Highland Hideaway – Rolls-Royce
Words by Stephen Flynn
Nestled among trees in the heart of the Perthshire countryside, Gamefield – a pretty whitewashed house, with a cottage-esque charm that belies its size – blends cosily into its surroundings. Though a relative newcomer to the holiday rental scene, Gamefield has quickly established itself as a superior retreat and a fivestar base from which to explore Scotland. And though it is located within easy reach of many of the country’s major destinations, Gamefield nevertheless has the feel of a secluded hideaway. “You feel as though you are a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world,” says William Frame, founder of Braemore Estates, which owns Gamefield. “It comes as a surprise that in less than an hour you can be in a vibrant city or exploring the Scottish Highlands.”
Gamefield has quickly established itself as a superior retreat and a fivestar base from which to explore Scotland.
Old And new The house comfortably sleeps up to 10 guests, making it perfect for large families and groups of friends, while the adjacent Indie House has room for an additional four people. Care has been taken to blend a range of styles throughout, making use of both modern and traditional influences. As such, contemporary furnishings are complemented by rustic touches like wicker baskets, leather armchairs and fireplaces. “We were keen to maintain a traditional feel to the home but also wanted to provide an open layout, which is suited to modern life and large family gatherings,” says William. “Each room is further enhanced by the huge windows that cover the cottage. They create a light and airy atmosphere, and offer uninterrupted, panoramic views of breathtaking scenery.” These scenes can also be viewed from Gamefield’s large garden, exterior hot tub, summer house or while sitting beside its outdoor log-burning stove after exploring the Highlands or a day of playing golf. Indeed, some of Scotland’s finest golf courses are within driving distance, including Gleneagles, Turnberry and St Andrews. Alternatively, says William, “walkers and cyclists can explore the Ochtertyre Estate or venture onto the slopes of nearby Ben Vorlich, Ben Chonzie and Ben Lawers, while the River Tay and its tributaries offer world-class trout and salmon fishing. Pheasant, grouse and partridge shooting is also widely available in the area.” There’s also the option to engage in more fast-paced activities, such as water sports on Loch Earn and Loch Tay, horse riding (for all levels of experience), or off-road driving at the nearby Action Glen adventure centre, where a tree-top adventure course offers a fresh perspective on the stunning surroundings.
Gourmet delights in the evening, Gamefield’s guests can dine at one of several excellent restaurants, bars and distilleries nearby – all offering freshly prepared Scottish specialities. However, if the lure of the fireside and Gamefield’s comfortable sitting room is too hard to resist, the holiday home’s on-site staff can arrange for a gourmet chef to prepare a traditional Highland feast, or simply fill up the fridge with local goodies. “We are passionate about going the extra mile for our guests and we ensure that each stay is tailor-made to suit every individual requirement,” says William. “There is always someone at the end of the phone to assist, with the very best of Highland hospitality.”