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Four Holiday Cottages With Fabulous Views Over The Vale Of Atholl - The Clipping Shed



Updated: 22-Oct-2016
Cottages in Blair Atholl, Perth, Central Scotland - Peaceful Location 1 Mile Outside Blair Atholl

The cottages have been recently converted to provide the ideal background for family holidays. They are light and bright and cosy in winter. The Wool Store is very spacious with a mezzanine area above the kitchen for individual entertainments. The Clipping Shed also has an extra indoor play area upstairs. The other 2 cottages are open plan and well organised. Cooking facilities are good and the owner's home made cakes go down very well! Each house has its own garden and patio for sitting out and to enjoy the fabulous views. There are sheds for bicycles. Blair Castle and walled garden is one mile away. The village has 2 good shops, a post office, an interesting local museum, 2 pubs and a working water mill and cafeteria. We are surrounded by places to visit, wonderful nature and wildlife and the very best walking and cycling opportunities.

Details for holiday cottage The Clipping Shed, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, 1 Bathroom

The Clipping Shed has a double bedroom and twin room with zip and link beds that can be made into a double.

On the ground floor the living room has double doors leading out on to the patio with garden furniture. There is a dining table with 4 chairs, a comfortable sofa and chairs, a modern flat screen TV with Freeview channels and DVD player.

The kitchen is well-equipped with a modern electric oven, a microwave, fridge, dish washer and a washing machine and dryer.

Also on the ground floor are the bedrooms and bathroom with shower, toilet and basin.

A spiral starcase leads upstairs from the kitchen to a sitting area with television, DVD player and keyboard, ideal for young people to amuse themselves.

This property has parking for 2 vehicles, ground source heating throughout, a stereo with CD player and Wifi Broadband Internet Access.

Well behaved dogs are most welcome.

The owners supply a welcome pack with bread, butter, milk, eggs, tea, coffee, sugar and a home made cake.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Andrew and Lavinia Gordon live in converted steadings a mile and a half away from the Tom of Lude. Andrew is a farmer, builder and practical guy who can mend most things given the time and energy.

Lavinia is a retired piano teacher who loves making cakes.

We have 3 children and 5 grandchildren and we are much enjoying our holiday cottage business.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

Wedding in Blair Castle and visiting Queen's View. Thanks for your welcome, we loved staying
Nov 2015
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6 Reviews

based on 6 holidaymaker reviews


Beautiful situation and lovely property

  • 4 of 5

In an amazing spot with incredible views.

The property was spotlessly clean and comfortable.

The kitchen was very small for the size of property and we did find that there was just enough cutlery etc, always nicer to have more though!

Lovely to have a garden with a view and the furniture to enjoy it properly!

Lavinia was incredibly helpful and our booking was easy.

As a family of 5, we would love to see if there was a teeny bit more space in the other properties as we would love to visit again but would enjoy a bigger kitchen (and possibly another bathroom?).

All in all, a very good experience in a lovely location. The walks in the area are amazing.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your good and constructive review. I will certainly check on numbers of plates and cutlery, that is a very valid point. For another time I recommend the Byre which has more of a farmhouse kitchen and a spacious living room. Many thanks from Lavinia and Andrew
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Nice property in a stunning location

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely holiday, our second time in the cottage. Very comfortable and well looked after by the owner.

Lots to do in the area, but we were particularly there because we had several friends and family members who were able to visit us. My husband is disabled and one of the reasons for choosing the property was the ease of access and spacious bedroom and bathroom.

Would recommend it to friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your review Best wishes from Lavinia and Andrew
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A great find for family with dog

  • 5 of 5

High quality dog friendly accommodation with great views and homemade cake on arrival - what more could we ask for? In our experience dog friendly accommodation often comes with a compromise - not so with The Clipping Shed which scores highly on all fronts for us: well laid out & spacious (the wee den was a big plus for both adults and child), well equipped, clean, fresh, secure garden for dog and decent wifi. The owners clearly give a lot of care and attention to their holiday business and were very welcoming. We will recommend Tom of Lude cottages to any looking to stay in this area and will be back!

  • Review Submitted: May 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review and please come back any time, you were excellent guests! All the very best from Lavinia and Andrew
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Great place for big groups

  • 4 of 5

Stayed as part of a gropu of 18 friends, some with small children for a hill walking holiday. The holiday worked really well as some of the properties of large communal areas. We felt very welcomed by owners and we very happy with the properties.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We sepdent 10 days in this place, and I only have a word: PERFECT

The past summer holidays was one of the most wonderful for my family and for my family's friends that were in the other house.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

A lovely 3 day stay. Beautiful scenery, warm welcome with eggs, milk, butter, cake and bread on arrival plus a well stocked cupboard with cleaning products and essentials like salt, pepper, tea bags etc. Lovely to see sheep all around and grouse running in all directions when you open the front door in the morning.

