Aga kitchen farmhouse, 3 bedrooms, 3 public rooms, mountain views par excellence
Borenich is detached: no neighbours, no noise. It is not a modern, square, predictable space. It is a 19th century, quirky Perthshire private estate farmhouse.It has 3 bedrooms, 3 public rooms including a fine Drawing room with open fire. It has space, large rooms and high ceilings. Very few parallel walls but lovely tongue and groove sash window surrounds [with shutters] and a number of stripped, antique pine wooden floors downstairs.
The garden is completely family friendly with a fenced-in, south facing lower garden comprising lawn, herbaceous borders, rhodedendron bushes and lots of lovely, scented climbing old roses.
Within an 8 minute easy walk you are on Loch Tummel.
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About the Owner
About Alexandra Barbour
We are from the family who are fortunate to own and manage some of these hills, forest, important wetlands and lochs. They have done so for centuries and have a deep respect and love for the landscape.
Borenich is on the Bonskeid estate, a farmhouse, which we have been lucky to have had for 10 years. The working farm is away from the house and rarely impacts on it. We live in Cumbria, as far north in England as you can be without going over the border, because David works in a large northern city during the week and accessibility is important. Our son currently lives and works in Glasgow with his fiancee. For my working life I have field taught Geography outdoors [where else?] and am a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Borenich is important to all of us as a place of retreat and tranquility: just to breathe the air is restorative. We are also closer to family, who are still managing landscape and farming in the 21st century.
Alexandra Barbour purchased this farmhouse in 2005
Why Alexandra Barbour chose Perthshire
A full-sized portrait of David's 4 times great Grandfather hangs in Borenich's stairwell, a house which his Great Grandmother built for the estate. The wood used throughout the house [doors/floors/shutters] is Canadian red pine which gives it a warmth and shabby chic-ness. We particularly love it because when we took it on it was battered and bruised inside but slowly the good bones have shown through. The constantly warm kitchen is the centre of life in the house, a gathering place.
What makes this farmhouse unique
Borenich never disappoints, whether in deepest winter with snow on the hills opposite or in high summer when House Martins swoop in under the eaves and the roses smell fabulous. It is also a retreat from the tourist hot spots, of which there are a number in the area. Loch Tummel is less well known than some so we feel very lucky to have a base here,which others can enjoy;many of our client families are returners.
(1 traveller reviews)
We are a family of 2 adults our 2 teenage children aged 19 and 16 and our 2 golden retriever dogs. We stayed here in late October, the weather was mild a bit wet at times and also sunny. We enjoyed walks down and around the Loch, Mother nature put on a magnificent colourful Autumn display of reds, orange and golden leaves - soo beautiful ! Our dogs Loved swimming in the Loch and we all enjoyed returning to the house with the homely AGA in the kitchen and a lovely log fire in the sitting room. The house itself is a real home from home with a very well equipped kitchen, comfy snug and also a lovely sitting room all well maintained and clean. The beds are super comfortable with plenty of warm bedding. We found Scottish Quads not far away and had a fun session in the hills on Quads would def recommend for teenagers. Also visited the distillery at Pitlochry well worth going. There was plenty more to do but we didn't have time... We'll just Have to come back again. Thank you Alex for sharing your home we loved it!
From the Owner
“A full-sized portrait of David's 4 times great Grandfather hangs in Borenich's stairwell, a house which his Great Grandmother built for the estate. The wood used throughout the house [doors/floors/shutters] is Canadian red pine which gives it a warmth and shabby chic-ness. We particularly love it because when we took it on it was battered and bruised inside but slowly the good bones have shown through. The constantly warm kitchen is the centre of life in the house, a gathering place.”
Activity and Interests
Borenich, a traditional Perthshire farmhouse, lies above Loch Tummel facing the far sunny south shore and the hills around Farragon. It sits more or less in the centre of Scotland on an estate which has belonged to my husband's family since the fifteenth century.
They still farm the land around the house and nearby. Borenich has been a successful holiday let with two nationally renowned companies for over 10 years, but now it is time to build in extra flexibility. In this time, most folk have enjoyed sports such as off-roading/white water rafting to dog walking to mountain climbing to simply taking in the stunning scenery.
Some have burnt their plastic at the House of Bruar about 7 miles away, where great cashmere and paintings or even sculptures on a Scottish theme abound. They have Barbour jackets, Haglofs outerwear [among myriad others], field boots and all manner of delicious delicatessen foods.
Here you can find the best Scotland has to offer to the discerning buyer.
In Pitlochry nearby, you can be measured for your very own, custom-made kilt, find excellent outdoor gear at a cheaper level and generally take in the ambience of a busy Scots' town. The main Victorian spa hotel still offers luxurious relaxation for day visitors.
However, within fifteen minutes of the town, you are in deepest, quietest Perthshire breathing in the tranquil air, running water, waterfalls, red deer, osprey, red squirrel and other wildlife.
This part of Perthshire is called Big Tree country with good reason: my husband's family with others have been instrumental over hundreds of years in introducing varieties of pine and larch, which now flourish. The sheer size of some of them is to be seen to be believed. The larch is a European species which starts with bright, fresh green foliage in spring and ends with a magnificent display of reds and golds in November, unusual for an 'evergreen'. The Enchanted Forest walks from Pitlochry Theatre provide an exciting 'son et lumiere' effect all the year round, but especially in winter.
