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Apr 28

2015, the Year of Food & Drink.

By Monzie Estate | Blog

Perthshire has a plentiful amount of local produce to offer, particularly as we celebrate this year as the Year of Food & Drink.  So whether you’re hungry for breakfast, lunch, dinner or all you can enjoy a menu of delicious food topped off with refreshing drinks at delightful places close to our holiday cottage.

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VisitScotland reports that  ‘eating traditional dishes and local produce’ is the second top activity for holidaymakers, so we’ve put together our top recommendations for places to eat in and around Crieff where you will be guaranteed sumptious food and drink.

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You can be guaranteed and exceptional Afternoon Tea at Wilde Tyme, Glentrurret Distillery.  Their menu is full of local produce and served in perfect surroundings.  They have just extended their opening hours too, which now includes evening restaurant dining.  The Famous Grouse Experience, at Glenturret distillery is a 5* visitor attraction and is one of the top three whisky visitor attractions in the world! While you’re there, take a tour and experience Scotland’s oldest working distillery.

With something on the menu for everyone and a carefully selected choice of fine wines, The Deils Cauldron in Comrie will not disappoint.  It’s cosy and intimate with a real personal touch.  Aswell as the varied specials they serve an impressive traditional Sunday lunch.

Delivino has a relaxed, family friendly atmosphere with welcoming staff.  It’s ideal for a lovely lunch, coffee and cake or a 3 course evening meal. If you’d rather relax in the cottage in the evenings and don’t fancy cooking,  Delivino also provide delicious dishes for you to take away.   What about a large deli platter full of fabulous food positioned in the middle of the dining table where you can all help yourselves?  They’re so friendly and helpful, they’ll be delighted to share their ideas with you.

Their choice of wines is diverse with something for all budgets.  Look at their selection..

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Set in a large victorian house with welcoming and friendly owners, Yann’s is definitely worth a visit.  Arrive early to sit in the lounge and mull over the menu with a G&T.

If you’d like a night in the cottage but don’t fancy cooking, you can pick up some delightful ready-made meals from Hansen’s Kitchen in Comrie.  They have a huge selection of varied meals.  The shop itself is a little gem, full of treats for foodie lovers and it has a superb selection of local beers cider.  Finding it difficult to choose? Iain is a mine of information when it comes to beer! He will recommend a few bottles to compliment your meals, or you can pick up a beer box which he has put together from a selection of bottles from carefully chosen local breweries.

Apr 13

Golfing with Glowry and friends..

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Perthshire is home to some of the oldest golf courses, which makes our cottage an ideal base for a golfing holiday.  Come and take pleasure in a few rounds of relaxed, leisurely golf whilst soaking up the magnificent surroundings.

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Purchase a golfing pass which provides fantastic value for money and entitles you to play on various 9 hole golf courses in and around Perthshire.  Be sure to try out some of the Perthshire’s lesser-known gems such as St Fillans golf course on Loch Earn, Comrie, Muthill and Foulford.  These courses are fantastic choices for enjoying the breathtaking scenery in rural Perthshire, and for those seeking a gentle round of golf over nine holes.

If you want to be out on the green for a bit longer, Crieff Golf Club Ferntower course is 5 mins drive from the cottage and is an 18 hole course.  The club house serves delicious bacon rolls and a nice cup of coffee for afterwards!

Book our cottage and get golf ready..

Mar 25

Museum Week, 23-29 March 2015

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In honour of Museum Week we’ve put together our top 5 local museums.  Get involved and celebrate the local culture.

  • Discover Scotland’s oldest free, public lending library: a museum where you can literally touch the past.  Get your head stuck in a book at Innerpeffray library – history and literature lovers will be intrigued.
  • Learn more about the former city of Scotland and visit Perth Museum and Art Gallery, you won’t be disappointed.  It’s lovely and quite fascinating with a fantastic collection of objects, which reflects nicely the history of the local area.
  • The small, volunteer-led museum at Dunblane Cathedral gives an interesting and well presented insight into the area and the events that have occurred around Dunblane.  This little hidden treasure is definitely worth an hour of your time.
  • The Beatrix Potter Exhibition and Garden is perfect for a family day out.  It’s a delightful little place to discover the links that Beatrix Potter had to the local area.  You’ll thoroughly enjoy walking through the idyllic Beatrix Potter Garden to visit Mrs Tiggy Winkle in her house.  Watch out for Mr Fox, and of course see if you can find Peter Rabbit himself!
  • Don’t go to Callander without visiting the Hamilton Toy Collection.  With an amazing collection of toys from the last hundred years, the wonderful memories of your childhood will come flooding back.

