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House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10
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 can be provided for a small extra charge. 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, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|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, King Beds (1), Double beds (2), Single beds (2), Bunk Beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
About this location
The Angus 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. 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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9 Feb 2015
"spacious house in great location"
We stayed at Glenisla House over the New Year period. It was great to find a property which could take us all under one roof (6 adults and 3 children). The house was homely but spacious enough that … More
Dear Joyce, It was a pleasure to have you stay, and thank you for your kind comments. We hope you enjoyed your New Year with us, and would love to have you back to stay, when you could spend more time exploring. We look forward to seeing you all again. Kind regards Anne and Dave.
10 Nov 2014
"A lovely house with a warm welcome and homely feel"
We really enjoyed our stay here, we got a lovely warm welcome from Anne and the house was clean, comfortable and homely, we are looking forward to staying there again and would recommend it to anyone … More
I am so glad you enjoyed your stay, and that the Wedding all went to plan. It was a pleasure to have you all visit, and look forward to seeing you again when you next come to Forfar.
29 Oct 2014
"Lovely house in great position."
After a very friendly welcome with lots of our questions on what to do, see & eat answered we discovered that this quaint cottage is also situated in an ideal position not just for the town but for An… More
Thank you for your kind comments and input. Angus is a lovely part of the world, and we are glad that you enjoyed what it has to offer. It was lovely to have to stay, and hope you will be back. We look forward to seeing you again.
22 Oct 2014
We stayed at Glenisla in August for the AC/DC festival in nearby Kirriemuir. A beautiful cottage in the lovely town of Forfar, run by a very warm and charming Scottish lady (Anne) who I am now happy … More
Thank you so much for your kind comments. It was lovely having you all to stay, and we are glad you enjoyed Bonfest. We would be delighted to see you all next year.. Maybe for a little longer perhaps so you can see all the other things there are to do in Angus. Haste ye back.
22 Oct 2014
"Worth a look"
Myself and 2 friends stayed there during Bonfest in August. Anne was lovely, very helpful and the house was clean and tidy. Wouldn't hesitate to stay there again for next year's Bonfest!… More
Thank you! It is great to welcome guests to Bonfest! You were charming and considerate guests... And we would be glad to welcome you back .
18 Sep 2014
"Fabulous time had at Glenisla which is centrally located and very spacious."
We stayed at Glenisla for two nights in September 2014. There were 3 couples and our son who is thirteen. We had great weekend break and the house felt like home from home. The welcome we received … More
Dear Linda...thank you so much for your lovely comments. Our wee team does try its best x We look forward to seeing you again. Kind regards Anne.
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.
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