Characterful old cottage, rural but not isolated, surrounded by woods and farmland. Less than one mile from a pretty village with lots of shops and restaurants.
Comrie lies on a geographical fault-line marking the border between the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland. For this reason it is subject to slight tremors and houses a very early example of seismographic equipment in 'Earthquake House', just over the River Earn from my property.
Built as a farm worker's cottage over one hundred years ago, my house has a huge garden running up into the trees on the hill behind. There is great walking country around for all levels of ability.
The guest bedroom is at the rear of the property overlooking the woods and includes an open-plan area upstairs with a single bed and a small sitting-room. There is a TV in this sitting-room but reception here is not great so you can help yourself to a title from the collection of old videos instead. There is a private guest bathroom and a separate entrance so you can come and go as you please. This is a private house, not a business, so I don't offer refinements such as trouser-presses and air-conditioning (not usually needed in Scotland anyway!) The plumbing is noisy and the layout confusing but that is what I think gives the place its charm.
Guests are welcome to use the house kitchen although there is a Farm Cafe across the road which is open until late afternoon every day.
Ideally situated for touring the Highlands to the north, Oban and the islands are to the west and historic Perth to the east. There is a bus stop at the gate but a car is recommended to get the best from your visit.
Smokers are asked to smoke outside in the garden only.
2013: I love to travel and the last place I visited was the US to see my daughter. We started in Chicago and did a bit of a road trip to Alabama, taking in stops in Tennessee and Georgia as well. Loved Memphis! This year I am sticking to Europe, hoping to catch some early sun in Malta and contemplating Rome as my big expedition planned for later in the year. One day, when I have a month or so free, I really want to visit Canada...that is the next one on the list!!
2014 update: windy Malta was fascinating with lots of neolithic sites to visit. Rome was, as you might expect, awesome and the Amalfi coast, thereafter, quite lovely (wore my shoes out with all the walking) but best of all was Siena which I would recommend highly to anyone Airbnb-ing in Italy.
This year's travels projects are Cyprus, for (hopefully) cloudless skies and New York for all the museums rather than the weather.
Travel plans for 2015 include Morocco in the spring and France in the autumn (to retrace my roots and childhood haunts)- those two trips should polish up my rusty French language skills.
If I have time, I am also determined to strike out for the Scottish Islands sometime over the summer and get to know my own backyard!
2016 update: Morocco was wonderful (thanks to our terrific Airbnb host there) and France was as fantastic as ever. It's nice to travel, l as I did on this occasion, with someone who hasn't been there before...gives you new insights on familiar places.
Lewis and Harris are awesome islands with astounding landscapes (and irresistible tweed, of course).
I also had a quick jaunt to India at the beginning of the year, and I was really happy to make it back to that inspiring and astonishing country, even if only for a short time.
This autumn I'm hoping to head for Greece. So much to see, so little time!
2017: After lovely, lovely Greece last autumn I managed to fit in an all to short visit to Slovakia and the Czech Republic, meaning to do Christmas shopping but mostly eating cakes and making decorations. In March it was Italy again for cocktails on the Campo (for which it is worth travelling almost any distance!) In August my daughters and I set sail for sunbathing this year then.