House / 9 bedrooms / sleeps 16

Key Info
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

Chesthill is a perfect house for people who like the great outdoors. It comprises a comfortable house for up to 16 and a traditional sporting estate of over 7,000 acres of dramatic hillside and 4.5 miles of beautiful river to explore.

Chesthill House is a traditional stone built lodge, comprising 7 twin and 1 single bedroom and 1 studio room which is on the ground floor and is suitable for the chef (all with wash hand basins) with 4 bathrooms (2 with showers). It is important to note that the dining room table only seats 12 adults comfortably.

The ground floor includes a main entrance hall, sitting room with a TV, a bright spacious drawing room with a CD player and radio, small study and large dining room. There's a games room with snooker, table tennis, darts and a stage for budding child actors! There is a drying room, cloakroom with wc, and gun room with secure cabinet, and laundry with washing machine and tumble dryer. Wireless broadband internet is available on the ground floor.

The lodge is let on a fully furnished basis including all linen and towels. Daily housekeeping is provided by Kay the housekeeper and it is recommended that a cook be employed (we can recommend a good agency). Hamish, the estate keeper, will be on standby to help you with all outdoor activities.

Size Sleeps up to 16, 9 bedrooms
Rooms 9 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 3 en suites
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Edinburgh 132 km, Nearest railway: Dunkeld 40 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Fireplace, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Furniture Double Beds (6), Single Beds (3), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 15
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake or river
Access Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users
Further details indoors

Self-catering facilities are provided in the shape of the kitchen, which is equipped with a double Aga, electric cooker, fridge & freezer and two dishwashers. A small mini-bar is useful for serving drinks from in the drawing room.

House trained dogs are allowed downstairs, but not upstairs. If dogs are muddy or wet, please ensure they are cleaned and dried in the boot room before going any further. Dogs that might cause any damage must please be kept in the kennels in the stables in the yard, or in private cars.

Further details outdoors

Walking & picnic

Guests are more than welcome to explore the estate on foot, whether it be the river banks or the hill. At the top of the hill is a small loch, Creag a Mhadaidh, where trout can be caught from a small boat and it's a good place for a picnic, which can be carried up by Hamish in the argocat. A picnic site and table is also provided next to one of the prettiest pools on the river. Chesthill is an ideal base for those keen on more hill walking, with a number of Munros within easy reach.


The fishing is on the River Lyon, one of the main River Tay tributaries, for both salmon and brown trout, with 4½ miles of exclusive single and double bank fishing. The lodge fishing usually includes 6 rods fished as three beats of 2 rods (except mid August when only 4 rods are available).

Catches over the last 10 years on the South Chesthill estate have averaged 55 salmon and many trout, with 2011 being a record at 101 salmon. The catch is well spread over the spring, summer, and autumn, from March through to October, with salmon caught weighing up to mid 20s lbs.

The Lyon has a long season, from April to the end of the season on 15th October. The river has both a spring run and an autumn run of salmon, with grilse in the summer months. In addition there is excellent brown trout fishing on the river, and also on Loch Creag a Mhadaidh, which is stocked with brown trout.


Stalking is available for one or two rifles depending on the time of year, over 6,500 acres of steep and varied ground. Approximately 50 stags and 80 hinds are taken each season, with argocats being used to extract deer from the hill.


South Chesthill has a limited stock of grouse on the hill, which provides August tenants with one walked up day.

Additional Activities

There is a separate games room above the garage with table tennis, darts, piano and small billiards table.

Clay pigeon shooting can be arranged with the estate keeper, except during the stalking season. Clays and cartridges will be charged at cost.

There are nine hole golf courses at Aberfeldy, Kenmore, Strathtay and Killin, and an attractive 18 hole course at Taymouth Castle. Water sports are available on Loch Tay.

Pony trekking is available locally.

Being in central Perthshire it is an ideal base for exploring the central Highlands, within 12 miles of Aberfeldy, 20 miles of Pitlochry and less than two hours to Edinburgh airport.

The Scotland region

Being in central Perthshire Chesthill is an ideal base for exploring the central Highlands and the wonderful walking opportunities it contains. Chesthill is also within 12 miles of Aberfeldy, 20 miles of Pitlochry and less than two hours to Edinburgh.

Perthshire has Perth as its county town but most of its heritage and essence can be discovered in and around its other towns such as Aberfeldy, Crieff, Dunkeld, Birnam, and Pitlochry. The county is land locked but crossed by many well-known rivers such as the Tay. It spreads from rich agricultural straths in the east, to the high mountains of the southern Highlands. As such the area is very popular for the beautiful scenery and the abundant flora and fauna.

Glen Lyon

There are nine hole golf courses at Aberfeldy, Kenmore, Strathtay and Killin, and an attractive 18 hole course at Taymouth Castle. Water sports are available on Loch Tay and pony trekking is available locally.

There are many places of historic interest and gardens within easy reach, including the Fortingall Yew, reputed to be the oldest living thing in Europe! One of the most popular attractions is the area around Blair Castle and the town of Blair Atholl as there is the castle to visit, many visitor centres on the working estate and some of the great scenes of the southern Highlands. Away from Blair there are many great and distinctive Glens to visit, with Munroes to scale or small villages to explore. There are many Castles and historic country houses to visit both in the glens and down on the straths. Notable famous attractions include Scone Palace, Dunkeld Cathedral, the many four-poster stone formations that can be found near Strathtay and Strathmore, and Birnam Wood and Dunsinane Hill, famous from Shakespeare's Macbeth.