Is this Scotland’s grandest holiday let?

Take a tour of this stunning holiday let in the beautiful Angus Glen.

To say that Gerard Walsh is enthusiastic about his property in the Angus Glens is somewhat of an understatement. To say he is gutted that his job no longer allows him to live there is also true.

However, it does mean that for the foreseeable future Gerard is willing to share his gorgeous home.

It was while staying in Glen Clova that he happened across Glen Cruick.

holiday let

Glen Cruik living room, Tracey Bloxham

“It was quite rare as it was a new build and getting planning permission to build in the Glen is really difficult,” he says.

“It was in a stunningly beautiful location but the house itself was also very beautiful, built in red stone, glass and oak. It was just incredible.

I was able to procure it and it was the perfect environment for me because I do a lot of work from home.

If I have a laptop I can work anywhere. So I was able to move into this amazing, tranquil location and it really was magical.”

holiday let

Picture: Glen Cruik bedroom, Tracey Bloxham

Stone-built with traditional post and beam construction, the property was completed in 2004 and Gerard bought it in 2006.

“The guy who built it did an amazing job. The double height reception room in the cathedral style creates a feeling of space which is pretty incredible.”

The bones of the property were in great shape but Gerard spent considerable time putting his own stamp on it.

“I decided to redo all the finishes in oak as I really thought this would bring the interior together.

Over time I’ve replaced the front door, skirting boards, facings and things like that. I changed all the colour schemes and put in new bathrooms.”

holiday let

Picture: one of the bathrooms, Tracey Bloxham

Bathrooms are important to Gerard. “A nice, minimalist bathroom really aids your relaxation and these bathrooms are a real pleasure to spend time in,” he says.

“Especially in the winter: with underfloor heating, they feel very luxurious.”

He also made a few tweaks to the layout, partitioning off the kitchen. “Initially, the whole downstairs area was open-plan but the kitchen was too vast.

“Apart from that, the layout worked well. The builder had thought of sensible things like incorporating a large porch, which is situated next to the boiler room.

“After a dog walk in the rain, you can get rid of damp and dirty belongings and be clean and dry before you properly enter the house.”

holiday let

Picture: the living room with impressive fire, Tracey Bloxham

As Gerard has lived in the house for so long, he also knows all the best spots. “I’ve tried to create and define spaces where people can relax,” he says.

“For example, I’ve put a sofa in the master bedroom because I know it’s a lovely place to sit, and there’s a table and chairs out on the balcony because it’s a great place to read.

“Downstairs I’ve divided the areas into zones but without putting up walls. I’ve positioned the chaise so you either get a view out of the window or of the fire.

“The fire functions brilliantly through the space, although sometimes you do have to move the chairs as it gets so hot. And, in the winter, I often forget how cold it is outside.

“I’ll be hanging around the house in a t-shirt because it’s so warm and then I go outside to get a few more logs and it’s perishing.”

holiday let

Picture: Tracey Bloxham

Once the layout was to his satisfaction, Gerard turned his hand to the furnishings which he has let evolve over time, but all with a distinct Scottish theme.

“I’ve found a fantastic lady in Brechin who has been redoing all the sofas and chairs in a beautiful tartan fabric. I’ve deliberately chosen old furniture and then had it re-upholstered.

“The older pieces are just much better quality and built to last.”

About three years ago, Gerard’s job commitments meant that Glen Cruick was lying empty for half the year.

“I never intended to use it for holiday lets but leaving the house empty for that length of time wasn’t good for it either.

“For a while I would come up for weekends and it was just amazing how much it recharged me. The house sits between two burns and once you cross the burns and start walking, you’re into the Glen in minutes.

“At the top of the hill the views are spectacular and at any time of year the number of people you see is tiny. However, the accessibility of Glen Cruick is great.

“You have to drive through a working farm to get to it and I think that adds to the charm. You feel you’re going to end up in the middle of nowhere and then you happen across this beautiful house.

“My main problem on these short visits was that I would make plans to see friends and sometimes I’d regret it because I just wanted to stay home and enjoy the peace.”

holiday let

Picture: Glen Cruik,Tracey Bloxham

At present, Gerard is lucky to snatch a week here and there at Glen Cruick, but he hopes that’s only for a few more years.

“When I retire this is where I’ll be living and I’m looking forward to it. It really is the only house for me.”

Glen Cruick is available to let through LHH Scotland

Words: Nichola Hunter

Pictures: Tracey Bloxham

Private Rentals

Added by plugin

WIN a BBQ with Dobbies

WIN a brighter Summer with Dobbies.   You could be the proud owner of a brand new 6 ring gas BBQ worth £699. All you have to do is enter our competition and like us on Facebook.   Enter your details below to be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize for your […]

North Berwick tops list of Scotland’s most expensive seaside towns

North Berwick has been identified as the most expensive seaside town in Scotland, in an annual study by Halifax. The East Lothian town topped the Scottish list, with a typical home worth £314,435, edging out second placed St Andrews, where a property is valued at about £300,319. North Berwick and St Andrews were the most […]

Giffnock: Luxury apartments for an exclusive spot

Giffnock has golf, parks and a quick route to the city, discovers Kirsty McLuckie