Hawthorn Cottage in Fearnan, Highland Perthshire

Highland Holidays with a Twist

Come and stay in our newly renovated, 18th Century crofter’s cottage in the Highlands of Scotland and take time to work on your photography skills! Or just Book the Cottage to come for a relaxing holiday in the Highlands! Ideal for walkers and cyclists (and dog-friendly too) as miles of paths and tracks close-by for exploring this beautiful area of the Highlands. Look forward to seeing you!

Note: After you’ve selected your preferred dates and you click Book Now you will be taken to our Booking Agent, Highland Perthshire Holiday Homes, to complete your details and pay using their secure payment processing portal.

If you’re interested in improving your photography during your holiday you can book personalised tuition with wildlife and nature photographer Trevor Penfold – on a one-2-one basis or as a small group – for as little or as long as you like. And during your stay you can practice your skills in the beautiful countryside around us. Hawthorn Cottage is close to some amazing walks, cycle routes and views with wildlife literally on your doorstep – the dry stone walls are perfect habitat for lizards and slow worms and the hares love the new grass shoots in the cottage garden!

To plan and book your photography tuition please contact Trevor in advance, to discuss your requirements and ensure he’s available.

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Hawthorn Cottage

Hawthorn Cottage was originally an 18th Century crofter’s cottage (built around 1740) so it has a lovely cosy feel – yet now with all the modern luxuries, including super-fast fibre broadband! Beautifully decorated and furnished throughout, this gorgeous, dog-friendly, semi-detached old cottage is more of a grown-up space, so best suited for adults and older children (therefore there is an age restriction of 12 years and older).

It has recently undergone a complete renovation (including the addition of an upstairs extension to add a spacious second bathroom) plus full refurbishment to create a top-quality holiday cottage. The cottage has a pretty approach, along a nicely laid-out path with flowerbeds and large potted plants either side. On entering through the front door there is a bright and airy entrance lobby/boot room with plenty of space for hanging wet jackets and outdoor shoes! Moving through the hall there is an invitingly cosy sitting room with exposed original beams, two comfy sofas, coffee table and occasional tables, flat-screen Smart TV and a log-burning stove for the cooler months. There is also a good supply of games, jigsaw puzzles and books for when the weather is truly ‘dreich‘! Also downstairs is the fully equipped, delightful, cottage-style kitchen with a large window overlooking the pretty back garden, a small dining area with a window overlooking the front garden, a utility area with a washer-dryer and an impressive downstairs bathroom with built-in shower and large heated towel rail.

Wild area of the back garden in Hawthorn Cottage, Fearnan.
Wild area of the back garden in Hawthorn Cottage.
Spring blooms in the back garden of Hawthorn Cottage
Spring blooms in the back garden.

Upstairs (and please note the stairs are quite steep due to the age of the cottage!) are the two bedrooms and the second luxuriously finished bathroom, with lovely views over the back garden. This upstairs bathroom features a large built-in shower, 2 large heated towel rails and a separate bath. The spacious main bedroom has zip-and-link beds which can be configured into either a full-sized, super king or into two extra-long singles. This room has a charming window seat with a lovely rural outlook, a hanging space and chest of drawers with a mirror. The second bedroom has a king-sized bed and also features a window seat with front-facing rural views as well as a small window overlooking the rear garden, plus hanging space and plenty of storage. There is also additional hanging space and storage space for larger items such as suitcases etc in the cupboard on the landing.

The rear of the property can be accessed through the back door by the kitchen or directly through the outdoor gate – which can be locked from inside for additional security for bikes etc if required. There is a sunny patio with an outdoor sofa set and gas BBQ, and a large picnic table in an interesting sunken area of the garden with outdoor lighting. There are also delightful, sheltered garden areas ideal for catching the sun and enjoying the views out towards Drummond Hill and the start of Glen Lyon.

There is clearly marked, reserved parking for cottage guests at the front of the property (for one car) and further parking can be arranged with us when booking.

For more information about the facilities at Hawthorn Cottage and for things to see and do in the area please see below. And to check availability and book please visit our booking agent Highland Perthshire Holiday Homes.

