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Glenelg village is a collection of largely white-painted properties set around Glenelg Bay which has stunning views west across the Kyle Rhea to the mountains of eastern Skye. Glenelg has long been the gateway to Skye until the road from Inverness reached Kyle of Lochalsh in 1819. Today there is still a seasonal Glenelg ferry that carries a few cars across the water. The local area is reknowned for its spectacular scenery from Loch Hourn and Britain’s last great wilderness Knoydart, to the legendary hikers’ challenge of the Five Sisters of Kintail.

Glenelg itself has the beautiful The Glenelg Inn which serves delicious food, and stunning accommodation. There is also a shop and post office in the village. Any budding historians will enjoy a visit to the Bernera Barracks, just to the north of Glenelg. They were built in the aftermath of the 1715 Jacobite uprising the Government and were completed in 1723. The barracks can be viewed at reasonably close quarters, but are fenced off for safety reasons.

If you want to explore Glenelg and the surrounding area for longer, have look at Creagan Mhor, an outstanding self-catering property just a mile from the village of Glenelg. This renovated church manse stands proudly at the top of the Sound of Sleite The house looks down the Sound with breathtaking views of Skye, Gavin Maxwell’s Sandaig, Eigg, Rhum and Ardnamurchan point. There are outstanding vistas from every window in the property. Set in nearly an acre of garden, there is a path that leads you straight onto the beach where you have the chance of spotting dolphins, porpoises, seals and even golden eagles.

Merry Christmas to all of you from WhichCottage.com. We hope you have a wonderful day and enjoy the festive cheer with family and friends.

As a Christmas gift, we’re offering FREE advertising for all holiday cottage owners on our brand new, bespoke late availability cottage site Late-availability-cottages.com. This site is dedicated solely to last minute cottages across the UK.

This promotion ends today so be sure to take advantage of it – just enter code xmasspecial at the sign up page to secure your free advertising!

Merry Christmas!

The WhichCottage.com team

We have an exclusive offer available to holiday cottage owners – free advertising on late-availability-cottages.com, our newest project dedicated exclusively to late availability cottages throughout the UK.

The site is dedicated only to last minute self-catering holiday deals – the search function allows holiday-makers to find the property and location they want at the click of a button.

Owners on the site are able to set a number of variables including discount, whether pets are allowed, number of bedrooms, broadband and many more to make the listing as attractive as possible.

Until Christmas day, holiday cottage owners can list their properties on the site FREE of charge, increasing their exposure and connecting them directly with relevant users. Merry Christmas!

Winter’s here, and that means the temperature has plummeted! Home owners and businesses are always being given advice on keeping their properties in top condition over winter and avoiding any disasters. For holiday cottage owners, this advice is just as important; a burst pipe can cause months of missed bookings and loss of earnings – can you afford for this to happen?

Follow these five tips to help ensure your holiday cottage will emerge from the winter in top shape:

  • Protect against frost: frozen pipes can burst and expel water throughout the building, ruining its structural integrity and making significant repairs unavoidable. Maintain the heating at a low temperature when your property is vacant to keep the pipes from freezing. If you do discover a frozen pipe, the safest method to thaw it out is with hot water – simply wrap a towel round the pipe and pour over hot water, using a bucket to catch the run-off.
  • Prune high trees: winter winds can quickly fell a tree, which can cause structural damage. Prune the biggest trees yourself, or hire a tree surgeon, to prevent this happening. Also remove damaged or broken branches as these can easily snap off and be carried by the wind. Be especially careful if using a chainsaw.
  • Inspect roof tiles: broken or damaged water tiles can let water enter the roof, leading to a range of problems including mould. Loose tiles are also at risk of being blown off, causing damage to property and creating a hazard for people standing nearby.
  • Clear drains: clogged drains can fill with water and overflow, particularly when the rains get heavier. Clear all drains of leaves and debris and ensure drainage systems are operating efficiently.
  • Plug any leaks: check all appliances for leaks and plug them – in unattended properties water can pool and cause mould and fungus which can eat into wood and also make the home smell, hardly a selling point when it comes to bookings.

