Bunrannoch House is a large, grade C listed Victorian hunting lodge, built in 1860, which stands proudly in its large grounds, on the outskirts of the village of Kinloch Rannoch, in Highland Perthshire. The remote village lies at the eastern end of the 10 mile long Loch Rannoch, in an incredibly tranquil setting, surrounded by some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery, including the 3,553 feet high Schiehallion, the "Fairy Hill of the Caledonians". There is a wide range of wildlife in the peaceful glen, often seen in the gardens of Bunrannoch House, including deer, red squirrels and many birds of prey. Despite the remote location, the house is well positioned for a wide range of activities, from touring fairytale castles, or sampling whisky distilleries, to salmon fishing on the River Tay, or "bagging" some of Scotland's 282 Munros (mountains over 3,000 feet).
All four floors of Bunrannoch House have been lovingly refurbished by its current owner, who lives in a flat on the ground floor, to recreate the warmth and charm of the original hunting lodge. The many character features include large sash windows, high ceilings, a grand staircase and a real fire in the living room. The character of the house is complemented by its modern facilities, including ensuite bathrooms in every bedroom, a flatscreen TV with Sky, wireless internet access and a large, commercial style kitchen.
Bunrannoch House sleeps a maximum of 16 people, in seven bedrooms, all of which have ensuite bathrooms. There is plentiful off-street parking and the gardens extend to more than two acres. The property is an ideal retreat for large family gatherings, celebrations or groups of friends seeking a perfect rural retreat, in an oasis of tranquility.
The front door of Bunrannoch House opens into a large bar/games room: The following rooms are on the ground floor:
- Bar/games room: With its flagstone floor and bar area, guests can enjoy a drink whilst sitting in their outdoor gear, making this room perfect for relaxing in after a day on the hills or in a river. The room can also be used as a second living room, or a children's play room;
- Cloakroom: Contains a toilet and hand basin;
- Laundry room: Contains a washer dryer and hand basin;
- Owner's private flat: Half of the ground floor area is taken up by the owner's private flat. Whilst this flat can be accessed from the rest of the house, it is entirely self-contained and has its own separate entrance and garden area.
Wooden stairs lead up from the ground floor to the first floor hall, which contains a dresser and shelving, for drinks storage and presentation. The main reception rooms of the house are accessed from the hall:
- Living room: A large, dual aspect room, with a high ceiling, traditional coving and a real fire. There is a flatscreen TV, with an integrated DVD player and full Sky package. Three large floor to ceiling sash windows provide stunning views across and up the glen. Contains comfy seating for 16.
- Dining room: Another large room, with a high ceiling, oak floor, decorative fireplace and two large floor to ceiling sash windows, with lovely views across the glen. Contains six oak tables, which fit together to make one large table, which comfortably seats 16.
- Kitchen: The commercial style kitchen has been designed to facilitate catering for large groups. It contains a large fridge, separate freezer, gas cooker with double oven and 10 ring hob, separate grill, microwave, two four-slice toasters, two kettles, dishwasher and a double sink unit;
- Storeroom: Contains a fridge for drinks storage;
- Cloakroom: Contains a toilet and hand basin;
- Boot room: Storage space for coats, shoes and boots.
A beautiful wooden staircase curves up from the first floor hallway to the second floor landing. Four bedrooms are on the second floor, all with stunning views from their large sash windows:
- Bedroom 1: A large, dual aspect room, which contains a super king size bed or two single beds. The ensuite bathroom contains a bath with overhead shower, toilet and wash basin;
- Bedroom 2: Contains a super king size bed or two single beds. The ensuite bathroom contains a walk-in shower, toilet and wash basin;
- Bedroom 3: Contains a super king size bed or two single beds. The ensuite bathroom contains a walk-in shower, toilet and wash basin;
- Bedroom 4: A large room, which contains a super king size bed or two single beds. The ensuite bathroom contains a walk-in shower, bath with shower attachment, toilet and wash basin.
A further staircase curves up from the second floor landing to the third floor landing, off which are the following eaves rooms:
- Bedroom 5: A large family room, with stunning views across the glen and towards the loch, which can be set up as either a super king size bed and two single beds, or four single beds. The ensuite bathroom contains a bath with overhead shower, toilet and wash basin;
- Bedroom 6: Another room with stunning views across the glen and towards the loch, which contains a super king size bed or two single beds. The ensuite bathroom contains a bath with overhead shower, toilet and wash basin;
- Bedroom 7: The bedroom has beautiful views of the gardens and hill to the rear of the house, whilst the bathroom has stunning views down the glen. Contains a super king size bed or two single beds. The ensuite bathroom contains a walk-in shower, toilet and wash basin.
