A magnificent new extension comprises an open plan area running the length of the cottage. With kitchen, dining area and living space (see below) you could spend all day here, on the threshold of a gorgeous panorama (above right).
The recent upgrading and extending of the historic cottage was done with mind to conservation; super-efficient insulation, energy from 3.2kw Proven wind turbine (with back-up system), solar gain from huge south facing windows, private septic tank (zero environmental impact) and both recycling and composting facilities are on offer. The wood pellet boiler and woodburning stove provide heat and hot water. Less obviously but equally green; the stone used in the refurbishing was reclaimed from old farm buildings nearby.
Within walking distance of the above patio are sites of ancient and historical fascination; from prehistoric burial cairns to a Bronze Age burial ground, a Roman road (used right up until 1834) and Covenanters graves from the 1600s.The cottage is sited where a group of noblemen - the famous 'Rebel Lords' - met in 1582 to plot the abduction of King James VI, in what became known as the Raid of Ruthven. The plan ultimately failed and the leader, the Earl of Gowrie, was later executed.