The Mackintosh Building

Comrie, Perthshire - Sleeps 4

About this Landmark

This building was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh at a time when he was doing his very best work. The nod towards Scottish Baronial architecture is evident in the projecting turret.

Beds 1 Twin, 1 Double

  • Sleeps4
  • 4 nights from £196
  • equivalent to £12.25 per person per night

Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh

This building was designed by Mackintosh and dates from 1903–4, a time when he was doing his very best work. It was commissioned, by a local draper and ironmonger as a shop with a flat above and workrooms in the attics. The first floor flat with spacious, airy rooms and touches of Mackintosh’s design flair is now the Landmark apartment.

We have redecorated the flat, which has good and characteristic details. The main room runs into the projecting turret, or tourelle, which Mackintosh added to the outer angle of the building in a nod towards Scottish Baronial architecture. This gives it an airy feel and a view of the River Earn and the wooded hills beyond.

Exploring the Highlands

The Mackintosh Building is in the centre of Comrie, a typical highland village, with a bridge over a pebbly river, a whitewashed church and a small square, on the corner of which stands this distinguished and surprising building.  There are good places to eat here and if you might catch a performance by the local pipeband in the square below. The highland scenery unfolds around Comrie and Loch Earn is only a short drive away, as are the towns of Perth and Stirling.

Floor Plan

‘A delightful flat, a charming and friendly village, magnifient countryside and enough to do and see to last a lifetime.’

From the logbook

Map & local info

The Mackintosh Building enjoys a view along the high street of Comrie and across to the bridge over the River Earn and a pretty whitewashed church.

The Mackintosh Building
Comrie, Perthshire - Sleeps 4
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Places to visit nearby

Doune Castle

Crieff Visitor Centre

Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre

Stirling and Stirling Castle

Loch Earn

‘It has made us quite determined to find out more about Charles Rennie Mackintosh.’

From the logbook

Your questions answered

    What you need to know about this building

  • Does the property allow dogs?

    No
  • Is there car parking specifically for Landmark guests?

    Yes – there is one parking space at the rear of the property. There are a number of steps from the parking area at street level up to the Landmark flat.
  • What type of heating does the property have?

    There are electric night storage heaters and an open fire.
  • How can I get fuel for the open fire or stove?

    Unfortunately, there is currently no arrangement for the purchase and delivery of logs, however details of local sources will be provided with your order confirmation.  
  • How is the property accessed?

    Directly from the main road.
  • What is the nearest railway station and how far away is it?

    Gleneagles – 8 miles.
  • What are the kitchen facilities?

    The kitchen is fully equipped with all plates, cutlery, fridge etc. There is also an electric cooker.
  • What are the bathroom facilities?

    There is one bathroom with a bath.
  • Does this Landmark have steep, narrow or spiral stairs?

    The stairs are relatively steep.
  • Is there a garden or outside space?

    There is a garden at the rear of the property. 

    Booking and Payment

  • Can I pay a deposit?

    If your stay starts more than three months from the date you make the booking, you are required to pay a deposit of one third of the cost of your stay (or £100 per booking, if greater) at the time of booking. Camping on Lundy must be paid for in full at the time of booking.
  • How can I pay?

    We accept Maestro (if issued in the UK), Visa, MasterCard, direct transfer and sterling cheques drawn on a UK bank. Cheques should be made payable to the Landmark Trust except for Lundy stays and boat/helicopter tickets which should be payable to The Lundy Company Ltd. All payments must be in sterling.
  • How do I pick up the key?

    There are various arrangements for picking up keys. To arrange to get into the Landmark, please contact the housekeeper at least two days before your stay
  • How can I cancel or change my booking?

    If you wish to cancel or change your booking, please contact our Booking Office on 01628 825925
  • What if I arrive late?

    Please let the housekeeper know if you are going to arrive late and s/he will leave a key for you in a suitable place.
  • Do you accept payment in other currencies?

    At the moment we only accept payment in sterling.
  • How far in advance do I need to book?

    It depends. Some of our most popular Landmarks are booked up a long time in advance, but many can be booked at short notice. We will always have Landmarks free for the coming weekend so it’s always worth checking our availability list.
  • Do you have to be a member to book a Landmark?

    No, Landmarks are available to be booked for anyone.
  • Do I need a Handbook to be able to book?

    No, all the information you need can be found on our website, although we’d like you to buy one anyway as it will be a pleasure to own!
  • What happens if I can’t get to the Landmark due to bad weather?

