Perth, 30 mins
Edinburgh, 90 mins
St Andrews, 60 mins
Stirling, 60 mins
About 3 miles west of Blairgowrie and 16 miles north of Perth, Essendy House is secluded in a lovely established garden of lawns, mature trees and shrubs and set amidst hills and farmland in beautiful Perthshire.
The house which dates from 1715, is the family home of Tess and John Monteith who warmly welcome guests for bed and breakfast.
The bedrooms are wonderfully comfortable and the guest drawing room sumptuous with a log fire, television and books and brochures about Perthshire and Scotland.
You can sit in the conservatory under the grape vines and breakfast is served in the dining room which has fine rococo wall paintings by Tess. Or on warm sunny mornings the breakfast table can be set up on the stone flagged terrace (right).
Essendy House is a great place to stay for a few days. It's amazingly central for visiting Dunkeld, the Hermitage, Pitlochry (theatre, whisky distillery, shopping) Glamis, Scone Palace and Blair Atholl Castle, all of which are an easy day's outing. It's also only 7 miles from the Loch of the Lowes Wildlife Reserve where you can see magnificent ospreys (...rarer than golden eagles). And if you're travelling the length and breadth of Scotland and want to stay for just one restful night, this is the place!
Right; Supremely comfortable Drawing Room for guests.
Below left; Twin Bedroom and bathroom en suite with roll-top bath, separate shower, basin and wc.
Below right; Double Bedroom with private adjacent bathroom.
Right; Breakfast is served in the Dining Room, Conservatory or outside on the terrace.
Generous cooked breakfasts: scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, fried breakfast, kedgeree, eggs benedict. Cereals, muesli, porridge and fresh orange juice, toast, marmalade and jams, tea, coffee.
All ingredients are carefully chosen and, if possible, organic and locally Scottish. Tess and John are both enjoy cooking. Special diets catered for with advance notice.
Dinner. Tess can make dinner or light supper for you with advance notice.
There are many restaurants and places to eat out nearby such as Little's Restaurant in Blairgowrie. Tess and John are happy to give advice.
Double Room: £45 per person per night and including breakfast.
Twin Room: £45 per person per night including breakfast.
(There is no single person supplement.)
Free Wi-Fi access.
Children welcome, and a further bedroom is sometimes available.
No pets in the house and no smoking in the house please.
Closed for Christmas and New Year, and during February and March.
Breakfast served on the terrace.
To enquire or to book:
John and Tess Monteith
Perthshire PH10 6QY
Tel: 01250 884260
Mobile: 07841 121538
or from outside the UK:
Tel: 44 1250 884260
Mobile: 44 7841 121538
(Map grid reference NO 146427)
Please tell John and Tess you found Essendy House through About Scotland!
Looking south from Essendy House and easily visible are the Sidlaw Hills, the site of Macbeth's castle – Dunsinaine (now Dunsinnan). This is believed to be the site of a battle where Malcolm Canmore defeated Macbeth in 1054. In reality this was only a limited defeat for Macbeth, who was not fully defeated and was only killed by Malcolm Canmore in 1057, at Lumphannan near Aberdeen.