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Beautiful Country Cottage Sitting at the Foot of The Ochil Hills - Holly Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Space 312 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

4* Self Catering Farm Cottage

Our cottage is part of a working farm situated in a quiet attractive setting, nestling at the foot of the stunning Ochil Hills on the A91 between Menstrie and Alva in the county of Clackmannanshire, Scotland.

They are tastefully furnished and fully equipped with all utensils and appliances that may be required.

Staying at Balquharn Holiday Cottages, Alva, in the heart of Central Scotland with a host of leisure activities for your family or friends nearby including Fishing, Golfing, Blair Drummond Safari Park, Tower Trail, Glen Walks, Sterling Mills, Wallace Monument, Stirling Castle, The Kelpies and Helix Park.

Hill walking and cycling is available right on the doorstep. (Storage for bicyles is also available). Those who prefer a more laid back break can relax and enjoy the peaceful countryside surroundings.

With a short drive you will be able to reach Stirling and the Fife Coast. A short 8 mile drive will give you access to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth motorways. Stirling Railway Station is 7.1 miles. Alloa Railway Station is 4.1 miles.

Balquharn Holiday Cottages are an ideal central base location if you wish to tour Scotland.

FESTIVE SEASON RATES Wednesday 21st December 2016 to Wednesday 4th January 2017 £170/night

More Details

Laura Walker
Member since: 2016
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 August, 2018

About Laura Walker

My name is Laura and I run the holiday cottages on the family farm. I live on the farm with my husband, two children and my parents live next door. We are an arable farm but also have a herd of Highland cows and three pet sheep who live in the field in front of the holiday cottages.

Laura Walker purchased this cottage in 2009

Why Laura Walker chose Alva

The family bought the farm in 1983 and its where I was brought up. I am lucky enough to raise my own family on the farm too.

What makes this cottage unique

Lots of open spaces and fresh air - perfect for families with children.

Available Rentals

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Minimum two night deposit taken at time of booking to confirm booking. Balance is to be paid during stay or on departure.

Festive Period Wednesday 20th December 2017 to Wednesday 3rd January 2018 Tariff £170.00 per night


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Alva in Clackmannanshire

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 312 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main Bathroom Upstairs - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    En Suite off Downstairs Bedroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • En Suite off of downstairs bedroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Downstairs Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Upstairs Bedroom - 3 Single Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • 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
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • water skiing


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Holly Cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Beautiful cottage clean and well presented

  • 5 of 5

The owner was such a lovely lady from start to finish

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely comment. Its nice to hear that the hard work and effort we put in to maintain a high standard shines through.
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Virginia, United States

Great cottage

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was clean and comfortable with all the amenities we needed. My kids loved seeing the highland cows and sheep. The location is also great. Just a short drive to the Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle.

However, there are only beds for 5 people. There are 3 single beds upstair and a double bed downstairs. A 6th person would have to sleep on the couch. As we were only 5 people, it wasn't an issue.

Communication with Laura was easy and she was extremely helpful and friendly during our stay. I highly recommend staying at the cottage during a visit to Stirling.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Derrick, thank you very much for you kind comments and I am glad that you were very happy with the cottage and service provided. With regards to a sixth person staying in the cottage - if it is requested when booking that it will be six people staying in the cottage a camp bed with linen and extra towels are all provided and in the cottage before check in. No one has to sleep on a couch. Thank you once again. Laura
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New York, USA

Gorgeous and quaint cottage in a beautiful setting!

  • 5 of 5

Laura was a wonderful host. Her cottage is immaculate, beautiful and fully stocked with all the amenities you could want or need. Our children absolutely loved being able to walk to see the sheep and highland cows. If you are looking to stay in the highlands or near Stirling Castle, I highly recommend this beautiful cottage!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perth, Australia

Fantastic Scottish Country Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Our fantastic three weeks in Scotland are partly attributable to the excellent accommodation we had in the Balquharn Country Cottage. Nestled between the villages of Alva and Mentstrie makes it a great location for seeing many of the sites of Scotland. We enjoyed morning walks to the two villages and day trips to many places. The highland cattle, lambs and sheep in the paddock in front of the cottage create an idyllic rural setting.

Laura was very helpful ensuring our stay was pleasurable and that we were well informed as to places to visit.

As a family we enjoyed the well equipped and clean cottages that we very tastefully decorated. It is a place that we would recommend to others and would love to come and stay there again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended


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