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The Old Farmhouse

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Gartocharn near Balloch, Loch Lomond & Trossachs Show on map


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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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68 Customer Reviews

  • "We all thoroughly enjoyed the week we spent at the Old Farmhouse."

    The accomodation and location was excellent but what made it even better was the welcome from the family. I would highly recommend it to anybody. Thankyou

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Jun 2024

  • "This is a truly unique and atmospheric place to stay."

    The view is endlessly engaging and the property is warm, clean and very comfortable. Lots of interesting places to visit, and lovely places to eat close at hand, whilst still being off the beaten track. The opportunity to paddle in the loch and take evening walks directly from the house made for a fab get-away-from-it-all stay, and we were still near to visitor attractions and great places for dinner. All this combined with friendly and welcoming owners for whom nothing is too much trouble made for a perfect stay.

    Thank you very much for a lovely review, Zoe - we hope that you and the family were able to return home, relaxed and recuperated after a busy period. And a big thank you for refreshing our jigsaws, such a relief after the trauma of the 'jigsaw scattering' incident last year...! You've left us some wonderful jigsaw subjects (I'll be doing them first). Thank YOU...! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Zoe5.0May 2024

  • "This is a very special place."

    The setting is extraordinary. The house is very user friendly. The ground floor works well for those of us with limited mobility. As for the family who own the farm? Just delightful. If you want glitz and fussy this is not for you. If you want sensible, well managed and peaceful this is for you. We loved it.

    Jane, you have defined Portnellan perfectly - that's what we wanted to achieve 10 years ago when we commenced the major restoration of the derelict property. No glitz, just a calm and peaceful house where people could enjoy the activities of the farm - and have access to the wonderful area around us. I'm so pleased that the house was easy for you to negotiate; as soon as we realised that level access was possible, we worked on making things just that little bit easier for people who are less able to cope with stairs. We loved having you to stay... Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane5.0May 2024

  • "Property was excellent owner most gracious."

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    Thank you very much for your lovely feedback - we enjoyed meeting the family and hearing your lovely voice in tandem with the bagpipes! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brian5.0May 2024

  • "Absolutely loved the week we just had, accommodation was beyond our expectations in terms of comfort, location and equipment."

    Frida, David and Chris were brilliant stopping for a chat as they passed and making sure we were happy. We both loved exchanging stories with them and listening to suggestions of where to visit, walk or eat. I can't emphasise just how much we enjoyed our stay....just perfect!

    Thank you both for being such lovely guests; as you've noted, we do love to stop for a chat - we love hearing about what you do, where you come from and what you're going to do with your Portnellan days! Thank you also for the extra jigsaws; might be stealing one out at a time to do myself..and thank you as well for leaving the house so neat and tidy. Perfect visitors... Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pete5.0Apr 2024

  • "We had a brilliant family holiday staying in Portnellan Old Farmhouse, the view from the windows is an ever changing picture of nature's magnificence."

    If you like getting out on the water then there is no better place as you have Loch Lomond on your doorstep. The hosts are very welcoming and the accommodation is very comfortable with everything you could require to make your stay an enjoyable one.

    Thank you, Michael and Linda - we so enjoyed having you to stay, especially with your connection to the farm. I know David was fascinated by your family history and would appreciate hearing more if you unearth more information. I would like to thank you for leaving a very neat and tidy house - it makes my day on Saturday so much more pleasant. You too get a 'favourite guest' badge! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Apr 2024

  • "Property owners were lovely and very welcoming - the cottage had wonderful views of Loch Lomond and was very clean and comfortable with every amenity."

    Christine, we really appreciate your feedback - I'd like to thank you for leaving the house on departure so neat and tidy - it makes such a difference to us and we'd like to award you a 'favourite guest' badge! I hope that Portnellan offered you and the family the calm and peaceful time that you all needed. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Apr 2024

  • "Honestly this was the best and most relaxing holiday cottage we have ever stayed in!"

    The views were stunning and the house had everything you could want in a holiday stay. It was clean, homely and the hosts were so welcoming. The farm was easy to find and instructions left by the host were easy to follow. Thank you so much for our stay and we will definitely be back!!