Good luck keeping your property secure over winter! If you own a holiday cottage and are looking for bookings over the festive season, log onto our new website Late-availability-cottages.com, a site exclusively dedicated to last minute cottage rentals. Cottage owners are able to list their properties, and offer a discount where applicable, while holiday-makers can use the simple and powerful search functionality to find a perfect break in the UK.

For a limited time only, we are offering holiday cottage owners throughout the UK FREE advertising on our newest project, Late-availability-cottages.com.

This brand new site is dedicated solely to last minute holiday cottages and directly connects owners and their target audience. The search interface is simple and powerful and features properties across the country.

To take advantage of free advertising, enter code xmasspecial when you sign up – this offer is limited and will expire on December 25.

You may also want to take a look at our tips to help you get Christmas cottage bookings to help you keep your property full over the festive season!

Many families and couples look to get away over Christmas and New Year for a festive holiday cottage break

The festive period is one of the busiest for holiday cottage owners, but sometimes a late cancellation can leave your cottage potentially unoccupied over Christmas and New Year. Thankfully, last minute bookings are popular and common among holiday-makers, making it easy for you to secure a new booking. If you’re searching for last minute bookings at the moment, these five tips will help you maximise your chances.

Go the extra mile – little extras can really appeal to people looking for a special treat over the festive period. Make the most of your cottage’s unique selling points and consider including something extra special to attract custom. For example, open fires are very popular over Christmas – they fit in with the festive occasion and provide a real ‘home away from home’ comfort. Why not chuck in a bundle of firewood on last minute bookings? Families will love the ‘ye olde’ appeal. Or, if you are renting to couples, include champagne and chocolates on arrival. There are many different ways to go the extra mile.

Reduce the price – last minute bookings typically offer discounts on standard rates to entice holiday-makers. Bear in mind that this is standard practice over the festive season so if you’re not prepared to offer a discount, you may find your cottage passed over in favour of cheaper breaks. The discount doesn’t have to substantial but should incentivise the deal. If you really can’t offer a discount, then freebies will help sell your cottage, such as champagne or a fully-stocked fridge.

Flexibility is key – holiday-makers looking for a last minute cottage bargain may have specific needs, and you may lose out on business if your terms and conditions are too strict. For example, if you have a three bedroom cottage you are unlikely to rent to couples most of the year as this would be uneconomical for both parties. However, during the festive season you may wish to offer a discount to couples if you are struggling to find bookings for all three bedrooms, opening up your target market and increasing the chance of taking a booking. Perhaps you’d also like to explicitly state you allow New Year’s Eve fireworks, as uncertainty over these may turn off potential customers.

Optimise your site for late availability bookings – holiday-makers searching for last minute cottage bookings are likely to type very specific searches into Google, and by not optimising your site for these searches you could be missing out on relevant traffic. In addition, being listed on holiday cottage booking sites is beneficial throughout the year, but dedicated late availability sites will be more useful during the festive season as potential customers are likely to visit these sites ahead of general booking portals. Make sure you are listed on these sites to take advantage of last minute holiday cottage rentals.

Help with festive arrangements – many people who get away for Christmas or New Year are looking for a break away from home, but others want to experience the festive season in a new part of the country. As such, they need to find somewhere that can cater to their needs i.e. provide Christmas or New Year’s events and perhaps local transport to get them back to the cottage if they don’t drive, or aren’t hiring a car. As an expert on the local area, you can provide this information in detail on your cottage site, as reassurance that your property is a good choice for the festive period. Consider what information your potential customers may want and provide this, such as which supermarkets will deliver over Christmas.

