Samantha Spence, Edinburgh Feb 2018
Just back from an idilic winter week at the enchanting Knochshannoch Lodge. From the minute we saw it's thatched roof through the trees we all instantly fell in love. My youngest had been car sick on the way but immediately announced it had been worth it on seeing his curved wall room and the rope swing in the garden. On opening the door we knew we had hit the, self catering in Scotland, jackpot and delighted in the beautiful interior and generous gifts left by the family. We were there to go snowboarding at Glenshee and were lucky enough to have 3 perfect days of sun and snow but when the snow gates were closed we were all excited at the prospect of having to stay home. Days were easily filled: flicking through the book collection, playing board games, eating, the wonderfully generous, Ian's pancakes by the kitchen log burner and cuddling up together on the bashed leather sofa watching the Wallace and Gromit box set.
Pam was wonderful at making us feel cared for and at home. We followed her instructions and braved the lane at night-time for spooky walks through the snow and hurled ourselves down the, “best sledge run ever” at Blackwater reservoir.
None of us wanted to leave, especially my 14 year old. He admitted that he wouldn't have swapped the lodge for the near-by cottage our friends were staying in despite the fact he could have had his own room and a hot tub – praise indeed!
Knockshannoch lodge is a true find. It's the sort of place you could write a book in or paint a great picture or just have the most perfect family holiday. Looking forward to planning our next visit. Thank you Pam, Mark and Archie for sharing your good taste and hospitality. It was bliss.
Jeremy Swetenham, Jersey 20th Nov 2017
"As a perfect hideaway, we really couldn't fault Knockshannoch Lodge at all. With some very helpful advice from Pam on where to shop on the way up and knowing that basics such as spices and oils would be there we arrived on the Friday evening well prepared. The treats left for both dogs and humans were a lovely welcome. Having lit the log burners we then settled down to a simple but homely supper of M&S Scottish mussels, salad, cheese and wine. Attractive inside as it is outside, the lodge has to be one of the most tastefully restored, furnished and decorated Scottish hideaways I have ever visited. The impact began at the first touch of the traditional light switches and the journey of discovering beautiful rooms and items continued throughout our brief stay. To put it simply, the lodge felt genuinely loved and we felt thoroughly spoiled - even by the neighbour Ian who brought us pancakes in the morning.
Everything worked perfectly and we were only caught out by our not reading or following instructions - first in our haste to celebrate our arrival with a drink before reading where the ice was (resolved instantly by Pam via a text) and the second for deciding to walk up to Folder to start our walk rather than driving as advised. In the end we turned back and asked the farm at the junction if we could return along the bank of the River Isla. They were extremely friendly and said it would be fine as long as we kept our dog on a lead in the fields with livestock. So we had a wonderful roam across the countryside, crossed the lovely iron suspension bridge to the other side and followed the Cateran Trail until crossing back near the lodge. In the end we had had a perfect 3 1/2 hour walk and though we hadn't made the most of the views, we had already decided we would have to come back again and went straight to the website to check availability!
Dinner on the Saturday evening at the Lands of Loyal was a superb recommendation. Alyth Taxis were quite busy but kindly found time in their schedule to pick us up (after our hot baths and dressing up) and later that evening managed to extract us from the lap of luxury that is the hotel hall with its enormous fireplace. With good humoured conversation in both directions the £16 fare felt like a bargain. The dinner itself was delicious and the young team of waiters and waitresses would put many more seasoned professionals to shame. Most of that evening was spent plotting how we might stay a few more days at Knockshannoch, so the next morning we were feeling quite low when reality struck that we really did need to leave.
At the time of writing a day later we are a bit dazed by the whole experience and just enjoying the memories. Thank you."
Stephen & Mary Novick, Welshpool, 11 Nov 2017
Thanks for a wonderful week’s stay. The cottage is lovely, homely and quaint in an interesting sort of way. The woodburners work fine and were just the job after a day out. Everything was cosy and comfortable and it felt like home instantly. There was a friendly neighbour who brought us fresh home-made pancakes too, and your little gifts were lovely as well. Our two dogs enjoyed themselves and thank you for their treats as well!
The area is very nice, we went exploring and went to Dundee & St. Andrews, I’ve not been there for nearly 40 years so it was nice to see the place again.