    Katie - thank you so much for this feedback - we so enjoyed having you to stay but we wanted to see much more of you, so please do come back. I loved seeing the small person rushing off down to the water's edge in the evenings after your daily expeditions, fishing rod in hand! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Katie5.0Apr 2024

  • "Beautiful location, with amazing views from almost every window of the Old Farmhouse."

    The cottage was warm and cosy - underfloor heating and the log fire helped with February temperatures! The owners were friendly and welcoming, with homemade goodies on arrival & lots of thoughtful touches added to each room. We enjoyed our stay immensely & would love to return.

    Claire, I am sorry about the delay responding to your lovely feedback - I've had a glitch on the respond-to-feedback function and it's rejecting my responses. We love having people who come during the winter and settle down by the fire when temperatures are chilly outside. We hope that you do come back - you'll be very welcome. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Feb 2024

  • "The Old Farmhouse is the most beautifully presented property in an absolutely dream location."

    The quality and quantity of fixtures, fittings, kitchen utensils etc. is second to none. The owners could not have been more welcoming or helpful. An experience not to be missed and one we will definitely sample again in the future!

    Reviewed by Cath5.0Feb 2024

  • "Lovely stay on a farm by the side of the Loch."

    Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback; it is much appreciated. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Dec 2023

  • "We loved staying at The Farmhouse, it was spacious, clean, comfortable & the most amazing views of the Loch."

    Everything was there if needed. A lovely welcome pack of freshly baked bread & pancakes on arrival which smelt amazing when you first enter. Lots of other things like milk, biscuits fudge it was all a nice surprise. Both David & Freda & their son were very friendly & there if we needed anything. I would love to go back again one day & if you haven’t been I can honestly say you won’t be disappointed.

    Thank you so much for leaving us such lovely feedback, Tracy especially since your short break holiday was cut even shorter by Storm Babet. However, I hope that your 2 days of travels with lovely weather made up for the early departure and that your Mum enjoyed being with you and your brother - such a lovely idea. Do please come back; we hardly had time to get to know you! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Oct 2023

  • "This is a wonderful farmhouse in a splendid location."

    It suits those who like to get away from it all. It is fun to be in the farm steading and to see the comings and goings of farm life. The house is beautiful inside and has everything you may need. The view is spectacular. Access to the loch is easy and we enjoyed swimming every day .The hosts are delightful and in credibly interesting and knowledgable. We had a very happy family holiday and would totally recommend the old farmhouse to those who love Scotland, it’s ever changing moods, and the joy of being away from the bustle of cars and crowds.

    Thank you for taking the time to say such nice things about the Old Farmhouse. You were such an active family, with daily runs and wild swimming. And yes, apart from the Portnellan comings and goings, we are indeed off the beaten track and we love having people here who appreciate that. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jan5.0Sep 2023

  • "Our holiday with family and friends at the Old Farmhouse was great, the property was well appointed and had everything you could have wanted, The beds were super comfy and we loved our welcome hamper."

    Freda, David and Chris were so friendly and welcoming and the location is just beautiful. Would love to go again!

    As you know, we'd love to have you stay again so we can meet all the family properly! We really appreciate your feedback - good of you to take the time. And a heartfelt thank you from us for leaving the house so neat and tidy - the other house elves and I were delighted - please pass on to the other members of the team. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bettina5.0Sep 2023

  • "Beautiful property amazing views and wonderful people was absolute bliss"

    Thank you very much for your warm feedback and also what you said in the Visitors Book. It means a lot to us. And thank you for leaving the house so neat and tidy. A pleasure to walk into - not a chore to get clean for our next guests. Much appreciated Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Sep 2023

  • "Wonderful accommodation, well appointed, with everything you could possibly need."

    Ideal for a family to explore Loch Lomond, enjoy kayaking and Chris’s speedboat on the Loch, and experience life on a working farm. Fabulous, welcoming hosts, delicious homemade pancakes and bagpipes on the last night.

    Thank you for taking time after your holiday to give us feedback. We loved your company and hope you’ll be back to enjoy Portnellan again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Neill5.0Aug 2023

  • "Fabulous!!"

    Where one word says it all. Thank you for your feedback - it means a lot to us and you were a pleasure to have around the farm; David enjoyed all the help from the vet apprentice and engineer. Hope you will come back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dilmi5.0Jul 2023

  • "Such a great property with everything you could need (including useful welcome pack with tasty pancakes too), welcoming, helpful hosts and really comfortable beds."

