Accommodation: Ground Floor – sitting/dining room, kitchen, bathroom with shower over bath, two twin bedrooms One with wash hand basin), single room with bunk beds suitable for children. Spiral staircase leading to Upper Floor landing and one en suite king size bedroom with TV. Enclosed garden with summer house a nd seating. Ample parking.
Services: Electric range cooker, fridge, freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble drier. Freesat TV, large-screen TV, Blu-ray player, WiFi broadband access, wireless speaker system. BBQ. Bed linen, towels, heating, logs for wood burner included in rent.
Extras: Dogs, 1 dog welcomed at £20.00 per dog per week. Two smaller dogs may be accepted by agreement depending on the time of year – please ask us. Use of bunk bedroom by prior arrangement only.
Ruggles Cottage is a four bedroom conversion of the staff hall on the historic Dunira Estate. The setting is around 0.5 miles off the A85 between the attractive village of Comrie and St Fillans, on Loch Earn, just east of the Trossachs National Park. As a centre, it is hard to beat; dramatic tree covered hills in the immediate surroundings, Loch Earn, Killin, Glen Coe and Oban to the west, Stirling, Edinburgh and Glasgow to the south, Crieff, Perth, Dundee and St Andrews to the east and north through the Sma’ Glen to Aberfeldy and Pitlochry. Each journey travels through some of Scotland’s finest scenery. Numerous walks abound and the observant visitor may see buzzards, red kites and red deer all without getting into a car. You can often see red squirrels in the wood from the sitting room windows.
There is no need to travel far from Ruggles Cottage however for activities and entertainment. There are fine 9-Hole Golf Courses at St Fillans and Comrie, with 18-Hole courses at Crieff and Gleneagles. Comrie Crofts caters for mountain bikers and outdoor pursuits and there’s a wild life park at Auchingarroch. Sail and waterski on Loch Earn, take a short stroll from the house, walk in Glen Artney or Glen Lednock or scale one of the nearby Munroe’s such as Ben More or Ben Vorlich. Eating out in Comrie offers excellent alternatives for day and evening and there’s a choice in St Fillans too.
Most people will arrive at Ruggles Cottage by car, but it is only a 10-minute walk from the A85 main road and bus route.
Ruggles Cottage is part of a quadrangle of buildings that once housed the stables, garages and workers accommodation for the Dunira Estate, now in private ownership. Visitors may park in the courtyard or at the front of the house.
Created out of the estate meeting hall, visitors enter the large sitting/dining room with a handsome wrought iron spiral stair to the upper floor. There is a dining table and chairs to one side, and plenty of comfortable seating around the wood burning stove to the other side. The galley style kitchen has been recently totally re-designed and is well fitted out including a pantry/utility room. The back door off the kitchen leads into the courtyard. There are two twin bedroom down stairs and a bathroom with and electric shower over the bath. One further small room has bunk beds suitable for children only. A beautiful wrought iron spiral staircase leads to a mezzanine landing and upper floor master bedroom with en suite bathroom.
Bed linen and towels are included in the price of the let. Ruggles has both night store electric and panel heating and a wood-burning stove. Electricity and logs are included in the price of the let.
Plenty of entertainment is provided for the family in the house. There is a large selection of books and a good collection of children’s games. The master bedroom has its own Freesat television while there is also a large screen television in the sitting room. A Blu-ray player, WiFi broadband access and a wireless speaker system complete the entertainment package.
Across the lane Ruggles has its own small sunny garden which is totally self contained and is as child and dog safe as possible. Visitors are free to use the summer house and barbeque and enjoy the babble of the Boltachan Burn alongside.
From Spectrum Magazine – Scotland on Sunday 16th June 2013
‘TO SEE all the beauties of Deneira requires far more time than I had to spare; I did, however, see sufficient to make a very long-lasting impression on my mind, particularly of its singular situation.” So said Sarah Murray in her Companion and Useful Guide to the Beauties of Scotland in 1799, though her words are just as fitting today.
The English travel writer was describing her visit to the 20,000-acre Dunira estate, which lies amid the picturesque hills and glens between St Fillans and Comrie, in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs national park.
Dunira was originally owned by the Comrie family and then the Drummonds, but was bought by the Scottish Tory MP Henry Dundas in 1784 as a rural retreat from his Castle Melville home near Edinburgh.
Ruggles Cottage is set in a quadrangle of whitewashed buildings that once housed the stables, garage and workers’ quarters, all now privately owned, and is set close to the banks of the Boltachan burn. The cottage itself incorporates the estate’s former meeting hall, which accounts for its impressive living and dining space.
Ruggles is a well-equipped self-catering cottage with a double rooms, two twin and a bunk room. The main living and dining area is spacious and light due to its double-height ceiling and giant twin windows. The decor is fairly traditional, with tartan throws on the sofas and armchair – great for snuggling under on colder evenings. It also benefits from a fireplace with wood-burning stove, which was a godsend during our visit as we experiences blizzards and temperatures of –4°C, and a very handy selection of toys that kept our two young children happy.
An attractive wrought-iron spiral staircase leads from the living room to a mezzanine landing and gives access to the master bedroom, a spacious room with en-suite bathroom. The other three comfortable bedrooms are on the ground floor, as are the kitchen and main bathroom. We found the beds very comfortable and enjoyed some of the soundest sleeps we’ve had since BC (before children), while the wee ones themselves were utterly thrilled to sleep in bunk beds for the first time.
Across the road from the cottage is a secure private garden, which overlooks the burn and has its own summer house – perfect for enjoying the current longer daylight hours and warmer weather.
WINING AND DINING
The galley kitchen and pantry area are stocked with pretty much everything you might need and the owners have even left a range of herbs and spices so you can cook up most things without having to bring the entire contents of your own cupboards with you. Provisions can be picked up in nearby Comrie or St Fillans, which both also have various hotels and restaurants if you want go out for food or drinks.
WORTH GETTING OUT OF BED FOR
The location, in the picturesque Perthshire glens, makes Ruggles an ideal base for exploring and spotting the native wildlife. We were lucky enough to see red squirrels frolicking in the trees outside the cottage, without even having to venture over the threshold. Just along the road is St Fillans, which overlooks Loch Earn and has a range of watersports on offer, while Comrie is only a short drive in the opposite direction and Crieff is just ten miles away.
There are numerous walking routes in the area, with the Deil’s Cauldron at Comrie being a particularly picturesque spot. The Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre makes a great day out with kids (even in a driving blizzard), the staff being genuinely enthusiastic and friendly – on our visit the children were delighted to get to hold some of the new baby animals, including cute rabbits and two-day-old chicks. The centre also has two indoor play areas, meaning even a snowstorm or a deluge needn’t curtail the fun.
There was a great stack of logs left for our stay so we didn’t have to venture out with the axe – though my other half was quite keen to try his lumberjack skills.
With the combination of stunning scenery and comfortable accommodation, Ruggles makes a great home away from home.