Thanks again for a relaxing lovely week, Stephen, Mary, Jack and Meisha ( the 2 Japanese Spitzes )
Ann Hunter, Edinburgh 9th to 16th Sept 2017
Just back from Knockshannoch Lodge one of the most atmospheric places we have stayed . It's location and decor make it a wonderful place to be. We loved the wood burners, lounge , bedroom and kitchen. We loved the local walk taking in the ' large ' house and other round houses . Even the friendly neighbour. He inspired me to call my weekly journal ' A scone and a wave ' ! 😊. Pam and Mark were attentive and helpful owners who make you feel ' nothing is a bother '. Would most certainly stay again for a week . Ann , Denise & Cassie 🐾
Mrs Elizabeth A. said...via Owners Direct
Lovely dog friendly cottage, Knockshannoch Lodge, Glenisla
Date of Stay 2 Sep 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
This is a lovely cottage, very quirky and definitely home from home. The location is stunning and we had some great walks through the heather with our dogs. The cottage is well stocked with everything you would need and the wood burners make it feel extra cosy. The owners are really welcoming and go out of their way to ensure you have a great stay. The wildlife outside the kitchen window is amazing although they can get through some food! Everyone in the location is really friendly and one of the neighbours even made us pancakes on our first morning there. We found some lovely tea rooms/gift shops in the area - Peel Farm, The Wee Bear Cafe and Glenshee Pottery. Dunkeld is a must see if you fancy a drive out.
Martin Browne 26th Aug – 2nd Sept 2017
We liked the cottage very much, it was quirky and atmospheric, and we loved the heather moorland in full bloom. The atmosphere was truly Scottish, and the maps and books in the cottage were perfect for relaxing in the evening with a dram. The cottage was very well appointed.
I fished for a couple of hours on 2 evenings and bought permits for the Backwater Reservoir from the Loch of Lintraven angling club. Fishing was with traditional Scottish wet flies (Zulu, Loch Ordie, Katie Mclarren) fished on a floating line. I caught a couple of trout on each evening, but suspect fishing was better in the main part of the day. Seeing the Osprey was the highlight of my holiday. For other guests wanting to fish, I found Kate Fleming in Blairgowrie very helpful for information on Salmon and Seatrout beats on the Isla and Ericht.
We thought the Fish and Chips in Arbroath were superb, as was the smoked haddock we bought on the quay at Pittenweem. We visited several distilleries, Drumottat Castle , St Andrews and Royal Deeside. All were lovely. As someone who has spent a lot of time on the West Coast, I was impressed what the East Coast had to offer and thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. Regards, Martin Browne, Enford, Wiltshire
Home from Home. 19th - 26th August 2017 Tracey & Naz White, Derbyshire Having spent weeks and weeks searching for the perfect holiday home, we found it in the roundhouse. My husband and I visited Scotland for the first time for our first wedding anniversary and it was simply perfect. Situated, in a perfect position overlooking the glens, we enjoyed wonderful wildlife, including deer, rabbits, pheasants, woodpeckers, owls, many bird species and an osprey on our last day. This was a real home from home and whatever you enjoy, from lazy days, to walking, driving through the mountains, going to the seaside, enjoying a glass of wine by the woodburner, there is something for everyone, if you love the countryside. Pam and Mark were very welcoming and gave us a lovely welcome, the house is fascinating and we saw something new everyday, right up to when we left. The Scottish oats soap was a wonderful discovery and we stocked up to take home. If you are seeking tranquility and a home from home, this is the place.
Peace and tranquility in a beautiful setting ***** 22-29th July 2017 - Angela & Mike Elliot, Stirling
If you want peace and quiet, then this is the place!
If you want to see a variety of birds and animal life right outside the kitchen window - this is the place!
If you enjoy easy walks in beautiful countryside or are a dedicated hillwalker looking for a challenge, then look no further as this is the perfect base for many outdoor activities. The Lodge is a haven away from home in which you can feel totally relaxed and you will be made extremely welcome by Pam and Mark who have put every effort into making all this possible for their guests, both human and canine.
Our Springer Spaniel settled in straight away and loved exploring her new surroundings as well as long walks in the countryside and coast, especially digging in the sand at Lunan Bay!
We loved our week in this unique roundhouse and would thoroughly recommend a stay here.
