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19 Apr 2024

Secret garden escapes

Written by Lucy Paul
Arts and Crafts house pictured through trees.
Branklyn Garden Cottage
Plan your next escape at one of our secret garden holiday properties.

Picture yourself stepping through your door into an oasis, where the only sounds are the rustle of leaves and soft birdsong. With exclusive access to our enchanting gardens, you'll have the freedom to wander, discovering secluded nooks and crannies that are yours to explore.

Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway for two or a fun-filled family escape, our holiday properties provide the perfect backdrop for making those shared moments that will last a lifetime.

Every stay at a Trust holiday property contributes towards our ongoing conservation efforts throughout the country. With your support, we can make sure that these places remain open to everyone — and that you can return to your favourite properties again and again!

Branklyn Garden Cottage, Perth

Location: Branklyn Garden
Sleeps: 4 (1 double and 1 twin)

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Part of a beautiful Arts and Crafts house, lying Branklyn Garden, in the vibrant city of Perth, is Branklyn Cottage.

The term Arts and Crafts refers to the late 19th-century British and American movement to revive handicrafts. Arts and Crafts houses showcase building techniques, including brickwork, stone masonry, oak frames, and timber beams.

A colourful bedroom with a bed, bedside tables, chair, chaise lounge and side table.
One of the bedrooms in Branklyn Garden Cottage

Branklyn Cottage offers a delightful retreat for a couple or a group of four, with its traditional charm and subtle hints of art deco style that pay homage to the era in which it was built. It's the perfect base for anyone looking to escape to Scotland.

With stunning landscaped gardens, that guests will have private access to outside of opening hours, this property sits in a truly charming location for year-round visits.

Guests have full access to Branklyn Garden, created in the 1920s by Dorothy and John Renton, cultivated with love to be a home to over 4,500 species of plants from all over the world.

Branklyn Garden is also home to a tearoom, (open between April and end of October) offering a perfect place to stop for your morning coffee before your adventures begin.

Steps leading through a garden.
Branklyn Garden
“Out of hours when the visitors have left the grounds, it was like having access to a secret garden and the children loved exploring the grounds first thing in the morning and playing hide and seek in the evening. Spending time at Branklyn Cottage allowed us to connect as a family and go back to the basic pleasures; it’s ignited a love of gardening and respect for nature in us all. We felt it was a real privilege staying at such a historically significant property and we will definitely make a bee line for more National Trust for Scotland properties on our next adventure in Scotland.”
April 2023

Harmony House – Harmony Gardens, Melrose

*Newly refurbished*

Location: Melrose
15 (3 double, 4 twin and 1 single)

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A three-storey grand Georgian house stands at the head of a large garden. A grass lawn lies in front, framed by tall trees.
Exterior of Harmony House – Harmony Gardens

An eclectic mix of period detail with contemporary comfort, Harmony House is a 19th-century eight-bedroom dwelling, lying within the peaceful Harmony Garden in Melrose. The house has its very own private garden (after it’s closed to the public) and a patio area reserved just for guests.

This beautiful home is ideal for gathering everyone for a getaway to the Scottish Borders. It offers numerous opportunities for countryside strolls, riverside rambles, and learning more about the local history.

“The house is wonderful for a large family gathering, with plenty of bedrooms and communal space, not to mention the free access to Harmony Garden after opening hours.”
August 2022

Garden House, Culzean Castle & Country Park

Location: Culzean Castle & Country Park
Sleeps: 5 (1 super-king, 1 double, 1 single)

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A stone house sits in the middle of a garden.
Garden House at Culzean Castle

Nestled in the beautiful Culzean Castle & Country Park Estate, near the charming tourist town of Maybole, you will find Garden House. This delightful three-bedroom cottage has been lovingly restored, and combines high-quality furnishings with traditional charm. Whether you're a couple seeking a romantic getaway or a family of five looking for a cosy retreat, Garden House offers a wonderful place to call home during your stay.

A wooden picnic table sits on a wooden decking area with trees in the background and blue sky.
Patio area with picnic table at Garden House, Culzean Castle
“This is the perfect holiday home. It really has everything that you could wish for. Well-appointed, stunningly beautiful situation, easy communication, amazing facilities. Just perfection”
June 2023

Garden House, Brodie Castle

Location: Brodie Castle estate
Sleeps: 6 (1 double, 1 twin and 1 bunk)

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An old stone house surrounded by a fence.
Garden House, Brodie Castle

Located within the historic grounds of Brodie Caste & Estate on the outskirts of Forres in Moray, this magnificent, detached cottage is set over two storeys and sleeps up to six guests. Garden House is an peaceful, pet-friendly setting for family getaways. Guests can enjoy easy access to 16th-century Brodie Castle, the Playful Garden - which explores the Brodie family's history - as well as the beaches of Findhorn and Nairn.

“Lovely cottage, good situation, handy for so many things and places, or just walking through Brodie Castle grounds. This was our second visit to a Brodie Castle cottage, both visits have been perfect!”
September 2023

Inverewe - Garden Lodge

Location: Inverewe Garden
Sleeps: 6 (1 double and 2 twin)

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A bungalow in the middle of a garden.
Inverewe Garden Lodge

Garden Lodge is a charming ground-floor cottage situated within Inverewe, an inspiring heritage garden created in the 19th century by Osgood Mackenzie.

This unique lodge provides an unforgettable getaway for a family or group of up to six. It offers a peaceful retreat in the beautiful Scottish Highlands.

With 24-hour access to the gardens as well as a free tour of Inverewe House, guests staying at Garden Lodge can explore this remarkable place at their leisure.

Credit Adrian Hollister A terraced walled garden slopes down to the loch edge. Staked plants grow in neat rows, with colourful pink and red flowers interspersed throughout. Hills can be seen on the other side of the loch.
Inverewe Garden
“The cottage at Inverewe Garden is one of the nicest of many holiday rentals we've stayed in over the years; beautiful location, 24-hour access to the gardens, loads of space in the house, well-furnished, clean and comfortable.”
July 2022

Don't miss out — book your secret garden retreat today and embrace the adventure!


Take a well-earned break with us, and enjoy Scotland at its glorious, vibrant and tranquil best!