Historic Brucefield Estate welcomes first guests and 10-year wildlife plan

Brucefield Estate near Forestmill is set to welcome its first guests as part of an extensive regeneration journey

Brucefield Estate is a largely untouched country estate with a rich landscape of architectural history and unique ancestry dating back 700 years.

Owned by biologist Victoria Bruce-Winkler, conservation began when she returned home in 2012.

Victoria is passionate about the regeneration of the 420 hectare family estate.

A 10-year wildlife plan is in place, including  monitoring and managing the estate’s rich habitats including woodlands with ancient Scots Pine, meadows and a lowland heath which is a Natural Scotland site of special scientific interest.

A former avenue of 300 year old Lime trees have recently been discovered. 

Slackbrae, originally a forester’s cottage, launches this autumn for self-catering holidays.

It has been renovated using a conservation approach with sustainable materials to achieve a low energy house. Inside, specially-commissioned kitchen and bathroom tiles tell the heritage of the cottage and the Estate throughout the centuries.

Slackbrae has vaulted ceilings, day-long sunlight and stunning views of the fields and woodlands, allowing guests to immerse themselves in nature and reconnect with the land.

The gardens have been rejuvenated with a new planting scheme providing a blaze of colour and herbs throughout the year.   

The fully-accessible cottage contains two bedrooms and two bathrooms – a master bedroom with en-suite and a double bedroom which converts into a twin room.

Built in the 1700’s Slackbrae was the former gatehouse to the estate and covers 120m².

At one time it was owned by the Stirling & Dunfermline Railway. The original train line dating back to 1852 is now a cycle route, providing easy access for day trips to the Wallace Monument. 

Victoria said: “I’m delighted to see Slackbrae ready to welcome its first guests. We have been working tirelessly for the last 10 years with ecologists and conservationists to preserve the unique heritage of the estate.

“Our vision is to create an estate where people can come and relax, explore the heritage of the estate and surround themselves with nature.”

The cottage is priced from £300 per night for three, four and seven night stays, accommodating four guests.

This includes a welcome breakfast hamper for the first morning. Additional groceries and local artisan produce can be pre-ordered. Bookings are being taken from 1 October 2021.

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