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Secluded And Stylish Rural Retreat Close To The Hills And The Bright Lights

People5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 871 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Stunning rural retreat, 2 bedrm, 2 ensuite, within easy reach of the cities

The Kist (a historic term for a linen box or treasure chest) is a stunning contemporary lodge set in private grounds in a beautiful rural location. A large deck area and a panoramic window in the main room allow visitors to enjoy the country experience whatever the weather. You may well find deer grazing in the garden of a morning.

The Kist is set in glorious countryside, but is close enough to Glasgow to enjoy all the cultural and shopping attractions of a big city. Some of Scotland's most spectacular countryside, including Loch Lomond, the Trossachs and the West Highland Way, are nearby. Historic Stirling is within easy reach and the Castle is definitely worth a look. Both Edinburgh and Perth are about an hour away by car.

The stylish glass fronted open plan living area includes a fully fitted kitchen complete with integrated fridge freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.

The large decked area to the front is the perfect way to enjoy sunny evenings and yes, there is a barbecue if eating al fresco is your thing.

There are two double bedrooms, both en-suite, with one set up as a twin room. The master bedroom has a p shaped bath and Mira shower. The twin room has a Coram quad shower and roomy walk in wardrobe, normally set up with twin beds which can be made in to a double with space to setup the foldaway bed as well.

The modern lodge offers all the advantages of a new home, in a lovely setting. Practical, cosy and stylish, you'll love being 'Kist'.

More Details

Owner
Iona Hordern
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
23 July, 2017

About Iona Hordern

I work from home as an artist and illustrator specialising in botanical illustration (lessons available if you wish) and I often take inspiration from our garden and the many wildflowers around us. The meadow has a wonderful display of wild orchids in the summer.

My husband works in Glasgow during the week, and likes to unwind in the garden where he grows a wide variety of fruit and veg.

Why Iona Hordern chose Scotland

Our home is the perfect combination of location and convenience. We live in glorious countryside, but are close enough to Glasgow to enjoy all the cultural and shopping attractions of a big city. Loch Lomond, the Trossachs and the West Highland Way are nearby so we can enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland whenever we want. Historic Stirling is also nearby and the castle is definitely worth a look. Both Edinburgh and Perth are about an hour away by car.

What makes this cottage unique

We live in the most beautiful spot with all the benefits of having our own space but within easy reach of the villages of Balfron, Fintry and Killearn. Read and relax surrounded by a profusion of bird song or if your lucky catch a glimpse of the local wildlife. Our watchful heron stands over the pond and its not unusual for the hares and hedgehogs to come right up to the house.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a wonderful place to stay! The Kist was like home away from home. We enjoyed skiing near Glencoe, the trip down there was spectacular. The surroundings are simply amazing. Returning to The Kist was a joy everytime. Ioana has been a lovely host. We especially loved the food at The Kippen Inn! We hope we will be able to come again!
Dec 2014
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Balfron in Stirling

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 871 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 (1.7m x 2.5m) serves the Master Bedroom. It is fully tiled and incorporates a p-shaped bath with Mira minilux rain shower and screen, heated towel rail, sink with vanity unit and toilet. Bathroom 2 (1.4m x 2.7m) serves the Twin Bedroom. It is fully tiled and has a Corum quad corner shower enclosure, heated towel rail, sink with vanity unit and toilet.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , plus a foldaway camp bed
  • The spacious Master bedroom (3.6m x 3m) has a double bed (6'3' x 4'6') with matching cream bedside tables and lamps. There is plenty of storage space in the walk-in wardrobe (1.2m x 1.6m) and access to the bath/shower en suite (2.5m x 1.7m). Own exterior glazed door opens onto the deck allowing more privacy. The Twin Room has 2 single beds (6'3' x 3') which can be made up as one double. The foldaway bed can be set up in here if necessary. There are matching cream bedside tables and lamps. There is plenty of storage space in the walk-in wardrobe (1.2m x 1.6m). An oak panelled door leads into the en suite shower room (2.5m x 1.7m). Own exterior glazed door leading on to the deck..
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
Attractions:
  • forests
  • library
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(49 traveller reviews)

Secluded And Stylish Rural Retreat Close To The Hills And The Bright Lights
average rating of 4.979592 based on 65 reviews
5

Stunning Setting

  • 5 of 5

A lovely modern self contained property with views of stunning scenery from the large patio windows.

The apartment is clean and comfortable and has all the facilities you'll need.

A good selection of places to eat in the surrounding villages.

  • Review Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Great stay lovely view

  • 5 of 5

Lovely place to stay near all the loch and cities

  • Review Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
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5

Great base for visiting family and friends.

  • 5 of 5

The Kist was very accommodating for our needs, comfortable and spacious.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
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5

First class

  • 5 of 5

Lovely relaxing place a wee gem in the countryside.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
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Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland
5

Secluded gem of a property; contemporary and stylish. Perfect base for exploring or chilling out.

  • 5 of 5

This is our second visit to "The Kist", even the name has an air of romanticism about it. Although it's a fairly secluded rural retreat, it is an ideal base for discovering central Scotland but also has a feel of exclusivity and peacefulness, nestled away from the buzz with a magnificent outlook to the hills. The Kist is a contemporary, stylish and absolutely spotless haven with everything you need in place. The owner is extremely helpful and friendly. When we visited in 2016, we were snowed in (absolutely beautiful) and the owner helped to escort us back down the single track hill on departure. We will return, probably time and time again, no matter the season.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
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4

Beautiful surroundings in stylish setting.

  • 4 of 5

The cottage was beautiful and ample for most of our needs. The host Iona was kind and welcoming, and we were well taken care of.i would thoroughly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
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Location

Nearest Airport
26 Miles
Glasgow
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
The Fintry Inn
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Balfron
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Milngavie
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
M9
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Cross Keys, Kippen
Car: necessary

Close to Loch Lomond National Park, The Trossachs and world class scenery, there are almost unlimited countryside activities to enjoy. Then again, Glasgow - Scotland's shopping capital - is also nearby. And with Bannockburn and Stirling within easy reach, there are some of Scotland's most historic sites almost on your doorstep.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Balfron, United Kingdom

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Summer
28 May 2017 - 16 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
£440
for 4 nights
From
£110
From
£130
Fri,Sat,Sun
£660
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
 
Autumn
17 Sep 2017 - 7 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
£440
for 4 nights
From
£110
£530
 
 
October Break
8 Oct 2017 - 22 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
£440
for 4 nights
From
£110
£540
 
 
Winter
23 Oct 2017 - 17 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
£180
for 2 nights
From
£90
From
£90
Fri,Sat,Sun
£420
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
 
Xmas/Hogmanay
18 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
£480
for 4 nights
From
£120
From
£140
Fri,Sat,Sun
£760
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£190
for 2 nights
From
£95
From
£95
Fri,Sat,Sun
£530
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Full payment is required to secure a 2 night stay. Otherwise we ask a 25% deposit on booking with the balance due 3 weeks before arrival. Please note that nightly rates for stays less than a week may vary from those quoted. We operated a sliding scale for stays of 2-6 nights. Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
All rates are subject to an additional booking fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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