Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Briar Steading is a luxury holiday cottage built on ancient crofting lands, boasting exceptional views south over Loch Earn, Edinample Castle, Ben Our and Stuc A Chroin from three acre landscaped gardens, including a 250 foot loch garden. The spacious open plan living area separates the King and twin bedrooms. The living area offers comfy leather lounge seating, a wood burning stove with a dining table and 6 chairs next to a modern kitchen with integrated appliances.
The layout enables everyone to interact whether cooking eating, reading or watching films. The bedrooms and en suites are on the gable ends of the building offering evening privacy. The front elevation was built using the same local stone as the owners b listed thatched cottage. Briar Steadings glass doors lead from the lounge and both bedrooms to the patio and offer ever changing stunning views throughout the seasons. Fraser and Kim Proven will welcome you on arrival to ensure that you are familiar with the property and equipment and are on hand if you need to contact them about the cottage, ground facilities or the area in general.
Guests staying for 7 nights or more will be invited to see inside the original thatched cottage to view the incredible cruck timber ceiling and here stories of McGregors and McLarens who were the original tenant crofters. Excellent location for touring Scotland. 58 miles from fom Glasgow and Edinburgh. Central location in Scotland. An ideal base for touring other attractions, towns and cities. 2 hotels within 200m, Golf, cycle route 7, Munro's, fishing boat hire, The Rob Roy Way, water sports, forest parks and Rob Roy MacGregor's resting place, nearby.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Oban 55 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Edinburgh or Glasgow 93 km, Nearest railway: Stirling 48 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, DVD player|
|General||TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake or river|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
The double room has a King Size bed without a foot end to enable comfort, space and unspoilt views from the glass door to Loch Earn, the hills and glen. There is an electric power shower over the bath in the en suite for the King room and a large walk in wet power shower area in the en suite off the twin bedroom. Both bedrooms have large wardrobe spaces. The cottage has Sky TV and Sky Sports in the lounge and double bedroom with Sky Freesat TV in the Twin room. An above average electricity allowance is offered to ensure that no one has ever needed to pay for extra electricity. The heaters are all electric and can be set to timer or used manually. There is an iPod docking station, games, DVD's and books and the cottage is WifI enabled. The kitchen is well equipped with a full fridge freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. A travel cot and high chair can be requested.
|Further details outdoors|
Exceptional loch view. The loch garden is only 50 metres from the house. There is space to park 2 cars and a boat and trailer. Enjoy the patio and garden space around the cottage as well as the shared paddock to the rear leading to an old railway walk way and a stream running the length of the gardens. Great views from the seat at the top of the garden and the picnic table in the top right hand corner. The loch garden is 250 ft long with a picnic table. The owners provide access to their summer house and guests can fish from March 15th to October 6th without a permit from anywhere along the loch garden and the jetty . Guests can also launch a small boat, canoe or Kayak from the slipway and there is a choice of 3 moorings. Loch Earn is 6.5 miles long with a water sports centre at the Lochearnhead end and additional boat hire, fishing and canoeing at St Fillans in the East End
The owners hot tub is located on the grounds within a wooden out house, near the thatched cottage. Guests can request use of the hot tub direct with the owners at no additional cost. The hot tub is treated every morning and filters are changed on Friday mornings. Not suitable for small children. Adults must accompany children for safety. The hot tub is locked securely when not in use. Please note, while there is space for limited mobility and wheelchairs in Briar Steading there is a short but steep drive up to the cottage. Anyone with limited ability would need to drive up and down it rather than walk. No smoking in the house however you are welcome to smoke on the grounds. Two hotels within 200m plus, a water sports centre, cafe, shop and post office in the village. Sainsbury.s and ASDA both deliver groceries to the door if you pre order.
