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Cosy 3 bed cottage sleeps 5+1, lovely garden & Loch views, family & pet friendly

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

3 bedrooms, log fire, free wifi, private garden, superb views, recently refurbished, nr Edinburgh, Perth & St Andrews, golf, castles, Lochs & hills

Balgedie Lodge is a charming holiday cottage, in Easter Balgedie, a small hamlet set between the dramatic Lomond Hills and stunning Loch Leven. The nearest town is Kinross with Perth and Edinburgh in easy reach along the M90, and Fife’s beaches and many wonderful golf courses all close by.

Guests come back year after year to enjoy The Lodge’s homely charm, wonderful location and stunning views.

The cottage sleeps five comfortably. There’s one double bedroom, a twin and a single, although the twin can be converted into a double on request and an additional child’s bed or cot can be provided too.

There’s a well equipped kitchen with a dining table and chairs and a high chair’s available for smaller guests. The sitting room has an open fireplace, comfortable sofas and a TV and dvd player. There’s also lots of board games and books, and there’s even an old piano for all to use too.

The sunroom is bright and cheerful, ideal for relaxing in and enjoying the amazing Loch views (the sunsets with a glass of wine in hand are a must!). And the beautiful garden, complete with bbq, garden furniture and a covered patio, is fully enclosed making it safe and easy for those with small children or pets. There is also private parking.

As the cottage is all on one level, making it very easy for elderly guests or anyone who may struggle with stairs, as well as those with young children.

Pets are very welcome to come and enjoy all the Lodge has to offer too but for a small extra charge and we respectfully ask that owners keep them off the furniture and do not allow them into the bedrooms.

All prices include electricity, bed linen, towels, and logs and coal in the winter. A welcome pack of coffee, tea, sugar, milk, toilet roll and washing up liquid is also provided.

Smoking is not permitted inside this property but is allowed in the garden.

There are loads of things to do when you come and stay and in the house is a folder full of suggestions and brochures to help you decide what would suit you best and our website has lots of info on it too. But with so much to choose from we are very happy to help you plan you stay - just let us know what your interests are and we can guide you as best we can!

The neighbouring village, Kinnesswood has frequently won the prize for the Best Small Village in The Keep Scotland Beautiful Awards and holds it this year again. A wander through its old cottages and lanes is a lovely way to spend some time, before heading back to the cottage for tea!

There are lots of other lovely walks close by too - there's a new path/cycle route that runs all round Loch Leven, RSPB Loch Leven is at the south end of the loch and there are a couple of excellent farm shops to stop at for snacks and meals.

There's also Castle Island, that you can see from our cottage. Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned there and there are boat trips out to it in the summer for you to have a look around. It really is a must-go-and-see and has a great picnic spot!

More Details

Shona Benson
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
13 October, 2017

About Shona Benson

I am a mother, wife, theatre director and very proud Scot!

Shona Benson purchased this cottage in 2016

Why Shona Benson chose Perthshire

We bought the Lodge as we already owned Balgedie House at the end of the drive. When the previous owner, Fiona, kindly asked it we would be interested in it, we were delighted. Balgedie Lodge had historically been part of the same plot as the house and so we were thrilled to be able to bring them both back together again. We had also been toying with the idea of holiday lets for the main house anyway and so to be able to offer the Lodge too seemed like a great idea.

What makes this cottage unique

The view is just the best and it is constantly changing depending on the weather. You almost have to see it to believe it, but every day is different and all are magical! Every season has something to offer. One of my favourite things is watching the geese in the winter come down to land and graze in the fields between ours and the loch.

