So I am sitting on a plane heading to the Italian Lakes for a weeks holiday and casually say to my hubby “we should try glamping!” 8 weeks later I am in the middle of the countryside near Dunblane staying in a secluded summerhouse, the ‘Summer Howf’ watching the rain stream down the window panes! And guess what I am loving every single second of it!
The Summer Howf is the epitomy of relaxation. Set in a secluded corner of a wonderful garden the space both internally and externally exudes peace and tranquility.
The scents wafting around the air from the glorious array of blooms are spectacular as is the chitter chatter from the ducks, chickens, turkeys and donkeys who are all inhabitants at Craigheadhowf.
We were even lucky enough to have natures own alarm clock in the form of a Cockerill literally outside our window!
The wonderful internal woodburning stove turns the summerhowf into a snug bothy and the outdoor BBQ pit area complete with fairy lights makes for a romantic dining experience. Even the 20 metres to the ‘wash howf’ isn’t too alarming for us city slickers and it has a hairdryer… phew!
And when you do eventually decide to leave this idyllic haven the good news is there is plenty to do right on your doorstep. We headed off to Loch Venachar and stopped off for lunch at Venachar Lochside restaurant. The food is glorious and the setting is breathtaking even in the rain.
Next stop was Loch Katrine where we hired bikes and headed off round the stunning private pathway that surrounds the Loch. Drummond Gardens are the epitomy of a formal garden and an absolute must see, not least for the beech tree lined avenue that greets you as you drive in.
Last and but no means least we have to recommend a firm favorite that is Gloagburn Farm Shop, Tibbermore. The restaurant is amazing, the shop is awesome and the staff are charming and welcoming. This is a definite lunch stop off!
And then when you have done enough touring head back to the Summer Howf, hanker down with a large glass of red and watch the sun (or more often than not in Scotland the rain) go down!