    The location is stunning, right by the loch with wide ranging views of the mountains. We really enjoyed our boat ride with Chris which was a great way to get a different perspective and learn about the loch. Would highly recommend!

    Thank you so much for giving us lovely feedback Helen. You and the family seemed to get out and about to interesting places. And everyone loves the speedboat so I’m glad you did that. Thank you for leaving my little jam jar for me to use again, and Again!! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jun 2023

  • "The farmhouse is in a lovely position overlooking Loch Lomond."

    The owners are so friendly and my wife's disabilities were catered for 100%. There is a facility for a speed boat ride on the Loch and a commentary on some of the most interesting spots. We cannot recommend this farmhouse highly enough. Our stay was made all the better by the interreaction with the owners who were always on hand should there be any problems. (We had none)

    We are so glad that the Old Farmhouse met your requirements; mind you, it did occur to us that your wife's disability was no barrier to her full enjoyment of any activity she chose to join in with! For example, getting on a speedboat and enjoying a whiz around a very low Loch Lomond. As you will now know, we loved having our wee chats. And thank you for leaving the house so neat and tidy. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely property, much appreciated welcome pack, well equipped - sharp knives deep joy!"

    - and stunning views.

    Thank you very much for your prompt feedback - and the HUGE bar of chocolate you left (accidentally) but we were so pleased you didn't want it back! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0May 2023

  • "We had an extremely enjoyable week at the cottage celebrating my wifes birthday along the way."

    Freda, David and Chris were the perfect hosts and we wanted for nothing. If you have the opportunity to stay at the cottage then take it - we couldn't recommend it enough. Beautiful views over loch Lomond every morning when you wake up and lovely sunny evenings, very still and calm to enjoy the sunset. If you also have the opportunity, take a loch cruise with Chris on his speedboat, it's a unique way to see the loch from a totally different viewpoint and Chris' local knowlege is faultless - he might even suggest some waterskiing too if it's your birthday ! Thanks once again for a most memorable week and best wishes to you all for a great summer season !

    You were the perfect guests. Lovely to chat to and we were so pleased you were able to arrive in time for the birthday, despite the Birthday Girl working right up to the last moment. Thank you for leaving the house so neat and tidy and for leaving us wonderful feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brian5.0May 2023

  • "A wonderful stay in an immaculate cottage."

    The best equipped self-catering cottage we have ever had. Extremely friendly hosts, stunning views of the Loch, excellent beds, linens, and towels. Fully equipped kitchen, and deck with bbq. And all in a working farm! A truly unique and quite magical experience.

    To the 'Sisters' - Thank you very much for giving us such lovely feedback. Your various backgrounds and relationships were just so interesting, we needed more than a week to get to know you properly. Please come back - you fitted right into Portnellan and the west of Scotland! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pamela5.0Apr 2023

  • "We had an incredible week at the Old Farmhouse."

    The cottage was lovely with every touch you could think of and the view was spectacular. We loved playing on the loch everyday and there was so much to do in the local area. David, Freda and Chris were so nice and friendly and we certainly hope we can return soon.

    We enjoyed your company too - such an active family so we thought Portnellan was perfect for you! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karina5.0Apr 2023

  • "Fantastic location for us."

    The house is second to none, so well furnished and everything we needed was there. We really enjoyed our stay. Dave was so helpful in launching and recovering our boats, made everything so easy for us. Would definitely rebook next year. We also loved how everything was explained with instructions in the house, it was faultless. Thankyou ever so much for a fantastic week.

    Kind of you to give us such positive feedback, Gary. You were no trouble to host and we're glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Mar 2023

  • "Absolutely beautiful property, stunning views, superb personal touches."

    Owners very knowledgeable and happy to share farm life info. We’ve stayed in many cottages over the years, but this one is special

    Reviewed by Kerry5.0Feb 2023

  • "Wonderful farmhouse."

    So comfortable and amazing scenery. Loch Lomond on the doorstep. So peaceful. Love this place

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Oct 2022

  • "Every thing we needed was there."

