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House | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Brockieside is a beautifully restored shepherd's cottage that puts the personal touch into self-catering. Receive a warm welcome from owner Peter and his faithful companion, Heeruh the Border Terrier.
As a family-run business, Brockieside has that extra-special 'home from 'home' atmosphere, where you can relax in your tastefully decorated and furnished cottage, and look out over spectacular views from restful surroundings. With extra touches, such as a wide range of specialized teas and coffees, candles, books, and dvds; you can enjoy a cosy retreat from the hustle and bustle.
Brockieside is surrounded by wonderful walks, places of interest and is a short journey from the three main cities: Glasgow, Stirling, and Edinburgh. We look forward to welcoming you and your family to stay with us.
*Please take a moment to read testimonials from past visitors below*
Ground floor: Comfortable open-planned sitting room/kitchen with panoramic window looking over the Kelvin valley.
The bespoke kitchen with solid beech work surfaces also features washing machine/dryer, dishwasher, oven/hob, and fridge. Pots, pans, dishes, utensils, and home comforts are provided.
Computer and printer access is available at the window desk, where you can also admire the views up the Kilsyth Hills,
Front room: Comfy room with double sofa-bed, SKY TV, dining table, and stylish en-suite washbasin. Extra storage space available in a double wardrobe which also contains extra pillows and blankets for your comfort.
First floor: Very cosy attic conversion which contains a double bedroom with velux window opening over farmland with View of Tom Tain Hill; Bathroom – beautiful Victorian free-standing roll-topped bath and shower. Wooden floors throughout.
Facilities: All fuel and power, wi-fi, Sky TV, bed linen and towels included. Plenty of off-street parking for cars. Patio furniture and storage available.
More about Brockieside and the surrounding area:
Brockieside is a wonderful row of three shepherds' stone cottages built between 1806-7 sitting in 1.5 acres of private ground. It is set high in the Kilsyth Hills with spectacular views over the Central Valley and the Pentland Hills, offering isolation and relaxation.
The journey from the nearest town of Kilsyth is only two miles, yet as you travel up the winding Tak Ma Doon Road, a famous time trials hill for Scottish cyclists, you will feel as if you have been mysteriously transported much further North into rolling, sheep-strewn hills, dry stone walls with vast panoramic views all around.
Venturing into the beauty that is just outside the front door, the rental property gives immediate access to hill walks to the north, in the Carron Valley Forest and Kilsyth Hills. A morning walk up the local Tom Tain Hill (453m and 40 mins from the front door) could lead to a day's exploration and a climb up Meikle Bin (570 m).
Walk down Tak Ma Doon Road, past Kilsyth & Lennox Public Golf Club fairways, and turn off the path that meanders to the lovely waterfall and spectacular trees to arrive at the beautiful Colzium Country Estate. Here you will find a tea room, a beautiful walled garden and a substantial childrens play area.
Apart from fishing, golf, and walking, days could be spent nearby, rock climbing in Auchinstarry Quarry or renting a cycle or boat at Auchinstarry Marina with wonderful paths to follow along the lengthy Forth and Clyde canal (with fishing), connecting East to West.
For sightseeing there is the Antonine Wall, the Falkirk Wheel and Banton Loch, (with fishing) with the remains of the Battle of Kilsyth.
Excursions from Kilsyth:
If you want to venture futher afield Croy Railway Station is 4.5 miles and offers direct journeys to Glasgow 11 mins Stirling 20 mins and Edinburgh 30mins.
The local town of Kilsyth is 2 miles and a 20 min walk, or 5 mins drive by car. Kilsyth has a high street with chemists, butchers, a fishmonger, bakeries, ironmongers, newsagents, greengrocer and many other local shops. Two supermarkets are also within the vicinity. Should you want to eat out there are three restaurants in town and several others within 5 miles. There are also takeaways which deliver if you'd prefer to eat in but not cook!