    If the weather is bad, please contact our booking office who will advise you as to whether the Landmark is accessible. If the housekeeper can safely get to the building to carry out the changeover then we consider that it is open and available. However if we cannot undertake a changeover then we will do our utmost to transfer your stay to another Landmark, which may not be of a similar size or in the same part of the country as your original booking.

    Staying at a Landmark

  • Are Landmarks only available as self-catering accommodation?

    Yes, Landmarks are only available as self-catering accommodation. We do not offer bed and breakfast.
  • Do you provide catering?

    Landmark does not provide catering, but we can recommend Greycoat Lumleys who can arrange for expert and well-trained staff to cater for one evening or for your entire holiday. Their cooks and chefs are able to work with you to meet your specific requirements
  • Do you allow dogs?

    You may bring up to two dogs to properties where dogs are allowed (please see specific property details for exemptions however dogs are not permitted on Lundy except assistance dogs). They must be kept off the furniture and under proper control.
  • Can I bring a pet?

    Apart from two dogs (see above) no other pets are permitted.
  • Insured if I break something?

    We do not carry insurance for breakages. However we appreciate that accidents do sometimes happen. If you have a breakage during your stay, please let the housekeeper know and if appropriate we reserve the right to invoice you accordingly.
  • Are Landmarks suitable for children?

    Yes, most of our Landmarks are perfect for children, with gardens to play in and secret places to discover. Our furniture is surprisingly robust and we positively encourage families to stay. However, some of our buildings may not be suitable for small children; for example, some of them have steep or uneven spiral staircases. We recommend that you call the Booking Enquiries team if you would like to find out the suitability of any of our Landmarks for young children.
  • Are Landmarks accessible for people with disabilities or limited mobility?

    Some of our Landmarks are suitable for people with disabilities or limited mobility. However, many Landmarks have steep or narrow staircases, uneven floors and thresholds, changes of level, low ceilings or beams, as well as indistinct colours on steps and in corridors. We recommend that you call Booking Enquiries if you would like to find out the suitability of a particular Landmark for anyone with a specific disability.
  • Can I get married in a Landmark?

    Unfortunately, most of our Landmarks are not licensed for weddings. However, you may get married on Lundy.
  • Can I hold a big party in a Landmark?

    All our larger Landmarks are perfect for gatherings of family or friends. You may invite an additional two guests to visit you during your stay, however they must not stay overnight. This is very important because our fire regulations specifically note the maximum number of people in any one building. In addition our properties are prepared, furnished and equipped for the number of people specified and greater numbers cause damage and excessive wear and tear to vulnerable buildings. Should this condition be ignored we shall make a retrospective charge per person per day (whether or not they stay overnight) for each guest over the permitted limit, the charge being pro-rated on the total cost of your booking.
  • Is it true there are no televisions in the buildings?

    We deliberately do not provide televisions and find that most people appreciate this.
  • Why are your access tracks sometimes difficult?

    One of the challenges of restoring unloved buildings is gaining access to them. We frequently have to negotiate rights with our neighbours and share tracks with them. In many cases tracks do not belong to us and we have no right to maintain them. Wherever possible we work with our neighbours to provide you with a good quality surface, but where this is a problem then you will be warned at the time of booking.
  • Will there be sockets for my electrical appliances?

    Yes, we have standard electricity sockets for UK appliances. If you are coming from outside the UK, you will need to bring your own adaptor plug(s).

    Facilities

  • Are the kitchens and bathrooms restored to a modern standard?

    Sometimes our kitchens and bathrooms have to be imaginatively fitted into the available space in buildings where before there were none, but they are all planned and equipped to a high and modern standard.
  • Is linen provided?

    Yes, Landmarks are fully equipped with sheets and towels. All the beds are fully made up for your arrival.
  • Are the kitchens fully equipped?

    Yes, our kitchens are well equipped with cookers and fridges. There are freezers and dishwashers (in larger buildings) and, where space allows, microwaves as well as a wide and standard range of utensils. A full equipment list is available at time of booking.
  • Do you provide logs for the open fire/stove?

    Logs are provided at many of our Landmarks for an additional cost.
  • Will there be a mobile signal in the Landmark I book?

    Mobile coverage varies. Some Landmarks have an excellent signal, but others have none at all. If you are concerned, you can check with the housekeeper before your arrival.
  • Is there Wi-Fi in your buildings?

