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Nov 05

Autumn News

By Monzie Estate | Blog

We have had a busy few months at Monzie culminating in Mill House B&B winning Best Bed and Breakfast in the Scottish Outdoor and Leisure Awards. It is lovely to know that all our hard work has paid off.

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We are very grateful have such a wonderful team to help run Mill House and the cottages.

We have been busy putting together hampers for our cottages containing popular items from the pop-up shop that was open during the summer. They include foraging are books by Adele Nozedar, original art notebooks, cards and mugs by Corinne of Babity Boo, our favourite Tweedmill blankets plus our own Clan Crichton tartan ties.

Lots of lovely things!

We also stock a variety of beautifully finished Monzie Joinery chopping boards, and are planning to expand this collection.

Christmas is just around the corner and we are almost fully booked! If you are looking for a Christmas escape, East Gatehouse Lodge is still available – 5 nights is £1000 and we are now offering a seven night discounted rate of £1200.

Mill House is also available as self catering for a larger group. Five nights is £3000 and 7 nights is £3500. Both will be tastefully decorated and you’ll be treated to a seasonal tour of Monzie Castle, festive goodies and a wonderful Christmassy atmosphere.

If you would like to book, please get in touch on 01764650095 or email us on holiday@monzieestate.com

Sep 20

By Monzie Estate | Blog

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Today is  #GlobalStrikeForClimate day.  Many school children have left the classroom to be part of this movement and to try to ensure there will be a habitable planet for them and future generations.  

We take sustainability and environmental issues very seriously and as such we are working hard to make Monzie Estate as green as possible. Our own hydro scheme powers all the properties on the estate with green energy, and excess is sold back to the national grid.

We are working with Green Tourism to achieve our badge, and we are always looking for alternative ways of doing things, and to encourage others to take the issues our planet faces seriously.ity of the furniture in Mill House and the cottages has been up-cycled and not only does this save extra waste going to landfill, it makes each property unique and quirky. We also provide home baked brownies to all of our guests and put fresh flowers picked on the estate in to welcome new arrivals. Of course, during the winter months this can be challenging and we have to get creative!

All the properties on the estate are supplied with fresh and delicious spring water which is filtered and tested regularly and is far better than anything you can buy in a bottle! So when you come to stay remember to bring you own reusable bottle to fill up.

We stock the cottages with toiletries from The Scottish Fine Soap Company who manufacture their products near the Ochil Hills in Stirlingshire. The products are free from micro-beads and parabens and are not tested on animals, and the packaging is recyclable. They are also lovely to use!

We use green, eco-friendly cleaning and laundry products such as Bio-D and Eco Leaf as well as compostable dish cloths for our guests to use, an also encourage composting to our guests. We buy as much as we can from local producers and suppliers and make jams and compotes for the B&B from fruit grown right here on the estate.  We supply warm blankets for cooler evenings and slippers although we do encourage our guests to bring their own slippers or flip-flops, and also to bring warm jumpers!

Monzie Estate is home to a wealth of walks and wildlife, and so to shrink your carbon footprint even more, you don’t need to get in the car and drive to see amazing sights! A walk up Kip MacLyne will give you stunning views and the estate is home to red squirrels, so many birds including red kites and buzzards and red deer amongst many other species.

Aug 26

September at Monzie

By Monzie Estate | Blog , Uncategorized

It has been a busy season so far with our new pop-up cafe – lots and lots of baking! Our guests have loved it and we hope to keep it going.

Whilst September signals the end of the holidays for many, there is still plenty going on! The Solheim Cup takes place between the 9th – 15th September at Gleneagles and is touted as ‘the biggest event in women golf’. We still have some B&B rooms available at Mill House too!

But if golf really isn’t your thing then we would recommend at trip to Perthshire Open Studios – an event that takes place at different venues throughout Perthshire from 7th-15th September. Sarah Howard is one artist participating and lived at Monzie for a long time – her illustrations are beautiful and her taster art sessions will be a wonderful way to spend a few hours .

Nov 16

Mill House for a Crieff Christmas Experience!