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Culross 31 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2.6 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Glasgow International Airport 42 km, Nearest railway: Croy Station 5.5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Shared garden|
The Central Scotland/Strathclyde region
Set high in the Kilsyth Hills, Brockieside looks South East over the rural lowlands between the Firth of Forth and the West Coast, with views of the Pentland Hills, 40 miles away.
The nearby town of Kilsyth has many of the elements associated with a Scottish market town, including a pedestrianised Main Street with a wide range of local and specialist independent shops, attractive parks and gardens at Burngreen and Colzium complete with bandstands, welcoming hostelries such as the Boathouse and the Scarecrow pub, and a fair choice of local restaurants - European, Indian, Chinese and fish 'n' chips. . The nearby villages of Croy, Banton, Queenzieburn, and Twechar are within easy walking distance from Kilsyth.
Townhead reservoir, known locally as Banton Loch, is the site of the Battle of Kilsyth and is the main reservoir for the Fort and Clyde Canal. A thriving marina has been developed at Auchinstarry close to the climbing wall and lakes at the old quarry.
Kilsyth Lennox Golf Club was founded in 1899. The original original nine hole course was the Balmalloch area of the town, but moved in 1905 to the present position North East of the town. Between 1997 and 2002, the majority of the greens and tees were redesigned by Rocky Roquemore, the American Golf Course architect. The club hosts a Festival of Golf in the first week in July.
Kilsyth has a public swimming pool, open seven days a week, a public library, a small hospital and health centre, and a range of recreational facilities such as tennis courts and bowling clubs. It is also an accredited Walkers are Welcome town.
Nearby attractions include the Falkirk Wheel, a huge boat lift that connects the Union and Forth & Clyde Canal networks, and the Antonine Wall – marking the northern edge of the Roman Empire. Kilsyth is about 40 minutes from Glasgow, Falkirk, Stirling and Edinburgh by car, bus (new express link in 2011) or train from nearby Croy station.
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20 Jul 2014
"Great cottage great views"
I cannot believe we found this amazing place almost on our own doorstep. We both loved this cottage everything was thought of a real home from home without the stresses of everyday life. Peter has don… More
16 Jun 2014
"A gem of a place to stay"
Very warm welcome from Heeruh the terrier set the tone for our stay at Brockieside. Peter met us with a box of chocolates and fresh flowers and a tour of a very warm space. Brockieside has all two peo… More
17 May 2014
"Exactly what we needed"
We were welcomed by Peter and his dog, both were delightful. Peter could not have done more for us, nothing was too much bother. The cottage is clean and well equiped with everything you could possibl… More
5 May 2014
"Tak yer bike..."
A trip planned to visit relatives in Glasgow and to get some road cycling with hills under our belts. Brockieside was the perfect location half way up a classic Scottish hill climb. The views were spe… More
4 May 2014
"amazing last minute break"
decided at the last minute to go away for a few days. found this property on trip adviser and emailed the owner peter to ask if it was available.as he was away he kindly got someone to get the propert… More
28 Apr 2014
The owner is very helpful and makes sure you have every comfort you need. The cottage is in a fabulous location with good walks straight out the door. Can't wait to get back there again soon.… More
24 Apr 2014
"Home from home isn't an understatement"
Our host Peter was not only perfect in terms of greeting us, but also his thoughtfulness into the cottage and it's amenities. Not to forget Peter's adorable border terrier. The cottage has e… More
22 Oct 2013
"Cosy cottage stay - perfect weekend break!"
Brockieside cottage was the perfect place for a quite, weekend getaway. Overlooking Kilsyth, the view was beautiful and the cottage was extremely cosy, well furnished and had every utility you might n… More
2 Sep 2013
"Agradable y funcional"
Es una coqueta casa de campo con unas vistas increibles. La casa está perfectamente dotada. No le falta de nada. Peter fue muy amable. Estuvimos poco tiempo pero suficiente como para recomendarla.
20 Aug 2013
"Just Perfect in Every Way!"
We had a fantastic time at Brockieside. Peter Reilly the owner was extremely friendly, welcoming and helpful, and Heeruh the Border Terrier charming.The cottage is very comfortable and very tastefully… More
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