Slackbrae at Brucefield Estate

Forestmill, Clackmannanshire
Self-catering
+44 (0)1259 690013
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Scotland meets Scandi in this very pretty eco-cottage, on a history-rich estate humming with wildlife and brilliant conservation projects

Bed

3 beds

Bedroom

2 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

The feel is remote – you’re surrounded by over a thousand acres of pasture, ancient woodland, meadows, heathery heath and wetland, divided by dry stone walls. Hop on a bicycle and you can be at Alloa station in minutes for a train to Edinburgh (one change) or Glasgow direct. Listen to the dawn chorus, explore the natural habitats managed as part of the estate’s 10-year wildlife plan, hire a bat detector.

Indoors is joyful with vaulted ceilings and vast windows letting light flood in, a sociable kitchen with every gadget possible and a very welcome hamper of Scottish produce: sourdough from Wild Hearth Bakery, local eggs, sausages, honey and jams. Bedrooms are furnished with Amy Britton tweeds and are at either end so feel private, bathrooms have organic Siabann soaps.

Energy efficiency is key here too – clever insulation, underfloor heating and a heat recovery system keep you cosy. In summer you’ll be in the herb-scented garden till late, round the fire pit, barbecuing supper, making fond memories, feeling lucky.

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We think you'll love

  • The very tranquil, light and thoughtful interiors
  • Joining a guided wildlife walk around the estate and learning more about its fascinating history
  • Hopping on the train to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling or Perth - all a short distance
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You should know

  • Dogs need to be kept on a lead outdoors because of the wildlife
  • Don't forget anything vital - the nearest shops are about six miles away

Essentials

  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Special offer: Discover this new luxurious ecotourism hideaway with so much to explore in the 1000 acres of stunning landscapes.

Booking information

Check in
4pm Monday/Friday
Check out
10am Monday/Friday
Booking restrictions
3-night stays on Fridays, 4 nights on Mondays, 7 nights on either.
Closed
Never.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Property
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Dogs

Two dogs welcome, max 40kg each. £40 per dog per stay.

Dog bed, two dog bowls, treats, poo bags & towel provided.

When walking in the woods/tracks, dogs must be on a lead due to livestock. The garden is private but not completely fenced.

Meals
Breakfast hamper on arrival.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £230
Weekly price
from £1380
Surcharges
Extra bed for under 18s, £35 per night. Cot/highchair, £35 per stay.
1 Cottage for 4
From £2303 beds2 bedrooms

Reviews

There are not enough superlatives in the English language to describe Brucefield Estate. From the moment we contacted Brucefield, Victoria and her team could not have been more helpful, going above and beyond to make sure our stay was memorable, relaxing, and exactly what we were looking for. This was much more than a cottage rental for a weekend. The estate offered so much more to explore. Slackbrae is a beautifully renovated 18th century cottage on the estate. Bright, warm, stylishly and thoughtfully decorated, we wished it was our own. That masonry stove is a thing of wonder!

Austin, Aberdeen

We had a lovely holiday at Slackbrae. The accommodation was beautiful and well designed, with many thoughtful touches - an impressive hamper including sourdough bread, homemade granola, and much much more, vases of wildflowers, use of a bbq/fire pit complete with skewers and giant marshmallows :). We also enjoyed an interesting tour of the Brucefield Estate learning about the local wildlife and history. Bikes were also provided to explore the surrounding area. We had a great time and would love to come back.

Janey, Leeds

Conservation and sustainability lie at the core of Brucefield Estate. Slackbrae is a luxury eco-tourism hideaway that pays homage to sleek Scandi design using sustainable and local materials. Housed in a traditional 18th century former forester's cottage, Slackbrae is a wonderful juxtaposition of old and new with strong eco credentials and an abundance of natural light.

Annabel, Sawday's Inspector

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Location

The neighbourhood

You can hire a bike from the estate – the Sustrans route NCN764 runs through the middle of it and is traffic free. Cycle into the Devilla Forest for a myriad of trails or visit the Wallace Monument. Stock up at three farm shops nearby or head to Dollar, on the banks of the river Devon with a small supermarket, inn, art gallery and vintage interior shop.

Local points of interest from Victoria Bruce-Winkler

  • We have a range of walking and cycling routes on Strava including woodland trails on our doorstep on traffic-free routes to farther afield using cycle paths, at times on small country lanes. Perfect for those who haven't cycled in a while or balance bikes
  • Head to the pretty village of Dollar and Castle Campbell (6 miles) up in the glen and treat yourself at vintage interior boutique Kitty at Home, the Green Gallery, and gorgeous baking from Troy-Anne's Patisserie. The Japanese Gardens are also a must see.
  • Follow the Outlander trail to the picturesque village of Culross (6 miles). The National Trust for Scotland conservation village has a remarkable C16th century palace and abbey, and don't miss the best tacos from Stickman Food Co at weekends & pottery cafe
  • Visit all the sights of 16th century central Scotland within an hour: Mary Queen of Scots Loch Leven Castle, Inchmaholme Priory and the historic towns of Stirling and Perth. And hear about the history of Scotland through the eyes of this Estate.
  • For golfers, Muckhart Golf Club is 6 miles away; Gleneagles 35 mins by car, and St Andrews an hour. Hiking paths up to King's Seat (648m) and the rest of the Ochil hills. For the kids, a trip to the Kelpies or Blairdrummond Safari Park.
  • ". . . environmentally designed, a smart home with long clean lines, wide open space, huge windows bringing the light and the outside in, (sheepskin) throws, a sense of arts and crafts in the decor, a roaring modernist fire." Neil Mackay, The Herald, 2021