A couple of days in Crieff

Two days pootling around in a gorgeous cosy cottage in the Scottish countryside…

Isn’t Airbnb a wonderful thing? My last couple of holidays have all been hotels and I hadn’t realised how much I’d missed it until my recent trip to Crieff for a couple of days. All that extra space and freedom instead of being crammed into a bedroom with a regimented breakfast time that you always feel obliged to brush your hair for. Never as relaxing as it seems.

An Airbnb, on the other hand, is the complete opposite. You can go off grid, close the curtains and pretend the rest of the world doesn’t exist, if you want to, and I certainly did on this recent trip. Our place was just outside Crieff, which is a small market town in Perth and Kinross in Scotland and is known as the gateway to the highlands.

This Airbnb had the dubious honour of being the first chosen by my boyfriend. I’m usually the kind of person who would settle on the gorgeous glazed metro tiled kitchen before the destination – my saved list of remote highland destinations pays testament to that. However, we ended up ditching those in favour of the convenience of staying close to Crieff. It was only an hour’s drive away and with a busy weekend coming up afterwards it seemed to make the most sense. I’ll get to the glazed metro tile place another time, trust me.

That’s not to say this one looked bad. Not at all. It was the perfect cosy cottage, complete with farmhouse kitchen and log fire. If the Scottish equivalent of hygge, coorie, had ever taken off it would definitely be this; and it was the perfect antidote for two grumpy, stressed people who hadn’t had any time off since July. Our host, Georgina, was great, and as well as providing detailed directions she was also there to meet us when we arrived. It was a lovely personal touch and the cottage was even nicer (and bigger) than expected.

It got even better when we opened the fridge. Not only were there farmhouse eggs, milk and butter, jams, marmalade, blueberries and raspberries for breakfast, but there was also a full bottle of prosecco and two glasses – all provided by the host. That’s not to mention the loaf of bread and oatcakes, which I dipped into throughout our stay. It was lovely, and meant that when we did stop off at Coop it was just to pick up a couple of bits and pieces – not a full shop. There’s nothing to kill your holiday buzz like domestic drudgery.

So what did we do for the two days? The answer is not very much, and I couldn’t be more delighted about that. Our host recommended a couple of walks, which was lovely, and so we did one of those on the second day – it involved walking down to the River Earn and seeing the puppy padding about in the water for the first time. I totally appreciated the detailed instructions our host provided – as I said at the time, we wouldn’t have found these locations on our own or would have been anxious about walking on private property. We also made some friends with some beautiful horses in the field next door.

We didn’t make it into Crieff (beyond the stop off at Coop) this time around and so I would like to venture into it next time and get more of a feel for the place. For this occasion, however, I just wanted to be in the middle of nowhere with nothing and no one to answer to. The cottage was the perfect answer to that and I think we’re both wishing we had a bit longer to enjoy it. Sprawling on the sofa with a crackling fire and a new Adele Parks book to read was pretty much the highlight of my year, and I’m not even joking.

If you’re looking for a cosy cottage in the central belt of Scotland I would highly recommend this Airbnb for its cosy vibe, gorgeous countryside, and well-stocked fridge.

Find it on AirBnb here

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