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South Chesthill Estate

Near Aberfeldy, Perthshire

South Chesthill Estate offers two holiday lets available all year round, with or without fishing and stalking. Chesthill House and Gardener’s Cottage are situated in Glen Lyon, Perthshire, Scotland.

The estate has roughly six miles of river and 7,000 acres to explore, and is situated at the eastern end of Glenlyon.

The River Lyon runs through the glen: it rushes through rocky gorges at the east end of the estate then broadens and softens amongst meadows at the west end. Steep hills rise either side of the glen and the tops are carpeted in heather with remnants of the ancient Caledonian forest visible at the westerly end.

The estate offers hills for walking, some of the most breathtaking deer stalking in Scotland (c.120 stags and hinds per year), some of the most varied salmon fishing in Scotland (four miles of the river Lyon, average 73 salmon over last five years), trout fishing, escorted nature walks, photography stalking, and clay pigeon shooting. Pony trekking, golf, and water sports are also all available in the area, making Glenlyon the perfect country getaway.

Sport Offered

Shooting - Red Grouse - South Chesthill has a limited stock of grouse on the hill, which provides August tenants with one walked up day.

Shooting - Clay Pigeon - Challenging “birds” (fired from a steep hill up the glen) can be tailored to suit your experience and ability.

Deer Stalking/Hunting - Red Stags - Stalking is available for one or two rifles depending on the time of year, over 6,500 acres of steep and varied ground. Approximately 50 stags are taken each season.

Deer Stalking/Hunting - Red Hinds - Stalking is available for one or two rifles depending on the time of year, over 6,500 acres of steep and varied ground. Approximately 45 hinds are taken each season.

Fishing - Atlantic Salmon - Enjoy over 6 miles of single and double bank fishing and 32 pools on the River Lyon, one of the Tay tributaries, a beautiful and varied river. We have caught an average of 32 salmon per year over the last five years.

Fishing - Brown Trout - fishing for trout both on the River Lyon and on the stocked hill loch.

Chesthill House sleeps 16 (including a chef in their own studio room) and comes with a traditional sporting estate of over 7,000 acres of hill and 6 miles of river to explore. The house is located in Glenlyon, one of the prettiest Glens in Scotland, is easy to get to being less than 2 hours' drive from Edinburgh, and yet is remote and completely private with unspoilt views of hills and a waterfall.

Gardener’s Cottage, which sleeps four people dates back to the 1800s. The area around the cottage is particularly enchanting, including dramatic hills, open fields, mature trees and the River Lyon. It has wonderful views of the glen. It is both a perfect base from which to enjoy the surrounding countryside, and somewhere to enjoy a little quiet time away from the hectic hustle and bustle of life.

Ainster, the estate keeper, will be on standby to help you with all outdoor activities. For those bookings including sport, the details of this will be discussed with you when you make your booking.

Children: A cot and high chair are available on request.

Dogs: house-trained dogs are welcome in all properties although not in the bedrooms.

Three generations of my family from 11 years to 75 years had a wonderful New Year stay at the ‘big house’. The setting is wonderful and the house suited us perfectly. Kay and Hamish were excellent in looking after us
Sandra H, January 2015
Fantastic holiday with family and friends, and felt like we were staying in someone’s home. Beautiful countryside, plenty to see and do on the hill, by the river or in the house.
Emma L, June 2014
A wonderful week! A big thank you to Hamish and looking forward to coming back for more peace and tranquillity in this stunning location. Oh, and by the way, 1 salmon and a few trout.
David and Vivien P, Keith H, Malcolm S, Julian and Jake E, Amigo P the Jack Russell,
Probably the best chill out available, superb lodge, salmon hard to catch! Dogs loved it.
Tracey and Dave W, Janice and Frank B, Tony W,
We have stayed in the cottage 4 times and the lodge every year for 30 years for fishing. The new fittings in the cottage are really good. We will keep coming as Glen Lyon and S Chesthill are really beautiful another great week.
Andrew & Gwyn H,
This perfectly sized lodge … offers genuine all-round sport. Chesthill ticks every box.
The Field Magazine,
“Of all the lodges in Scotland that I have stayed in, Chesthill house has always been my first favourite”
Tom B, May 2016
“I found South Chesthill Estate, Chesthill House, all the staff and facilities, amongst the best that I have encountered in many years of visiting Scotland. The Estate presents itself very well. Very attractive area with many different things of interest to appeal to all tastes"
Gavin W-D, May 2016
"Stunning location if you want to get away from everything. We loved the secluded location and the cottage was lovely – great views from every window! We travelled with two x six years old who loved seeing the deer, hares and pheasants every day! You have to take a walk to the waterfall and stone bridge nearby and the post office at Glen Lyon is a must."
Alan D, April 2017
"My husband is convinced we’ll spend our next 10 vacations here- we loved getting away from everything on such a beautiful property. We enjoyed daily walks and runs near the river and using the BBQ in the garden for dinners. Our daughter loved the sheep, rabbits, and deer. Hamish and Kay were lovely and incredibly helpful throughout our stay."
Shannon M, May 2017

Walking and Picnicking
Guests are more than welcome to explore the estate on foot, whether it be the river banks or the hill. Chesthill is an ideal base for those keen on more hill walking, with a number of Munros within easy reach. A picnic site and table is also provided next to one of the prettiest pools on the river.

Nature Walks and Photography Stalking
A new option available all year excluding September and October. Tenants will be escorted by Ainster, with whom they will discuss what nature they most want to see, and construct the day accordingly. Binoculars recommended. Dogs on leads. Argocat included (subject to availability). Unlimited people (although max 6 in Argocat). Subject to Ainster being available.

A visit to the Hill Loch
A wonderful day out on a calm, dry day. Tenants can walk up in about 2 hours, or Ainster will drive them most of the way and take a picnic to the loch-side in the Argocat. Once there, the views are stunning and the loch is well stocked with brown trout which can be fished from the bank or the rowing boat. Argocat; rowing boat; unlimited people (although max 6 in Argocat). Subject to Ainster being available.

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Contact Information
Contact Name Liz Elworthy
Address South Chesthill Estate
PH15 2NH
Telephone Click to see Number01887 877233
Nearest Train Pitlochry
Nearest Airport Dundee/Edinburgh
Provider Information
Size of Ground 7,000
Number of Staff 4
Beginners Yes
Accommodation South Chesthill Estate offers two comfortable and completely private properties available as holiday lets all year round, with or without fishing/stalking included.
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