Self-catering luxury at Blairmore Farm

Last week we were lucky enough to spend the week at Blairmore Farm, which provides luxury self-catering accommodation in the Perth and Kinross area of Scotland. The purpose of our stay was for me to review Blairmore Farm, but since coming home I’ve been putting off writing my review. Why? Because I have no idea how my words or photographs could possibly do justice to such an amazing place.A luxury self-catering holiday at Blairmore Farm in Perth and Kinross, Scotland

Booking a stay at Blairmore Farm

I was asked to review Blairmore Farm by Embrace Scotland – the premier resource for booking self-catering holidays in Scotland. From that point on, I was in touch directly with Ailsa who owns Blairmore Farm and I went through the usual booking process.

Booking was incredibly simple. I chose the week I wanted to stay and she emailed me a quote. There was a direct link on the quote for me to go onto her website, select any extras I needed and pay online. When I decided I wanted to bring additional people and dogs and order more meals, I just dropped Ailsa an email and she sent me an amended quote, which again took me directly to the website, allowing me to pay online.

The location

Blairmore farm is situated in a beautiful rural area near to the village of Fowlis Wester and not far from Crieff or Perth. You approach the property via a long country lane, then turn down onto Blairmore’s private drive, which takes you through a beautiful little wood before you reach the cottage. As soon as we saw that view, we knew we were going to love it.A luxury self-catering holiday at Blairmore Farm in Perth and Kinross, Scotland

West Cottage

We stayed in West Cottage, a large stone cottage that comfortably sleeps eight people. The rooms can be laid out as either twin or double beds and we went for a combination of the two. The master bedroom is en suite, there is a family bathroom upstairs and a shower room downstairs.

A luxury self-catering holiday at Blairmore Farm in Perth and Kinross, Scotland A luxury self-catering holiday at Blairmore Farm in Perth and Kinross, Scotland A luxury self-catering holiday at Blairmore Farm in Perth and Kinross, Scotland A luxury self-catering holiday at Blairmore Farm in Perth and Kinross, Scotland A luxury self-catering holiday at Blairmore Farm in Perth and Kinross, ScotlandThe large farmhouse kitchen is equipped with everything you could possibly need. By this I don’t just mean that it has enough to make basic meals – it is actually notably better equipped than my kitchen at home. As well as all the crockery, cutlery, pots and pans you would expect, there was a bread maker, coffee machine, weighing scales and children’s cutlery. There was also a fan oven, American style fridge freezer, dishwasher, microwave, washing machine and tumble drier.

The lounge / dining room is a huge room with beautiful, vintage style décor and a large log fire. The comfortable sofas and smart dining room chairs make it the perfect area for entertaining guests. We had some visitors who came for dinner with us, and we all spent a very relaxing evening eating dinner and then relaxing by the log fire.

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Outside, there is a small, enclosed patio and lawn area with a table, chairs, parasols, a barbecue and a fire pit. The view from that area is quite spectacular and we spent a lot of time in the garden. There is also a gate that opens onto the next field, which we were able to walk through to visit the beautiful Highland cattle.

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The welcome

On arrival, Ailsa came and met us and showed us around the house. She was incredibly friendly and welcoming and put us at ease straight away. On the kitchen table, there was a welcome hamper full of fabulous goodies including fresh eggs, home-made jam and chutney, tea, coffee, a fabulous chocolate fudge cake and a fresh loaf of bread.

Another fantastic touch was that we were able to order a Tesco shop and have it delivered to Blairmore Farm the day we arrived. By the time we got there, Ailsa had packed everything away for us. This meant that we had everything we needed for the week and it felt like home as soon as we arrived.

Food

Whilst Blairmore Farm is fully equipped for self-catering, you can also pre-order cooked meals from Ailsa. These are prepared freshly for you and delivered in dishes ready to go in the oven whenever you want them. We just popped ours in the fridge until we were ready to heat them. There is an extensive menu including vegetarian options. We went for a steak pie for four, a vegetarian moussaka for four and a raspberry and elderflower cake.

The steak pie contained meat from Blairmore Farm and they use their own produce where possible. It is great to know the origin of the animals and that they are treated well. In the future, Ailsa and James will be increasingly using the farm to sustain the food requirements of the holiday cottages.

A luxury self-catering holiday at Blairmore Farm in Perth and Kinross, Scotland A luxury self-catering holiday at Blairmore Farm in Perth and Kinross, ScotlandThe meals were huge and easily fed ten of us – two small children, two older children and six adults – there was even some left over for the next day, despite most of us having several portions.

Hospitality

When I’ve stayed in self-catering accommodation before, I’ve pretty much been let in and ignored. Blairmore Farm is completely the opposite. Ailsa is on hand to help with anything you need, from jugs of beer to punnets of strawberries to an off-road vehicle that allowed my husband to have a look around the farm despite being on crutches.

Things to do at Blairmore Farm

Our holiday didn’t quite go to plan – for no other reason that we had no idea how much fun we’d have simply being at Blairmore Farm. One morning, James the farmer took the time to show everyone around the farm while I caught up with some work and chatted to Ailsa over a cup of tea.

