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Woodside House

(Ref. 1086626)

Arbroath, Perthshire, Angus & Fife Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 10 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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10 Customer Reviews

  • "A fabulously quirky property."

    We are so curious about it's history.Still some work needed on the kitchen, but bathrooms and bedrooms wonderful.

    Reviewed by Dinah4.7Mar 2024

  • "I am grateful to Woodside House for providing such an amazing house (set in extensive private grounds) for me to use for a significant family celebration."

    Prior to arriving I received messages, welcoming me and my family and a lovely bottle of wine was provided. Thank you. It was made clear that someone would be available at all times should I need this but there was no intrusion. Ten adults (ranging from 21 to 88 years) and two well behaved dogs were accommodated very well. The house was very comfortable and warm and the size of the rooms allowed us all to relax easily and move about (even with a zimmer frame). The house has its quirks. Not all the lights work, window shutters might not close due to radiators, there may not be enough wine glasses for everyone (but a trip to the supermarket sorted that one) and crockery is located in different places in the kitchen, dining room and hallway. It all added to the experience though. The main living space is a lovely bright room and the dining kitchen has a welcoming open fire (matches, firelighters & logs, etc are not provided). The lighting in the kitchen could, however, be better especially when cooking in the evening. The entrance hallway is gigantic. It was really helpful to have a downstairs toilet (that also has a very impressive state of the art shower). The house has a striking stairway leading up to a lovely hallway off which are all the bedrooms. The bedrooms are bright and comfortable as are the two bath/shower rooms upstairs each with a wc. The private grounds are great. I wanted a venue that could accommodate my family for a happy occasion and Woodside House enabled this. Happy memories were made in this house and for this I am extremely grateful. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Allan4.7Sep 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay, lots of room and great outdoor space."

    Ideal area, lovely beaches and lots of amenities close by.

    Reviewed by Stephanie3.4Jul 2023

  • "A fantastic place to stay."

    lots of character to enjoy. Highly recommended for any occasions.

    Reviewed by Sumesh5.0Jul 2023

  • "I booked last minute for my 30th."

    This Victorian Mansion is incredible, it was so lovely to stay together as one big family with a theme to our stay. The big arty glass windows and antique decor were beautiful but we still had modernised bathrooms. The bath and showers are to die for. The host of the property was great and was very understanding when we had to check out later because my older brother got sick and required medical attention. We had so much needed family time but also lots of fun. Highly recommend!

    Reviewed by Rebekah5.0Jun 2023

  • "The holiday home was exactly as it was listed and the owner was very attentive to our needs."

    We rented the place for the weekend to surprise my dad for his 60th birthday and my whole family had a great time. There was plenty of space for us to go our separate ways but also enough room for the 9 of us to be together plus the 2 dogs. There were several large supermarkets nearby to get shopping in and the kitchen was well catered too. I would highly recommend this place to others and would be happy to return!

    Reviewed by Dianne5.0Sep 2022

  • "The house is set in lovely grounds well away from the main road."

    There was nine of us staying over for four days all guys and on the website it said three doubles and two singles. I got in touch with the owner and asked if anything could be done to have more singles. They came back and had managed to make nine singles up, great flexibility, thanks for that. The house is rustic, comfortable, lovely and very spacious, a lot of the time we spent chatting around the large dinning room table. Beds are very comfortable and the showers are to die for. On day three a Saturday, we were all just leaving when I saw steam coming out of the downstairs shower room. A hot water pipe had burst and the shower and toilet were flooded as was the carpet into the main hall. Found the stop cock switched the mains water off and phoned the owner. He said leave a key and go enjoy yourselves, a plumber will be there within two hours. I got a text two and a half hours later saying the leak had been fixed and the house was being cleaned. We came back in the evening and you would never have known there had been a flood, brilliant response time, totally on the ball. You couldn’t ask for more. Great stay, would recommend the house to anyone and we will be back in the future.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jun 2022

  • "We had a wonderful family time in the house."

    Very good location, the place was clean, spacious and comfortable. We did a lot of cooking while there and found the kitchen a bit small.

    Reviewed by Abdelmalek4.1May 2022

  • "We very much enjoyed our stay in a unique property, it was visually impressive and very comfortable and ticked all boxes."

    We would recommend the house and definetly go back again for any family gathering.

    Reviewed by Kelli4.7Apr 2022

  • "The house, is magnificent!"

    There isn't much more I can say. From the moment you drive up the driveway and see the house, to second you open in the front door and take in your first steps you know you are somewhere special. You have a feeling of living like 'royalty' for your stay. The house has original features, which in my opinion make the house even more special, and you truly appreciate the history to the house. The owners also allowed me to take my small dog, which was great to be able to enjoy it as it a full family. We enjoyed a lot of time in the dining area around the real fire, toasting marshmallows and spending quality time together as a family. The hallway is exceptional, and the living room area is also a beautiful location to enjoy the sun and garden areas, admiring the wildlife. I cannot fault the location, a quiet secluded spot, with easy access to surrounding areas, and local amenities - what more could you want? I truly hope I get to stay here again, what a memorable and magnificent experience!!!

    Reviewed by Jessica5.0Mar 2022

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  • Five Bedrooms: 3 x double, 2 x twin
  • Bathroom with freestanding bath, basin and WC
  • Shower room with steam shower, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor shower room with steam shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner with open fire
  • Sitting room with electric fire
  • Games room
  • [type] central heating with open fire and electric fire
  • Gas range cooker, microwave, fridge and dishwasher
  • TV, WiFi, children pool table, piano, toys
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Off-road parking
  • Front garden with furniture
  • Surrounding grounds, field and woodland
  • Pet-friendly on ground floor
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.7 miles, pub 0.8 miles

The property

Woodside House is a unique, listed house forming the main part of this Victorian mansion with huge historical heritage surrounded by countryside and woodlands on the outskirts of Arbroath, Angus.

