Yew House

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Sleeps: 14 Bedrooms: 7 Bathrooms: 7

Overview

Manor Country Estate
Wow Factor
Modern Ideal for Kids
Pets on Request
Hot Tub All Bedrooms En-Suite

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Enjoying a fascinating history and standing in splendour, the luxurious Scottish retreat Yew House sits in 450 acres of gardens on the edge of the charming village of Kippen in Stirlingshire. It boasts seven lavish bedroom suites, sensational living spaces, a high-end kitchen, a games room, a glorious Victorian walled garden with alfresco dining and an outdoor kitchen, a hot tub and a fabulous air of sophistication and grandeur. Now owned by the third baronet of Rossie, Sir James Hutchison, the house has been occupied by his family for over one hundred years. Sir James’ maternal great-grandfather, Archibald Colville ran the largest steel works in Scotland, David Colville & Sons. It is understood that during the 1920’s his wife was said to be the first person to host ‘cocktail parties’ in Scotland with Fortnum & Mason commissioned to entertain the guests in lavish style. The Fortnum & Mason carriage would be sent on the overnight train from London to Scotland where on arrival at Stirling Station, the horse drawn carriage would head to the house for the evening’s glamorous entertainment. The original Georgian House stands in the grounds of an old monastic sanctuary said to be linked to Inchmahome Priory on the island of Inchmahome in the nearby Lake of Menteith. The giant yew tree next to the house was planted by the Augustinian Canons that lived there nearly eight hundred years ago. The tree in listed in John Lowe’s 1897 book ‘The Yew Trees of Great Britain and Ireland.

Kippen is an enchanting village in West Stirlingshire which lies between the Gargunnock Hills and the Fintry Hills, overlooking the Carse of Forth. The village is nine miles west of Stirling, twenty miles north of Glasgow and only forty five minutes from Edinburgh airport. Yew House is a fifteen minute walk from the centre of the village where guests can enjoy two cosy, atmospheric pubs and restaurants, a local shop, a butcher and a lovely delicatessen. Though you may like to stay put in this characterful home and its phenomenal grounds, there are plenty of attractions close by including the Blair Drummond Safari Park, Inchmahome Priory and the Lake of Menteith, Doune Ponds, Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Stirling Golf Club, Doune and Sterling Castles, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Golfers may also want to fit in a round of golf at Gleneagles. The beauty of Yew House is that it is totally private and perfect for a special occasion yet everything is on the doorstep.  

Yew House enjoys elegant, period decor. You feel so special when you arrive and tour the house. The living spaces are beautifully finished and you will realise immediately that you will make magical holiday memories in this exquisite home. The magnificent drawing room boasts plush velvet sofas and chairs, lavish rugs, vintage furniture and a truly fabulous feature fireplace. It is the perfect spot for pre-dinner drinks or a late night glass of whisky by the fire. Lavish drapes fall by the beautiful, enormous sash windows that drown this fabulous room in natural light and offer spectacular garden views. A wonderful chandelier drops from the intricate ceiling rose. The library is another wonder in deep red tones with sumptuous sofas surrounded by leather-bound books. You may want to disappear with the Sunday newspapers and a cup of tea to this characterful room. You will dine in style in the Victorian dining room which comfortably seats all of the guests in your party. It offers an ambience of bygone splendour. With a wall of rich wooden cabinetry, vintage rugs, warm decor, a feature fireplace, gorgeous period features and another set of enormous sash windows, the room is absolutely perfect for a celebration feast. The kitchen is sensational, a superb, sociable space with exquisite cabinetry, a central island with stools, a butler’s sink, an aga, an induction hob, a double oven, an American styled fridge freezer, wine coolers and a Nespresso coffee machine. The chefs in your group will be in awe of this magnificent space and its top notch appliances. It even enjoys an adjoining scullery. If you have some emails you need to catch up on, the ground floor is also home to an office as well as a delightful garden room and a handy cloakroom.

The games room is in the basement, a fun space with a table tennis table, darts and board games. It is ideal for some healthy competition and a likely den if you have teenagers with you.

Five sumptuous bedroom suites, including the glorious master, are located on the first floor and a further two on the second. Every room enjoys its own style and character. You will discover bold painted panels, delicate wallpapers, vintage furniture, opulent soft furnishings and the comfiest of beds. There are two rooms with kingsize beds, two with doubles, one with twins and two with flexible sleeping so you can choose if you have twins or large doubles. The master enjoys access to a balcony which offers far-reaching views of the garden. Though the house may be ancient, the bathrooms are luxurious and immaculate. They offer a mixture of gorgeous slipper baths, contemporary walk-in showers and beautiful tiling.

