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Cardean Mill

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Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Angus & Fife Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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48 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a wonderful time."

    The property was amazing. The grounds and surrounding countryside was beautiful. The owners are the most lovely people. Our Guide Dogs had a blast. Plenty to do in the surrounding area. We wish we’d had more time in this fabulous spot.

    Thank you so much for this lovely feedback and you would be welcome back anytime with your guide dogs Alison and Steve Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lindsay5.0May 2024

  • "Beautiful property in a peaceful countryside setting."

    Could not fault it. Everything you could need was provided for a restful self catering break. Lovely rural walks straight from the front door. We were lucky enough to see red squirrels, otters and even caught a glimpse of a beaver. Owners were so helpful and provided us with lots of useful information about the local area. We hope to return

    Thank for your lovely feedback and you would be so welcome any time Property Owner

    5.0Mar 2024

  • "Lovely property to share with family."

    A great space in a beautiful setting. Very welcoming and approachable owner.

    We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at the Mill. You would be very welcome back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carly4.1Mar 2024

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our recent stay."

    8 of us were in the property and met our needs. Had a little issue with the WiFi on the first day but quickly sorted the next morning by the owners so happy teenagers! Beds comfy and lovely surroundings, the only slightly negative point was that the shower pressure was quite low. If you are looking for a rural get away we’d definitely recommend.

    Thanks for your feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at the Mill. We will get the shower water pressure checked. You would be very welcome to return. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rona3.8Feb 2024

  • "We were a family of six of different ages and the house was just perfect for us."

    Good location with a good walk through the forest. I would definitely recomend this accommodation. Host were very friendly.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Dec 2023

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our week at Cardean Mill."

    It is the perfect place for a family holiday. Good facilities, clean and cosy. I would not hesitate to recommend it to people.

    Reviewed by Phil5.0Oct 2023

  • "The host was wonderful."

    We had a nice time and enjoyed thoroughly. The woodland walk behind the property was fabulous.

    Reviewed by Pradeepkumar5.0Sep 2023

  • "Fab location."

    Well equipped. Very comfortable stay.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Sep 2023

  • "What a fabulous place!"

    We absolutely loved our time here. Especially loved the river and playing in the kayak with the children. Huge garden and outside space, local walks and welcoming hosts. This place has everything you could need . Wildlife is amazing too. Thank you again for our stay. We can’t wait to come back!

    Reviewed by Kimberley5.0Aug 2023

  • "Hosts were just lovely."

    The property sits in the most beautiful setting. We wouldn’t hesitate to return. Kitchen very well equipped. Truly dog friendly. Wildlife amazing. Plenty of walks. Easy 20 min walk to the village which has a little shop and hotel and bar that’s serves lovely pub grub. ( only negative was bed very hard). So sorry to mention because otherwise was a 5 star experience and couldn’t thank the kindness of the hosts enough.

    Dear Marie Thank you for your feedback .It would be helpful to know which bed was hard and then we will be able to rectify this issue Alison and Steve Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marie4.4Aug 2023

  • "We had a wonderful time, kids loved the freedom of exploring around the land and the forest."

    The house was very clean and a beautiful welcome basket. The owners where lovely people and explained what their was to do around the local area for adults and teens Everything that we needed was on hand( maybe an iron might be useful) Though am sure if we had asked one would of been provided. We used it as a base to go and explore perthshire and taking the kids to places I went as a child. All had a great time and wood glady book again

    Reviewed by Natasha5.0Jul 2023

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed a relaxing week at Cardean Mill."

    Everything you needed was included. The wildlife was great just outside the mill. You didn’t need to go far for anything. We would happily return.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Jun 2023

  • "Had an amazing stay."

    Hosts were fab, a box of treats, and a pint of milk on arrival. House is stunning. Everything you could need plus plenty of towels. Only tiny negative is a couple of the beds were uncomfortable, which was ok for a weekend but a week? We will definitely go back.

    Reviewed by Nicola4.7May 2023

  • "This is a beautiful property in an outstanding setting."

    Everything you need for self catering are in the property. Beds comfy and clean. Owners are lovely. We spent a very enjoyable week there. Will definitely consider it for a return visit.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely accommodation."

    Beautiful views and stunning location.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Mar 2023

  • "We had a lovely 2 night stay at Cardean Mill."

