Craigellie House

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

Scotland’s last mansion, now an elegant B&B

Said to be the last mansion house built in Scotland, Craigellie House is a gloriously restored B&B with two guest bedrooms (one with an extra sofabed so ideal for families) near Blairgowrie. 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 with en-suite shower rooms, tastefully decorated and extremely comfortable. The Yellow Room has a king sized bed as well as a sofa bed so is ideal for a couple or a family with two children under 12. The Green Room has twin beds which can be joined to make a superking.

Downstairs there’s a sitting room exclusively for guests: a place to put your feet up in front of the wood-burning stove, play games or relax in front of a TV. There’s a table in the bay window where breakfast is served. These are a highlight, freshly made with local ingredients: the eggs come from the garden’s own chickens and the meats and fresh fruits are as local as possible. Special diets can be catered for with prior notice. This is also where evening meals are served if you opt to eat in. New guests are greeted with tea and home-made cake – and in fact they can have these every day of their stay if they wish: Craigellie House isn’t licensed but guests are welcome to bring their own drinks, and you can even get your laundry done for a nominal charge. To stay here is really like being a house guest in a country manor.

After years of intensive restoration the grounds are now getting back to their former glory: a blaze of colour in summer and a natural playground year-round. There are lawns for games of Croquet, herbaceous beds, woodlands and a paddock. 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. 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.

There’s further accommodation for four adults and a couple of children in a separate wing of the house that is let on a self-catering basis.

Craigellie House B&B suggests:

Larger parties can also book our self-catering 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
  • Croquet
  • Dinner 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



Price per room per night, based on two sharing including breakfast

Yellow Room - £140 (single occupancy £130; family occupancy from £155)

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.

Liz is an excellent cook - she trained as a nutritional therapist - and evening meals here are something of a highlight. 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.


"This was our second stay at Craigellie in 2020 and we had a wonderful, relaxing time. Our hosts yet again couldn't do enough for us ... you honestly cannot ask for more. Alyth itself is a very pretty little town ... We enjoyed visiting nearby locations - Reekie Lin waterfall and Killiekrankie to name but two and had some lovely walks without having to go miles to find them. Craigellie ... remains the best we've seen. We can't recommend highly enough!"
Jeremy and Elaine, August 2020


VisitScotland 5*

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.

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