Built and proudly maintained by one of the town’s most progressive provost, Colin Grant who developed parks and seafront, established the hospital and library, the house represents noble living on the footsteps of Scottish aristocracy.

With five bedrooms, three bathrooms and several fabulous features throughout, this property gives a family or group of friends a grandeur holiday in a historic setting.

This majestic stone house sits picture-perfect as you follow the drive up to the property by a vast array of mature rhododendrons, established woodland and a large open paddock leading to ample off-road parking just outside the splendid house.

Take two stone steps up to a sheltered porch area and take in the beautiful, rural surroundings, before stepping inside and making yourself at home.

Throughout Woodside House, you will find tall, ornate ceilings, large windows bringing in plenty of light and elegant furniture.

A spacious kitchen/diner immediately greets you with vintage furnishings such as Flemish dark oak cabinets, cupboards, and dining seating for all 10 guests, whilst the kitchen hosts a gas range cooker and microwave to rustle up hot dinners, as well as a dishwasher for quick and easy clean-ups; a magnificent open fire completes the setting as you tuck into your meal.

You will feel like the Lords and Ladies of Woodside House in the charming sitting room with a pretty chandelier, engraved ceiling and hanging portraits; curl up on the plush sofas and armchairs, gaze out of the floor-to-ceiling windows onto the grounds, or close the large shutters for an evening film.

A pet-friendly home, the sitting room's electric fire is the perfect spot for a well-behaved dog to settle down next to.

The neighbouring stately hall serves for a quiet sit down by the imposing cast iron stove and grand fireplace for smaller group conversations or an afternoon tea.

It is also a place to get together for a family board game or a great escape for younger guests for childrens’ activities with a pool table, selection of toys and a piano; admire the splendid stain glass doors, engraved entrance and take in the calming atmosphere created by the gorgeous, listed wallpaper.

The ground floor is completed by a contemporary shower room with a steam shower to relax tired muscles after coastal walks and to rinse off the day.

When it's time to rest weary heads, climb the original grand staircase, and greet the symbols of the house within the large, beautiful stain glass windows, the scholar and artist representing progressive living and love of art and beauty.

Up your way to a peaceful landing with more seating areas to relax on.

Turn back once more and take in the overflow of bright light and marvel at the old craftsmanship and the magnificent unity of the staircase and stain glass galore.

Woodside House offers guests large, spacious bedrooms with storage space and unique décor, feature fireplaces and views out across the wonderful grounds; choose between three doubles or two twins for your stay.

Another shower room lies on the first floor with a steam shower to energise your day, whilst another bathroom hosts a contemporary, freestanding bath to sink into the bubbles at the end of the day.

Pull on your boots and coats and go wandering through the fabulous grounds at Woodside House, with plenty of quiet corners for picnics, playing games and soaking up the sunshine; a seating area at the front of the property is perfect for rural views whilst you toast to your holiday retreat or dine alfresco.

Alternatively picnic on the large lawn surrounded by the magnificent rhododendron bushes (you may spot the house deer hiding) or enjoy an evening bonfire and storytelling by the outdoor firepit.

If you can tear yourself away from this unique, idyllic property, you are resting on the outskirts of Arbroath, an ancient port town with plenty of pubs, restaurants, and cafés to dine in, especially to taste the delicious local cuisine, Arbroath Smokie.

Pack your buckets and spades for the long sandy beach, follow the paths up the red sandstone cliffs for inlets, caves and arches to explore, or visit the magnificent Arbroath Abbey.

The area is a paradise for hikers, cyclists, and wildlife-lovers with Glencova and Glenshee within reach for a day in the mountains, walk the gorges just outside Edzell and look out for almon leaping.

Or journey north along the coast to St Cyrus wildlife beach with volcanic cliffs, wildflowers and spectacular views.

Montrose is another attractive coastal town with a picturesque old centre, a bustling farmers market held on the first Saturday of every month, a golf course and Montrose Museum hosting local art and history.

Travel further north to Dunnottar Castle, a must-visit for historians, with its ruins resting on a dramatic clifftop setting, after which you can head to Stonehaven for fish and chips along the pretty harbour and visit the former courthouse and jail, Stonehaven Tolbooth Museum.

For quaint bookshops and charming café culture, head to the fantastic city of Dundee for an abundance of cultural and local heritage sites, including the popular Discovery Exhibition, McManus Art Gallery & Museum and V&A Dundee.

To experience a holiday in a Scottish stately home setting, Woodside House is the perfect choice to house your loved ones along the stunning Scottish coast.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £1000.

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About the location


Carnoustie 8 miles; Dundee 16 miles; St Andrews 30 miles.

An ancient port, Arbroath’s status as a town can be dated from 1178, when Arbroath Abbey was founded. The Abbey was subsequently consecrated in 1197 and there is a dedication to Saint Thomas Becket in the Abbey. The famous Declaration of Arbroath, the desire for Scottish self-determination, was signed in the Abbey in 1320. Arbroath’s influence grew over the subsequent centuries and particularly during the Industrial Revolution through the flax and jute industries, as well as fishing with the town boasting one of the largest fishing ports in Scotland by the 20th century. It is known for its long sandy beaches, as well as the Arbroath Smokie, with its haddock, traditionally salted overnight, dried, and then smoked over a hardwood fire. There are several traditional smokehouses around the harbour, with many well worth a visit, as well as excellent restaurants for fine dining. With lots of coastal walking and cycling, as well as golf courses and Carnoustie only 8 miles along the coast, there are plenty of attractions and activities in an around this lovely coastal town.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas