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

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Details
Property
cottage
People
6
Bedrooms
3
Bathrooms
1
Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

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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Owner
Shona Benson
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
8 February, 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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Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)

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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5

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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5

What a view!

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week staying at the cottage, the view from the living room, kitchen & sun room is stunning & always changing, I don't think I would ever get bored of it.

The cottage was warm & cosy, which was one of our concerns with the recent temperature drop & travelling with a baby but it was lovely & warm.

We thought the cottage was nicely decorated & well equipped with everything we needed.

We visited Loch Leven Larder for lunch & breakfast (can recommend booking a pod) & we walked to Balgeddie toll for dinner. Although may favourite evenings were sitting with a glass of wine in the sun room watching the sun go down.

One thing we did find useful was the sheltered area to dry clothes outside & the clothes dryer on the ceiling in the kitchen also the heated towel rail all Made life much easier.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the cottage & will hopefully return one day.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so pleased to hear you enjoyed your week at The Gate Lodge - especially given it was your first time away with your little one! The view is incredible isn't it! And you're right, it does change every day! I'm very pleased to hear you got to enjoy some sunsets from the sunroom, with a glass of wine in hand! Thank you for choosing to come and stay and for your lovely feedback. And we very much look forward to welcoming you back again, hopefully sometime soon!
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5

Lovely,cosy cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay. Cottage is cosy and welcoming. Owners sorted a problem with the water heating very quickly. And when we arrived a lovely bottle of wine and box of chocolate biscuits was waiting for us which was very nice. Great walks locally and many attractions within local area. And the views are amazing.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to review the cottage and so glad you enjoyed your stay
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5

Peaceful, accessible, and wonderful...

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at this property was wonderful. It had everything we needed to feel like we were at a home away from home. We were able to access all of the locations in Scotland that we desired to see, and we were always able to come back and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of this country cottage. It was very accessible, and close to all of the services we could need, as well. The owner is wonderful, and was very accommodating. As a consultant who travels extensively, I highly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write this. Much appreciated
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5

A perfect cottage, in a peaceful, and scenic location!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed here in July for the second week of our Scotland trip, and couldn't have been happier with our choice! It exceeded all expectations. It was comfortable, cozy, and the views from the cottage were amazing! As we ventured out each day, we always looked forward to coming "home" to the cottage. It was a perfectly peaceful, and relaxing way to end each day. Thanks again, you helped make our first trip to Scotland unforgettable!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! It was great to meet you! I'm hoping one day to make it to the west coast of the USA:)
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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

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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Low Winter 2017
6 Jan 2017 - 2 Mar 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
 
March Half Term 2017
3 Mar 2017 - 16 Mar 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£480
for 7 nights
£480
 
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
 
Low Spring 2017
17 Mar 2017 - 13 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
 
Easter 2017
14 Apr 2017 - 20 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£480
for 7 nights
£480
 
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
 
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

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Kinross in Scotland

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Location Type:
  • lake
  • rural
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
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom with WC, bath, electric shower over bath.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Big Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , Can be split to make 2 singles
    Twin bedroom - 2 Single Bed , Can be made into extra large double
    Wee 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
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
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: All electricity and first bag of fuel 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.

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

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