Spacious 4 bed cottage, spectacular waterside views, pet friendly
Gail and Tom Holliman
About Gail and Tom Holliman
We have spent many happy holidays in lots of different locations all over Scotland, and prefer Scotland to anywhere else we have been. Even when we feel we know an area really well, there is always more to discover. Our dogs, Lucy and Pickle, also love Scotland, though they are not so keen on the rainy days!
Gail and Tom Holliman purchased this Cottage in 2018
Why Gail and Tom Holliman chose Stirling
We fell in love with this beautiful house after looking for just the right house for over two and a half years. We were looking for a waterside house, which had access to the water, which was beautiful and remote, but not isolated, but also modern and fully renovated inside with gas central heating and double glazing, which can be quite difficult to find! When we saw this one, and viewed inside it was just perfect. The downstairs area is huge, with plenty of room for 8 people and dogs if they have them. We are looking forward to adding a few more finishing touches over the coming months, and have enjoyed welcoming guests since we purchased the house in April 2018.
What makes this Cottage unique
We fell in love with the feel of the house, it feels so special and different. It is such a beautiful peaceful location, and to be able to see across the water on a cold day from inside the house, being nice and warm with a cup of tea or a hot chocolate, is a real treat. On a sunny day it is just beautiful, and even when it is raining, the rainbows are amazing. As there is no light pollution at night, I remember seeing all the stars on our first visit there, I had never seen so many! We love staying, which is always a good sign when hosts actually enjoy staying in their guest houses!
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family easter holiday
Had a wonderful weekend at the cottage. The views are stunning and the cottage was lovely. Lots of room for everyone. Our grandchildren had a fabulous time exploring and even managed a dip in the loch. Due to the magnificent weather we made good use of the outside sitting areas. Gail and Tom were soo kind . Will hopefully return soon.
Amazing cottage with stunning views.
Gail and Tom were very attentive to our needs throughout our stay. The cottage looked even better than shown on the website. It was really clean and well stocked with equipment. It was remote, 30 minutes drive from Aberfoyle but in there lies it's beauty. The views were breathtaking and waking up to snow on the mountain range was icing on the cake. Watching the varied bird life on the bird feeder was so relaxing. There are numourous walks to choose from. Everyone in our family said they would love to come back and we certainly will with our dog next time.
I'm so glad you had a lovely time! We love watching all the little birds too. That's kind of you to say it's even better than the photos! :0) I hope your mum had a lovely birthday, please wish her all the best from us. We would certainly love to have you back another time. Thanks for being such lovely guests.
Gail and Tom
Lovely house, fantastic surroundings, peace and tranquility.
Lochside Cottage is a lovely house, situated on the shores of Loch Katrine. The property has everything you need. If you’re looking for somewhere remote but in beautiful settings, look no further.
We are glad you had a lovely peaceful holiday and enjoyed the surroundings.
Happy New Year!
Gail and Tom
Lovely property in stunning surroundings. Well equipped and spotlessly clean. Can't wait to go back!
Beautiful scenery, The Pier within walking distance, Sir Walter Scott trip well worth it.
Glad you enjoyed the Walter Scott boat trip, it's good isn't it!
Happy to hear you thought the house was lovely and liked the views. Thanks so much for leaving a review.
Beautiful location in lovely house
The location is just stunning and the house is like a luxury hotel lodge with everything you can need. Such lovely details like doggy bags and treats, kids games and jigsaws makes it a real treat to stay at lochside. Would highly recommend it for families and adults.
So glad you liked it and that everyone had fun! Glad the kids liked the jigsaws and the games, we hope it helps to have something different for them to do. The children's jigsaws have even kept us busy for an hour or two in the evenings sometimes, they are not quite as easy as they look are they!!
Thanks for letting us know you what you thought, that's much appreciated.
Lochside Cottage is on the waterfront, and has spectacular views of the waterside. You can even see right down the loch from inside the house and can watch the sun rise over it in the morning. It is a beautiful rural location, surrounded by forests and mountains, but also well serviced with local amenities. Lochside Cottage is situated within a 26 mile long private road winding round the loch, which is a lovely route to cycle or hike. Cars can access this single track road, but is very quiet. Lochside Cottage is situated right in the heart of the outstanding natural beauty of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, near to many different lochs, which all have their own character. It is very quiet and peaceful, and an ideal rural retreat, though still with a wide range of shops and services available within a short drive. We also will also have gorgeous new mattresses from February 2018, either "Which?" magazine winners, or even better, with lovely natural fillings.
You can catch a special steam ferry, the Sir Walter Scott, for a tour around the loch less than 200 metres away from Lochside Cottage. Asda and Waitrose deliver food and shopping to the house, which may guests choose to arrange for convenience. There is a café, the Pier Café, (licenced) also 200 metres away, which serves breakfast, lunch, and in the peak season also serves evening meals and becomes the local pub 4 nights a week. They open at different times during the year, but are open all year round.
There are wonderful waterfalls and 3 course meals at the hotel at Inversnaid, (4 miles away) where you can park for free, and can pick up the start of some major hiking trails such as the RSPB nature trail which follows the West Highland Way. Inversnaid is great place for a long or short walks, with a lovely meal afterwards, in the restaurant with wonderful views. You can also take a different boat here, on a different loch for more sightseeing.
Nearby to Aberfoyle, (12 miles away) there is a large visitor centre in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park with a café, which is a lovely place to start a wide range of walks, from very short accessible trails, to very long, challenging walks. There is also a very pleasant scenic drive off the Dukes Pass just outside of Aberfoyle, but the gates to this scenic drive can close at 4pm, please read the signs for when it will be closing.
Within 15 miles, there are opportunities to visit golf courses, enjoy watersports, pony tracking and a wide range of walks, hikes and cycle routes. There are many mountains and large hills nearby. It is reasonably near to Loch Lomond, which offers further lochside cruises, an extensive tourist shopping park, a spa hotel, an aquarium, championship golf courses, and further sightseeing opportunities. There is a co-op food shop in Aberfoyle which is open to 10 pm, with a cashpoint. There is also a lovely delicatessen in Aberfoyle, with some unusual and interesting foods. Aberfoyle also has a petrol station.
May we recommend the bakers called "Mhor Bread" in Callander, (22 miles away, passing 5 different lochs) who offer an outstanding range of pastries and pies. A riverside walk is available from Callander, with a wide range of interesting little shops and an art gallery.
Slightly further away, the main city of Stirling offers a wide range of city shops and eateries. The famous cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow are also accessible by car and offer a very wide range of shops and city experiences.
The Crannog Centre is also a unique place to visit, it is a reconstruction of the ancient dwellings that early people used to build to live in, out on the lochs. They are like very sturdy little wooden house/islands. This is a place which is unique to Scotland. You can have a tour of the Crannog, and can try your hand at some ancient crafts. An excellent day out for those who enjoy Living History. It is not close, but it is a beautiful 2 hr drive (60 miles) to the Crannog Centre from Lochside Cottage. There is also a marina with an excellent café near to the Crannog centre.
We welcome dogs, and offer free parking for 2 cars.