We are delighted that you are considering Binns for your holiday and hope you will book and enjoy the house and gardens as much as we do. We have tried to furnish and decorate the house comfortably whilst maintaining its historic character and used antique furniture and hand made soft furnishings in keeping with its rustic farm origins.
We are happy to accommodate up to two well behaved dogs free of charge, (any more by negotiation). We are dog owners ourselves and wouldn’t leave home for long without them. We do ask that dogs are not allowed on the furniture or upstairs as this keeps the bedrooms a dog free zone for all our guests. We also provide dog bowls and blankets.
There are 7 acres of garden and orchards for you to enjoy and throughout the summer we are host to around 30 families of house martins who return every year to raise up to three broods under our eaves before leaving us at the beginning of October. You will see the nests around the house, we make sure they are never disturbed and organise repairs to the house and decorators around the breeding season! We have also been honoured with three pairs of swifts nesting under our roof and are thrilled by these fantastic birds who are never still and the sound of them racing round the house is a true sign of summer.
If you enjoy wildlife we invite you to take a walk around our wooded den, which can be accessed from the far end of the grounds through the gates of the Dell Garden, by the burn that runs through our land. We ask you to take care not to let dogs or children run loose during the bird nesting season but if you are quiet you will see and hear tree creepers, warblers, dippers, yellow hammers, goldfinches, tawny owls, woodpeckers, siskins and of course all the other usual suspects. We also have wild deer in the den which can do some damage to our trees but they are very beautiful and have started to drop their fawns there in the summer. The den is glacial and has a series of waterfalls that can get quite deep when in flood so please never let children play there unaccompanied. Wild flowers grow in abundance in the den with at least a quarter acre of snowdrops in early Spring, aconites and saxifrage, ferns and bluebells, daffodils and wild garlic to name a few. The burn runs down from Blacklaw hill down towards the Tay and is a wild bee corridor with marsh marigold, wild water mint, wild angelica, hogweed, knapweed, sorrel and meadow sweet and many others. We have even been lucky enough to see marsh orchids some years.