Of course, we have our very own museum right here.  Monzie Castle is a large castellated mansion which incorporates a small early 17th-century L-plan tower house.  Wander around the picturesque grounds visiting the formal garden which is attached to the tower house.  The castle is open to visitors during 16 May – 14 June; Daily, 2pm-4.30pm.

Mar 25

Hello Spring!

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Woods on Monzie Estate with bluebells – Spring 2014

 

Hello Spring!  We’ve missed your green grass, warm sunshine and beautiful flowers.

Winter is behind us now, and we’re welcoming the signs of Spring here at Monzie.  Spring flowers are coming into bloom and the estate is going to be bursting with colour as the landscape comes alive.

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Spring is the time for plans and projects, and our project for Spring is well under-way.  Our most recently renovated cottage is really coming together now, and almost at the stage of soft furnishings to be put in place. How exciting!  We’ll upload more photos as soon as we can, but in the meantime isn’t Gardener’s Cottage beautiful. A bright and spacious, idyllic hideaway which will be available in late Spring (contact us if you’re interested in staying here!).

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The clocks Spring forward on Sunday night giving us more daylight in the evening. Ahh, getting home from work and spending the longer lighter evenings in the garden.  After the cold, wet winter we’re looking forward to a trip to Bennybeg Plant Centre to choose some delightful plants and for our big Spring frenzy in the garden.
Sunshine and warmer breezes are headed our way, so throw open the windows and let the fresh air in.

Mar 17

Solar Eclipse – Friday 20 March, 2015

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solar_eclipse_ipad_backgroundPick a beautiful location on the grounds of our estate to enjoy the dramatic atmosphere of the Eclipse.  The next one won’t be until 12 August 2026, so take the chance to see this rare sight.

It will begin about 8am, so come along early with a flask of morning coffee and stay long enough to see the Diamond Ring – one of the most iconic images witnessed during the last few seconds.  The estate is also the perfect location to experience how the wildlife are affected by sudden darkness – watch them scamper off to find shelter and protection.

 

Mar 10

Easy peasy (lemon squeezy)

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We welcome our holiday guests with a delightful hamper full of goodies to get you started.  Being lovers of lemon curd we tried a fantastic easy-peasy recipe and we’re sure our guests will love it.  Loads better than any shop-bought jar we’ve ever tried.  You should give it a go at home – we found that it was so deliciously thick that we didn’t need the cornflour.

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Mar 09

Weekend Woodland Walk

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We spent the weekend clearing one of the woodland paths on the estate.  This path was David’s favourite when he was growing up,  so he was really keen to clear all the fallen trees and branches so our guests can enjoy it too.

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We hope to welcome a forager to Monzie this year.  Wouldn’t it be great to pick the wild garlic, mushrooms and all the gorgeous edible flowers that are in abundance around the estate, and use it in our recipes at home.

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Feb 25

Marvellous Mothers

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Mother’s Day should be a time when you celebrate the wonderful woman who has given you so much.   Glowry Cottage is situated in stunning surroundings which makes it easy for your mum to enjoy the peace and tranquility of rural living.  If you and your mum prefer a bit of buzz, the town of Crieff is full of lovely places for you to visit, and comfortable cafes for you to re-fuel with a tasty refreshment.

An ideal way for your mum to relax and unwind would be with a treatment at The Natural Clinic, Crieff.  Book her in now and put some spark back into her soul.

Glenturret Distillery is a little hidden gem and only a few miles along the road from our cottage.  Their menu sounds so tempting, book a table for a wonderful Sunday lunch, or a delightful afternoon tea and soak up the atmosphere.

