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Branklyn Garden Cottage

(Ref. 1060383)

Perth, Perthshire, Angus & Fife Show on map

4.7

Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes

Features

  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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29 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful cottage in beautiful grounds (even in rainy February!"

    ) Very well-equipped, with extremely comfortable beds

    Thank you very much for the lovely review. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Feb 2024

  • "A fantastic stay, beautiful gardens and house is stunning."

    Staff are all superfriendly and make sure your stay is perfect. Facilities are great, bed super comfy. All you need in the kitchen and log burner is cosy. Hot water and heating plentiful. Would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Dec 2023

  • "A lovely peaceful cottage."

    The log burner was very welcome too! We were greeted warmly and then allowed to “just get on with it” although we knew we could contact Fiona if there were any issues (there weren’t, everything was really good). We enjoyed the gardens and found it ideally placed for us. A short walk into town, but if one has mobility issues an equally easy drive. Parking was fine too.

    thank you so much for your feedback, it is a great wee cottage in such a beautiful garden. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Oct 2023

  • "Great place, location and surroundings."

    Really comfy and scenic

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Sep 2023

  • "Wonderful stay in a very nice place."

    Thank you very much, we hope to welcome you back to the NTS. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Theodore5.0Aug 2023

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Branklyn - what a very special place to be!"

    Getting to stay in part of this beautiful Arts and Crafts house was a treat and the beds were extremely comfortable. We were able to sit or wander through the gardens after closing time at 5pm which was so calming. The tea room in the main part of the original house is open 11-4 and worth a visit. The Branklyn staff and volunteers were all really helpful and friendly. Thank you!

    Thank you very much for the positive feedback and we hope to welcome you back to the National Trust for Scotland. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Jul 2023

  • "This property is more suitable for 2 adults and 2 children in regard to the space in the living area, there is not a dining area, however, the master room is very comfortable, with plenty of wardrobe space, the shelf is not a dressing table as described, some of the trays in the kitchen need replacing, the gardens surrounding the property were beautiful."

    The gardeners were very pleasant.

    Thank you for your feedback and we will discuss the layout of the property. Thank you for highlighting some of the trays need replacing and they have been replaced. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tom2.2May 2023

  • "Our stay at Branklyn Cottage over Easter was magical and one we will never forget."

    The property is located in the grounds of a botanical garden steeped in history, with an on-site gift shop and tea-room. The property itself is quaint and traditional with a very cottagey feel; it’s compact downstairs with a spacious master bedroom and cute twin room which was ideal for the children. We didn’t bring our dog on this occasion, but it would be ideal for a couple and their dog. The property is in a great location, within walking distance to the centre of Perth and within a short drive of lots of attractions for the children. The most memorable thing about our stay was the wonderful National Trust for Scotland staff and volunteers who were so kind to the children. They were on site daily, but we didn’t feel this was intrusive in any way – you can engage with them as much or as little as you like. The children were keen to get involved so the lovely staff allowed them to help with their volunteering tasks in the gift shop, café and around the gardens, with little jobs that made their day! Out of hours when the visitors have left the grounds, it was like having access to a secret garden and the children loved exploring the grounds first thing in the morning and playing hide and seek in the evening. Spending time at Branklyn Cottage allowed us to connect as a family and go back to the basic pleasures; it’s ignited a love of gardening and respect for nature in us all. We felt it was a real privilege staying at such a historically significant property and we will definitely make a bee line for more National Trust for Scotland properties on our next adventure in Scotland

    Reviewed by Heather4.4Apr 2023

  • "Despite our week being in the coldest weather for 11 years we still had a great time staying in this period property."

    Alison & Jim were both super helpful and proactive in doing all they could to address the relative minor issues that the cold weather highlighted despite clearly being very busy with their own arrangements in preparation for the New Year. A really great effort on their part. True ambassadors for National Trust Scotland

    Thank you so much for your kind words about the cottage and about Alison and Jim. We hope to welcome you back to Branklyn or any of our other NTS properties in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ralph4.4Dec 2022

  • "Very cosy, and a warm welcome - our hosts were always on hand without being intrusive."

    The setting was picturesque with the garden in full autumn colours, and the bonus of coffee and home baking available on site!

    Many thanks for your very kind comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janis5.0Oct 2022

  • "Branklyn cottage is a little gem and set in the most beautiful National Trust garden."

    We were all made to feel welcome, including our four legged friends. We had a wonderful stay in a tranquil location. Thank you to all.

    Many thanks for your very kind words. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Oct 2022

  • "A very lovely cottage in a fabulous garden with kind and welcoming hosts."

    Very comfortable beds. Highlight is the permission to visit the garden after hours and soak up the beauty. The Dundee Rd is busy but not visible or audible from inside the cottage. Very handy for walks from the front door up Kinnoul Hill and over the bridges to Perth. Highly recommended for garden lovers.