Just minutes from Loch Tay, Hawthorn Cottage is a cosy and luxurious way to enjoy the countryside in the Scottish Highlands – we look forward to welcoming you!

View of Loch Tay from the Cow Park above Hawthorn Cottage
View of Loch Tay from the Cow Park above Hawthorn Cottage

Hawthorn Cottage (and ‘Clach an Tuirc’ next door) were built as crofter’s cottages in approximately 1740. Originally, they would have been a basic 2-up, 2-down home with an outside toilet in the back garden. During our recent renovation of Hawthorn Cottage, we discovered the original inglenook fireplace which would have been the main cooking area and the only form of heating (now with the microwave in). Water was collected from a well just opposite the double wooden back gates of ‘Clach an Tuirc’ – in fact, some locals who were born here can remember fetching water from this very well!
And being a crofter’s cottage, each one had their own strip of land behind them for livestock. The field behind the cottage garden, running up towards Drummond Hill, would have been divided up the middle; but it was sold about 40 years ago to the owners of ‘Clach an Tuirc’. Also, each crofter had grazing rights in the Cow Park (behind the field) for 1 cow, though these rights have changed considerably in recent years. And the Cow Park is now a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) due to its unusual rock and the associated wildflowers, including orchids.

There’s an enormous stone/boulder in the front corner of the front garden – this is known as The Boar Stone (Clach an Tuirc in Gaelic) and it’s mentioned in a local prophecy from the 17th Century by the Lady of Lawers. She lived in the old village of Lawers (now derelict), on the north shore of Loch Tay, in the mid to late 1600s. She was the wife of John Stewart, the second son of the Laird of Appin, and was known as a spaewife, or soothsayer.

Her prophecies, originally stated in Scots Gaelic, include fire-coaches yet to be seen crossing the Drumochter Pass, almost 200 years before the introduction of steam trains along the Highland Railway! And another prophesy, ‘The land will first be sifted then riddled of its people and the homes on Loch Tay shall become so scarce that a cock crowing will not be heard from one to the other, and the jaw of the sheep will drive the plough from the ground,’ was eerily accurate too, as The Clearances in the 1830s reduced the population of Loch Tayside by about 3,000 – to about 500 – and the cultivated land was then used for sheep farming.

But her prophesy for The Boar Stone has yet to happen… ‘When the Boar’s Stone at Fearnan is toppled, a strange heir will come to Balloch’…. and given its immense size and shape it doesn’t seem likely to do so anytime soon!

The Boar Stone is marked on OS maps, though it’s not a listed monument, and it has Prehistoric cup and ring marks on it. There are many of these types of stones in this area which can be found by visiting the www.megalithic.co.uk website.

  • Full central heating (on all year, on-demand according to temperature)
  • 2 bedrooms: 1 king, and 1 full-sized super king or 2 extra-long singles (zip-and-link beds)
  • Sitting room with 2 sofas and a log-burning stove for the cooler months
  • Fully equipped cottage-style kitchen-diner
  • Fridge, freezer, oven, hob, dishwasher and microwave
  • Impressive downstairs shower room with heated towel rail
  • Utility area with washer-dryer + outdoor clothesline
  • Luxury upstairs bathroom with 2 heated towel rails, bath and large built-in shower
  • Linen, towels, robes and hairdryer provided
  • Large front lobby with storage for coats and shoes
  • Lovely rear garden with patio and dining area
  • Outdoor furniture and gas BBQ
  • Super-fast fibre broadband and Wi-fi
  • Flat screen Smart TV with Free Sat plus other channels available
  • Bluetooth speaker and radio
  • Parking for one car (additional parking can be arranged)
  • Dog friendly
  • Walks in the countryside from the door
  • Welcome tray with tea, coffee, sugar, fresh milk and home baking
  • The cottage is a semi-detached property with your own private, enclosed garden – the owners live next door

There’s a huge range of activites to choose from in and around this beautiful area – too many to list here! So we’ve shared those businesses that we’d personally recommend (so you can book with them direct) plus useful links for other activites. Or you can book via Unique Adventure Tours Scotland who liase with all the best providers.