The girls were lucky enough to watch James feeding the cows and tagging the new calves. They were even allowed to collect eggs from the chickens and have a ride on the off-road vehicle with my husband. I loved the fact that James was kind enough to let everyone get involved, despite the restrictions of small children and crutches!A luxury self-catering holiday at Blairmore Farm in Perth and Kinross, Scotland A luxury self-catering holiday at Blairmore Farm in Perth and Kinross, Scotland A luxury self-catering holiday at Blairmore Farm in Perth and Kinross, Scotland A luxury self-catering holiday at Blairmore Farm in Perth and Kinross, Scotland A luxury self-catering holiday at Blairmore Farm in Perth and Kinross, Scotland A luxury self-catering holiday at Blairmore Farm in Perth and Kinross, Scotland We also spent quite a lot of time just enjoying the area. Walking the dogs, seeing the animals, having water fights and painting pieces of slate. We didn’t end up eating out at all, because eating at the cottage or preparing a picnic was so effortless due to how well equipped the kitchen was.

Dogs

Despite Blairmore being a working farm, dogs are welcome as long as they are kept on leads around livestock. We had three dogs staying in the house with us and had no problem at all with taking them out for walks on the lead. It was great being able to stay in such luxury accommodation with the dogs – we usually end up camping so that we can take them with us.

Other accommodation

Whilst we thought Blairmore Farm was pretty much perfect, it is in fact a work in progress. There are several other holiday cottages that are either available to rent now, or due to be available within the next few months. I was lucky enough to have a look around the new eight-person holiday cottage and if anything, it is even more luxurious than West Cottage. There is also a two-bed cottage that sleeps four, and other cottages are still under development.A luxury self-catering holiday at Blairmore Farm in Perth and Kinross, Scotland A luxury self-catering holiday at Blairmore Farm in Perth and Kinross, Scotland A luxury self-catering holiday at Blairmore Farm in Perth and Kinross, Scotland

The local area

We spent a couple of days exploring the area around Blairmore Farm, including a visit to Loch of the Lowes to see the nesting Ospreys, and a day out at Loch Leven riding bikes, playing in the park and swimming in the Loch. I will write about these in a separate post, but suffice to say there is plenty going on locally, especially if you love nature and being outdoors.A luxury self-catering holiday at Blairmore Farm in Perth and Kinross, Scotland

 Overall

As I said at the start of my post, I am certain that I haven’t managed to portray quite how wonderful Blairmore Farm is. Perhaps the only way to explain it is by saying that not only would I recommend it to anyone, but I would book another stay there myself without a moment’s hesitation. In fact, the family who joined us have already booked a week there for 2017, and we fully intend to do the same.A luxury self-catering holiday at Blairmore Farm in Perth and Kinross, ScotlandPlease note, we were invited to stay at Blairmore Farm for the purpose of a review. However, all views, opinions and recommendations are my own.

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8 Comments

  1. June 6, 2016 / 8:10 pm

    It looks absolutely amazing! The cottage looks stunning and the views are beautiful. I love that the kitchen is so well equipped and that you can order food from them. I bet you had the best time there! x
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  2. June 6, 2016 / 8:34 pm

    What an incredible place to stay. We went to Scotland in February and would love to go back – this will be on the list for next year! x
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  3. June 6, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    This looks an amazing place to stay. What a lovely friendly welcome you had, that is really unusually for self-catering places. The girls looked like they had lots of fun on the farm, entertainment on your doorstep what more could you want. We have never been to Scotland and it is somewhere we would love to visit now the girls are older and we can cope with the travelling. I’m pleased you all had a lovely time x
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  4. June 7, 2016 / 7:16 am

    This looks and sounds like such a wonderful place to stay. The scenery is beautiful and the cottage looks so homely and the perfect place for a family break. The owners sound like such lovely welcoming people that made the stay extra special. How lovely that you can order them to make homemade meals too. I am not surprised you want to return it sounds like you had the best time xx
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  5. June 7, 2016 / 8:24 am

    Oh it looks absolutely amazing. You have captured its beauty! How wonderful to have such a lovely break together x

  6. June 10, 2016 / 10:44 am

    I’m not surprised you didn’t want to come home, this place looks beautiful Nat. Also perfect for you! We’re hoping to try and get to Scotland at some point this year or next, obviously a very very very long drive for us from Cornwall though!

    Stevie x
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  7. June 10, 2016 / 12:20 pm

    How fantastic is that – and I just love how much space there is! Only one of my children has been to Scotland so it is something I am planning to do in the immediate future so I shall remember this – thank you.
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  8. June 12, 2016 / 9:55 am

    Hi Natalie, Blairmore Farm looks like an amazing place for a holiday. Why would you leave the UK when you can holiday in beautiful surroundings like that? The cottage looks homely too.

    The fact that you can preorder your shopping and order freshly prepared good home cooked food is a positive plus and the fact that the owners of Blairmore Farm are on hand and mingle with their guests, indicates they care.

    If you don’t think your review has done the place justice then it really must be amazing.

    xx

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