I also think it is fantastic to feel so remote but also know you can get to so many of Scotland's major towns so quickly! It's a wonderful balance and pretty rare to find!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We loved staying in this lovely, idyllic cottage. We immediately felt at home, it has a lot of space to offer, beautiful view over loch leven, it was clean and we've found everything we needed. We even had a guitar to play some music!! The next supermarket is was easy to reach by car and the location of the cottage is perfect to discover fife. We would love to come back one day!
Nov 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Kinross in Perth and Kinross

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • lake
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom with WC, bath, electric shower over bath.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , Can be split to make 2 singles
    Twin bedroom - 2 Single Bed , Can be made as Superking double. An extra bed available too
    Single bedroom - 1 Single Bed
  • Sleeps 5 (3 Bedrooms) in good quality very comfortable beds Bedrooms 1 and 2 have zip and link beds, so can be king size or twin. It is however generally arranged as one king bedroom and one twin bedroom. Bedroom 3 has single bed. An additional child's bed or a cot is available on request for a small extra charge.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
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
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: All electricity and first bag of wood and kindling for fire included. Outside: Pretty, well-stocked garden with garden furniture and barbecue. Shed for bikes. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen and towels included and can be changed depending on length of stay. The sunroom is a favourite amongst guests with exceptional views of the Loch.


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Cosy 3 bed cottage sleeps 5+1, lovely garden & Loch views, family & pet friendly
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

Very Comfortable with Spectacular Views

  • 5 of 5

This a fantastic place to stay for a holiday. The Lodge is beautifully equipped and very comfortable - the view from the Lodge across Loch Leven are just amazing ending ending each day with a beautiful sunset. There is plenty to do in the area with Kinross nearby and a range of activities including walking and cycling. Anyone with an interest in Mary Queen of Scots will enjoy a visit to Loch Leven Castle and Falkland Palace.There is an excellent traditional pub within walking distance.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for such a lovely review, Barrie. I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay at the Lodge. The views of Loch Leven are stunning all year round but to have been there while the conditions were so good for seeing the Northern Lights must have been wonderful for you! It sounds like you kept yourself busy in the day too with all the activities around and about and enjoyed the pub in the evening! Please do come back again soon! We'd love to have you! Best, Shona
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  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful, clean, and adorable! We enjoyed coming "home" each day from our adventures in Scotland. Thanks to Mary and Shona for a cottage that was as clean as it was charming. We couldn't have asked for anything more. Stunning views and an amazing community. Thanks again!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage, best bed linen and towels ever

  • 5 of 5

Cosy, beautiful decorated cottage. Beautiful bed sheets and the best towels. All give a bit of luxury to this lovely cottage with great views.

The garden is amazing too, just beautiful.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Scott, thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay and the luxury touches at the Lodge! Please do come back again, we'd love to have you! Best, Shona
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Relaxing, peaceful. Perfect

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely cottage. Great views, nice and peaceful. Never felt so relaxed. Perfect location with great views over Loch Leven and so quick to get to Edinburgh or Perth. Thanks Shona and Mary!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jamie, thank you for coming to stay and for such a lovely review! I'm thrilled you've found a top spot to relaxing in! We'd love to have you back to do it all again! Best, Shona
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Beautiful house with fantastic views

  • 5 of 5

My husband, dog and I had a midweek break at the Gate Lodge and thought the house and views were fantastic.We had plans to go here and there but ended up enjoying the lovely conservatory overlooking Loch Leven most of the time. Although chilly the garden furniture was enjoyed and the log fire kept us cosy at night.

Shona the owner and Mary the housekeeper were both helpful and made our stay very enjoyable.

We will definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Margaret, thank you so much for taking the time to send us such a lovely review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us - the house and the views - and am delighted to hear you'd like to come back again too. We very much look forward to having you. Best, Shona
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Lovely cottage with stunning views!

  • 5 of 5

Shona has done an amazing job of revitalising this lovely cottage. The place feels fresh and modern but still retains many of its original features, and the newly insulated sunroom is wonderfully cosy even in the coldest of months! We particularly enjoyed spending evenings in front of the outdoor woodburning chiminea - what a wonderful revelation! And the views - stunning!

As an added bonus, Shona invited us to look around the 'big hoose', which has just been renovated and will be promoted as high-end holiday accommodation very soon. High-end, indeed! Balgedie House is absolutely fantastic; I'm sure we'll be booking a stay!

