Ballintaggart Farm Grandtully
Ballintaggart sits to a wildflower-strewn hillside looking round the Tay Valley to the hills outside, an hour and a half away from Edinburgh or Glasgow by car. Pitlochry (10 kilometers) has a mainline rail station; choose the Caledonian sleeper and awaken in Highland paradise.
Aberfeldy, eight kilometers off, boasts a farmer’s market and master chocolatier, while the House of Bruar (a state life edition of Harrods) and Blair Castle are 30 minutes’ drive away. There is the Pitlochry Festival Theatre for civilization and tons of great walking, whilst fishing, shooting and outdoor adventure activities can be organized.
Style & personality
A traditional stone farmhouse steading impressively transformed into capitalise on the calm, mesmerising views. A welcoming wood fireplace is always emphasized in the mild, bright sitting area, although the high-ceilinged dining area has deep-red walls, dark furniture and tall bookshelves — a stunning setting for congenial candlelit dinners. It is sophisticated yet pastoral: stylishly easy, cosily comfy and unfailingly inviting.
Service & amenities
You may feel yourself unwind from the minute you arrive in Ballintaggart where hard-working hosts Chris and Rachel and their employees place a new standard for hospitality. They can be charmingly friendly silent whirlwinds of efficacy, while tending fires, seeming with a cup of java and a tempting piece of home-baking or even a glass of homemade cordial, or supplying useful community knowledge (the breakfast menu has a weather prediction).
The celebrity additional is that the cookery school educated by Chris, a gifted chef and born instructor. Try out an all-day hands on masterclass (Number110 with lunch) or some one-hour mini-class (pasta-making, or cook the ideal steak or soufflé) prior to supper (Number35). You will find hardy bicycles available to hire by the day and tasty picnic lunches to order-complete using a flask of hot soup. And if, regretfully, you need to leave, there is a tiny bag of something yummy to make you wish you had stayed another day.
Two bedrooms: one supplied with new blue-and-white gingham plus a white-iron bedstead, another a silent composition of soft gray neutrals and contemporary tweed. Textiles and linens would be the highest quality and you will find Nespresso machines, little flasks of fresh milk, Highland Soap Company toiletries and additives made with locally foraged ingredients such as Delta pine-shoots and wildflowers.
Both bedrooms have easy, warm baths with showers over baths, suitably provided with Highland Soap Company toiletries.
And the best bit? Wrapping up at the cozy rug from the fire pit lit to you on the patio outside your own bedroom.
Food & beverage
The real enthusiasm for food created out of great, local components is unmistakable; the breakfast is seasonal. Dinner might feature Isle of Uist crab, radicchio and chilli gratin, then wild sea trout with samphire and bronze fennel and neighborhood blossoms with lovage and black pepper meringues (ask when booking. Three classes cost #42 along with the tasting menu, #55).
A summer breakfast comprises rhubarb, honey and almond porridge followed by poached eggs with asparagus, mustard and bacon. Obviously, the wonderful bread and preserves are home made; eggs stem from their hens.
Value for cash
Double rooms from125 year-round. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
Ground floor accessibility throughout but not acceptable for wheelchair users.
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