Garden and Estate
This historic large holiday house is surrounded by a formal garden with large herbaceous borders, an ancient yew hedge, a sun terrace, a revolving summer house with garden furniture and a croquet lawn. Great trees line the southerly views down the glen. Fruit trees grow against the walls of the cutting garden and guests are encouraged to pick their own flowers to decorate the house. our glen enjoys its own micro-climate: we usually have white Christmases and New Years while the hills trap heat in the summer allowing some of the herbaceous plants to grow over 10 feet tall. To the East and North the hills can be seen rising above the trees giving protection to the garden. An hour's climb gives unrivalled views of the glen, especially if one arrives at the top in time to see the sun setting behind the westerly hills. To the north lies the Queen's estate of Balmoral where you may go walking and pony trekking. Huge herds of red deer roam freely on the Scottish hills with as many as 600 in any one herd. Other wildlife is in abundance with red squirrels, golden eagles, grouse and osprey amongst the most notable.
A 300 yard walk from the garden through birch and native cherry trees brings you to the curling pond, a secret loch hidden in the woods with an 18th century stone boat house. The boat, a lovely old clinker-built wooden rowing boat built in the Orkney Isles in 1902, floats in the wet end, and the dry-end room has a wood burning stove. Imagine yourself on the curling pond on an early summer evening with a bottle of wine, watching the red squirrels in their dray in the tallest larch tree or catching the reflection of the flag irises or the late daffodils in the water. Tie up to a tree on the island and play Swallows & Amazons.
1000 yards from the holiday house in a different direction lies another bigger loch, rated one of the best in Scotland for wild brown trout. There is another beautiful Orkadian boat here, four years younger than its sister and just as pleasing in its lines. The Estate's native highland ponies usually graze on the hill by the loch and if you keep quiet you are likely to have daily sightings of the Ospreys diving into the loch to feed. From here there are views up to the great mountains of the Grampians and on the hill above the loch the 3000 year old field systems of the Picts, Scotland's ancient people, are clearly visible on Meall Beag the small rounded hill. Meall Beag, is a scheduled national monument. The land below the Pictish settlements used to be dense scrubby forest filled with predators like bears and wolves. Both animals became extinct in Scotland during the medieval period. The flat fields beside the River Isla, 1/4 of a mile from Wester Brewlands, were created by beavers damming the rivers and holding the silt back.
At the head of the loch rises Mount Blair, the glen's highest hill at over 2,500 feet. From the summit a mythical giant called 'Coille cam' threw the Glad Stane, an enormous boulder which lies on its own at the side of the road. This was reputedly because the people of the glen were disturbing the giant's sleep with too much mirth and dancing, probably as a result of their illicit whisky-making, for which the glen has long been famous.
Wester Brewlands, Scottish large holiday house for rent