Southton Smallholding Open DaySouthton Plant Sale

At Almond Villa, we are delighted to be supporting Southton Smallholding by attending their annual Open Day. There will be a plethora of wonderful Quality Vegetable Plants for sale at Southton Smallholding on Saturday 18th May 2013, 12:00-16:00, beautiful plants grown peat free in our own compost without the use of chemical fertilisers or pesticides. If last year was anything to go by come early to avoid being disappointed.

As well as having the opportunity to purchase plants you can also enjoy meeting and greeting our friendly animals; our Alpacas are the curious and graceful Clyde & Garcia, our cheeky pair of Kune Kune pigs Bubble & Squeak, our goats who are a mischievous double-act of Bandit & Biskit and last but by no means least the lovely ladies Rosemary & Peppermint our neighbourly sheep.

Tea and home-bakes will also be available, we look forward to meeting you there too.

All proceeds of the sale will go to Southton Smallholding, a charity run for the benefit of adults with learning disabilities and those recovering from mental health.

The sale will take place at Southton Smallholding, Blackruthven Estate, Tibbermore, Perth PH1 1PY, for directions for to the smallholding on google maps, please use the directions to The Bield Christian Co Ltd, Blackruthven House, Perth PH1 1PY

With 400 years of racing at Perth Racecourse Perth Racecourse

This year, Perth Racecourse is proud to be celebrating it’s 400th year of racing.   400 years of exciting racing at one of Britain’s best loved small racecourses.   An exciting and jam packed fixture list has been revealed and the season is almost under way. Set in the stunning grounds of Scone Palace, Perth Racecourse, will kick start the celebrations in April with the annual Perth Festival – a vibrant three day extravaganza for all the family and the perfect way to launch into the Spring racing season.

Packed with horse racing, parade ring entertainment and live music, as well as the opportunity to sample some of Perth and Scotland’s finest home grown cuisine at a range of fresh food outlets, there is something for everyone whether they like horse racing or not.

Hot on the tails of the April Festival and for those who crave a taste for something new is Bierfest, an event for everyone which will bring a slice of Bavarian Culture to the people of Perth.

The event on the 15th May offers participants a rare opportunity to enjoy a delicious helping to a three course feast of German cuisine complete with quality beer, some exhilarating evening racing topped off with a post racing live music.

Bierfest isn’t the only new event to arrive on Perth Racecourse’s soil offering a combination of feasting and racing. For the first time on the 9th September it will host ‘Scotland Food and Drink’ Food Festival giving race goers a taste of Perthshire and an opportunity to sample local produce in a farmers-style market.

There is surely a day in the racing calender which is suitable for all.

Fixture Date Times Information April Festival 24th – 26th April Doors open: 12:00pm  First race: 3:00pm A 3 day ticket for the price of 2 to the most exhilarating opening Perth Festival, Celebrating 400 years of Racing in Perth The Heart of Scotland Beer Festival 15th May Doors open: 4:30pm First race: 6:00pm Come along and sample some of the beers and enjoy the summers evening with a spot of horse racing to match Breakthrough Breast Cancer Ladies Day 16th May Doors open: 12:00pm First race: 2:20pm Set to be another show stopping day in conjunction with Break through Breast Cancer Aviva City of Perth Gold Cup Day 9th June Doors open: 12:00pm First race: 2:00pm Most prestigious racing day combined with hats, heels, suits and jackets Armed Forces Raceday 3rd July Doors open: 12:00pm First race: 2:30pm In connection with ABF Soldiers Charity Independence Day 4th July Doors open: 12:00pm First race: 2:30pm Join us to celebrate the American Independence Day with a brass band, hot dogs and candy floss Family Fun Day 14th July Doors open: 12:00pm First race: 2:00pm Ice cream & fun fairs rides Return of Rock at the Races 30th July Doors open: 4:30pm  First race: 6:30pm The return of American Anthems… on the back of last year’s fantastic turn out American Anthems are back! Bigger and better than ever so don’t miss it! Summer Day Meeting 31st July Doors open: 12:00pm First race: 2:30pm Relax, enjoy and come racing with the little ones and get involved with the small animal farm & picnic hampers on offer! Remember under 18’s go free STV Appeal Carnival Party 17th August Doors open: 12:00pm First race: 3:10pm Raising money for the STV Appeal, remember all money raised in Scotland stays in Scotland so join us lets abolish poverty in Scotland Scotland Food & Drink Day 9th September Doors open: 12:00pm First race: 2:20pm A day of sampling local produce from local people celebrating the start of the Scotland Food & Dink Fortnight, plus the added bonus of a great days racing Glorious Finale 25th – 25th September Doors open: 12:00pm First race: 2:10pm The Glorious finale one of the oldest fixtures on the Perth calendar Glorious Finale: The Big Bang 26th September Doors open: 12:00pm First race: 2:10pm The Glorious finale one of the oldest fixtures on the Perth calendar


Almond Villa Recommends Scone Palace for a Great Day Out

Once the crowning place of the Kings of Scots, Scone Palace occupies a unique position in the history of Scotland. A breathtakingly beautiful place of power and mystery and the rightful home of the celebrated Stone of Scone – also known as the Stone of Destiny. Scone Palace is regarded as a national treasure and is revered as the historic jewel in the crown of Scotland.Scone Day Out

Today, Scone Palace, just outside Perth  is the home of the Earls of Mansfield, and a 5 star visitor attraction to visitors from around the world. There is so much to see and enjoy at Scone Palace, the history, the art and antiques, the superb landscape and architecture, fun for the children, shopping and exploring that one visit is never enough.