The Central Scotland/Strathclyde region
Lochearnhead is in Central Scotland. In fact Loch Earn is so central within Scotland that it makes an idyllic base for touring. The main roads A84 and A85 will take you in all directions whether you prefer to stick close to the forests, mountains and lochs or to visit historic cities and towns with shops. The Trossachs, Perthshire, Stirlingshire, Highlands are all pinned together at Loch Earn on the edge of The Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. The cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow are equidistant at 58 miles away. Perth City is 40 miles, Stirling, 30 miles and it takes 45 minutes to reach Loch Lomond or the ski centre at Glencoe. Oban is a pretty seaside town on the west coast yet it is only 55 miles away and takes less than 90 minutes to reach by car. Many guests leave early and catch the 10.30 ferry from Oban to Mull and Tobermorray. Stirling train station offers an excellent option to park the car all day for a modest sum (£3.50). Then you can hop on a train to the centre of Edinburgh or Glasgow and stroll around. Scotland offers a vast choice of things to see and do. From Lochearnhead you can discover lovely places to eat and drink, history, castles, fishing, feats of engineering, wildlife, land rover wildlife safaris, golf, whisky distilleries, water sports and other outdoor sports, Munro's, antiques, forest walks and National Cycle route 7 on the disbanded railway line. There are too many things to list though more information is available from The Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park of Scotland and Queen Elizabeth 11 Forest Park as well as The Loch Earn Tourism Initiative group website of events.
Lochearnhead village has 2 hotels, a water sports centre, post office, local grocery store and a village hall. The village has some interesting annual events like a boat race, swim race, wakeboarding events, a village fete, model aeroplane flying, horticultural shows and the Balquhidder Strathyre and Lochearnhead Highland Games. The village is a popular meeting place for bikers and car touring clubs as well as fishermen.
This is an excellent base for anyone wishing to explore central Scotland from East to West and it is known as The Gateway To The Highlands. The area boasts some fine places to eat and drink from cafe's to fine dining. Regular sitings of deer, ospreys, red squirrels and other wildlife make it a popular place to return. Golfers will enjoy the proximity to 20 courses within an hour the nearest being St Fillans and Killin within a 15 minute drive.
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23 Aug 2014
"Lovely home from home"
We spent ten days in this lovely accommodation in early August with our nearly two year old grandson. Briar Steading was extremely comfortable and well furnished and equipped to a high standard. The … More
Thank you for taking the time to review Briar Steading. We are delighted that you enjoyed its comforts and views. Great advise from you about small children being watched on our three acre site. There are many temptations for wee ones like the stream, loch, rocky waterfall, fish pond and of course running after mallards with bread and bird food! Best Wishes, Kim and Fraser
1 Aug 2014
"Very, very special place"
Gorgeous self-catered stone cottages right on Loch Earn. Proprietors, Fraser and Kim Proven are delightful. The Lochearnhead Highland games are a short walk down the road and lots of water activities … More
Thank you for your kind words. We are delighted that you enjoyed Briar Steading and The BLS Highland Games in Lochearnhead, especially having travelled all the way from the USA to attend and meet McLaren kinsmen. Loch Earn does offer a pretty view in different colours and light all year round and we are lucky to have a garden on the water's edge. We hope that you will return again some day either for the Highland Games or to experience a different season. Our very best wishes, Kim and Fraser
5 May 2014
"What a view!"
What a wonderful stay we had in Little Briar, the location is perfect for exploring local history, villages, towns. Both mobile signal and wifi are very good. The cottage was beautifully clean and war… More
Thank you very much for sharing your experience of Little Briar Cottage. Fraser was delighted that you noticed his pride and joy striped lawn and that you enjoyed the gardens that he looks after. We are very lucky to share the gardens and area with wildlife and it is great that you spotted a few of the birds and creatures that appear here in Spring. We also enjoyed the loch garden chat and look forward to welcoming you back. Best Wishes for a great Summer, Kim and Fraser
29 Apr 2014
"Complete holiday break in excellent accommodation"
Fabulous cottage with views to die for! Why get off the leather sofa when you can see gorgeous scenery and Ospreys diving into the lake outside your window. Day trips to Glencoe and Loch Lomond and th… More
We are delighted that you enjoyed the views of Loch Earn from Briar Steading's full length glass windows and doors and that you saw the ospreys. Thank you for sharing great advice on places to visit and things to do. The Scottish Crannog Centre is a unique experience with a scenic drive from Lochearnhead, along Loch Tay to Kenmore. The story teller helps to transport you back in time anywhere from 5000 years ago to the 17th century. Thank you for returning to Briar Steading again.
27 Mar 2014
"A room with a stunning ever changing view"
Just come back from a great 5 night break staying at Briar Cottage. What a beautiful cottage with fantastic ever changing Loch views. Definitely one of the best cottage holidays we have had in Scotl… More
Thank you for your kind comments and for sharing your experience in and around Briar Cottages. We are delighted that you enjoyed staying in Briar Steading. It was great to hear your stories about cycling on National cycle route 7 nearby and other routes within our National Park. The mallards are comical. The ladies are nesting just now and before long, 10 to 12 ducklings will be brought to us for food. The ospreys are back on Loch Earn so spring is definitely here. Thank you again and we hope to see you again some time. Kindest Wishes, Kim and Fraser.
22 Sep 2013
We couldn't have wished for a more perfect location or luxury cottage. Stayed in Briar Steading and the owners Kim & Fraser are the most amazing people. Beautiful cottage with everything you need… More
We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience of Briar Steading and the garden on Loch Earn and thank you for your kind comments. Many of Scotland's attractions - like Rob Roy's gravestone within Balquhidder Kirk yard and Glencoe - are within an easy drive from Lochearnhead. Glencoe is a truly magical place that attracts visitors in all seasons for, touring, walking, deer spotting and skiing. Balquhidder Church where Rob Roy is buried, attracts many visitors from all over the world including members of clans MacGregor, McLaren, Ferguson and other ancient local clansmen. We would love to see you back here again entering into the spirit of Briar Cottages and appreciate the time that you took to share your thoughts with others. Best wishes Kim and Fraser
28 May 2013
"Location, Location, Location!!"
My wife and I and two friends have just returned from a long, bank holiday weekend at Briar Stedding (the larger of the two cottages) under the Briar Cottage banner.Hosts Kim and Fraser Proven made us… More
Delighted that you all enjoyed your experience. The F1 power water skiing was incredible. I can't imagine water skiing at up to 110 miles per hour! It is amazing having a loch extending from the garden where you can witness many local events all year round, including The Great Loch Earn Boat race in April, The SAAA model water planes taking off and landing in May and October, and the Lochearnhead open water swimming championships in August. This includes a 6.5 mile swim to St Fillans and 1 mile swim from the Lochearnhead Water Sports centre beach and back via a Crannog. We really appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts and we hope to see you back again some day. Best wishes Kim and Fraser.
8 May 2013
"Fantasticly welcoming and with a view"
This is a brilliant place to stay, the view over the loch, and the comfort of the cottage plus the friendly welcome and help received. A stag was a regular visitor, along with many birds including an … More
Fraser and I are delighted that you enjoyed the comfort and scenery that Briar Steading offers and it was a pleasure to have you here. We are lucky to offer an all year round scenic destination sharing land with an abundance of different wildlife that appears in every season. Ringside seats to watch the opspreys fishing is pretty special though. We hope to see you again. Thank you for your kind words and for sharing your experience.
26 Jan 2013
"If you look up tranquility in the dictionary you will see a picture of Briar Cottages"
2 couples stayed for the weekend in mid January and loved everything about the place. A modern well equipped cottage that was immaculately clean. What can I say about the views, just loved sitting wat… More
Thank you very much. We are delighted that you enjoyed the experience and comforts of Briar Steading on your short break. We loved your dictionary reference. Look forward to welcoming you back to Briar Cottages again when you are ready. Kim and Fraser Proven
14 Mar 2012
"A truly fantastic place to stay"
My husband and I have just returned from a week's holiday at Briar Steading for our wedding anniversary. It was without doubt one of the best holidays we have ever had. The accommodation lived up… More
Thank you. Delighted to hear that your stay in Briar Steading was comfortable and special. The views from the cottage are spectacular all year round. Many thanks for taking the time to share your experiences of the local hotels and area with others. We look forward to welcoming you back again. Kindest regards Kim and Fraser
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