Scotland's Best B&Bs
Allegedly the last mansion house built in Scotland, Craigellie is a hidden gem: rural, but not too rural. Just 90 minutes north of Edinburgh and 2 minutes from the small, farming town of Alyth, yet nestled between fields of fertile farmland and wooded glens. It offers space and tranquillity - a place to breathe fresh air, listen to birdsong, admire night skies void of light pollution and watch red squirrels playing in the trees.
The house is grand, elegant and surrounded by beautiful, private gardens with an adjacent paddock. There are two recently renovated, tastefully decorated, luxurious and extremely comfortable bedrooms which both have en-suite shower rooms. The Yellow Room has a king size bed as well as a sofa bed so is suitable for a couple or a family with up to 2 children under 12. The Green Room has twin beds which can be joined to make a superking.
Downstairs, the sitting room for guests' exclusive use is where you are welcome to put your feet up in front of the wood burning stove, play games or relax in front of the TV. It's really like being a house guest in a country manor.
You are welcome to explore the gardens and look out for wildlife such as buzzards, red squirrels or pine martens. You are also likely to spot the resident peacock! The house benefits from renewable energy from a solar array, biomass boiler and EV charging facilities.
Breakfast is served in the sitting room at your table in the bay window. Choose from options such as cereals, porridge, fruit, yoghurt and croissants, and a full cooked Scottish breakfast including eggs from Craigellie's own free-range, organically fed hens. Your hostess Liz is a trained Nutritional Therapist who likes to focus on quality, buying organic, locally-sourced items where possible. Evening meals can be made available by special arrangement, featuring good home cooking with vegetables from the garden when in season. Guests can also enjoy Liz's home baking in the afternoons.
There's plenty for visitors to do in the area: the great outdoors is on the doorstep with woodlands and waterfalls to explore; the historic Cateran Trail to hike; the Angus glens to ramble through and the magnificent Cairngorm mountains to conquer. Golfers are spoilt for choice with 5 local courses to play, and St Andrews and Gleneagles within easy reach. The country lanes around Craigellie are cycle-friendly with routes for all abilities and mountain bikers can enjoy nearby Alyth Bike Park. At the bottom of the drive is the Den of Alyth (a designated Special Site of Scientific Interest) offering 22 hectares of mature woodland with peaceful paths across the Alyth Burn, as well as a children's play area.
Popular local attractions include Glamis Castle, Scone Palace, Perth city centre, Discovery Point and the V&A in Dundee, as well as distilleries. There are also numerous less well-known delights from standing stones and hill forts to local museums and Scottish tea garden tours.
Craigellie House is also the perfect base for day trips with the breathtaking Cairngorms National Park to the north; the picturesque coastal villages of Fife to the south; the historic, university town of St Andrews, sand dunes and beaches to the east and the popular tourist towns of Pitlochry, Aberfeldy and Dunkeld to the west.
Nearest towns: Alyth (1.3 miles), Blairgowrie (5 miles)
(Craigellie House is currently awaiting inspection by VisitScotland's Quality Assurance inspectors so that they can gain a high star rating. Inspections have been on hold since 2020 due to Covid restrictions.)