Family Checklist for Pilmuir - What to bring (or not)????

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What to pack?  What do I leave behind? These are the questions we ask ourselves every time we head away on a holiday so hopefully these tips will help.

  1. In the welcome pack there is tea, coffee and sugar awaiting your arrival, but pack some milk! There is even a Magimix Nespresso coffee machine.
  2. The kitchen is well equipped from slow cooker, bread maker to food mixer, so try and plan some meals or have a think about what you want to cook and don’t pack too much food with you.As we use the cottage ourselves and have a child with food allergies, a well-equipped kitchen was essential and that includes plastic crockery etc for the children.
  3. For families we have a highchair, plenty board games, DVDs, toys and books, so you don’t need to pack so much indoor entertainment, just remember a wee net and wellies for the stream outside. There is also a playpen-come-fire guard.
  4. Prior to COVID-19 we provided all linen and towels but at present we are unable to do so due to the risks involved to our housekeeping team and to you the guests in using a laundrette.For our full COVID-19 story check it out here ( do provide bathmats, kitchen towel, oven gloves, dish cloth and in the welcome pack are some dishwasher tablets, kitchen roll etc.  We also provide a comprehensive kit for COVID-19 with hand sanitizers, sprays etc so just remember your masks.
  5. Clothes for all weathers, as you just don’t know what’s going to happen.Washing machine, tumble dryer and pulley are all there, but I’d suggest bringing a small amount of your own washing powder as the last thing you want is a reaction to something new.
  6. We have bike washing facilities with lotions and potions as well as tools to fix your bike but a puncture repair kit, rucksack, water bottles and packed lunch/snack stuff never goes amiss.
  7. The cottage has lots of maps covering Scotland, but a map case would be a good idea if you plan on using them, so they don’t get wet.
  8. No need to pack the hair dryer as there is one in each room but you can pack the straightening irons if you think it necessary ;-) 
  9. Sun-tan lotion if you are going tobe out and about.Whether it’s sun reflecting off snow, wind or indeed summer sun it’s something we recommend along with a first aid kit.We do have a kit in the cottage but again always best ‘to be prepared’ particularly when kids are involved.