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

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking



The Kennels

The Kennels are detached from the other properties and have the best view.

There is a double room and a twin room with separate single beds.

All the accommodation is on the ground floor.

The open plan living area has double doors leading to the patio with garden furniture.

There is a gate-legged dining table with 4 chairs, a comfortable sofa and easy chairs and a modern flat screen TV with Freeview Channels and DVD player.

Kitchen equipment includes a modern electric oven, a microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine and dryer.

The bathroom has a shower, toilet and wash basin.

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

We do not accept dogs in this cottage, despite its name!

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

More Details

About the property


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.

Lavinia Gordon
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
5 August, 2017

About Lavinia Gordon

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.

Why Lavinia Gordon chose Perthshire

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Your lovely cottage is so welcoming, cosy and comfortable and had everything that we needed....

We really appreciated your warm welcome and delicious baking.

The views are wonderful and we were privileged to see hair ice, red squirrels and golden eagles
Feb 2016
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Available Rentals

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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


Accommodation and facilities for The Kennelsin Pitlochry in Perth and Kinross

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • 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
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • 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
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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The Kennels
average rating of 4.75 based on 14 reviews

The Kennels

  • 5 of 5

What a simply fabulous accommodation. Ideal for our requirements - and one of the four cottages we booked for our Australian family holiday.

To arrive and receive milk, bread, eggs and cake was a most delightful part of our stay.

Then we met our hosts Lavinia and Andrew who gave us a very warm welcome with great advice and information.

Would love to come back.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you all so much for your lovely reviews - we loved meeting you and seeing the cottages filled with a family party. Just what they were designed for. See you again Best wishes from Lavinia and Andrew
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Splendid Scotland

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time, enjoyed the wonderful view from the cottage and the great walks.

The accommodation was perfect for us. Nice cake at arrival was the perfect start for our holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have you to stay. Thank you for your kind review. Best wishes Lavinia and Andrew
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The Kennels was everything that was promised, we shall return. Highly recommended.

  • 5 of 5

A tour of Scotland's west coast (mainly), with its rugged beauty, plentiful wildlife and stunning gardens, ended with a relaxing few days at The Kennels, Lude Farm Estate. Clean, comfortable, very well equipped and welcoming, we found several good restaurants nearby. We also saw red squirrels at Loch Tay, a magical first for us!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review - so sorry we never met, you were always out having a happy time! Very best wishes Lavinia and Andrew
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Lovely cottages in peaceful location personally supervised by the owners.Opened 2011

  • 5 of 5

Our most recent visit was 29 May and was our 7th visit since these cottages opened in 2011. The cottages converted from farm buildings and are personally managed by the very caring owners have been beautifully designed . It is always a real pleasure to stay at Lude ( in our case always The Kennels cottage, which stands separate from the other 3 cottages and has the best view). Always cosy and simply but comfortably appointed. A much appreciated 'welcome pack' always awaits us of eggs, milk, bread, butter and, most importantly, a home - baked cake carefully lovingly crafted by Lavinia. The guests messages written in the Visitor's Book is a true testament of the appreciation of all these things. The area surrounding these cottages - which are set on the hillside above Blair Atholl - is stunning and very peaceful. Fabulous views are all around and the only sounds you will hear are of sheep and cattle grazing in the adjacent fields, birds and buzzards or the occasional fighter jet or Hercules plane which may fly past the cottage or, of a train which pass through the wee station in Blair Atholl some 800 feet below. The location of Blair Atholl being centrally situated in the highlands means that it is very accessible for visiting other areas North, South, East or West with the A9 Perth to Inverness road only a few minutes drive from the cottage.

The lovely Glens Tilt, Banvie and Fender are only a very short walk (or drive away) affording the visitor ample opportunity to experience beautiful and remote areas where the sight of deer and buzzards or eagles are common. However, to get the full benefit of these one does have to walk as vehicular access is not possible or permitted beyond designated parking areas.

In late Spring and Summer it is not unusual to see hares in the fields adjacent to the cottages. Or, a pine marten in the area which we saw 3 years ago.

I could go on.

Lude Estate Cottages are in a beautiful location providing us with everything we need for peace and restful holidays.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely lovely review. See you in August. Very best wishes from Lavinia and Andrew
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Great views of the Perthshire countryside and convenient location for a range of activities.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time exploring the countryside.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks - lovely to meet you. Best wishes Lavinia
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A wonderful holiday - Amazing views, beautiful accommodations, lovely people!

  • 5 of 5

The kennels were the perfect little cottage for our stay while in Scotland. The estate is full of life with pheasants, rabbits and of course the sheep roaming over the green pastures. We ventured out exploring the highlands every day and returned back to our little cottage for a nightcap, a piece of Lavinia's chocolate cake and a restful sleep in our comfortable bed. Having all of the amenities of home while on holiday made our plans easy to accommodate with every day a new adventure. The people of Pitlochry, Blair Atholl, Killicrankie and all of the neighbouring towns were so friendly and helpful we are already planning our return trip. The Tom of Lude estate is a gem nestled in the highlands of Scotland. Lavinia, Andrew and their family, including the estate staff, are all wonderful, genuine people...even the dogs were friendly! We would recommend staying at Tom of Lude cottages and enjoying the fine highland hospitality to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review - hope to see you again some time... Very best wishes from Lavinia and Andrew
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Blair Atholl
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Blair Atholl
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Blair Atholl
Nearest Motorway
35 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Blair Atholl
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Nearest Beach
60 Miles
St Andrews
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.