    The location is idyllic. The property was perfect for a group of friends to spend quality time together . Very clean & comfortable. We arrived to a lovely wee hamper & a bottle of fizz in the fridge. Lovely walk into the wee village of Meigle & lunch in ‘Flour ‘ was very good. Perfect, attentive hosts who loaned us a torch & also some salt & pepper! Will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by Mandy5.0Mar 2023

  • "Loved the Mill and the environment it is in."

    The walks are fantastic from the doorstep. Equally you are within a short distance of Munros, Glamis, St Andrew’s and lots of great places in Perthshire. Hosts are excellent would recommend.

    Reviewed by Gwen4.7Oct 2022

  • "Superb house with everything you could need."

    Owner met us on arrival and was available all week if required bu there was nothing we needed, everything worked well and we had no issues at all. Very peaceful holiday. Great chance to catch up with relatives, we had some lovely meals and walks in the local countryside. Visited nearby villages and towns for some local foods. Would visit again.

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had an excellent week!"

    Great location for access to wider area and the house and garden/river was brilliant! Otters!

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely house ( mill conversion) in idyllic location."

    We were made very welcome by the hosts who are lovely people plus locals very friendly with good tips for walks etc. Lots to do in the area. Great for us to spread out as a family. Wouldn’t hesitate to go back or recommend. If weather wet & cold a tumble dryer would be handy. Lots of storage space & towels a bonus! 2 of our party canoed on the river in calm conditions.

    Reviewed by Catherine4.7Jul 2022

  • "As an extended family that holiday together yearly, this has to be one of the most memorable."

    Upon arrival we were greeted by the most genuinely lovely owner who couldn't do enough to make our stay the best it could possibly be. The property boasts the most incredibly beautiful garden and grounds which our children loved playing in and exploring. The owners are kind, considerate and hugely welcoming. Our children didnt want to leave! (aged 7, 5, 2 and 6 months) We would highly recommend staying at the Cardean Mill, it is a peaceful escape from reality.

    Thanks for your lovely feedback Alison and Steve Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maryanne5.0Jul 2022

  • "Cardean Mill is a beautiful holiday cottage surrounded by lovely scenery."

    Did we enjoy our stay? Yes when it came to spending time with the family. Would we return? Probably not. I would rather leave a very honest account of our stay as I think there were some aspects of it I would’ve liked to have known prior to booking. First and foremost, know that the owners live on the grounds too. The only thing separating the two properties is the old mill. Don’t get me wrong, Steve (the owner) was very welcoming and happy to answer any questions we had however, it’s a shared driveway so when they had guests over at night and we were sitting outside the front, you felt like you were on display plus when I collected the washing off the washing line they were all sitting in their conservatory which looks onto the washing line so again, you feel all eyes on you. When it comes to washing, yes there is a washing machine but there is no tumble dryer - I understand this as electricity is through the roof, but when you have six peoples clothes to dry on just one small clothes horse it can be frustrating. We were lucky that there were days the weather was kind so if you are visiting in the winter bear this in mind. The WiFi was very weak. We had four teenagers with us so I’m sure you can imagine the frustration. Yes, we weren’t there to be on phones/tablets but in the evening if we wanted to watch a movie (the dvd selection is quite dated) we had to use my sons PlayStation to log onto Netflix, however the connection would buffer a lot. The couches/chairs in the living room we found very uncomfortable so with the combination of WiFi and uncomfortable couches we spent every evening playing Uno which we do love to do so it’s not a bad thing, again I would just rather leave an honest review. The first morning we had a power cut. Living very rural ourselves we are prone to these so it was something we could get on with (although it’s awful when you are gasping for a cuppa!) but my husband had to go to the owners a couple of times (the first time no answer) to find out when we could expect it back on (they had been informed by Scottish power) so we would’ve thought they would come let us know. Steve did pop round when it came back on to check all was ok. The pub, which they say is less than a mile away only does food on a Friday and Saturday, not every night. The cottage overall was clean, but there were an awful lot of cobwebs and spiders that look like daddy long legs. My daughter is terrified of spiders so that gave her the heebie-jeebies! The kitchen window and velux on the landing were particularly bad as well as the wicker hearts hanging in rooms. My husband loves a bath, this is how he relaxes so he was ecstatic when he saw the rolltop bathtub in the main bathroom. We had two nights before said teenagers arrived so he wanted to make full use of the bathtub. Unfortunately it does not fill all the way with hot water as the water runs cold a quarter of the way up and that is without any showers being had that same day. Needless to say he was disappointed and didn’t bother trying again. The “outside play area” is literally a slide, a swing and hanging rope. Not “slides” and “swings” as quoted in the description. The gazebo is also still in the pictures but not in the garden. The scenery is beautiful. The walk through the garden is lovely and our dog was loving life. The house itself was ok, plenty of room for all of us so that was good. As I said the scenery was beautiful and the house looks stunning from the outside and is fine on the inside. Everybody looks for different things from their holiday. We did have a lovely time away, I just feel for the price we paid we expected more.

