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Essentials

The important stuff

  • Check in: 3 pm
  • Check out: 11 am
  • Bring warm clothes and waterproofs, a torch and walking boots or comfy wellies
  • First basket of heat logs and of hardwood logs are provided for woodburner and wood-fired hot tub. In summer this may be enough for 2 or 3 nights, but in winter approximately 1 night. Further wood and heat logs are available at £20 for a wheelbarrow which has a suitable mix of both. Alternatively £10 for extra hard wood log box and £10 for heatlog box (only heatlogs to be used in the yurt woodburners)
  • Please note, during winter stays, a 4x4 with chains is advised for snow conditions. The driveway is steep and long. It is not, even without snow, suitable for low-slung, low suspension cars
  • 4G mobile phone signal. No WiFi
  • Sleeping arrangements
  • One super king-size bed

Cooking

  • Gas camping cooker with kettle
  • Gas BBQ in summer
  • Fridge with freezer compartment
  • Cooking equipment provided

Washing

  • 12 ft en suite bathroom yurt with roll top bath and flushing toilet
  • Private wood-fired hot tub

Heating, lighting & bedding

  • Woodburner with first basket of logs provided
  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • USB charging points and sockets
  • Electric lighting

Entertainment

  • Bluetooth speaker, books, cards and board games 

Activities

At Alexander House

Relax in the wood-fired hot tub and soak up the amazing views.

Archery (£30 per person) - 1 hour of Robin Hood and Maid Marion! Lots of fun and even more of a challenge when it’s a bit breezy. (Min 2 people)

Places to visit

St Ninian's Cathedral

Huntingtower Castle

Drummond Castle Gardens

The Spa at Gleneagles, Auchterarder

The Spa at Crieff Hydro, Crieff

Alexander House is 3 miles from Auchterarder, 20 minutes from Perth and Stirling, and the main train line to Edinburgh and Glasgow is just 3 miles away too. Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee are approximately one hour away.

Outdoor & Environment

Gleneagles Golf Course - Among some of the best golf courses in the world. 

Go walking on the Ochil Hills, stretching 25 miles from the Firth of Tay to Stirling and offering splendid views across central Scotland and to the north. 

Auchterhouse Country Sports - Shooting, quad bikes, tank driving and segways. 

Bushcraft and Adventure Walking - Walks in the Ochils, and then to Ben Vorlich Walk. Ian, local survival expert, can teach you how to survive in the wilds of Comrie.

Clay Shooting (20 minutes drive). The owners are happy to arrange a clay shoot for anyone staying at Alexander House.  Please just email them your requirements upon booking your stay or contact Scotland Shooting direct for more.

Highland 4x4 Safaris - Both children AND adults love these safaris! And take the opportunity to stop at look at the Queen's View along Strathtummel at the same time.

White Water Rafting and River Adventure - Head out on the River Tay to navigate raging rapids. 

Canyoning and Highlining

Horse Riding at Gleneagles

4x4 and quad adventures

Kayaking

Fishing

Food & Drink

At Alexander House

Tea and coffee provided in the yurts. Catering options are also available. Please contact the owners directly to discuss after booking.

Local shops

The nearest shop is in Auchterarder, 2.5 miles walk or 3 miles by road. Perth Farmers' Market takes place on the 1st Saturday of every month, 15 miles from Alexander House and approximately 25 minutes by car.

Places to eat

The Andrew Fairlie (3 miles) - Absolutely amazing. 2 Michelin * Restaurant within the Gleneagles Hotel. A really special treat.

The Barley Bree (5 miles) - Fab local restaurant with lovely atmosphere. 

Delivinos (3 miles) - Simple, yummy Italian cuisine,  

Corbie and Cheip  (3 miles) - Delicatessan and café by day, wine bar by night, with German tapas.  Lovely welcoming owners. 

Max and Ben’s Bistro (3 miles) - Good honest grub.  

Café Kisa (3 miles) - Simple lunch grub.

The Chocolate Galley (3 miles) - A must for all chocoholics.  Handmade chocolates, spectacular hot chocolate. 