    Thank you so much for the lovely comments, we are very lucky at the National Trust for Scotland to have this cottage and garden in our portfolio, 100 years ago the garden was started. We hope to welcome you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Jul 2022

  • "The property owners and all the NTS staff and volunteers could not have been more helpful and friendly."

    A comfortable and beautifully furnished property in the most lovely of settings.

    Many thanks for your kind comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jun 2022

  • "If you like gardens you will love Branklyn."

    Garden and plant sales were brilliant. Cottage is very clean and comfortable and is ideal for two perhaps three adults but a bit of a squeeze for four. The team at Branklyn are very friendly and helpful. I would certainly recommend this property to all my gardening friends.

    Thank you for your feedback, we are very lucky to have such a beautiful garden and excellent staff. We have noted you comments about the amount of space for 4 guests and will review it in the autumn. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marjorie4.7Jun 2022

  • "Branklyn Cottage is a beautiful cottage in a stunning garden and in a convenient location for getting out and about for day trips."

    We had excellent communication with the property managers who were both friendly and welcoming. We would definitely be happy to stay there again.

    Many thanks for your feedback. We look forward to welcoming you again at Branklyn or one of the other NTS cottages. We will pass on your comments to Alison and Jim. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Apr 2022

  • "Greatly enjoyed our stay at Branklyn Cottage."

    The garden is beautiful and as a someone with an interest in gardening I found the garden to be well curated with plenty of visible, but not intrusive plant names. Alison and Jim were very helpful and pleasant.

    Thank you for your positive comments about Branklyn. We will certainly let Alison and Jim know. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Eileen4.7Mar 2022

  • "A lovely, quiet holiday in a cottage with style and everything you could need."

    The property is comfortable, well equipped, clean and cosy, There is a log burner in the living room so settling in for the night in front of a glowing fire just tops things off. The couple who stay in the main house and manage the garden are friendly and very welcoming. To top it all, its in a NTS garden and you can wander around anytime and pretend you have won the lottery.

    Thank you so much for your very kind words about your stay at Branklyn. It is lovely to read such positive comments- about the gardens and staff. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Mar 2022

  • "This is a real gem of a National Trust cottage set within the amazing Branklyn Garden in Perth, managed by extremely friendly and helpful hosts."

    The cottage was immaculately clean on arrival, had a well equipped kitchen, an extremely comfortable bed in the master bedroom, a very powerful shower, simple to use central heating system and a very pleasant sitting / dining room with large picture window overlooking the beautiful garden. The location is also very convenient, being just a two minute drive from the main arterial routes to Inverness, Dundee and Edinburgh, meaning that travelling around during our holiday was effortless. It was wonderful also being able to chat to the very friendly and knowledgeable Head Gardener Alistair about the history of the garden and his ongoing work. As avid gardeners ourselves, we are hoping to return in the springtime to see another season in the garden and I'm sure this will become one of our regular bi-annual cottage holidays.

    Thank you very much for your kind remarks about Branklyn Cottage and Gardens. We look forward to welcoming you back to Branklyn. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Nov 2021

  • "The location is brilliant and we chose to be in Branklyn in autumn for the colour - we were not disappointed!"

    The garden is the prime attraction and Perth and the surrounding area have much to offer. The beds and seating are very comfortable and the shower etc was fine. It was very cosy and the hosts from the National Trust could not have been more helpful, particularly in sorting initial problems with the tv. it is possible to walk into town though dark wet nights made that less attractive during our stay. Shopping would be virtually impossible without a car. We had not appreciated just how small the living area was and how little room there was to sit down to eat. So we ate breakfast standing. For a cottage nominally for four people, it would have been cramped if there had been four of us. Fortunately we had already decided to eat out all the time but had to use the oven one evening and found the oven very slow and barely effective in heating a simple pizza. The wood burning stove was a great asset on some very wet windy evenings, but the starter pack consisted of one log and some matches. Also supplied was one roll of thin toilet paper, which felt meagre considering the price of rental for a week. I would and will return for the garden, but maybe not for the cottage itself.

    Thank you for your feedback about your stay at Branklyn and great to read you think the location is brilliant. We have acted on your comments and are replacing the table in the lounge with a gate leg folding table for more table top space. The folding chairs will be moved to the kitchen allowing guests the freedom to setup the table as they wish for dining and allow a little more space in the lounge when not dining. Our property manager is going to test the oven temperature with a thermometer to see if there is a problem and rectify it if is not reaching the desired temperature. The wood burning stove is set with logs for the guests arrival and we mention on the property details that more fuel can be purchased at most garages in Perth. We prepare the cottage with a starter supply of toilet roll, dishwasher tablets etc but not a supply for the whole stay. This is consistent with other selfcatering businesses. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mary4.1Oct 2021

  • "Gardens and cottage in lovely location."

