The Cottar House ref: UK12627

Dalguise, near Dunkeld, Perthshire & Stirling

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Self Catering



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  • Barbecue 
  • Bike Store 
  • Detached Property 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Rural Location 
  • Woodburning Stove 
  • Decorated at Christmas 
  • WiFi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site 
  • Pets – not allowed 
  • Heritage Collection 
  • Parking - On Site 


The Cottar House is a charming, detached, stone built cottage set in beautiful, rolling countryside in the hamlet of Dalguise in rural Perthshire. Dating back to the 18th century, this upside down style home has been tastefully decorated, still maintaining much of its character and charm.
Set in the perfect location for families and couples to spend time together, guests have use of the entire property. External steps lead to the first floor entrance, opening into the well equipped kitchen with modern units and integral appliances. The living/dining room is cosy and welcoming, with a multi-fuel stove, comfortable seating where guests can relax together, and a dining table, where everyone can sit and plan the next day’s activities. There is also a family bathroom on the first floor along with a spacious double bedroom. There are two further spacious bedrooms on the ground floor. All beds have good quality matresses.
With its own private garden, there is space both indoors and outside for everyone to enjoy. The decked terrace, leading off the kitchen, is a lovely spot for al fresco dining and the lawned garden is a great place for children to play. For sun-worshipers there are several sitting-out areas in the garden to enjoy as well a pretty summerhouse with a telescope to enjoy the night sky.
This scenic area of central Scotland has been attracting visitors for hundreds of years and Beatrix Potter spent many holidays in the area, developing her love of nature and wildlife. The Cottar House was occupied by Kitty MacDonald, a laundress according to the census at the time, and thought to be the inspiration for The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle. There is an indoor Beatrix Potter themed play snug with soft toys, skittles, books and DVDs to keep younger children happy on days spent indoors.
Perthshire is well known for outdoor pursuits and from the doorstep, there are walks directly out into the countryside and the Tay Forest Park, which has superb mountain bike trails. There are also water sports, golf courses and fishing nearby.
Situated in the perfect location for exploring the local area and beyond, although the property is located in a rural spot, you have easy access to the A9, with Perth, Inverness and Edinburgh all within driving distance. The railway station at Dunkeld has frequent services to Inverness and Aviemore, and you can be in the centre of Edinburgh in just over an hour without the stress of finding parking. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

First floor

8 steps to entrance.
Living/dining room: With multi-fuel burner, 55" OLED Smart TV with Freesat Sky (basic package) and DVD player.
Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, coffee machine, washing machine and door leading to decked terrace.
Bedroom 3: With kingsize bed, 40’’ 4K Smart TV with Freesat Sky and DVD player.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.
Ground Floor:
Bedroom 1: With double bed, 32’’ 4K Smart TV and DVD player.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds, 43" TV and DVD player.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for multi-fuel burner included. Travel cot. Welcome pack. Selection of board games, toys, DVDs and books.


Large lawned garden with decked terrace, sitting-out areas, garden furniture, firepit, BBQ, summerhouse, swingball tennis, badminton and quoits. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are 3 steps in the garden.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    4 miles
  • Distance
    4 miles
  • Restaurant
    4 miles
  • Nearest railway station
    Dunkeld and Birnam
  • Pub
    4 miles
  • Railway station distance
    4.0 miles
  • Lake
    4.5 miles (loch)

About the local area

Stirling is at the centre of the nation's national heritage, and it was here that William Wallace and Robert the Bruce won independence for Scotland. The city and its castle have had a very rich and turbulent past, being the residence of many Scottish Kings and the scene of numerous sieges and famous battles, including the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297 and Bannockburn in 1314.

The castle is perched on a rocky crag, elevated above the surrounding countryside and is one of Scotland's grandest. Stirling itself nestles in lowland rolling hills and has a lovely `Old Town' with striking architecture and cobbled streets which wind upwards to the castle. The Old Town Jail is now a fascinating attraction depicting the horrors of life in a 19th century jail, also of interest is the medieval Church of the Holy Rude, where James VI was crowned and John Knox preached.

Stirling is an ideal base from which to explore nearby Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. The surrounding countryside is lush and fertile with peaceful slopes, rolling countryside and a scattering of town and villages such as the former spa town of Allan Water, with riverside walks and olde worlde charm and Doune with its imposing 14th century castle and award-winning nature reserve.

Perthshire is most definitely the Adventure Capital of Scotland. Here you'll find world class fishing, high level mountain trekking and lower level waymarked forest trails, great on road and off road cycling and superb golf courses. Or maybe try your hand at canyoning, microlight flights or cliff jumping!

Discover a rich diversity of landscapes and habitats that support a range of plants, animals and birds; exceptional woodlands, mighty rivers and high mountains all make this an area a haven for naturists. The River Tay runs through Perthshire to the sea and has internationally important populations of salmon and otters. Many of Perthshire lochs attract breeding pairs of osprey and Loch Leven National Nature Reserve is a magnet for wildfowl. Up in the hills red deer can be heard roaring during the autumn rut.

The small provincial city of Perth is situated on the banks of Tay and has an influential history stretching back over 8,000 years; close by Scone Palace is where many Scottish kings were crowned on the Stone of Destiny. There are many places of interest such as the pretty town of Pitlochry on the river Tummel overlooked by Ben Vrackie; here there are wonderful riverside and woodland walks, also the beautiful Loch Tay near Aberfeldy and Glen Lyon which stretches some 34 miles and has some of Perthshire's finest scenery.

Things to do nearby

Linlithgow Palace

Set in West Lothian and with roots as far back as the 12th century, Linlithgow Palace boasts some amazing scenery making it extremely popular with visitors throughout the year.

Blair Castle

This remarkable 13th Century private home is open to the public and allows visitors to explore its magnificent gardens and grounds.

Crieff Visitor Centre

Crieff visitor centre is home to an interesting mixture of attractions.

Scottish Crannog Centre

Who would have thought that sites such as Loch Tay would be hiding early iron-age loch dwellings (Crannogs) deep under the water?!

The Black Watch Castle and Museum

This historical military regiment is a great destination for a family day out.

Beatrix Potter Garden

The Beatrix Potter garden located in the Birnham institute, near Dunkeld, is said to be the childhood inspiration to the writing and artwork of Beatrix Potter.

Highland Safaris

For those after something a little different, Highland Safaris provides some of the most exciting and unique safari days and events in central Scotland.

Perth Museum and Art Gallery

One of the oldest museums in the U.K., Perth Museum and Art Gallery is the perfect day trip out on one of those famous Scottish rainy days!

Aberfoyle to Loch Katrine

This 28 mile round route is excellent for exploring Loch Katrine and the surrounding Queen Elizabeth Forest Park

Scone Palace

Contrary to what its name may lead you to believe, Scone Palace is actually a place rich in history.

Loch Katrine

The best place to enjoy the timeless beauty of the Trossachs is Loch Katrine.

Hopetoun House
Hopetoun House

Set in over 6,500 acres of outstanding natural landscape, Hopetoun House is steeped in family history and displays wonderful architecture with the many scenic walks and trails surrounding it.

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