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Lovely cosy cottage, stunning Loch Leven views, great for all ages, pet-friendly

Overview

Property

Updated: 23-Apr-2017
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

3 bedrooms, sunroom, pretty, enclosed garden,nr Kinross between Perth, Edinburgh & St Andrews, central for exploring but plenty to do & see locally

Balgedie Gate 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 Gate 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 and guitar 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 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!

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About the Owner

Shona Benson
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
23 April, 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 Gate 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 Gate 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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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
  • 1 of 4

10 Reviews

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(10 traveller reviews)

5

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

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
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5

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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5

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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5

Spacious cottage, brilliant open views.

  • 5 of 5

Spacious and private cottage, great Sun Room with brilliant open views across Loch. Dog friendly with enclosed garden. Helpful and friendly Owner. Highly Recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely comments. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your stay! The Lodge is actually closed at the moment for a month while we give the whole place a lick of paint and so hopefully next time you come you'll like it even more! :) Look forward to seeing next time! Best, Shona
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Well equipped, comfy, family-friendly accomodation

  • 5 of 5

We could not have asked for a more perfect cottage for our needs! The house was spotless, well-equipped and spacious. It had everything our extended family of five could need, even a piano! There were games and books for the children and the enclosed garden was safe for their outdoor play, while we enjoyed a glass of wine under the covered patio. The views across the lake varied with the changing weather patterns. From inside the cozy sunporch, it didn't matter if it rained. The view was still stunning! The location was so central, allowing us speedy motorway access to Edinburgh, Perth, and Stirling. There were so many sites to visit, within easy driving distance. Loads of walks, starting right outside our door! I even had a birthday party while we were there and the house and garden accommodated all several dozen of us! Best birthday party ever!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for such a lovely review! I am so pleased you enjoyed your holiday with your family and had a lovely and memorable birthday too. Please do come back for the another one! :) Since your stay we have actually been renovating the cottage quite extensively so hopefully you'll enjoy it even more next time! All the best and thank you again!
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Location

Loch Leven's Larder
Heaven Scent
Lochleven Castle
Lochend Farm Shop
Balgedie Toll Tavern
Grouse and Claret
The Ship Inn

From the Owner

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 Gate 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 Gate Lodge too seemed like a great idea.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Edinburgh at 29 Miles Nearest Barpub : Balgedie Toll Tavern at 0.5 Miles Nearest Golf : Bishopshire Golf Course, Kinnesswood at 1 Miles Nearest Train : Lochgelly at 6 Miles Nearest Motorway : M90 Motorway at 5 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Balgedie Toll Tavern at 0.5 Miles Nearest Ski : Glenshee at 60 Miles Nearest Beach : Burntisland - and lots more on the Fife coast at 3 Miles 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 and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Low Spring 2017
21 Apr 2017 - 27 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
£270
for 3 nights
From
£90
From
£100
Fri,Sat,Sun
£410
 
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid Season 2017
28 Apr 2017 - 1 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
£300
for 3 nights
From
£100
From
£120
Fri,Sat,Sun
£480
 
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
 
June 2017
2 Jun 2017 - 29 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
£315
for 3 nights
From
£105
From
£130
Fri,Sat,Sun
£560
 
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
 
High Summer 2017
30 Jun 2017 - 7 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£640
for 7 nights
£640
 
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
Sept 2017
8 Sep 2017 - 28 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
£315
for 3 nights
From
£105
From
£130
Fri,Sat,Sun
£560
 
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
 
Oct 2017
29 Sep 2017 - 26 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£300
for 3 nights
From
£100
From
£120
Fri,Sat,Sun
£480
 
 
Low winter 2017
27 Oct 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£300
for 3 nights
From
£100
From
£115
Fri,Sat,Sun
£450
 
 
Xmas & New Year 2017
22 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£680
for 7 nights
£680
 
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£300
for 3 nights
From
£100
From
£115
Fri,Sat,Sun
£450
 
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £20

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

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

From the Owner

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!

Property Type

  • cottage

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • lake
  • rural

Attractions

  • 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

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom with WC, bath, electric shower over bath.

Bedrooms

  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • 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.

Outside

  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...

Meals

  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • 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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