    Freda and David are wonderful hosts and are available to deal with any problems. Kayaking, paddle boarding and trips on Chris’s speed boat are available at extra cost. Wildlife is there to find. Red Squirrels, badgers,deer. Pine Martin foxes and hares. We enjoyed ourselves so much we booked for next year before we left.

    Reviewed by Sandi5.0Sep 2022

  • "Portnellan farm is a first class holiday let."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and were made to feel really welcome by the host family on this working organic beef farm. The house itself was 'spotless' and the welcome pack was excellent. This is certainly a place we would be happy to return to.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Sep 2022

  • "Excellent location and facilities."

    Made most welcome by the family owners . We do intend to return.

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely accommodation in a beautiful setting with very attentive and thoughtful owners."

    They balance the management of a working farm and providing excellent holiday accommodation, as well as water activities, with great success.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Aug 2022

  • "Just spent a brilliant week at Portnellan Farm staying in the old farm house."

    Beautiful property right on Loch Lomond, views are fantastic. So much to do in the surrounding area, kids were knackered by the time we had to come home! Thanks to Freda, David & Chris who could not have been nicer. Hopefully see you again in the future

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Jul 2022

  • "Great place to stay if you want peace and quiet with stunning views of Loch Lomond and the mountains beyond."

    The house is spacious and well equipped and your hosts, Freda and David are always around to help with any issues you may have. With the Loch so nearby, watersports and fishing are on your doorstep and yet the centre of Glasgow is only 40 minutes drive away. Unfortunately there is only one farmhouse so don't tell too many people as its always full over the summer so book early!

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jul 2022

  • "It's hard to come up with the appropriate words for this wonderful place."

    The facilities, accommodation and decking overlooking the loch were perfect for us. Freda, David and Chris were always available for anything we wanted and incredibly accommodating. Just awesome! Thank you

    Rose-Anne O'HareJun 2022

  • "This accommodation has amongst many, two absolutely stunning qualities, the view from the frontage straight up the length of Loch Lomond, which is surely one of the best amongst any rental property in Scotland!"

    The panoramic view including Ben Lomond the most southerly Munro is awesome. Secondly the Scott-Park family who are on site are surely the most warm, welcoming, friendly hospitable hosts anyone could ever meet. Freda, David & son Chris are all equally a delight to meet & chat to & are clearly extremely proud of their acheivements on the organic farm & keen to take time to educate their guests who show interest. Don't leave without trying their delicious beef! The house is the original farmhouse which was completely renovated to a very high standard with lots of lovely oak. Three double rooms are superbly finished with stunning loch views from the bed giving a tremendously relaxing calm feel. There are walks to be had within their land straight from the door including a long length of Loch foreshore. There is a huge choice of where to visit within the area, the Wallace Monument being one of our favourites. We do not have the slightest reservation about not returning for another visit at some point & fondly look forward to meeting the family again, 5* Portnellan, fabulous!

    Ian MansellFeb 2022

  • "Terrific stay with fabulous views, the Old Farmhouse, Potrnellan Farm, Gartocharn is a working farm which adds to the overall experience."

    David, Chris and Freda were very welcoming and supplied essentials as well as fresh baked bread, pancakes and home made jam which were delicious. The Old Farmhouse was very well equipped and furnished and Freda even ensured there were was a supply of toys for our 2 year old grandson which was an unexpected and lovely touch. The Old Farmhouse is ideally suited for touring Loch Lomond and surrounding area and nearby Drymen is worth a mention with its choice with a good quality eateries. We would recommend the Clachan Inn for the Sunday roast and the Winnock Hotel, and Drymen Inn for lunch. Hopefully we will pay a return visit.

    James HNov 2021

  • "What a super farm house."

    Such a beautiful setting inside and out, kind attentive hosts, amazing starter pack, everyone made us feel really welcome. Very friendly environment, great facilities offered at the farm, delicious organic beef products. We really could not have asked for anything more. Thank you very much Freda David and Chris

    HelenOct 2021

  • "This is the most spectacular cottage in the most spectacular location with the most spectacular hosts."

    We absolutely loved it!!

    Jenny LyonSep 2021

  • "What a fantastic week we had at Portnellan Farm."

    It's stunning location and having David, Freda and Chris around was great. They are so welcoming and really interesting for local information and help with our boat and the use of the Loch. Definitely on the list to 'Go again' The house was beautiful and perfect for 6. It really is at minimum 4*

    Steve MillsJun 2021

  • "This a dreamily beautiful spot with the most spectacular views over Loch Lomond."