Meet your hosts

Meet the Lewis Family

The Lewis family, John, Jo, Alex, Ollie (and Wispa the dog), welcome you to Alexander House. The house itself was built in 2009 on the ruins of an old farmhouse that they couldn’t save. Working hard to meet their own green ethos and constructed using eco-friendly building materials. they hold a Green Gold from the Green Tourism Business Scheme. Alexander House sleeps 21 in 9 bedrooms in the main house for holidays and mini weddings, but something was missing! Hence Bramble and Heather were born. Perfect honeymoon suites if you decide to get married at the house, or perfect for a restful or romantic getaway from it all for just two of you.

Bramble and Heather Yurt opened in June 2017, each with an en suite bathroom in the conjoining wee yurt, and your bedroom in the bigger of the two. They were slightly delayed in opening Bramble Yurt, as a wagtail decided to nest in some of the timber needed to complete the space! The yurts are open all year round, in rain, shine, snow and hail, and set 800+ feet above sea level. Designed to be your away from it all experience, taking in the vast views, and spectacular sunsets.

Alexander House and the yurts are a truly family run business. Jimmy and Fiona live just down the road in Auchterarder, so just 15 minutes away if you need anything, whether it be extra logs or just some advice on where to pop out for a long walk or the best food.    

Wildlife & Environment

Yurt view

Situated in the grounds of Alexander House, tucked away in a cosy, sheltered corner, with stunning views over Gleneagles and across to Ben Vorlich in the West with sheep and cattle in the surrounding fields. 

There is a huge amount of wildlife on the doorstep, from the red squirrels that hop across the decks of the yurts, to the buzzards wheeling above your head. You may also spot deer, hill hare, pine marten, birds of all sorts, masses of house martins in summer that nest in the windows of the main house, skylarks on the back hill, and wagtail babies nesting in the trees and wood piles near the yurts.   

Getting there

Alexander House, Duchally Road, Auchterarder, PH3 1PW

By car

Take the exit on the A9 signposted Gleneagles and turn towards Gleneagles, Glendevon, Bardrill and Dunfermline across the roundabout with the giant Golf Clubs. Take the 2nd turning on the left signposted Duchally House Hotel. Follow that road for 3 miles past various farms and past Duchally House Hotel on your left and continue onwards past Drummonds Fold and Woodside Farm 
on your right, and round a blind corner. Turn right up the hill where there are two signs to Alexander House either side of a driveway, 300 m after the blind corner. Follow the tarmac road up to the sharp left hand bend. At this bend turn right following the Alexander House arrow onto the planings track and to the bottom of two gates to the one with signs saying Alexander House Private Driveway. Follow this until you see the house. It is approx. 3⁄4 mile (make sure you take the bottom gate, not the top one past the cattle shed, this takes you into the middle of a field!). 

There is a walk of approx 100m from your parking area, so don't forget to bring your wellies or walking boots too!  

Please note, during winter stays, a 4x4 with chains is advised for snow conditions. The driveway is steep and long. It is not, even without snow, suitable for low-slung, low suspension cars.

Public transport

The nearest train station is Gleneagles Train Station, 3 miles away and a 10 minute drive. Auchterarder Bus Station is the nearest bus stop, which is a 2.5 mile walk from the house. It is possible to walk from the train station and bus stop, however it's all uphill from both!

It is possible to arrange to be picked up from Gleneagles Train Station or Auchterarder Bus Station. There will be an additional charge payable direct to the housekeeping team.

By plane

The nearest airport is Edinburgh Airport, 26 miles away and a 60 minute drive. Glasgow and Dundee are also about a 60 minute drive from Alexander House.

Booking Terms

Canopy & Stars low price promise
 
Book with us in confidence knowing you won’t find that place cheaper elsewhere. All of the prices we display are set and matched by our Owners. (In this world of foreign currency, we do have to say 'subject to exchange rates' for some of our European places.)

What does ‘from price’ mean?
 
