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Allen Cottage is a treasure waiting to be discovered! Peacefully situated in an idyllic rural setting surrounded by wonderful Trossachs scenery, it has recently been converted from an old barn and provides tasteful, comfortable and quiet accommodation. Sitting on the edge of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, it offers the perfect base for visiting the wonderful lochs and mountains in the area but is also less than an hour from the cities of Stirling, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth.

The cottage sits 1/4 mile from the road and 1.2 miles from the village of Buchlyvie in an area of outstanding beauty offering visitors a variety of wonderful things to do and see.

Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the beautiful walks in the Queen Elizabeth Forest area and around Loch Lomond, or for more challenging pursuits, take a hike up Ben Lomond, Ben Ledi or Ben Venue - all a short drive away. If cycling is your thing, either bring your own cycle or hire one locally and explore some of the many cycle paths in the area. We have a lockable cycle store for your convenience. If you are a golfer you have many choices of golf course - there is a golf course in Balfron, Drymen, Aberfoyle, Callendar, at Loch Lomond (The Carrick) and of course Gleneagles which is just 45 minutes drive.

Pony trekking can be arranged locally, and fishing can be arranged at the Lake of Menteith - just a 15 minute drive away. For the very adventurous, why not 'Go Ape' for a day in the forest admiring the views from a high wire or 'Go Country' at Kinlochard - a fabulous day out but probably best for the young and fit! If you are interested in special birds there is a Red Kite Centre at Ardgaty outside the village of Doune, or, if you would prefer a lovely sail on a paddle steamer you have the choice of Loch Katrine or Loch Lomond. For families with children, a day at the Drummond Safari Park is a must!

There are plenty of good pubs and eating places in the area and many superb coffee shops with delicious home baking. If this all sounds too hectic there is always the alternative of relaxing at home or in the beautiful garden with a book and a coffee or a glass of wine.

  • Sleeps - 4/6
  • Bedrooms - 2 (1 double,
    1 king/2 singles, 1 double sofa bed)
  • Bathrooms - 1
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine/tumble dryer
  • Microwave
  • Wood burning stove
  • Oil fired central heating
  • TV with Freeview, DVD player
  • Stereo and ipod docking station
  • Free WiFi
  • Cot and high chair available
  • Enclosed garden
  • Garden furniture, loungers and BBQ
  • Parking for two cars
  • Sorry, no pets
  • Stirling 17 miles, Balfron 2 miles,
    Buchlyvie 1.2 miles
  • Airports - Glasgow 45 minutes,
    Edinburgh 50 minutes
  • Nearest rail stations - Stirling 17 miles,
    Milngavie 16 miles
  • Choice of pubs and restaurants within 10 miles
  • Golf - lots of superb courses nearby
  • Fishing - Lake of Menteith 12 miles
  • Pony Trekking - 12 miles
  • Go Ape - Aberfoyle 10 miles
  • Drummond Safari Park - 15 miles
  • Scottish Antique and Art Centre at Doune
  • Nick Nairn Cook School at Lake of Menteith
  • Glengoyne Distillery, 9 miles


The cottage offers spacious accommodation furnished to the highest standard (4 star Scottish Tourist Board award) and is on three levels with only a few steps to each floor. There are two double bedrooms: one on the ground floor which is tastefully furnished with French style furniture and a double bed, overlooking the garden. The second bedroom is a pretty attic room with a superking bed (can be split to make two single beds) and lovely country views. Both bedrooms benefit from plenty of storage and feather and down duvets and pillows but can have polyester ones if allergy prone. There is a hair dryer in each bedroom.

The sitting/dining room is on the middle floor which is also at entrance level. This is a tastefully furnished room with patio doors leading to the pretty enclosed garden and sitting area. It has a wood burning stove for colder days and a TV with Freeview. There is also a DVD player, a stereo and an iPod docking station, plenty of books, games, maps and historical information and also free wireless internet. The kitchen is situated through glass doors from the sitting/dining room and is fully equipped to include a full electric Smeg cooker, a fridge freezer, a washer/drier, a microwave oven, and all the necessary electric equipment along with quality glasses, crockery and cutlery. The bathroom is on the middle floor just a few steps from each bedroom. It is fully tiled and includes a shower bath, a shaving point and a heated towel rail.


From north or south on the M9, come off the motorway at juction 10 and take the A84 to Callander and Crianlarich - travel for approx 4 miles passing the entrance to the Drummond Safari Park, and take the B8075 to Gargunnock (2 miles).

At the T junction turn right onto the A811 to The Erskine Bridge passing the villages of Gargunnock and Kippen. Drive through Arnprior and also Buchlyvie. The entrance to Allen Cottage is on the right hand side exactly 1.2 miles from leaving the village of Buchlyvie. There is a 1/4 mile lane down to the cottage which cannot be seen from the road.

What's included:

All central heating and logs for the wood burner, all linen and towels and a welcome pack which includes tea, coffee, butter, milk, eggs and a homemade cake along with all cleaning materials.

Cost and availability:

The cottage is rented out throughout the year. Change over day is Saturday - check in from 4pm, check out 10am.

Weekend/short breaks available off peak.

The owners of the cottage live next door to the property and so are on hand to give any help or advice.

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Idyllic cottage near Loch Lomond

This delightful cottage for 4 has a stunning garden and is in an ideal position to explore all the area has to offer. The wood burning stove adds to the ambience and is a great place to relax in front of after a day's sightseeing.