    We had some wonderful times kayaking , paddle boarding and exploring the loch with the utterly charming Chris and his beautiful boat. We also LOVED out nature walk with Freda exploring the delights of the ancient woodland by the loch shore.

    Zoë BingMay 2021

  • "The first thing that strikes you on arrival at Portnellan is the fantastic view from The Old Farmhouse."

    The ever-changing scenery encompassing Loch Lomond (only 200 yards away) with a backdrop of hills and mountains, including majestic Ben Lomond itself, is quite breath-taking. You can be assured of the warmest of welcomes on arrival together with a sumptuous and delicious ‘welcome pack’, including a loaf of David’s home-baked bread and pancakes, home-made jam, Scottish oatcakes and a wee dram of local whisky! The Old Farmhouse is extremely well-equipped and comfortable throughout; our super-king bed with crisp linen ensured a good night’s sleep, but we could hardly wait to be waking up to THAT view every morning! Portnellan is a working organic beef farm and so you may see cattle in the yard behind the farmhouse and David and Freda (often accompanied by their two friendly dogs) about the place. It is also worth pointing out that Portnellan is somewhat remote being a couple of miles from the nearest main road; a real plus for us as it is beautifully quiet and the night sky away from all light pollution is something to behold on a clear night. A farm walk with David gives you a fascinating insight into what Portnellan Farm means to them. Don’t forget to pack your ‘wellies’! One, if not THE, highlight of our week was a two hour speedboat trip with Chris. Such a memorable experience and Chris is a brilliant guide with a vast knowledge of the loch; the history, topography and wildlife as well as what each of the islands on the Loch has to offer. It is far more than just holiday accommodation; it offers a unique experience in an idyllic setting and we definitely intend to return in the very near future.

    Chris And GeorginaOct 2020

  • "Fantastic accommodation."

    Wonderful welcome pack. Very friendly hosts. If you enjoy country life this setting will not disappoint . We will most definitely be back once corvid 19 allows us.

    Sandie McQueenApr 2020

  • "We stayed at The Old Farmhouse on Portnellan Farm 21-28 September."

    The Farmhouse has been reconverted in recent years to a very high standard and includes everything you will need for your stay. The view over Loch Lomond, which is only a few metres in front is unbelievable, in fact you could spend the whole week just admiring it! The owners Freda, David and their son Chris are lovely, friendly people and are so helpful in terms of local knowledge and what to do and see. The Old Farmhouse is an excellent base for visiting all the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs have to offer. Places like Stirling, Helensburgh and Glasgow are within easy reach. We thoroughly enjoyed a speedboat trip around the Loch with Chris, something not to be missed. We would highly recommend The Old Farmhouse.

    Ron And Jackie DouglasOct 2019

  • "Having read some of the reviews of some previous guests, we can only agree that Portnellan Farm was one of the top holiday destinations we've visited."

    The location was stunning, looking right across Loch Lomond, with so many different lights and skys during our week there. The location was also a good base for Loch Katrine and the Trossachs, Stirling Castle and Helesburg's Rennie Mackintosh Hill House. The cottage was of the highest standard with large double beds in each of the three large bedrooms. The kitchen was well fitted with electric range cooker, built in microwave and a American style fridge freezer. Everything was provided in the kitchen, again to the high standard elsewhere. And most of all Freda, David and their son Chris were warm friendly and welcoming from the start of what was a very memorable stay.

    Mike And MelSep 2019

  • "We had a wonderul stay at The Old Farmhouse and were made extremely welcome by David, Freda and Chris."

    The cottage is located in a unique position on Loch Lomond. I really doubt there is a more beautiful place to appreciate the loch. The cottage is well appointed and we were very comfortable. The welcome pack and guidance is second to none.

    Jono SmithAug 2019

  • "At the end of June 2019 we were with five adults a week on holiday in 'The Old Farmhouse', Gartocharn, Loch Lomond."