Thanks again to Pam, Mark, Archie and Ziggy the dog
Monica & Steffen Strohbach, Germany 17th Jun - 8th Jul 2017
A huge THANK YOU for three wonderful weeks in the Knockshannoch Lodge! You created a beautiful hideaway. The information you provided before our arrival were very helpful for our holiday planning. Your warm welcome on our arrival let us feel at home away from home from the first moment. Your friendly and honest support and communication during our stay made us feel 'at home' at any time. And finally: Many thanks for the Jam: For us definitely a 'Great taste 2017'. For many years we intended to explore the Highlands. You helped us so much, our holiday stay became an experience we will remind for many years! We will recommend..Our best wishes Monica & Steffen.
Some friendly recommendations for those visitors who read these lines after our departure:
Hikes/Walks: Mayar & Driesh from Corrie Fee
Lochnagar from Glen Muick
Fiddler's Path (Dunkeld)
Mount Blair (short walk, great views!)
A great day trip: Dunnottar Castle, Lunan Bay, Arbroath (Marco's @harbour for Fish & Chips!), Glamis Castle (visit/tour & garden)
Another great trip: Braemar (many walks), Balmoral Castle and Royal Lochnagar distillery!!!
And please: Feed the birds, squirrels and pine martens in the garden. Their 'thank you': Your KITCHEN TV!' You will find out :-)
Very cute and cosy house in a beautiful landscape. Jacob Hoffmann, Dresden, Germany
Date of Stay 8 Jul 2017
This house is absolutely recommendable, if you look for a comfortable and cosy place to relax and forget every day life. The cottage is, as the pictures show, lovingly and tastefully furnished. The landscape is beautiful and you can make some quite interesting tours. We were absolutely thrilled, as we saw some pheasants and rabbits quite from the table in the kitchen. There is a little restaurant in the next village, which is also very good and recommendable.
Lovely cottage in a great setting ***** Date of Stay 3 Jun 2017 Susan & David Crawford, Harrogate
Really enjoyed our stay, cottage had everything we needed and more. Lovely location, quiet with lots of birds to watch in the garden. Birds were great. We logged over 80 species during the trip. The feeders were busy with lots of young birds too, not to mention the bossy pheasant! We even saw a golden eagle up the road from the cottage one evening -passing over. Hope the martens don't get the voles - they're great entertainment. We're feeling suitably rested.
A lovely place to stay at ***** Mirco & Svenja Fink, Bad Salzuflen, Germany
Knockshannoch Lodge is a lovely place with many things to see: starting with the nice decorations inside and also the beautiful landscape that surrounds this place. In the morning when you are having breakfast just look outside the window and watch the birds such as finches, woodpeckers and pheasants while having a cup of coffe and a piece of toast. Also rabbits are showing up to get their share of seeds.
You can also make several trips by car to Pitlochry, Dundee or Blairgowrie when the weather is not that good as you wish. But keep in mind: weather changes quickly... :-)
We were lucky to be in time for the Highland Games at Blair Atholl and had a wonderful start for our holidays in Scotland: loads of fun and good food while watching "men in skirts".
After all we would recommend this place as a good base for a quiet and relaxing holiday with some adventures.
We enjoyed a wonderful week in the unique Knockshannoch lodge on our first family holiday with our new baby. The owners couldn't have done more to make us feel welcome, with plenty suggestions for activities tailored to our needs and interests. This is a cottage unlike anywhere else we have stayed and made us feel like we had gone to a different era with its carefully chosen decor, quirky antiques and of course the round walls! It does however also provide all the modern essentials with plenty heat, hot water and entertainment systems (loved the Wii!) We found it really well equipped with lots of handy items and attention to detail.If you are looking for some peace in a beautiful area, long walks from the front door and then back to a cosy fire or tea in one of the lovely local cafes then Knockshannoch is the perfect retreat. — Megan Bee, 08 May 2017
Scottish Field Magazine review, 5th May 2017 for June 2017 Edition
Historic Round Thatched Lodge House, Quite simply a unique cottage holiday experience ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Mar 2017
When choosing a cottage holiday, we often choose something a little different, something off the beaten track, and so were instantly drawn to this unique, thatched Scottish Roundhouse. This impressive building does not disappoint once inside. There is character and quality throughout, from the semi circular lounge to the rustic country kitchen. We were impressed with the owner's attention to detail; fresh flowers on the kitchen table, wine, fresh bread and eggs to make us feel welcome. There were logs stacked adjacent to the stoves in the lounge and kitchen, plenty of clean, white towels in the bathroom, high quality bedlinen and a feather down duvet on the main bed. The furniture and decor add to the relaxed, country cottage atmosphere making us feel comfortable and at home, ready to enjoy our stay in Glenisla.
