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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
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
26 June, 2017

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 Scotland

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

Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(16 traveller reviews)

An Idyllic Countryside Escape from Which to Explore Stirling and the Trossachs
average rating of 4.3125 based on 16 reviews
5

First rate, can't fault it

  • 5 of 5

Lovely tranquil place, loads of places to visit, had a fantastic time

  • Review Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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4

Loved it with reservations

  • 4 of 5

Initially we ran into a big problem with the central heating. The very nice caretaker admitted he was unable to be of any assistance with it. After a considerable and frustrating time with the instruction manuals we worked out that the battery operated controller needed new batteries! These were kindly supplied by the caretaker upon being asked.

The property is as described and as in the other reviews. We too would have liked blinds or curtains in the bathroom and kitchen as we felt very exposed during darkness. It is in an excellent location and we enjoyed the views from the property. We liked the fact it was quiet and appreciated that the property was spacious and had parking.

Now that we know how the heating works we would if we were in the area stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: May 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

It is a good base for your trips around. All worked OK.

  • 4 of 5

The cottage is comfortable. It has plenty of space, comfortable beds, everything you need. For sure it needs a little bit of refreshing and a little more touch. To make you feel more cozy and produce more moments to remember if it is what you are coming for.

Still thanks a lot.

  • Review Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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3

Clean cottage but needs some updating

  • 3 of 5

The cottage was lovely and warm and clean.

The sofas are terribly uncomfortable as they are so low to floor.

No starter pack for open fire.

The double bed is very uncomfortable but the singles are ok.

There are no blinds or curtains in kitchen or at the door in the hallway or in the bathroom.

Light bulbs required in lounge.

Saying all this had a lovely weekend.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking your time to leave a review, and I am very happy that you enjoyed your stay. I have noted your comments about the sofas and the double bed - and will investigate both, with a view to replacing. Something has clearly happened recently as I was not aware that there were no blinds in the kitchen or on the bathroom door. I will make arrangements to have these replaced as quickly as possible. I will also follow up and have the light-bulb replaced in the lounge. Overall - sorry to hear of these points and we will put them right, but glad you still enjoyed your stay
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4

Great countryside location minutes from Stirling and close to many of Scotland's best attractions

  • 4 of 5

The property was easy to find, just off the main A road out of Stirling. The property has great views from all rooms. The property has plenty of space; the dining room and upper floor reading area meant there was more than ample space for our family of 4. The master bedroom is a lovely, spacious room. The kitchen was modern and had everything we needed including a table and chairs. We stayed on a particularly cold weekend but the cottage heated up quickly and there were additional heaters available. All the rooms were clean and comfortable although some rooms could do with a freshening up. I never met Diana, the owner, but all communication was prompt and instructions for arrival clear with contacts for the neighbours next door if required. Overall, we had a lovely stay at the cottage, enjoying trips to Dunblane, Stirling, Falkirk and Callander despite the grey skies and chilly temperature. We found the cottage to be in an excellent location, good value for money and offered plenty of space for my family of 4 (kids aged 5 and 8).

  • Review Submitted: Feb 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Very lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely 5 night stay at the cottage. Our party consisted of 4 adults and a 5 year old child. Property had everything we needed and more. During our stay we were able to visit Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and we also went to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. All of us had a really nice holiday, Thank You.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking your time to leave such a positive review. It is always reassuring to hear that our guests have enjoyed their stay - and I am truly happy to hear you had a good holiday. We would be delighted to welcome you back next time you are visiting the Stirling area!
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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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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Leckie, United Kingdom

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Early summer
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
£225
for 3 nights
From
£75
£440
 
 
Summer
1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
£240
for 3 nights
From
£80
£500
 
 
Autumn
3 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£210
for 3 nights
From
£70
£440
 
 
Off Peak
28 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£180
for 3 nights
From
£60
£280
 
 
Christmas
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
£240
for 3 nights
From
£80
£450
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£195
for 3 nights
From
£65
£400
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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