    No. At the moment, we have decided not to implement Wi-Fi in our buildings following a consultation with our customers. Many said that they would find it useful, but many also felt that it would somehow damage the experience of staying in a Landmark. As the responses were so split, and as we have so many other initiatives requiring funding, we have decided to put this on hold for the time being.
  • What should I bring with me? Are there lavatory rolls, soap, shampoo, milk, teabags, coffee, hairdryer?

    A welcome tray with tea and sugar awaits your arrival and you will find a pint of milk in the fridge. We also provide lavatory rolls and a bar of soap, per basin but no other toiletries. We do not provide hairdryers.

Largely unknown and unrecognised

Until 1980, when Alastair Kirsop, a student from the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow, completed his dissertation (for which see the following pages), the Mackintosh building in Comrie was largely unknown and unrecognised. Mr and Mrs Ray Smith, a retired couple, had bought the flat on the first floor in the early 1970's, quite unprepared for the interest that was about to be taken in it.

Before long, however, Mackintosh enthusiasts were knocking on the door asking to see the flat and gradually the Smiths came to take an equal interest in their own property. They had, for example, been about to remove the fireplace from the sitting room, but upon learning of its designer they immediately gave up the idea.

So when, in 1984, they decided to move Mr Smith was concerned that any new owner, besides caring for the property, should make it possible for more people to see the flat. He had heard of the Landmark flat in Mackintosh's The Hill House, Helensburgh, and so he asked his lawyer to approach the Trust.

The Trustees were immediately interested; the building at Comrie is a minor one, but it dates from the years in which Mackintosh was doing his finest work, 1903-4, and it is still very complete, both the flat and the shop having retained most of their original fittings. In particular they saw the importance of flat and shop being re-united in one ownership in order to safeguard the future of the building as a whole. As a step towards this the flat was bought by Landmark early in 1985.

The original Mackintosh decoration had disappeared

The architect for the restoration was Stewart Tod, who had also done the work at The Hill House and at several other Landmarks in Scotland. The flat needed a complete overhaul; the wiring was out of date and the plumbing untidily exposed. The original Mackintosh decoration had disappeared long ago under layers of wallpaper and paint, which all had to be stripped off. However, some of the original dark green stain, used on the woodwork, had survived on the sitting room fireplace and on the back of the sitting room door and so the rest could be restored to match it.

As work progressed a patch of original wallpaper was uncovered in the kitchen and above the door some distemper, which must have formed a 'frieze' along the top of the wall, above the wallpaper. Both patches have been left showing.

Two fireplaces had been removed; one from the small bedroom, which must have made it awkward to furnish and one from the kitchen. The latter was replaced with a surround which, like the cupboards and shelves along the wall, were designed to fit in with the surviving Mackintosh details.

The local joiner who made these and the bathroom cupboard took great trouble, as did all the men from Carmichael's, the building firm who did the work, to see that every detil was finished to the highest standard.

The linoleum in the kitchen, which fitted both for design and size, came from the lodge at Saddell in Kintyre, recently acquired by the Landmark. It was brought from there by Mr and Mrs Tod on the roof of their car, rolled up, secured to a board and singing melodiously all the way, like an organ-pipe, as the wind whistled through it.

The green fittings in the bathroom were almost brand new, so after some qualms it was decided to keep them and they do seem to fit in with the rest of the decoration quite well.

Throughout the flat, apart from the cupboards already described and new storage heaters, nothing has been added to the original design. The curtain rail in the sitting room was replaced by one less aggressively shiny and the curtains themselves were hand printed by Mrs Packer, who makes many of the curtains for Landmark, with the same design that was used at The Hill House.

The furniture in the flat is almost entirely the work of early 20th century architects and designers, such as Baillie Scott, Gordon Russell and Heal's, in most of which the influence of C.R. Mackintosh can be detected, as in so much that came after him.

All the work was carried out very quickly and the flat was ready by the end of 1985. Then in 1986, Miss Hamilton, the grand-daughter of the Mr Macpherson who was inspired to commission Mackintosh to rebuild his shop, agreed to sell it to Landmark and so the original aim of uniting the two was realised. She will continue to run it, however, until her retirement, when it is hoped that someone else will be found to carry on selling everything that you can imagine or wish for over one counter.

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A changeover day is a particular day of the week when holidays start and end at our properties. These tend to be on a Friday or a Monday but can sometimes vary. All stays run from one changeover day until another changeover day.