    Easy access to Perth via a riverside walk . Easy parking. Staff very friendly and helpful. Garden cafe was in exceptional spot in the grounds.

    Many thanks for your lovely remarks and we hope to see you again at Branklyn. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Oct 2021

  • "It’s in the garden that belongs to National trust."

    So you can not just let your dog out to go for a wee on its own. You have to be with it on a lead. Because people are walking around the garden. Apart from that it was a good clean cottage. A credit to the cleaners and owners.

    Thank you for the kind comments about the cleanliness and the property managers. We welcome responsible dog owners at Branklyn. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Sep 2021

  • "There is an urgent need for a new fridge/freezer."

    we are looking into purchasing a new larder fridge so that we don't have the problem with the small freezer box icing up. Freezer space is available in a communal utility room in the main house. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian3.8Sep 2021

  • "Cottage was ideal for our needs, although small it was comfortable for a weeks holiday 2 adults, 2 teenagers and a dog."

    The kitchen had everything we needed, a little snug but was sufficient for the week, digital tv and internet to keep 2 teenagers happy. My wife loves gardening so I will take her word for it that the gardens were beautiful, all the staff and volunteers on site were extremely friendly and happy to chat and share information about the garden and the area. Perth centre is within a 15 minutes walk along the river for shopping bars and restaurants and perth itself is a great central location, within an hours radius you can be in edinburgh, the cairngorms, the trossachs and amazing empty beaches and for golf fanatics, courses abound. Lastly our 4 legged friends will love to go wild in the open spaces, I made the daily morning walk up the wooded paths of kinnouil hill which is literally on the doorstep and provides spectacular views of perth and the river tay and the dog went wild in natures playground. our weather was mixed but it didnt matter in between shopping, walking eating, drinking, swimming, foot golf, crazy golf, water adventures and beaches in dundee, segway at falkirk wheel, zip wires and a crazy dog we all enjoyed our time in perth and our comfortable little cottage, we even enjoyed sitting in the window watching the visitors to the gardens! cakes in coffee shop arent bad either.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2021

  • "Friendly and helpful staff."

    Cottage very clean. Beautiful gardens.

    Many thanks for your kind words, it is great to read that you appreciated our staff at the Gardens. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Fiona4.4Jul 2021

  • "Amazing cottage, fabulous location."

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Jul 2021

  • "The ground floor is compact, but the small dining table is impractical."

    It might be better to replace it with a gate-legged table that would be less cramped to eat on. Bed very comfortable. Gardens a delight.

    Reviewed by Martin3.8Jun 2021

  • "Lovely position in beautiful gardens with wonderful coffee shop on premises."

    A 10 to 15 minute walk to town centre. It is best to take 2nd Branklyn Gardens sign as it leads to entrance, we took 1st sign and found cottage difficult to locate.

    Reviewed by Sheena5.0Jun 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, clean with all facilities."

    The cottage is well located for access to centre of Perth. The garden is beautiful and after it is closed you have unlimited access to look around at your leisure. Jim and Alison are very friendly as are the other guardians. I would recommend this to everyone. A wonderful experience.

    Reviewed by Kerry5.0Jun 2021

  • "I booked Branklyn Cottage for my parents to stay in when visiting us in Perth this spring."

    They loved it! Though compact, the cottage is very comfortable, beautifully furnished, and has a well equipped kitchen. The real draw though has to be the stunning gardens, and having access to them out of hours gave my folks the time and space to really enjoy them. The guardians of the cottage and the gardens were lovely too - so helpful and hospitable.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0May 2021

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Summary

  • Over two floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with super king, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, and sitting area with woodburning stove and pull out dinning table
  • Communal utility, accessible upon request
  • Gas central heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher
  • TV, DVD player and WiFi
  • Stove is set for first use with one log with matches
  • Electric inc in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking near the property
  • Private access to Branklyn Garden for holiday guests outside public hours
  • Up to two well behaved dogs welcome but must be kept on a lead at all times within the garden
  • Dog towel provided for muddy paws
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.8 miles, pub 0.5 miles
  • Note: Dogs are not allowed on beds or any of the furniture
  • Note: Most garages in Perth sell logs, coal and kindling
  • 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
  • Please note: Unfortunately, The National Trust for Scotland do not permit BBQ's on their properties - due to fire risk

The property

Part of a beautiful Arts & Crafts house, lying within the enchanting and highly acclaimed National Trust for Scotland’s Branklyn Garden, in the vibrant city of Perth, is Branklyn Cottage.

Exuding a traditional aura and echoing touches of art deco style in reference to the decade the cottage was built, Branklyn Cottage provides a charming base for a couple or a group of four to escape to Scotland.