    Any feedback is always welcome so thank for this .However we do not recognise as factually accurate some of your comments .We do not advertise having a tumble dryer so you were correct in saying there was no tumble dryer W We do not feel we can take responsibility for the pub as we do not own it .As to the other points it is out of our control about a power cut and Steve did come in to say was everything okay and you said of course we have power cuts all the time .The gazebo is not able to be left up as the wind can catch it ,however we would have been more than happy to put it up for you had you asked .It is nice to see that you still seemed to enjoy your holiday and sorry it did not meet you expectations. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lynsey2.8Jul 2022

  • "Bit of a let-down that the gazebo is still featured in the pictures but isnt there anymore!"

    Would be a nice feature to stay out in the gorgeous surroundings if it gets drizzley! But other than that, everthing was great! Gorgeous wee welcome pack too!

    What a pitty you did not say as we would have happily put it up .We are not able leave it up as when the wind is strong it blows it away Property Owner

    Reviewed by H4.4May 2022

  • "A great property in an idyllic location, ideal for exploring the surrounding area."

    Excellent facilities, spotlessly clean and everything well maintained. Friendly and helpful owners in adjoining property.

    Reviewed by Douglas5.0May 2022

  • "Beautiful house, fully equipped in a stunning location, what more could you want."

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Apr 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage lovely and clean the only problem was the beds down stairs ..."

    Beautiful cottage lovely and clean the only problem was the beds down stairs kept moving as mattress wasn't fixed plus the windows in bathroom had to always keep blinds closed as could see the people next door as no frosted glass apart from that was lovely

    Reviewed by George3.4Apr 2022

  • "Cardean Mill is a tranquil place to stay and the house is rather special."

    Lots of space, beautiful garden and great to sit out in the evening with a glass of something and watch the sunset. We look forward to a return visit.

    Reviewed by Sally4.7Mar 2022

  • "What a lovely house and garden."

    It had everything we needed and was lovely and warm. Perfect for exploring the area, lovely walks from the house or nearby. Lots of wildlife to see as well.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely property on the edge of a little village with all amenities."

    House was well stocked, spotless and comfortable

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Jan 2022

  • "We had a great long weekend at the Mill with family."

    The accommodation was perfect and met all the needs for our 2 year old too. The grounds of the mill are beautiful and lovely for a walk. The owners were on hand if we needed anything and showed us the Mill wheel turning which was interesting for all. We visited Pitcrocknie Restaurant locally for lunch which provided great service, food and a view plus a roaring fire to protect from the strong winds and rain outside at the time.

    Reviewed by Nathalie5.0Jan 2022

  • "Cardean Mill was perfect."

    We came for some relaxation and it was the perfect place. It is perfectly positioned for walks as well as sitting curled up with a book whilst looking out at the gorgeous scenery. It is fully equipped with everything you need for a self catering holiday. Alison and Steve were so kind and shared some local information with us. There are loads of activities and places to go for all ages in the surrounding areas to make the holiday what you want it to be. We didn’t want to leave! Thank you for a fabulous week.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Oct 2021

  • "Superb location!"

    Cardean Mill is a wildlife lovers paradise. We watched red squirrels scurry about the garden everyday. Herons and Ospreys visited the river running alongside the Mill. There is plenty of room inside and all the facilities of home to make your stay very comfortable. Great base for exploring Angus, Perthshie and Coupar. So much to do. My granddaughter loved it so much she wanted us to move there! The hosts, Alison and Steve are very welcoming and helpful without being intrusive. Would highly recommend a visit to Cardean Mill.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Oct 2021

  • "Delightful place to stay."

    Very helpful owners. Yummy treats when we arrived. Loved seeing the red squirrels in the morning; all the wildlife was amazing to be so close to. Such a good time had by all.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jul 2021

  • "This is a lovely converted old mill set in beautiful grounds."

    The hosts were friendly and nothing was too much trouble.

    Reviewed by Scott4.1Jul 2021

  • "Good - Great location, lovely hosts, lovely gifts on arrival."

    Bad - Rather dusty and could do with a really good dust and clean round. Cobwebs and dust practically everywhere.

    Reviewed by Matthew3.4Jul 2021

  • "Fantastic and so kind"

    Reviewed by Pratheepan5.0Jun 2021

  • "Fabulous location with a unique type of property helped make a memorable holiday."

    Reviewed by Nick5.0Nov 2020

  • "Cardean Mill is in an idyllic, peaceful spot beside beautiful river with herons, red squirrels and allsorts."

    ... like a watercolour painting from times gone by. The owners are incredibly welcoming, (even leaving a kind wee welcome basket for us) and dead helpful. The house is fantastic : spacious and as clean as a clean thing. We spent lots of time, sitting watching the water and the stars, with a glass of wine in hand. Absolutely recommend!

    Reviewed by Irene5.0Oct 2020

  • "Had a lovely few days in comfortable house with beautiful surroundings."

    Owners were very helpful and welcoming. Would definitely return to Cardean Mill.

    Reviewed by Elspeth5.0Sep 2020

  • "Setting and location perfect."

    A park like garden with a flowing river, so if you want to see beavers, kingfishers and red squirrels, to name but a few “in your garden” this is the place to be. Owners very friendly and helpful, made us feel welcome and very much at home.

    Reviewed by Jannette5.0Aug 2020

  • "This is a wonderfully spacious home in a safe, quiet, beautiful location."

    The owners are very helpful, accomodating, supportive and generous. The dog friendliness is great and the access to the river and the lovely walks is perfect.

    Reviewed by Benjamin4.4Aug 2020

  • "So thrilled with our cottage, inside was decorated beautifully all white linen in the bedrooms ."

    The owners that live next door we’re so friendly & great at giving us pointers for local things to do. It was my husbands 50 th and they even put in a bottle of Prosecco into the fridge for us arriving and brought us strawberries from the near by farm another day . Peaceful , relaxing and charming place to stay .

    Reviewed by Janice5.0Jul 2020

  • "Had a lovely week here in july 2020."

    Cardean mill is lovely plenty of space inside, there was 7 of us. The kitchen has everything you need. The barbeque provided was made use of nearly every day due to having great weather. I don't no were to start with the garden all I can say is WOw it is huge which my dog toby made full use of playing fetch with his ball, we spent many a night sat outside, the river was brilliant as my husband & son are keen fisher men so fished most days, they only caught small fish but still enjoyed it.there was a dingy you could use which my 11 year old grandson used (with supervision). Steve & Alison were very welcoming & gave us some good information on the surrounding areas, we explored some of these witch were lovely. There are also some great walks to do. Julie,jimmy and family from wigan

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jul 2020

  • "Great location for wildlife."

    Seen deer,otters etc. from the house.Comfortable house with plenty light.

    Reviewed by Laurence5.0Mar 2020

  • "We had a lovely weekend at Cardean Mill."

    We had 6 adults and 2 children, the property was great and easily accommodated us. It was comfy and cosy, really clean and set in the most beautiful surroundings. We loved the quirky feature of the mill wheel inside too. The owner was very attentive and popped in to see how we were doing which was nice. We look forward to coming back!

    Reviewed by Elspeth5.0Feb 2020

  • "I booked this for a weekend away with family and friends for my 50th!"

    ! It was so cosy!! We were met and shown around!! There was also a lovely welcome hamper with tea coffee shortie and tablet. And a lovely bottle of fizz chilling in the fridge. The rooms were great and comfy beds. There was a beautiful garden and a river. The views were stunning!! We walked into town to the local pub.. I would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Claire4.7Nov 2019

  • "We had a lovely week in this beautiful cottage."

    Weather was mixed but we had plenty to do in and around Perthshire. We visited Glamis Castle, a distillery and the V&A museum in Dundee among other trips. Sampled lots of the food in a variety of restaurants and cafés.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Aug 2019

  • "This was a wonderful property with a small river running alongside offering free fishing."