Scone Palace is also a first class unique venue and is extremely popular for corporate hospitality, concerts, conferences, family celebrations and of course, weddings. This website gives you a taste of the Scone Palace experience but there is no substitute for the real thing. Come and see for yourself!

Fri, Mar 29th Easter Weekend Fri, Mar 29th Galloway Antiques Fair Sat, Mar 30th Easter Weekend Sat, Mar 30th Galloway Antiques Fair Sun, Mar 31st Easter Weekend Sun, Mar 31st Galloway Antiques Fair Mon, Apr 1st Palace Opening for 2013 Season Sat, May 18th The Pink Ribbonwalk Sun, May 26th Jacobite Clans Alive! Fri, Jun 7th Pot Fest – International Ceramics Festival Sat, Jun 8th Pot Fest – International Ceramics Festival

Balhousie Castle Development and Exhibitions

As Friends of the Black Watch, we at Almond Villa Guest House, were delighted when we heard the Balhousie Castle and Museum was having a make over. A development is currently underway to build an extension to the existing castle. The new building with improved entrance will allow for the efficient manning of the ticket desk and shop. There will be an Increase display space; a large area for special exhibitions; educational interpretation and reunions; improved storage for archives and artefacts; improved shop and reception area; accessible visitor facilities, including a tea room and toilets for visitors; improved parking and a designated learning space.Castleimage.web.2011

Better facilities all round will provide a much improved visitor experience together with an opportunity to generate income to help sustain the business of the Museum. The improvements will meet modern standards of accessibility for people with disabilities.

The new development will be ready in time for the Black Watch Regimental Reunion in June 22nd and we wait with anticipation for our annual trip to the garden party.

We also feel honoured to have had an incite into the work going on at the castle. Stephen Umpleby of Artefacts Conservation Services has been staying at the Almond Villa Guest House and has given us tales of the type of display items he has been cataloguing and preparing for the final exhibition. To display objects for exhibition often requires special made-to-measure mounts to be fabricated which not only help to display the objects but also help to protect the objects from damage while on display. Most objects present unique mounting and display problems due largely to their diversity, materials and construction. More information on Stephen’s work can be found at


The Last Of The Avocados

Finally!!! The Almond Villa Guest House has reached a major milestone, the last avocado suite has been removed from the en-suite and replaced with a beautiful clean cascada suite with chrome finishings.

We have replaced the lime green and avocado tiles with warmer and more tasteful colours in the wet walls.  The wet walls are much more practical and easier to keep clean than the tiles, not to mention they are also make the en-suite much warmer than it was before :)

The Southern Fried Festival today announce the dates for the Sixth (6th) Festival to take place in Perth. It will be over the weekend of Fri 19 – Sun 21 July.Fried festival

They are currently working hard putting together another great line-up for you and will let you know as soon as we have some news to share.

In the meantime, get those dates in your diary, spread the word, and we’ll see you in July!

River TayHolidaying in Highland Perthshire


Destination Management Organisation Highland Perthshire Ltd, based in Pitlochry, is to undertake a major new £50k marketing campaign in the New Year which will showcase the area to key regions and demographics in the UK.

Highland Perthshire Ltd, which covers the areas around Aberfeldy & Loch Tay; Rannoch & Tummel; Blair Atholl; Pitlochry and Dunkeld & Birnam, has around 250 industry members, representing accommodation, activity providers, visitor centres and other tourism businesses. Its online network, which includes and the websites of four of the area’s local tourism associations, provides an extensive overview of the superb choice available to visitors, including sections on walking and cycling, nature and wildlife, history and heritage, adventure activities, events, accommodation, shopping, and food and drink. The DMO successfully applied to the VisitScotland Year of Natural Scotland Growth Fund to carry out a campaign which includes brochure development and distribution, online and print advertising, social media, public relations, competitions and special offers.

Said Peter Guthrie, Highland Perthshire Ltd’s Development Manager: “We are delighted to receive this vital funding which will enable us to implement a professional marketing campaign, building on the extensive research we carried out in 2011.”

Almond Villa - Certificate of Excellance Winner

Almond Villa – Certificate of Excellence Winner


Almond Villa Guest House – Winner of Trip Advisors

Congratulations to Almond Villa Guest House in Dunkeld Road, Perth, who received the Certificate of Excellence Winner for small B&Bs and Guest Houses.

Shauna and Lesley, co-owners, were delighted to received the award and were so pleased that their efforts and hard work of running the B&B had started to be recognised.

              A Very Merry Christmas

Shauna and Lesley from Almond Villa Guest House would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a warm & prosperous New Year!!

                “Lang mey yer lum reek”



Ryder Cup 2014 coming to Perthshire!!!

Whilst I’m not 100% sure this photo of Alex Salmond did the haggis pie eating image of Scotland any good (present company excepted, off course) his visit to the Ryder Cup 2012 in Medinah Country Club,Medinah, Illinois certainly got the message across that Perthshire, Scotland, was the next host of the prestigious Ryder Cup.   As a small B&B we are so surprised to have received as many enquiries for the event as we have, already there must be tens of thousands of Americans planning the trip to hopefully see their revenge for the Ryder Cup being snatched from their open hands.

Perth would be an ideal place for any group/family to based themselves during the event.   It is after all, Auchterarder is only 14 minutes along the A9 and the city centre has an abundance of great restaurants.