Owned by biologist Victoria Bruce-Winkler, Brucefield Estate, less than an hour’s drive north from Ediburgh, has been undergoing painstaking conservation for almost a decade. Victoria is passionate about the regeneration of the 420 hectare family estate.
A 10-year wildlife plan is in place, including monitoring and managing the estate’s rich habitats including woodlands with ancient Scots Pine, meadows and a lowland heath which is a Natural Scotland site of special scientific interest. A former avenue of 300 year old Lime trees have recently been discovered.
Slackbrae Self-Catering Cottage
Slackbrae, originally a forester’s cottage, launches autumn 2021 for self-catering holidays. It has been renovated using a conservation approach with sustainable materials to achieve a low energy house. Inside, specially-commissioned kitchen and bathroom tiles tell the heritage of the cottage and the Estate throughout the centuries.
Slackbrae has vaulted ceilings, day-long sunlight and stunning views of the fields and woodlands, allowing guests to immerse themselves in nature and reconnect with the land.
The gardens have been rejuvenated with a new planting scheme providing a blaze of colour and herbs throughout the year. The fully-accessible cottage contains two bedrooms and two bathrooms – a master bedroom with en-suite and a double bedroom which converts into a twin room.
Built in the 1700’s Slackbrae was the former gatehouse to the estate and covers 120m². At one time it was owned by the Stirling & Dunfermline Railway. The original train line dating back to 1852 is now a cycle route, providing easy access for day trips to the Wallace Monument.
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The cottage is priced from £300 per night for three, four and seven night stays, accommodating four guests. This includes a welcome breakfast hamper for the first morning. Additional groceries and local artisan produce can be pre-ordered. Bookings are being taken from 1st October 2021.
Phone: 01259 690013