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South Stables

Montrose, Perthshire, Angus & Fife (Ref. 1060506)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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9 Customer Reviews

  • "The property is far nicer than the pictures on the listing show."

    It might be worthwhile to update your images. Only slight quibbles were both bedrooms have two single beds rather than one double bed and one with singles. Also not easy for 4 people to sit down to eat together. There was only three in our party and we just about squeezed in round the table. Otherwise the Stables were excellent and we really enjoyed our stay

    Many thanks for your feedback about your stay at House of Dun. The photos were taken by the Property Consultant and it is a difficult building to get the best angle but we are going to have more photos taken after May. The kitchen cupboards are going to get a refresh. Thank you for your comment about the single beds, we now have a kit to make the bed into a super king. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LloydApr 2022

  • "A wonderful gem."

    ..located on an NTS estate. You feel like living in a Museum. Perfect location, truly amazing walks from the doorstep. Also, you are within reach of all the attractions that Region has to offer. We will gladly return. (One little thing: the fridge needs to be a size bigger;-))

    Many thanks for your feedback, it is a great location, especially good for bird watchers, walkers etc. Property Owner

    Reviewed by CarstenApr 2022

  • "We had a great weekend here."

    The staff on the premises were friendly and very welcoming! Gave us great tips for walks and beaches etc. The flat was spotless, warm and comfortable. The grounds are beautiful! Pity there’s 2 single beds in both bedrooms? Don’t know why they didn’t opt for a double or even a Kingsize in the lovely and bright bigger bedroom? Not a criticism, only an observation because we’re already booked to go back ! Can’t wait !

    Thank you for your feedback, great to hear that you enjoyed the area and the apartment. We have purchased a kit that converts the bed to a King sized bed when it is needed. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AlanMar 2022

  • "We had a most enjoyable week at South Stables."

    The House of Dun is in a spectacular setting and the NTS staff were really friendly and welcoming. There is a huge estate with extensive walks which we enjoyed with our dog, and the NTS land extends to the Montrose Basis nature reserve where there are several wildlife hides for birdwatching. The area has lots to see and do and we particularly enjoyed visits to Dunotter Castle at Stonehaven, and the fascinating and vibrant city of Dundee where we would highly recommend the Discovery and the Verdant Works Jute Museum. The cottage itself was warm and cosy and beautifully decorated having been freshly renovated. Slightly too beautiful - it was carpeted throughout with a pale beige carpet which was not ideal for a dog-friendly property on a muddy estate! The staff we spoke to were aware of this and said they had received similar feedback from other guests, so I imagine that the carpet in the entrance hall at least will be changed to something a bit more practical (which no doubt the housekeeper will be very thankful for!). There was also a problem with the shower which had been newly fitted and did not seem to have been set up properly so was not very warm, which was not a big issue to us but a hot shower would have been nice given the cold weather. We reported this and the staff were very apologetic and said they would get it fixed for future guests. Finally the kitchen could have done with some more cooking dishes for the microwave and oven, and some basic supplies such as salt & pepper, clingfilm & foil etc that are often provided in holiday properties. These were only tiny issues which did not impact our enjoyment of the holiday at all and we would thoroughly recommend South Stables as a lovely place to stay and an ideal base for exploring the area.

    Thank you for your feedback, the property has been refurbished and maybe a beige carpet wasn't the wisest choice. We will monitor the condition. We will also be encouraging the teams at our properties to look at the kitchen inventory. Property Owner

    Reviewed by TracyFeb 2022

  • "Excellent short stay."

    Quiet but beautiful location. Accommodation was spotless and tastefully decorated. Shower nice and powerful as hot water came direct from the new (ish) condensing boiler. Good selection of games. We particularly liked the NTS game (can it be purchased by the public?). Met two members of staff briefly who were warm and friendly. Will recommend to friends.

    Thank you for your positive feedback, it is great to read that you enjoyed South Stables. It has just had new carpets, new sofa, curtains and various electrical equipment. We look forward to welcoming you again at the NTS. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JamesDec 2021

  • "The cottage was clean, well presented and very warm - very important in mid December."

    The NTS staff we met were very helpful and pleasant. In particular, the lady who gave us a tour of the House of Dun itself. It was a very interesting tour and an unexpected and lovely bonus. Thank you

    Many thanks for your feedback, great to hear you enjoyed your stay. We will ensure that the team are made aware of your comments. Great to read that they offered excellent customer care. Property Owner

    Reviewed by EileenDec 2021

  • "This cosy comfortable cottage is ideal for a break."

    Staff at Dun House also very helpful and informative, planning to return again soon - we loved it!

    Thank you very much for your positive feedback and we look forward to welcoming you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SusanDec 2021

  • "This is a true little gem!"

    Rooms were lovely and spacious. Kitchen was large and had everything needed. The grounds of the house were beautiful. All the staff we spoke to were incredibly friendly and helpful. Spot on!

    Reviewed by SoniaSep 2021

  • "South Stables was a great base for exploring the area."

