As it was, we were blessed with weather allowing us to be outside most of each day and it was often gloriously sunny, enhancing our time there. The lovely gardens pulsated with birdlife and their songs were a constant soundtrack, while the views across the Bay of Nigg to snowy mountains beyond were truly magnificent, changing throughout the days with some spectacular sunsets.
Our days quickly evolved into familiar patterns as we created groups with Nature, Writing, Walking and Enquiry as the respective starting points for participants to develop as wished through the week, during small morning gatherings. These followed a half hour of communal and creative games, enlivening us for the day and yoga was on offer before breakfast each day. The 2 o’clock meeting invited comments and offerings, including walks, talks, music, visits, drawing, painting and crafts. One afternoon was devoted to offering games: croquet, volleyball, table tennis and sardines for the sun dodgers. Relaxing, cuppas and chatting were also popular!
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)”
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.