Craigellie House – the East Wing

Alyth, Blairgowrie PH11 8LA, Scotland
Country Estate, Country House, In the Country, Manor House, Unusual Stays / Self Catering
4 Guests
2 Bedrooms

Scotland’s last mansion, now with self-catering

Said to be the last mansion house built in Scotland, Craigellie House is a gloriously restored B&B whose East Wing has been converted into a lovely self-catering unit with two guest bedrooms and a sofabed downstairs to soak up any extra children. Near Blairgowrie, the property is just two minutes from the farming town of Alyth, this is a place to breathe fresh air, listen to birdsong, admire dark night skies and watch red squirrels in the trees.

There are two guest bedrooms, both recently renovated and light and airy. One has a double bed, while the other is a twin, though this can be made up as a super king if required. The downstairs snug has a double sofabed that can be set up if needed. The family bathroom is on the first floor, with a shower, bath and heated towel rail, while there is a separate toilet on the ground floor. This used to be for the gardener and is significantly less lavish but is still, occasionally, useful.

The kitchen/dining room is on the ground floor. This is well equipped, with an electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge-freezer, washing machine, Nespresso coffee machine and window nest. Lots of little extras are included, such as electricity, Wi-fi, bed linen, towels & tea towels, washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, hand soap, logs & kindling for the wood burning stove, tea, instant coffee, sugar & other useful larder items such as cooking oil, salt, pepper, flour, herbs and stock cubes.

There’s a separate sitting room with a wood burning stove and a smart TV. There’s a snug – where you’ll find the double sofabed – and there’s a boot room off the entrance package with a pulley for drying clothes. The whole property is centrally heated with a biomass boiler and there’s a separate, lockable bike store.

Outside there’s an east-facing patio that’s great for soaking up the morning sun, while later in the day you can go through an arch to find a private, sunny garden with a lawn, circular flowerbed and bench, leading to to a strip of woodland where there’s a rope swing for children. Guests are also welcome to visit the hens and spend time in the paddock, while the Den of Alyth is at the end of the drive.

Walks are from the door: up to Alyth Hill for lovely views or across the Bamff Estate, where it’s possible, on lucky evening walks, to spot the resident beavers. Buzzards soar overhead, red squirrels play in the trees, there are pine martens around and there’s wildlife galore at the end of Craigellie House’s drive, in the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) that is the Den of Alyth, a scenic little gorge cut by Alyth Burn known for its upland oak woodlands.

Dogs are permitted, but one at a time, and there is a nominal cleaning charge. Though they do love it here.

Craigellie House B&B suggests:

Expand your stay in Craigellie’s East Wing by inviting extra guests to book the B&B that operates in the West Wing. It should always be possible to bring everyone together for communal breakfasts if both are booked together.


Lodge Facilities

  • Building of Historical Interest
  • Children by Arrangement
  • Dogs by Arrangement
  • Electric Vehicle Charger
  • Free off-street parking
  • Free Wifi
  • Garden

Local Amenities

  • Adventure Park
  • Bird Watching
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Local Park
  • Museums & Galleries
  • Nature Reserve, Wildlife Park/Area
  • Places of Historical Interest
  • Walking
  • Wild Swimming



Craigellie House's East Wing is marketed through

Off-season rates start at £519 for seven nights. Prices vary seasonally: check the rate for your date here.

Green Room -  £130 (single occupancy £120).

Dinner £25 for 2 courses, £35 for 3 courses.


There is much to do in the area and Craigellie House makes the perfect base from which to explore. Just a stone's throw away are the magnificently beautiful Angus glens with wonderful rambling opportunities. The Cateran Trail, a must for serious walkers, can be easily reached on the hill above the house. Those who are looking for mountains to climb will not be disappointed as the Cairngorms National Park is close by with Driesh (947m) and Mayar (928m) being the closest Munros. Glenshee ski centre is just a 45 minute drive away, offering winter skiing and summer walking opportunities. The surrounding country lanes are cycle-friendly with routes for all abilities and aspirations, whether that be a meandering family day out or a strenuous uphill challenge. There are several castles & palaces within easy reach, including Glamis, Scone, Blair, Dunnottar, and gardens of interest include the Japanese Garden at Cowden and you can even book a Scottish Tea Garden tour. Even the east coast is less than an hour away by car, and Edinburgh 90 minutes. For a full range of things to do in the area check Craigellie's own web page.

Despite Craigellie's rural location there are some lovely local options offering a range of culinary styles. Closest is the Lands of Loyal Hotel in Alyth with its unique and exquisite dining rooms offering an extensive a la carte menu featuring traditional yet imaginative dishes. Then, in Blairgowrie, Little's Fish Restaurant, located in a beautiful, restored church, has a varied menu which includes dishes made from the freshest fish the Scottish waters can offer. Slightly further, but still within 20 minutes, and you come to the Meikleour Arms, beside the famous beech hedge planted in 1745 and recognised as the highest in the world. This delightful pub and restaurant offers delicious and beautifully presented country fare with an emphasis on local produce.


"Craigellie is a fantastic holiday cottage — or rather holiday castle ... full of Grandeur, from the large reception room, sweeping turret staircase to bed linen, throws and crockery ... this holiday accommodation makes for a luxurious getaway! Perthshire is a great location, we easily made day trips to Scone Palace, Perth city centre, Dundee as well as the local attractions. The Den of Alyth was the perfect walk for our dog each morning — and the hill of Alyth was a lovely evening walk. "
Esther, October 2020

Accreditations Customer Choice 2021,2022,2023

Liz and Charles Bushby

Liz and Charles Bushby

  • Bio : Your hosts at Craigellie are Liz and Charles Bushby. They moved to Craigellie in 2018 with a vision of restoring the property to its former glory, wing by wing. They have done a huge amount of work on its environmental footprint, installing a solar array, a biomass wood boiler and discreet polycarbonate glazing panels. Two years of hard pruning and felling have gone into restoring the grounds, that now once again are filled with seasonal flowers. Somehow they still have time to greet their guests with tea and cake, provide evening meals when required and serve delicious breakfasts. They know the area inside out and are more than happy to advise on what to see and do.

Craigellie East Wing self catering
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Craigellie House – the East Wing

Alyth, Blairgowrie PH11 8LA, Scotland
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Alyth, Blairgowrie PH11 8LA, Scotland
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