Many thanks, Shona - we had a lovely time at the Gate Lodge and hope to see you again soon!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sue, thank you so much for such a great review. I'm so pleased you had a good time! It was lovely to meet you and I was so pleased to be able to show you around Balgedie House too! We'd love you to come back again! Best, Shona
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Nearest Airport
29 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Balgedie Toll Tavern
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Bishopshire Golf Course, Kinnesswood
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
M90 Motorway
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Balgedie Toll Tavern
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Burntisland - and lots more on the Fife coast
Car: recommended

Locally, there are many wonderful walks, a cycle path and walking track around Loch Leven, the RSPB at Vane Farm, the Lomond Hills on the doorstep and there are several great farm shops, cafes and restaurants. Two are even in walking distance - Balgedie Toll Tavern is a super local pub and Loch Leven's Larder is very spoiling for delicious lunches, cakes and coffees as well as having a deli and a fabulous gift shop!

Just along the road from Easter Balgedie is Kinnesswood - it's a gorgeous little historical scottish village which has won Best Small Village in the Beautiful Scotland Awards many years running. There are some lovely walks amongst some of the old houses and little lanes, a museum in honour of the famous poet, Michael Bruce, and a local pottery shop too. There's also a little shop which stocks the essentials and the paper and a very friendly garage too - one if those rare special ones where they still operate the pumps for you!

Kinross itself is a lovely town with many little shops and restaurants. A trip on the little ferry across Loch Leven to the island to see the castle Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned in is an absolute must! Milnathort also boasts some great cafes and a deli.

The Gate Lodge is also an ideal base to explore many other famous Scottish sights. Perth is only half an hour away and Edinburgh's only about 40mins. And there's Stirling, Gleneagles, St Andrews and Dundee, all of which are doable within the hour.

The beaches along the Fife coast are definitely worth an explore - in the sunshine and the rain! Elie is a great favourite, not only for a trip to the beach and the lighthouse, all the watersports, golf and tennis, and also for The Ship Inn, an award winning local pub on the harbour wall.

And there's Crail and Anstruther too - amongst them all you'll find loads of children's activities, adventure parks, bowling, a corn maze, deer farm, animal farm, and so much more. Oh, and some great fish and chips too!

The wonderful new Helix Park and the famous Kelpies, the largest equine structure in the world, is only 40 mins away too.

There is so much to do for sporting enthusiasts too. The choice of golf courses is vast - there's the lovely local, 10 hole course and putting range in Bishopshire Course in Kinnesswood, several in and around Kinross and throughout Fife, as well as the famous ones close by in Gleneagles and St Andrews.

There's a gliding school very close by and if you don't dare trying it out you can enjoy watching the gliders elegantly flyiing over head as they use the thermals from the hills behind the house!

Walking, fishing and cycling are also very well catered for and there is enough to suit all, from beginners to experts!

There are also many things to do culturally, many of the main towns and cities boast arts Festivals and Fringes - Edinburgh being the most obvious but there are many other smaller ones too - and there are many theatres and concert venues which have lots going on throughout the year to enjoy as well.

Distances to key towns and cities: Kinross - 4 miles. Dunfermline - 15 miles. Perth - 18 miles. St Andrews - 25 miles. Stirling - 30 miles. Dundee - 30 miles. Edinburgh - 35 miles. Glasgow - 50 miles.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Kinross, Scotland

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Oct 2017
29 Sep 2017 - 26 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low winter 2017
27 Oct 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Xmas & New Year 2017
22 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Spring 2018
6 Jan 2018 - 1 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid Spring 2018
2 Mar 2018 - 26 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early summer 2018
27 Apr 2018 - 14 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2018
15 Jun 2018 - 13 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late summer 2018
14 Sep 2018 - 27 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Xmas/New year 2018
21 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £25
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Check in time is from 4pm on day of arrival and check out time is by 10am on departure day.

Early and late check in's may be possible but are at the owners discretion and must be agreed in advance no later than 30 days before arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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