  • Beyond Adventure – situated at the Eastern end of Aberfeldy it has heaps of activities to choose from including: canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, tubing, gorge walking, mountain biking and activity tours. You can also hire equipment from them, including wetsuits, mountain bikes and even ebikes – brilliant fun! Plus you can book whole or part-day tours and activities and even individual coaching sessions.
  • The Canyoning Company – specialised in canyoning and gorge walks throughout the Highlands they are highly recommended for an amazing 1/2 day or full day of adventure!
  • Nae Limits – the best in the area for white water rafting, they also cover many other actions sports and fun activities like river tubing, bridge swing and bungee jumping, clay pigeon shooting, gorge walking and quad biking to mention just a few!
  • Highland Safaris – based in Dull, half way between Fearnan and Aberfeldy, they offer activities for everyone ranging from meeting Red Deer, axe trowing and archery to wildlife safaris in the hills nearby and ‘drop at the top’ options for mountain bikers. Plus a great little cafe and shop!
  • Walks and Hikes – way too many to be listed here but you can find most of them at the www.walkhighlands.co.uk website. Another good site is the National Trust for Scotland – though this only covers those on its land of course. And Visit Aberfeldy shows a good overview and map of more local walks. And if you’re not used to walking in the UK you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that all routes are dog friendly! Though dogs must be under control at all times, especially around livestock or during the nesting season for ground-nesting birds, like grouse, between April and August. NatureScot explains The Scottish Outdoor Access Code and Scotland’s Right to Roam very nicely.
  • Cycling – there’s a huge variety of route options from steep and twisty on and off-road to ‘almost’ flat backroads, and long uphills to reach amazing views up Glen Lyon then over Ben Lawers or up towards Schiehallion and over to Loch Tummel. Another popular route is to cycle around Loch Tay – lovely views, though quite a long way with a surprising number of hills! Plus we’re very close to the Sustrans National Cycle Route no. 7 which follows some lovely backroads between Killin and Pitlochry. The best source we’ve found for exploring all types and difficulties of cycle routes (and for walking routes too) is www.highlandperthshire.org. Also see the section bvelow on skiing for getting lifts up and cycling back down!
  • Boating – lots of space for it in all its various forms on Loch Tay! Best launch site by foot for kayaks/paddleboards/canoes is the beach at Kenmore. And once the new Scottish Crannog Centre opens at Dalerb in Novemeber 2023 there will be good water access there too. Alternatively you can launch in Killin by the Killin Hotel. Launching ramps for larger boats (by car) are few and far between: the nearest is at Taymouth Marina (just along from Kenmore) or you have to go to Killin, where the Killin Breadalbane Angling Club have a ramp by the Killin Hotel – both of these you have to pay to use and they will probably require proof of boat/public liability insurance too. You can find the Loch Tay Code of Conduct on the Kenmore Community Council’s website.
  • Wild Swimming – some would say it’s only for the brave in Scotland, but when the weather’s good it’s very refreshing! We have a few good spots close by… Best for swimming is Loch Tay which can be accessed easily at Kenmore beach, and once the new Scottish Crannog Centre at Dalerb opens in November 2023 there will be a dedicated space for wild swimmers with a changing room. And remember, if you’re swimming more than a few metres away from the shore you should swim with a brightly coloured ‘tow float’. Best for a scenic dip… Just up the road from Hawthorn Cottage is the River Lyon with a slightly deeper spot at Peter’s Pool or at one of the other fishing pools dotted along it. Or there are several good access points into the River Tay, just below the single-lane bridge in Kenmore – but please be mindful that it can be a fast-flowing river with underwater debris. If you’re new to it Wild Swimming has some excellent advice. And for those swimming in freshwater lochs and rivers in Scotland for the first time the biggest risk is from the cold – there’s a nice peice about it on The Outdoor Swimming Society.
  • Golf – There are a few nice golf courses close by, the nearest being the Mains of Taymouth Golf Course at Kenmore. Then about equidistant from Fearnan is the Aberfeldy Golf Club and the Killin Golf Club. There’s a delightful (but hilly) one at Strathtay and a very professional one at Pitlochry.
  • Skiing – There are 2 ski centres within reasonable driving distance from Fearnan – Glenshee and Glencoe. Glenshee Ski Centre is about 1.5 hours by car in the summer but you’d need to allow at least 2 hours in the winter as the  approach road is often affected by snow. And always best to check on their website before travelling. Glencoe Mountain Resort is closer at around 1.25 drive from Fearnan, though again weather has an impact but to a lesser degree than for accessing Glenshee. And both these centres run some lifts during the summer – brilliant for walking and downhill mountain biking!
  • Fishing – You can fish on the River Tay and Loch Tay but both require permits purchased beforehand. East Loch Tay Angling Club operates the trout and coarse fishing from Fearnan to Kenmore on the North side and Achianich Burn to Kenmore on the South side, including fly fishing along the wooded shoreline. Permits are £5.00 per day and can be purchased from the Mains of Taymouth Golf Club (tel: 01887 830226) or from Pets Ect, by the Post Office in Aberfeldy (tel: 01887 822797). Salmon fishing permits are issued by riparian owners and are available to purchase from:
    • Loch Tay Highland Lodges, Milton of Morenish, Killin (tel: 01567 820323)
    • Ardeonaig Hotel, Killin (tel: 01567 546006)
    • Loch Tay Lodges, Acharn (tel: 01887 830209)
    There are many other places on nearby rivers like the River Lyon and you’d need to contact the relevant estate to book and pay.
    Reminder: The trout season runs from 15 March – 6th October and the salmon season runs from 15th January – 15th October (excluding Sundays).

