We are incredibly lucky to have so many beautiful areas to explore and stay in Perthshire with our dogs, with a particular favourite of ours being the picturesque Highland Perthshire town of Pitlochry.
Pitlochry ticks many boxes for being so
Croft Na Coille Coach House is located only a short walk from the heart of Pitlochry. It’s been beautifully and lovingly restored while still keeping its charm and even an original feature of stained glass doors inside. It has a quaint and cosy feel but still bright and light throughout. Downstairs you have a living room and dining area with patio doors that lead onto a decking area then garden. The bathroom has been renovated and a new shower put in. The hosts will also provide towels for your stay. You also have a good kitchen space that has everything you need for cooking while staying somewhere that’s self-catering. If you look out the kitchen window you will sometimes even see the resident hens who like to hang around outside!
Upstairs you have two good sized bedrooms with a lot of natural light. The master bedroom has a king sized bed with lovely wooden furniture that goes with the feeling of The Coach House. The bed is one of the comfiest I’ve ever slept with the pillows, duvet and linen being to a very high standard. The second bedroom has two single beds with the same care taken to dress the room and make your stay as relaxing and as comfortable as possible.
The absolute favourite part for Baxter though and will be for any dog and most dog owners staying
The Coach House hosts Eunice and Gordon are massive dog lovers and own two absolutely beautiful Briard’s, Yogi & Boo Boo. Yogi & Boo Boo know how important it is to us humans that dogs enjoy their holidays too so they have made up a wee welcome pack for dogs staying at the Coach House. It includes dog biscuits, bowls, poo bags, towels, a ball, bedding, a map with lots of beautiful walks to explore and a list of nearby
What I thought also was a lovely touch, on arrival there was some homemade shortbread and dog biscuits for Baxter. To me little things like that really make you feel welcome and the shortbread really went down a treat later that night with a cuppa.
On the first night of
The next day we explored Pitlochry more by visiting the tourist attraction of Pitlochry Dam which we were extremely pleased to find out now welcomed dogs. We then visited Baxter’s pal Ruby the westie at the
For Art’s Sake specialise in pottery painting and helping create beautiful keepsakes. We ended up putting Baxter’s paw in the paint (the paint is completely safe for doggies!) and pressing it on a tile so we have a special part of our boy forever. For Art’s Sake then put it in a kiln and add other touches for it to take pride of place in our home. It was a really fun and unique way to end our
Croft Na Coille Coach House was everything we needed in terms of the most relaxing and even calming
Another thing which I’ve not yet mentioned is that if you don’t drive then don’t rule it out as a place you can’t stay as there is a train station! I don’t drive so Baxter got to experience his first ever train ride. He was a wee superstar and behaved so well. He was quite happy sitting on my knee looking out the window as the world went by. If you can call ahead to let Eunice and Gordon know of your arrival time as they are happy whenever possible to collect you from the station and take you to the Coach House.
Croft Na Coille also offers the option of a cooked Scottish breakfast in the main house and boutique bed & breakfast. All produce is local to Pitlochry and there is even the special treat of
Croft Na Coille really is something special and a bit of a hidden gem as it offers an incredible amount in terms of welcoming you and your dog in a fantastic location. The fact that it also has a secure garden just makes it even better as it was just superb seeing Baxter’s happy face running around and playing and I know many other dog owners will feel the same.
It’s somewhere we will definitely stay again and Baxter looks forward to returning too to see some of his new favourite humans Eunice and Gordon and his fur-friends Yogi and Boo Boo who all made our stay just perfect.