Our ‘from price’ is based on a four night stay in low season and designed to help you to compare different prices across our collection. Some of our Owners vary their nightly rates and check in days throughout the year, so it may differ from the rate quoted below the calendar. It is quite common (although by no means universal) for places to charge a little more in peak season or for shorter stays, to cover changeover costs. Consider booking longer stays during the cooler months if you’re looking for the lowest nightly rates.

Agency Terms & Conditions

Except where otherwise specified, we Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd Company No 09088366 of Merchants House, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RW act only as an Agent in respect of all bookings we take and/or make on your behalf. Sawday’s Canopy & Stars is part of the Alastair Sawday’s Group of Companies. We accept no liability in relation to any contract you enter into or for any services or arrangements you purchase (“Booking(s)”) or for the acts or omissions of any supplier(s) or other person(s) or party(ies) connected with any Booking. For all Bookings, your contract will be with the supplier of the Booking in question, and in most cases this will be the owner of the property you’ll be staying at (“Owner(s)”). When making your Booking we will arrange for you to enter into a contract with the Owner of the Booking. Your Booking with us is subject to these Agency Terms & Conditions and any specific booking conditions of the relevant Owner(s) you contract with. The Owner’s booking conditions may limit and/or exclude the Owner’s liability to you.

You may decide to make more than one Booking with us at the same time. The price charged in total for more than one Booking will always equal the prices charged separately for each individual Booking. All Bookings are available to be purchased separately at the same price as they are when more than one Booking is made. This means that any multiple Bookings do not constitute a package as defined in the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

By making a booking, you agree that:-

  1. you have read these Agency Terms & Conditions and agree to be bound by them;
  2. you consent to our use of your information in accordance with our Privacy Policy;

and

  1. you are over 18 years of age and where there may be age restrictions in place, you declare that you and all members of your party are of the appropriate age.

 

The Canopy & Stars online booking system enables Guests to make Bookings 24 hours a day. A Booking is confirmed on receipt of a 25% non-refundable deposit for all Bookings with check in dates of more than 10 weeks away. For all Bookings that have a check in date of less than 10 weeks before check in, payment for the Booking will be required in full and the entire Booking will be non-refundable. The Canopy & Stars telephone booking line is open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. When using the online enquiry form, for those Properties without online booking, please allow 24 working hours for us to contact you by telephone to confirm the Booking. If we are unable to reach you by phone we will attempt to contact you by email. We will contact you during Canopy & Stars working hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm). Online or email enquiries will be dealt with in the order they are received, but please be aware that we cannot guarantee reservation of your selected dates until the receipt of suitable payment. Therefore, if possible, we do recommend that you book on the Canopy & Stars website using the online booking system.

 

1. Booking and payments

 

1.1 In order to confirm your chosen Booking, you must pay a non-refundable deposit as required by the Owner of the Booking in question (or full payment if booking within 10 weeks of the date of your check-in).

 

1.2 Your Booking is confirmed and a contract between you and the Owner will exist when we receive payment of the deposit and send you a booking confirmation on the Owner’s behalf. This booking confirmation will normally be sent out within 24 hours in the case of email and seven working days in the case of post, and will contain the details of your Booking and of payments made and due. If you have not received your booking confirmation within the specified time, please notify us as soon as possible by email (bookings@canopyandstars.co.uk). Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to us immediately. As we act only as booking Agent, we have no responsibility for any errors in any documentation except where an error is made by us.

 

1.3 Where a deposit has been paid, full balance payment will be due 10 weeks in advance of your check in date and a reminder will be sent to you two weeks prior to this date, where applicable, by email. We automatically take the balance payment using the same card as used to make the deposit payment. It is your reponsibility to advise us if we should use a different card and to contact us by telephone (0117 204 7830) to arrange for alternative payment method. If the balance payment does not successfully go through as there is a problem with your card, such as it expiring, then we will contact you to try and take alternative payment. If we have been unable to take payment after two weeks of the balance due date, then with regret, we will notify the Owner who may cancel your Booking.

 

1.4 Except where otherwise advised or stated in the booking conditions of the Owner concerned, all monies you pay to us for a Booking will be held on behalf of the Owner(s) concerned.