    Altho sad to say we didn't catch anything it was still a great pastime for the kids. The new owners, Alison and Steve, who actually took over on the very day we arrived, were brilliant. They indeed had a big inflatable canoe available for our use which again the kids found so exciting. Note the river was very clean and not too deep so with adult supervision it was not a problem. The only slight negative I would say is that it is perhaps on the more expensive side (£ 1100 for 3 nights) altho it does cater for 8 and it is in a great part of the country. Thanks to Alison and Steve for your hospitality.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Aug 2019

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  • Four bedrooms: 2 x double (one with en-suite shower, basin and WC), 1 x ground floor twin with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with roll-top freestanding bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine in boiler cupboard, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD, radio, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair
  • Ample off road parking
  • Enclosed lawned surrounding the property with wishing well, furniture, BBQ and children's play area (please ensure children are supervised here)
  • Sorry no smoking
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Shop, cafe, gift shop and pub 1 mile
  • Notes: The property is beside a river and the mill wheel feature is unfenced, please ensure children are supervised
  • Note:If you wish to have the gazebo put up please arrange this with the owner.

The property

Blairgowrie 9 miles.

Built in 1840 and located in the idyllic, tranquil riverside location, Cardean Mill is a beautiful property perched between two bridges with picturesque surroundings.

Set along the banks of Dean Water and just 1 mile away from the pretty village of Meigle, known to be one of the oldest villages in Scotland, this former Lint Mill is the perfect getaway for a family or group of friends looking for a calming retreat.

This fantastic renovated mill is oozing with character and retains many of its traditional features, including the working, internal mill wheel and the overhead Velux windows which create a bright and airy feel.

The large, open plan sitting and dining area is freshly decorated and has plenty of comfortable seating for you to sit and relax after a long day exploring.

In addition, the well-equipped kitchen also has all the amenities you need to make a delicious home-cooked meal.

Over two floors, every room has wonderful views of the countryside and river.

There are four bedrooms within the property, including one ground floor twin with a large en-suite shower room, a master double bedroom that has floor-to-ceiling windows with delightful views, as well as en-suite facilities and another double bedroom with walk-in wardrobes.

There is also a family bathroom on the first floor which features a traditional roll-top, freestanding bath.

Outside, the grounds within the property are impressive with plenty of space for the children to play, including the play area that is fitted with swings, a climbing frame and slides.

The lawned area with furniture and barbecue offers the perfect, relaxing, riverside alfresco dining spot.

Right on your doorstep you will find regular sightings of wildlife such as otters, kingfishers, deer and even beavers.

With the garden extending over 1.5 acres of land and access to the neighbouring woodland, you could even go trout fishing and canoeing which is permitted on the river.

Nearby there is plenty to do in your surroundings, including a selection of golf courses - the famous Gleneagles and St. Andrews being only a 45 minute drive away, an outdoor activity centre and even canoeing and walking and cycling tracks.

Admire the stunning architecture and mystique of Glamis Castle or you could even take a day trip to the ski centre nearby!

Nearby is the large town of Blairgowrie and the city of Perth which has an array of attractions, theatres, a shopping mall, numerous pubs and restaurants, as well as nightlife.

With superb views and placed amongst stunning countryside, Cardean Mill is the perfect getaway for a group looking to relax in a peaceful atmosphere.

EPC Rating: Band C

EPC Rating: Band C

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: PK-11292-F

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Kirriemuir 12 miles; Dundee 12 miles; Perth 19 miles.

The red sandstone town of Blairgowrie is situated on the bank of the river Ericht, where it emerges from spectacular gorges in Strathmore. With good shops, great restaurants and coffee bars, it makes an excellent town to start exploring Perthshire and the beautiful Angus Glens. Surrounded by rolling fields, famed for their berries, the town is overlooked by hills and mountains, and is the main link to Scotlands largest ski centre at Glenshee. The surrounding countryside is the perfect terrain for horse riding, cycling, mountain biking and hill walking, whilst golfers are well-catered for with several excellent courses (including Rosemount) locally. Gleneagles and championship courses of Carnoustie and St Andrews are also within easy reach. Marvel at the world’s tallest beech hedge at Meikleour (600m long and 30m high), see Meigle’s collection of Pictish sculpted stones, or listen to stirring tales at Glamis Castle, the setting for Macbeth and said to be Scotlands most haunted castle! The small town of Dunkeld is also worth a visit with its historic cathedral, riverside walks, impressive trees, such as the Birnam Oak and parent Larches of Dunkeld, and the Hermitage, which offers breath-taking waterfalls. Abundant wildlife frequent the many surrounding woodlands, from red squirrels, foxes and deer to Swifts, Goldcrests and Buzzards, with breeding Ospreys seen at nearby Loch of the Lowes.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter