Boll Holiday Cottages
About Maria Machin
I grew up in Northern Ireland with my 2 siblings. I finished my schooling and then went and completed my degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. While on holiday in Corfu I met Colin from Alloa in Scotland who is now my husband. Colin is an architect and has had his own practice now for 24 years. We went on to have our lovely girls and lived in Alloa for a while. We bought Boll Farm in Alva then a derelict site in early 2000, where we created our home and our 5 holiday Cottages. I love being here and enjoy meeting all my guests from all parts of the globe.
Maria Machin purchased this Cottage in 2000
Why Maria Machin chose Alva
As I said before Colin and I lived in Alloa for the first few years of our marriage. As Colin was an architect he was always looking for an old building to recreate and put his own stamp on. We passed by Boll Farm many a time and wished that we could buy it. It eventually cam on the market and we jumped at the chance to purchase it. Boll Cottage is the original old farm house and a very lovely cottage.
What makes this Cottage unique
When we saw the farm originally we fell in love with the views and its potential. We knew the site would make a lovely home and also create a business for me to run, hence once our house was built and we had refurbished Boll Cottage we then went on to build a further 4 cottages.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Ben Eva at bills cottages Alva
Perfect for us and our cocker spaniel pup! Very well equipped cottage, very comfortable and spotless!!
From booking to leaving service from Maria the owner was professional yet friendly.
Relax short stay
We had a very relaxing stay here.
Three adults had plenty of space. The surroundings are peaceful. Distilleries nearby and beautiful walks around lochs and woods.
A local pub (No.5) is about a 5 - 10 minute walk away and very accommodating.
Would definitely consider staying here again.
Mr. Powell & family, I am delighted to hear that you wouldn’t hesitate in returning to Boll Cottages and I would love to welcome you all again.
Clean and comfortable and warm.
Absolutely no problems. Everything worked.
maravilloso y acogedor
La estancia en Alva ha sido maravillosa, un sitio tranquilo y muy céntrico para ver Edimburgo, Stirling y Glasgow. También se puede visitar monumentos históricos.
El apartamento muy acogedor, con utensilios de cocina muy completo y la propietaria muy amable.
Thank you for submitting your review, I really appreciate it.
I am delighted that you would recommend us. Hopefully some of your friends or family will come and experience the cottages too some time soon.
Best wishes Maria
Super netter Empfang, zentral gelegen zwischen Glasgow, Stirling, Edinburgh.
Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt. Für zwei Personen war die Ferienwohnung von der Grösse sehr gut. Der Blick auf Wallace-Monument und Stirling Castle war beeindruckend, am Abend beleuchtet.
Thank you for writing and taking the time out of I am sure a very busy schedule, to write such a kind response.
I hope you will recommend me to your friends and family.
Mill Glen Cottage at any time a best stage to stay!
Maria is the best hostess in Scotland, with her good feeling what guests are want, make she the difference to other. The cottages are very comfortable and spacoius, well placed between the Orchill Hills and Forth river, nearby Stirling (20 min.) and Edingburgh (1 hour).
We could recommend this Cottage with clear conscience.
Thank you Maria.
Dear Jan & family thank you for your very kind comments.
I am delighted you enjoyed your stay in Scotland and Mill Glen was suitable for you.
I hope that you will recommend me to your friends and family. I also hope that we may be able to accommodate you sometime in future years. I enjoyed our conversations. Best wishes Maria
We are located in the village of Alva, 5 miles from Stirling.
We are situated at the foot of the Ochil Hills for walking, hill climbing and para gliding.There is also a dry ski ski slope 2 miles away.
There are many cycle paths for walking and cycling.You can also contact ranger Events & Walks 01259 452 478 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
There are 9 golf courses in Alva. The closest is Alva Golf Club. In addition there is Tillicoultry golf club, Schawpark golf couse, Brae head golf club, Tulliallan golf club, Sunnylaw, Falkirk Tryst, Bruce fields, family golf & Airthrey golf course.
There is horse riding available at Nowton Fishcross, Devon Equestrian Centre.Alloa.both 2 miles away.
Fishing is readily available in theses areas: Frandy Fishery, Gartmorn dam, Castle hill Reservoir, GlensherrupTrout Fishery, Harviestoun Fishery Alva, The River Devon. these are all located 1-4 miles away.
Other places to visit are Castle Campbell, Stirling Castle, Sauchie Tower, Alloa Tower, Dollar Museum, Wallace Monument, Church of the Holy Rude, Cambuskenneth Abbey, Stirling Smith Museum, The Falkirk Wheel, Callendar House, Bannockburn Center, Bair Drummond Safari Park, Kidzworld, Loch Lomond National Park.
There are plenty of restaurants in the vicinity, Bollinis of Alva, The No. 5 Inn, The Woodsman, Alva Tandoori, Aldos The Birds & Bees, The Meadow Park, Corrieries, Jam Jar, Barga, The Torbrex Inn.
These have all been recommended by ourselves, friends and family.