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Country cottage, mountain views, great for kids, walkers,birds, touring Scotland

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3 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
7 guests
Minimum stay varies
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Garrique Cottage offers spacious well equipped accommodation, all on one level, within easy reach of many of Scotland's most historic and scenic attractions as well as a network of motorways going north, southeast and southwest. Tucked away in the hills, it is quiet and peaceful, with panoramic mountain views, but within four miles drive of good local pubs/restaurants, several cafe/farm shops, and two village shops. Visitors have seen a wide variety of birds and animals, including ravens, sparrow hawks, red kite, grouse, curlews, wood peckers, lots of song birds, deer, red squirrels, hare, stoats and rabbits. The 33 foot by 11 foot kitchen/ dining/living room with its beamed ceiling provides an ideal space for family activities, with doors out to a decking area with picnic table. Step...Garrique Cottage offers spacious well equipped accommodation, all on one level, within easy reach of many of Scotland's most historic and scenic attractions as well as a network of motorways going north, southeast and southwest. Tucked away in the hills, it is quiet and peaceful, with panoramic mountain views, but within four miles drive of good local pubs/restaurants, several cafe/farm shops, and two village shops. Visitors have seen a wide variety of birds and animals, including ravens, sparrow hawks, red kite, grouse, curlews, wood peckers, lots of song birds, deer, red squirrels, hare, stoats and rabbits. The 33 foot by 11 foot kitchen/ dining/living room with its beamed ceiling provides an ideal space for family activities, with doors out to a decking area with picnic table. Steps from the decking area lead to a private garden where children can play safely. The kitchen is fully equipped with fridges, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, tumble dryer, gas hob, electric oven, microwave, ironing board and coffee machine.The separate sitting room has a wood burning stove (logs provided) and offers a haven for those who want to read, watch the flat screen TV or DVDs, play games or gaze at the ever changing skies over the mountain views. The bedrooms and bathrooms are along the corridor from the sitting room. The Master bedroom with its 6 foot wide bed is at the far end and can be ensuite with the shower room by closing a door on the corridor. It can easily accommodate a cot or another single bed ( provided) if needed. The beds in the bunk room are both large enough for adults, and the single beds in the twin bedroom can be pushed together into a double bed if requested. The family bathroom has a basin, toilet, and bath with shower attachment , and there is small room with toilet and basin just inside the back door. The cottage is a fantastically central base for exploring Scotland. Many visitors make day trips to Inverness, St Andrews, Ben Nevis, Inverary, Loch Lomond, and even Iona, as well as Edinburgh and Glasgow. Others prefer to relax, explore the Garrique woods, go for a bike ride along the local country lanes, or make the most of the facilities in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The cottage has its own hard tennis court and there are six reasonably priced golf courses within half an hours drive. More
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About the Owner
Fiona R
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:December 2011
Interaction with guests
The owners live just up the drive and are delighted to offer advice during your stay. They can provide tennis racquets for children or beginners, and eggs from their hens when they are laying well.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. Very comfortable and everything you could possibly want. Had a wonderful view from the front room and master bedroom. Used the tennis court courtesy of our lovely host Fiona. The log stove was greatly appreciated on our cooler evenings....More

Date of stay: October 2019
Thank Somersetwildgirl
Reviewed 24 September 2019

Attentive & welcoming owner, clean & well appointed accommodation. Great spot: seems isolated, but Stirling isn't that far away.More

Date of stay: September 2019
Thank rod64
Fiona R, VR Owner at Country cottage, mountain views, great for kids, walkers,birds, touring Scotland, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. You are so right in suggesting that the cottage seems well away from it all, and totally free from traffic or crowds, but is nonetheless pretty close to Stirling with all its attractions and supermarkets, as well as motorways to...More

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Reviewed 29 July 2019

Celebrating my dad Sakiusa Raivoce’s 70th Birthday. He turned 70 in June but because he lives in Fiji and we his daughters live in the UK, it was the only time my dad and mum could come over for us to celebrate as a family...More

Date of stay: July 2019
Thank Kesaia R
Fiona R, VR Owner at Country cottage, mountain views, great for kids, walkers,birds, touring Scotland, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2019

Thank you all for visiting us. We are delighted you had a good time. We loved seeing you enjoying the tennis court. Come back soon.

Reviewed 28 July 2019

Great house, very well equipped on a fantastic place. We loved the quiteness, the space in the house (bigger than I expected), the views on the front of the house, the garden on the back. We also liked the warm welcome of Fiona, who was...More

Date of stay: July 2019
Thank Ronald S
Fiona R, VR Owner at Country cottage, mountain views, great for kids, walkers,birds, touring Scotland, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2019

Thank you to our Dutch visitors. We are delighted you had a good time, and hope to see you again before too long.

Reviewed 1 July 2019

The location was perfect for us - incredibly quiet and peaceful with amazing views, yet close to good main roads for access to Kippen, Stirling and all the beauty of the Trossachs and Loch Lomond. The cottage is very well-equipped and spacious and I would...More

Date of stay: June 2019
Thank jfox2016
Fiona R, VR Owner at Country cottage, mountain views, great for kids, walkers,birds, touring Scotland, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2019

Thank you. We loved having you here and were glad you managed to spot all sorts of interesting wildlife, as well as admiring the sunsets.

Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Highchair
Towels Provided
Paper Towels Provided
Private Garden
Private Tennis Court
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Cycling Trips
Books
Hairdryer
TV
Parking
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
Shared Tennis Court
Internet Access
Toaster
Cooker
Grill
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Fishing Nearby
Local Guides/Maps
Central Heating
Dryer
Dishwasher
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Iron
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Balcony
Mountain Views
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Terrace
Fireplace
Deck
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About the neighbourhood
Garrique Cottage is less than 20 minutes drive from Stirling, and under an hour by car from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth, with their many attractions. Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park offers a great day out for the family, and is less than five miles away. So too are The Cross Keys In Kippen, the Gargunnock Inn, and the Lion & Unicorn in Thornhill, all of which offer good food . For lunches and late breakfasts plus good butcheries, delicatessens and gift shopping, try The Woodhouse below Kippen, or The Smiddy at Blair Drummond. Gleneagles Hotel, with its spa and famous golf courses, and tennis star Andy Murray's Cromlix Hotel, with its popular teas and Albert Roux restaurant, are both about forty minutes away.
Getting around
There are regular trains from Stirling Station to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, and a wide variety of stops on the way to London or Inverness. Buses run from Kippen to Stirling every hour, and there are coach services out of Stirling. However visitors to Garrique Cottage need a car in order to reach the station or bus stop, as well as to do their shopping at the wide variety of supermarkets and other shops in Stirling.
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