The small hamlet of Fearnan sits on the North shore of Loch Tay, just 3 miles from the historic village of Kenmore. Here you can find the Courtyard Deli and a range of restaurants. There’s also a small beach area from which you can launch kayaks and paddleboards or just enjoy a picnic or a swim. For golf enthusiasts there is the Mains of Taymouth Golf Course, a lovely course situated just past the Courtyard Deli.

Kenmore is home to the new Loch Tay Safari adventure – now based out of The Taymouth Marina, by the original Crannog Centre –  part of the award-winning Highland Safaris based in Dull.

The Scottish Crannog Centre is a short walk from Kenmore on the South side of Loch Tay. It has regular events, music nights and workshops throughout the year as well as storytelling, tours and a small museum displaying the Bronze Age artifacts found in the Loch. It’s also developing a new site at Dalerb, on the opposite shore just before you reach Kenmore, which opens November 2023. This promises to be really interesting as it will show how they’re building the replica Bronze Age crannogs using traditional materials and crafts. Definitly worth a visit.

Just 2 miles North from Fearnan is Fortingall – another historic village, renowned for having the Fortingall Yew which is the oldest tree in the UK and possibly the oldest ‘living thing’ in Europe! It also has some lovely architecture and is home to the annual Fortingall Art Summer Exhibition (usually in mid-July to early August) which has an excellent selection of local and Scottish artists exhibiting.

Glen Lyon is accessed from a turning just before you reach Fortingall. Known as the longest and loneliest glen in Scotland it’s also our favourite! Definitely worth a trip to explore it and to visit the tea rooms serving cakes and lunches at the Glen Lyon Tea Room and Post Office near Innerwick.

Aberfeldy is a 15 minute drive and has all the amenities you might need including: a large supermarket, butcher, bakery, pet shop, petrol station, medical centre, dentist, vet, bank, ATMs and Post Office and lots of places to eat. It also has a good range of gift and craft shops, an award-winning book shop and cafe at The Watermill, and a community owned, independent cinema, The Birks, which has a great selection of films, plus music nights and other activities. And there’s a monthly farmers’ and arts market on the first Sunday of the month between April and October.

Or you can go in the other direction to Killin (15-20 minute drive) which has all the essentials, plus the Falls of Dochart which are an awesome sight to see after heavy rain. Killin sits at the Western head of Loch Tay and there are some easily accessible walks from the village, along the River Dochart and the shore of the Loch where you can get quite close sightings of the beavers on the small island nearby.

In addition, there are numerous castles and distilleries and various festivals and music events run throughout the year.  You can check them out at Visit Aberfeldy.

