Slackbrae at Brucefield Estate

Forestmill, Clackmannanshire
+441259 690013
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£150 - £380
per night
£1050 - £2240
per week

Scotland meets Scandi in this very pretty eco-cottage, on a history-rich estate humming with wildlife and brilliant conservation projects


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£150 - £380 per night

£1050 - £2240 per week

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.

Slackbrae at Brucefield Estate - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Enjoying a 2 or 3 course dinner or picnic in the woodlands - 48 hrs notice needed. Or ordering a delicious meal from Polly's Pantry
  • 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
Slackbrae at Brucefield Estate - Gallery

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


  • 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


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


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


Nightly price
from £150
Weekly price
from £1050
Extra bed/sofabed available £50 per person per week.
1 Cottage for 4
From £1503 beds2 bedrooms


Booking information

Check in
4pm Monday/Friday
Check out
10am Monday/Friday
Other details
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.

Two dogs welcome, max 40kg each. £10 per dog per night.

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.

Breakfast hamper on arrival.


We loved our stay at Slackbrae. The cottage was stunning. Large, beautifully renovated and decorated. The views from the cottage were stunning and we enjoyed walking around the estate, especially at night with the lanterns that are provided at the house. The welcome breakfast package was delicious. We used the park and ride to get into Edinburgh. It was easy and cheap but so nice to get back to the cottage in the evening. Dawid looked after us really well and responded quickly to any queries. He took us to see the bothies on the estate and they were amazing. I'd love to stay in those too.

Carrie, Leeds

What a wonderful weekend in a beautiful house and surroundings. Victoria and the team made sure our stay was comfortable and enjoyable, from showing us around on arrival, to explaining how things worked (the blinds, the airflow heating), to leaving us a tasty starter pack of essentials such as eggs, milk, butter, jams and granola plus the mint water lovely and cool in the fridge. The house is beautifully appointed and lacks for nothing.

Emma, Perth

Slackbrae is an exceptional property in a beautiful location, with the most incredible care from the property's owners. The surrounding estate is stunning and we very much enjoyed the guided nature walk. Highly, highly recommended. We look forward to returning.

Chris, Dundee

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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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

  • Walking & cycling routes on our doorstep: - guides available. All-terrain TREK bicycles for hire eg £55 for two bikes for 2 days to eg farm cafes & historic sights and off-road gravel trails. Hike the Outlanders trail or 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. Book with us a Woodland birch disc path with firepit experience! Picnic hampers with winter or summer options available on order – 1 week’s notice required.
  • Visit the pretty, nearby villages of Culcross and Dollar with Castle Campbell and within an hour you can reach Mary Queen of Scots' Loch Leven Castle, Inchmaholme Priory, the historic towns of Stirling and Perth and the NT 16/17th century palace and abbey.
  • Fine dining at Dean Bank's, The Forager, or we have a wonderful list of suppliers who offer eating-in options, with rare-breed meats, Caribbean dinners with Scottish game and Jamaican salads, or tasty Italian meals with Scots produce. Don't miss the best tacos from Stickman Food Co at weekends.
  • Among all the activities we've guided over the years, canyoning stands out as “the quickest path to true adventure" (Ruaridh of Scotlands Canyons). Beginners or more advanced and from ages 8 yrs and up. Hidden waterfalls and serene wild swimming pools with canyoning.
  • For golfers, Muckhart Golf Club is 6 miles away; Gleneagles 35 mins by car, and St Andrews an hour.