Be smitten in Perthshire

Be smitten in Perthshire
The south-facing courtyard design offers flexibility

This beautifully updated historic home in stunning Perthshire offers Scottish rural living at its very finest, writes Beverley Brown

SMITHY Cottage is a character country property in a scenic setting four miles from the village of Dunkeld in Perthshire.

Refurbished in recent years to meets the demands of modern living without compromising its charm and character, the property’s three-sided configuration around a south-facing courtyard offers flexible accommodation predominantly on one level with scope for a self-contained granny flat or a Bed and Breakfast.

The original cottage houses a 24ft L-shaped living room with windows on three sides, double doors to the garden and a feature fireplace and Living Flame gas stove, adjoining Shaker-style fitted kitchen with appliances, island breakfast bar and double doors into a formal dining room, en-suite double bedroom, utility, family room/study linking to a spacious corner lounge, second bedroom and adjoining bathroom. On the first floor are two en-suite double bedrooms – master also with fitted wardrobes, dressing area and feature Velux balcony window.

Classically country as opposed to rustic, the interior is immaculately presented and incorporates charming details – narrow ceiling beams painted to blend in with the rest of the décor, unusual angles and display spaces – all of which add to this home’s appeal.

The garden is the icing on the cake, extensive in size and landscaped to include mature trees and shrubs, stone walls, feature fountain, paved terrace (accessed from the living room), paved steps leading up to a lawn – an idyllic setting for entertaining, dining or taking time out to appreciate the beauty and serenity of the surroundings.

Nearby Dunkeld provides most day-to-day amenities, including a school, while the cottage’s location gives commuters good links with the A9 and connecting motorways. There is also a railway station at Birnham with regular services to Inverness, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London.

Clyde Property’s Perth office is marketing Smithy Cottage at offers over £460,000.

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