Luxury dog friendly cottages: Culhawk House, Angus Glens
We’ve had a great summer holiday this year. Back up to our favourite destination, beautiful Scotland, but to two new contrasting locations. There are so many wonderful places in Scotland to see, we never tire of visiting. We spent the first week in the Scottish Borders at the lovely Cosaig Cottage in a bustling town, then moved on to a fine example of luxury dog friendly cottages, Culhawk Cottage, in a remote location in the Angus Glens.
We booked the house via Airbnb which as always is straight forward and easy. Communication with the owner was good throughout lockdown so we felt happy and safe to travel and knew what to expect. We tend to go for a cottage or glamping in Scotland and this house was a great choice.
Culhawk Cottage is peacefully located alongside a few other houses but remains very private and remote. The nearest village is a few miles away by car and has all of the amenities you need. However, when back at the house, you can zone out and not see a soul if you wish. This is owner Sarah’s own home half of the year so was a really comfortable and luxurious ‘home from home’ experience.
As owners of a small terrace, Jon and I lost each other in the vast space and enjoyed the experience of having our own bathrooms! The dogs loved the space too and we frequently found them bombing up and down the long corridors.
Our first impression as we entered the front door was wow! A beautiful hallway and light, airy corridors immediately gave us the feeling of a restful and luxurious stay. The decor here is beautiful. Everything is of high quality and spotlessly clean.
The open plan living room and dining area offers wonderful views of the surrounding fields. The large sofas meant that we had lots of space to stretch out and enjoy the digital TV and decent Wifi.
The spacious kitchen with its huge fridge and freezer meant that we could buy loads of provisions. We had plenty of crockery to keep us going until we filled the dishwasher too. The house has everything you need to stay in and cook which we really appreciate when away from home.
The adjoining utility room is a great space for laundry, shoes, wellies and all things dog. Perfect for a paw wipe down before going into the rest of the house.
The master bedroom had a huge king-size bed and an en suite bathroom with bath and shower. The linen is good quality and there is a bedroom TV which we quite enjoyed dozing off to. We woke early here as it is such a lovely light house.
There is a second bedroom, also beautifully decorated, with a second bathroom. This has an enormous bath so take your bubbles!
The garden is fully secure and the whippets loved scampering around the fence line. We loved the chance to sit outside in the open space, enjoying those stunning views. It was so peaceful.
Luxury dog friendly cottages:
Our boys were right at home here, which was no surprise as they do love the finer things in life! They loved the comforts, space and the freedom to wander. It is obvious that this home is organised with dogs in mind as, although the interior is beautiful, we all felt relaxed and comfortable enough to live in it. The garden was a joy- secure and with high fencing which meant that we could relax while the whippets wandered.
You most definitely need your car to see the sights as the location is remote. We found that we could get everything we needed from nearby Kirriemuir but enjoyed following Sarah’s other recommendations for the area. Here are some of our highlights:
Lunan Bay- a stunning expanse of golden sand, just perfect for whippet running. We spent hours here as the beach is huge with a beautiful backdrop.
Corrie Fee- a mountainside scooped out by a glacier during the Iron Age, Corrie fee is a stunning landscape. You can choose different walks here but be sure to take the main route so you don’t miss this stunning view.
Backwater Reservoir- great for a really big walk. The entire loop took us a good few hours and led us across meadows and streams. Beautiful.
The Wee Bear Cafe– we bought great cake here. It is extremely dog friendly, as you would expect from somewhere named after their family dog. Currently, seating and ordering takes place outside so we felt really safe. The food is great quality- interesting and delicious.
The House of Bruar– this is such a great place, particularly if you get a rainy day. Loads of quality clothes and a huge high-end food hall selling delicious goods. We bought some local gin which is now a firm favourite. They also have a fish and chip shop on site where you can enjoy lobster and chips!
We ran out of time to explore nearby Pitlochry and Dundee and wanted to visit the V&A and RRS Discovery so will do this next time.
Another great holiday:
We loved Culhawk House and Angus. Tons of scenic places, fresh air, good food and with all our home comforts. Thank you Culhawk House- we will be back.