Bunrannoch's large, enclosed grounds exceed two acres in size and surround the house. The grounds are varied in terrain and appearance, including an enclosed paddock, flat lawned areas and wooded hillsides. Red squirrels, deer and a wide variety of birds are regularly seen in the grounds. There are three picnic tables, providing outdoor seating for 16.
Booking and payment
Character Cottages is a marketing agency and we do not own or manage any of the cottages listed on our website. Bookings made via us form a legal agreement directly between you and the property owner.
For bookings commencing more than 12 weeks in advance, a 30% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm the booking. The balance payment is then due 12 weeks prior to arrival.
All payments are made subject to the cancellation policy set out in the standard Booking Conditions.
Guests should be aware that the owner of Bunrannoch House lives in a flat, which takes up half of the ground floor of the property. The flat has a separate entrance and enclosed garden area, but shares the same driveway up to the house.
Arrival and departure days
Standard arrival days are Fridays, with standard holiday durations being a three night weekend, departing on the Monday.
Flexible arrival and departure days may be possible, however. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
A security deposit of £250 is payable, which is returned after the letting period, subject to an inspection of the property. The security deposit is payable prior to arrival at the property, via a bank transfer or a valid debit or credit card.
The maximum occupancy of the property, including its grounds, is 16 guests, at any point during your stay. Unauthorised over occupancy is a breach of our terms and conditions and may result in the cancellation of your booking and additional charges. Please consult us prior to booking if you wish to discuss the possibility of having more than 16 guests at the property.
Infants who sleep in a cot do not count towards the occupancy figure, however, due to space restrictions, the occupancy figure may only be exceeded by up to four additional infants.
Up to four well behaved dogs are accepted, at a cost of £25 per booking per dog. Dog bowls and blankets can be provided, if required.
For the comfort of future guests, we ask that no trace of a dog remains after your departure.
Guests with dogs should be aware that an intact male dog (springer spaniel) and a neutered bitch (labrador) live in the owner's flat. They have their own enclosed garden area and would not be expected to come into contact with guest's dogs.
Please note that Bunrannoch House has a large garden, exceeding two acres in size. Whilst the garden is fairly well enclosed, it is possible that an unsupervised dog could get out onto either the road in front of the house, or into the fields around the house. The fields usually contain sheep and it is particularly important, therefore, that guests ensure that their dogs do not get out into these fields (especially at lambing time, in the spring).
Guests should also note that the property is in a very rural area and there are regularly deer, pheasants, red squirrels and rabbits in the garden.
Bed linen and towels
Bed linen and towels are provided for guests.
Arrival and departure times
Arrival time is after 3pm and departure time is by 10am.
If your arrival will be delayed beyond 9pm on the start date of your rental period, you must contact the person whose details are given in the location details. If you fail to do so, you may not be able to get into the property.
Bed sizes and configurations
- Bedroom 1: Super king size bed or 2x single beds;
- Bedroom 2: Super king size bed or 2x single beds;
- Bedroom 3: Super king size bed or 2x single beds;
- Bedroom 4: Super king size bed or 2x single beds;
- Bedroom 5: Super king size bed and 2x single beds, or 4x single beds;
- Bedroom 6: Super king size bed or 2x single beds;
- Bedroom 7: Super king size bed or 2x single beds;
- Bedroom 1: Bath with overhead shower, toilet and wash basin;
- Bedroom 2: Walk-in shower, toilet and wash basin;
- Bedroom 3: Walk-in shower, toilet and wash basin;
- Bedroom 4: Walk-in shower, bath with shower attachment, toilet and wash basin;
- Bedroom 5: Bath with overhead shower, toilet and wash basin;
- Bedroom 6: Bath with overhead shower, toilet and wash basin;
- Bedroom 7: Walk-in shower, toilet and wash basin;
- First floor: Toilet and hand basin;
- Ground floor: Toilet and hand basin.
Heating, fuel and logs
The property has a gas fired central heating system. Guests should be aware that the temperature outside the property can fall significantly below freezing at times in the winter – additional oil filled radiators and blankets are available, if required.
Electricity and gas are included in the letting price. There is a real fire in the living room and logs are provided under a fair usage policy (there is an honesty box for contributions towards the cost of logs used).
The property has free wireless internet access and a TV with DVD player and full Sky package. A cordless telephone is also provided, with an honesty box for the cost of calls made.
Bunrannoch House is in a remote area and guests should be aware that mobile phone reception can be very poor.
The property has a private driveway, with parking space for at least six cars.
Housekeeping services may be available on request.
Child friendly facilities
A travel cot (without linen), a high chair and a baby buggy are available.
The property's two acre garden is enclosed, however, please note that it is on a hillside, with some steep drops and some areas of the garden are not visible from the house.
A small quantity of initial consumables is provided for your convenience (eg. tea, coffee, sugar, dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, soap, washing powder, toilet rolls, etc), however, you should not expect the quantity of these provisions to be sufficient for the duration of your stay.
