Bunrannoch House is a large Victorian Hunting Lodge, dating back to 1860, located close to Loch Rannoch in a peaceful Highland glen. The house has recently been refurbished, whilst retaining its original character, and sits within its own large gardens, which contain an abundance of wildlife.
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 en-suite bathrooms in every bedroom, wireless internet access and a large, commercial style kitchen.
Bunrannoch House sleeps a maximum of 16 people, in seven bedrooms, all of which have en-suite 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:
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:
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:
A further staircase curves up from the second floor landing to the third floor landing, off which are the following eaves rooms:
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.
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.
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 and red squirrels in the garden, as well as rabbits.
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
Heating, fuel and logs
The property has a gas fired central heating system. Guests should be aware that the temperature at the property can fall significantly below 0oC 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. 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.
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.
The area around Kinloch Rannoch is very remote and dining and drinking options are limited, particularly out of season. We strongly recommend that guests phone restaurants in advance, to check opening times and availability:
Loch Tummel Inn
There are many places to eat in the Highland Perthshire area, primarily in the main towns, such as Pitlochry, Aberfeldy, Crieff and Dunkeld. These towns contain a wide variety of tea shops, pubs and restaurants, catering for most tastes and budgets. We strongly recommend that guests phone restaurants in advance, particularly out of season, to check opening times and availability.
There are a number of chefs located in Perthshire who provide catering services for house parties. As details can change regularly and different guests have different requirements, we advise searching the internet, if you wish to bring in caterers.
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.
Bunrannoch House is in a remote location in Highland Perthshire, well away from major roads and transport infrastructure. There is minimal public transport available in the Rannoch area, therefore guests are strongly advised to have their own transport, or to ensure that all transport requirements are booked in advance.
Travelling by car
Bunrannoch House is located approximately 20 miles from the A9, one of the major roads through the Highlands.
Travelling by train
The nearest railway stations to Bunrannoch House are Rannoch (approximately 17 miles away) and Pitlochry (21 miles). Rannoch is on the scenic West Highland Line, with direct, but infrequent, trains from Glasgow, with a typical journey time of approximately 3 hours. Pitlochry is on the East Coast main line, with direct services from London Kings Cross (one direct train a day), Edinburgh and Glasgow. Typical journey times are approximately 90 minutes from Glasgow and 105 minutes from Edinburgh.
Travelling by plane
Bunrannoch House is located between the following airports:
Bunrannoch House is launching as a holiday let with Character Cottages in January 2014. Until early 2013 the property was run as a luxury guest house and was one of the most highly rated small hotels in Scotland over the last five years. The reviews below relate to Bunrannoch House's operation as a guest house, not as a holiday let, but are provided to give guests an indication of the quality of the property, until it builds up a bank of holiday letting reviews.
Other Customer Feedback:
- See this blog written by one of our recent guests: http://jimsloire.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/90th-celebration-mealbunrannoch-house.html?m=1 - May, 2014
Our aim is for you to enjoy Bunrannoch House as if it was your own home and this information is provided to ensure that you are aware of, and are able to use, all the facilities that are available. A full inventory will follow shortly!