Christmas in Scotland
We are a couple in our 60's. We live in a old stone cottage in the country, overlooking the countryside. We grow our own vegetables organically and we like wild camping , walking and jazz amongst other things. We share our cottage with PK, our affectionate black and white cat. We are looking for people who would be willing to be vegetarian or fish eating during your stay as the only carnivore in the house is the cat. Dates can be a little flexible to suit both parties.
Our Home & Location
Our cottage is about half an hour's drive from the coast where there are some beautiful beaches ( notably Lunan Bay and St Cyrus) , and 45 minutes from the Angus glens. You might drive up Glen Esk and walk along the shores of Loch Lee, or head up Mount Keen, a nearby munro. Or drive up to Glen Clova and walk through the forest to stunning National Nature Reserve, Corrie Fee. Above Corrie Fee are munros Dreish and Mayar. Afterwards you may want to visit the climbers' bar at the Glen Clova hotel or drop into the Drovers Inn at Memus from some great food and real ale.
The cottage backs onto an intermittently busy road but the front has a garden with views across the fields and a small wildlife pond. The cottage is 200 years old, not posh at all, but homely and cosy, with central heating, and a log fire for evenings. The kind of place where you can come in from hillwalking and not fuss too much. Our local loch is about a mile away; you can stroll round or sit in the hide in summer and view ospreys and their chicks . Or sit at the kitchen window and maybe watch our great spotted woodpecker . Angus is a Pictish heartland and there are many Pictish stones to be seen around the county ( unfortunately the beautiful Aberlemno stones are boxed up in winter). If the city draws you we are near Dundee where Scott's ship, the Discovery , is moored and you can catch a movie at Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre. Across the water from Dundee is the county of Fife where you can visit St Andrews or drive down the Fife coastal trail to the picturesque villages of Anstruther and Crail. To the north of us is Aberdeen and the dramatic Dunottar Castle. Shopping is easy in our nearby local town. There is no bus service and we would be using our car** so you would probably need your own transport unless you are looking for a week's retreat. 2 bikes available for use. Wi-fi available. (**NB OUR CAR WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THE DECEMBER SIT - you will need a UK or international driving license and to be ok with our insurers - we would pay for the insurance). Daylight hours are short in winter but there are plenty of logs and you can curl up by the fire with your book.
******We are looking for someone who would be happy to be vegetarian or fish eating whilst here as the only carnivore in the house is the cat! There are restaurants in Forfar and round about.
Responsibilities & Pets
We would be grateful if you would care for our cat, feed garden birds and water our garden and polytunnel if needed. For the Christmas sit we are looking for a competent couple who have experience in managing and maintaining a house and are therefore able to deal with any problems that might arise in winter (snow, rain, wind!) PK is the most affectionate cat but sadly has a problem with contraction of his joints even though he is only 4, and his joints don't work well. He can get around very slowly from room to room but will need a carry here and there. You would not be tied to the house as PK can be left for the day or the evening.