By Monzie Estate | Blog

Christmas in Crieff is a magical time and we are are offering our guests a special rate for a 2 night stay of £100 for Kip MacLyne and £120 for Keltie Den complete with a £10 Crieff Card and festive treats when you arrive at Mill House!

 

Exclusive Christmas offers on Monzie Estate

**1 night special deal on 6th December only** £40 for a room in Mill House to take advantage of Crieff’s Late Night Shopping event!  Shoppers will be offered a glass of bubbly or mulled wine by businesses and carols performed by Brass Central Strathearn will be played in James Square. This evening is sure to get you in the festive spirit!

**2 night special deals between 1st and 12th December inclusive** £100 for our smallest room, Kip MacLyne or £120 for the larger Keltie Den. This will include festive treats on arrival at Mill House and a £10 Crieff Card to spend in Crieff’s independent shops!

Alternatively there is some availability in the unique holiday cottages on the estate: **3 night stays in beautiful East Gatehouse Lodge or Gardeners Cottage start at £400 and sleep up to 4**  This deal also includes festive treats, a £10 Crieff Card, and everything else.

What’s on

Crieff Hydro are running a winter skating rink from 1st December until 1st January – guaranteed fun for all the family! On December 5th there is  a Christmas Choral Evening hosted by Morrisons Academy which promises to be full of festive cheer and is free to attend.  6th December is Crieffs’ late night shopping event where and local businesses are open until 9pm.   Other seasonal events in Crieff can be found here!

Crieff offers a huge range of independent shops meaning you can beat the crowds and the city chainstores.  We especially like The Crieff Food Co. for locally sourced produce and gifts; Child after Child when shopping for children and JL Gill for those with a discerning taste in fine wine and whisky, speciality teas and coffees and and array of delicatessen. So, come and stay at Mill House for a true festive experience!

We still have Christmas availability for Mill House as self catering, and also the lovely Gardeners Cottage for New Year.  A minimum of four nights is required for these bookings.

To book

Email Us to book or call +44 (0)1764 650095 (office hours) or 07815737130 if you have any questions.

Other options

If you would rather go self catering, we are doing special 3 night deals in our cottages: East Gatehouse Lodge, which sleeps 4 and is unique being the original castle gatehouse Brae Cottage  which features a hot tub in a fabulous romantic setting for two. Glowry Cottage sleeps 5 and is the perfect getaway for families. Gardener’s Cottage  sleeps and is tucked away in a hidden part of the estate for a cosy festive getaway.

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May 04

Tips for Crieff – Shopping, Eating and Events

By Monzie Estate | Blog

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Shops in Crieff

Pay a visit to J.L.Gill Grocer and whisky merchant! One of the few traditional high street grocers left in Scotland, but we always walk out with some of the highest quality food and drink found in the area.

The bakers at Campbell’s know the secrets behind producing the best tasting breads, biscuits, cakes and pies. Stop by for the cake of the month, seasonal specialties and/or fudge donuts (our office favourite)!

Fish in Crieff feels like a shop on the shoreline regardless of its location in the middle of Scotland. The owners are excellent fishmongers and sell the finest seafood in the area!

For all other needs, head to McNees! This place stocks almost everything we ever need, even the most exotic ingredients!

Snacks

Yanns French bistro and lounge is known for its great service and good food.  If we are going for a night out, this place is always our first choice!

For lunch we recommend Delivino, a delicatessen and wine café! Check the blackboard for the special of the day or stick with one of their classic 12” pizzas. 

Staying Active

Crieff Hydro is less than four miles by road and a great place for all ages! The adults-only Victorian Spa, horseback riding centre and Culcrieff Golf Club are all favourites of Monzie guests.

Choose from a variety of distillery tours at Glenturret Distillery! It’s Scotland’s oldest distillery and home to the Famous Grouse Experience, as well as a tasty restaurant run by Wilde Thyme catering.

Rent mountain bikes from Comrie Croft and enjoy scenic trails or take a guided tour. Don’t miss the Crieff Beer Festival, 10-11 June; Cream o’ the Croft mountain biking festival, June; Crieff Arts Festival, 13-14 August; Drovers’ Tryst walking festival, 8-15 October!

