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

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Overview

Property

Updated: 27-Mar-2017
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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'.

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Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Iona Hordern
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
27 March, 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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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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43 Reviews

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(43 traveller reviews)

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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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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5

Amazing little hide away

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Kist for a few days with our 2 dogs .. we all had a relaxing time and will definitely be back

  • Review Submitted: Feb 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
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5

Relaxing Birthday weekend with the family.

  • 5 of 5

We spend a family weekend in The Kist to celebrate my birthday and it was fantastic!!

Iona was very nice and very helpful, she recommended some nice places to eat nearby.

The house is very tasty decorated, very clean and comfortable, it has everything you need to enjoy a relaxing time away from home. Two lovely bedrooms with their own ensuite bathrooms, a well-equipped kitchen and a nice living area with plenty of games and DVD's (very handy if the weather is not great to be outdoors).

Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
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5

Christmas & New Year at The Kist - Relaxing over 11 magical nights.

  • 5 of 5

This our second time at The Kist, as my wife and I stayed here in June '16 for a long weekend. This time we spent the 11 nights across Christmas and New Year in this beautiful retreat. Iona had put up Christmas decorations and draped Santa Stockings on the bottom of our bed, and the Shortbread filled biscuit tin was very scrummy indeed. We arrived along with storm Barbara but once settled in we were very toasty whilst looking out at the wind and rain that battered the area for 48 hours. We enjoyed that storm time to relax away from the stresses of modern living, cooking in the well equipped kitchen and relaxing in the lounge area. Our bedroom was lovely and warm with a very comfy bed and well appointed en-suite bathroom. The Kist is well placed for trips to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, the three local villages of Kippen, Balfron and Fintry are but a short drive away. Stirling is just over 30 minutes away and a short drive to Milngavie let's you take the great train service into Glasgow's Argyle Street Railway Station. Iona is always on hand if needed but never intrusive, she has the balance just right. Iona is a lovely owner and you will find lots of Iona's creative work throughout The Kist, check out www.ionabuchanan.com to see her work.

Thanks Iona for a fab Christmas and New Year.

Ian & Lesley.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
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Location

From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

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

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Mid
26 Mar 2017 - 6 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
£190
for 2 nights
From
£95
From
£100
Fri,Sat,Sun
£510
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
 
Easter
7 Apr 2017 - 22 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
£400
for 4 nights
From
£100
From
£110
Fri,Sat,Sun
£540
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid
23 Apr 2017 - 27 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
£380
for 4 nights
From
£95
From
£100
Fri,Sat,Sun
£520
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
 
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

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

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.

Property Type

  • cottage

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

Entertainment

  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library

Onsite Services

  • Chauffeur

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only

Location Type

  • rural

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

Floor Area

  • 81 m²

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..

Outside

  • Bicycles ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...

Meals

  • Self-catering

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