Dun Aluinn is a sophisticated style den that boasts the luxury proportions of a country house and the lovability of being an original Scottish villa set in over 5 acres – this is your private-hire designer refuge on the borders of the Highlands in picturesque Perthshire.
Overlooking the Highland market town of Aberfeldy, Dun Aluinn is a restored, boutique holiday home built in the ornate Queen Anne style of 1909 by Scottish architects Sydney Mitchell and Wilson. Expect pitched gables, traditional casement sash- and bay windows, sandstone panels and that rare, particular, beauty of being deliberately asymmetrical.
A coalition of heritage and design narrate the boutique interiors, which involved a long restoration chapter of stripping the house back to its bare architecture bones by uncovering fireplaces, removing layers of paint, restoring the original pitch-pine flooring throughout the house and sympathetically replacing those historical reference points that give Dun Aluinn its unique provenance.
Designed to be a modern private-hire house for group entertaining, there are wonderful oversized sofa corners from the likes of B&B Italia & XVL in Belgium that curve around the lounge, cinema-tv snug and panelled drawing room. At the heart of the house is naturally an enormous handcrafted walnut and brass kitchen by Braco Design and the most fabulous 5.5m long, 20-seater oak-topped dining table cast in Black Isle bronze from Nairn.
The magnificent period-panelled entrance hall, which leads off to the bountiful social spaces and the nine luxury bedroom suites, is subtly decked in inky tones that wrap around the original staircase and open fire-place.
Dun Aluinn fosters Scottish crafts, which are cleverly fused with design pieces from Denmark, Belgium and Germany and are placed alongside rugs from Linie Design, vintage Danish lighting and contemporary artworks.
Comfort headlines in the nine luxury bedroom suites aptly named after local trees, with individually sourced furnishings, some with free-standing bathtubs, and fine linens from Soho House favourite, Josephine Home.
The kitchen is just spectacular and is considered to be the heart of Dun Aluinn, which opens out into a fabulously large dining room with its iconic centrepiece - a solid bronze dining table with oak top measuring 5.5m in length.
When hiring your own private house, you can happily self-cater or head off into nearby Aberfeldy to dine in the town’s restaurants or alternatively, opt for your very own restaurant dining experience at Dun Aluinn in partnership with local foodie heroes: Ballintaggart Farmhouse. These lovelies are a family trio who can cater for events, your posh party dinner, gourmet ready meals for a movie screening or just that scrumptious highlands picnic. All sourced locally, these plates of Scottish deliciousness complete the cycle of living in the big house from breakfast to late supper, from wild salmon, farm-to-table beets to local game.
Dun Aluinn has been a true labour of love restoring the once neglected house into the modern private holiday home it is today – fit for purpose filled with people. It was bought by John Burke and his wife Susie Whyte in 2017 who have painstakingly renovated and refurbished the house. Susie is also the architect and designer behind the project.
John and Susie have a passion for renovating and refurbishing properties. John is Managing Director of award-winning builders Corryard, who specialise in bringing old properties back to life. Susie is an architect with a keen eye for the detail required for a renovation of this scale and standard.
The great outdoor pursuits and escapism of Perthshire reign here to please nature lovers and activity junkies alike with cycling, rock climbing, ski in winter, exploring the wild juniper woodlands or diving into the chilled loch waters for a spot of extreme wellbeing. Country walks through the nearby glens, white-water rafting, learning a local craft, joining a cookery school and getting involved with nature conservation - all on the doorstep of Dun Aluinn House. Take in the views of the Tay Valley over to Schiehallion from a wood-fired hot tub for your down-time or to relieve those aches and pains from the great outdoors.
Dun Aluinn House is located next to the town of Aberfeldy in the Scottish county of Perthshire, made famous by "The Birks of Aberfeldy" a song lyric written for a pre-existing melody in 1787 by Robert Burns. He was inspired to write it by the Falls of Moness and the birch trees of Aberfeldy during a tour of the Scottish Highlands.
Surrounded by arresting forest landscapes, babbling rivers and natural beauties - Loch Tay, Glen Lyon, ancient monasteries, churches and royal relics. Not forgetting the oldest tree in the UK – the famous Fortingall Yew Tree - said to be the last descendant of Shakespeare's Birnam Wood.
Apart from finding here several arts, book and craft shops, Aberfeldy is Scotland’s first Fairtrade town – where local producers and suppliers have worked together to ensure that local produce, crafted products and skills are not only ethical and organic but are being preserved. It is also home to Dewars whisky Distillery.
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