Luxury woodland cabins, each with a private hot tub, in the grounds of a Scottish castle
In the foreground your toes are peeking out from a heather-coloured tartan blanket. Mid field, beyond the window at the foot of the king-size bed, a deer is grazing in the early morning light. Beyond it are the Gothic red turrets of a castle built on land once owned by Clan Drummond. As soon as you open your eyes, you’ll be reaching for the camera to try and capture what's laid before for you – a well-framed glimpse of quintessential Scotland in all its glory.
There are currently three of the five luxury woodland cabins planned for Culdees Castle Estate Glamping in place. Already they've garnered high praise, including being billed in The Guardian's top five "best new UK sites" in 2020. All of the cabins are tucked into the five-acre forest that forms just a small part of an historic 660-acre estate in Perthshire. There's more than enough space to go round, with a whole acre of woodland per self-contained cabin. And while the scale of the place is grand, the glamping is pure fairytale. But that’s not to say this place is for kids; far from it. It’s a romantic, adults-only glamping getaway where the fairytale magic is yours to reclaim.
You park up by the castle, from where there are views of the distant Highlands, and then make your way, on winding pathways, into the trees. Soon enough you find a wooden-tiled cabin that Snow White and her little band of helpers might have prepared for you. Well... apart from the fact that there’s a hot tub outside and a few mod cons in it. Built in Estonia, the cabins are designed to blend into woodland surroundings while offering a little cocoon of insulated luxury inside. Each has its own toilet, shower and a kitchenette with just enough to cook a simple meal for two.
The estate’s enthusiastic new custodians, Tracey and Robbie, can provide a hamper of local produce or, if you want to eat out, a wealth of tips on where to go. For “the most amazing steak”; head to John and Fernandas, or for a delicious haggis meatball; book a table at Max & Ben’s Bistro. In fact, Tracey will probably book it for you and it’s the same for days out too. She abandoned her first attempt at a visitor guide to the area as there was simply too much to include. Instead, she is keen to help guests curate their own bespoke stays with visits to places that interest them most... and there’s likely to be something that takes your fancy. The estate is midway between two well-heeled Scottish towns: Crieff; where the Caithness Glass Centre is found, and Auchterarder; home of the famous Gleneagles Estate. There’s walking, cycling, horseriding, fishing and golf nearby; white-water rafting, ski-ing and the Highlands within an hour. And if there’s anything else you want from a stay at Culdees, we know someone who’ll be happy to arrange it.
Perthshire Ph5 2 Ba, Scotland, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Tracey H.Joined in May 2020
15 Ratings · 13 reviews
Paula Russell ?.recommends
July 1, 2022
Stunning lodge with hot tub
A gorgeous private lodge with a searingly warm hot tub. Lodge intimate, well furnished. Waking up to birds and wildlife an unforgettable experience. Tracey and Rob fab hosts. I would definitely recommend this wonderful lodge in a great location.
Zak W.doesn't recommend
June 28, 2022
I’d choose somewhere else to stay.
On the walk up and first view the place is great but once you get settled you soon realise it is not up to the standards you expect your paying for, you pay extra for the hot tub and fire pit and everything really which is ok but you expect it all to be ready to use as and when you need it! The hot tub is a fire burner to heat it up but it’s horrendous! You can’t control the heat! We checked in at around 17:30 and the guy stacked the fire up to fuel it and said it won’t need topped up but honestly it was like a boiling kettle couldn’t even put your hand in it! And still by 23:30 it was still scalding! Even when the fire had gone out So we didn’t use it the first night of our stay! Terrible design and management of it guy just throws the wood in and says if it gets too hot take the cover off!? Made no difference at all. Moving on there are no blinds or curtains on the windows so anyone can see right in from outside yes it’s in the woods but people walking to there cabins could see inside which isn’t what you want when your in bed! And also the ground men turns up randomly to see to the tub which isn’t cool as he comes right over! I’m sorry but if your getting changed or even in bed he can see right in!! which made our stay feel like it wasn’t very private at all. Cabin in the woods with no miggie nets on the doors or windows if it’s hot or your cooking cant Have the door open! Also there pet cat wouldn’t stop trying to get into the lodge! Way more but no room to write here.
June 15, 2022
Excellent, quirky accommodation with everything you would need inside and out. Loved all the extra wee touches in the lodge. Extremely clean. Great outdoor space - hot tub, bbq, fire pit and seat swing were used well and lovely way to wind down, relax and appreciate the outdoor. Hosts were very welcoming and friendly.
December 11, 2021
Our trip was a year late due to postponing thanks to covid, it was definitely worth the wait! Tracey welcomed us to the estate and checked us in in at Pucks shop then off along the path to Majors lodge for two nights!
The lodge was lovely well furnished, it was nice & cosy. The kitchenette area had everything we needed and the fridge was ideal size. Enjoyed a few competitive games dominoes whilst waiting on the hot tub heating up. Thanks to Rob for getting it burning both days and topping up or logs!