  • Do you take dogs? – Absolutely! We love our dog and we love taking him on holiday with us, so we look forward to meeting your ‘best friend’ too. We usually only take a maximum of x2 dogs as the cottage is quite compact, but you can contact us to ask if you have more – though it will depend on the size and number! We also provide a Doggie Welcome Pack with extra dog towels, a doggie throw, bowls and some dog treats.
  • Is there secure bike storage? – Yes! There is plenty of space beside the cottage in the back garden which is easily accessible via the high back gate. If you want additional security you can lock your bike to the (very solid) fence there and there’s a padlock you can use of the gate. And by 2024 there will be a secure storage shed too!
  • Are towels and bed linen provided? – Yes, we provide good quality bed linen, towels and robes, plus tea towels and oven gloves.
  • Will there be washing up liquid, dish cloths etc? – There’ll be washing-up liquid provided, along with a washing-up cloth, sponge and scratter plus some dishwasher tablets. We also provide kitchen roll, baking paper and foil, tissues and toilet paper!
  • What time can we arrive at Hawthorn Cottage? – Arrival time is 4pm. If you’d like to arrive earlier please contact us and we will try to work in with your travel arrangements.
  • What time do we have to leave the cottage on our departure day? – We ask guests to vacate the property by 10am on the morning of departure, as this allows sufficient time for a thorough clean and changeover before our next guests arrive.
  • What is the minimum number of nights I can book? – The minimum number of nights you can book is 3, with changeover days on Fridays and Mondays. You could choose not to stay for the full 3 nights, but unfortunately the price would remain the same!
  • What does the Welcome Tray consist of? – Our welcome tray includes real coffee, tea, sugar, fresh milk and some home baking.
  • We’re celebrating a special occasion, can you order some things in as a surprise? – Please do let us know if you have a special occasion to celebrate while you’re here! If you want to order some things for your holiday please contact us as you might be able to arrange for them to be delivered to us in advance (as we’re next door to Hawthorn Cottage), which we can then put in the cottage ready for your arrival.
  • Are there any extra charges for heating and electricity? – No. The cost of heating, electricity and water is included in the rental price.
  • Is there a washing machine and tumble dryer at the cottage? – Yes, there’s a washer-dryer. There’s also an outdoor clothes line available in the back garden.
  • Can we squeeze in an extra person? – The maximum number of guests is 4 and we’re unable to allow extra guests as this would contravene the terms of our insurance policy. If you have additional friends who’d like to join you, please contact us and we could recommend some other accomodation close by.
  • How long does it take to drive from Edinburgh or Glasgow to Fearnan? – From Edinburgh city centre it takes about 2.25 hours to Fearnan and about 2 hours from the airport. Glasgow city centre or airport is about a 2 hour drive to Fearnan. But both are highly dependent on volume and type of traffic encountered on the smaller roads!
  • Where can I charge an Electric Vehicle? – The nearest EV charging points are at the Courtyard in Kenmore and the Scottish Crannog Centre near Kenmore. There are others in the Co-op car park in Aberfeldy and in Killin. Check out the ZapMap for locations and live availability. Please note that you can’t charge it from the cottage (yet!).
  • Do you allow smoking? – No. No smoking of any kind inside the cottage or anywhere on the property. This is as a courtesy to future guests and to reduce the risk of fire. If any evidence of smoking is found, a deduction will be made from the Good Housekeeping Deposit to cover for additional cleaning and checks.

Highland Perthshire Holiday Homes manages all of our bookings. Please find below a copy of their Terms and Conditions.

Terms and Conditions

Payment: A deposit of 25%, or payment in full for bookings within 8 weeks of the holiday date, is payable at the time of booking. Confirmation will be sent by email upon receipt of the deposit. The balance of the cost of the holiday is due 8 weeks before arrival. We reserve the right to re-let the property if final payment is not received by the due date. You are strongly advised to book via our online booking system, accessible from our website. The person making the booking is responsible for all payments. Payments can be made by credit or debit card when placing an online booking or by bank transfer, the details for which will be emailed to you once the booking has been placed.

