Ardle Manor, Pitlochry

Perthshire. Sleeps up to 17

Perfectly placed in picturesque Perthshire is this Victorian country house, set within its own secluded grounds, yet within walking distance from the village of Kirkmichael. A short drive, lined by rhododendrons, leads you up to the holiday house, where you will find a fine granite structure that has been extended over the years to become more of a mansion than a house. This holiday house in Scotland is ideal for family holidays for a week in the summer, and get-togethers and weekends away in the quieter months.

Within you will discover an elegant hallway adorned with stags' heads, which leads to the expansive drawing-room on one side and the large dining room to the other, as the two main front rooms. Whilst there is still an air of grandeur here, this is a house that is like walking into a family home, where you feel comfortable and relaxed immediately. Beyond can be found the kitchen, the breakfast room and the very substantial games room. This room with a magnificent fireplace can be used on a multi-purpose basis, as the table tennis table can be removed to create a party room for a ceilidh or impromptu party. All the accommodation can be found on the two floors above, with a selection of 9 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms, making this ideal to sleep up to 17 people.

The drawing-room, with its open fire, and bay window with views to the front, is a large expansive room, full of comfortable sofas for your group of 17 people to relax in. Even with the fine pictures and antique furniture, the emphasis is definitely on comfort with so many sofas and armchairs to choose from. The elegant hallway with the stairs to the accommodation level above leads off in two directions, one to the kitchen and the other to the games room. Accessed by steps, the games room is a large later extension, which houses a table tennis table. However it is more than a games room, with fine pictures on the wall and a feature carved fireplace with open fire, and by removing the table from the room, it can be a party room, for a drinks party, a ceilidh or a small wedding function. Access directly on to the lawn is available from here. Additionally, next door there is a snug room, with a TV and toys for smaller children.

The front-facing dining room houses a long dining table where everyone can sit around in comfort. With an open fire at one end and radiators throughout, this is a warm room, as well as an elegant one, with swag curtains, and family portraits and old prints on the walls. The kitchen is located to the rear of the house and is in two sections. Firstly there is a breakfast room with a dining table that can seat 14/16 people, and then there is the modest kitchen section, with well-equipped kitchen space, with 5-hob “Rangemaster”, grill and oven, as well as an extra oven to the side. Next door is the large utility room with freezer, with the laundry room beyond, with washing machines and tumble dryer. The expansive grounds are great for children to relax in, whilst in summer croquet can be enjoyed too.

Situated within 3 acres of private grounds in a rural location accessed by a drive, surrounded by fields and woodland, makes this a pleasant location to be based whilst in Perthshire. The grounds are enclosed and include a table and chair set for alfresco dining, a BBQ, croquet lawn and a football kickabout area with mini-goals. Located 71 miles north of Edinburgh and 11 miles from Pitlochry, makes this ideal to explore all of Perthshire and the central section of Scotland.

The village has a small general store, whilst supermarkets can be found in Pitlochry and Blairgowrie. There is a railway station at Pitlochry, which forms part of the London-Inverness mainline. For golfers, there are golf courses at Rosemount and Pitlochry. Families can be entertained at Blair Castle. For the activity minded, there is fishing on the Tay, white water rafting, walking and winter sports available at nearby Glenshee. Edradour distillery is only 10 miles away.

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