The grounds of Yew House are simply astonishing. Brimming with ancient, towering trees, meadows, a stream, lush lawns, topiary and mature borders, you can wander for hours enjoying its beauty. The Victorian Walled Garden is stunning and now the home of a new outdoor kitchen, alfresco dining area, hot tub and shower. Just imagine, popping a few champagne corks and lazing in the nine seater hot tub with beautiful gardens all around! The outdoor kitchen comes with a gas barbecue, perfect for the barbecue masters in your holiday group to cook a feast. There are some delightful games for family fun including croquet, boules and swingball.

Yew House offers privacy and luxury in equal measures. It is captivating, luxurious and supremely comfortable. You will feel a little as though you have stepped back in time! There is something for everyone both at the house and close by. Horse riding, watersports, fishing, hiking, visiting historical sites, mountain biking, cycling, hunting, archery, shopping and gourmet dining can all easily be on the agenda.

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What you should know…

  • There is an open stream within the grounds. Please take care of young children
  • If you are interested in hiring a private chef or want to arrange excursions please do not hesitate to contact us

Property Features

Wi-Fi/Internet Hot Tub BBQ AGA Hairdryer All Bedrooms En-Suite Smart TV Lift Games Room Indoor Games Table Tennis Working Fireplace/Woodburner Heating

Lower Ground Floor
- Games room with table tennis, darts & board games
- Cloakroom

Ground Floor
- Drawing room
- Library
- Study
- Garden room
- Dining room with seating for 14
- Fully-equipped kitchen with Aga, induction hob, double electric oven, microwave, American-style fridge freezer, dishwasher, 2 x wine coolers
- Scullery
- Cloakroom

First Floor
- Master bedroom with king-size bed and en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom with double bed and en-suite bathroom (can be set up with twin beds on request)
- Bedroom with king-size bed and en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom with double bed and en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom with double bed and en-suite bathroom (can be set up with twin beds on request)

Second Floor
- Bedroom with double bed and en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom with twin beds and en-suite bathroom

Exterior Grounds
- Hot tub seating 9
- Terrace
- Dining area seating 14
- Gas barbecue
- Garden games including swingball, croquet & boules
- Large grounds of 450 acres with open stream

Additional Facilities
- Wi-Fi
- Smart TV
- Nespresso machine with complimentary pods
- Hairdryer
- Iron & ironing board
- 2 x travel cots & 2 x highchairs available on request (please bring your own cot linen)
- Wheelchair accessible lift (runs from the lower ground floor to the first floor)
- Parking for up to 10 cars

Location

About the surrounding area of Yew House
Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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Yew House is nestled in a 450 acre estate surrounded by nature. It sits on the edge of the pretty village of Kippen which offers two wonderful pubs and a few shops which are within walking distance of the house.

The historic city of Stirling is nearby on the River Forth, surrounded by rich farmland. Once the capital of Scotland, the city is dominated by Stirling Castle, a fabulous visitor attraction. The castle boasts a Royal Palace, the Chapel Royal, the Regimental Museum and lots for young ones. From its dramatic rocky eyre, the fortress definitely rewards your stroll along Stirling’s cobbled main street with spectacular views over the stunning Stirlingshire countryside. Stirling is home to some of Scotland’s most epic events which you will learn about when visiting its historic attractions. Stirling’s famous landmark, The National Wallace Monument overlooks the scene of Sir William Wallace’s greatest victory at the Battle of Stirling Bridge. The Old Town Jail tells the tale of crime and punishment in the Royal Burgh of Stirling. Another jewel is The Church of the Holy Rude which was founded in the 12th century. The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum is wonderful. Surrounded by portraits of Bonnie Prince Charlie, William Wallace and others, you will discover some astonishing artefacts such as the oldest football from 1540 and the oldest curling stone from 1511.

Those that love outdoor activities can enjoy horse-back riding at Castle Rednock, mountain biking, cycling, archery, kayaking and an excellent range of watersports at Go Country Adventure, Loch Ard, hiking in the local hills and fishing in the Lake of Menteith.