Booking: A Provisional booking will be held for 7 days, after which time we reserve the right to let to other customers. Provisional bookings should be confirmed as soon as possible with a deposit or full payment as detailed above at which point the booking becomes binding. Late payment of the final balance for your booking contravenes the terms and conditions you have agreed to when placing your booking. This could affect your entitlement to a refund if you should have to cancel for any reason, including Coronavirus.

Confirmation documents: Confirmation documents will be sent to you via email. It is your responsibility to check all the booking details are correct. Any errors should be notified to HPHH immediately. HPHH cannot be held responsible for any errors that are not drawn to their attention at the time confirmation is issued/received.

Cancellation of bookings: A holiday booking with us forms a legal contract. If you are unable to take up the holiday and property booking you are still liable for the full cost. You should notify us as soon as you are aware of the need to cancel. If we are able to re-let the property for the same period, and you do not have holiday insurance cover, we will consider refunding, or deduct from what is owed, any such rental monies received, or due to be paid, less the deposit paid. This will be done entirely at the discretion of HPHH and we are under no obligation to do so. In all circumstances the deposit is non-refundable. Should we have to cancel your holiday booking due to circumstances beyond our reasonable control, in relation to that specific property, (i.e. property not fit for use due to leak, fire damage, storm damage or similar) we will make every effort to offer or find alternative accommodation at one of our other properties. However, if this is not possible all monies paid to us in relation to the booking will be fully refunded on behalf of the owner of the property. Our liability will not extend beyond this. In the event of a cancellation due to government guidelines or law, we will postpone your booking and issue you with a voucher for the value paid so that the booking can be rescheduled at a later date. In these type of circumstances where the situation is out with our own control, refunds will not be given.

Insurance: We strongly advise that you take out suitable travel or cancellation insurance to cover all types of eventualities relating to your travel arrangements, ie flights, trains, car hire etc.

Availability: Booking of the property is normally on a Friday to Friday basis, with arrival after 4.00pm on the start date. It is a strict requirement that the property is vacated by 10:00am on the day of departure. We reserve the right to make additional charge if you depart late and we have to incur extra cleaning costs to prepare for the next booking.

Property: Nothing in these terms or in the booking procedure will imply any form of tenancy agreement. All properties are let solely on a holiday use basis, for the days agreed. You are required to take all reasonable care to protect the property and its contents and to ensure that it is left fully cleaned, tidied and free of rubbish before your departure. We reserve the right to make additional charge to cover costs we may additionally incur to prepare for the next booking for properties not reasonably left as found on arrival. The number of people occupying the property shall not exceed 8 or fewer at any time, as stated for the property and as agreed at the time of booking. Guests are expected to show consideration and respect to neighbours of the property at all times, especially in relation to noise. Parties are not allowed in or on the property. EV charging is not permitted at the property. There are EV charging points in the public car park at the rear of the Co-op Supermarket in Aberfeldy.

Adverse Weather Conditions: It is important to consider the location of a cottage when booking for the winter months, especially in relation to the type of vehicle you drive. We do get snow here most winters and thawing snow which then freezes can also be a problem. As with all travel during the winter, it is important for drivers to be prepared and think ahead. We will always do what we can to facilitate access to properties but it is important that guests consider their departure plans if there is snow during their stay which makes it difficult. We suggest you keep an eye on the weather forecast and consider leaving cars parked out with the property if appropriate. It is ultimately the guests responsibility to manage their vehicles departure from the property on the day you check out, in the same way you would at home.

Damages and Breakages: A security/good housekeeping deposit will be required in the form of a pre-authorised payment from your credit card for each booking. This pre-authorisation will be processed 7-10 days prior to your arrival date. In the event of deductions being required, full details of deductions i.e. damage, breakages or extra cleaning required, will be provided. Any payment due will be taken from your credit card within 10 days of guest departure. If not charges are required you will be notified when the pre-authorisation has been cancelled.

You are fully responsible for any damage or breakage you or members of your party cause to the property, contents or grounds and the costs arising from same. You are asked to report any such damage or breakage at your earliest convenience to enable repair or replacement to be arranged as soon as is possible. If such costs exceed the pre-authorised GHD figure, then you agree and undertake to make good the difference within seven days of being invoiced for them.

