The Tabernacle is the perfect place to rest, retreat, and reset life. With an enormous wood burner to keep you cozy whilst snuggled up on one of the oversized sofas. Floor to ceiling altar windows means that even if the weather is properly Scottish you can enjoy the far- reaching views all day long from the comfort of the great indoors.
The master bedroom is located in the mezzanine which has spectacular views over the main chapel space. An ultra-comfy Kingsize bed that benefits from crisp white luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets, feather and down pillows and duvets, Whites and co. luxury towels and bathrobes.
There is a further bedroom in the old vestry that contains a cozy boxed bunk bed with two full-sized singles.The second vestry houses a magnificent double-ended roll top cast iron bath, big enough for two. And there’s everything else you’d expect; a fully equipped kitchen, TV, and interiors that offer perfect comfort and rustic style. Your own exclusive hot tub awaits with breathtaking views across the Tay valley.
From The Tabernacle there are endless walks to be had, fabulous also for cyclists and runners, a wild larder on your doorstep for foraging, you can embrace Scotland’s right-to- roam rules. Taking on the terrain is welcomed, whether that’s climbing mountains or a gentle stroll to the hot tub.
The definition of Tabernacle is a moving sacred space. It is unsurprising, therefore, that our tabernacle did not start its life in its present location. Originally, it was gifted to the local Catholic community by the Marquis of Bute in the 1840’s and was actually chosen from a Bond Street catalogue of prefabricated, flat-packed buildings in London. During this period in history, the British Empire was expanding across the globe and many buildings were required quickly and efficiently. Therefore, it was possible to order a church, a school, or a community hall to be shipped almost anywhere in the empire.
Until 2004 the Tabernacle resided in the market town of Aberfeldy and was called the Mary of Mercy Church. Originally it was graded as a B-listed building but was declassified and scheduled for demolition. Suki Urquhart, my late mother, embarked on a mission to save the Tabernacle from being landfilled; persuading the minster to give her the building rather than scrap it. As it was designed as a flat pack there was a way to dismantle it without destroying it. She commissioned it to be taken down and numbered and stored it until a suitable site could be found to re-erect it. In 2008 she rebuilt it as an agricultural building on her land with the hope that one day the council would support her bid to use it as a dwelling.
It took her until 2014 to convince the powers that be to grant a change of use for the Tabernacle. Alas, my mother ran out of time before realising her dream and departed this world just three weeks after PKC granted a change of use. It has been our labor of love to restore this building and re-purpose it into one of our amazing Highland Spaces. The Tabernacle is a house that enfolds you in warmth and history.