And of course you can always roam around beautiful Monzie Estate and check out our beautiful holiday cottages. SaveSave

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Feb 01

Half term at Monzie

By Monzie Estate | Blog

 

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Half term is fast approaching and I’m writing about fun things to do with children. I’m brought back to last October when my sister and her family visited. My nieces and nephew like nothing more to spend the day exploring the estate. We foraged for pine cones and moss for our Christmas wreaths. We baked biscuits and cakes (both cottages are equipped with everything you need for baking) and had a tour of the castle. My nephew George got to try on one of the helmets from the suits of armour and my nieces had great fun riding around the hall on their scooters (clean, mud-free trikes and scooters only).

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All three children were fascinated by the Estate’s hydro electric power station which is like something out of a 1950s James Bond movie and we had a trip up the hill to find out where the water comes from. Perfect to blow away the cobwebs, particularly with the winds we have blowing right now!

Walks included the dog and foraging for sticks for the fire, something that was a change from the large city they live in, particularly when they spotted four roe deer with their white fluffy tails, that look exactly like something out of a cartoon. The cottages are surrounded by wildlife. Go out at night and you’ll hear the owl that has a home around the corner from Gardeners, if you drive home in the dark, you might spot him and a mate or two on the telephone wires nearby. I love the hares which surround the castle grounds and the fields around Glowry, they’re so elegant and different. You’ll also spot rabbits, red squirrels, stoats and field mice if you look hard enough.

Glowry now has a pair of binoculars which is a great way to spot birds, if you look hard enough you’ll see red kites, buzzards and a heron. Take a walk around Loch More, you’ll find a pair of swans, geese and lots of wild ducks.

We think there’s more than enough to do around Monzie, but there are plenty of wonderful things to do nearby and we highly recommend that you try out our neighbouring child-friendly activities. Check our previous post on what to do around Crieff.

Come and stay at our cottages, we currently have half term availability. Email us for more information or call 01764 654877. Prices start from £200 for two nights. Stay for a week from £495 which includes complimentary tours of the castle and hydro. Home baked cake and wine included!

Nov 12

Hogmanay get-away at Monzie Estate

By Monzie Estate | Blog

The winter weather is creeping in and Christmas and New Years are looming. There’s only 42 until the jolly man in red arrives, and seven weeks until we ring in 2016.

If you haven’t got your Hogmanay planned, have you thought about an escape to the Gardner’s Cottage at Monzie Estate? Located at the end of the Monzie Castle Gardens, the Gardner’s Cottage can accommodate up to 4 people. It is currently available for a week between 28th December and 3 January (or longer if you would perfer). Located two miles down a private road, you can escape the crowds and enjoy some peace and quiet in the beautiful surroundings of Monzie Estate. Though, you will only be a few miles from Crieff, Comrie and Perth if you’d prefer to be in the heart of Hogmanay celebrations.

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The cottage will be specially decorated for your arrival/ on Hogmanay to get you in a festive mood. To celebrate this special time of year, as a Gardner’s Cottage guest you are also invited to celebratory drinks (and nibbles) at Monzie Castle. You can then head back to the cottage for a relaxing night in-front of the fire, or attend one of the several Hogmanay events in the area.

Here’s whats on:

  • Crieff Hogmanay in James Square has been a year in the making! The local community have been fundraising and planning all year to bring you an evening full of great music and fun. With a great local line up you are sure to dance the night away. For all the latest news and updates, take a look at their Facebook page – Crieff Hogmanay
  • Take part in the traditional Flambeaux Procession though Comrie. An evening full of tradition, fire, music and merry-making.
  • For something a little more refined, how about an evening at The Royal Hotel Hogmanay Gala Dinner. Start your evening with Champagne and canapés, followed by a 5 course dinner and dancing into the wee hours of 2016. Bookings are essential, so make sure you don’t miss out.
  • If you’re looking for an excuse to drag yourself out of bed on New Years day, this is a great one. Pitlochy’s Scottish New Year celebrations is an afternoon of music, food, dancing, with the chance to win some great prizes in the raffle.