    It was a fantastic holiday. The house is very quietly located, and has a fully equipped kitchen-dining area, it has three spacious bedrooms and two bathrooms. On our arrival we were welcomed by Chris, the son of the house. David, Chris and Freda (our hosts, and hostess), are incredibly sweet and friendly people. The terrace at the front of the house, is wonderful to enjoy a sunset. The cottage is a good base for a city visit to Glasgow or Stirling. There is also no lack of hiking opportunities: Ben Lomond, The Whangie, Conic Hill, Primrose Hill (Loch katrine), Aberfoyle (queen elizabeth forest park)..... A trip on the speedboat of Chris is an absolute must. We even used his services twice. Once to take us to Rowardennan for the start of a hike. And a second time to observe a beautiful sunset from the lake. Chris is an excellent boater, and has an enormous knowledge of the history, culture and the fauna and flora of Loch Lomond and the islands. In this house, you can really enjoy and relax.This holiday cottage is highly recommended. We certainly want to visit it a second time , because there is so much more to discover in this region of Scotland. Thank you David, Chris and Freda, for your hospitality. It is a real pleasure to stay in this nice and cozy cottage. Ludo, Marleen, Fons, Rita, Chris (Flanders, Belgium)

    Ludo,Marleen,Fons,Rita, ChrisJul 2019

  • "Cannot praise this location highly enough."

    The house had been beautifully prepared for us to a very high standard by the exceptional Freda, even fresh flowers in the bedrooms! This is the best equipped self catering accommodation we have ever stayed in and as we received a full list of what would be supplied in the house before we left home it helped enormously with the packing. The view from each room was amazing, the beds really comfortable and the Wifi far better than we had expected! We took up the offer of a farm tour with David which was well worth it and we learnt a lot, a really enjoyable afternoon. The speedboat tour is a must if you stay here, great fun and Chris is very knowledgeable about the area and the Loch. Tours are ultra flexible so after chatting to Chris you can make your own itinerary, we visited an island for a beautiful walk and then hopped to another island for a coffee in the pub there. It is a working farm and quite remote which all added to the attraction for us. Great property run by a lovely family who made us feel so welcome...something a bit special!

    Lorna AndrewJul 2019

  • "We had a fabulous week at The Old Farmhouse."

    Freda and family were very welcoming hosts. The cottage is well appointed and views are spectacular. The cottage is in a perfect location. It feels like the middle of nowhere but only a few miles to Loch Lomond attractions. Highly Recommended.

    Robert GallowayJul 2019

  • "5 star Just returned from a week away with LHH."

    Have stayed in one of their properties before and found it to be excellent. Went to Fairfield in Inveraray, which was a nice property, but unfortunately suffered from a hot water/heating failure. Even though it was Easter Monday Wynne sorted out a transfer to a superb alternative at Gartocharn (Portnellan Farmhouse). The views were stunning and we had a great week. LHH were great and in going the extra mile for us, we'll definitely be looking to holiday with them again.

    Mr J NixonNov 2018

  • "We had a wonderful holiday at Portnellan, The Old Farmhouse was of a high standard and fully equipped - there was literally everything you could think of ."

    The owners - Freda, David and Chris were excellent and couldn't have done more to make our stay pleasurable - they were exceptional . The main thing besides the house and the welcome was the view - simply stunning ! So all in all a fab holiday - wish I was back there now - I have already recommended Portnellan to my friends and colleagues ( if you haven't been I can strongly recommend it ) . Look forward to receiving a LHH new brochure when it's out

    FionaNov 2018

  • "We've just returned from a magical week in the Old Farmhouse and couldn't recommend it more."

    A glorious location with spectacular views that we just couldn't believe were real, they're the kind of views you usually only see in brochures! The cottage has been finished to an 11/10 standard, yes, that good, and is very comfortable. The weather was a little mixed for us but it really didn't matter, knowing there's such a glorious cottage to retreat to definitely lifted the spirits! The farm the cottage is located on is managed by the fabulous Scott-Parker family who were incredibly welcoming and helpful in every way imaginable, we can't thank them for the hospitality enough. All in all it was a truly wonderful week and would love to revisit the farm and cottage.

    Jim SladeNov 2018

  • "This is truly one of the most beautiful places I've stayed."

    The scenery will break your heart and Freda, David, Ginny and Chris are absolutely wonderful people. If you're lucky you might hear David playing the bagpipes in between farm chores!