FREE ADVERTISING OFFER:

Holiday cottage owners looking to get the most of last minute cottage bookings over the festive period can now sign up for FREE advertising on our new online portal, Late Availability Cottages. Enter code xmasspecial at the checkout to take advantage of this limited offer, which expires on December 25.

Did you realise that East Lothian has over 20 golf courses both links and inland, including the famous Muirfield Links where The Open is sometimes held? So if you’re looking for a golfing holiday, it’s an ideal place to go. The area also boasts sweeping sandy beaches on the east coast of Scotland and wide open spaces and views of the Lammermuir Hills.

A new addition to Which Cottage is 5 star rated Winton Cottage which is situated in the grounds of Winton House, one of Scotland’s most beautiful stately homes. The property, sleeping 10-12 in luxury self-catering accommodation, is ideal for a group holiday or family holiday as there is so much to do close by from excellent fishing to sailing, horse riding and hill walking. If you fancy a day at the races, Musselburgh Racecourse has a full calendar of events and a day at the races is enjoyed by many guests. You can also enjoy Scotland’s famous Whisky as Glenkinchie Distillery is just on the doorstep and offers tours and tastings. There is also the award-winning Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick, not to mention the city of Edinburgh itself.

On the Estate itself, the owners are happy to arrange a multitude of activities from clay pigeon shooting to whisky/champagne tasting, and even Highland Games (guests should book in advance). This luxury holiday house offers the finest accommodation for an idyllic holiday in Scotland. You’ll just have to book for 2 weeks as there’s so much to do!

Cottage Owners Update

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The feedback from Whichcottage property owners is that the summer season 2011 has been very strong for bookings but also that people looking for late availability and holiday cottage deals is on the increase.

Which Cottage Fact:

Owners who update their availability calendars regularly have a much higher conversion rate from enquiry to booking. Don’t give the wrong impression – people looking for holiday properties do not like looking at a calendar that is empty!

Thoughts:

  • Stock up with wood – cottages with log fires and wood burning stoves are in high demand during the winter months.
  • With Christmas 25th December being on a Sunday and New Year’s Eve 31st December on a Saturday night – consider flexibility over your booking days!

What’s in development:

www.scotland-holiday-cottage.com

Caithness and Sutherland area split – forming Far North Scotland.

All UK

Coming soon, a live trial of a late availability section that owners can control – allowing price reductions / special offers for specific weeks and a map search facility. We’ll let you know more soon so watch this space!

Holiday cottages in Scotland with last minute availability for Easter 2011 – contact the owners direct.

Last updated on: Wednesday 20th April 2011

Seafront Cottage, Gardenstown, Aberdeenshire
holiday cottage banff Bedrooms: 2 – 1 king, 1 twin. Sleeps: 4. Banff 8 miles, Fraserburgh 12 miles. Weekly lets. No pets.
Easter Week 23 – 30 April is £695
aberdeenshire self-catering

Aspenholm, Crathie, Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire

self-catering Ballater

Bedrooms: 3 (2 double, 1 bunk room, double sofa bed). Sleeps: 6/8. Ballater 8 miles. Pets by arrangement. Short breaks available.

Easter Week 18 – 25 April is £500, Easter Weekend £300

balmoral holiday cottage


The Old School, Arbuthnott, Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire

deeside cottage

Bedrooms: 3 – 2 twin bedrooms, 1 double. Sleeps: 6/7. Laurencekirk. Pets welcome.

24th – 31st April for £445

holiday in Scotland


Woodcutters Cabin, Aboyne, Deeside

holiday cottage Aboyne

Bedrooms: 2 – 1 double, 1 twin. Sleeps: 4 (+1 camp bed). Short breaks/weekends available. Well behaved animals welcome.

Monday 25th April to Monday 02nd May – £395.00

cottage in the woods


Aberdeen Cottage, Ballater, Royal Deeside

holiday cottage ballater

Bedrooms: 2 (1 double, 1 twin). Sleeps: 4. Ballater. One well behaved dog allowed. Short breaks welcome.

