Perched on the water's edge, Dipper is a secluded holiday home just for two. This is a magical place - all light, changing weather, ancient trees and huge views. Below, Loch Tay cuts its long furrow through the mountains. Across the water, Ben Lawers heaves itself up from the lochside. With over fifty gloriously secluded acres of private woodland, wild meadow and loch shore to explore, this is a rare place to dream, to be in love, to leave the rest of your life behind.
Highland Perthshire is a wonderful place to visit; lochs, forests and mountains, castles, history and whisky, walking, fishing and golf. The surrounding area is rich in ancient history, natural heritage and folklore. Visit the yew in the churchyard at Fortingall believed to be Europe's oldest tree or find out more about ancient settlers at the Scottish Crannog Centre. Explore some of the beautiful gardens both private and public.
Perthshire has activities and attractions to suit every taste and a week is not long enough to sample them all. For the energetic there are mountains to climb, watersports on Loch Tay, some great mountain biking trails and wonderful walks. If you are seeking a real adrenaline rush you might like to try white water rafting, canyoning, quad biking or abseiling.
The area is also full of attractions for foodies. There's a great new deli in Aberfeldy and Castle Menzies has a magnificent selection of new world wines. In the immediate area there are excellent restaurants at Ardeonaig, down the loch from Dipper, and at Fortingall and Weem. Aberfeldy's Watermill does delicious coffee and great cakes - as well as a wonderful selection of books and prints. And there's a new pizza place with a real Italian wood fired pizza oven across the road from the recently re-opened Aberfeldy Cinema. It's a "state of the art" digital projection 100 seater with bar and bistro food. They show a mix of the very latest cinema releases along with live opera, theatre and concerts beamed from international venues.
- Sleeps - 2
- Bedrooms - kingsized bed on raised platform
at back of living room
- Bathrooms - 1 with bath and separate shower
- DVD and stereo with plug in for iPod
- Too far from the exchange for WiFi,
a mobile dongle or Mi-Fi works well
on T-Mobile and Three
- Wood burning stove
- Underfloor heating in the bathroom
- House not suitable for children
- Deck with garden furniture and
an amazing view
- Small 4x4 provided for guests to get up
and down the hill to the shore
- Short breaks a speciality
- Sorry, no pets
- Aberfeldy 7 miles
- Local village shop only 2.5 miles away in Kenmore
- Glasgow and Edinburgh Airports are
both less than 2 hours away.
Dundee Airport is about the same distance and has
flights direct from City Airport
- Pitlochry Station alf an hour from Kenmore and
is on the main London/Edinburgh/Inverness line.
Local hire-car is available at Pitlochry
- Nearest pub/restaurant - Kenmore, 2.5 miles,
has the Kenmore Hotel and
The Courtyard restaurants.
A little further away is the Fortingall Hotel
with an excellent bar menu and live music
at the weekends
- Climbing - 5 Munros within 10 miles
- Rafting, kayaking
- Fishing, shooting, stalking
- Castles and distilleries
- Scottish Crannog Centre
Dipper is a contemporary take on the classic loch-side boathouse and is built on a steel frame that's planted solidly on the loch shore. It's a sustainable wooden structure with a corrugated aluminium roof designed by award-winning architect Colin Smith.
It may be small, but it's very beautiful and built to the highest standards. So it has solid oak planked floors; a contemporary Danish log burning stove; Neff kitchen appliances and a 3 metre long Corian work surface; Duravit and Hansgroh bathroom fittings; and original limited edition prints and signed photographs on the walls.
The views from Dipper are simply stunning - with big picture windows looking out across the loch in all directions - so you can lie in bed and soak up the amazing view through to the mountains in Glen Lyon. Or soak in the bath while gazing across the Loch. The kitchen window looks west towards Ben Lawers - to the east there's another massive view down the loch towards the village of Kenmore.
The living space is 35 square meters and consists of a 'living area' with log burning stove, comfy chairs and a sofa, intimate dining table and chairs for two. On the other side of the room is the built-in kitchen with Corian work surface, hob, oven and dishwasher. And at the back of the room is the raised bed-platform with its king-size bed.
Off the living space is the bathroom which has a large walk-in shower, a generous bath and under-floor heating and just outside the bathroom is a fitted dressing table and wardrobe. So everything has its place and there's enough space for everything. Off the hall there's a small utility room cleverly designed to keep muddy boots and wet clothes out of the living space - with a washing machine, fridge and microwave.
Upstairs is the 'play room' - an alternative space to relax in, read, play Scrabble or write your holiday postcards.
Access to Dipper is down a steep bumpy track that's not well suited to most vehicles so a small 4x4 is provided for guests to get up and down the hill to the shore. The adventure begins from the moment you arrive! Dipper is not on mains electricity and a generator provides power to the house.
Dipper is just two hours' driving from Glasgow airport, fractionally less from Edinburgh. There are railway stations at Pitlochry and Dunkeld, on the main Inverness line, both within about 45 minutes' driving. The city of Perth is one hour's drive to the south, Inverness two hours to the north.
From the A9 take the A827 to Aberfeldy. Through the town and continue west on the A827 for about 6 miles until you come downhill towards Loch Tay where the road takes a very sharp bend to the right. Do not turn right, but go straight across the junction onto the narrow road that's facing you. This is the South Loch Tay road and it follows the side of the loch due west. Follow the road for 2.5 miles until you are almost at the top of the hill. Turn right into the wide gateway which has a sign saying Boathouses.
The price includes a welcome pack, sheets and towels, electricity and logs. The welcome pack is a great way to get your holiday - and appetite - started and includes milk, butter, eggs, homemade bread and cake, bottle of nice white wine and fresh flowers. In the store cupboard there's marmalade, tea, instant and fresh ground coffee, sugar, plain flour, olive and sunflower oils, white wine vinegar, mustard, tomato ketchup, assorted herbs and spices, salt and pepper, loo rolls, kitchen roll, cling film and tin foil. There are also cleaning things, washing up liquid, firelighters and matches. More than enough to get you started if you are flying in on a Friday evening from London.
You will find Highland Soap Co toiletries and White Company dressing gowns and slippers in the bathroom.
Also included is the use of a small 4x4 to get up and down the hill to the Boathouses.
Cost and availability:
Dipper is rented out throughout the year. Change over days are Fridays or Mondays - depart at 10.30 and arrive at 4pm.
Minimum stay of 3 nights - 3 night weekend break, 4 night weekday break or a complete week.
To book this unique self catering boathouse on the shores of Loch Tay, click the enquiry button below and see availability and prices.
direct to the owner
Dipper, Achianich, Kenmore, Aberfeldy, Perthshire PH15 2HU Scotland