3 bedrooms, log fire, free wifi, enclosed garden, superb views, recently refurbished, nr Edinburgh, Perth & St Andrews, golf, castles, Lochs & hill
- english, french
About Shona Benson
I am a mother, wife, theatre director and very proud Scot! Currently I live with my husband and 3 boys in Singapore and whilst I miss being in Scotland hugely I love being able to help others have a wonderful time there. In Singapore, alongside managing Balgedie House and Lodge, l also work as a director of an luxury boutique hotel group called RAAS, in India. Whilst my role with them is quite different to my role managing Balgedie House and Lodge, ensuring guest have wonderful stays and experiences are paramount to both.
Shona Benson purchased this Cottage in 2016
Why Shona Benson chose Kinross
We bought the Lodge as we already owned Balgedie House at the end of the drive. When the previous owner, Fiona, kindly asked it we would be interested in it, we were delighted. Balgedie Lodge had historically been part of the same plot as the house and so we were thrilled to be able to bring them both back together again. When we bought the Lodge we were also in the process of renovating Balgedie House and so we absorbed it into those renovations! It became a massive project but we are so pleased with the results and there is nothing more rewarding than hearing how much guests have enjoyed their stay as well as enjoyed discovering all there is near by - from golf courses and whisky distilleries, incredible bird life and walks, to art galleries and museums. Also having both properties means that we can offer a variety of options to guests. For larger numbers we would recommend the House or both the Lodge and the House together. For all enquiries about taking the House and the Lodge together, please contact us via our website or face book page.
What makes this Cottage unique
The view is simply stunning and it is constantly changing depending on the weather. You almost have to see it to believe it, but every day is different and all are magical! Every season has something to offer too. One of my favourite things is watching the geese in the winter come down to land and graze in the fields between ours and the loch. I also think it is fantastic to feel so remote but at the same time know you can get to so many of Scotland's major towns so quickly! It's a wonderful balance and pretty rare to find! There are very few spots where you can be so close to so many of the wonderful parts of Scotland but also feel you are simply in the middle of nowhere! This helps make it a perfect holiday spot. We also have a fantastic team on the ground who not only make sure the House and Lodge are presented beautifully but they are also there to greet guests on arrival, make sure everyone is settled and has all they need, but they are also on hand should any thing be needed or happen during a stay. May be it is my experience in luxury hotels, I'm not sure, but I firmly believe that we all deserve something a little special every now and again, and my aim is to offer that to everyone who comes to stay.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Loved Our Stay
This was a perfect vacation home for our family. We loved the local larder and tavern, the hiking and golf nearby, and the views!!! The cottage was clean and comfortable.
Stop looking and book it already
Easter Balgedie Lodge was a perfect home-away-from home for my family. The home itself was perfect: clean and comfortable with everything we needed to enjoy our stay. Every room in the house is spacious with careful and thoughtful attention to detail. The beds were comfortable and the linens soft. But the cherry on top of all that perfection was the setting and the stunning views! The garden was lovely and fragrant, the view of the Loch stunning. No matter which way you turn, every view looks like a postcard. It was amazing and at the end of our stay, I genuinely didn't want to leave!
Oh! Every person we met was genuine and kind, as well. Mary (the person who checked us in) was very nice and helpful. The local folks at the Balgedie Toll Tavern were great, and the food there was quite good! Don't miss stopping in at Loch Leven's Larder! It's a gem of a gift shop, a great place to pop in for a coffee, and there's easy access to the Heritage Trail around Loch Leven there.
Seriously, stop looking for alternatives and book this gorgeous lodge. It's perfect in every way and you won't regret it!
A Wonderful Holiday House
This is relaxing and stylish accommodation -perfect for an enjoyable holiday. Gorgeous pastel colours make for a restful stay. Everything is provided for you and it is spotlessly clean. There are glorious views of Loch Leven with spectacular sunsets. It is great to find a property where the owner has worked so hard to make their property accessible for disabled guests.
Barrie, hi. Thank you so much for such a lovely review of your stay at Balgedie Lodge. I am so pleased you enjoyed your time in the cottage and you had a good short break away. Please do keep in touch as we'd love to welcome you back again one day! Best, Shona
Such a pretty, tranquil view
A lovely cottage in a great location. The view of Loch Leven and the ever-changing sky above it is mesmerising. The cottage itself is comfy and nicely equipped with everything you need. Great location for exploring Loch Leven and the famous castle. Good beaches nearby - we loved Burntisland.