Easter Week 22/23 – 30 April – £490 (late booking discount of 10% available)

fishing holiday


Seafront Cottage, Gardenstown, Aberdeenshire

holiday cottage banff

Bedrooms: 2 – 1 king, 1 twin. Sleeps: 4. Banff 8 miles, Fraserburgh 12 miles. Weekly lets. No pets.

Easter Week:- Sat 23 – 30 April available.

Price:- £675 inclusive.

aberdeenshire self-catering


The Mission Hall, Crovie, Banff and Buchan

special place to stay

Bedrooms: 2 – 1 double, 1 twin. Sleeps: 4. Macduff / Banff. Short breaks available. Pets welcome – downstairs only.

Late Availability – 16th April – 23rd. April £450
30th April – 7th May £450

crovie cottage


Coire Cas, Aviemore, Highlands

aviemore cottage

Bedrooms: 2 – 1 double, 1 single plus bunks. Sleeps: 7. Aviemore. Pets welcome. Short breaks welcome.

9-29th April – Aviemore – Price £250 to £280 per week


Boath Stables, Auldearn, by Nairn, Inverness-shire

holiday accommodation Nairn

Bedrooms: 2 – 2 double/single – Zip & link beds. Sleeps: 4/6. Nairn 2 miles. Pets.

Easter holdiay breaks near Nairn – 16th – 30th April 2011

cottage sleeping 4


Lynwood, Aviemore, Highlands

aviemore holiday cottage

Bedrooms: 4 – 3 doubles, 1 bunks. Sleeps: 8. Aviemore. Pets & short breaks welcome.

9-29th April – Aviemore – £450 per week sleeps 8

skiing accommodation scotland


Mulroy House, Aviemore, Inverness-shire

self-catering aviemore

Bedrooms: 4 – 1 king sized double ensuite, 2 twins, 1 ground floor double. Sleeps: 8. Aviemore. Short breaks. Sorry, no pets.

27th 28th 29th April – cost £466

Hillview House, Cawdor, Near Nairn

self-catering nr Nairn

Bedrooms: 6 – 3 doubles, 2 twins, 1 bunks. Sleeps: 12. Near Nairn. Dogs Welcome.

Easter Week 23-30 April is £1,050 for up to 12 people


Steading Cottage, Crosswoodhill Farm Holiday Cottages, near West Calder, West Lothian, Edinburgh and Lothians

self-catering West lothian

Bedrooms 3: 1 ensuite king, 1 single, 1 family room with 1 double and 2 singles. Sleeps: 6/7. Livingston. Last minute short breaks. Pets by arrangement. Assisted wheelchair accreditation.

Available 23 – 30 April – £570

east lothian holiday cottage


Green Craig, Aberlady, East Lothian, Edinburgh

luxury house aberlady

Bedrooms 6 (Flexible -super kings, doubles or twins). Sleeps: 12. Aberlady. Short breaks. Pets welcome.

Easter week – 21st – 27th April

£2,000.00 for the week for up to 12 guests.

large house to rent


North Berwick Golf Lodge, 18 Fidra Road, North Berwick, East Lothian

holiday flat Edinburgh

Bedrooms 6: 2 suites with 2 queen sized beds, 4 doubles. Sleeps: 8 – 12

Dates available over Easter 21st or 22nd April x 3 nights

Price £1000 self catering

luxurious accommodation with state of the art technology North Berwick


Wintonhill Farmhouse, Pencaitland, East Lothian

holiday house near Edinburgh

Bedrooms 6: 4 twin/doubles, 1 permanent double, 1 family room with double, single & pullout bed. Sleeps: 12-14.

Easter Anytime between Mon 18th April – Depart Fri 29th April

£1395 for 2 or 3 night weekend, £1995 for week.

luxury holiday house


Gateside, Tranent, East Lothian

east lothian holiday home

Bedrooms 2: 1 double, 1 twin. Sleeps: 4. Tranent. Short breaks on request. Dogs welcome.

