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This is a small selection of the appreciative emails we have received.If you have stayed and you
would like to add some comments, just email me.



We had a very nice stay in Pitlochry, and the Observatory was a good place

to stay. Our 19 month old daughter had great fun running around the big room

and playing with the toys and play tents! We may well want to return next

year, in the summer this time.


Peter Grego

Editor, Popular Astronomy magazine


This place has saved my sanity on several occasions over the last two years (as many
of my colleague and clients will testify!)

Its an hour's drive from the Forth Bridge (traffic permitting).  It feels like it's out in the
middle of nowhere, but it is only 2 mins from the nearest licensed premises and 5 mins
from Pitlochry High Street. 

Apart from being a unique building, it is perched on a tree-covered hillock looking out
over Loch Faskally.If you've ever been dragged round the famous fish ladder you'll
probably have parked barely a few hundred yards from The Observatory but you'll
be forgiven for not noticing it as it's completely hidden from the 'day tripper' hordes.
In fact that's half the fun...

The central room - check out the pics on the website - is jaw-dropping in terms of
space. Concern for the ornaments has prevented our groups from trying the 'Strip-
the-Willow test' - but if you can imagine a cosy, wood-lined, village hall with a big
log-burning stove in the centre you'll start to get the idea!

For those who've outgrown the youth hostel approach to weekending in the
country....fear not...the kitchen comes complete with three different sizes of
Bialetti stove-top coffee maker and all the modern utilities.  What else to
tell....well it sleeps 6 comfortably (10 if you bring sleeping bags), it has a
big bath, telescope, enough reading material to keep you there all year and
maps and guides aplenty to the local area.

Kirsty Reagan, Edinburgh


Just to say how much we enjoyed our stay last weekend, as always
the place never changes much and it is very relaxing. We liked the
new upholstery, the couches are very comfy but only found the
table-tennis table on the morning we were leaving!


Thanks again and I'll be in touch again next year.


Phil Hull, Manchester


hi there,


just to let you know how very much i liked my stay at the observatory
(exellent book collection) it is a lovely place and well provided with all
things neededfor a relaxing time.


thank you very very much!!!!

Lassy Boggia


Under strict instruction from the rest of the very happy campers
to email and let you know that the 7 of us all had a fantastic weekend.
We three girls arrived on Friday evening a couple of hours ahead of
the boys and after sorting out all the food, etc, my friend Janet said
to me 'Are you gonna light this fire then Sue?' So we opened a
bottle of red and sat watching the stove come to life, fully planning
to go out to eat. I was heading for the fridge to get ice for Janet's
G&T and jokingly said ' Let's just order pizza in' and then found
two in the ice compartment! (We replaced them.) Let it be said
we didn't get out for dinner, but we did sort the world out with
our feet up, totally chilled out. We were a bit disappointed that
your directions were so good that the boys found 'the shed' in
the dark, no problem, and spoiled our peace and quiet!!


Anyway. We've lifted wild brown trout, gazed endlessly at the
loch through the trees, had a bit of retail therapy, I took myself
off on Saturday afternoon and conquered Ben Vrackie, solved
the problems of the universe about six times (round the coffee
table late at night of course), got fairly pie-eyed on Friday night,
stuffed ourselves in the Indian and then dropped exhausted
on Saturday night, spotted a very small fry in the ladder Sunday
and met in the Black Bull back in Moffat tonight where we spent
the whole night talking and laughing about the weekend - again!


We all agreed that we would have had a great weekend where
ever we stayed, but that it was made perfect because
'The Observatory' was just the best place to stay. Janet and
I think there can't be another place like it in the world.

Finally. From Sue, Billy, Stan, Lynn, Janet, Colin and Scooby
- Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou for sharing
that wonderful place with us. We found it very difficult to leave today.

Take care.

Sue Coulthard, Moffart


I wanted to let you know, we had a great week, the weather being kind we

managed both the walking and astronomy, and still found time to appreciate

what a beautiful site, just sitting in the conservatory and gazing out is

bliss. We're all very pleased that you loan it out to others!

so thank you again.


Elaine Dunnicliffe


Thanks again for an unforgettable week. My only complaint is that

staying inside is so inviting that I barely managed to go outside and

enjoy the walks. I hold your fire entirely responsible.


Fraser Nelson

Tim Dawson
Telephone: 07984 165251

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