This was the peaceful relaxing trip we both needed, will definitely recommend to friends and family. Good luck with the castle renovations!
November 5, 2021
Booked a surprise stay for my Husband's birthday and our wedding anniversary and it was fabulous. Tracey & Rob are the most thoughtful hosts and could not do any more to make sure your stay is as great as it should be. The lodge we stayed in was the Horton Lodge and it was absolutely beautiful, everything was matching and in colour scheme even right down to the cutlery! All the wee touches are brilliant and certainly don't go unnoticed. I had also booked the hot tub for the two nights and they had made sure it was heated for us arriving and arranged it around us going for dinner the second night. We also had a breakfast hamper booked and this was absolutely delicious! We got a little tour of the Castle courtyard from Tracey and hearing about her vision and plans for the castle was astounding - very best of luck to you with this and can't wait to see it all finished.
I would absolutely recommend staying here to anyone and have already mentioned to friends about going! We will definitely be back to stay again, we loved every minute. We ventured into Creiff for one or days and it was a lovely wee place with some fab walks.
November 4, 2021
If you are like us, looking for a quiet break in peaceful surroundings, with a hot tub to relax and unwind.... seriously look no further! This is the place!
We stayed for 3 nights in Horton Lodge which is the newest of the 4 lodges quietly hidden away in the woods surrounding the quite majestic (albeit tragic) Culdees Castle. The cabin is fitted out to a really high standard (better than some top hotels we've stayed in) and had everything we needed for a really comfortable stay. A real highlight was waking up in morning in the cosy little bed alcove to look out the window and see nothing but nature... Including both grey and red squirrels and many little birds go about their daily business. What a pure joy.
The setting was just magical...Tracey and Rob were perfect hosts - attentive enough to make sure we had everything we needed and wanted, whilst giving us total privacy. My gosh they never rest! In addition to running the Glamping site, they are renovating the castle and loving it back to life. We had the privilege of hearing about the history of the castle from Rob and even got to see inside the newly refurbished courtyard, and a peek into the next room to be refurbished. Amazing work being done here and we take our hat off to them.
Top tips for visitors - there is a wee walk through the woodland from the carpark to get to the cabins so backpacks would be better than suitcases for your luggage, although they provide a wee cart for you if needed to wheel your stuff in. Wear wellies or walking boots when trekking about as the woodland paths get quite soggy with the rain. And nearby Crieff is great to visit with loads of wee shops and restaurants, but check opening days as some close on Sundays/Mondays/Tuesdays... And perhaps avoid Crieff Visitor Centre (really needs upgrading!) but the Nutcracker All year Christmas Shop is a real treasure!
Autumn was beautiful here and we plan to revisit in summer to see the progress of the renovation! Thank you Tracey & Rob!
From the host
Our Luxury cabins are situated within the woodlands of Culdees
Castle Estate. A truly unique space with complete privacy. You can lie in your bed or sip champagne in the hot tub, taking in the peaceful surroundings and watching the nature that the Scottish Highlands provides. The cabins are all hand built to blend into the natural surroundings. With some having views of Culdees Castle which is backlit at night. The grounds provide guests with all the romance and charm needed for an unforgettable experience.
The cabins are within the grounds of Culdees Castle and you are welcome to explore and admire the castle (from the outside – it is being renovated). There’s plenty of wildlife on site and there are lovely walks directly from the cabins. It’s one mile to the local village where you’ll find Muthill Golf Club (01764 681523) but serious golfers might want to travel a couple of miles further to the famous course at Gleneagles (01764 662231) where there’s also a spa and a school of falconry (01764 694347). The town of Crieff is just five miles away and has an array of shops, galleries, cafes and bars as well as the Crieff Visitor Centre (01764 654014), home to the Caithness Glass factory. Other attractions within 10 miles of site include Drummond Castle Gardens (01764 681433), Macrosty Woodland Park and Cultybraggan Camp (01764 670769). There’s mountain biking (and hire) at Comrie Croft Bike Trails (01764 670140), horseriding at Crieff Hydro (01764 651616) and fishing at Drummond Loch (01764 652722).
Food and drink
A range of hampers and local produce are available to pre-order before your stay and there’s a little shop on site too selling local produce and camping basics. In Muthill, just a mile down the road, there’s an award-winning restaurant, Barley Bree (01764 681451), Mclean’s Ice Cream Parlour and Pizzeria for takeaways (01764 681749) and a pub, The Commercial (01764 641111). There’s a wider range of restaurants, eateries and some lovely delis in Crieff. Lounge (01764 654407), Delivino (01764 655665) and The Crieff Food Company (01764 655 817) come highly recommended by your hosts as does John and Fernandas (01764 662442) and Max & Ben’s Bistro (01764 664092) in Auchterarder five miles in the other direction. Whisky lovers might like to visit the Glenturret Distillery for the Famous Grouse Experience (01764 656565) in Crieff and gin lovers should head for the Blackford Distillery (01764 661809) – both within 10 miles of site.