23rd April for 7 nights – £472.50
east lothian holiday cottage


Hazelbrae Cottage, Letterfearn, Ross-shire

remote cottage

Bedrooms: 2 (1 double, 1 twin). Sleeps: 4. On Loch Duich. Kyle/Skye 30 mins. Sorry – no pets.

4 nights still available in April: Tues 26th – Sat 30th April – £300. If shorter stay required, contact the owner to discuss.


Seaview Holiday Cottage, Glenelg, Ross-shire, Scotland

holiday cottage by the sea

Bedrooms: 4 – 4 doubles, one with additional bunks. Sleeps: 10. Kyle of Lochalsh 20 miles. Pets welcome.

Easter Week 23 -3- April – £800

seaside cottages for rent


Ivy Cottage, Strathpeffer, Ross-shire

self-catering Eilean Donan

Bedrooms: 3 – 1 king, 1 twin, 1 bunk. Sleeps: 6. Strathpeffer/Dingwall. Short breaks out of season. Pets in outhouse only.

Easter Availability 16th – 23rd April and 23rd to 30th April – £395 per week


Meall Dubh, Lochinver,Sutherland

Sutherland holiday cottage

Bedrooms: 2 – 1 double, 1 twin. Sleeps: 4. Lochinver. Sorry no pets. Short breaks out of season.

Week 30 April – 6 May £540


Murray’s Street Cottages, Tain, Ross and Cromarty

self-catering Tain

Two cottages. Bedrooms: 2 – 1 king, 1 twin. Sleeps: 4 each. Tain. Short breaks by arrangement. No pets.

We do still have one cottage available for easter.


Country Cottage, Munlochy, Black Isle, Ross-shire

holiday cottage black isle

Bedrooms: 3 (1 double, 2 twin). Sleeps: 6. Inverness – 10 mins. Sorry, no pets. Short breaks available.

country cottage in Munlochy available for Easte week at £495.


East End Cottage, Lochcarron, Wester Ross

holiday cottage ross-shire

Bedrooms: 2 – 1 double, 1 twin. Sleeps: 4 + cot. Inverness 65 miles. No pets. Weekly lets.

W/c 16/04/2011 – £300


Gracie’s Cottage, Loch Kishorn, Wester Ross, Highlands

romantic holiday cottage

Bedrooms: 2 – 1 double, 1 twin. Sleeps: 4. Lochcarron – 6 miles. No Pets.

Week commencing Friday 22nd April – £550 including everything

book cottage in Highlands


Balgonar, Saline, Fife

self-catering Fife

Bedrooms: 3 (1 kingsized double, 1 twin, 1 small double. Sleeps: 5-6. Dollar / Dunfermline. Short breaks. Pets by arrangement.

April (only month with NO bookings!) – £375 per wk (25% reduction)

self-catering cottage Dunfermline


The Hay Loft, Braeside, Cupar, Fife

self-catering Cupar

Bedrooms: 2 (1 double, 1 double/twin). Sleeps: 4. Cupar. Short breaks. Pets welcome by arrangement.

Free 22nd April = 13th May

The perfect Easter break, utterly peaceful, fantastic views and wonderful wildlife. £350 per week, flexible.

self-catering cottage to rent


South Cottage, Kinalty, Kirriemuir, Angus

self-catering Angus

Bedrooms: 2 (1 double, 1 twin). Sleeps: 4 + folding bed for older child. Dundee 19 miles. Short breaks. Pets welcome.

Easter short break 27th to 30th April, £206 for two, £262 for four people.

self-catering cottage to rent


Baker’s Close, Bank Street, Elie, Fife

self-catering Elie

Bedrooms: 2 (1 kingsized double, 1 good quality/stable adult bunks). Sleeps: 4. St Andrews 10 miles. Short breaks welcome.

