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



Updated: 27-Sep-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 Kennels, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom

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.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 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

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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5 Reviews

based on 5 holidaymaker reviews


Lovely peaceful cottage with stunning views across the vale.

  • 4 of 5

A lovely spacious cottage. Eggs, milk, bread provided to get going on arrival and a lovely chocolate cake baked by Lavinia much appreciated.

The cottage was very well equipped and beautifully maintained and clean.

Stunning views from all the windows and patio doors from the sitting room. We ended up being much lazier than we intended and just sitting around the cottage most afternoons watching mountain hares, Hoopoes, etc in the fields below.

There was a background 'hiss' from the ceiling in the sitting room/kitchen area and bathroom, that was the boiler system, but we soon got used to it and 'zoned out'.

There is an excellent visitor centre in Blair Atholl, a children's play area in the village, and many walks and cycle routes. There is a very pleasant café/take away and an excellent working mill, with produce for sale and a café.

I would recommend this and we would love to return again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much indeed and I am so glad that the hissss receded eventually. I often wonder if it does annoy people! Best wishes from Lavinia and Andrew
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A comfortable, traditionally cottage-style property, but with good modern kitchen and bathroom.

  • 5 of 5

The View from The Kennels is spectacular and can be seen through the glass doors of the living room when the weather is not suitable for sitting outside on the front terrace.

The owner provides a welcome 'pack' of bread, butter, milk etc, plus a home-made take. Lavinia called around to check all was OK an hour or two after we arrived and it was clear how to contact her and Andrew if necessary (which it wasn't).

There are a wealth of walking opportunities in the immediate area and it is also a good base to explore this general area of Scotland. We were only having a four day break, and, as the weather each day proved better than the forecast, we restricted ourselves to local walks. There are several of these from the Glen Tilt Car Park which is about half a mile from the cottage - Blair Atholl Estate booklet available in the cottage.

A very enjoyable short break for us. Oh, and by the way,(and very important), the beds are very comfortable and the bed linen and towels of excellent quality.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks indeed for your excellent review. Hope to see you again some time. Best wishes from Lavinia and Andrew
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Wow!!back to Tom of Ludes

  • 5 of 5

Excellent accommodation and nothing too much trouble for Lavinia or Andrew.Have visited previously with family and always thoroughly enjoyed holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Our Highlands Stay

  • 4 of 5

We were warmly welcomed on arrival and found a very pretty and clean cottage with all the amenities we required. With a week of fantastic weather the cottage proved the perfect base to explore and then come back to relax.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great location and comfortable accommodation

  • 5 of 5

Everything one could hope for in a holiday home, well equipped, clean and comfortable. A great location for a visit to central Scotland. We were able to visit some great locations within easy driving distances. The highlight of the holiday for our daughter being a Bungee Jump at nearby Kingussie. Good local facilities for dining in Bridge of Tilt, Blair Atholl and Pitlochry. We would highly recommend this property for anyone wishing to visit Perthshire. The owners were friendly and unobtrusive. The welcome pack on arrival was excellent and very thoughtful.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 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 - 19 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas/New Year
20 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
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: 27-Sep-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


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


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


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2


  • 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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