The Walled Garden, Garth, is a cottage full of character offering a unique living space in quiet and beautiful surroundings. The garden, built in 1835 as the fruit and vegetable garden for Garth House, is on the estate which gives the area its name. The current owners bought the garden as a complete wilderness in 1974 over the years lovingly restoring the 2.5 acres of land keeping as many of the old features as possible, the beautiful wrought iron entrance gate and the apple tree avenue are original. The cottage, built in 1980 has recently been refurbished, the owners choosing to build on the footprint of the greenhouses to obtain maximum sunshine. The beautiful 18th century wall of the garden runs through its centre and there are spectacular views over the surrounding countryside.
We love the Walled Garden because it offers something a little bit different to most of our properties. It is a much loved family home which has been in the same family since the 1970’s. It has evolved over time and has lots of quirky features. It is split over 2 levels with 3 steps between the two, with the 3 double bedrooms on the upper level and the living space and twin bedroom on the lower level, all of which look out over the pretty walled garden. We think it is full of character and rather unique and that our guests will enjoy something a little bit unusual!
The cottage has 3 double bedrooms plus an extra twin room on the lower level, off the living area. Although it can sleep 8, we feel the living space perhaps works better for only 6 adults. The twin bedroom could work well for children and this room also has a sofa and TV for playing DVD’s as well as a Playstation 3. There is a bathroom with shower over the bath and a shower room. The living space is a large open plan area with picture windows giving wonderful views of the walled garden and hills beyond. The kitchen has an Aga and also an electric oven and hob, dishwasher and large fridge freezer. There is also an island with breakfast bar and under counter fridge. The kitchen is well equipped and you will find everything you need for both family and more formal dining. The main dining area is located in the conservatory which also has a spacious seating area. By the main entrance door there is a utility area where you will find the washing machine. There is also a trying cupboard.
Entering the Walled Garden you feel like you have entered a secret garden with a spacious lawn surrounded by roses and other flowers attracting all kinds of birds. The views of the surrounding hills are stunning. There is plenty of space for dogs and children to run around safely. When the apples are in season guests are very welcome to help themselves. There is also a further large lawn at the back of the property with a gravel driveway and space for 3-4 cars to park. There are several lovely walks from the door of the cottage, with the river Lyon just 15 minutes away by foot. This is a charming and quirky cottage.
The cottage is located in the small hamlet of Garth which is about a mile from Fortingall Village where you will find the Fortingall Hotel which has a bar and restaurant and often has live music on a Friday night. The town of Aberfeldy is about a 10 minute drive away.
Aberfeldy has a wealth of shops including a large supermarket, butchers and bakers. Along with various gift and craft shops and an winning book shop, there are lots of cafes and places to eat.
Aberfeldy also has a petrol station, medical centre, dentist, vet, bank (TSB), ATMs and Post Office.
There is a wide selection of outdoor activities in the area such as:
Nearby are castles and distilleries, a community owned cinema and Theatre. Various festivals and music events run throughout the year. This great little town really does have something for everyone!
Water sports are available at Kenmore on Loch Tay, only a 7-8 minute drive away. We also have the Scottish Crannog Centre with is a great attraction for all the family.
Kenmore is also home to the new Loch Tay Safari centre, part of the award winning Highland Safaris based in Dull.
You can see more information on our beautiful part of Highland Perthshire on our The Area page on our website.