A beautiful hidden gem and wonderful escape on the East Coast of Scotland. It doesn’t matter if you’re on your own, a couple, a family or a group of friends, or whether you have a dog. Glendye Cottages & Cabins have it sussed.
Glendye is a private estate with around 30,000 acres. The East of Scotland isn’t the first place to come to mind for most tourists, the majority of people tend to explore around Loch Lomond & The Trossachs, Glencoe and The Cairngorms if not exploring the Hebrides.
I myself tend to adventure more on the North/North West because l have a fond attraction to the Mountainousness landscape and abundance of wildlife in these parts of bonnie Scotland, but on the other hand l am also a huge fan of our untouched forests and the outdoors in general so I thought I’d check out more of this part of the East Coast. Scotland is a magical place indeed with much to see, explore and experience, and that includes a lot of the food we have to offer that comes from local produce in many of these small towns in the Northern/Western and Eastern parts of Scotland.
It was by sheer chance that I had been given the opportunity and welcomed to spend two nights at The Sawmill on the Glendye Estate which l had never heard of before and I was very much looking forward to visiting and seeing what the space had to offer. Glendye Cabins & Cottages have two holiday cottages with an outdoor theme, both stunning in their own unique way, and... they both have wood-fired hot tubs one with its own private cabin. Being an outdoorsman the people who worked hard creating these beautiful holidays cottages thought that The Sawmill would suit me best and l couldn't have agreed with them more.
The Sawmill is a jaw-dropping beautiful space highlighted with twinkling fairy lights, and surrounded by pine woods, birds chirping away, flowers, fresh Scottish air, plus a fresh water mill lade from the River Dye that runs through the outdoors space in two places, one place being the outdoor shower and the other being around the perimeter of the original Sawmill that has been refurbished.
The setting for this accommodation really is something special, l also love how they have included the 1955 Airstream Safari Caravan with a huge giant bed that is like sleeping on a cloud, it looks like something from another planet in the space and it works perfectly. Then there is the wooden outhouse building that was originally created in the 1800s as a refuge, kitchen and seed store for the estate foresters that has now been completely refurbished as a working kitchen, dining room/sitting room with lots of quirky cool informative pictures on the walls, interesting books, games, a Bose Portable sound system and record player, plus lots of seating with optional sofa bed along with the added touch of a fire stove. Lots to keep you entertained and in a warm comfortable space!
But if your thinking “aaaaaah I’m not sure about taking an outdoor shower” especially if its cold which it most definitely can get cold in Scotland, not to worry there is another small wooden hut within a few feet next to the Airstream with a toilet, an indoor shower, and heated floors, so you are all set for comfort; even though l would most definitely recommend taking a cold shower after enjoying the wood fired hot tub, which by the way can get very hot. The outdoor shower teamed with the hot tub and the space that’s been created, you really do feel as if you’re in your very own private retreat that you have personal control over, although you don’t need to control it, it all just flows beautifully with no stress. It’s great to see this kind of space being cultivated.
The woodfired hot tub has got to be the main attraction of this area for me, plus the Roccbox pizza oven that sits in the Sawmill along with Big Green Egg barbecue. I didnt get a chance to use the Big Green Egg unfortunately, but l have only heard amazing things about the BGE. Two days at this location is not enough, but it’s definitely a great little break away from the city to refresh yourself. If you jump under that shower (I dare you, a personal challenge from me) you’ll definitely feel more refreshed. I had a lot of fun at The Sawmill, and surprisingly didn’t even really venture outwith it during my stay which is unusual for me, as I’m always on the go exploring every nook and cranny within an area, but the space just had everything that you needed for some recharge time and it was great to just enjoy what The Sawmill had to offer.
When at the Sawmill, I had to thank Audrey who manages the accommodations as she was great at communicating with me, especially giving me a variety of different directions on how to get to the Sawmill and making me aware of the most scenic route, one being the drive over Cairn O’Mount taking you 1,493ft above sea level giving you stunning views of the surrounding countryside on a clear day.
On the topic of views, there are several walks in the area to explore, and a few bothies, and before l forget they are dog friendly at the cabin, this makes me super happy as we all love having our furry friends with us on adventures. Nacho was super happy with the location, very content, and the dogs were not stressed which can sometimes be an issue in some places. But it helped that we had a great welcome at the Sawmill, being greeted with a hamper basket filled with goodies including bread, wine, shortbread, eggs, milk and jams, plus there was a treat bag with biscuits in a dog bowl along with a towel to clean the dogs paws for coming in and out of the Refuge. There is also a map of the surrounding area if you want to really adventure (Bring a compass, maybe have a wee field day for the kids if you brought them along) and a field guide created by Glendye Cabins & Cottages giving you lots of cool wee insights about the outdoors and the area.
This place really is cool, and made me want to come back, and encourage my friends or anyone reading this to check the space out for an escape to the East of Scotland, or maybe even make it a stop for a few nights while doing the Northcoast 500. For many people wanting to be someplace remote this hits the nail on the head, and it doesn’t matter whether it’s rain or shine, you are surrounded by forests with the trees sheltering you, lots of walks, place to chill out and keep cosy, plus internet access if you need to do work. You don’t even need to venture far outwith the space if you don’t want to or are limited, as The Sawmill encompasses most of what you need. I could go on and on about this place, but l defintely do feel Glendye Cabins & Cottages have done a tremendous job here and have thought long and hard on how to make it work, which they have done just that!
Massive Thumbs up plus 5 Stars from Nacho and I, plus a huge thank you for allowing me to come, stay and enjoy your wonderful set up, it was a privilege.
Here is a direct link below to their website if you want to check them out, and before l forget they also have a shop that you can buy some cool goodies at.