Garrique Cottage, near Kippen
Bungalow | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Garrique Cottage offers spacious and warm accommodation for visitors, within easy reach of many of Scotland's most historic and scenic attractions. It is quiet and peaceful, with panoramic mountain views, but within easy reach of good local pubs, cafes, and village shops, as well as numerous tourist attractions
The kitchen/ dining/living room provides an ideal space for family activities, with doors out to a small patio and steps down into the garden. Meanwhile the separate sitting room offers a getaway for those who want to read, watch TV, play games or gaze at the ever changing skies over The Trossachs. The hard tennis court is much enjoyed by some visitors as is the variety of local birds and animals.
The cottage is a great base for exploring Scotland, with many visitors making day trips to Inverness, St Andrews, Oban, Ben Nevis, Inverary, or Loch Lomond, as well as Edinburgh and Glasgow. Others, however, prefer to relax and enjoy the many local walks, have fun on the tennis court, or visit the reasonably priced local golf courses.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||6 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Edinburgh 65 km, Nearest railway: Stirling 16 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, Satellite TV, 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 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (5), Double beds (1), Cots (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 9|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Private tennis court, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
Garrique Cottage is all on one level, which makes life easy for toddlers or elderly visitors. There is a twin bedroom with an optional third bed, a double ( Queen) bedroom, a bunk room for two, and a sofa bed in the sitting room.
The shower room can be en-suite with the twin bedroom. The kitchen/ dining/ living room is 10 metres long with a high beamed ceiling, and french doors to a patio with steps down to the secluded south and west facing garden. This is a good area for summer BBQs or for children to play. The separate sitting room has a wood burning stove and wonderful mountain views.
There is a TV and DVD player in both the sitting room and the living room, and lots of books and board games are provided.
|Further details outdoors|
The cottage garden is visited by a wide variety of birds and animals, including roe deer, rabbits, hare, squirrels and stoats, and there are cattle with their calves in the surrounding fields in the summer. Energetic visitors can stride out from the cottage to explore the tracks through the surrounding woodlands, moors and fields, or take the two mile footpath to Kippen with its good quality pubs, cafe and village shops. The cottage's owners live at Garrique Farmhouse, and depending on the time of year fresh eggs are available from their small flock of free range hens. There is very little passing traffic to disturb the peace and tranquillity of Garrique Cottage. Cottage visitors are welcome to use the hard tennis court at Garrique Farm.
Out of consideration for those with allergies, smoking and pets are not allowed at Garrique Cottage. There is no extra charge for electricity, and logs are provided for the wood burning stove.Towels are provided free for overseas visitors; they are available to UK visitors for a small extra charge.
There is a third WC and wash hand basin just off the entrance lobby. The washing machine and freezer are in a separate utility room adjacent to the kitchen.
The Central Scotland/Strathclyde region
Stirlingshire lies at the heart of historic Scotland, with royal and romantic Stirling Castle crowning a thriving visitor friendly city. Those interested in history and drama can spend hours wandering around the Castle battlements, state rooms and dungeons, then wander down to Argyll's Lodging, the Church of the Holy Rude and the rest of the Old Town. The landscape west of Stirling encompasses The Trossachs mountain range, the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, the bonny banks of Loch Lomond and the Lake of Menteith, the only 'lake' in Scotland - which is a favourite with fishermen.
Places to visit around Stirling include the Bannockburn Memorial (historic 1214 victory over England), Wallace Monument (Braveheart!), Dunblane Cathedral, Doune Castle , the Falkirk Wheel ( linking the refurbished Forth/Clyde and Union Canals, with easy walking or cycling along the tow paths), Callander House and Park (a massive Georgian mansion built astride the Antonine Wall, which was the Romans' northern frontier), and the Rob Roy Centre at Callander.
Garrique Cottage is only 20 minutes drive from Stirling, and less than an hour by car from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth, with their many and varied attractions. Nearer to home, Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park the Briarlands Children's Farm Park, and the Deanston Distillery Visitor Centre are all less than five miles away, as are Kippen, Gargunnock and Fintry with their choice of good pubs, cafes and village shops. Gleneagles Hotel, with its spa, championship golf courses, and Michelin starred restaurant, and the Glengoyne Distillery Visitor Centre are around forty minutes away, and Falkland Palace, Scone Palace, and Drummond Castle Gardens are within an hour's drive. Intrepid visitors have made day trips to Inverness, St Andrews, Inverary (with its castle and jail) and even Iona.
The ski slopes of Glenshee and GlenCoe can be reached within about two hours, and the Peak Centre in Stirling offers three swimming pools, a climbing wall and an ice rink.
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31 Mar 2014
"A delightful cottage in a delightful spot"
This is a very well-equipped cottage in a secluded location. Comes equipped with everything you could need-comfy bedrooms, large kitchen with all facilities, very nice bathrooms and lots of living spa… More
3 Nov 2013
"Superb cottage with staggering views and a true sense of escaping it all."
The cottage is excellent. We were so pleased to arrive to a home from home after a long flight from Australia with a baby. Delicious surroundings and plenty of opportunities for local walks.Great size… More
i was disappointed to hear our guests had problems with the plumbing. I asked them several times during their 3 week stay if they had any problems, and they always said everything was fine. It turns out the drain from the shower room was sluggish. I will get it checked out and sorted immediately. Subsequent visitors have not mentioned anything wrong. Like many country cottages, Garrique Cottage has a septic tank, so items such as tampons, facial/baby wipes or a lot of paper can clog up the drains. We provide a small peddle bin for those who want it in the bathroom.
18 Sep 2013
This cottage is simply amazing. Starting from the views, the quietness the nature. It had all we looked for a relaxing holiday. The cottage has everything one would need to stay comfortly in house and… More
11 Sep 2013
"Cozy cottage & amazing view!"
We have just returned from spending 2 weeks at Garrique cottage . Everything was just as described to us by the owner Fiona . Beds were all comfortable and our favorite room was the kitchen /family ro… More
5 Aug 2013
"A nice peaceful cottage"
The cottage is a fantastic place to stay in. It is nice and quiet and the view is just fantastic.We encountered a lot of wildlife just walking in the hills nearby (rabbits, pheasants, deers, .....) an… More
7 Jul 2013
"Just about everything you'll need to feel at home"
Two adults, two teenagers and one mother in law stayed in this spacious three bedroom house (with two separate living room areas) in a fabulous location for our day trips to various parts of Scotland.… More
21 May 2013
"Fabulous holiday destination with great hosts."
My teenage daughters and I stayed at Garrique Cottage in January 2013. The farmhouse is beautiful with every amenity you could wish for. The scenery is breathtaking and yet you are only 10 - 15 minutes from Stirling - a good sized town for shopping and also the Wallace Monument. Using this as a base we travelled to Loch Lomond, Loch Ness, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling. All up we enjoyed a week at the farmhouse and LOVED every single minute of our time there. The hosts, Nander and Fiona, are so helpful and generous with their time and knowledge that you cannot go wrong. As a family we voted this the favourite part of our extended holiday that included California, London, Wales and Rome. As there was snow when we were there, we can recommend the farmhouse as a winter or summer destination. You'll love it!!
8 Apr 2013
"Great Cottage - Stunning Setting"
The cottage was great. Accommodation was clean and just as described. Loved the kitchen/dining/living area. The cottage was lovely and warm and the wood burner great to cosy in front of at night. We were a family of 4 adults and 3 children and there was ample space for us and all the stuff we brought as well. The kitchen was well equipped. the owner was friendly and helpful. One of the main features was the stunning views! Wow! The tennis court was particularly great and there can't be many courts with a view like that - the kids loved it and spent lots of time playing on it.. Will definately be back.
13 Feb 2013
We have recently returned from a 5 day stay at La Garrique. On arrival the cottage was welcoming and warm with many basic necessities such as tea, coffee etc provided - unusual for self catering. There were also some lovely touches such as toiletries and tissues provided for our use.
Our family consisted of Grandparents, parents and children of 1 and 3 years old. The house was more that adequate for this mix: spacious and comfortable, and with two bathrooms at our disposal. The general cleanliness and condition of the cottage was immaculate.
The garden was lovely and extended into some beautiful walks into the woods. We also made a longer walk of 4 miles by footpath to Kippen, which although muddy and uneven underfoot, was perfectly possible with the correct footwear.
The surrounding area is beautifully scenic and the cottage is a hub for visiting many famous landmarks both historic and modern. Stirling is only 15 minutes drive away and we were fortunate enough to visit on 'Farmer's Market Day'.
I would have no hesitation in recommending this cottage to others and would certainly consider returning at some point in the future.
4 Nov 2012
"Fabulous cottage in fabulous location!"
Great cottage, in very peaceful location with a beautiful vista, great size and well appointed. Easy access to Stirling and loch Lomand, with motorway also close by for Glasgow and Edinburgh. Would stay again without hesitation.
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