- What facilities do all the Hideaways have?
- How do the Hideaways differ?
- Which Hideaways welcome pets?
- Which Hideaway am I staying in?
- Why didn’t I didn’t get a confirmation email?
- What time can we check in?
- What time is check-out – and where should we leave the key?
- How do we get to The Hideaway Experience?
- We’ve found the farm – how do we find our Hideaway?
- How easy is it to get to The Hideaway Experience by train?
- Where do I get the key?
- Are there any supplies in the Hideaway?
- Will you come and meet us?
- Will a housekeeper visit?
- What if something’s not what I expected?
- Can you recommend a local restaurant?
- Can you recommend a pet friendly restaurant?
- Are there good walks from the Hideaway?
- Where are the nearest good beaches?
All the Hideaways are graded 5 star by Visit Scotland.
Each Hideaway has a private hot tub, a private sauna, large double bath for two, wood burning stove, cocktail bar, super king-size bed and contained garden. All have complementary wifi.
We are in the process of installing SONOS music systems in each Hideaway - at the moment the Lovers, Honeymooners and Romantics have SONOS installed.
The Dreamers will have this installed by July 2019. In the Romantics there is no SONOS outside at the moment but a different music system and speaker works. The outside SONOS will be installed at the Romantics by July 2019.
It saves time ahead of your stay if you download the SONOS music APP on your phone or IPAD ahead of your stay.
The Lovers, Dreamers and Honeymooners are modern luxury eco lodges with large private deck area, a wall of south facing windows and panoramic views. The Romantics is a tradtional country cottage with modern interiors. The Lovers is our newest luxury lodge, which opened in June 2018.
The Romantics is closest to the farm and has a small enclosed garden to the front and private deck area to the side of the building facing away from the farm buildings. The Honeymooners is further away from the farm and sits on its own tucked down the hill and has a large enclosed garden. The Dreamers sits to the west of the farm along a private road, on its own, in a large enclosed garden. The Lovers is the most private, sitting on its own furthest away from the farm buildings, on the very edge of the farm, next to a wood. It has a large private garden, double width decking and adult sunken trampoline.
As well as all the facilities that each 5 star Hideaway has as standard, the Lovers has a heated relaxation room and outdoor day bed.
The Dreamers and Romantics Hideaway welcome up to two well behaved pets.
Pets are charged at £10 per pet per night.
The Honeymooners and Lovers do not accept pets and are suitable for guests with pet allergies.
You’ll find the name of your Hideaway in your booking confirmation email.
Please ensure you go to the correct Hideaway. The name of the Hideaway is on the gate of each property.
We send out email confirmations to all guests –if you don’t get one, give us a call as soon as you can.
It’s usually caused by nothing more than a mistyped email address, but on rare occasions, it can mean that we haven’t received your booking.
Check-in is 4pm, unless you’ve upgraded to early check-in, or have booked a package that includes it.
If you’d like to arrive earlier and haven’t opted for early check-in, give us a call the morning of your stay – we can sometimes have your Hideaway ready a little ahead of schedule.
Check-out is 11am in the Dreamers, Honeymooners and Romantics, unless you’ve upgraded to late check-out or have booked a package that includes it. Check out in the Lovers is 12 noon.
An upgraded late check out in the Dreamers, Honeymooners or Romantics costs £50 and should be arranged a minimum of 3 days before you arrive - this gives you a 1pm check out. An upgraded late check out in the Lovers is 2pm and costs £50 and again, should be arrange a minimum of 3 days before you arrive.
Don’t lock your Hideaway when you leave, just place the key on the table – our housekeepers will come and collect it.
Our farm is tucked between the villages of Auchterhouse and Tealing, just north of the City of Dundee, so sat nav doesn’t always find us.
If you’re driving here, we recommend printing off our driving directions (we’ll send these to you a few days before your stay).
Drive past our farmhouse (it’s got a red door), on the lower road, not the road next to the farm buildings.
Turn left for:
Turn right and it’s straight ahead of you
The Dreamers – turn right, continue until you get to the Romantics, then turn left.
The Lovers - turn right as if you are heading towards the Dreamers, immediately before the Dreamers take a right through the hedge and follow the road along towards the trees.
All our Hideaways have their name on the gate – double check you’re at the right one before you walk in on someone else’s romantic getaway!
Located a short twenty minutes from Dundee Train Station, why not begin your romantic break by leaving the car at home?
You can expect a similar travel time from Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, with ScotRail providing services taking approximately an hour and twenty minutes.
If you are traveling to us from further afield, LNER provides services from London King's Cross Station taking just under six hours.
Should you be with us for three or more nights, we offer a pick-up service from Dundee Train Station - simply provide us with your train information. You can also jump in a taxi for a small £13-£15 fare.
There’s no need to let us know you’ve arrived, just go straight to your Hideaway. If you get here before 9pm, you’ll find it open, with your key on the table.
We will always try to welcome you within 15 minutes of your arrival. If we are not able to welcome you, we will call or text you on the morning of your stay. We are always available to speak to by phone on 01382 320 707.
If you plan to arrive later than 9pm, please let us know in advance (12 noon on the day you arrive at the latest).
You can contact us by calling 01382 320 707 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Hideaway is stocked with lots of essentials: Highland Blend Tea, ground coffee (both from the Edinburgh Tea & Coffee Company), instant coffee, sugar, sweetener, salt, pepper, and cooking oil.
We’ll also bring you a loaf of home-baked bread, along with a jar of strawberry & champagne Angus jam and local Forfar butter. And of course, a bottle of sparkling wine will be waiting in the fridge.
You can order food from our online farm shop in advance so it’s ready in your Hideaway when you arrive (please order at least three days in advance, so we can source everything from our favourite local producers).
