Brucefield Estate

Forestmill, Scotland, Great Britain

The Brucefield Estate, surrounded by Scottish fields, moors and forests, is family-owned and has been open to guests since 2022 after extensive renovation and modernization taking the historical landscape into account. The estate offers much peace and quiet on 426 hectares and at the same time endless opportunities to enjoy nature on foot or by bike. Walking and cycling trails run through the 170 hectares of forest area with pine, birch and oak trees that are up to 300 years old.

The estate was founded 700 years ago as part of the Barony of Schenbothy. The influence of a total of three different ownership dynasties since the Middle Ages provides a fascinating insight into the life and work of these families. The family history can be traced back to Robert the Bruce - the rebel leader in the Scottish Wars of Independence and later King of Scotland - and this is how it got its name.

The centuries-old history of the estate has been consciously incorporated into the furnishings of the guest houses through the use of historic materials: the cottage “Slackbrae” is decorated with tiles in the kitchen printed with newspaper articles from the 18th and 19th centuries about Brucefield and similarly in the bathroom there are historical tiles too. In the Schenbothy guest houses, each bathroom is individually designed with old maps and photographs from the 1920s of the country estate.

In general, the interior design is contemporary with attention to detail and sophisticated craftsmanship. Warm woods set the scene for the reclaimed midcentury designer furniture from Scandinavia. Vintage furnishings from local antique shops contribute to the individual Scandi-Scot style, with special accents using local materials.

It was particularly important to the hosts to give the country estate, which had previously been managed for agriculture and forestry, a new ecotourism concept and a future-oriented purpose. The vision is to make nature and the rich history of Scotland tangible for visitors. To do this, they renovated the existing historic building of Slackbrae using sustainable materials while also achieving an energy efficient house. The renovation approach was conservation utilising traditional materials but also a ‘fabric-first’ approach to optimize eg insulation to reduce energy usage. The history and nature of rural central Scotland is told through the eyes of this estate and the guest is introduced to the wildlife and conservation species of the estate by undertaking the experiences offered in the natural surroundings.

Rooms + Rates

per night
Tiny Hausfrom170 €
Cottagefrom230 €


ArchitectureAfter retrofit or modernization, the traditional 18th century cottage is flooded with light thanks to the four-meter-high vaulted ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows. The renovation and modernization work was carried out according to traditional and sustainable aspects. The exterior and interior construction was carried out using natural materials (sandstone walls, lime render, clay pantiles, timber windows). According to the motto “Fabric-first”, particular emphasis was placed on the use of modern, energy-saving materials that are favourable for the room climate, such as breathable insulation, effective underfloor heating and a tiled stove that radiates gentle warmth for over 18 hours. The stone walls of Slackbrae, which are typical of the landscape, were built using local naturally-occurring stones in a traditional construction method. The house and entrance are all on one level including access to the garden terrace. A ramp leads from the parking area to the front door and one of the bathrooms has a walk-in shower, pull-down shower seat and chrome bars (note the shower does not have a wheelchair turning circle).

FoodGuests are welcomed with sourdough bread, honey and a special tea blend from local producers. At Christmas and Easter the offer is supplemented seasonally with panettone and stollen and a selection of special fruit tarts. Accommodation at Brucefield Estate is self-catering but there is also the option to dine in. The hosts work with various local producers and chefs to make it possible to order dinners, a fine dining menu, picnic hampers, or afternoon teas. Of course, local products are preferred here too. All dietary requirements and needs such as dairy-free, vegan or vegetarian are also taken into account. The property is also a member of the “Go Rural” movement, in which various agritourism businesses work closely together and offer their products.

Due to the type of work, Brucefield Estate is dependent on local employees. The hosts also provide further training on mental health and promote the continuous expansion of knowledge about the local flora and fauna, with the aim of integrating them into the overall concept of the guest accommodation. They also work with a local charity to offer breaks for carers in the low season.

EnvironmentAll houses have low energy requirements: they are insulated with breathable and natural insulation materials (wood fibre) and the modern, large windows are triple glazed. The large cottage “Slackbrae” has a mechanical ventilation system with heat recovery, underfloor heating and a Finnish stone tiled woodburning stove that stores the heat produced and slowly emits it over 18 hrs. The armchairs were upcycled with Harris tweed. Paper, cardboard and glass are collected separately and recycled. Organic waste is hot composted on the farm itself. In addition, only biodegradable cleaning products and detergents, reusable utensils and recycled household paper products such as kitchen and toilet paper are used. There is also a landscaped herb garden available to guests around the cottage, which not only enhances home-cooked dishes, but also inspires with historical references and its splendour of colour. Guests who arrive by public transport are invited to plant native Scots pines with one of the estate team. Over the last four years, the hosts have been conducting a biodiversity survey on Brucefield in collaboration with independent ecologists. With the help of a 10-year wildlife plan, they are working to protect and ecologically develop the many species and habitats of conservation interest. The focus is on protecting native insects, birds and mammals. A small herd of Shetland cows tend the heathland in a natural and traditional way.

Well-BeingThe beautiful, natural landscape surrounding the accommodation offers guests a variety of opportunities for recreation and relaxation. Walks or longer hikes are possible right outside the front door in the extensive, 170 hectare forest area and on the wider 427 ha estate. Some of the Scots pine, birch and oak are 300 years old and the woodland is classified as semi-ancient. There are also dedicated traffic-free cycle paths which can be combined with longer distance gravel, road or mountain biking routes. Hiking trails in the nearby Ochil hills is popular. You can also book personal training sessions directly in nature with the nearby “Hinidas” team. They offer tailor-made fitness and well-being offers on site or various wellness programs in their woodland studio, which is just 20 minutes away.


  • Cottage and tiny houses on a centuries-old estate
  • Situated on 420 hectares of land in central Scotland, surrounded by fields, moors and woodland
  • Elaborately designed tiny houses made entirely of wood
  • Exceptional biodiversity and intact habitats for a wide variety of creatures
  • Various activities for guests interested in nature, such as guided nature and history hikes, guided planting of local trees, etc.
  • Just 40 minutes from Glasgow and just under an hour from Edinburgh

Estate1 cottage + 3 tiny housesOwn cooking facilitiesChildren welcomeWi-FiDisabled accessno PoolPets allowed


  • 120 m2, single-storey cottage (Slackbrae) for up to 4 people + child
  • 2 bedrooms + 2 bathrooms (master bedroom with bathroom en-suite)
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Terrace and garden access
  • 3 tiny houses (Brock, Mertrick, Tod) for up to 2 people each; min age of 12 years’ old
  • All houses have their own cooking facilities
  • Picnic baskets and full meals are available upon request
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Rooms + Rates

per night
Tiny Hausfrom170 €
Cottagefrom230 €

Location + Directions

By car

From Glasgow it takes around 40 minutes to get to the accommodation (50 km) and from Edinburgh it takes just under an hour (47 km). The exact address can be found on the website.

With public transport

The nearest train station is in Alloa. From there it's a 10-minute taxi ride or 25-minute bike ride to Brucefield Estate.