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 , Perth and Kinross, Scotland, United KingdomTraditional, ancestral territory of various First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Tracey B.Joined in May 2020
22 Ratings · 18 reviews
October 20, 2023
Absolutely wonderful place!!
The camp was absolutely beautiful. So quiet and peaceful. Definitely do the hot tub package if you stay. I will be back next time I get to Scotland.
November 21, 2022
Private and well managed ideal for a romantic get away. Tracey was very welcoming. Bring your wellies if it's likely to be wet.
October 2, 2022
Cute and cosy glamping experience
Horton lodge is absolutely gorgeous - so cosy and cute, with great facilities. With a lovely glass front, you can see all the local wildlife (mainly cats and a red squirrel or two!)
We booked the hot tub package and loved it so much we used it both nights - so fab and decadent.
We also booked the fire pit package, and although it was lovely to use we only had enough firewood for a couple of hours (maybe because it was pretty rainy???)
Overall a great place to getaway and share a cute romantic weekend away. Thanks so much for having us!!
September 23, 2022
Beautiful enchanted theme
Lovely clean and cosy cabin in the woods. The hosts were very friendly and helpful. Definitely recommend checking it out!
September 6, 2022
The location is private and peaceful and very relaxing. Being in the grounds of a castle which is currently being restored adds magic and mystery to the setting.
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.
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.