The end of March saw 5 of us head north for a weekend of eating, drinking and relaxing. We stayed at Ivy Cottage in Balnaguard, which is 20 minutes from Pitlochry and it was a fabulous place to wind down.
We arrived on a Friday night and wasted no time having a look around and getting settled in. Instantly, I could feel the pride that the Langlands family take in a home which has been in their family for generations. It’s lovely that through the décor and small touches you can feel part of this history; the welcome book includes photos of the renovations that the family did to the property in 2008 and the chess board upstairs was created by their youngest child whilst he was at school.
From the outside the cottage looks very traditional and it fits in perfectly with the tranquil surroundings. On the inside they have kept the traditional feeling but equipped all of the rooms with the necessities of the modern world. There are 2 double bedrooms and a twin room, so it sleeps 6 people comfortably. Downstairs is one of the double bedrooms with an en-suite, another toilet, a snug, a spacious kitchen and a drying room.
The snug includes a log burning fire, which is perfect for cosying up to on a cold night and the drying room gives you plenty of space to store shoes/jackets or anything you want to keep out of the way. It also has a washing machine and a tumble dryer, which is perfect if you’re at Ivy Cottage for a lengthier stay or as part of a more extensive Scotland trip.
Upstairs, is the 2nd double bedroom and the twin bedroom, as well as a bathroom and a large sitting room with a balcony overlooking the garden and Balnaguard Hills. This was probably my favourite room because of the incredible views, but I also think that if I’d visited as a couple I would have loved the snug!
The bedrooms are kitted out with towels, hairdryers and toiletry packs; the toiletries were such a lovely addition and a fantastic surprise, alongside the champagne we were welcomed with.
It didn’t take us long to feel at home and get settled in for the weekend. The welcome pack mentions a family game called ‘Balnaguard Rummy’, so we decided it would be a travesty not to give it a go! All of the instructions are clearly laid out and we spent the entire weekend trying to ‘save the kitty’.
Warning: this game will become highly addictive.
As well as Balnaguard Rummy, the cottage has a few books, DVDs and games for guests to enjoy. Outside, there is also lots to see and do. We ventured to House of Bruar, where we picked up our steak and vegetables for the evening and there was also a lovely walk out to the Falls of Bruar.
The Pitlochry salmon ladder is a big attraction in the area and is nice to walk to after an incredible lunch at Fonab Castle; I can’t recommend the food here enough and there are brilliant views over Loch Tay.
Perthshire is a fantastic area of Scotland to explore and Ivy Cottage was the ideal base for us during our, much too short, time there. Thank you to the family for letting us share your beautiful home!