    CarolineNov 2018

  • "The owners of the farm are amazing and will bend over backwards to ensure you have a great time at the farmhouse - we even got taken Osprey watching!"

    The house is beautifully laid out with everything you could need for a stay. The setting is truly magical and the feel of being on a working farm is great as it's very down to earth but in a luxury house - just perfect. We will be returning!

    Tori And MarkNov 2018

  • "We had a really super time at the farm and would recommend it for it's quality and position."

    It was more like borrowing the keys to a friends house, than a renting a holiday home. Everything was well thought through, Freda, David and Chris always had time to sort out any little problems or for a chat about the area and especially what they were doing on the farm, which was really interesting. The position by the Loch made the most of the views, and there was always something to see. Whether it was the wildlife, boats out fishing or the changing colours of the sky and hills.

    Chris And JanetNov 2018

  • "We have just arrived home after a truly fabulous week in the Old Farmhouse."

    The pictures can't prepare you for the amazing view as you drive up to the house and the peace and tranquility there was amazing. The fact that it is a working farm added to our experience and that Freda, David and Chris were always on hand to talk about the farm and their projects, take us up to spot ospreys (David carrying our daughter on his shoulders as he went!) and give us tips and info about the area etc. They were so friendly and made the week all the more special. The house was really comfortable, nicely furnished and decorated with extra special attention to detail. Lots of little extras that you wouldn't normally expect from a holiday home. Sitting on the decking in the evenings and indeed at any time of day wass just lovely and we spent a lot of time down on the pier looking our over the loch. We also took a swim - which none of us were expecting, and did some Stand Up Paddle Boarding that we hired from Chris. Just a great week and we're already missing the house, loch and family! Thank you!

    Eleanor BannardNov 2018

  • "A wonderful place to be for a holiday in Scotland."

    The house is comfortable, warm and fully equipped with a lot of extras. The view over Loch Lomond and the mountains is wonderful from outside as well from every room in the house and in every kind of weather. Sitting on the front deck we enjoyed the beautiful sunset. The owners are very kind and welcoming, and gave us a lot of information about Scotland, places to go, hill walking, the loch and so much more. The tasteful beef on the barbecue, our trip on the loch with the speedboat and the musical goodbye made it so we?ll never forget our stay in The Old Farmhouse.

    Gerda, Peter, Hub En Marleen, The NetherlandsNov 2018

  • "We had the most brilliant time!"

    The house was amazing! So comfortable and so well equipped and that view!! Jonathan and I have traveled a lot and that view is up there in our top three best in the world!! David, Freda and Chris are amazing! So so lovely, kind and welcoming. They are the perfect hosts!! Their organic beef is fantastic! The weather was shocking and glorious! Our boat trip to the pub was brilliant and we loved every minute and are definitely going back!! Thank you again for your help and If all your clients are like the Scott-Park's you must have best job in the world!! We look forward to booking the Old Farmhouse again, Kind regards Noreen Busher

    N BNov 2018

  • "Oh wow wow wow!"

    What an amazing place in an amazing location. The house was spotless and one of the most comfortable and cosy holiday cottages we've ever stayed in. Breathtaking views. Would recommend and would love to stay again

    Charlotte SteelNov 2018

  • "We enjoyed our stay at this beautifully renovated cottage with it's spectacular view (at all weather), on the loch and the hills nearby."

    . The cottage is warm and cosy, the kitchen, perfectly equipped and we also loved the charming open fireplace in the livingroom. The rooms upstairs were very spacious and comfortable. The house has all it needs to be able to have a wonderful time. We've really enjoyed sitting outside, having BBQ. What also makes it very special is the organic beef, which is most delicious. We tried it out in several kinds. Last, but not least we have to mention the most sympathetic family, who is very supportive and warmhearted. The best thing was the tour around the farm guided by David! We do highly recommend this cottage as an allround perfect experience.

    Family Gruenert SwitzerlandNov 2018

  • "For over 20 years we've had at least two holidays each year with our two children (now aged 20 and 21) in the UK and abroad and have always preferred to go self catering, staying in a variety of apartments, cottages, houses and villas."