Saturday, 16th April to Friday, 22nd April : £400

self-catering in fife

The Gida, Arniefoul, Glamis, Angus

self-catering Angus

Bedrooms: 1 double plus 2 further sleeping areas (1 twin, 1 single). Sleeps: 5. Forfar. Pets accepted.

16th-23rd April – £280 for 7 nights.

self-catering property to rent


Old Bankend Farmhouse, Stirlingshire

sleeps 10

Bedrooms: 5 – 1 king-sized, 1 double, 1 twin, 2 kingsized/twin. Sleeps: 10+. Stirling – 2 miles. Pets welcome.

Easter availability 23-30 April 2011 – £900.

holiday house Trossachs


Ben Ever, Boll Cottages, Alva, Clackmannanshire

holiday cottage

Bedrooms: 2 – 1 double, 1 twin. Sleeps: 4. Stirling – 9km. Pets welcome.

Ben Ever is available 7 nights for 4 sharing is £595, but shorter stays are available also.

5 star Self catering cottages


Granary Cottage, near Kippen, Stirlingshire

idyllic holiday cottage

Bedrooms: 2 – king-sized beds/1 can be twin. Sleeps: 4/5. Kippen. Pet friendly. Wheelchair accessible.

Easter week 23/4/11-30/4/11 – £495

book direct with owner


Smiddy Cottage, South Uist, Outer Hebrides

self-catering skye

Bedrooms: 1 king sized double. Sleeps: 2. South Uist. Short breaks available November to March. Sorry no pets.

Easter holidays in Outer Hebrides – 16th/23rd April – 23rd/30th April – cost £550 per week.


Torr na Locha, Bunessan, Isle of Mull

environmentally friendly cottage mull

Bedrooms: 4 (2 doubles, 1 twin, 1 bunks). Sleeps: 8. Bunessan. Well behaved dogs welcome – max 2. Short breaks – Nov-March

Fri 15-22 April – £700


Seascape and Skyescape, Isle of Rona, near Skye

self-catering skye

Two cottages. Bedrooms: 1 double. Sleeps: 2. Short breaks. Pets welcome.

Easter Week 30 April – 7th May is £595


Mucmara Lodge, Dervaig, Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Argylll

self-catering mull

Bedrooms: 4 (1 ensuite superking/twin, 1 ensuite king, 2 twin). Sleeps: 8. Tobermory. Short breaks in winter. Pets – please enquire. Disabled access.

Available Friday 22nd to 29th April 2011 – £850


Gille Ghagaich Cottage, Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran, Argyll

holiday cottages in Arran

Bedrooms: 2. Sleeps: 5. Blackwaterfoot 1.5 miles. No pets

Gille Ghagaich, Isle of Arran. Availability 10th April to 1st May.

£550 for the week 17 to 24 April, £500 other weeks.


Ach-na-Brae Cottages, Fionnphort, Isle of Mull

self-catering mull

Two cottages each with 3 bedrooms (2 twin, 1 double). Sleep: 2-6. Fionnphort. Short breaks out of season. Pets by arrangement.

Ach-nn-Brae Cottage is available Easter week Sat 23rd to Sat 30th April at a cost £550.


Garden Cottage, Isle of Scalpay, between Skye and Applecross

self-catering Skye

Bedrooms: 2 twins. Sleeps: 4. Off Isle of Skye. Pets welcome.

16th-23rd April – £648 for 7 nights.

self-catering cottage to rent


Mullach Dubh, Craobh Haven, by Lochgilphead

Argyll holiday cottages

Bedrooms: 2 (1 double, 1 twin/double, 1 sofabed). Sleeps – 6. Nr Oban. No Pets. Short breaks welcome.

23-28 March & 7-21 May
– £100 discount = £565 per week


Holly Cottage, Taynuilt, Oban, Argyll

holiday cottage sleeps 4

Bedrooms: 2 – 1 double, 1 bunk beds. Sleeps: 4. Oban 20 mins. Pets welcome.

