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Glenisla House is a 4 bed terraced townhouse, in a quiet lane within 500 mtrs of the town centre.

House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

Glenisla House is a traditional 4 bedroom, sandstone, terraced townhouse, situated in a quiet little lane which forms part of the Forfar Heritage Trail, only 500 meters through an historic Vennel to the town centre.

This early 19th Century, listed property, accommodates 8 to 10 people plus a baby cot. It is ideally suited as a family holiday home, or for small groups who wish to take advantage of the beautiful scenery surrounding the town, the numerous activities available in the area, or as accommodation for joint family celebrations.

Accommodation comprises a large open plan, family/dining/kitchen with dining seating for 10, couch, wall units and upright piano, and fully equipped kitchen area with wall and base units; double family bedroom suite which consists of a double bedroom (with cot if required) and a separate small single room with single bed; a well proportioned hallway with housekeeping store, and traditional curved stairway with ornamental balustrade and stained glass window; a balcony landing with ornamental balustrade leading to a further 2 double bedrooms (one with king size traditional style bedroom suite), and another with a double bunk bed sleeping 3; a large lounge with seating for 9 with hand carved oak fireplace and electric feature fire, and ornamental corniced ceiling; and newly fitted bathroom with pedestal wash hand basin, WC, and over bath power shower (bath seat and shower stool provided).

Outside space provides a fully enclosed garden across the lane, neatly laid to paved areas and mature shrubs, with barbeque area, secure shed for storage, and also fresh herbs for the kitchen. The chipped driveway provides parking for 2 cars (3 with practise ..), and additional public parking within 100 metres. The large outhouse can be made available, on request, to provide secure storage for bikes, kayaks, fishing, or climbing gear.

The local swimming pool, sauna, and fitness suite are within 300 metres, as is a lovely little historic, dog and child friendly pub, which provides good food and dog treats. The town centre is within 500 metres, and the Loch and Leisure Centre are not a mile away.

A welcome pack will be provided on arrival, and linen and towels are provided. Well behaved pets will be welcome at the discretion of the owner at no extra charge. (A small pet bond may be required against any damage, refundable on exit if all has been well).

We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to what is our other home x

Size Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Forfar Loch 0.5 km, Lunan Bay, Arbroath 11km
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 100 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Nearest railway: Dundee, Arbroath, Montrose 10 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms
Furniture 2 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking

The Tayside/Perthshire region

Situated in the heart of the Strathmore Valley, between the Sidlaw Hills and the Grampian Mountains, the Royal Burgh of Forfar stands in the centre of the 'Birthplace of Scotland' – the ancient Kingdom of the Picts. Their carvings are plain to see scattered on stones still strewn across the fertile farmland and woods.

The Valley is home to towns and villages of character and charm, and Castles and Monuments, most notably Glamis, the birthplace of the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret. Kirriemuir is a mere 10 minutes by car, and boasts pride in its most famous sons, JM Barrie and his creation, Peter Pan. The coastal town of Arbroath saw the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath at its famous Abbey. Montrose Basin Nature Reserve is host to teaming wild life and flora, and along the coast is one of the most beautiful beaches in Scotland, with its dunes and caves, which can be found at Lunan Bay.

Travel a little to the west to the village of Edzell and you will find the Royal Arch under which Queen Victoria travelled to Balmoral, and close by, the family home of William Gladstone, one of her most well-known prime ministers, at Fasque House near Fettercairn.

Brechin houses the Pictish Centre, describing the ancient roots of the County, and from here you can visit the old Railway, and also the House of Dun.

Sports of all types are here to find, from the fishing on the North and South Esk rivers, shooting estates, sailing on Forfar Loch, climbing and walking in the Angus Glens, white water rafting and kayaking, cycling tracks across the foothills, and skiing in nearby Glenshee. Golf is found not only in Forfar itself, but close by is the famous course at Carnoustie, and the Old Course in St Andrews makes a lovely trip.

The Angus Glens spread like fingers through the mountains to the North West. Glen Clova, Glen Doll, Glen Prosen, Glen Lethnot, Glen Esk and Glen Shee provide a beautiful landscape with views to take your breath away. Heather and bracken cling to the rocky outcrops amongst silver birch trees, and Scots Pine and Larch clad the lower slopes of the mountains before thinning to the barren heather moors above the tree line. Across the valley are the ancient peaks that are the Grampian Mountains, some of the oldest in the world.

