about the crandard
our spacious suite (image by hamilton kerr)
The Crandard is set in an attractive, tranquil and central residential area of Kirriemuir with fine views across the valley of Strathmore. Close to excellent road links, it’s an ideal base from which to enjoy the many attractions of the local area or explore further afield. Our self-contained suite combines some of the best aspects of both self catering and bed and breakfast and is comfortable, elegant and practical. At a total of 14m (45 ft) long there’s plenty of elbow room too. We feel sure you’ll enjoy your stay with us!
The suite has its own private entrance via the large double-glazed conservatory which has a dining table and chairs and comfortable twin sofas for relaxing on warmer days and evenings. There’s space here too for the storage of bicycles and in the summer months for canine guests to make themsleves at home.
The suite bedroom area has two quality single beds which can be joined using a mattress insert to make a vast superking-plus bed (let us know in your booking communication and with at least 24 hours’ notice if you would prefer the twin-bed option). There’s an equally comfortable full-length trundle bed for a third guest which can be positioned either in the bedroom or in the living area. Also in the bedroom is a bespoke wardrobe and writing desk, a dressing mirror and hairdryer. The bedroom area can be separated from the living space by folding doors and gives access to the en-suite shower room.
With further dining and seating facilities, a multi-fuel stove, large-screen TV with USB connection, study lighting, whiteboard and a number of original art works by Scottish artists, the bright and sunny living space is a great place to spend time, whatever your reason for visiting. Kitchen facilities include a microwave/conventional oven, fridge, ceramic hob, toaster and coffee-capsule machine, plus cookware, cutlery and crockery.
There’s a digital shower and large (120 x 80cm, 50cm door-entry width) shower enclosure in the compact but stylish new en-suite shower room (installed March 2019) and plenty of space for your personal items. Shower gel, shampoo and conditioner, hand cleanser and hand cream are supplied. Please note there’s a shallow (10cm) step up into the shower room and the same again into the shower enclosure.
OUTDOOR SPACE, SMOKING AND PARKING
Guests have the use of the well tended and wildlife-friendly back garden including a small patio area with summer outdoor dining facilities and a covered arbour. Smoking isn’t permitted within the building, including the conservatory. The arbour, however, is an ideal spot for a quiet tobacco moment.
There’s ample parking at The Crandard. You’re most welcome to park in our gated driveway where there’s space for two smaller cars or, if you have a bigger vehicle, there’s plenty of free public parking round the corner, immediately to the side of the property.
We very much welcome younger visitors but the pond in the front garden and the lack of a fixed fire guard for the stove make The Crandard unsuitable for children under the age of 6. We have a small selection of traditional toys and games for children between the ages of 6 and 10 and a petite cutlery set for smaller hands. We’d ask grown-ups to keep a close eye on the younger folk at all times but especially when using the garden area as it has some steps and scratchy plants.
If they can bring their own bed with them, we’re happy to accommodate at no extra cost an extremely well behaved canine or feline visitor or two in the conservatory (but not unfortunately in the main suite). Please be aware that the conservatory is unheated so for that reason we can accept pets only during the warmer months of May, June, July, August and September. We should say that we have two cats who aren’t at all fond of dogs but as they have no access to the guest suite they’re limited to scowling at visiting canines from the garden.
WIFI AND GUEST BOOK
Free wifi is provided and the code can be found in our guest book, which you’ll find in the living area. The book contains further information about The Crandard, Kirriemuir and the surrounding region.
We offer a daily replenished ‘breakfast pack’ of a selection of coffees and teas (including fruit infusions), biscuits, oatcakes, gingerbread (for which Kirriemuir is famous!), milk, various cereals and fresh fruit, plus some delicious snacks, all of which we leave in the suite for you to enjoy whenever you’re ready. We can accommodate most special diets, so if you need gluten- and/or lactose-free foods for example just let us know at the time of booking. We also provide culinary basics such as spray oil, salt, pepper and balsamic.
If you’re a stove novice let us know and we’ll show you how to safely and comfortably use the apparatus. A complimentary basketful of fuel and kindling for the stove is provided each day that you require one and we can clean and set the stove for you.
With a little notice, you’re most welcome to use our laundry facilities (washing machine, airer, steam iron and board), depending on availability, at a mutually convenient time and at your own risk. As part of our environmental policy we don't have a tumble dryer and so we suggest you wash items at least 24 hours before check-out so that they have time to air dry.
Although the suite's on one level there are two shallow steps into it and two upvc door-frame bases that may affect access for some people. Please also see the shower-room description.
ARRIVAL, INTERACTION AND SERVICING OF THE ACCOMMODATION
There’s a lock box for the key if you’ve arranged to arrive after 10pm or if for some reason neither of us can be in to let you in during the normal check-in period (this happens extremely rarely) but otherwise we try to be on hand to greet you and show you where things are. Someone will usually be around to answer any queries that you might have during your stay.
The suite can be fully or partially serviced during your stay, or you can choose to service it yourself, depending on the degree of privacy you want to have. Just let us know what works best for you.
roomy single beds or a superking-plus
the very comfortable trundle bed
a typical breakfast pack (contents can vary)
cosy up round the stove!
if our driveway is too small for your needs, there are plenty of free public parking spaces to the side of the crandard
samuel robin halevy spark's friendly dragon, one of a number of original artworks in the suite by well-known scottish artists
(image by hamilton kerr)
Manuel, who hails from the splendid Spanish city of Zaragoza, has spent many years in the Scottish hospitality industry and in his spare time is a published poet and traditional-music tutor. Susan, native of Perthshire but with latter teenage years spent in Kirriemuir, is a writer and language and music tutor who joyously roamed the globe before equally joyously returning to her roots. We’re both delighted to be able to offer the warmest of Hispano-Scottish welcomes to those visiting Kirriemuir.
Both our feline household members love visitors too and are friendly and welcoming, though - to their considerable displeasure - they’re kept strictly to the garden and their own completely separate part of the house.