As well as the surprise of the barn birthday party which I loved and which was just perfectly managed - and I know there was much going on behind the scenes to make this happen- the house itself, yet again, was the ideal venue for our large gathering of Scottish and Swedish families. Some of us in this group have known each other for thirty years this year, and have been organising trips up north in Scotland since before all the kids came along. Because our group has now grown so large, it becomes more difficult to find suitable houses which can not only accommodate such a gathering but which are special houses. Pitcalzean House is very special.

We all enjoyed the grounds, which the kids explored every day: running around on a treasure hunt; discovering the secret garden; finding decorations for the dining table. The kids loved the BBQ hut. If we were not out the whole day, kids and adults just enjoyed being in the house. There is so much space for everyone to find a good place to read or rest or play or chat. The billiard table seemed booked up every night, as was the cinema room. The kitchen and dining room were ideal for catering for 32 people and we loved gathering every night, enjoying being together. The house is so comfortable and full of character and everyone agrees that it is one of the best houses we have ever booked in all our years of October holidays.

Thanks to you too Fiona for your exceptional generosity and your warmth of greeting and patience in correspondence. I know the Swedish kids are desperate to come back to ' their' Scottish House and I am sure that when we arrange our next big trip we shall be in touch again. Our October holiday in Pitcalzean House was one of our best ever and was certainly a week to remember and treasure.

October 2018

M Skehal
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We were looking for a venue to celebrate our respective 70th and 75th birthdays. As a family of descendants of Surgeon Major William Brydon, the sole survivor of the massacre of Jellalabad, Britain's first disastrous foray into Afghanistan, we were in the midst of reading two recent books on the subject, John Cunningham's "The Last Man" and William Dalrymple's "Return of a King", we idly 'googled' Pitcalzean House, the home to which the Brydons retired after leaving India. To our surprise and delight, it was available for holiday rent and so, an idea was born. The owners, the Fillers could not have been more helpful. Fiona was full of advice, not only regarding the house but also putting us in touch with an excellent chef to cater for some of the meals and a brilliant trio who organised a Ceilidh. For a gathering of a very widespread family (France, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Oman and even England) it was the perfect venue, comfortable ,extensive and with plenty of room and activities inside and out for all ages. Not only the property but the whole region is charming and, for us, full of family history. We cannot recommend it more highly for such a gathering. Bruce & Jenny Lawson (Great, great granddaughter of William Brydon)
Bruce and Jenny Lawson

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About Pitcalzean House

This large self-catering property is available for exclusive use. Pitcalzean House is a Georgian House with a distinguished past. It is one of the finest large properties available to rent on the NC500. This self-catering property in the Scottish Highlands is available and is perfect for large groups, family holidays or reunions. The property is available as a corporate meeting venue in the North of Scotland.  Pitcalzean House is a Georgian House available as a Wedding Venue.

You will get a personal co-ordinator to help with the catering, hold your own ceilidh and help reccomend local activities. Pitcalzean House is a large property  available for exclusive use which sleeps up to 38 in the house and cottage.

With its own party barn this property is ideal as an exclusive party venue.

Pitcalzean House, Pitcalnie, Near Tain, Ross-Shire, Scotland IV19 1QT

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