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Our Log House in the woods

Entire cabin hosted by Richard
9 guests3 bedrooms8 beds2 bathrooms
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A three-bedroom log-built house set in woodland on the outskirts of the historic village of Kirkmichael, in the vale of Strathardle in the hills between Pitlochry & Blairgowrie. Spacious, secluded and comfortable but still convenient for everything.

The space
The house has a large kitchen/dining/living area with a well-stocked kitchen with oven/hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge & freezer and washing machine (plus a tumble dryer in the en-suite bathroom).

The living room includes ample seating around an open log fire, a TV with Free-sat channels and DVD/Blu-Ray player, plus CD player. There are books, games & DVDs on the shelves, so help yourself, and pictures and other personal touches to give it a sense of home. And the whole looks out through large french windows onto a paved patio, the fire pit with its log stools, and the open woodland beyond.

There are three bedrooms: a spacious master bedroom with a super-king bed (which can be detached to make two singles), a living flame fire for extra mood, and an en-suite bathroom (with under floor heating for your comfort); a twin room; and a bunk-bed room with additional pull-out bed (all full single-sized), plus further games & toys for the children. All have generous cupboard/hanging space.

There is an additional shower-bathroom off the main corridor.

Outside there is a large gravel driveway and car port with ample parking space (and more nearby). There is a paved patio area with a large picnic table, an outdoor fire pit, and also a small children's play house.

It's set in a 4.4 acre site with a mix of grass, rocks, trees and shrubs running down to a stream, shading over into a large area of open woods and moorland around.

Guest access
You have the whole house! The guest keys are kept in a key safe which we'll tell you about before your stay. You can come and go as you please. Normal check-in is from 16:00 and check-out from 10:00, but depending on other bookings, early check-in and late check-out may well be possible. We can sort this nearer the time.

Other things to note
It can be very dark around there, so don't forget to have a torch with you if you want to head up to the Log Cabin Hotel or down into the village. We have had guests get caught out, stumbling back lighting their way with mobile phones...
A three-bedroom log-built house set in woodland on the outskirts of the historic village of Kirkmichael, in the vale of Strathardle in the hills between Pitlochry & Blairgowrie. Spacious, secluded and comfortable but still convenient for everything.

The space
The house has a large kitchen/dining/living area with a well-stocked kitchen with oven/hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge & freezer and w…
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Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds
Bedroom 3
1 single bed, 1 bunk bed

Amenities

TV
Washing machine
Dryer
Smoke alarm
Fire extinguisher
Kitchen
Essentials
Free parking on premises
Indoor fireplace
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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Kirkmichael, United Kingdom

The Glen Derby log-built houses (and the Hotel) were planned and built between the mid-late 60s and the end of the 70s, with the similar houses on the other side of the Hotel (Rowan Hill), coming after that. You’ll see this gets a mention in the history of Strathardle (the whole valley from the pass above Pitlochry down to the Bridge of Cally, and beyond to Blairgowrie, depending where you want to cut it) which should be on the shelves or with the guide books & maps (and is on sale in the village shop, of course).

These were pioneering structures in their day (mainstream mortgage & insurance companies are nervous about them, despite the fact that wooden houses are quite normal throughout much of Scandinavia and North America), and the builder, Jim Rattray (a local name: it’s the sister town to Blairgowrie), and his company Norlog are based in Kirkmichael and still making log-built structures up and down the UK (see http://www.norlog.co.uk/—you’ll see he talks about the benefits, ecological and otherwise, of log-built homes). One thing you will note is that the building creaks when it warms up and cools down: don’t worry, this is normal!

If you fancy a little walk more than just wandering around the forest around the house or pottering down to the village (nice enough), go out of the drive, turn left, walk a few minutes up the hill, follow a hairpin round to the right and you’ll be up at the top of the Glen Derby site: the woodland opens up and you can see heather moorland up the hill and across the valley. A track strikes off to the right which will take you round and down Rowan Hill, rejoining the road up to Glen Derby below the hotel.

