Country Estates

The Trust cares for 76,000 hectares of Scotland's finest countryside. We are the third largest landowner in Scotland, the largest managing the land for conservation purposes. Over two million people visit us each year. Our properties include one-sixth of all Munros (mountains over 3,000ft) and attract huge numbers of hill walkers. Where better to discover them from than one of our holiday accommodation properties?
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West Cottage, Hill of Tarvit

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Fife
  • 5
  • 3
  • Dogs allowed
This one-storey Edwardian cottage is set in its own private enclosed garden, near to the original stable block of Hill of Tarvit mansion house.
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Built to house some of the estate workers who would have kept the mansion in its splendid style, it now makes a snug retreat for families looking to explore this picturesque part of Fife.

 

Accommodation details



  • One storey


  • Sleeps 5 - 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single


  • Sitting room


  • Dining kitchen


  • Utility room


  • Bathroom with shower over bath


  • Open fire


  • Full central heating


  • Enclosed private garden


  • EPC Rating: G01




 

About Hill of Tarvit

French Chippendale-style furniture and paintings by Raeburn line the family rooms of this Edwardian mansion house, completed in 1906 by the architect Sir Robert Lorimer. 'Below stairs', the kitchen and pantry have been perfectly preserved to give an insight into the work of the servants who kept the household running.

 

The estate lies among a patchwork of rolling farmland, and has its own superbly kept sunken rose and kitchen gardens, as well as a restored Edwardian hickory-club golf course.

 

About the area

Hill of Tarvit lies just outside Cupar, ten miles from St Andrews, home to Scotland's oldest university and the world's most famous golf course. Fife's East Neuk is a short drive away, offering pristine beaches, picture-perfect harbours and delicious fresh seafood.

 

The nearest shops are 1 mile away in Ceres and 2.5 miles away in Cupar.

 

Things to do



  • Head to Anstruther for a stroll along the harbour. After taking in the views across to the Isle of May and the pastel and white cottages lining the shore, grab some award-winning fish and chips at the Anstruther Fish Bar.


  • For a day at the beach, St Andrews's West Sands, Elie's Harbour Beach, Burntisland and Aberdour's Silver Sands all have Blue Flags, meaning they are clean, safe and offer good facilities.


  • Spend a day in Renaissance paradise at nearby Falkland Palace. The country retreat of the Stuart Kings was a favourite of Mary Queen of Scots and is filled with elaborate antique furnishings.




 

Getting there

Hill of Tarvit lies off the A916, 2 miles south of Cupar and 1 mile from Ceres. Cupar Railway station offers the closest train links.

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East Cottage, Hill of Tarvit

  • Dates Available
  • 4 Star Excellent
  • Fife
  • 5
  • 3
  • Dogs allowed
This single-storey Edwardian cottage is set in its own enclosed garden, near to the original stable block of Hill of Tarvit mansion house. Read More >
Built originally to house some of the gardeners and estate workers who would have kept the mansion in its splendid style, it now makes a cosy retreat for families looking to explore this picturesque part of Fife.
Accommodation details



  • Single storey


  • Sleeps 5 - 2 double and 1 single bedroom


  • Sitting room with wood-burning stove


  • Dining kitchen


  • Bathroom with shower over bath


  • Full central heating


  • Enclosed private garden


  • Parking available adjacent to the cottage


  • EPC Rating: E47




 

About Hill of Tarvit

French Chippendale-style furniture and paintings by Raeburn line the family rooms of this Edwardian mansion house, completed in 1906 by the architect Sir Robert Lorimer. 'Below stairs', the kitchen and pantry have been perfectly preserved to give an insight into the work of the servants who kept the household running.

 

The estate lies among a patchwork of rolling farmland, and has its own superbly kept sunken rose and kitchen gardens, as well as a restored Edwardian hickory-club golf course.

 

About the area

Hill of Tarvit lies just outside Cupar, ten miles from St Andrews, home to Scotland's oldest university and the world's most famous golf course. Fife's East Neuk is a short drive away, offering pristine beaches, picture-perfect harbours and delicious fresh seafood.

 

The nearest shops are 1 mile away in Ceres and 2.5 miles away in Cupar.

 

Things to do



  • Head to Anstruther for a stroll along the harbour. After taking in the views across to the Isle of May and the pastel and white cottages lining the shore, grab some award-winning fish and chips at the Anstruther Fish Bar.


  • For a day at the beach, St Andrews's West Sands, Elie's Harbour Beach, Burntisland and Aberdour's Silver Sands all have Blue Flags, meaning they are clean, safe and offer good facilities.


  • Spend a day in Renaissance paradise at nearby Falkland Palace. The country retreat of the Stuart Kings was a favourite of Mary Queen of Scots and is filled with elaborate antique furnishings.




