Mill House, Monzie Es­tate

Scottish Field - - WILDLIFE - RE­VIEWED BY JOHN & FIONA MILLER FROM OBAN

The Mill House on Monzie Es­tate is a rather spe­cial des­ti­na­tion. On ar­rival we were given a tour of the house and it soon be­came clear that the build­ing has been metic­u­lously con­verted with great at­ten­tion to de­tail and to the high­est stan­dards.

Close to the Shag­gie Burn, the prop­erty of­fers a peace­ful ru­ral set­ting yet is within a few miles of Cri­eff and nu­mer­ous other places of in­ter­est. There are end­less walk­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties from the house allowing you to seek out Perthshire’s renowned wildlife and the wide range of din­ing venues nearby. Break­fast was served in a large, bright, open-plan kitchen, din­ing and re­cep­tion area en­hanced by a wood-burn­ing stove. There was a good choice of ar­ti­san breads and crois­sants, cold meats and cheese as well as fresh fruit, cereal and yo­gurt.

An in­ter­est­ing di­ver­sion was a guided tour of Monzie Cas­tle which is usu­ally avail­able to guests stay­ing for three or more nights. It gave a fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into life over the cen­turies in­clud­ing a cat­a­strophic fire over a hun­dred years ago. The burned out shell was re­stored un­der the guid­ance of Sir Robert Lorimer, one of the fore­most ar­chi­tects of the pe­riod.

The es­tate has sev­eral other taste­fully re­stored prop­er­ties for self-cater­ing and this op­tion is avail­able for Mill House too. For dis­cern­ing guests it is ob­vi­ous that all the hard work has been worth­while and cer­tainly con­vinced us that this hid­den gem is well worth a visit. Monzie Es­tate is ideally suited to re­lax and un­wind in a tran­quil set­ting, yet only a short drive or longer walk from Cri­eff.

MONZIE, Cri­eff, PH7 4HE www.monzie es­tate.com Prices from £85 per night in­clud­ing break­fast.

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