! And the surrounding area is breathtaking. Wonderful walks up Glen Prosen and particularly Glen Clova, riverside walks with perfume laden air from the rhododendrons and spectacular rock formations along the River North Esk. We also took time to soak up some history at House of Dun and Glamis Castle. Well worthwhile! We couldn't do everything we wanted so will be returning in the future and would be very happy to return to Winter's Cottage.
We can't thank you enough for your very generous review Pauline - very much appreciated by all the family. It's always interesting to hear what you enjoyed most about the area. Glad you enjoyed the walking - stunning time of year in Angus in late spring/early summer.
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We look forward to seeing you again some time in the future.
Best wishes to you both.
Charming spot of the world
We loved this spot. The house was charming and very comfortable (our family of 4). There were wonderful hikes in the area. We loved the hike on the Airlie Estate which we reached from the house. For us, what made our stay particularly special were all the people we met. Fiona, the owner , was very helpful. The neighbors were charming and full of tales of Dykehead: We used the information books that Fiona provided (black binders full of local info).
This is a special place and hope to return some day.
Thank you for taking the time to write a review about the cottage Michael and we very much appreciate you 5 star rating. Love the title 'charming spot of the world'! It's always helpful to hear what guests enjoy most about their holiday so we can build on their experiences.
Glad too that you picked such a great week for weather!
Best wishes to you all.
Special interest holidays:
Scottish Game Fair, Scone
Highland Games - Braemar, \Perthand locally Cortachy
Glamis Castle/J M Barrie's birthplace/Scone Palace/Captain R F Scott's ship 'Discovery'/National Trust House of Dun, Montrose/Falkland Palace/Blair Atholl Castle.
Edinburgh Festival/Pitlochry Theatre/Perth Festival
St Andrews/The House of Bruar, Pitlochry/
Scotland's Gardens Scheme/The Enchanted Forest, Pitlochry/Cambo Estate nr. St Andrews
St Andrews beach/Lunan Bay and coastal trails
Winters cottage is situated in an exceptional area for keen walkers and is the ideal spot for those looking for a walking holiday. Situated at the edge of the Cairngorms national park, the cottage is surrounded by four historic glens with paths ranging from easy to extremely strenuous (see Angus Glens Walking Festival June 2017). The Winter family recommends ‘Jock’s Road’ in particular; named after one of its bravest ancestors Jock Winter, a local shepherd, who battled to keep the path open in 1887 .
The nearest recommended beaches to Dykehead are Lunan Bay (35 minute drive) and blue flag awarded St Andrews (40/45 minute drive), 28 and 35 miles away respectively. Look carefully and you might spot some dolphins! Both beaches are stunning with clean, safe bathing and wide sands for walking or having a picnic. There is plenty of parking and from the beach at St Andrews it is easy to walk into town at the end of the day for supper before making your way back to the cottage.
Dundee train station - 23 miles (half hour drive)
Dundee Airport - 27 miles (35 minute drive)
Aberdeen Airport (just over an hour's drive)
Edinburgh airport - approx. 82 miles (one and a half hours)
Car hire available at both airports. Car hire delivery available at Dundee station.
Glen Prosen – 200 metres
Glen Clova – 200 metres
Glen Isla - 11 miles
Glen Doll - 12 miles
Cortachy - 0.5 miles
Kirriemuir- 4 miles
Forfar -8 miles
Brechin - 20 miles
Montrose -23 miles
Dundee- 25 miles
St. Andrews - 35 miles
Perth - 36 miles
Edinburgh - 80 miles
Our favourite pub is the Drovers Inn (3 miles), a Michelin Guide pub with a great atmosphere, an open fire and excellent food. We also like Sinclairs in Forfar and Armstrongs at Roundyhill near Kirriemuir. All the restaurants source locally produced food where possible. For extensive information on local restaurants please visit the Winters Cottage website.
4 miles away in Kirriemuir - Bank of Scotland, butcher, baker, 2 Co-op supermarkets, post office (part of the newsagents), Boots and Lloyds pharmacies, ironmongers, hairdressers, GPs, dentist, library, police, fire station, petrol station, Fairtrade coffee shop etc.