The Lake of Menteith is situated on the Carse of Stirling. Until the 19th century, it was known as the Loch of Menteith. There are some small islands on the lake, the largest being Inchmahome with its ancient monastery. The Earl of Menteith founded Inchmahome Priory in 1238. Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots visited and in fact, Mary Queen of Scots was hidden there for a few weeks aged four. It is an Augustinian Monastery in a truly idyllic setting. The woodlands surrounding the monastery are carpeted in wildflowers, adding to its appeal. Three of the Spanish chestnuts on the island are listed in Scotland’s top one hundred trees. Visitors can take a boat trip from the Port of Menteith from March until September each year. To return, you turn the signal post around. To the west of Lake Menteith is Flanders Moss, one of the largest remaining bogs in Scotland. The lake is very popular for fishing and the Port of Menteith Fisheries rent out boats so that you can catch rainbow and brown trout. If the lake freezes over during a harsh winter, the lake is the scene of the ‘Bonspiel’, an outdoor curling tournament.

It is very easy to combine your stay in Yew House with a trip to Edinburgh. The captivating City of Edinburgh enjoys a wealth of top attractions for the whole family, excellent shopping opportunities and sensational fine dining. With a stunning backdrop of the dramatic Arthur’s Seat, the Pentland Hills and Edinburgh’s waterfront, this ever popular city is a remarkable place to visit. You can take a cruise on the River Forth, explore the ancient castle, shop until you drop, wander through the cosmopolitan streets of the Port of Leith, listen to bagpipes and dine until you burst. At the top of the Royal Mile on the top of Castle Rock, you can visit Edinburgh Castle, the number one visitor attraction in Scotland and the most iconic building in the city. Perched on the top of an extinct volcano, the castle and its esplanade offers astonishing views of Edinburgh. Inside, you can visit St Margaret’s Chapel, The National War Memorial and the Half Moon Battery. The regal Crown Square is home to the Grand Hall and Scotland’s crown jewels. Edinburgh is especially popular during the August Festival and at Christmas and New Year. Edinburgh is home to three excellent galleries, The National Gallery on the Mound, the Portrait Gallery on Queen Street and the Gallery of Modern Art. The Scottish National Gallery boasts some of the world’s finest art by the likes of Rembrandt, Monet and Raphael. The Scott Monument is the largest monument to a writer in the world, celebrating the Scottish novelist Sir Walter Scott. It was built in the 19th century and is one of the most striking landmarks on the Edinburgh city skyline. Visitors can climb the 287 steps to enjoy far reaching views of the city and surrounding countryside. The Palace of Holyroodhouse is The Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Some areas of the Palace are open to the public including the State Apartments, the Throne Room and the Morning Drawing Room. The Royal Botanic Gardens are located in Stockbridge, a very attractive area twenty minutes walk from the city centre. You will discover a beautiful collection of more than 100,000 plants and 70 acres of stunning green space. The Royal Yacht Britannia was Her Majesty The Queen’s floating palace for over 40 years and is one of the city’s best attractions. You can enjoy a complimentary audio tour and follow in the footsteps of royalty exploring this wonderful yacht that is permanently moored beside Ocean Terminal.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Glasgow Airport

(51km)

Nearest Town/City Stirling

(16km)

Nearest Village Kippen

(1.2km)

Nearest Restaurant The Cross Keys, Kippen

(1.3km)

Nearest Supermarket Waitrose, Stirling

(17.7km)

Nearest Golf Gleneagles

(38km)

Region

 Ah, bonnie Scotland! A wild and beautiful part of the world, where you can explore the rugged highlands or enjoy the colour and vibrancy of cultural capitals like Edinburgh and Glasgow. But how do you know you’re getting the very best out of your trip? That’s where we come in. If you’ve had a browse through our range of luxury cottages and castles in Scotland, you’ll know there’s some great places to stay, but to find all the great things to do, see and eat you’ll need our handy Scotland travel guide  – so read on and enjoy! 

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Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens Ideal for Xmas/NY

Children feel as though they are arriving at a palace as they see Yew House for the first time. The house is stunning and beautifully presented. There is a fabulous games room with table tennis, darts and lots of board games. Every television has access to Netflix and many channels. The gardens are incredible, perfect for games of hide and seek plus there are games of croquet, bowls and a swingball. The hot tub is very popular too!

There are many family friendly attractions nearby including castles, stately homes and gardens, activity centres and a fantastic safari park which is only four miles from Stirling. At the Blair Drummound Safari Park you can drive through reserves getting up close to camels, zebras, rhinos, ankole cattle, deer and lions. Children enjoy the macaque drive through reserve, the elephant habitat with its public viewing gallery, Lemur Land, the Pet’s Farm, the Bird of Prey Centre and wonderful performances by the sea lions and falconry. There are regular keeper talks at the animal enclosures when children can learn about the animals and ask questions.The park also boasts a huge adventure playground with a fort, pirate ship, sandpit, swings, slides and a net rope. Also popular are the giant astraglide, pedal boats and flying fox. Funfair rides incur a small extra charge. The safari park is an excellent day out for families.