Alternatively, if you follow the path off to the left at the hairpin and keep going—just avoiding the drives of other people's houses—you end up on a nice track looking out over the hills, then later through a gate and into an ageing and nicely gloomy conifer plantation. Go far enough and you come out the other side and keep going you can reach the atmospheric old walls and ruins of ‘Mains of Glen Derby’, the old farm that once worked the land around.

There are maps and guides to local walks around the area and the whole region in the drawer of the dark brown side table between the two sofas (plus a framed 1:50,000 OS map centred on the house over the dining table).

Glen Derby would have originally been an area mainly of grazing land (you can still see the dry stone field boundaries around), so apart from the close-planted conifers, which are gradually being cut and replaced with native and mixed species, the woodland around here is what has grown back over the last few decades augmented by the selective planting of various Glen Derby owners (rhododendrons are one of the tell-tale signs).

Higher up Rowan Hill (the name is a clue to at least one local tree species) and further out along Glen Derby, you’ll see heather moorland. This is characteristic territory for the eastern Highlands, quite different to the soggier cover of coarse grasses, bracken and sphagnum moss that predominates further West. This generally gives easier (and drier) walking, a home for grouse, and a lovely purpling of the hillsides in August.

Animals you can see around or near the house:
• red squirrel: this part of the Highlands is one of the diminishing habitats where native red squirrel are still present
• grouse: you’re more likely to see these up on the heather (or possibly flattened on the roads)
• deer: the local species here are Fallow & Roe Deer (rather than the classic Red Deer, or the introduced Reindeer you get up in the Cairngorms); these wander freely around the area, often within sight of the windows, and any stretch of flattened grass is a sign they’ve been bedding down. For their good, and yours, please don’t approach, especially during the mating & calving seasons.

Kirkmichael village itself was historically a very important centre for cattle trading between the highlands and lowlands. You’ll see information on the board down by the shop. The whole Strathardle area is full of historic remnants: there’s a ruined castle on the opposite side of the valley above the village, prehistoric settlements littered around the fields, and the atmospheric ruin of the old farm Mains of Glen Derby an hour’s walk out into the hills. The 60-mile Cateran Trail (the Caterans were Highland cattle raiders & traders) passes through the village as well, and you can easily walk sections of it from here (see http://www.caterantrail.org/).

Within 20-30 mins. drive are Pitlochry, Blairgowrie and Dunkeld, themselves full of historic interest as well as being service centres, and Perth and Dundee are within an hour as well.

For the hills and in season the skiing, Glen Shee is less than an hour away, and Braemar and the southern approach to the Cairngorms a short drive beyond that, or you can go over the pass to Pitlochry which will put you on the A9 for the access to much of the southern & central highlands, and Aviemore and the northern Cairngorms.
The Glen Derby log-built houses (and the Hotel) were planned and built between the mid-late 60s and the end of the 70s, with the similar houses on the other side of the Hotel (Rowan Hill), coming after that. Yo…

Hosted by Richard

Joined in October 2013
  • 73 Reviews
I grew up in Kent where I now live. I lived with my family in Glasgow for 13 years. Work (I teach English language to international students) brought me up to Scotland - at the University in Glasgow - and work took me away again. I would happily have stayed for this place if I could. I loved Glasgow; loved living in Scotland, not least the Highlands, and wanted, if I could, to get a place up here, and finally got the chance. This place was bought as a retreat from the working week, an adventure for my young son, and a place to host friends and their kids. Once I'd got it, I wished we'd had it years earlier and could keep it for years after. It's the kind of place families will spend every Christmas and every Summer holiday: which is exactly what the previous owners did, and many of the neighboring families do as well. I'm trying to keep it as a special place (still visit when possible) and I hope you can see that when you visit. My son still loves his log house, as do friends who've visited, and I hope you can see why. There are our books on the shelves, some CDs left behind by us and other guests, photos from our travels on the walls, and other signs that this is still a kind of home.
I grew up in Kent where I now live. I lived with my family in Glasgow for 13 years. Work (I teach English language to international students) brought me up to Scotland - at the Uni…
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House rules
Check-in: After 4:00 PM
Check out: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with lockbox
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed
Health & safety
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Airbnb's social distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
Carbon monoxide alarm not reported. Learn more
Smoke alarm
Security Deposit – if you damage the home, you may be charged up to $230
Cancellation policy

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