Accessibility, health and safety
This is an old, listed property and has many character features, including some narrow and steep stairs, and multiple floors, which could pose difficulty to guests with limited mobility, or carrying babies, both in terms of their general movement and their ability to quickly exit the house in the event of an emergency.
The large windows in the main reception rooms on the first floor are single glazed floor to ceiling windows and children should be supervised at all times near these windows.
The smoke and CO detectors operate on a sound only basis and, therefore, those who have serious impairment of hearing may not be able to hear the alarm systems and could be at risk.
No smoking is permitted throughout the property.
Hen and Stag Parties
Hen and Stag Parties may be permitted. Please contact us prior to booking a Hen or Stag party.
In order to provide you with as much detail of our properties as possible, we sometimes use wide angle photography, which can make certain rooms, or spaces, appear larger than they actually are. Wherever possible, we try to include a floorplan, with detailed dimensions of rooms and areas. If you have any queries regarding the size of any rooms or spaces, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kinloch Rannoch & Surrounding Area
The Rannoch area is a region of outstanding unspoilt natural beauty, containing a wealth of wildlife and spectacular scenery. The conical shape of 3,553 foot Schiehallion, the "Fairy Hill of the Caledonians", stands out on the skyline and Loch Rannoch stretches for 10 miles along the glen. The glen is home to deer and red squirrels, the loch is home to brown trout and pike, and the skies are home to numerous species of birds, including Golden Eagles and Peregrine Falcons.
Schiehallion and Loch Rannoch (Bunrannoch House is just visible through the trees)
Formerly a tiny hamlet, Kinloch Rannoch was enlarged and settled, under the direction of James Small, formerly an Ensign in Lord Loudoun's Regiment, mainly by soldiers discharged from the army, but also by displaced crofters. Small had been appointed by the Commissioners for the Forfeited Estates to run the Rannoch estates, which had been seized from the clan chieftains who had supported the Jacobites, following the Battle of Culloden in 1746. Local roads and bridges were improved, enabling soldiers at Rannoch Barracks to move more freely around the district.
Near the village is a hill reputed to resemble the head, shoulders, and torso of a man. It has been given the name of "The Sleeping Giant". Local myth says that the giant will wake up only when he hears the sounds of his master's flute.
Highland Perthshire is an area famed for dramatic mountains, glens and lochs, ancient castles and unspoilt nature; for golf, fishing, walking and adventure; for distinctive cultural venues and exciting events.
Blair Castle in Blair Atholl
Located at the geographical heart of Scotland, within easy reach of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness, Highland Perthshire is at the heart of Perthshire Big Tree Country and boasts some of Europe's most remarkable woodlands – all easily accessible on dozens of waymarked paths and trails.
The main towns and villages of Pitlochry, Aberfeldy, Dunkeld & Birnam, Blair Atholl and Kinloch Rannoch are all within short drives of each other, while you can go from the auditorium of one of Scotland's major theatres to the lower slopes of one of Scotland's highest mountains in under an hour, taking a journey that passes through some of the Highlands' most breathtaking scenery.
Bunrannoch House is ideally located for numerous local activities, as well as exploring the wider Highland area. The wide range of local activities available include walking, fishing, cycling, sailing, stalking and shooting, whilst attractions that can be visited as day trips include Pitlochry (with its famous theatre and Salmon ladder), Blair Atholl, a number of whisky distilleries, Scone Palace and even Glasgow and Edinburgh are within a two hour drive.
The information provided below is only a small sample of what is available and the following links may also help you to plan your holiday:
Nature & Wildlife
Highland Perthshire is a wonderful haven for wildlife, flora and fauna of all sorts. From mighty Red Deer Stags to rare and delicate plants, the area abounds with a wide choice of opportunities to see the natural world at its best.
Autumn reverberates with the sound of the Red Deer rut, a wonderous sound to behold. The hillsides are home to Mountain Hare, Grouse and Capercaillie, the skys above offer the glorious sight of Golden Eagles and Ospreys riding the thermals, whilst the Pine Martens and Red Squirrels can be seen dancing through the trees.
Take a drive through the lonely glens, stroll the forest paths, sit by a loch or conquer the Munro - wherever you go something in Highland Perthshire will amaze you!
Walking & Cycling
Highland Perthshire has dozens of waymarked walks and paths to suit everyone.
Schiehallion (3,554 feet), one of the most famous Munros (mountains over 3,000 feet), can be reached directly from the house and a further 25 Munros are within a short drive of Bunrannoch House (see http://walking.visitscotland.com/munros/tay_to_rannoch/ for full details).
