3 (all year)
The Ferry is a blissful Highland retreat sitting in four acres of grounds (ideal for dogs!) set beside the Tay river in Perthshire's Big Tree Country. There aren't many places where you can relax in an outdoor spa and watch red squirrels scampering up and down birch and redwood trees, or spend the day hiking and mountain biking before soothing tired muscles in a private outdoor wood burning sauna, but you can here. This fabulous holiday cottage is a work of understated luxury with features that include solid oak floor, a log burner and an open fireplace, and two beautiful bedrooms that can sleep up to four guests with space for a travel cot. The Ferry is spacious enough for families and friends, yet also feels intimately welcoming for couples.
Big Tree Country comprises of 200,000 acres of spectacular woodland spread across seven main locations. The cottage is in the Birks of Aberfeldy, renowned for its wealth of native birch ("birk") trees. Walk through the Moness Gorge to the Falls of Moness - a landscape which inspired Scotland's beloved poet, Robert Burns - which is just one of many beauty spots close to the cottage. Another favourite choice for a walk are the gardens at Cluny House where, not only can you easily see the timid but charming red squirrel, but you can try to get your arms around the girth of the magnificent 130-year old redwood believed to be the widest tree in Britain. Other sites around Big Tree Country include Pitlochry, Rannoch, Blair Atholl, Dunkeld and Birnam.
Staying at The Ferry provides the perfect chance to fish on the Tay where salmon, brown trout, sea trout, grayling and coarse all thrive. Permits are easily obtained via the owner, with the salmon season being from mid-January to the end of October and the trout season between mid-March and early October. Mountain bikers will enjoy the variety of trails in the vicinity which include those at Dull Wood, Grandtully, Farragon Hill and Griffin Forest. There is also a choice of footpaths to help visitors explore places such as the Falls of Acharn, Loch Tay and Glen Lyon. There are four excellent golf courses within half an hour's drive, so, no matter what season you visit, there is always something fun to do outdoors.
The cottage sits peacefully at the heart of all this natural splendour, providing a welcoming haven where you can experience the beauty of Scotland's Highlands.
John Campbell joined Independent Cottages in December 2020
The Ferry is a pretty stone period property with spacious rooms, big windows and a high standard of furnishing. Accommodation is over two levels.
Outside: Guests love spending time in the garden where, not only is there a sheltered hot tub and wood burning sauna, but there is also a deck with garden furniture where you can relax with a drink and watch the birds and squirrels. A level area of lawn leads down to the bank of the Tay, and there are walks and bike rides from the gate. There is off-street parking for two cars.
Additional Information: All utilities, WiFi, fuel for the fire, bed linen and bath towels are provided. A travel cot (no bedding) is available on request. Well-behaved pets are welcome through prior arrangement. Short breaks are available all year round with a three night minimum (unless a gap is available for fewer nights). Smoking is not permitted. Mountain bikes available for guest use.
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