An exquisite listed country mansion house in the Cairngorms National Park, The Old Manse of Blair makes a wonderful retreat for a larger group. Situated close to Blair Atholl and Pitlochry, this seven-bedroom listed property is full of old-school Highland charm and contemporary design touches.
Your stay at The Old Manse of Blair can be as formal or relaxed as you wish – the house lends itself to both. If you’re looking to entertain guests, it’s perfect, with a fantastic kitchen and dining area complete with four-oven Aga, and the option of hiring caterers to come and cater for everyone. The elegant drawing room offers you a baby grand piano and an inviting fireplace to gather around. A perfect setting for pre-dinner drinks or corporate entertaining. Across the hallway you’ll find a fabulous dining room, seating up to 16 at its grand feasting table. A beautiful space and atmosphere for any special occasion or private meeting.
All the rooms are furnished with care and attention, including the seven bedrooms. You have satellite TV, free Wi-Fi and a Nespresso machine in each one, with the larger estate bedrooms also enjoying beautiful views over the paddocks and grounds. The house can accommodate up to 14/16 guests, and the largest bedrooms also have use of their own luxurious bathrooms, each with free-standing bath and rainfall shower.
You will find cosy bathrobes, slippers and luxury Arran Aromatics toiletries in each of the house’s en suite bathrooms, including the one in the Georgian Wing, a more recent addition to the Old Manse (well, 1842), which can serve as a self-contained suite. This is perfect if you’re after a little more privacy, and it has easy access from the ground floor perfect for those who may be less mobile. French doors open from the Whisky Snug to the sun terrace, a lovely spot to spend some time in the open air. The house is also a perfect base for shooting parties with a gun room and for those wishing to take part in the many field sports available on local estates.
The stunning country location of The Old Manse of Blair is easily reached, with rail connections to nearby Blair Atholl from Edinburgh, Glasgow, and London on the Caledonian Sleeper from Euston. If you bring a car, you will be able to explore the wonders of the Cairngorms with ease too, or head south to Pitlochry in less than 20 minutes or Perth in around 30.
There are many scenic views and great walks in the area, from the Falls of Bruar, Blair Castle and Queens View and the Hermitage at Dunkeld are all magnificent views in the Perthshire countryside.
Perthshire is also home to some amazing golf courses and fishing spots, or for something even more adrenaline-fuelled, try bungee jumping, segways, quad-biking or, weather permitting, snow-boarding. All these and more will keep the adults busy, and the Landmark Adventure Park at Carrbridge has great activities for children too… with everyone welcome at The Old Manse of Blair. Spa facilities are available by arrangement locally and transfers can be arranged.
The finest shopping experience in the Highlands, The House of Bruar affectionately known as the Harrods of the Highlands is situated minutes away. It not only houses an exquisite delicatessen, butchery and food hall it also has an unrivalled country living retail experience, stocking a wide range of brands from cashmere to tweed you’ll find something for everyone here.