Jude, thank you so much for your lovely review. I’m so pleased you enjoyed your stay and exploring the area around us. Please do keep in touch as we’d love to welcome you back again one day! Best, Shona
Great cottage with excellent views of Loch from conservatory & garden. Enclosed garden great for dog
A lovely place from where to explore this part of Scotland.
A welcome pack and fresh milk in the fridge on arrival a lovely touch.
Nice to meet such a lovely owner for whom nothing was too much trouble.
Chris, I am so sorry not to have responded to this review sooner! Not sure how that happened, but in the spirit of better late than never, thank you for taking the time to review us so kindly. It means a lot and I am so please you enjoyed your stay at Balgedie Lodge. We have renovated since you were there - adding in a new wet room and updating the family bathroom - so I do hope you can come back another time to enjoy all the changes too! Hope all's well, take care, Shona
Comfortable holiday house
Very comfortable house, well fitted out, superb sunroom with wonderful views of Loch Leven. Lovely enclosed garden with good outside furniture and barbecue.
Rather noisy as right on the road and not easy to get out of driveway.
Owner very friendly and welcoming.
Dear Elizabeth, thank you so much for your review. I am so pleased you enjoyed all there was in the cottage and the view of Loch Leven. We have actually recently upgraded it all and there's now two bathrooms as well as a larger back garden for dogs to enjoy (as well as humans!) so if you are passing by again and you'd like to stay again please do get in touch as we'd love to welcome you. Best, Shona
Locally, there are many wonderful walks, a cycle path and walking track around Loch Leven, the RSPB at Vane Farm, the Lomond Hills on the doorstep and there are several great farm shops, cafes and restaurants. Two are even in walking distance - Balgedie Toll Tavern is a super local pub and Loch Leven's Larder is very spoiling for delicious lunches, cakes and coffees as well as having a deli and a fabulous gift shop!
Just along the road from Easter Balgedie is Kinnesswood - it's a gorgeous little historical scottish village which has won Best Small Village in the Beautiful Scotland Awards many years running. There are some lovely walks amongst some of the old houses and little lanes, a museum in honour of the famous poet, Michael Bruce, and a local pottery shop too. There's also a little shop which stocks the essentials and the paper and a very friendly garage too - one if those rare special ones where they still operate the pumps for you!
Kinross itself is a lovely town with many little shops and restaurants. A trip on the little ferry across Loch Leven to the island to see the castle Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned in is an absolute must! Milnathort also boasts some great cafes and a deli.
The Gate Lodge is also an ideal base to explore many other famous Scottish sights. Perth is only half an hour away and Edinburgh's only about 40mins. And there's Stirling, Gleneagles, St Andrews and Dundee, all of which are doable within the hour.
The beaches along the Fife coast are definitely worth an explore - in the sunshine and the rain! Elie is a great favourite, not only for a trip to the beach and the lighthouse, all the watersports, golf and tennis, and also for The Ship Inn, an award winning local pub on the harbour wall.
And there's Crail and Anstruther too - amongst them all you'll find loads of children's activities, adventure parks, bowling, a corn maze, deer farm, animal farm, and so much more. Oh, and some great fish and chips too!
The wonderful new Helix Park and the famous Kelpies, the largest equine structure in the world, is only 40 mins away too.
There is so much to do for sporting enthusiasts too. The choice of golf courses is vast - there's the lovely local, 10 hole course and putting range in Bishopshire Course in Kinnesswood, several in and around Kinross and throughout Fife, as well as the famous ones close by in Gleneagles and St Andrews.
There's a gliding school very close by and if you don't dare trying it out you can enjoy watching the gliders elegantly flyiing over head as they use the thermals from the hills behind the house!
Walking, fishing and cycling are also very well catered for and there is enough to suit all, from beginners to experts!
There are also many things to do culturally, many of the main towns and cities boast arts Festivals and Fringes - Edinburgh being the most obvious but there are many other smaller ones too - and there are many theatres and concert venues which have lots going on throughout the year to enjoy as well.
Distances to key towns and cities: Kinross - 4 miles. Dunfermline - 15 miles. Perth - 18 miles. St Andrews - 25 miles. Stirling - 30 miles. Dundee - 30 miles. Edinburgh - 35 miles. Glasgow - 50 miles.