Forfar is within easy commuting distance of the cities of Dundee, Perth and Aberdeen. With their history and stories of whaling ships and the Antarctic expeditions from Dundee, and its trade with Holland and the funding by it merchants of the earliest railways in America; the fishing fleets and the north sea oil industry of Aberdeen; and the fair city of Perth, once the capital, and seat of the Scottish Kings, this wonderful area supplies an abundance of facilities for the visitor. Shopping in any of these cities is a relaxing experience amongst the old architecture in pedestrianized streets, and public transport is regular and reasonably priced.

With so much to do and see in the mountains, in the valley and down to the sea, Angus and the Royal Burgh of Forfar offer a fantastic opportunity to explore this beautiful country that is Scotland. We look forward to offering you our hospitality and warm welcome.


The market town of Forfar is the administrative centre of Angus, providing a bustling and friendly hub from which to explore the surrounding area. With its variety of restaurants, shops, museum, and bordering on the beautiful Forfar Loch, this friendly town provides a welcome place to return to after a day of exploration, or somewhere to relax in its friendly atmosphere.

There is a sailing club on Forfar Loch, and this nature reserve is enjoyed by walkers and runners alike, and the adjacent Leisure Centre provides activities in which the whole family can join. Here there is also a newly built skate park for the children to enjoy, and a children's play area and picnic tables. The Swimming Pool is only 300 metres from Glenisla House and has a sauna and fitness suite.

The Forfar Rugby Club and Football Ground provide Saturday entertainment, and there is also the ice rink which provides curling, and skating, and is a venue for younger members of the family to have fun. Or try your hand at Bowling at one of the several local clubs.

Take a trial flying experience at the Angus Gliding Club not far from the town, and remember your camera for those wonderful aerial shots of this beautiful area.

The Reid Park is a short dog walk away, and is a safe and enclosed Park which provides a sociable environment for families and dog walkers alike. At the upper end of the Park there is a small gate which leads to the fields and the Pathway walks on Balmashanner Hill. Here too are the cycle tracks which challenge any proficient mountain biker.

The Meffan Institute in the centre of town holds the stories of the area, from the early Picts to the history of the town through the industrial revolution and its growth as a centre for the weaving industry.

Live music is to be found at several venues in the town, all of which are only a short walk away, and the many restaurants from Turkish, Indian, Chinese, Scottish and Traditional cuisine use the best of local produce, from the Angus Steaks to fresh seafood from the Angus Coastal Towns.

The monthly Farmers Market, held in The Mart on John Street, offers the opportunity to sample the best of local produce, from locally grown vegetables, to hand made preserves and local cheeses. Of course, this is the home of the world famous beef cattle - the Aberdeen Angus. The local beef is produced from award winning local herds, and also forms the staple ingredient of the renowned Forfar Bridie.

For those who wish to cater for themselves, there is a superstore only a block away, tucked unobtrusively behind an ancient old wall. All the other well-known supermarkets also have a presence in town. There is a superb variety of coffee houses, and bakeries. Butcher's shops and fishmongers are represented to challenge your culinary skills. Craft and gift shops are in abundance, and a long standing traditional iron mongers is a treat indeed. This town is an Aladdin's Cave of surprises.

This is wonderful place to provide you with a base to explore this lovely part of the world.

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13 Jul 2014


"A little gem in the middle of Forfar"

This little cottage has loads of character and charm and is packed full of history. It's like the Tardis !!! .Lovely high ceilings and original features a plenty..Spotlessly clean a… More

It was a pleasure to have you both stay, and your comments are much appreciated.. we would be delighted to see you all again, and it was lovely also, to be able to share a few moments in the garden with you.. I hope your photos turned out successfully.. Kind regards Anne x

26 Jun 2014


"Unique, sweet and wonderful"

The beautiful house in a small street next to the town center and near by the supermarket invites you to explore. The spacious kitchen is nice for long breakfasts. If someone of you loves to play piano feel free to play some music. The welcome package from Anne was generous and very delicious. The living room invites you to read, play some games or watch TV. Each bedroom is decorated different and has its own character.
If it rains outside you can play mini table football, Pool or table tennis. Perfect for the young and the young at heard. We had a lot of fun and a wonderful stay.
Your host Anne is marvellous. If you have any questions about the area or you don't know what to do, just ask her.