Reviews: You will receive an email from UpFront Reviews, 2 days after your departure. This email is sent by them on our behalf and will ask you to consider leaving us a review by following the link provided. These reviews are displayed on our website as well as on the UpFront Reviews website. Only verified guests are invited to leave reviews for us and we appreciate you taking the time to do so.

House Rules:

Each of our properties has a guest information folder which gives details on the house, appliance instructions, local information etc. In addition, there may be house rules displayed that apply to that specific house, in particular rules about noise and use of outdoor spaces. These rules must be adhered to as noise management is a requirement of the owners Short Term Let License. Other conditions of the STLL include following the instructions provided about recycling and disposal of rubbish, anti-social behaviour, parking etc. It is very important that all guests are made aware of any house rules that apply throughout your stay. We suggest the lead guest reads all the information provided and ensures rules and instructions are adhered to at all times.

EV Charging: Please note that EV charging is not permitted at any of our properties. There are EV charging points in the public car park at the rear of the Co-op supermarket in Aberfeldy.

Pets: Please see individual property details. As you will see most of our properties accept pets and there is a £20 charge per dog. Guests with pets are expected to ensure that animals are not allowed on any furniture or in bedrooms. Dogs must not be left unattended in a property at any time. Dog owners are expected to ‘pick up’ after their dogs in the garden please. Specific dog rules are displayed in all properties that accept dogs. If you know that your dog sheds a lot, it would be much appreciated if you could hoover from time to time, keep on top of dog hair around the house. Any evidence that these rules have not been adhered to may result in a charge from your GHD. You will find more useful information on our Dog Friendly page here.

Lost Property: Any items of clothing, toys, phone chargers etc left behind in the house after your departure will not be returned. Such items will be donated to our local Thrift Shop. Any valuable items such as jewellery, mobile phones, tablets/lap tops etc will be returned and the costs for postage and packing, as well as an administration fee of £20, will be charged to your GHD. It is therefore vital that you check the house thoroughly before leaving and ensure that you have ALL your personal possessions with you.

Internet Access: Internet access and WiFi, where provided, are done so on a complimentary basis. Due to the rural location of many of our properties, Broadband speeds can be variable and often unreliable at peak times. This is out with our control and we cannot be held responsible if access is not available at any time during your stay. We work on a fair use policy and any unreasonable or excessive use of data may be charged for.

Smoking: In the interests of safety and for the comfort of future guests all properties are strictly no smoking. If anyone smokes within a property then an additional deep cleaning charge of £500 will be applied.

Advertising: We make every reasonable effort to ensure that any advertising that exists is up-to-date and accurate. However, we reserve the right to make changes as required and accept no liability for minor inaccuracies. Guests are required to ensure that the information they may have seen is recent and up-to-date. All information is given in good faith.

Liability: We do not accept any liability for injury to persons or loss or damage to vehicles, their contents or anyone’s personal possessions arising out of the let of the property or the use of the properties’ facilities or equipment. You undertake to indemnify us from any liability for damage or injury, however caused by you or any member of your party to any third party, the property or to the properties’ facilities or equipment.

Access: We retain the right to enter the property at any reasonable time for the purpose of repair work, inspection etc. We will normally make all reasonable effort to give forewarning.

Complaint: Should you have complaints during your stay you should please advise us immediately so that appropriate action can be taken. If we receive complaints about you or your party, we will bring these to your attention. If the cause of complaint continues we reserve the right to ask you to leave immediately without compensation or reimbursement of monies paid. We would remind you that parties are not allowed in or on the property and the number of guests should not exceed the number stated on the booking at any time during your stay.

Your Personal Data: For the purposes of our booking contract with you, we will store the personal data you provide on your booking form and use it for the following:

  • Administering bookings
  • Dealing with your enquiries and requests
  • Providing information about products and services – if you have opted to subscribe to our newsletter.

Your data will be kept for a period of 3 years and will be stored on our secure booking system.

Legal: This agreement shall be governed by and subject to Scottish Law. Should any clause not be permissible in Law, the remainder of the contract shall remain valid. None of the above shall affect your statutory rights

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