Vanora’s Cottages are run by sisters Clare Cooper and Olivia Robertson.
“We live in Alyth and our business, The Home Straight – which offers independent living solutions for older people – is also based here.
St Louan’s was the home our parents retired to after 50 years of missionary life in Africa and Camlann has belonged to Clare for the last ten years.
With our interest in people’s home environment, especially in later life, we felt the cottages gave us a great opportunity to add to The Home Straight’s services and bring our expertise to bear in a slightly different setting.
Our business requires a big emphasis on listening to what people want and need from their home environment and a real focus on the detail of what needs to be done when in order to create as stress free an experience for our clients as possible. We aim to bring this ethos to how we manage Vanora’s Cottages too so that you can have a peaceful enjoyable and stress free holiday.”
Vanora is the Scottish name for Queen Guinevere, wife of King Arthur and legend goes that she was abducted (not unwillingly) by the Pictish King Mordred and held captive on Barry Hill, near Alyth. When she was released, it is said that King Arthur had her put to death by being pulled apart by wild animals, as punishment for her adultery and her remains were buried at nearby Meigle where today you will find a plaque in the churchyard identifying her grave, known as “Vanora’s Mound”. A stone that originally stood on this spot can be seen in the Meigle Sculptured Stone Museum. A scene carved into the stone is believed to depict her tragic death.