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The Coach House

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Birnam, near Dunkeld, Perthshire
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Formally the home of Beatrix Potter, this listed home is set on a private road in an elevated position.

Follow in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter at The Coach House, Heath Park, a listed property formerly the Potter family holiday home in the 1890s. Set in an elevated position on a quiet private road in the Victorian conservation village of Birnam, this cottage has its own garden within the grounds of the owner’s property. Walking, cycling, golf, fishing, castles, gardens and distillieries locally. Excellent transport links, with Dunkeld railway station, 400 yards. Shop and pub 600 yards.

Ground floor: 3 steps down to living room with French doors/dining room/conservatory. Kitchen. 1 bunk bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Stairs open to 1 double (5ft) bedroom.

Gas central heating and gas included (£25per week October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freesat TV. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Barbecue
  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Romantic Collection
    Romantic Collection
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Stairgate
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 05/08/2017
    The Coach House was an ideal for 2 but personally thought any more would be cramped, the location was great for a walk into Dunkeld for an evening meal but a bit to far out if it was raining as we found out. Some great walks right on the door step with the Hermitage Trail being easy accessible on foot from the cottage. The upstairs bedroom was spacious with an adequate bathroom down stairs, The owners were on hand if any problems but respected our Privacy. The only real niggle was the very compact kitchen and the uncomfortable couch. The garden would have been great if we had dry weather with nice table and chairs overlooking the owners big garden.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 22/07/2017
    We enjoyed our stay at The Coach House this summer and would recommend this cottage to others. The local amenities were excellent and all within walking distance of the cottage. We hope to make a return visit in the future.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 06/05/2017
    The Coach House is clean, cozy, and compact. An ideal place to escape for a few days. Plenty interesting places to visit within easy driving distance, good location for woodland, riverside or hill walks. May seem at first to be off the beaten track, but we found that a plus. Owned and serviced by a lovely family who are on hand if required, and your privacy respected when not.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 22/04/2017
    We felt it could cleaner and it felt tired. The sofa not comfortable and oven door would not shut. Difficult parking and not a secure bike store. The web photos flatter the proprty.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you so much for letting us know about these things so we can put them right. We very much hope it didn't spoil your stays. We'll speak to the cleaners about your comments and address any areas that are getting missed. We'll also immediately order new cushions for the sofa. The oven door was repaired immediately and we'll make sure the lock on the bike shed is not left off. Thank you again for the feedback. Perthshire is a beautiful area and we want people to be happy at the cottage and have a wonderful holiday.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 08/04/2017
    Taking a shower was not easy. This is because the shower head was too close to the large grab rail on the wall. The shower head attachment could not be repositioned either. The sitting room furniture was not comfortable, as the cushions no longer had any support in them! Otherwise all was well!

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 18/02/2017
    The coach house is a lovely little cottage overall. Even though it is not huge it is well thought out. The area is lovely and it is in a great location for walking, going out in the car or by rail. The train station being so close with a path to walk to it is definitely a bonus and we never heard the trains once we were inside at all. The cottage was well heated and the heating was on when we arrived. The kitchen is fairly well equiped and there is a note saying ask if there is anything else you need. There are 3 little steps into the living room which I didn't remember reading in the description (I may be wrong) but they are carpeted with a handrail and I was quite happy to not worry about the littlest one going up and down them. In fact the practice was good for her. The upstairs bedroom is massive and was a nice grown up retreat with a couple of armchairs up there as well. We managed to fit the travel cot in the downstairs bedroom with the bunk beds. The bathroom was good. There is a combi boiler so running out of hot water wasn't a worry. The towels were very scratchy when we arrived but a quick blast in the tumble dryer sorted them out. The only negative point is a small issue with cleaning. Most of the house was well cleaned however the carpeted areas had a lot of dog hair left on them. This was most obvious in the downstairs bedroom which I hoovered the first night. The living room carpet was as bad but it didn't show up as much. We expected there to possibly be some dog hair in a house that allows dogs however the level was excessive and could have easily been cleaned prior to our arrival. I would not have been comfortable putting a crawling baby on the floor. Also the washing machine had a blocked fabric conditioner drawer so I had to set it on a boil wash before use. The dishwasher had a funky smell so that had an empty cycle before use as well. The hob on the cooker was beautifully clean but the oven smoked when I used it. Overall the cottage was lovely and we probably would of used it again despite the couple of issues except our daughter will require her own bed soon and so the cottage will be too small.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; We are sorry that the carpet in the Coach House was below standard. We have retired our hoover and replaced it with a Dyson which is particularly suitable for pet hairs. A deep clean of the oven will also take place on the 25th March. I am also sorry that the towels were scratchy. I air dry the towels rather than tumble dry them for environmental reasons but appreciate that this may reduce their comfort. I would welcome comments from other guests on this matter.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 16/01/2017
    What a great weekend cottage. Location was brilliant for those that love the outdoors. Great walks nearby and all the local amenities you would need from a small town.

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