 

1.5 Credit Card payments are processed via Alastair Sawday’s Publishing Co. Ltd who provide merchants services facilities to Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd.

 

2. Cancellation and Amendment by You

 

2.1 Any cancellation or amendment request must be sent to us by email (bookings@canopyandstars.co.uk) and will be considered and responded to within one working day of receipt. You are also advised to confirm all changes to our Customer Services Department by calling 0117 204 7830. Please ensure that you have received written confirmation of any changes to your Booking prior to travel. Whilst we will always try to help, we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met.

 

2.2 Amendments and cancellations can only be accepted in accordance with the booking conditions of the Owner of your Arrangements. The Owner may charge the cancellation or amendment charges shown in their booking conditions (which may be as much as 100% of the cost of the Arrangements and will normally increase closer to the date of departure). The Owner may charge cancellation or amendment charges in accordance with its own booking conditions, however for the sake of convenience only, we have outlined the Owner’s charges at clause 2.3 and 2.4 below. Please note that these are the Owner’s own cancellation and amendments charges, not Canopy & Stars’, and therefore the Owner may vary their charges as they wish, without notice to us. The correct charges will be notified to you at the time of your cancellation or amendments.  

 

2.3 Owner’s General Cancellation Charges:

2.3.1 Cancellation by you at any time will result in your deposit being forfeited, as all deposits are non-refundable.

 

2.3.2 All monies paid for a holiday (deposit and balance) are non-refundable within 10 weeks before check in date.

 

2.3.3 Cancellation of any holiday after it has been paid in full and at a date 10 weeks or more in advance of your check in date, will result in forfeiture of your deposit (or an amount equivalent where one was not paid as the holiday was paid in full) and the balance being returned to you. 

 

2.3.4  Cancellation insurance is available but will be a third party arrangement and not involve Canopy & Stars or the Owner in any way.

 

2.4 Owner’s General Amendment Charges:

2.4.1 Alterations to your Booking can only be made more than 10 weeks prior to the check in date, after which time alterations will be treated as cancellation. All alterations are subject to availability and may incur a £30 adminstration fee.

 

2.4.2 Differences in the total amount payable resulting from alterations will be refunded to you in the case of a decrease in price and paid by you in the case of increases in price.

 

Special note: Generally Owners will charge the above cancellation and amendment charges, however we must stress that these are a guide only and charges may differ from those shown here depending on the Owner. The exact charges will be notified to you by the Owner at the time of cancellation and/or can be found in the Owner’s own booking conditions which are available from the Owner on request.

 

3. Changes and Cancellations by the Owner

We will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if the Owner needs to make a significant change to your confirmed Arrangements or to cancel them. We will also liaise between you and the Owner in relation to any alternative Booking offered by the Owner but we will have no further liability to you.

 

4. Complaints

Because the contract for your Booking is between you and the Owner, any queries or concerns should be addressed to them. In the event that you have any complaint about your stay, please notify the Owner as soon as possible. If you don’t follow this procedure there will be less opportunity for the Owner to investigate and resolve your complaint and so make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Delays may also mean that amount of compensation you may be entitled to may be reduced. Whether or not your complaint is dealt with satisfactorily, please also contact us as we appreciate all feedback. It’s important to us and the Owner to know that you’ve enjoyed your stay or if anything could have been improved.

 

5. Pricing

Canopy & Stars reserve the right to amend advertised prices at any time on behalf of the Owner. We also reserve the right to correct errors in both advertised and confirmed prices.Special note: changes and errors sometimes occur.

 

6. Information & Accuracy

The information and prices shown on this website are varied from time to time and may change between the time you first view a property and make a Booking. You should check that all the details are as you expect prior to making a Booking. It is always possible that, despite our best efforts, some of the properties (including the features and extras available) may be incorrectly described and/or priced. If we discover this is the case after you have made a Booking, we reserve the right to contact you with details of the correct information and/or pricing and will give you the option to:

(1) proceed with the Booking based on the correct information and/or pricing, which may require the payment of an additional amount by you;

OR

(2) subject to availability, change your booking dates to dates when the pricing can be honoured ad so no additional charge to you. In the event that a lower price can be offered for alternative dates then the difference would be refunded;

OR

(3) cancel the Booking. If we do not receive your instructions within 5 days of contacting you, we reserve the right to cancel your Booking without liability to you.