Sat 16-23 April £350 for week or £245 for 4 nights

luxury cottage sleeps 4 people


The Barn at Scammadale Farm, Nr Oban, Argyll

argyllshire holiday cottage

Bedrooms: 3 (1 kingsized, 1 twin, 1 twin/double). Sleeps: 6. Oban 13 miles. Sorry, no pets. Short breaks. Cat 3 for Disabled.

23-29 April ( 6 nights) £500


Melfort Pier and Harbour, Loch Melfort, Argyll

Loch Melfort holiday cottage

Bedrooms: 1 – 4. Sleeps: 1 – 8. Oban 18 miles. Pets. Disabled access.

Easter week – 16-30th April – Wk or Short break avail.

From £110 – £240 per house/night, £700 – £1300.00 per Week.

Loch Melfort holiday accommodation


St Malieu Hall, Inveraray, Argyll

loch fyne holiday cottage

Bedrooms: 4 (2 double ensuite, 2 twin). Sleeps: 8. Inveraray / Loch Fyne. Well behaved dogs only. Short breaks in low season.

Easter week 23 – 30 April is now discounted to £650


Bluebell Croft – Honeysuckle House, Strontian, Ardnamurchan Peninsular

Ardnamurchan self-catering cottage

Bedrooms: 4. Sleeps: 8+. Fort William 25 miles. Wheelchair accessible (Cat 1). Pets welcome.

22nd-25th April – £400-£900


20 Cairnbaan Cottages, Cairnbaan, By Lochgilphead, Argyll

crinan canal cottage

Bedrooms: 2 (1 double, 1 twin). Sleeps: 4. Lochgilphead. Pets welcome. Short breaks outside peak times.

Sat 16th April to Sat 23rd April (7 nights) = £400


Mo Dachaidh, Aberfeldy, Perthshire

holiday cottage in perthshire

Bedrooms: 4 (2 ensuite doubles, 2 twins). Sleeps: 6-8 (discounts for smaller parties). Aberfeldy 5 miles. Short breaks – min 3 nights. No pets. Disabled access – downstairs ensuite double bedroom.

22-29 April – 7 nights £765, 3 nights £575. – Discounts available


Meikle Trochry Mill Cottages, by Dunkeld, Perthshire

self-catering vacation perthshire

Bedrooms: 1 (double or twin). Sleeps: 2. Near Dunkeld.

Easter weekend free. Availability all April.

£350 per week, all inclusive plus free two course ready cooked meal of outstanding quality, chose from our menu.


The Bothy, Dunkeld, Perthshire

holiday cottage in perthshire

Bedrooms: 2 (1 double, 1 single). Sleeps: 3. Dunkeld. Short breaks available. Pets welcome.

Free from Friday 15th – Thursday 21st April

£185 for three nights or £390 for the 6 nights.


Tigh Na Cladiach, Kenmore, Nr Aberfeldy

self-catering in Perthshire

Bedrooms: 4 (2 doubles, 2 twins) Sleeps: 8. Aberfeldy 6 miles. Short breaks available. Pets considered.

Easter availability

9- 23 April 7 nights £960


Steading Cottage, Broich, Crieff, Perthshire

holiday cottage Crieff

Bedrooms: 2. Sleeps: 2-4. Crieff 1 mile. Pets by arrangement.

Available during the Easter holiday for breaks either side of Easter week:
Monday 18 – Sat 23rd April 2011


The Hayloft, South Littleton, Blairgowrie, Perthshire

holiday cottage in perthshire

Bedrooms: 2 (1 king sized double, 1 double/twin + single, 1 sofa bed). Sleeps: 5/6. Blairgowrie. Short breaks available. Pets by arrangemnt

Easter Week 22-29 April £400


Wester Brewlands, Glenisla, Perthshire
Glenisla holiday house

Bedrooms 8 – 3 double, 4 twins, 1 single. Bathrooms 6 – 5 ensuite. Sleeps 14. Self-catered, partially or fully catered. No smoking. Short breaks welcome. No pets. In the Highlands 1½ hours from Edinburgh.

