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Craighead Howf

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Craighead is the home of a truly unique selection of quirky accommodation, specialising in luxury bespoke glamping, if you decide to stay in any of our handcrafted, unique glamping options you will be immersed in your own part of our gardens and grounds, sharing your space only with wildlife and our animals.

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Craighead is a traditional Scottish stone-built farmhouse and steading near Dunblane, Perthshire, the family home since 1990. It was built circa 1750!

Over the years it has become 'a favourite meeting place and haunt' for family and friends. We first opened with our Muckle Howf and those who have stayed are often returning time and again. It offers you a delightful location in which to spend your holiday, either to simply relax or as a base for some of the best Scotland has to offer.

What makes it special is the setting combined with the very high standard achieved. It is unique set in the quiet countryside, surrounded by natural gardens, a lochan and woodland areas.

We have wonderful views, sunsets and privacy, yet thanks to our location we are ideally place to base yourself for easy access to some of Scotland’s finest country and tourist attractions.

Our glamping offers some of the most quirky there is in Scotland - each one very different and each one in its own little piece of our grounds and garden. Designed and built by us, we offer something different. Glamping we think at its best.

We have lived at Craighead since 1990, restoring the house and buildings, then going on to create the lochan, grounds and gardens. As keen campers and lovers of the countryside we branched out in to glamping in 2014 with the opening of the Wee Howf. The others have followed so you now have the choice of immersing yourself in the garden in the Summer Howf, going back in time in the Whisky Howf, sitting high in the Ash Tree in one of our two Tree Houses, disappearing down to our shire to spend time in our stone built underground round door houses or be amongst the first to stay in our newly upgraded Wee Tree Howf which is now most definitely a fine tree house!

You can also enjoy a stay our Muckle Howf, graded 5* by the Scottish Tourist Board and are found regularly by our guests through Visit Scotland and Quirky Glamping websites to name a couple!

Who are we - well we we are Ian & Heather - family and grandchildren. We met a very long time ago, worked and travelled and then came across Craighead. We moved here with two small boys - Lewis & Arran and Hayley joined the gang a couple of years later. Over the years we renovated the house and the buildings, gardened and gathered up some animals! We always loved camping and the country and after the Muckle Howf was built the notion of glamping took off. We didn't intend to create this! We were both working and bringing up the family but it just evolved alongside Ian's joinery business!!

We have tried to create unique places for people to stay, that offer a personal space in the grounds and garden from where you can enjoy the countryside and wildlife.

The great thing too is that in just a short car journey you can find lots of great places to visit.

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Wee Tree Howf

The Wee Howf was the first of our glamping adventures when it opened in 2014. It is in an amazing spot and has been much loved. It sits on the side of our lochan in the trees and right over the top of the tumbling burn - it is built high on stilts. It has been a much loved cabin and the location is glorious!

It is time for an upgrade and the Wee Howf is growing up into a wonderful Tree House! We think it will be our best yet! Ian and Lewis have lots of experience and a flair for the quirky.

Totally surrounded by wildlife and our many animals, watch swallows dip, fish jump and listen for frogs to call.

Red kite will pay you a visit along with many other wildlife friends.

When dusk descends there is the fire pit to sit beside with nothing to hear but the birds going to bed and the burn bubbling beneath.

Once inside the woodburning stove will keep the Tree House totally cosy, sit by the fire or laze in the slipper bath. The bedroom will be accessed by the spiral stair taking you into a story book tree house bedroom with amazing views.

Features

Romantic glamping cabin which sleeps two adults
Star gazing window above the bed
Gas camping cooker and washing up facilities in the Wee Wee Howf
Cooking, cockery and eating utensils
Private shower, compost toilet, wash hand basin
Outdoor open fire and BBQ pit with initial wood supply for stove and fire
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Muckle Howf Cottage

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 bedrooms
  • Last booked 11 hours ago
  • Traditional Scottish stone-built steading converted into a luxury holiday cottage. Three double bedrooms all with their own en-suite. Outdoor hot tub.

The Muckle Howf is a traditional Scottish stone-built steading converted into a luxury holiday cottage, it is the result of a long-term project undertaken at Craighead by Ian, Heather and family. What makes it special is the setting combined with the very high standard achieved in the conversion of the steading, a key aim being to offer something special for visitors, a place to enjoy and relax, with access to the gardens and a personal family welcome which has been awarded 5 stars* by the Scottish Tourist Board. With that in mind the design offers complete privacy but easy access. It optimises the wonderful views with its glazed gable end in the upstairs lounge and the master bedroom. Visitors are always welcome to call in at our own home for any help or advice they need. Dogs - Sorry but we can not accommodate dogs.

