South Mill overlooks the Mill Lade and has its own entrance through large double doors. The massive stone above the door is the original lintel, and probably dates from before or around 1843, which is the date above the main farmhouse.
Leading upstairs - follow the twinkling lights inset in each step! - pausing half way to see the low window which was once a door used to exit and check on the massive wooden paddles of the mill wheel. Pause here to see photos of just how it looked about 100 years ago. Upstairs is a sitting room with double French doors opening onto the balcony and a kitchen conveniently right there. You can cook, enjoy a cup of coffee of glass or something stronger while sitting eye level with the birds, cavorting red squirrels for the sharp eyed or just sunning yourself. The wide circular dining table and side table with their glass tops are made from the old mill wheels.
For cooler evenings a wood burning stove throws out enough heat for even the chilliest toes! Books, games, TV, DVD player, my own 'guides' to the area, maps, family history - it's all there, and more.
Downstairs is a bedroom which has a zip and link bed, so it can be twins or superking sized. The bathroom leads off the bedroom and has a bath with a shower over, and luxurious underfloor heating.
Heating is electric and the cottage is so well insulated that we guarantee you will never feel too hot or cold. A small garden packed with flowers and shrubs lines the pathway to the front door. And you can wander all round our garden, sitting down where ever you wish adjacent to the wild flower meadow.
Facilities include ...
- Ground floor easy access (with internal stairs).
- Own entrance, parking adjacent, sun trap east facing courtyard garden.
- Sitting / dining room has wood burning stove (wood provided) comfy sofa & wing armchair, west facing balcony with French windows for sitting outdoors & quiet, private views to mill lade, fields and trees.
- Sleeps two with king size bed/ or twin beds.
- Bathroom with bath & shower, underfloor heating.
- Kitchen with electric hob & oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, lots equipment and sharp knives for foodies!
- Heating by electric storage heaters & wood burning stove.
- Egyptian cotton bed linen, all towels included in rent.
- Colour TV, DVD player, radio, surround sound.
- Inside is a spacious hall with cupboard doors concealing the washing machine and drying space.
- Portable picnic / garden chairs.
- Ample local maps and books on Scotland.
- Excellent local eating places in Dunkeld, Aberfeldy, Crieff, Pitlochry.
- Hampers and starter packs of food available on request.
History of Meikle Trochry Mills
'Times past - who do you think the locals really were?'
Dunkeld, the Sma' Glen and Aberfeldy form a golden triangle round the ancient hamlet of Trochry, whose ruined castle was owned by the Earl of Gowrie until the 16th century. Much of the stone was used for buildings round about, which might account for the huge foundation stones of the Meikle Trochry Mills!
In the last century the Kings of Spain rented the adjacent Drumour Mansion regularly for shooting and fishing. Bonnie Prince Charlie camped out close by, while Queen Victoria enjoyed a good night's sleep in the Atholl Hotel in Dunkeld.
Less than a mile away from Trochry is Rumbling Bridge, where the spectacular waterfalls attract present day visitors, and has been painted for posterity by the famous Pre Raphaelite artist Sir John Everett Millais, who based himself at Rumbling Bridge Cottage.
Beatrix Potter's love of nature and storytelling was inspired by decades of childhood holidays in the area. An evocative garden and exibition appeal to adults and children alike in nearby Birnam. Kitty, the inspiration for Mrs Tiggy Winkle was brought up within a field of Trochry.
Ann Lindsay's personal family history is also intriguing, and you can read all about it!