22/4/11-29/4/11 – £3500 per week
29/4/11-6/5/11 – £2850 per week

Holiday house Perthshire


Croftend Cottage, Wester Brewlands Estate, Glenisla, Perthshire

accommodation in perthshire

Bedrooms: 1 (1 super kingsized ensuite). Sleeps: 2 +. Glenisla, Pitlochry 30 mins. Accommodation all on one level. Short breaks welcome. Pets welcome.

Croftend Cottage – 16/4-23/4 – £582 for 3 or 4 people, £480 for 2 people


Claypotts, Glenisla, Perthshire, Scotland

holiday house Perthshire

Bedrooms: 3 – 1 Kingsize, 2 twin. Bathrooms: 3, 1 ensuite. Sleeps 2-6. Non smoking. Short breaks and pets welcome. 30 minutes from Pitlochry.

Claypotts Cottage – 15/4-29/4 – £696 per week

traditional cottage to hire


Beech Cottage, Killin

cottage to let killin

Bedrooms:2 (I twin and 1 double dedroom) Sleeps: 4/5. Killin 2 miles. Short breaks. Pet friendly.

available 23rd to 30th April – £450.00

Self catering Killin


Carsebuie, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

large holiday cottage

Bedrooms: 4 – 1 double, 2 twins (one is zip and link so can be 6ft double), 1 superking or twin. Sleeps 8/10. Newton Stewart. Pets welcome by arrangement. Short breaks.

Late availability
15 April to 18 April £585

18 April to 21 April £405 or take all 6 nights Friday 15 to Thursday 21 April just £670

25 -29 April £620

29 April – 1 or 2 May £672 for 3 nights or £780 for 4 nights


The Tack Room, Cove Stables, Nr Dunbar, Scottish Borders

cottage by the coast

Bedrooms 3: 1 double, 2 twin. Sleeps: 6. Dunbar 8 miles. No Pets.

Sleeps 6, available over easter holidays £500 per week £350 short break



A great selection of holiday properties can be found at:

http://www.scotland-holiday-cottage.com

The Chancellor George Osbourne has confirmed changes to the rules regarding Furnished Holiday Lets (FHL) in his 2011 budget. The announcement confirms proposals previously announced, primarily:

From 5 April 2011:
  • Losses made on a holiday let can only be offset against income made on that same holiday let. The previous rules stated that losses could be offset against general income.
  • FHL in both the UK and EEA will qualify (this is current practice but not legislation).
  • Losses made in a qualifying FHL business either in the UK or EEA may only be set against income from the same FHL business.
From 5 April 2012:
  • A property must be available to let for no less than 210 days a year. The current minimum requirement is 140 days a year. This will disqualify many summer holiday lets that take a six month let in the winter.
  • The property must be let for 105 days in the year. The current minimum letting period is 70 days.
  • There will be a ‘period of grace’ to allow businesses that don’t continue to meet the ‘actually let’ test for 1 or 2 years to elect to continue to qualify throughout that period, providing that there was genuine intention to meet the condition.
It is estimated the changes will affect 65,000 tax payers. The major disadvantage for most owners will be the inability to use losses from the FHL against other income.

Those owners who will no longer qualify as a FHL under the new minimum letting periods will lose the generous Capital Gains Tax reliefs available on the sale or gift of a property. It is unclear until the 2011 Finance Act is in place, but there may be an opportunity for some owners struggling to meet the 105 letting days to claim the Capital Gains Tax reliefs during the 2 years ‘period of grace’.

In summary it is not all bad news with tax planning opportunities still available, particularly on purchase or sale of a property.

For further information or advice please contact Andy Ritchie – Partner at Campbell Dallas by phone on 01738 441 888, or email

andrew.ritchie@campbelldallas.co.uk