If you are interested in staying with us, we would love to welcome you. Be sure you don’t miss out on this beautiful slice of the Highlands at what will no doubt be a very exciting time of year. Please email us at info@monzieestate.com to book or call us on 07815 737130 if you have any questions.

Nov 12

Our first Christmas event at Monzie Castle

By Monzie Estate | Blog

We are very excited to be hosting our first Christmas event at Monzie Castle. Come and join us on Saturday 21st November for a special Christmas experience.

We are privileged to have the use, thanks to Mrs C Crichton, of several rooms and kitchens at Monzie Castle where we want to share some fun ideas for crafting and cooking your way through Christmas.

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Atlas of Monzie Estate says ” we woof you a Merry Christmas”

The talented Susan Brebner, a teacher from New Zealand, will be sharing creative ideas to make your Christmas filled with craft and fun. Susan is super woman when it comes to crafts, sewing, baking and cooking and has been sharing (and teaching) her fantastic skills for many years in New Zealand. Not only is she an extraordinary and patient teacher with a fantastic eye for detail, but she loves Christmas crafts and Christmas cooking. We’re also crossing our fingers she may experience her first white Christmas this year!

Susan will be joined by Alexandra Crichton, who has thrown herself into country life since moving to Scotland 18 months ago. Alexandra, with a few tips from Susan, is a master in the kitchen making cordials, cakes, jams and canapés. She has also found a passion for sewing, upholstering furniture, a special fondness for wood and using locally sourced products. Alexandra is also an expert at finding a bargain or two at ReMake.

You will have the opportunity to make decorations and wreaths, that will be a great addition to your Christmas collection at home, or to gift to loved ones. Several of the ideas can be shared with children as a fun indoor activity, which will be very helpful with the winter weather well and truly on its way. Each session has a hands on component, so you will be making something to take away with you. We will also be sharing recipes with you and have food for you to try at each of the break times.
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Spots are filling up quickly, so be sure to get secure your place. Tickets can be purchased form Eventbrite and include all materials, morning coffee and lunch, along with lots of food and drink samples throughout the event. All profits go to Rachel House Hospice.

Why not make a weekend of it and stay in one of our holiday cottages! Glowry sleeps five and Gardener’s Cottage sleeps four.

We look forward to seeing you there,

Alexandra and Susan.

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Jul 24

Exciting events in our area

By Monzie Estate | Blog

After settling into one of our cottages and enjoying the breathtaking views of the beautiful fields and lush, green rolling hills, head over to some lively summer events happening in the area that your family will love.

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Here are our top events happening soon…

-Take part in the festivities of the Comrie Fortnight, held annually on the last week in July through the first week in August. On 8 August, take part in an afternoon of fun events and watch the Comrie Pipe Band lead an elaborate float parade through the village.

-Rejuvenate your mind and body by attending a relaxation class at the local Strathearn Arts Space on Saturday morning, 1 August. Don’t forget a blanket, mat and cushions!

– Punch Brothers, Rhiannon Giddens, McCrary Sisters and The Fairfield Four take the stage at the Southern Fried Festival, Perth this year from 31 July to 2 August. Eat soul food whilst enjoying a jam-packed weekend of country, blues, and more.

-Try the bucking bronco, bring your pet to the pet show, or watch heavyweight athletes compete in the Aberfeldy Show from Friday 7 August until Saturday 8 August. There will be Piping competitions, a hill race, wrestling, a horticulture show, craft fair, and more.

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-On Sunday, 9 August, head to the exciting Perth Highland Games  for a true Scottish experience, cheering on the tug o war games, the pipe band and highland dancers. The family will enjoy rides, amusements and trade stands, with tickets for just £8 for adults, and £4 for children and senior citizens.

-The Crieff Highland Gathering is one of Scotland’s longest running games. Visit on 16 August for a memorable experience of a one-mile kilt race, local and national music, dancers and other exciting attractions.

-Experience live entertainment, arts and crafts and brilliant exhibitions at the Crieff Arts Festivaltaking place from 22 to 23 August. Thriller writer Helen Grant will join a range of authors and poets for a literary event happening at Strathearn Artspace on August 22, where doors will open at 10am.

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