On our arrival, the friendly owners were on hand to greet us and show us around, ensuring we knew where things were, and answering all our questions. In addition, there was a very helpful and informative folder with a brief history of the lodge and it's association with the main house; also round but on a much grander scale. We found the walking route suggestions very useful, and had two glorious excusions; the first around Folda, a short distance away and the second after driving to Glen Doll and walking up to Corrie Fee. The owners recommended the Glenisla Hotel and Lands of Loyal as two local dining experiences, and they were both exceptional and worthy of recommendation.
We would highly recommend this cottage to like minded travellers, who value a peaceful and relaxing holiday in glorious countryside with spectacular scenery on the doorstep.
Stylish and charming accommodation in stunning scenery. Hugh & Yvonne Frost, Shropshire *****Date of Stay - 25 Feb 2017
We look for unique, unusual and characterful properties when booking our cottage holidays, and Knockshannoch Lodge does not disappoint; in fact it is probably the best in all departments. The roundhouse format is typical of The Braes of Angus, we encountered several others on our excursions, but they were mainly used for agricultural purposes now. This house however, has been tastefully restored with attention to decor and accommodation detail, that Annie Sloan would be proud to replicate. The quirky nature of this roundhouse is enhanced as soon as you walk through the door; the eye follows the curving inner hallway, complete with coat rack and table, and serves all the rooms. The bedrooms and lounge reflect this internal curvature so there is no place for the Devil to hide! He wouldn't like it here anyway; too well-appointed, clean and tidy for his liking. The rustic but beautifully finished kitchen is a welcoming sight; the perfect place for a hearty breakfast of porridge and honey, tea and toast and Barley, our Vizsla, slept peacefully here, in his dog cage in front of the storage heater. The main bedroom was comfortable with the inclusion of a panel heater, to take the edge off the chill February evenings before sliding under the feather-down duvet. Every convenience is catered for; from the thoughtful inclusion of ample fresh towels, an endless supply of hot water, woodburning stoves that are easy to light and maintain, to a friendly, welcoming and informative guided tour by the owners, Pam and Mark. All this, (and the birthday present!) contributed to a memorable holiday in a remarkable cottage, with stunning scenery on the doorstep. Try it, we're sure you will feel the same.
A beautifully renovated cottage in a great place . Goode Family, Oxfordshire ★ ★ ★ ★ ★Date of arrival 11 February 2017
We had a wonderful time staying here - the cottage has been renovated fantastically well, and is full of interesting and vintage furniture (and a book collection to keep an avid reader going for weeks!). The owners were really helpful, before, during and after our stay - a delight to deal with. The facilities are fine too - although I had some trouble with mobile phone coverage, the wifi worked well. And the views and wildlife are awesome - we saw many bird varieties (including a wood pecker) from the kitchen window and a red squirrel too. I'd definitely recommend this property and the area to couples and families. We'd certainly visit again!
Raymond family, Yorkshire. Beautiful cottage in lovely secluded location. Date of Stay: 29 Dec 2016 - 02 Jan 2017.
The cottage was very cosy, warm and welcoming indeed. All the rooms were very tastefully furnished and the beds very comfortable, making our stay very relaxing. The kitchen was extremely well-equipped and a joy to prepare meals in. The woodburning stove in the living room was the easiest to manage and kept us all so warm and cosy. The internet connection was trouble free and the dvd collection extensive, along with a great variety of books and games to enjoy. The cottage was within easy reach of nearby towns ( I can highly recommend the Fish Bar and the Cafe in the Square in Alyth) and the Glenshee Ski Centre is only 25mins up the road (we borrowed the sledge and had great fun). The location of the cottage is so quiet and peaceful (our boys enjoyed spending time in the surrounding woodland) and the highlight had to be watching the red squirrrels right outside the kitchen window. The owners were very efficient, friendly and helpful, providing plenty of advice for activities and walks in the area. We were very happy with every aspect of our stay at this unique cottage and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone wanting to get away from it all and enjoy some beautiful surroundings.