The Lettoch Cottages in Perthshire

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Just outside the town of Pitlochry, centrally located for visiting the Highlands and Cairngorms National Park, are three cottage rentals—the Lettoch Cottages—that make you stop and ask, ‘Do people really get to live here?’

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Since we were two couples traveling together, we rented the Cow Shed and Cow Shed 2, side by side. What a peaceful, cozy, and stunning place to stay, being located high up on a hill above the village of Killiecrankie with a misty view of rolling hills and sheep scattered! Whether taking a country walk or sitting by the fire, it’s hard to pull yourself away from the surroundings at Lettoch Cottages.

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And right next door is the most charming bed and breakfast, the Hayloft, if you need a night or two before checking into Lettoch Cottages.

There is no shortage of inns and pubs nearby, offering fish and chips, fish pie, steak pie, and other comfort foods.

Four favorites:

Blair Atholl Watermill: Delicious soup, sandwiches, and homemade bread.

Moulin Hotel: Delicious pub food, such as leek pie. (Atholl Arms Hotel, their sister hotel, looks amazing for dining.)

Killiecrankie Hotel: Delicious food in a cozy, charming dining room, just minutes from Lettoch Cottages.

Atholl Palace Hotel: Beautiful grounds. Sit on a sofa on the casual pub side for fish and chips and enjoy the rolling Perthshire hills.

Spa des Écuries at Hôtel Crillon le Brave

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In keeping with our yearly tradition and being a supportive wife while my  husband does the challenging climb up Mont Ventoux, I needed to find a place to pass the time. Thus the Spa des Écuries was my “sacrifice” for a few hours. Well, what choice did I have?

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This 18th-century former stables has been converted into three unique treatment rooms with honey-colored stone walls and archways and bouquets of lavender. After a treatment, it’s nice to venture to the upper terrace of the hotel, find a comfortable sofa, order a glass of wine—which comes with a generous serving of nuts and olives—and just soak in the view.

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But I can’t sit still for long because it’s also fun to wander all the little stone walkways of the hotel and hike way down below the village to enjoy a steep hike back up in order to work off all those croissants and such. Ah! Waiting is such drudgery!

Until we escape again. À bientôt!