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3-bedroom log house set in woodland in the heart of Highland Perthshire

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,367 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, spacious living/dining/kitchen area with log fire

This is a three-bedroom log-built house set in woodland on the outskirts of the historic village of Kirkmichael, in the vale of Strathardle in the hills between Pitlochry and Blairgowrie.

It has a large kitchen/dining/living area with a well-stocked kitchen with oven/hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge & freezer and washing machine (plus a tumble dryer in the en-suite bathroom).

The living room includes ample seating around an open log fire, a TV with Free-sat channels and DVD/Blu-Ray player, plus CD player. There are books, games & DVDs on the shelves, so help yourself, and pictures and other personal touches to give it a sense of home. And the whole looks out through large french windows onto a paved patio, the fire pit with its log stools, and the open woodland beyond.

There are three bedrooms: a spacious master bedroom with a super-king bed (which can be detached to make two singles), a living flame fire for extra mood, and an en-suite bathroom (with under floor heating for your comfort); a twin room; and a bunk-bed room with additional pull-out bed (all full single-sized), plus further games & toys for the children. All have generous cupboard/hanging space.

There is an additional shower-bathroom off the main corridor.

Outside there is a large gravel driveway and car port with ample parking space (and more nearby). There is a paved patio area with a large picnic table, an outdoor fire pit, and also a small children's play house.

It's set in a 4.4 acre site with a mix of grass, rocks, trees and shrubs running down to a stream, shading over into a large area of open woods and moorland around.

More Details

Richard Davie
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 June, 2017

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 Perthshire

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, and lunching in the Log Cabin Hotel nearby) 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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Blairgowrie in Scotland

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1367 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , This also has the comfort of under-floor heating
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - a two-berth bunk bed with an additional pull-out bed beneath
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , The bed can be arranged as two singles on request.
  • All the bedrooms have good sized storage cupboards and heating.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • playground
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • ski
For traditional country pursuits the area provides fishing, shooting & horse riding. Skiing is only 30 minutes away in Glen Shee. And there's walking everywhere from gentle rambles on established paths to Munro bagging in the central Highlands and the Cairngorms.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(16 traveller reviews)


Fantastic house set in a wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic holiday staying at the log house in the woods. The house is even better than the pictures suggest and I can not recommend it highly enough. Richard provided a very comprehensive guide and responded to any queries we had quickly. Hope to return soon.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: A lovely review: good to know the place worked so well for a big family gathering (we think it's ideal for that). Hope to see them again!
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Brilliant getaway lodge

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the lodge in early spring for a long weekend, initially attracted by the flexible dates and good price for a larger group. But we were very surprised at how lovely the cabin is; very spacious, stylish furnishing and all the ambiance that a real log cabin gives.

The cabin is based on a shared site, but there's loads of space and trees between each cabin that you would only see another one if you go on a walk through the woods (even then, they are far away). Walks to the local village with a great pub and the end of the road (just outside the village but keep walking around the corner) and the village also links into wider walks across the hills near Pitlochry. We are hoping to come up again soon with our young family - the garden area would be perfect for them to play in. It's also very near Glenshee, so we might look into this next time we plan some skiing!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful & calm, great central location

  • 5 of 5

The house was very spacious, clean and in a very quiet and peaceful setting.

Very close to the Cairngorms and ideal location to visit the central Highlands. Nearby there was lots to visit, like the lovely town of Pitlochry and Dunkeld. Lots of trails nearby and in the region, we wished we had had time to do them all!

We very much enjoyed our stay and would consider staying there again.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This highlights the advantages of the location: it's a good base for a large swathe of the highlands as well as Tayside and the lowland areas to the south (even, longer day trips to Edinburgh and Glasgow are not out of the question). Plenty for a busy week and quite enough for longer.
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peaceful place

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with my mum, dad ,partner and two children. The cabin has the wow factor for sure, thats the first word my partner said when he walked in, its got everything you need, plenty of space (although just that little bit more food storage space would be good), i love the smell you get as you walk in of the woodburner although we never needed to use it , the surroundings are beautiful and peaceful just what we wanted, for once i could actually let the kids run around without worrying too much about them because hardly any traffic maybe the odd car, there are nice walks up the hill ,there is a nice walk down to the village and nice friendly people at the village shop, it stocks quite alot of things that you wouldn't expect, there is a walk alongside the river from the village and paths that take you on the cateran trail. Good places to walk are the hermitage, killiecrankie and craigvinean forest, beautiful scenery, overall we had a lovely holiday at the cabin and would do it again .

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: A lovely summary of the place's appeal, and its surroundings, not least for families with kids. The walking tips are welcome as well: I know the Cateran Trail well, but I need to look into the other places more (I may well put them in an updated guide to the house--thanks!)
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Fabulous escape!

  • 5 of 5

This is such an incredible setting for an escape or getaway. It is a very generous size and the 8 of us couldn't have been more comfortable.

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Actually, that doesn’t even cover it. We had such an amazing time there. All of us benefiting greatly from no wifi and no phone signal. It was what we all needed.

The open fire, bbq area, outside table, huge living and kitchen area and spacious bedrooms just added to our great weekend!

I would highly recommend this to any group of friends who need a great time away!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes, a lot of people comment on that: the sense of escape you get when you're at the house. Even though places to drink, eat and the village shop are actually close enough by, you feel away from it. You can get mobile signal depending on network and where you stand in the house, or just pop outside or up to the Log Cabin Hotel and you should be fine. We haven't yet got wifi; when we lived in Glasgow and went up there all the time, we never even had a telly, but that's a bit too much for many people. But you do get the sense of escape...
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Wonderful family holiday at Glen Derby

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the log house – what a beautiful setting with a welcoming, homely atmosphere. It was our first holiday with our 8 month old baby and the log house had everything we needed for him (high chair, travel cot etc.) which in turn made our stay really relaxed. He saw his first deer – just in front of the patio!

This was an ideal place for our family holiday but we can also imagine it would adapt perfectly to larger groups too – the log house itself is spacious and it has great facilities out on the patio with the fire pit and big picnic table. The log burner in the front room is another excellent feature for days when perhaps the sun isn’t at its best. You’ll also be hard pushed to find a more thorough and witty information booklet than the one you’ll use during your stay!

The owner has taken great care to ensure that interior of their home retains its log cabin character and it was a pleasure to stay here – now we just need an excuse to come back.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. It is a lovely place for young kids (and older ones; and grown up ones) and parents of younger kids to relax in. Nice to have that celebrated in this review. You'll see a good few photos with kids in on this site or the Facebook page.
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer '17
23 Jun 2017 - 28 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
Autumn '17
29 Aug 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
Nov-Dec '17
29 Oct 2017 - 14 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
Pre-Xmas '17
15 Dec 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
Xmas '17 - New Year '18
22 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £20
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Your booking will be confirmed following receipt of 50% of the total cost as a non-refundable booking fee which is due at the time of booking. The remainder of the balance is due 4 weeks before the start of your Holiday. If a booking is made less than 4 weeks before the start of your stay, the full payment is due at the time of booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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