It all started with the conversion of an ancient stone barn on Ian and Heather Keir’s farm in 2001. Then, having created ‘the Muckle Howf’ – a five-star holiday cottage snuggled beneath mighty beams – they pondered what they could do next? The exciting architecture of the barn had only whet their appetites. Outside lay the burn, lochan and rolling greenery of their sprawling Perthshire garden… today this is where the real fun of Craighead Farm can be found.
It’s no exaggeration to say the couple have gone high and low to craft the perfect glamping enterprise. The farm, home to five different accommodation options (as well as the original barn), has a pair of hobbit dwellings – burrowed into a grassy bank with characterful circular doors, stone-walled interiors, carved wooden furnishings and a wood-burning stove – as well as an enormous treehouse, built into the branches of a giant ash tree with panoramic views over the Ochil hills. Falling more squarely on terra firma is the white wooden summerhouse, with the bed built deep into a window bay, and the ‘Wee Howf’, a cabin on stilts overlooking the waters of the farm’s private lochan.
Each of the howfs is in its own private space and comes kitted out with everything you could possibly need; from bedding and towels to well-equipped kitchens. It’s the more bespoke touches, however, that show real attention to detail. The hobbit howfs, for example, have beautiful wooden sinks carved out of a single piece of oak, while the Wee Howf has a pulley system that lets you keep your beer cold by lowering it into the water below. The tree howf, meanwhile, features a stained-glass window that matches the shape of the king-sized headboard, while the outside deck has a special raised platform for enjoying a sunset drink. Wherever you turn the design of the site has been carefully thought out, making the most of the natural shape of the garden and the views of each location.
Privacy, tranquillity and serenity may be the buzzwords here but a mile down the burn and across the river the A9 zips drivers across the country. To the south, the city of Stirling is overlooked by a mighty castle and preceded by the National Wallace Monument. While further afield Loch Lommond and the Trossachs National Park and the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh offer interesting day trips. If you can put down the book and get away from the wood burner there’s certainly plenty to keep you busy.
The campsite owner says
Craighead is just the right place to escape from the bustle of everyday life but if you want to visit some of Scotlands finest scenery and attractions you don’t have too far to go.
With 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside we have created very special places for you to spend time here with us. At Craighead, our home for many years, you won’t find rows of pods, shepherds huts or tents. You will find bespoke hand crafted glamping accommodation that are very different from each other and set in a space that has been developed to suit. Each of our bespoke glamping options being set in their own very unique part of the garden and grounds which becomes yours for the duration of your stay.
Over the years we have developed the grounds and encouraged wildlife, to this we have added our array of animals that includes our two highland cows, donkeys, goats, poultry, rhea and a variety of sheep.
Here you can lose yourself in the countryside and listen to the sounds, watch the birds and in the evening enjoy our wide open and dark skies which treat you to wonderful displays of stars.
Choose between the magnificent Tree Howf, high in the branches of the ash tree, or the Wee Howf nestled on the side of the lochan or venture down to the shire and enjoy either the Burrow or Bag End – Bilbo loves to let people stay when he is not home! For a real garden feel you can choose the Summer Howf which sits right in amongst the trees and plants.
All have a wood burning stove for the chillier nights, a fire pit for those lovely long evenings watching the sunset or the stars. Each has its own facilities and we of course provide you with all the bedding and towels you will need.
We love to meet our guests and have a chat, we can help with ideas for walks and days out too, or can simply update you on life at Craighead or the wildlife and animals that you will see during your time with us. If you have forgotten anything you might find it in our wee honesty shop!
We really look forward to welcoming you to our glamping – each one designed and built by us making sure that they are very different and we think very special.
Ian, Heather & family.
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