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Review of Alexander House, Perthshire, Scotland

Posted by at 01:43 on Friday 22 October 2010

>> For contact details and to check availability, see the website for Alexander House. 

Stay in luxury at Alexander House. Photo © Kash BhattacharyaStay in luxury at Alexander House. Photo © Kash Bhattacharya

Rooms: There are 8 bedrooms including a gilded sleigh bed, solid oak four-poster, children's bunks with ensuite options so the Alexander House is ideal for families and small groups. At the heart of the house is the open plan living room. With sash windows and huge glass doors this room has great natural light where you can absorb the multi-changing colours and moods of a Scottish day. The 14-seat table made from reclaimed pine makes is great for long evenings chatting over good food and wine. Away from the dinner table, slump onto one of the beanbags or curl into one of the huge tan leather sofas and watch a DVD (from their impressive collection) on their huge LG 50 inch screen plasma TV.

Activities: Expect luxury. Just open up a bottle of wine, grab the handy complimentary plastic cups and sink into the outdoor hot tub. If you’re feeling sporty, there’s a decent sized heated swimming pool, outdoor football pitch and croquet lawn. Kids can play on the swings or bounce around on the trampoline. Plus if you’re keen to explore the wild Perthshire countryside, mountain bikes are available by prior request. Visit Scotland proudly claim Perthshire to be the ‘adventure capital of Europe’ – there’s plenty of excellent trails, cycling, angling and a range of adrenaline pumping sports, such as whitewater rafting, mountain biking, cliff jumping and canyoning. For further details simply contact the Adventure Perthshire Hotline on 01887 829010. Nearby is Gleneagles Hotel (Gleneagles is home to three of the top Scottish championship golf courses).

Relax in a Hot Tub with a view. Photo © Kash BhattacharyaRelax in a Hot Tub with a view. Photo © Kash BhattacharyaWhat makes it a green accommodation: Owners Jo and John Lewis have put a lot of thought into making this a great holiday experience but also one that has minimal impact on the environment… which given the size of the house must have been a massive challenge. It draws its water supply from a private borehole that comes from an underground river 60 metres deep. To construct their self build dream they used clay blocks 425 mm thick with another 100mm of timber insulation. Impact: Owners claim that even if the heating is switched off for days there is no discernible difference. The house is heated by a 24kw heat source pump which also uses water from the borehole: so a great practical union.

Food: The hotel is self catering, but here the owners have built up strong connections with local food producers like Gail Lambie who runs Duchally, the local farmshop, and supplied us with a great selection of locally grown produce during our stay. For outdoor dining, the 2 star Michelin awarded Andrew Fairlie Restaurant at the nearby Gleneagles Hotel is a culinary gem not worth missing.

Getting there: There is a direct train service from London Kings Cross to Gleneagles Train Station, which takes 5 ½ hours during the day. Alternatively, take the overnight Caledonian Sleeper from London Euston that stops at Gleneagles. From Gleneagles train station, it’s 10 minutes by taxi (T: 01764 66445 or 01764 664050).

Top tip: Bag the magnificent solid oak four poster bed on the western wing, which has wonderful views of the steeply-sided round-topped Ochil Hills, the Sidlaw hills and Gleneagles Hotel.

Verdict: Great for families and groups of golf enthusiasts. With the amazing range of outdoor and indoor activities at hand this is a fun place for people of all ages. If you’ve dreamt of having your own family home then this is the place to come for a big fat family jolly.

For contact details and to check availability and book, see the website for Alexander House.

Take in wonderful country views from your bedroom. Photo © Kash BhattacharyaTake in wonderful country views from your bedroom. Photo © Kash Bhattacharya

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