Caithness Glass at Crieff Visitor Centre provides an insight into the inspiring world of glass-making.  There is a wide range of gorgeous paper weights, and beautiful antique jewellery.  Why not treat mum to a little momento of a relaxing time at Monzie

 

Feb 12

February Half Term – Crieff, Perthshire.

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The first holiday after Christmas is always worth celebrating.   Glowry Cottage  is perfect for a relaxing family break, with home from home comforts combined with beautiful countryside and breathtaking views.  We know all too well that staying self catering means you have the freedom to make it your own with no interruptions.  These little touches help to create wonderful family memories.

There is a variety of things to see and do in Crieff and around Perthshire during the Half Term holiday..

Treat the family and keep the kids occupied at Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre, Comrie.  Set in the beautiful hills of Perthshire, you’ll find plenty to see and do.  It promises a fun day out for the whole family.

You can decorate your own colourful ceramics at The Ceramic Experience, Bennybeg  Here, there is also a short circular walk which is ideal for the kids on their bikes or scooters, and don’t forget bread for the ducks! If you’re feeling really adventurous, bring along your rock climbing gear and try out the rocks at Bennybeg.

Explore stunning snowdrop filled gardens during the Scottish Snowdrop Festival, 31 January – 15 March.  We recommend you take a gentle stroll through The Birks of Aberfeldy – gorgeous woodland covered in a carpet of white snowdrops .

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Another  event to  keep the kids occupied is the Science Fun Factory  a free family fun day at Strathearn Community Campus on Saturday February 28 where the entire family can have fun with  lots of hands-on science things.  Look out of for a couple of cafes on Crieff High Street which are taking part in the Science Festival – they’re providing games and puzzles for the family while you sit back and enjoy a light refreshment.

Feb 05

Romance in Crieff and beyond!

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Views over the Monzie Estate, Crieff, Perthshire

 

Daydreaming of a cottage retreat in the country?

Imagine arriving to this stunning view – The perfect setting for Valentines weekend. We think someone will enjoy a romantic break in our cottage, so we have put together a package and some ideas for a special weekend!

Special offer for St Valentine’s Day weekend on the Monzie Estate – three night weekend for two, £250 with luxury hamper including local steaks (or vegetarian alternative), sparkling wine, flowers and Yumm naturally bath products. Saving over £50. To book or for more information email holiday@monzieestate.com

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Just a few items that are included in our hamper!

 

We’ve had a quick brainstorm to think of other romantic ideas around the area. Feel free to add your suggestions

  • Get ready for a night out with Wendy, she is our go to place for a manicure! Start dropping some hints for a relaxing massage at Yumm..
  • Pop down to the shops in Crieff to top up your hamper goodies, Campbells Bakery have a selection of cakes and treats, I love their honey and oatmeal shortbread, but they have something for everyone. McNees seems to offer everything a deli should and more.
  • Browse the boutique shops in Crieff for a joint romantic gift. The Strathearn Gallery is part of the ‘own art’ scheme, perfect for a beautiful new piece of art for your own home, an investment in an affordable way!  Another one of our favourites is Wee Beasties, who have some amazing and unique gifts, homeware and furniture.
  • Have a night out in one of our fabulous local restaurants. Yann’s is renowned for their excellent food, service and a fun atmosphere. Delivino is another favourite, particularly for lunch and hot chocolate. We’ve heard rumours that the Rowan Tree is under new management and very good (we must get out more!).
  • In terms of entertainment and activities, the Banff Mountain Film Festival is visiting the Pitlochry Festival Theatre on the 14th. If you can’t get rid of the kids, ReMake have a scrapstore Saturday on the 14th which looks fantastic. You can’t go wrong with finding something to do at Crieff Hydro, from a cup of tea in the Winter Garden (I love their loose teas!) to horse riding and mini golf.

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  • Finally one of our favourite things to do is a walk on the Monzie Estate, go for a gentle stroll around Loch More, scramble along the Shaggy Burn, hike up Kip Maclyne or enjoy the views of Ben Vorlich along the Keppoch. We can advise you!