29th December 2017
Review: CLC Duchally Country Estate
Back in November, I took a trip to the beautiful CLC Duchally Country Estate for a relaxing family break with my parents. Situated in the stunning Perthshire countryside, Duchally is a truly special place to get away from it all. Far from feeling like a lodge complex, it has a very peaceful community feel about it. From the friendly staff, to the well-maintained grounds, no detail is spared in making this a top choice for a luxury lodge break. So here’s my Top 5 Reasons Why I Love CLC Duchally Country Estate.
1. The Stunning Setting
From the moment you roll up to the stunning grounds through the spectacular avenues, the natural beauty surrounding Duchally is quite astounding. The grounds are beautifully manicured, with an array of tree species, very typical to the Perthshire area. From our lodge, we were very fortunate to have views across the main garden, and over the rolling hills (see main picture above). With autumn leaves scattered, it was a pleasure to wander around and discover all the wildlife and natural wonders on your doorstep. On other lazier days, we just looked on from the cosy comfort of our living areas and bedrooms.
2. The Enchanting Wildlife
Fun for all the family, Duchally boasts a wide variety of wildlife to explore in the ample estate grounds. From the ducks paddling in the stream, doves tapping at my window for a friendly morning wake-up call, or even the pheasant who gave me a few new grey hairs as it screeched in surprise as I tried to edge closer for a picture! Pop along and see the locals at lodge 801, where the resident chickens live. For the keen-eyed animal lover, red squirrels can be spotted in the grounds, but unfortunately they were clearly busy preparing for winter when we visited!
3. The Luxurious Lodges
As we opened the door to the lodge at Duchally, we were overwhelmed with just how spacious the property is. A lovely open plan area greets you, with separate kitchen, dining and living area, a perfect place to chill together with evening movies and jigsaw puzzling on the dinner table after tea. A beautiful stream of light beamed through the patio doors as we came in, which overlooks the private decking and outdoor dining table. The 3 Bedroom Lodge we were staying in comprised a spacious twin room downstairs, with separate bathroom, and upstairs there are 2 en-suite bedrooms with fabulous natural lighting and stunning views over the main garden. Temperatures can be controlled in each room, which means everyone slept happy in the peace and quiet of this rural retreat.
4. Location, Location, Location
On top of the ample things to do on-site at Duchally, there are so many beautiful spots to visit nearby. We took a trip up to Crieff to browse the many local shops, and were lucky enough to meet the some of the locals out for their morning walk (the horse & I!). We ventured further to the award-winning town of Comrie, where we picked up a Campbell’s pie and breads to take back with us. We also stopped off at the popular Comrie Croft, which has a fabulous Tea Shop perfect for a slice of homemade cake and coffee. We visited their farm shop where you can pick up some fresh fruit and veg as well as some great quality deli products such as honeys, jams, and cheeses – perfect for our fresh bread from the bakers! The famous Gleneagles Hotel is also a short drive away, which is a nice spot for Afternoon Tea, or even to explore the grounds. For the more adventurous there are many outdoor pursuits available in the area such as mountainbiking, hiking and so much more.
5. So Much To Do
The on-site facilities at Duchally are plentiful and top quality. The leisure centre in particular provides a lovely place to relax at any time of day. Chill out in the sauna or steam room, or soak away your cares in the hot tub looking out over the leafy exterior. There is also a well-equipped gym to help work off the deli delights. Afterwards you can sit by the wood-burning stove with a light bite right beside the pool area. There is also bike hire available from the hotel, but for rainy days, there’s a games room with pool table, and even a free DVD rental list with great titles to hire. Guests also have the choice to dine in the award-winning restaurant, or even get a takeaway from the hotel for something a little more informal.
Other little notes:
Accessibility: I was really impressed with how accessible the property is. The lodge itself accommodated for a party member with mobility issues, with walk-in shower and downstairs bedroom. The swimming pool even has a pool lift to make getting into the water much easier.
Friendly staff: From the gardeners to the front house staff, everyone at Duchally is friendly and welcoming, and very knowledgeable about the estate and the surrounding areas and are more than happy to say hello or help you with any of your queries.
We currently have a fantastic offer on at the CLC Duchally Country estate from only £83 per lodge per night, so get booking your next break today.
Written by Annika Rieley, 29 December 2017.