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Luxury cottages created within a 19th ct. steading, set in private parkland. - Birch cottage

Bedrooms 2
Separate WCs1
Space 882 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking



Birch cottage

Birch Cottage. 2 double bedrooms, living room, dining/ kitchen area, downstairs WC /basin, patio leading to garden

A two bedroom cottage over two floors with a private patio shared with the other cottages. The ground floor consists of a comfortable living area with a large South facing window furnished with a comfortable sofa and armchairs and is open-plan through to the modern fully equipped L shaped kitchen and dining area. There is a separate downstairs cloakroom with basin and WC.

A glazed door leads out from the dining area onto the South facing stone and brick patio leading to the park.

Hemlock wood stairs lead to two bedrooms which are fully carpeted, one with a king size bed and the other with twin beds. Between them on the landing is a modern bathroom with shower and vanity unit.

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About the property

Finnich Steading Cottages

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The cottages have been created round the courtyard of the beautiful 19th Century red sandstone steading which has recently undergone a total renovation programme. Each cottage has been rebuilt to the highest standards of convenience and comfort while retaining the character and features of the old buildings. In addition to the landscaped courtyard with its large communal games room, each cottage has access to an outdoor patio with views out over the woods and fields.

Each cottage is furnished and equipped to the highest standard with a large living area and wooden floors, a modern fully equipped kitchen, a dining area and a living area with comfortable sofa beds and armchairs. All windows are double glazed with full length curtains or blinds and all are equipped with Sky TV, DVD/CD player and wifi. Each unit has a separate central heating system with ample supplies of hot water for the luxuriously fitted bathrooms and showers. There is a shared laundry and drying room with facilities for ironing.

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Calendar last updated:
19 June, 2018

About On line booking at

Andrew and Marguerite Dewar Durie bought this estate when Andrew moved to Scotland to run a large Whisky Company based in Dumbarton . His Family originally came from Fife and Andrew is the Chief of the Duries. He is also a member of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs.

If you are interested to trace back your ancestry, this is where you should base yourself.

Marguerite is Austrian and is an Interior Designer. She has planned and designed the beautiful cottages.

On line booking at purchased this cottage in 1992

Why On line booking at chose Drymen

Finnich Malise Estate had been little cared for for many years and presented a major and exciting challenge to us when we bought it. First priority was to repair and re-decorate the beautiful Georgian house and then to start recovering the parkland with its 200 year old trees. A separate project was to completely re build the derelict 19th century Steading buildings and convert them into 4 holiday cottages.

The projects continue with the recent planting of 9 ha of mixed Scottish woodland.

What makes this cottage unique

The uniqueness of the Finnich Malise estate which was evident to us when we first saw it, was its location. Close enough to Glasgow and Stirling but positioned in its own 200 acres of grounds to give total peace and tranquillity, with stunning views to the western North over the National Park and with easy access to Loch Lomond , 5 miles away.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Lovely location with spectacular views. Very comfortable cosy cottages which have been restored beautifully. Everything you would need is in the cottages. Free WI-FI was much appreciated by our children. The walks around the grounds much appreciated by our dog! Patio and BBQ got great use due to the fantastic weather. We hope to be able to return. Would definitely recommend.

Tips for other travellers

Great location for touring round Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. Also very handy to Glasgow. Oak Tree restaurant in Balmaha is good.
Jul 2014
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The prices are for 4 beds . If there is a fifth guest we will charge £ 10.00 per night per person. Extra bed for children under 8 years are free.
For stays under one week we will charge £ 35.00 For the End cleaning


Accommodation and facilities for Birch cottagein Drymen in Stirling

Property Type:
  • cottage (terraced)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 882 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • downstairs cloakroom - Toilet , and basin
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Bath has a very good shower over with shower screen. Modern elegant fittings and a vanity unit with plenty of storage space. Hot towel rail
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • There are two double bedrooms. One has a large double bed with a very good mattress and luxurious white linen. The second has twin beds (standing as a large double bed or can be separated) and an armchair which turns into a comfortable single bed if required. For the 5th bed there will be a surchare of £ 10.00 per night
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Finnich Steading Cottages lie secluded in the tranquil countryside of their own 220 acre rural estate on the edge of Loch Lomond National Park outside the quiet village of Croftamie. Sitting in peaceful elegance among the rolling hills and ancient woodland, Finnich Cottages provide all the comforts and high standards you’d expect from a luxury holiday let. They offering breathtaking uninterrupted views to Ben Lomond yet are conveniently only 15 miles from the outskirts of Glasgow. The Cottages have been lovingly restored around the courtyard of a beautiful 19th Century red sandstone steading with a thoughtfulness that combines luxury with practicality. Each cottage has been renovated to the highest standards of convenience and comfort whilst retaining the character of traditional features. At Finnich Cottages we specialise in providing luxury accommodation and a wonderful experience that supports the local community and environment .


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Birch cottage
average rating of 4.75 based on 17 reviews

Very comfortable stay.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely location.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
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A place to return to

  • 4 of 5

We are a family of 4, with 2 wee girls, and a dog. We had a lovely time here, where the girls were not bored at any point. There were either playing in the garden, discovery new tracks, or having fun in the hall. The location is great, just spot on, great views, tranquil, fantastic surroundings, and close to many good attractions from Loch Lomond to Stirling. And we didn't have any problem with the dog, who also had a fantastic time.

I definitely recommend it and we will be back.

  • Review Submitted: 24-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very nice accommodation set in beautiful surroundings

  • 4 of 5

We spent 4 nights in Birch Cottage. Lovely cottage and location to explore trossachs and excellent value.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Throughly enjoyed

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay. The property was very clean and in good working order. Lovely views and great base for exploring Loch Lomond.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Picturesque luxury cottages

  • 5 of 5

Outstanding location with comfortable high quality accommodation. Relaxed and friendly hosts which added to the feeling of relaxation. Great for families as plenty for kids to do rain or shine. Thanks for fab holiday! Hope to revisit soon!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Apr-2015
  • Date of Stay: April 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice cottage in perfect surrounding

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely glad we found this cottage. We enjoyed our 2 weeks stay very much, really nice cottage, clean and with nice furniture. Plenty of room for 4 persons, plus extra rooms for laundry and gaming like table tennis and pool billiard. The owners were very friendly and supportive, gave us a lot of good hints for things to visit in this great scottish area. We will definitely come back for a second visit there, as there is still so much to see and do in the loch lomond area.

Thanks a lot!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: July 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to seeing you on your next visit!
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
in village of Croftamie
Nearest Ferry
55 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Strathendrick Golf Club, Buchanan Castle Golf Clu
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Main Station Glasgow
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
The Old Mill , Killearn
Nearest Beach
60 Miles
Car: necessary

Finnich Steading cottages are perfectly placed for visitors to explore some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland. The Loch Lomond National Park provides a huge range of outdoor activities including water sports, hiking and biking. The famous West Highalnd Way passes through the charming village of Drymen a short distance away. Riding, golf on a variety of courses and fishing on the river Endrick can all be arranged nearby. The local area provides a range of friendly pubs and small restaurants, art galleries, a range of shops, and an excellent medical centre.

Glengoyne Distillery is only 3 miles away and caters for visitors seven days a week. Alternatively visitors may just want to relax in the peaceful surroundings and enjoy the woodlands and countryside of the estate and the many walking paths close by. The cottages are perfect for family holidays. Children will love the freedom the grounds provide and pets are welcome if warning is given in advance.

Other Activities: Boating of all types on Loch Lomond; Walking, West Highalnd Way 4 miles