There are also numerous less strenuous walks nearby, ranging from gentle strolls along the River Tummel, to woodland walks and onto harder climbs up various local Corbetts (mountains over 2,500 feet).
Wet & Wild Adventures
The fast flowing and often turbulent waters of the Tay river system have long made Highland Perthshire one of the UK's leading destinations for adventure sports, such as white water rafting, kayaking and river bugging. In recent years, new activities, such as canyoning, cliff jumping and gorge walking have grown in popularity.
In all, over 30 different activities are available in Highland Perthshire, covering every possible thrill from quad biking and off-road driving, to abseiling, paintballing and sphering (where you bounce down a hillside inside a giant inflatable ball), while the UK's first purpose built bridge bungee jumping centre has recently opened near Killiecrankie.
The area boasts a host of the UK's most innovative adventure activities operators, who set the standards that other areas follow. They cater for individuals, families and groups and work together to ensure the highest levels of customer safety and customer service are maintained at all times.
Highland Perthshire's three 18 hole courses at Dunkeld, Aberfeldy and Pitlochry offer a great variety of terrains and challenges: dramatic ups and downs at Dunkeld, glorious views above Pitlochry and the delightful parkland setting of Aberfeldy as it straddles the River Tay.
The 9 hole courses are no less individual - from the James Braid designed Blair Atholl, the extraordinary Strathtay by Grandtully, through to the beautiful Mains of Taymouth at Kenmore.
- The Scottish Crannog Centre: Living History from Discoveries Underwater
- Dewar's World of Whisky: Distillery tours, heritage exhibition, brand store and coffee shop.
- Aberfeldy Watermill Bookshop, Cafe and Gallery: Bookshop, gallery, cafe and homeware shop
- Birnam Arts: Arts venue, Beatrix Potter exhibition & garden, coffee shop.
- The Birks Cinema: State-of-the-art 100 seat cinema, offering films suitable for all from the 'Little Birks' special screenings to the blockbusters for the adults! The café bar offers the perfect venue to meet friends & family.
- Dunkeld Cathedral Chapter House Museum
- Going Pottie - Ceramic Studio and Gift Shop: Discover how much fun painting pottery can be for all ages!
- The Hermitage: Beautiful riverside walks, majestic woodlands and Victorian follies.
- Loch of the Lowes Wildlife Visitor Centre: Ospreys and much more brought to you by the Scottish Wildlife Trust
- Highland Safaris: Winner of the "Best Visitor Experience" in Scotland - combine exhilarating award winning Land Rover Safaris, new Red Deer Centre, inspiring walking & biking activities and Perthshire's only Gold & Gem Panning Centre, along with a cosy café & shop.
- Ring of Breadalbane Explorer: Hop-on / hop-off service that will let you explore this stunning area while leaving the car behind.
- John Muir Trust Wild Space Exhibition: Wild Space... where locals & visitors can get a taste of Scotland's most exhilarating wild places & an insight into the history & ecology of our internationally renowned wild land.
- Blair Castle: The magnificent former home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl, the Hercules Garden and Diana's Grove, walks, shopping and much more!
- Atholl Country Life Museum: Local museum that covers the social history of the people of Atholl
- Pitlochry Festival Theatre: Discover a packed programme of plays, musicals, comedy, ceilidhs and concerts including A Chorus of Disapproval, Present Laughter & Hello Dolly!
- Beatrix Potter Exhibition and Garden: Beatrix Potter spent many holidays in the Dunkeld area, what will you discover on your holiday?
- Clan Donnachaidh Centre: Clan Centre & Museum with Gift Shop
- Forestry Commission Scotland - Queen's View: One of the most famous views in Scotland!
- The House of Bruar: Scotland's Most Prestigious Country Store
- Legends of Grandtully / Scottish Chocolate Centre: The Scottish Chocolate Centre, fantastic coffee shop and superb gift showrooms - all rolled into one delicious package!
- Blair Athol Distillery, Visitor Centre & Whisky Shop: Blair Athol Distillery is one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland.
- Edradour Distillery: Edradour Distillery is last original 'farm' distillery in Perthshire. It is also Scotland's smallest and most picturesque distillery.
- Dunkeld Cathedral: A majestic medieval cathedral and stunning riverside location
- NTS Killiecrankie: Visitor and Exhibition Centre and Scenic Riverside Walks
- Castle Menzies: An atmospheric 16th century castle.
- Bolfracks Estate: A 4,000 acre privately owned family estate surrounded by the glorious arena of Highland Perthshire.
- Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve: Ben Lawers Nature Reserve is a range of mountains, connecting ridges, cliffs & lochans, built of ancient rocks, home to the most celebrated collection of mountain plants in Britain.
- Blair Atholl Water Mill: A historic working water mill.
- Forestry Commission Scotland - Tay Forest Park: Scotland's finest forests - Big Tree Country.