With stunning landscaped gardens, that guests will have access to outside of opening hours, this property sits in a truly delightful location for all-year-round visits.

Step into this homely dwelling and head into the open-plan living space; spend time relaxing in the evenings with loved ones, with a woodburning stove to warm you as you sink into the sofa, or take a seat on one of the ornate yet inviting chairs, with a TV and DVD player providing entertainment.

The kitchen is well-equipped for a week-long trip, and a drop-leaf dining table and chairs are provided.

Follow the stairs up to the first floor when sleep takes hold and settle within the master double bedroom, with a luxurious chaise-lounge resting at the end of the bed, and a tiny reading alcove for the book lovers amongst us.

A second bedroom has two single beds, complete with quality linen and blankets, with both rooms served by the shower room, perfect for a refreshing morning rinse.

Guests have full access to the spectacular Branklyn Garden, created in the 1920s by Dorothy and John Renton, cultivated with love to be a home to over 4,500 species of plants from all over the world.

Now run by the National Trust for Scotland, you can wander the grounds and marvel at the picturesque scenery.

Perth was Scotland's ancient capital for five centuries and is still a hub of activity today; situated on the banks of the River Tay, you can delight in riverside walks before stopping in one of the local cafés or tearooms, discovering fabulous bars and restaurants in the evenings too.

Branklyn Garden is also home to a tearoom, (open between April and end of October) offering a perfect place to stop for your morning coffee before your adventures begin.

Stroll into Perth and head to Perth Museum and Art Gallery, which lies within a Parthenon-inspired building, before marvelling at The Black Watch Castle and Museum, with Rodney Gardens making a wonderful spot for a picnic.

A little further outside the centre is Huntingtower Castle, Scone Palace and Murray Star Maze, while Perthshire is also known as 'Big Tree Country' and is a wondrous area for woodland walks, with the peaks of Schiehallion and Ben Lawers being great for keen ramblers.

Hill of Tarvit Mansion, Falkland Palace and Gardens, Dollar Glen and The Hermitage are more National Trust for Scotland attractions within 30 miles, all worth the visit!

Enjoy a scenic stay in the charming Branklyn Cottage in Perth.

EPC Rating: Band E

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: PK-11112-F

National Trust For Scotland

Whether searching for your next city to explore, or seeking a homely dwelling to relax in with your loved ones in rural surroundings, the wonderful collection of properties from National Trust for Scotland is sure to have something perfect for you. Discover the beauty of Scotland's two national parks and stunning countryside, with lots of properties catering to a wealth of outdoor pursuits to enjoy on your doorstep, with some featuring additional facilities for angling, field sports and cycling, making it easy to enjoy your stay to the fullest. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the lively city scenes of Scotland, with properties in and around Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Glasgow, all teeming with historic sites, beautiful architecture and plenty of entertainment. Being Scotland's largest conservation charity, National Trust for Scotland has been able to beautifully preserve and renovate many historic buildings to offer unique holiday locations. With over two-million visitors each year across twenty-seven castles and great houses, forty-six munros, thirty-five major gardens and designed landscapes, and seven national nature reserves, National Trust for Scotland has something for everyone. Each property is equipped with all you need for a self-catered stay, with kitchens complete with essential appliances and more, dining areas to come together for hearty meals, and many sitting rooms boasting open fires or woodburning stoves to settle down in front of, not to mention elegant bedrooms and sparkling bathrooms where you can feel refreshed. Bring your canine companion along with you to some of the properties, and keep up to date with the world via the WiFi connections offered in most cottages. With more and more people discovering the beauty and allure of Scotland every year, ensure your stay is special with a National Trust for Scotland cottage.

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About the location

PERTH

Dunkeld 14.9 miles; Crieff 17.8 miles; Pitlochry 27.1 miles

Situated in the heart of Scotland and known as the 'Fair City', Perth boasts many fine shops, bars and restaurants in addition to its two large parkland areas. This delightful city lays claim to many awards and accolades including an award for Britain in Bloom, Beautiful Scotland in Bloom and the Scottish Tourism City of the Year award. Among the city's main tourist attractions are the Perth museum and art gallery, the Black Watch museum, the Scone Palace - the crowning site of the King of Scots, and four 18-hole golf courses. The nearby cathedral town of Dunkeld and the Victorian village of Birnam, located on the opposite bank of the River Tay, are also within easy driving distance. With the Festival Theatre at Pitlochry and the Victorian holiday destination of Crieff, situated in the stunning Strathearn countryside, both easily accessible, this is a superb location for a varied and enjoyable holiday.

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

Please note: Unfortunately, The National Trust for Scotland do not permit BBQ's on their properties - due to fire risk.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas