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An Idyllic Countryside Escape from Which to Explore Stirling and the Trossachs

People5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

2 Bedroom, Sleeps 4-5, Panaromic Countryside With Mountain Views to the North

Birkenwood Cottage is a charming self catering property nestling at the foot of the Campsie Fells, on the edge of the fertile Carse of Stirling. This semi detached cottage is well equipped and boasts stunning uninterrupted views North to the mountains off the Trossachs and East to the Wallace Monument at Stirling. On the ground floor is the lounge which has an open fire, a good sized, well equipped kitchen with breakfasting area, a twin bedroom, bathroom and dining room.Upstairs has coombed ceilings with feature wooden beams and velux windows. Here you will find the master bedroom and the spacious landing with a sofa bed (for + 1) and reading area. The cottage also has its own enclosed garden with off road parking.

Ground floor

The property has gas central heating and comprises:

Lounge: With open fire, Free View TV and DVD; view to Wallace Monument

Dining Room; With table and chairs

Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer; breakfasting area

Bedroom 1: With two single beds; view to Wallace Monument

Bathroom: With shower over small corner whirlpool bath, WC and wash basin

First floor

Bedroom 2: With king size bed, TV/DVD, coombed ceilings, view to the Trossach Mountains

Landing Area: With desk, chair and sofa bed (for + 1)

Facilities

All gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. WiFi facility and telephone for incoming calls.

Miscellaneous

Fully enclosed garden with furniture and views to Stirling and out to the mountains of the Trossachs. Off road parking for 2 cars.

More Details

Owner
Diana Gerrard
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
16 June, 2018

About Diana Gerrard

Born in Perth, Scotland.

Spent many years in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, before returning to Scotland in 1999

Diana Gerrard purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Diana Gerrard chose Leckie

Birkenwood was my home for 8 very happy years, and remains our oasis when we need a break.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Leckie in Stirling

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Whirpool Bath
  • With shower over small corner whirlpool bath, WC and wash basin
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Downstairs bedroom - 2 Single Bed , With two single beds; view to Wallace Monument
    Upstairs bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , TV/DVD, coombed ceilings, view to the Trossachs
  • Upstairs bedroom: With king size bed, TV/DVD, coombed ceilings, view to the Trossach Mountains Downstairs bedroom with 2 single beds Upstairs Landing area has an additional small double sofa bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Garden
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming

Reviews

Very Good! 4.1/5 -
(28 traveller reviews)

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An Idyllic Countryside Escape from Which to Explore Stirling and the Trossachs
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5

Great central house for Trossachs

  • 5 of 5

We wanted to explore Stirling and the Trossachs NP and could not have picked a better location. It was 10 minutes to Stirling Castle, 10 minutes to Doune Castle and very easy to explore the Park. The hike to Bracklinn Falls was awesome and Loch Katrine, Loch Lomond and Loch Venacher beautiful indeed. The house was much larger than expected - full kitchen with eating area, a separate dining room, very large living room, upstairs den, as well as the 2 separate private bedrooms. Bathroom was new and very functional. It did take us a while to know how to work the hot water and heat but we did get it. Strong WIFI and easy parking made it perfect.

  • Review Submitted: 15-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable and fully equipped

  • 4 of 5

We had a fantastic stay in this little cottage. It is a lot nicer inside than outside and our son loved the new big reclining chairs. We noticed there was also brand new carpet. We were welcomed with still warm scotch pancakes. There was a slight issue with a leaky jacuzzi but it was quickly fixed! We will be coming back!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Needs a lot of TLC!!

  • 3 of 5

I feel I must give an honest review of the cottage to warn others before they book. The cottage really does need a lot doing to meet the ordinary expectations of the average holiday-maker. At first we accepted its faults but as the Christmas week wore on these became somewhat intolerable. Everything we touched seemed to be faulty from various cupboard door handles that fell off in your hands to the tap in the bathroom that did a 360 degree turn before it could be turned on. The plug mechanism in the bath was unattached from the bath. The bath sealant was mouldy and we had to wash all the towels before we could use them as they were fusty. We had to go out and buy light bulbs as some had blown. One very disconcerting thing was that there were no curtains or blinds in the bathroom or kitchen and when trying to reignite the boiler on average over 20 times a day and through the night also as the outside temperature was -3C we felt very vulnerable as there was no privacy. We felt that the house had been closed for the Winter and forgotten. The additional electric heaters did not work either. The sofas have seen better days and after a week there we all suffered with bad backs as we were virtually horizontal by the end of the evening as there was no support whatsoever.

Although the cottage is spacious and has potential it really should be repaired and decorated to a higher standard. We would not recommend this cottage at the moment as all the problems we have stated were mentioned on numerous times by other people and they all seem to have been ignored by the owner.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments here - and I am sorry that you did not find everything as it should be during your stay. I have to admit to having been a bit confused by the reviews left as some seem to note issues, and others seem to be full of praise, so I have visited the cottage myself since your stay, to identify snags and plan for work to be done. We will be starting work shortly on a major re-fresh to update a lot of paintwork, inside and out. We have contacted the plumber and asked him to look at the issue with the gas pressure, which is causing the constant need to relight the boiler. I am also investigating the possibility of fitting an easier control clock. I have also ordered a new suite. To be honest, the old one was not that old, but it is very low, and there has been a steady flow of guests, so this has no doubt taken its toll on the suite last year. We are also having a new blind fitted in the kitchen. I am surprised about the towels, but will follow up on this with the caretakers to make sure that we keep this well aired over the winter months. I will also follow up with you separately by mail.
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Tired looking in need of a thorough clean !

  • 1 of 5

This could be a lovely place to stay if it was clean and decor freshened up ! The inside of windows are hanging with cobwebs and whole house is in need of a duster and hoover . The bath has mouldy silicone in the places silicone exist , and dirty looking where the silicone is missing . The sofas/chair in the sitting room are very uncomfortable ( support gone ) . We tried to contact caretakers to ask for mop and bucket ( message never answered ) and washing machine appears to be an ornament ( unable to find power to it ), again no response from caretakers .Garden is in no way secure ( broken fence panels with old windows situated in the missing slats ) not safe for our dog let alone a child . Heating system seems to be set and unable to increase at 19 ( snowing when we were there ) it was chilly in the house . To end on a positive note the beds were clean and comfortable

  • Review Submitted: 26-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sorry that you didn't find everything as it should be during your stay. I have taken a bit of time before responding, as I wanted to visit the cottage to understand the issues as there was quite an inconsistency in the reviews left by guests, which I found confusing. We are now planning a major refresh of all the paintwork, inside and out over the next few months, and I have already ordered a new suite for the lunge. I am not sure what happened with the washing machine, which seemed to be working fine during my visit, so whatever switch was off, has clearly now been switched on. I am also sorry that you were unable to contact the caretakers; I will make sure that mu number is also clearly stated in the details, as a second option in case the caretakers are not reachable for any reason.
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5

Lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely tardis of a cottage. It is far bigger than it looks from outside. We loved it. The beds were comfy and the bedding lovely too. There’s a great whirlpool bath with jets. The kitchen is well equipped and spacious. Yes the sofas are on the low side but you get used to them. The upstairs is huge with a massive bedroom and a mezzanine landing with loads of books and a comfy sofa too. It’s a great place to stay with loads to see around and about. There’s Stirling with its castle and the Wallace monument, lovely towns like Callander, the Trossachs, the magnificent Kelpies, the Falkirk Wheel plus a couple of great distilleries to visit. Also lots of walking on the hills if you wish. And of course at the end of the day back to the lovely Birkenwood Cottage. The neighbours who are the caretakers for the cottage are lovely too and will help if any problems at all. Loved it. Far enough back from the road for it not to be a problem lovely and quiet even during bonfire season.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Cosy and warm

  • 4 of 5

We booked at short notice for a short break and it was just what we needed. Comfy beds, well appointed and fab jacuzzi bath!

Handy for the safari park, Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Although not good for dogs in Edinburgh - all the parks were locked and there is a waiting list to walk dogs. Who knew?? Well equipped village store in Gargunnock.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
23 Miles
Glasgow
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Kippen - Cross Keys
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Kings Park
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Stirling
Nearest Motorway
200 Metres
A811
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Kippen - The Inn at Kippen
Car: recommended

The surrounding farmland has lovely green fields and grazing cattle who nosy over the garden fence. You are only a short drive away from the village of Kippen, which has great local facilities with a butcher, grocery shop and award winning pub and restaurant. Nearby Balfron has a 18 hole golf course and Carron Valley has graded mountain bike trails. There is ample opportunities for fishing (by permit) on the numerous surrounding lochs. The Campsie Fells and Fintry Hills provide a variety of walking tracks and the Trossachs has spectacular mountains to climb like Ben Lomond, Ben A'an, Ben Venue and Ben Ledi. The city of Stirling is less than a 15 minute drive away and offers wonderful historic places of interest to visit, a great shopping centre, leisure facilities including a large multi screen cinema. Blair Drummond Safari Park is a fantastic day out for all the family. There are numerous activities available for every age and interests including clay pigeon shooting, horse riding, guided walks, 4x4 safari's, quad biking and sailing. For the more adventurous Aberfoyle has a high wire forest experience, with the longest zip wire in Britain. It ia an area steeped in history and there are lots of places of interest to visit. The Loch Katrine Steamship 'Sir Walter Scott' is a great cruise, reached by a thrilling drive over the twisting undulating 'Duke's Pass', or experience the 3 Lochs Forest Drive. Visit Scotland's only lake - Lake of Menteith - and take a boat trip over to Inchmahome Priory. This great central location provides opportunity to explore Stirlingshire and the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park.

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100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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