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Mar 09

Fire and Folklore Special Offer

By Monzie Estate | Blog , Uncategorized

Fire & Folklore, Heroes & Villains Special Offer

We are very excited to announce that we are offering half price on our self catering accommodation for two night stays or longer between 10th and 14th March!


The Fire & Folklore, Heroes and Villains event in Crieff promises to be a wonderful evening filled with history. It is a street theatre event where you will take part in guided walk filled with famous characters from Scottish history.


The walk start at Lower Leadenflower car park and ends in James Square. The tours start at 6pm and run every half hour until 9pm.


To get our half price accommodation offer you need to buy your tickets here.

Email us with a screenshot of your ticket together with the  dates and the  accommodation you would like. 


Contact us on holiday@monzieestate.com or phone 01764650095 (9.30am - 3pm)

 

Feb 02

#BookDirect Day 5th February 2020

By Monzie Estate | Blog , Uncategorized

To celebrate #bookdirect day, we are offering 20% discount on all stays until 18 December 2020 booked on the 5th February only. Bookings will need to be completed by Midnight.

Why book direct?

We are family run company, we pay UK taxes and 20% VAT (unlike many of the booking agencies who pay no tax at all!). We pay our staff above the ‘living wage’. You know that your money is going 100% to support the local economy.

We make booking directly with us worth your while with extra perks and the best rate guaranteed.

Best Rate Guaranteed
We always display our very best prices on our website. So if you book your stay directly with us, you’re guaranteed to get the best price for your stay. If you happen to find a better rate elsewhere – let us know, and we’ll match it.

Book direct for upgrades and treats
Book direct with us for Mill House B&B to be guaranteed a room upgrade* and treats.
Book direct with us for Brae, Glowry, East Lodge and Gardener’s and you will be welcomed with treats and a £10 Crieff Gift Card*.

Book direct to be guaranteed a place on our private castle tours held Mondays and Thursdays.

Book direct and we will offer an extra hour free. I.E. early check in or late check out*.

Charity donations. In 2019, we donated £550 to CHAS, this was a percentage from our direct bookings. In 2020, we will donate 3% to charity and 2% to replant the fallen trees in the five miles of beech trees that General Campbell planted in the 1700s as part of our sustainable tree planting programme.

Cut out the middleman! Booking elsewhere adds an extra layer of complexity to your booking. If you need to cancel, we always return your money if we can fill the space, whereas our strict policies with agencies mean that you won’t see your money back.

*subject to availability and based on full priced bookings

Dec 03

Christmas in Crieff

By Monzie Estate | Blog

Christmas in Crieff

We are super lucky to be in a town with so many options for Christmas shopping and events.

This year Crieff boasts Scotland’s only Santa’s Post Office. Children can bring a letter from home or write their letters to Santa with the help fo some of his elves. Letters will be posted in to the magic postbox which shows the letters winging their way from Crieff to Lapland. The post office will provide writing paper, pens and stickers so children can sit down and write their letters in this magical setting. It is open every day until Christmas between 4pm and 6pm.

There will also be a chance to meet Santa and his reindeer in Crieff on 7th December when the Crieff Food Co. will be hosting a Christmas Extravaganza event! It sounds like great fun for everyone and you can check out Crieff’s beautiful Christmas light display in James Square whilst you are there.

Crieff Hydro is again hosting winter skating and Santa’s Grotto throughout December at Picco’s Winter Wonderland. If you don’t get a chance to go to the hydro then Santa will also be visiting Drummond Castle on 15th December between 10am and 3pm. The whole family can enjoy a stroll through the gardens and meet Santa.

To get in the festive mood why not head to the Library of Innerpeffray, the first free public lending library in Scotland. On 8th December from 3pm – 5pm there will be carols, readings and festive music. Here is more information.

The pantomime is coming Crieff on 21st December! Sleeping Beauty will be on in Strathearn Community Campus. Click here for more info and to book your tickets.

Crieff Arts Festival has secured the use of an empty shop to host a Pop Up Gallery until 22nd December. To support them we are offering a £50 gift voucher to anyone who spends £200 or more on accommodation booked direct before 22nd December. It is a wonderful way to support local artists and you can read more about it here.

We have some December availability in Mill House B&B and also Brae, Gardeners and East Lodge.

To book please email holiday@monzieestate.com or phone 01764650095 and quote ‘gallery voucher’.

Monzie Joinery side table

Here at Monzie we have a lovely range of gifts in our pop up shop. Our Monzie Joinery chopping boards are very popular and would make a great Christmas present. Guests are always commenting on our side tables and so the wonderful joiners have made some more to keep up with demand!

Selection of items at our pop up shop

Have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy new year!

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.

David collecting the award

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

#GlobalStrikeForClimate

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.

couple walking on path of Monzie Estate at sunset
May 04

Tips for Crieff – Shopping, Eating and Events

By Monzie Estate | Blog

welcome hamper

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!

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