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Stay in an ancient church tower at the gateway to the Highlands

In the Big Tree country of Perthshire, where walks are brisk, wild and open to the vagaries of British weather, there’s this bright and welcoming church-tower lair, overlooking the market town of Crieff, gateway to the Highlands.

The ancient Highland Tower was recently overhauled as a holiday home with a spiral staircase, Bulthaup kitchen and retreated centuries-old wood floors. The new floorplan incorporates three bedrooms with original stonework around the Gothic windows. Two of the bedrooms have en suite baths, with another full bath available to the third.

An upside-down layout puts the common rooms higher than the bedrooms to maximise views over the town. Even higher is a viewing platform with seating for enjoying the hilly panorama. Hiking, cycling and canoeing opportunities on the River Tay are a short drive away.

Highland Tower is two hours from Edinburgh by train but closer to the Gleneagles golf course and the Glenturret Distillery, with its Michelin-star restaurant. Welcome Beyond is listing it for a nightly rate of €429. Guests can request a concierge service or a private chef.

The living room
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One of the Highland Tower's three bedrooms
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A view over the town from the roofdeck
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A view of the building – and the former church
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