    The location is very peaceful, yet during the day there are several NTS staff around so you don’t feel isolated. The grounds are beautiful and great to walk around. The cottage is very traditional and has everything you need. It felt really homely and cosy inside. We arrived in the evening, it was dark and a bit drizzly, The were no signs to the stables and the place was deserted. The written directions we were perfect, but some additional signage to the stables up the main drive (maybe only put out when expecting visitors) would have been useful.

    Reviewed by DianaAug 2021

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  • First floor apartment
  • Two multi-level twin bedrooms
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher
  • TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Parking available in offroad public car park
  • Access to House of Dun's formal gardens and grounds
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3.2 miles, pub 3.3 miles
  • Note: Access via external staircase approx 18 stairs
  • Note: 5 stairs lead to second twin room and shower room
  • Note: Dogs are not allowed on beds or any of the furniture, you may like to bring an old towel to wipe muddy paws
  • Note: The opening times, visitor facilities and entry prices of all National Trust for Scotland properties and attractions can be viewed on their website here

The property

A beautiful base from which to explore the delights of Montrose, South Stables can be found resting in the former stable block of the National Trust for Scotland’s House of Dun.

A historic first floor apartment, exuding character and charm throughout an eclectic mix of classic and contemporary features, this property is beautifully refurbished and offers a memorable retreat for four to this enchanting area of Scotland.

Venture across the sandstone courtyard and up the...

House Of Dun Apartments

Discover two enchanting first-floor apartments set in an open sandstone courtyard within the grounds of the exquisite House of Dun, a National Trust for Scotland jewel boasting Baroque extravagance and plenty of natural delights awaiting to be discovered. Originally built in the 18th-century to accommodate the grooms who would have kept the Laird's horses in pristine condition, North and South Stables now offer a group of eight a historic base from which to explore this marvellous corner of Scotland. The House of Dun itself is an elegant Georgian mansion, designed and built in 1743 for David Erskine, the 13th Laird of Dun, hosting intricate ornate plasterwork by Joseph Enzer, a 19th-century 'boot bath' in Mrs Erskine's dressing room and a newly refurbished courtyard housing the Angus Folk Collection. Spend an entire day choosing between a plethora of woodland walks around the property or visiting the Den of Dun at the top of the estate, with the chance to uncover some ghostly tales along the way. Alternatively, take a complimentary tour of the house, or visit the woodland play area where children explore and don’t forget to indulge in a coffee and cake in the café. The town of Montrose is just a short journey away, home to a vibrant atmosphere amidst fantastic shopping facilities, local pubs, delicious restaurants and a beautiful Blue Flag beach for a day on the coast. The Montrose Basin Nature Reserve is a must-visit attraction for nature and animal lovers, home to habitats for unique wildlife including oystercatchers, eiders and pink-footed geese, as well as exotic plant life. Discover the local dog hero of Montrose at the Bamse statue near the harbour, representing a heroic Norwegian St Bernard dog who served during World War II, or travel further afield to the exciting nearby towns of Arbroath, Brechin, and Kirriemuir. Alternatively, venture over to the outstanding Cairngorms National Park for a day of adventure among the picturesque Scottish landscapes. Find even more delights of the National Trust for Scotland just a scenic car journey away, including J M Barrie’s birthplace in Kirriemuir where you will find a typical weaver’s house which was one home to the world-famous creator of Peter Pan, home to the washhouse where the inspiration for the Wendy house in Peter Pan was also born alongside original costumes and a jungle-themed garden, while Barry Mill in Barry village is also well-worth exploring for its rare example of Scotland’s industrial heritage hosting a working water-powered corn mill as well as offering scenic walks along the Barry Burn making a lovely spot for a leisurely stroll amidst the wildflowers and the soothing sounds of the flowing waters. Discover an array of wonders at the House of Dun Cottages

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About the location


Brechin 8.6 miles; Arbroath 12.9 miles; Kirriemuir 23.9 miles

Montrose is a bustling Scottish town and former royal burgh nestled in the county of Angus, found in the middle of North and South Esk rivers. The coastal town is home to its very own 3-mile-long beach, awarded to a Blue Flag standard due to its eco credentials, as well as activities including Traill Pavilion and Seafront Splash!, an arcade, children's playground, café and an ice-cream parlour. Historic architecture surrounds the town centre, boasting the Montrose Museum, Bamse landmark, and the widest High Street in Scotland, as well as a range of retail shopping, fine dining, local pubs, and the famous Montrose Basin Wildlife Reserve. The county of Angus hosts a wealth of charming towns and villages such as Arbroath, the largest town in the county, Brechin cathedral city, and Kirriemuir, known as the 'gateway to the glens' to name a few! Montrose is an ideal holiday destination for a class, picturesque seaside adventure.

Note: Access via external staircase approx 18 stairs.
Note: 5 stairs lead to second twin room and shower room.
Note: The opening times, visitor facilities and entry prices of all National Trust for Scotland properties and attractions can be viewed on their website here

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas