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

Overview

Property

Updated: 18-Nov-2016
3 bedrooms, sunroom, pretty, enclosed garden,nr Kinross between Perth, Edinburgh & St Andrews, central for exploring but plenty to do & see locally

The 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!

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

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

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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
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4 Reviews

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based on 4 holidaymaker reviews

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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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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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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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

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. The 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.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Nov - Dec 2016
28 Oct 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£195
for 3 nights
From
£65
From
£90
Fri,Sat,Sun
£380
 
 
Xmas 2016 New Year 16-17
23 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
£600
for 7 nights
£600
 
 
Low Winter 2017
6 Jan 2017 - 2 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
£210
for 3 nights
From
£70
From
£95
Fri,Sat,Sun
£400
 
 
March Half Term 2017
3 Mar 2017 - 16 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
£460
for 7 nights
£460
 
 
Low Spring 2017
17 Mar 2017 - 13 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
£210
for 3 nights
From
£70
From
£95
Fri,Sat,Sun
£400
 
 
Easter 2017
14 Apr 2017 - 20 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£460
for 7 nights
£460
 
 
Low Spring 2017
21 Apr 2017 - 27 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
£210
for 3 nights
From
£70
From
£95
Fri,Sat,Sun
£400
 
 
Mid Season 2017
28 Apr 2017 - 1 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
£225
for 3 nights
From
£75
From
£100
Fri,Sat,Sun
£420
 
 
June 2017
2 Jun 2017 - 29 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
£285
for 3 nights
From
£95
From
£125
Fri,Sat,Sun
£540
 
 
High Summer 2017
30 Jun 2017 - 7 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£620
for 7 nights
£620
 
 
Sept 2017
8 Sep 2017 - 28 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
£285
for 3 nights
From
£95
From
£125
Fri,Sat,Sun
£540
 
 
Oct 2017
29 Sep 2017 - 26 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£240
for 3 nights
From
£80
From
£110
Fri,Sat,Sun
£460
 
 
Low winter 2017
27 Oct 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£210
for 3 nights
From
£70
From
£95
Fri,Sat,Sun
£400
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£210
for 3 nights
From
£70
From
£95
Fri,Sat,Sun
£400
£1,400
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £50
Pet Fee £20

Changeover Day:
Friday in the summer, flexible in the winter. Departure 10am, arrival 4pm

Notes on prices:
Short breaks are welcome outside peak season. Please contact us for prices and availability or check on www.gatelodgekinross.com.

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
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

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

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

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

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • lake
  • rural

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • 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
  • paragliding
  • swimming
  • tennis

Bathrooms

  • 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.

Outside

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

Meals

  • Self-catering

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

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.

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