Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
On the edge of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Old Balwill was originally a signalman's cottage, sitting on the old railway line that ran between Stirling and Balloch. It has since been extensively modernised and extended and now provides very comfortable accommodation on two levels. It is furnished and equipped to a high standard and as the Scottish owners have travelled in southern Africa, you will find that many of the paintings and artefacts come from there.
Though in a peaceful, rural situation, the cottage is only two miles from the village of Buchlyvie, which has a well-stocked store, garage, cafe, butcher, hairdresser, pottery and art gallery, as well as a couple of pubs which serve good pub food.
It is a short drive to the cities of Stirling and Glasgow and only an hour away from the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh. Whether you want to tour and admire the scenery, or are looking to fill your days with lots of physical activity, this area has it all. There are a large number of Munros within easy reach and miles of forest trails for walking and cycling. Sailors, windsurfers and canoeists can head out onto Loch Ard, Loch Venacher and, of course, famous Loch Lomond, while golfers have a choice of five local clubs within ten miles, all of which welcome visitors.
If all this sounds too energetic, the cottage itself has every home comfort and the garden is a very peaceful place to sit and relax!
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest Amenities||3.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Glasgow 56 km, Nearest railway: Stirling 30 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
On the ground floor, there is one double bedroom with a king-size bed and TV with Free view. The shower room (power shower), which is next door, may be made into an en-suite if desired.
There is a well-equipped dining kitchen, with NEFF oven and French doors leading out into the garden. A separate laundry room houses the washing machine, tumble drier and ironing board.
The large L-shaped sitting/dining room has large comfy leather sofas, a dining table seating up to eight and a wood burning stove. For indoor entertainment, there is a 40" flat-screen TV with Freesat channels, DVD player, hi-fi system, iPod docking station and free wireless internet. There is also a good selection of books, board games, jigsaws, DVDs and CDs.
On the first floor, there is one east-facing double bedroom, with king-size bed, which overlooks the neighbouring fields and one twin bedroom, with north and south facing velux windows. (All velux windows have black-out blinds). Also on this floor is the bathroom, which overlooks the garden.
Each of the bedrooms has a hair dryer and adaptors are provided for overseas visitors. The cottage is well stocked with cleaning/laundry materials and staples such as salt, pepper, tea, coffee, sugar, olive oil and basic spices. Also included in the rental price is a starter pack of logs, kindling and fire-lighters for the stove.
|Further details outdoors|
The cottage has its own entrance with plenty of car parking space. The surrounding gardens are private and enclosed, laid out with gravel, flagstones and flower borders, bounded with drystone walls. There is a gas barbecue and wooden garden table with seating for six people in the patio garden.
At the front of the house, there is a wooden bench seat and a small bistro table with two chairs.
Arrival is from 4pm onwards and departure by 10am, to allow sufficient time for cleaning between guests. A welcome pack is also provided.
The Central Scotland/Strathclyde region
There is a wealth of activities and attractions for visitors in this area. There are lots of historic buildings waiting to be explored - from Inchmahome Priory, a ruined Augustinian monastery, which lies on an island in the Lake of Menteith, to the 14th century ducal castle at Doune. Stirling Castle, which was once the residence of Scottish kings and perches atop an extinct volcano is only 18 miles away, while Edinburgh Castle too is only around an hour away.
On a more modern note, the Falkirk Wheel is an impressive piece of Scottish engineering. Measuring 115 feet, it is the world's only rotating boat-lift and is used to connect the Forth & Clyde and Union canals.
Shoppers won't be disappointed either, with the Scottish Antiques and Crafts Centre near Doune; lots of gift shops, art galleries and wool centres around Killearn, Aberfoyle and Callander, complementing the full range of shopping facilities you would expect in the cities of Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Local farmers markets are held throughout the year where local produce and specialities can be tasted and bought and there are numerous cafes and coffee shops selling delicious home baking.
Loch Lomond National Park
Ben Lomond, Ben Ledi, Ben Vorlich, Ben Venue and Ben Vane are all within easy reach for more serious hill walkers, whilst the small - but still beautifully formed - hills of The Conic and Ben A'an make a fantastic walk (with glorious views) for families with even quite small children.
Cyclists and walkers have miles of forest trails to explore in the nearby Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, whilst sailors, windsurfers and canoeists can head out onto Loch Ard, Loch Venacher and, of course, famous Loch Lomond. For the slightly less energetic, there are relaxing boat trips on Loch Lomond and Loch Katrine.
If you're fond of golf, you'll be spoilt for choice with five local clubs within ten miles, all of which welcome visitors. There is also The Carrick, set on the shores of Loch Lomond and Gleneagles, which is only around 45 mins away.
Fishermen can fish for brown and rainbow trout on the Lake of Menteith - perhaps popping into the Port Bar at the Lake of Menteith hotel for the Fisherman's Breakfast. Or why not explore the forest from the air, if you're feeling particularly adventurous, swinging on the UK's biggest high-wire zip line (Go Ape) at Aberfoyle?
If you're visiting in August, we are just over an hour away from Edinburgh and its famous International Festival. Slightly closer to home, there is the Drymen Agricultural Show, which takes place at the end of May; the Fintry Music Festival, also in May; and the Trossachs Mushroom Festival, to name but a few. So, though we're rural, there's usually something on somewhere close!