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Award winning, Loch view, family&pet friendly, enclosed garden, open fire, wifi

People5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking

Overview

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, An additional child’s bed or cot can be provided too, for an additional charge, but it must be requested at the time of booking.

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 plus a TV and dvd player. There’s also lots of board games and books, and there’s even a 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.

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 heating and electricity, luxury bed linen, towels, and logs and coal in the winter. A welcome pack of coffee, tea, sugar, milk, toilet roll, washing up liquid and general household cleaning stuffs 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!

The Lodge is also fantastically situated for those who want to walk to a pub or restaurant. Less than half a mile down the road is Balgedie Toll Tavern, a great local pub, and just a little bit further is Loch Leven's Larder, an award winning deli, cafe/restaurant, and gift shop. There's also The Well in Scotlandwell which is a great pub too. All are family friendly and dog friendly too!

Kinross also has lots of places to eat and there are some other special places we can recommend to go to too. Please contact us if you'd like to know more.

If you are on face book you can find more details about the cottage there too, under Balgedie House and Lodge. On the page there are lots of links to many activities in the area and its a great place if you'd looking for info and ideas of things to do when you come to stay.

More Details

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

About Shona Benson

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

Currently I live with my husband and 3 boys in Singapore and whilst I miss being in Scotland hugely I love being able to help others have a wonderful time there.

In Singapore, alongside managing Balgedie House and Lodge, l also work as a director of an luxury boutique hotel group called RAAS, in India. Whilst my role with them is quite different to my role managing Balgedie House and Lodge, ensuring guest have wonderful stays and experiences are paramount to both.

Shona Benson purchased this cottage in 2016

Why Shona Benson chose Kinross

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.

When we bought the Lodge we were also in the process of renovating Balgedie House and so we absorbed it into those renovations! It became a massive project but we are so pleased with the results and there is nothing more rewarding than hearing how much guests have enjoyed their stay as well as enjoyed discovering all there is near by - from golf courses and whisky distilleries, incredible bird life and walks, to art galleries and museums.

Also having both properties means that we can offer a variety of options to guests. For larger numbers we would recommend the House or both the Lodge and the House together. For all enquiries about taking the House and the Lodge together, please contact us via our website or face book page.

What makes this cottage unique

The view is simply stunning 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 too. 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 at the same time know you can get to so many of Scotland's major towns so quickly! It's a wonderful balance and pretty rare to find! There are very few spots where you can be so close to so many of the wonderful parts of Scotland but also feel you are simply in the middle of nowhere! This helps make it a perfect holiday spot.

We also have a fantastic team on the ground who not only make sure the House and Lodge are presented beautifully but they are also there to greet guests on arrival, make sure everyone is settled and has all they need, but they are also on hand should any thing be needed or happen during a stay.

May be it it my experience in luxury hotels, I'm not sure, but I firmly believe that we all deserve something a little special every now and again, and my aim is to offer that to everyone who comes to stay.

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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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Kinross in Perth and Kinross

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • 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
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
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom with WC, bath, electric shower over bath.
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • 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 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.

Reviews

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Award winning, Loch view, family&pet friendly, enclosed garden, open fire, wifi
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews
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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: 05-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 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

Wonderful, cosy and comfortable cottage.

  • 5 of 5

We’ve just returned from a lovely short break and can highly recommend staying at the Gate Lodge. Super-comfy beds, soft, thick towels, a well equipped kitchen and cosy sitting room with an open fire are just a few of the features we loved. Thanks for the wine and biscuits that were waiting for us on arrival too!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Lindsey, thank you so much for such a lovely review of your short stay at Balgedie Lodge. I am so pleased to hear that you enjoyed it all! Please do keep in touch and come and visit us again when you can! We'd love to have you back one day! Best, Shona
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Amazing!

  • 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: 10-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 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: 09-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 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: 24-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 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: 19-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 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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Location

Loch Leven's Larder
Heaven Scent
Lochleven Castle
Lochend Farm Shop
Balgedie Toll Tavern
Grouse and Claret
The Ship Inn
Nearest Airport
29 Miles
Edinburgh
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Balgedie Toll Tavern
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Bishopshire Golf Course, Kinnesswood
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Lochgelly
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
M90 Motorway
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Balgedie Toll Tavern
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Glenshee
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.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Kinross, Scotland

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Low winter 2017
27 Oct 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£270
for 3 nights
From
£90
From
£95
Fri,Sat,Sun
£450
 
 
Xmas & New Year 2017
22 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£700
for 7 nights
£700
 
 
Low Spring 2018
6 Jan 2018 - 8 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
£300
for 3 nights
From
£100
From
£115
Fri,Sat,Sun
£480
 
 
Feb half term
9 Feb 2018 - 26 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
£345
for 3 nights
From
£115
From
£125
Fri,Sat,Sun
£530
 
 
Mid Spring 2018
27 Feb 2018 - 22 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
£300
for 3 nights
From
£100
From
£115
Fri,Sat,Sun
£480
 
 
March/April school holidat
23 Mar 2018 - 12 Apr 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£600
for 7 nights
£600
 
 
End of hol w/end
13 Apr 2018 - 15 Apr 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
£480
for 3 nights
From
£160
 
 
April 2018
16 Apr 2018 - 3 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
£315
for 3 nights
From
£105
From
£125
Fri,Sat,Sun
£525
 
 
May bank hol
4 May 2018 - 10 May 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£600
for 7 nights
£600
 
 
Mid May
11 May 2018 - 24 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
£360
for 3 nights
From
£120
From
£140
Fri,Sat,Sun
£550
 
 
May - mid June
29 May 2018 - 14 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
£390
for 3 nights
From
£130
From
£150
Fri,Sat,Sun
£600
 
 
End of June
15 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
£435
for 3 nights
From
£145
From
£170
Fri,Sat,Sun
£670
 
 
Summer 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 12 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
£495
for 3 nights
From
£165
From
£175
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£725
 
 
Peak summer
13 Jul 2018 - 6 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£725
for 7 nights
£725
 
 
Late summer 2018
7 Sep 2018 - 4 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
£405
for 3 nights
From
£135
From
£157
Fri,Sat,Sun
£625
 
 
Oct half term
5 Oct 2018 - 18 Oct 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£670
for 7 nights
£670
 
 
half term end weekend 2018
26 Oct 2018 - 28 Oct 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
£502
for 3 nights
From
£168
 
 
Winter low season
29 Oct 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
£390
for 3 nights
From
£130
From
£150
Fri,Sat,Sun
£600
 
 
Xmas/New year 2018
21 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
£810
for 7 nights
£810
 
 
Jan 2019
4 Jan 2019 - 7 Feb 2019
3 night minimum stay
£390
for 3 nights
From
£130
From
£150
Fri,Sat,Sun
£600
 
 
Feb half term 2019
8 Feb 2019 - 21 Feb 2019
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£650
for 7 nights
£650
 
 
Feb/march
22 Feb 2019 - 21 Mar 2019
3 night minimum stay
£390
for 3 nights
From
£130
From
£150
Fri,Sat,Sun
£600
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£725
for 7 nights
£725
 

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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