Thank you so much! Our wee team do work hard. It was an absolute pleasure to have you stay x

6 Mar 2014


"Comfy and spacious in centre of town"

Lovely weekend stay. We planned to do very little and thats exactly what we did. Anne, the owner, couldn't make it to greet us but called and gave us instructions and a phone guided walk through her home. Welcomed with a fine selection of jam, marmelade and chutney that went with the bread, eggs, bacon and homemade cheese in the fridge.
Rooms are all very clean and beds comfortable. Usually takes two night to get used to a different bed but slept really well both nights. The house is very warm with plenty of hot water for everyone. There was only three of us but I don't think a larger family would run out.
We ate out or got take-aways, there's plenty to choose from in Forfar. We don't get to do this often as we live in a very rural spot, so town living was fun.
Would recommend and would like to go back again as house is being extended to include the cellar which will be like a games room with a pool tabe and table football and a large shower room. It'll be fantastic when its finished.

Thank you for your lovely comments! We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay, and we would love to have you back. The cellar is well on the way to completion for Easter. We are looking forward to setting up the table tennis and pool tables. Kind regards Anne.

19 Feb 2014


"Excellent Stay - Highly Recommended"

We stayed a few nights in this lovely, well presented house. We received a nice welcome from Anne along with a substantial welcome pack.
The house itself is on a very quiet narrow lane, so no noise from through traffic. It also has parking which is an added bonus. The town centre is just a few minutes walk away along with a supermarket.
We went up to Aberdeen for the day & found that it was a pleasant drive especially coming back as we took the 'Angus Coastal Route'.
Overall a nice relaxing time was had & it felt very 'home from home'!

It was a privilege to have you both stay x the Angus coastal route is particularly pretty and next time you should visit Lunan Bay,when it is a bit warmer. So pleased you enjoyed our welcome pack.. We do strive to be that wee bit better xx looking forward to your next visit.

18 Feb 2014


"Packed with charm!"

We recently stayed at the gorgeous Glenisla house, hosted by the equally gorgeous Anne! Anne was a wonderful host who gave as great tips about Forfar as well as some historical facts. The house has wo… More

It was wonderful to have your parents back to stay for the second time and has been great fun sharing our wee National Treasure's memories of your stay x Your visit has been the highlight of her year! We look forward to welcoming you back.

16 Jan 2014



I stayed at Glenisla House with my extended family and we all had a wonderful time. Anne was a fantastic host who could not have been more helpful and friendly if she tried. One of our party was sick … More

Thank you so much for your review.. it was delightful to have you and your family stay and we are so glad that you enjoyed your break. We are really looking forward to seeing you again xx Anne and Dave

9 Jan 2014


"Couldn't have wanted for more!"

This is a lovely home with everything you could possibly need. Spacious and tidy. The owner provided some lovely welcome "treats" which gave a nice personal touch! We couldn't have been… More

Thank you for your kind comments x It was a pleasure to have you stay and look forward to welcoming you again. Kind regards Anne and Dave x

25 Nov 2013


"Fantastic house, spacious, clean, and beautiful location."

An excellent experience! I spent a night in this wonderful house. The rooms were spacious, clean, and tidy. All the bathrooms were well kept, lots of clean towels. Living room was comfortable and has … More

Thank you so much for your great comments...It is really appreciated when we are given feedback. We hope that next time you will be able to stay longer and look forward to seeing you again. Kind regards Anne and Dave x

17 Nov 2013


"From home to home"

In central Forfar but has parking. A short walk to main street and shops and cafes and carry outs. About three minutes walk to Asda. Loads of space inside. Cottage is cosy and clean. Really good infor… More

Thank you so much for your kind comments.. it was a pleasure to have you stay and would be delighted to see you again when you are next in Forfar x Kind regards Anne x

25 Aug 2013


"This house is bright spacious and in a quiet area close to the town centre"

my kids and i enjoyed our 2 night stay at this clean spacious cottage and it was a god send to get away for the 2 nights . We are looking forward to using this place more often .… More

It was lovely to have you all to stay, and look forward to seeing you again. We are glad you enjoyed the break.

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