Sleeps 4 (double and twin) and there is a mezzanine 'den' above kitchen, with bean bags and TV/DVD player ideal for children/teens to hang out - a slim camp bed will fit a 5th person up there for a child-14 yrs or very small adult! Keyboard up there too. Children loved having their own place to hang out.

Lovely fluffy towels, large walk in double shower (ideal for people with mobility issues) and washing machine/dryer in the bathroom.

Recommend Spa/swimming at the Steading in Blair Atholl & Blair Castle was wonderful. You can hear the castle piper from the garden of this property as the sun sets.

I have a feeling we will be back! Lovely walks on doorstep & around Blair area. Pitlochry only 12 mins away in car. Pitlochry Festival Theatre 10 mins.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

Andrew inherited the estate and properties 40 years ago. We were anxious to include diversification into our farm plan, thereby bringing in visitors from far afield or close at hand. The area lends itself to tourism which combines very well with the workings of our farm. We hope that the experience of coming to stay at the Tom of Lude not only offers a welcome break but also an insight into the workings of a small livestock farm in the heart of the highlands.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Edinburgh at 80 Miles Nearest Barpub : Blair Atholl at 1 Miles Nearest Golf : Blair Atholl at 1 Miles Nearest Train : Blair Atholl at 2 Miles Nearest Motorway : M9 at 35 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Blair Atholl at 1 Miles Nearest Ski : Aviemore at 60 Miles Nearest Beach : St Andrews at 60 Miles Car: necessary


Edinburgh Airport is 85 miles away. There is a railway station in the village but a car is recommended in this area.


Blair Atholl is 1 mile away.

Blair Castle is 1 mile away.

House of Bruar is 5 miles away.

Pitlochry is 7 miles away. Pitlochry Festival Theatre open all the year run

Aberfeldy - 20 miles. Cinema and swimming pool.

Dunkeld - a very scenic small town with Cathedral and quality shops is 20 miles away.

Perth - 35 miles with Scone Palace nearby.

Glamis Castle - 35 miles.

Balmoral Castle - 60 miles.

Further Details:

There are 2 village shops, post office, 2 nice gift shops and the Working Water Mill Cafe selling home made bread, oatmeal, flour and some gifts(open between April 1st and October 31st).

Two hotels with pubs in the village. Both serve food.

Nearest supermarket is a good Co-op in Pitlochry, excellent butcher that also sells fish, and a good pub/restaurant in Killiecrankie, 4 miles away.

Pitlochry Festival Theatre is now open all the year round and there is a variety of small restaurants in the town

There is a small swimming pool behind the Tilt Hotel.

A very interesting local museum, ranger activities for children.

Fish and chips and pizzas are on sale near the museum, also bicycle hire.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
29 Oct 2016 - 18 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas/New Year
19 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Jan – March 2017
7 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
April – June 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2017
24 Jun 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Aug – Oct 2017
26 Aug 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Oct – Dec 2017
28 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas 2017 / New Year
23 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Prices vary from £325 - £870 per week, depending on season and size of cottage. Short breaks from 3 nights are also available at a lower rate. Please refer to our website www.ludeestatecottages.co.uk for further information.
Please book via the website or direct to Lavinia Gordon

Changeover Day:
Saturday changeover is preferred but not obligatory.
Short breaks can be organised when there is availability.
Arrival: 4pm onwards
Departure: 10 am

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 22-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

The Tom of Lude Steadings boast the very best views on the estate. We decided that the buildings were wasted for subsidiary farm use and so conversion into holiday cottages seemed to be the obvious answer. The cottages are remote, and yet only a mile away from the village and amenities, and we felt that this idyllic spot would provide an ideal place for a holiday for all ages and stages.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • 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


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Television


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • arboretum
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • There is one double and one twin bedroom. There is also a small room at the top of the spiral staircase which can be used as an extra bedroom and we can supply a camp bed. Ideal for children from 8 upwards.


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: Our houses are recently converted to a high standard of comfort and cleanliness. All linen and fresh towels are provided. For guests who stay for longer than a week, clean sheets and towels are provided weekly, plus cleaning on request. The houses are bright, light and warm thanks to our ground and air source heating. The kitchens are well equipped , but they vary in size and style to try to accommodate all tastes. There is an atmosphere of relaxation and homeliness to which our many happy clients have contributed. This area, within the Cairngorms National Park has much to offer holiday makers at any time of year. Outside: Each house has its own garden with garden furniture and there is a communal play area at the back of the cottages. There are garden sheds for bicycles.

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