The Peak in Stirling is an excellent centre with ice hockey, speed skating, ice dancing, swimming in three pools and an eleven metre high climbing wall. Horse loving children enjoy the Wellsfield Equestrian Centre where they can ride Shetland ponies and horses. The centre offers horse riding lessons, horseback hacking on peaceful bridal paths, pony rides and show days. There is an endless list of activities at the brilliant Go Country Outdoor Centre at Kinlochard. Some of the activities are best children aged 12 and over but there is still plenty of fun for little ones. Your brave youngsters may want to jump off cliffs, explore the loch by canoe, challenge themselves on the waterpark’s obstacle course, have a mini highland games day with the family, enjoy an archery session or have a go at stand-up paddleboarding. You can hire wetsuits for Waterpark Wipeout which is suitable for those aged 12 and above or you can opt for the mini waterpark for those aged 4 and over.

Also popular are Briarlands Farm, Doune Castle, Stirling Castle, Xtreme Karting in Falkirk, Argaty Red Kites, Firpark Ski Centre and World of Wings.

If you decide to head into Edinburgh for a day, you may want to visit Edinburgh Zoo which is home to over 1000 animals including the UK’s only giant pandas as well as flamingos, koalas and chimpanzees or Camera Obscura and the World of Illusions, an attraction that has been delighting guests since 1835. There are many hands on experiences, unbelievable effects, illusions, tricks and puzzles. You can serve your own head up on a silver platter, pick the people of Edinburgh up in your hand, find your way out of the magical mirror maze, try and stay on your feet in the vortex tunnel and visit the room where little and large become interchangeable. The National Museum of Scotland is also excellent where children can discover the delights of the natural world, see treasures from around the world and explore world cultures. There are many exhibits, interactive displays and games. Even just gazing at the beautiful building is worth the trip!

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Lift
  • Games Room
  • Indoor Games
  • Table Tennis

Extras

At Oliver’s Travels, we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to travel services, we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team, who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off

Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team.

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

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Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit TBC
Arrival time 4pm
Departure time 10am
Energy costs included? Yes, included in the rental price
Linen & towels included? Yes, included in the rental price
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival.
Internet access? Yes, Wi-Fi is included in the rental price
Changeover day Friday
Minimum stay Please note that there is a 7-night minimum stay
Pets welcome? A maximum of 2 well-behaved dogs are allowed on request at the time of booking.
Smoking Allowed? No smoking
Property Licence Number ST00457P

Please note that this home is best suited for families. The property is strictly no stag, hen do’s, parties or single sex groups and the property owner reserves the right to cancel the booking and retain the security deposit if guests do not comply on arrival.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Mid-Week Price From Weekly
Feb 24th 2024 - Mar 22nd 2024 £8,675 £10,472 £12,268 - £12,572
Mar 22nd 2024 - Apr 1st 2024 £7,919 £9,067 £10,215 £4,894.00 £11,479
Apr 1st 2024 - Apr 5th 2024 £8,297 £10,016 £11,734 £5,127.00 £12,025
Apr 5th 2024 - Apr 19th 2024 £9,053 £10,927 £12,802 - £13,119
Apr 19th 2024 - Apr 26th 2024 £8,297 £9,500 £10,702 £5,127.00 £12,025
Apr 26th 2024 - May 3rd 2024 £9,051 £10,926 £12,801 £5,593.00 £13,119
May 3rd 2024 - May 24th 2024 £8,297 £10,016 £11,734 £5,127.00 £12,025
May 24th 2024 - May 31st 2024 £9,053 £10,927 £12,802 - £13,119
May 31st 2024 - Jul 12th 2024 £8,674 £10,471 £12,268 £5,360.00 £12,572
Jul 12th 2024 - Aug 30th 2024 £10,561 £12,748 £14,935 - £15,305
Aug 30th 2024 - Oct 4th 2024 £8,674 £9,932 £11,189 £5,360.00 £12,575
Oct 4th 2024 - Oct 18th 2024 £6,442 £8,161 £9,879 £5,127.00 £12,025
Oct 18th 2024 - Oct 25th 2024 £9,805 £11,227 £12,648 £6,059.00 £14,212
Oct 25th 2024 - Dec 6th 2024 £7,919 £9,560 £11,200 £4,894.00 £11,479
Dec 6th 2024 - Dec 18th 2024 £8,297 £9,500 £10,702 £5,127.00 £12,025
Dec 18th 2024 - May 30th 2025 £11,693 £11,693 £11,693 - £16,945
May 30th 2025 - Aug 27th 2025 £9,000 £11,287 £13,573 - £16,000

