Scotland is famous for its gardens and there are over 400 open to the public throughout the country. These vary enormously from formal gardens to woodland walks but all sit in the most stunning locations and some on the west coast benefit from the gulf stream which allow even palm trees to flourish. Auchterarder House has its own lovely garden and we can recommend many others in the vicinity. Most can be toured in under an hour and many have tea rooms and gift shops, so it’s a fun way to spend half a day or to combine with other sightseeing in the area.
Within easy reach of the house we encourage you to explore the wonderful Drummond Castle Gardens, which are considered Scotland’s most impressive formal gardens and which featured in the Liam Neeson movie Rob Roy. They really have the wow factor and work well with visiting a local distillery in Crieff. Another of our favourites and nestled beneath the Ochil Hills is the 5 acre Japanese Garden at Cowden which has been recently restored, by Sara Stewart, to it’s former glory with the help of Professor Masao Fukuhara. The walled and Italian gardens at Glamis are rather wonderful and whilst in the area, just the other side of Forfar, is the stunning and very peaceful House of Pitmuies, where the late Marguerite Ogilvie created the most glorious kitchen and formal gardens, along with some lovely garden walks along the Turbie Burn (Scottish for stream).
Over in Fife, guests have much enjoyed the gardens at Falkland Palace, where Mary, Queen of Scots used to enjoy falconry and hunting on the huge estate. Restored in the 19th Century by the 3rd Marquess of Bute, the formal gardens designed by Percy Cane are really impressive and the palace has the oldest surviving real tennis court in the world, along with a historic orchard and a willow labyrinth. Falkland itself is a pretty village with a celebrated restaurant locally called the Peat Inn. From here guests can head over to the picturesque fishing villages of East Neuk and whilst in Pittenweem visit the enchanting Kellie Castle, which was restored by the famous architect Robert Lorimer in the 19th Century. There is a magical 1 acre Arts & Crafts walled garden with strong lines and dense planting.
What a brilliant stay in such a lovely home. We were so close to all the fun activities we wanted and the kids didn’t complain once, which is always a good sign!
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Auchterarder House is fantastically located in the heart of Scotland and guests can access all these activities with ease. Some are virtually on your doorstep whilst others are all within an hour’s drive. The roads within central Scotland are excellent and some are dual carriage way (just be careful of the speed cameras). Sat Nav works well in most areas and we can provide directions/maps as required.
Edinburgh, St Andrews and Glasgow are also within an hour away and it’s fun to leave the main roads when possible to explore the countryside and get up into the hills. Even these smaller roads are generally well sign posted and you shouldn’t get lost but even if you do, that’s part of the fun! You might come across a little country inn where you can stop for a wee dram and you will definitely come across some amazing views!
Accommodation for 20 people in 10 double ensuite bedrooms including one ground floor bedroom with fully disabled bathroom. Four of the very large bedrooms each have sofa beds for children if needed.
There is additional staff accommodation available in the Front Lodge.
Drawing room, library, dining room, inner hall, reception hall, cinema room, gym, sauna, shoot room, conservatory & billiard room.
Electric gates offer a high level of security to the property, which is surrounded by high trees and shrubbery, so very private.
20 acres of beautifully kept gardens and grounds, including a barbecue area.
A charming lochan (Scottish for small lake) stocked with brown trout. Guests are welcome to try their luck with a fishing rod.
Glasgow and Edinburgh International Airports under 1 hours drive away.