 

Getting there

Hill of Tarvit lies off the A916, 2 miles south of Cupar and 1 mile from Ceres. Cupar Railway station offers the closest train links.

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North Stables, House of Dun

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Angus
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Step into life of an 18th century coachman in this historic apartment, set in House of Dun's original stable block. Built to accommodate the grooms who would have kept the Laird's horses in shining condition, the apartment is stylishly furnished and lies off a picturesque sandstone courtyard. Our visitor feedback on the apartment consistently praises the location and tranquillity of the property.
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Within the grounds there is an abundance of walks from a simple walk around the main property to a more adventurous step out, to the top of the estate through our "Den of Dun", we also have a children's play area and if you decide to take a complimentary tour of the house a fairy hunt to entertain the children during the tour.

 

Earlier this year we installed WIFI to our holiday accommodation.

 

North Stables makes an ideal base from which to explore Montrose and the surrounding area. If you require additional accommodation, South Stables, in the same block can be booked, sleeping 4.

 



  • First floor - access is via an external staircase (approximately 18 steps)


  • Sleeps 4 - 2 twins (the second twin is down 5 stairs)


  • Large fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher and washing machine


  • Sitting/dining room


  • Newly refurbished shower room (down 5 stairs)


  • Gas central heating


  • Free parking available in nearby public car park


  • EPC Rating: E49


 

Public transport accessible. Holiday guests also have full access to the House's formal gardens and grounds throughout their stay.

 

About House of Dun

This beautiful Georgian house was built in the 18th century for David Erskine, a judge of the Scottish Court of Session, House of Dun is just 3 miles from Montrose and its picturesque unspoilt beaches and around 45 minutes' drive from Aberdeen.

 

The house sits in its own formal gardens with parkland and woodland beyond. You can explore and enjoy the Victorian walled garden and wooden den, before venturing further afield to the Montrose Basin Local Nature Reserve. This elegant home has a truly spectacular setting.

 

As an added bonus and included in your holiday we offer a free tour of the property during opening hours.

 

Things to do

 

Montrose

 

The coastal town of Montrose which is three miles from House of Dun boasts an attractive town centre and a wide sandy beach.

 

Montrose is a great little town to visit, with a pleasant old centre and an interesting museum and art gallery.

 

You will be able to see the town, and the basin from The House of Dun. The town sits on the edge of a virtually landlocked two-mile-square lagoon of mud known as the Basin, which is a nature reserve and haven for wildfowl and wading birds who love its mud.

 

If you like bird watching there is an NTS path to a shell duck hide on the Dun side of the basin.

 

On the south side of the Basin, a mile out of Montrose along the A92, the Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre has binoculars, high-powered telescopes, bird hides and remote control video cameras. Near the town is some fabulous seashore. The beach road, Marine Avenue, across from the town museum, heads down through sand dunes and golf links to car parks fringing the fine, wide beach overlooked by a slender white lighthouse. Further to the north are the cliffs of St. Cyrus, home in the summer to a bustling colony of seabirds.

Neighbouring Ferryden is a picturesque former village situated on the south side of the river South Esk. It is separated by the river but linked by a bridge.

 

There is a popular Farmers Market held in the town on the first Saturday of every month attracting a variety of stallholders.

 

Lunan Bay

 

Lunan Bay is probably the finest beach in Angus - a magnificent sweep of sand, with a cave and arch at its northern end, and even a ruined castle. The beach is divided in two by the Lunan Water flowing out over the sands - dividing this walk into two halves, with a chance to visit the cafe part way through

 

Arbroath

 

Within an easy drive from Dun sits the historic town of Arbroath. Of course famous for its Arbroath Smokie’s, The attractive old harbour of Arbroath remains in action and long sandy beaches and stunning sandstone cliffs stretch out on either side of the town. Arbroath abbey, located near the centre of the town, is also well worth a visit.

 

Leisure

 

Fishing

 

Fishing can be booked online via www.fishpal.co.uk just log in to the South Esk for availability and prices.

 

Golf

 

An abundance of golf courses and of course the famous course at Carnoustie within an easy drive makes House of Dun the perfect location for golf outings

 

Hillwalking

 

Many coastal paths to be discovered along the Angus coast and a short drive to the Angus glens which include ten 'Munros' (mountains of over 3,000 feet), and miles of narrow twisting roads offer great delights and challenges for cyclists, drivers, hill walkers and nature lovers alike.

Arguably the most beautiful of the Angus Glens is Glen Clova (north of Kirriemuir). At the head of Glen Clova is Glen Doll, where ancient narrow roads and footpaths take you into the heart of Scotland's Cairngorm Mountains.

 

Getting there

 

House of Dun is 3 miles west of Montrose and 5 miles east of Brechin. From Aberdeen or Dundee (A90) take the turn-off for Brechin and follow the signs for Montrose.

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