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Mid-Week Price From Weekly
Feb 24th 2024 - Mar 22nd 2024 €9,439 €11,393 €13,348 - €13,679
Mar 22nd 2024 - Apr 1st 2024 €8,616 €9,865 €11,114 €4,894.00 €12,490
Apr 1st 2024 - Apr 5th 2024 €9,028 €10,897 €12,767 €5,127.00 €13,084
Apr 5th 2024 - Apr 19th 2024 €9,849 €11,889 €13,929 - €14,274
Apr 19th 2024 - Apr 26th 2024 €9,028 €10,336 €11,644 €5,127.00 €13,084
Apr 26th 2024 - May 3rd 2024 €9,848 €11,888 €13,927 €5,593.00 €14,274
May 3rd 2024 - May 24th 2024 €9,028 €10,897 €12,767 €5,127.00 €13,084
May 24th 2024 - May 31st 2024 €9,849 €11,889 €13,929 - €14,274
May 31st 2024 - Jul 12th 2024 €9,438 €11,392 €13,347 €5,360.00 €13,679
Jul 12th 2024 - Aug 30th 2024 €11,490 €13,870 €16,249 - €16,652
Aug 30th 2024 - Oct 4th 2024 €9,438 €10,806 €12,174 €5,360.00 €13,682
Oct 4th 2024 - Oct 18th 2024 €7,009 €8,879 €10,748 €5,127.00 €13,084
Oct 18th 2024 - Oct 25th 2024 €10,668 €12,215 €13,761 €6,059.00 €15,463
Oct 25th 2024 - Dec 6th 2024 €8,616 €10,401 €12,186 €4,894.00 €12,490
Dec 6th 2024 - Dec 18th 2024 €9,028 €10,336 €11,644 €5,127.00 €13,084
Dec 18th 2024 - May 30th 2025 €12,721 €12,721 €12,721 - €18,437
May 30th 2025 - Aug 27th 2025 €9,792 €12,280 €14,768 - €17,408

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Mid-Week Price From Weekly
Feb 24th 2024 - Mar 22nd 2024 $10,232 $12,351 $14,470 - $14,828
Mar 22nd 2024 - Apr 1st 2024 $9,340 $10,694 $12,048 $4,894.00 $13,539
Apr 1st 2024 - Apr 5th 2024 $9,786 $11,813 $13,840 $5,127.00 $14,183
Apr 5th 2024 - Apr 19th 2024 $10,677 $12,888 $15,099 - $15,474
Apr 19th 2024 - Apr 26th 2024 $9,786 $11,205 $12,623 $5,127.00 $14,183
Apr 26th 2024 - May 3rd 2024 $10,676 $12,887 $15,098 $5,593.00 $15,474
May 3rd 2024 - May 24th 2024 $9,786 $11,813 $13,840 $5,127.00 $14,183
May 24th 2024 - May 31st 2024 $10,677 $12,888 $15,099 - $15,474
May 31st 2024 - Jul 12th 2024 $10,231 $12,350 $14,469 $5,360.00 $14,828
Jul 12th 2024 - Aug 30th 2024 $12,456 $15,035 $17,615 - $18,052
Aug 30th 2024 - Oct 4th 2024 $10,231 $11,714 $13,197 $5,360.00 $14,832
Oct 4th 2024 - Oct 18th 2024 $7,598 $9,625 $11,652 $5,127.00 $14,183
Oct 18th 2024 - Oct 25th 2024 $11,565 $13,241 $14,917 $6,059.00 $16,763
Oct 25th 2024 - Dec 6th 2024 $9,340 $11,275 $13,210 $4,894.00 $13,539
Dec 6th 2024 - Dec 18th 2024 $9,786 $11,205 $12,623 $5,127.00 $14,183
Dec 18th 2024 - May 30th 2025 $13,791 $13,791 $13,791 - $19,986
May 30th 2025 - Aug 27th 2025 $10,615 $13,312 $16,009 - $18,872

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

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