 

7. Our Responsibility for your Booking

Your contract is with the Owner and its booking conditions apply. As Agent, we accept no responsibility for the actual provision of the Booking. Our responsibilities are limited to making the Booking in accordance with your instructions and acting properly in accordance with our legal duties as an Agent. We accept no responsibility for any information about the Booking that we pass on to you in good faith. However, in the event that we are found liable to you on any basis whatsoever, our maximum liability to you is limited to twice the cost of your Booking (or the appropriate proportion of this if not everyone on the Booking is affected). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury that arises as a result of our negligence or that of any of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment.

 

8. Pets

Not all properties accept pets. If you wish to take your pet on holiday, please advise us before booking and we can check whether pets are accepted at the property. You must obtain the prior consent of the Owner before taking any pets to the property. A nightly charge may be made by the Owner for each pet and additional terms may apply.

 

9. VAT

Many of the Owners of properties in the Canopy & Stars portfolio are not registered for VAT in which case no tax is payable. Where VAT is payable, the tax is included in the advertised holiday rental price.

 

10. Visa, passport and health requirements.

Unless you tell us otherwise, we assume that all members of your party are British citizens who hold or will hold full British passports valid for the entire duration of the Arrangements you chose to purchase. Information on visa, passport and health requirements, where given and applicable, is so given on this basis. Requirements may change and you are therefore strongly recommended to check the up to date position with the Owner of the Booking, Passport Office, appropriate embassy or consulate or your doctor as applicable in good time before the commencement of your holiday.

 

11. Insurance

You are strongly recommended to take out personal travel insurance for all members of your party. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance you purchase is adequate and appropriate for your particular needs. Please read your policy details and take them with you on holiday.

 

12. Special requests

If you have any special requests (for example dietary requirements, cots or room location), please let us know at the time of booking. We will pass on all such requests to the Owner, but unfortunately, we can't guarantee that they will be met and we will have no liability to you if they are not.

 

13. Group Bookings

Not all Owners accept Bookings for a single sex group (for example, a stag or hen party). Guests wanting to make such a Booking should check with us beforehand to enable us to check whether the Owner is prepared to accept the Booking. We will then advise you accordingly. In event that an Owner does not accept this type of Booking then it is with regret, that the Booking may be cancelled and cancellation fees may apply. It is the Guest’s responsibility to enquire with Canopy & Stars and/or check on our website beforehand to make sure that this type of booking is permitted.

 

14. Maximum Numbers

Please note that except by prior arrangement confirmed in writing, only the number of persons specified on a booking confirmation may occupy  a property. Most owners reserve the right to refuse admittance or revoke a booking if this condition is not observed and you are unlikely to receive any refund.

 

15. Your Responsibilities

Please note that you have a contract with the Owner of the property. As such you are under a responsibility to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner whilst staying at the property with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. You are responsible for informing the Owner of any losses or damage to the property as soon as possible. Please note that you will be liable to pay the Owner for any losses or damage to the property caused by you or a member of your party (except reasonable wear and tear). Some Owners will also require damage deposits. You must also leave the property by the check-out time specified on your booking. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period and/or refuse any future bookings from you.  Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner. In addition, the Owner reserves the right to sue the guest for any loss, damage or injury caused to the Owner, the Property or to other guests and/or their property. As agent, we will have no liability to you in these circumstances. 

 

16. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These terms and conditions have been drafted in accordance with and are governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any and all disputes arising out of these Agency Terms & Conditions.

 

17. Discrepancies

In case of a discrepancy between these Agency Terms & Conditions and any other Canopy & Stars literature, these Agency Terms & Conditions shall prevail.

 

18. Validity clause

In the event that a court finds that a condition in these Agency Terms & Conditions is illegal or void, the illegal or void provision will be severed from the remainder of the Agency Terms & Conditions, which will continue to be valid and have full force and effect.