If you were the osprey, and not the people watching through the living room window as it dives before your eyes, then this is where you would build your nest.
High above Loch Earn, perched on the very edge of the Scottish Highlands, with the wilderness of Glen Tarken at your back door, and the loch stretching away towards the Trossachs at the south-facing front. St Fillans is at the eastern tip of Loch Earn, within the boundary of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Fishing, sailing and water-skiing are all well established here, with boat-launching and equipment hire all close by. This is also a walker's paradise. The closest Munro, Ben Vorlich, is climbed from the south side of the loch, and the rest of the Trossachs are no distance away. Dogs are generally happy to spend as much of the day as their owners will allow exploring Glen Tarken, the track to which passes the main door of Fortrenn.
Fortrenn was built in 1903 in the Arts and Crafts style as a holiday home and has retained most of its original features. A listed building of architectural importance, it has been tastefully furnished to complement this. It sits in one and a half acres of private garden, including a terrace of lawn at the front overlooked by a wee garden house, and informal woodland with lawns at the rear.
With Oban, Fort William, St Andrews, Edinburgh, and Glasgow all less than one and a half hours away, you are hard-pressed to find a more central location for your Scottish holiday.
•Whole weeks (Friday to Friday) or short breaks (Friday-Monday; Monday-Friday)
•Sleeps 7 + baby (Cot and high chair available on request.)
oKing-sized four-poster suite, with dressing room and bath/shower room
oDouble with en-suite shower
•Electric Cooker, Microwave, dishwasher, fridge and freezers. (Aga available October-April)
•Washing machine and drier
•Open fire in living room and dining room.
•Oil fired central heating throughout.
•Private parking for at least 3 vehicles.
•Pets by arrangements. Secure outside area for dogs.
•3 hotels in village, all within walking distance and all offering good food
•St Fillans golf club. Superb 9 hole course. There are 18 hole courses in Comrie, Crieff and Killin.
•Serious golf can be had at Gleneagles, and whilst the golfers golf, non-golfers can enjoy the extraordinary quality shopping of Auchterarder.
•Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre above Comrie is a great day out for families.