We also supply fluffy towels and robes and 100% Egyptian cotton bed linen, plus toilet rolls, kitchen roll, washing up liquid and washing powder.
We welcome all our guests to make sure everything’s as you expected.
When we can’t do this in person we’ll give you a call instead.
However, we understand that privacy is a big part of a Hideaway Experience, so if a personal welcome feels too intrusive, let us know before you arrive and we’ll leave you in total romantic seclusion.
No – we understand you’re here for a romantic getaway so we try to leave you alone as much as possible.
The only exception is a five-minute visit to test the water in your hot tub each day.
We’ll do this between 10am and 11.00am. It takes 5 minutes, and unless you’re in the hot tub at the time, we don’t need to disturb you.
We won't test your hot tub during this time on the day you are leaving, we will wait until you have gone.
We want everything about your stay to be perfect. If something isn’t as you expected, or something is missing, tell us straight away and we’ll do everything we can to put it right. Please call us on 01382 320 707.
You’re spoilt for choice for restaurants in Dundee, just 15 minutes’ drive away.
Our favourites are:
If you’d rather enjoy your dinner in the peace and tranquillity of the countryside, we recommend:
Let us know if you’d like us to arrange taxis to get you there and back.
There are a number of pet friendly resturants/pubs in the local area, here are a few of our favourites:
Hams Hame Pub & Grill, St Andrews.
The Lunan Bay Diner, Arbroath.
The Ship Inn, Broughy Ferry.
The Hideaways sit in an area of oustanding natural beauty with panoramic south facing views.
They are located at the foot of the Sidlaw Hills, which run behind the Hideaways across Angus and Perthshire to the City of Perth.
Farm Walks and Wildlife
You are welcome to walk on the many tracks around the farm. There are several tracks alongside the fields and in the Autumn, you can walk on the fields which have had their crop harvested (yellow stubble). All we ask is that you do not walk in a field with cows or cattle for your own safety. Fields containing only sheep are okay.
Our guests have managed to view a lot of different wildlife on our farm and we are always interested to hear what you have encountered. We have even had two deer on the patio at the Hideaway! As well as deer, there are buzzards, herons and curlews and we also have a cat named Fudge who likes to visit guests at the Hideaway.
There are two options to access Balkello Hill.
One is to drive to the farm road end, turn left, then left again for Auchterhouse. Keep on this road for ½ a mile and turn right into Balkello Community Woodland Car Park. Park here and walk through the woodland; you can walk up either the right or left-hand side of the hill as you are facing it and do the circuit. This is a relatively easy walk with fantastic views. 60-minute walk.
The other is to walk to the end of the farm road and turn left, then left again for Auchterhouse. At the bend in the road go straight on up the tarred farm road, (North Balluderon, our other farm is up this road). At the top of the hill, instead of turning right to the farm, keep walking along the track heading for the hill. You will come into the community woodland. Head along the track, take first right turn, and follow the track up the hill, heading north. The path will take you up onto the Hill where there is a cairn at the top depicting how far it is to local landmarks.. 1 ½ – 2 hour walk.
Walk to the end of the farm road and turn left, then left again for Auchterhouse. At the bend in the road go straight on up the tarred farm road, (North Balluderon, our other farm is up this road). At the top of the hill, instead of turning right to the farm, keep walking along the track heading for the hill. Craigowl is the hill with the mobile phone masts. Head up the track with the hill on your right, then climb the hill from left to right. It is steep in places but the view from the top is amazing. You are best to descend the same way and avoid fields where cows and cattle are grazing. 1 ½ – 2 hour walk.
A beautiful hill. When you access Balkello Hill and the community woodland, head West on to the next hill along, onto Auchterhouse Hill.
There is a laminated map enclosed showing the route and we also supply OS Maps of the area.
We are not located far from the coast.
The nearby City of Dundee is where the famous River Tay meets the North Sea on the East Coast of Scotland.
One of our favourite places on earth. This beautiful nature reserve on the south side of the Tay Estuary just into the region of Fife is a 30 minute drive from your Hideaway. Stunning pine forests with many walking tracks and miles of sand dunes and beach with hardly a soul to be seen. Drive over the Tay Bridge, take signs for Tayport village, park on the eastern edge of the village and walk into Tentsmuir from here.
Another stunning expanse of unspoiled sand, this time in Angus, about 45 minutes drive from your Hideaway. You will enjoy a scenic drive to this beach either cross country or along the Angus coastline from Dundee. Beautiful sand dunes, a sandy beach and a lovely cafe to enjoy an ice cream or lunch. We recommend a drive back home via the famous fishing town of Arbroath for fish and chips next to the sea or to buy an Arbroath Smokie (smoked haddock) to enjoy back at your Hideaway.
West Sands beach at St Andrews, made famous by the film Chaiots of Fire. Two miles of sandy beach on the edge of the famous and historic university town of St Andrews. A 40 minute drive south from your Hideaway into Fife. Combine a walk along this beach, which runs alongside the world famous "Old Course" golf course, with a walk around St Andrews which has fantastic shops and places to eat. Our favourite is the farm restaurant, Balgove Larder on the edge of town which has a great steak barn restaurant.
A seaside village on the outskirts of Dundee, Broughty Ferry is a lovely place to spend an afternoon or evening. A beach at the heart of Broughty Ferry where the River Tay meets the North Sea. Ideal for a walk along the waterfront then lunch or dinner in one of Broughty Ferry's many tasty and funky restaurants to eat. We would recommend Bruach for cocktails and food, or Dundee's number one restaurant on Trip Advisor, Sol y Sombras Tapas Bar