Features

Three double bedrooms all with their own en-suite.
The ‘whisky lounge’ which is on the upper floor.
A large kitchen/dining room which is fully equipped.
A utility room with washing machine/dryer, freezer, additional fridge and ironing facilities.
Sitting room with a library and wood-burning stove.
The sauna room with an invigorating shower and infra-red sauna.
Outdoor hot tub which is completely secluded.
A private garden, patio and firepit.
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Ash Tree Howf

This Tree House is a beautifully designed and crafted masterpiece!

Built high up within the branches of the tree it has amazing 360 degree views over the Ochil hills and beyond

Immerse yourself in peace and quiet in this totally self sufficient tree house, which has internal cooking facilities, shower and wood burning stove/ oven, while downstairs there is compost toilet.

Guests who have already visited have loved it, really appreciating

the loving attention to detail in the design and build. It really is an exceptional glamping experience.

Features

Totally self contained Tree Howf surrounding the ancient Ash Tree
Hand made rustic King size bed with bedside lighting
Wood burning stove with a really quirky but very efficient oven
​Crockery, cutlery, pots and pans
Antique Belfast sink with hot and cold running water
Luxurious integral hot shower with adjacent wash hand basin
Downstairs toilet- designer eco friendly compost toilet with wash hand basin and lighting
Stunning viewing platform with superb views all around and heart shaped table for that romantic moment
Fire pit and BBQ accessed by another stair to grassy area with fabulous views and total privacy
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Summer Howf

The Summer Howf offers a totally different Glamping experience – with a truly garden feel inside and out you are immersed in our country garden. It is a delightfully renovated Summer House complete with its own electricity and is furnished to give you a feel of camping but most definitely in a garden style. The Summer Howf is completely secluded amongst the trees at the very top of the garden alongside the duck pond with the ducks as your neighbours. Walk over the bridge to see the miniature donkeys and Highland cows. The Summer Howf is open from April to October. The Summer Howf is not suitable for children or dogs.

Features

Fully furnished garden retreat which sleeps two adults
Cosy bed linens
Bed balcony with star gazing window
Wood burning stove
Gas camping cooker & cooking and eating utensils
Private outside seating area with canopy and picnic area
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The Red Burrow

The Burrow with its beautiful red door. "It is a round door house under ground, and that means comfort". Perfect for tired Wizards, Halflings and those who have been on arduous adventures.

The Burrow is the real deal, constructed from natural stone and wood, built into the hill side, with handmade doors, windows and furniture.

As springs starts lovely wild flowers open along the verges and right over the roof.

​ There is nothing else like it, other than in story book tales!

A glorious place with fabulous views to enjoy, breakfast, second breakfast and elevenses!

Features

Traditionally built from stone and wood, with nooks and crannies.
Delightful 200m walk from the car park to The Burrow with your own hobbit barrow to transport luggage
Stunning views all around
Hand made rustic double size bed wth linen and towels all provided
Wood burning stove, double ring gas hob and bespoke hand-carved wooden sinks.
Crockery, cutlery, pots and pans
Hobbit style shower and an adjacent hand-carved wooden wash hand basin
Designer eco friendly compost toilet in its own wee hobbit howf next door, with hand carved wooden wash hand basin.
Fire pit/ BBQ
Recycling facilities in the car park area
Access to fridge and freezer adjacent to car park, cool box and ice packs available
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The Green Burrow

With its glorious green round door it is just as all tired Wizards, halflings and those with furry feet would have expected at the end of an arduous journey.

Built right in to the hillside and adorned with grassy roofs and round doors, a stay here will transport you to a magical world of story book charachters where time stands still.

Surrounded by beautiful open views of rolling countryside with endless wildlife to watch.

Here is a perfect sun trap to enjoy many hours reading and admiring the views. We believe this is one of the best glamping experiences in the heart of Scotland... we are not biased at all.

Features

Traditionally built from stone and wood, with nooks and crannies.
Delightful 200m walk from the car park to the Hobbits with your own hobbit barrow to transport luggage
Stunning views all around
Hand made rustic double size bed wth linen and towels all provided
Star gazing window above the bed
Wood burning stove, double ring gas hob and bespoke hand-carved wooden sinks.
Crockery, cutlery, pots and pans
Bagend has a slipper bath with hand held shower and adjacent hand-carved wooden wash hand basin
Designer eco friendly compost toilet in its own wee hobbit howf next door, with hand carved wooden wash hand basin.
Fire pit/ BBQ
Recycling facilities in the car park area
Access to fridge and freezer adjacent to car park, cool box and ice packs available
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Whisky Howf

This beautiful and quirky squint roofed cottage is nestled at the side of the little lochan on Craighead Farm. With its bulging walls, sagging roof and a wonderful Scottish Oak Cruck frame, it's as though it has been here for centuries.

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