My husband David loves a game of golf on the characterful courses at Pitlochry and Dunkeld and we both enjoy walking/struggling up our nearest Munroes of Schiehallion and the Beinn a Ghloe range. Our two Cocker Spaniels have the finest time in Loch Tummel, a less than 10 minute walk below the house. Here they can swim, attempt to chase geese [about three types normally] and generally snuffle about.
Fisherfolk can hire kit and a boat on Loch Faskally near Pitlochry or can fish for perch in Loch Tummel from our lochside bank below the house.
We are lucky enough to have not one but two whisky distilleries within 10 miles: Blair Athol distillery in Pitlochry produces Bell's [with Visitor Centre] and the small but perfect Edradour  distillery about 5 miles north has its own labels. In nearby Moulin is a micro brewery for ales.
We have a brilliant bakery [grinds its own flour] in Blair Atholl where you can also find the ancient Blair Castle. In Aberfeldy, about a 30 minute car journey south on a fine winding ancient route, is the Birks Cinema and a good bookshop.
Then in Dunkeld, again about 30 minutes away south, there is a lovely, small Cathedral with gentle river walks along R.Tay, good delicatessens, great pubs with live music, photographic shops and a fine smoked salmon company.
Of course you can always go further afield when you catch a train in Pitlochry to head south to Dundee [Captain Scott's ship RRS Discovery and from 2018 a northern V & A museum] , the fair city of Perth set on the R.Tay or travel as far as the Scottish capital, Edinburgh just 1.5 hours away. Up the line, which winds through stunning highland scenery, is Inverness.
But the best kept secret is to the west; to drive the 30 miles to Rannoch station is the furthest west you can go ; beyond is the utter wild glacial fastness of Rannoch Moor. Suddenly the train arrives from Glasgow and you can hop on to travel up the line via Spean Bridge as far as bustling Fort William on the west coast and view Scotland's grand wild scenery from the train, where cars cannot go. This line is a testament to the brilliant engineering of the Victorians as it sits safely atop raised bog.
We firmly believe you and your family will find this a delightful, informative but relaxing spot for a holiday, no matter the time of year, and we look forward to welcoming you to Borenich.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event Price|
same each night
14 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Additional pricing information
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£100|
I charge £120 per night, regardless of the time of the year, the season, the holidays.
This is because the house and its brilliant facilities remain the same, as do my overhead costs, year round.
I believe this is fairer to you, the customer.
It is irrelevant to me how many [up to 6 max] you have staying. The fee is the same: Christmas, New Year, July, deepest February.
I will charge for your animals though @ £7night pro rata max 2 x dogs and/or 1 x cat. They take a fair amount of cleaning up after, believe me. And people coming in after you may not be remotely animal friendly. Strange, but true.
Your GH deposit must come in the form of a real paper cheque please, which will be destroyed after your stay, if all is well.
If I feel the need to cash it, I will of course let you know first - e.g. if I have to have a sofa dry cleaned coz it has stains on it or a chair has been damaged.
We are on spring water supply and a septic tank for waste, as are all properties along the loch. Simple adjustments to your daily routine [eg getting rid of grease from plates with kitchen towel before popping in the dishwasher] will make all our lives easier. At rare times of huge drought, we may ask that you only use certain water-gobbling facilities in turn, not altogether.
pay 30% deposit at least 12 weeks plus ahead + any pet fee + separate Good Housekeeping cheque £100
then 12 weeks ahead pay balance
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
- 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
From the Owner
“Borenich never disappoints, whether in deepest winter with snow on the hills opposite or in high summer when House Martins swoop in under the eaves and the roses smell fabulous. It is also a retreat from the tourist hot spots, of which there are a number in the area. Loch Tummel is less well known than some so we feel very lucky to have a base here,which others can enjoy;many of our client families are returners.”
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Fireplace ...
- Garage ...
- Hair Dryer
- Heating ...
- Internet ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided ...
- Living Room ...
- Parking ...
- Telephone ...
- 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
- Books ...
- DVD Player ...
- Games ...
- Music Library ...
- Satellite / Cable ...
- Stereo ...
- Television ...
- Toys ...
- Video Library ...
- wheelchair inaccessible
- autumn foliage
- live theatre
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- horse riding
- outlet shopping
- scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses
- laundrette - serviced
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- equestrian events
- fly fishing
- freshwater fishing
- mountain biking
- mountain climbing
- 180 m²
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, radiator for towel warming. Basin. shaver socket
- Bathroom 2 - Shower Enclosure, Basin with shaver socket
- Bathroom 3 - Toilet, en suite with master bedroom. Shaver socket. Basin
- Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Downstairs. Basin. Useful for using from garden
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
- Master bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Cot, cot is a fold down and will be stored in a cupboard
- Middle Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 6' bed can be split into 2 x singles on request
- Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, Beds 3' wide so OK for adults but more suited to children
- Bicycles ...
- Terrace ...
- Garden ...
- Barbecue ...
- Veranda ...
- Max. occupancy: 6
- non smoking only
- pets considered ...
- children welcome
- You can sit in the ancient garden [with apple tree, heathers and roses] and enjoy the views south over the loch. Children can play happily. Then you can wander down to the loch and paddle - in summer!