    We spend a considerable amount of time researching properties, looking at websites and reading reviews as we are quite particular and place great emphasis on finding somewhere very special to rent for the duration of our holiday. We have, therefore, stayed in some beautiful holiday homes over the years. However, we all agree (yes the kids too!) that The Old Farm House has to be "the icing on the cake" - it really is the most amazing property we've ever stayed in: the house was so beautifully presented, so immaculately clean and better equipped than we could ever have imagined. The website has some superb photos of the house and its interior so there's no need to go on too much about the individual rooms other than EVERY room is fab - the kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms etc. The lovely owners, Freda and David Scott-Parks, have really thought of everything when designing the house and have so obviously gone out of their way to make their guests visit as perfect as can be. So many lovely touches were provided: freshly baked pancakes with butter and home-made jam on arrival, fresh flowers in each bedroom (colours coordinating with the blinds and throws on the beds), beautiful quality bed linen and towels - the list is endless! We had a very busy week sightseeing but what made our week special and so memorable was the very lovely Scott-Parks and their stunning house with its amazing views over Loch Lomond - thank you both SO much for looking after us so well - we certainly hope to return one day!

    Angela & John ForesterNov 2018

  • "First class accommodation."

    ... Immaculately clean and stylishly presented, very well equipped kitchen. comfortable beds, beautiful views and lots of extra touches from fresh flowers to homemade pancakes on arrival... We stayed here with our two 'under twos' and the farm animals and kids boat play area were a big hit... Wonderful hospitality from our hosts David, Freda and Chris - we'll be back!

    Sarah And Andy RobinsonNov 2018

  • "What a fabulous holiday we had at Portnellan Farm, David, Freda & Chris were so helpful, welcoming and friendly."

    The views over Loch Lomond were to die for, the accommodation tastefully decorated and lovely and warm and cosy. Chris took us out on his speedboat and this was definitely one of the highlights of our holiday, what better than pulling up to a restaurant for a drink in your own speedboat! We also sampled some of the tasty organic beef for several of our meals and even bought some more to take home with us. My son also loved the jacuzzi bath, exploring the water front every day, going to visit the cows and playing with Skye (the farm dog). There is loads to do in the surrounding area between the Glengoyne distillery, Tree zone at Loch Lomond shores, golf, pony trekking and lots of activities on the Loch. It was great speaking to David, Freda & Chris and finding out all about the farm and the surrounding areas - they are all so knowledgeable and friendly and even provided some homemade pancakes and warm bread! A real find! You will not be disappointed.

    Karen, Alistair & TristanNov 2018

  • "We have been self-catering in Scotland for over 25 years and can honestly say that The Old Farmhouse is one of the most immaculately presented houses we have ever stayed in."

    There were so many personal touches and little extras that immediately made us feel welcome. Definitely not just a holiday house but a very comfortable home to enjoy and completely relax in. It is a superb location with quick and easy access to the surrounding very scenic area which offers a wealth of interests and activities for all ages. As 'baby boomers' we found lots of places where we could have a gentle stroll and particularly enjoyed the nearby RSPB Loch Lomond Reserve. Balloch Castle Country Park, Luss, Flanders Moss Nature Reserve near Kippen, The Hill House, Helensburgh, to name but a few, are all worth a visit. But most of all we just enjoyed spending time on the verandah taking in the stunning view over Loch Lomond with its ever changing moods, the bird life and the peace and quiet that a stay at Portnellan Farm offers. We had superb hosts in David, Freda and Chris. They are all so warm and friendly and would do anything at all within their powers to make your holiday a happy and memorable one. We can thoroughly recommend The Old Farmhouse for young and old alike. It's a truly special place!

    Geoffrey And Vivienne WaltonNov 2018

  • "We spent one week of our holiday at The old Farmhouse in June 2017."

    We have stayed in a number of holiday cottages in Scotland during the last 10 years but this is one of the most comfortable and well equipped (including rubbish bags- only for insider!) places we have ever stayed in. The house is clearly lovingly looked after by its owners. Everything was perfect and our hosts David, Freda and Chris were so friendly and warm-hearted, that we felt 'at home' from the first minute of our stay. There were some delicious pancakes and self-made jam awaiting us on arrival and Freda gave us a warm welcome with her fresh self-made bread. We liked sitting on the front-deck and enjoying the magnificent views over Loch Lomond, talking to David about the farm and cruising with Chris on his speedboat. If you're looking for peace and quiet in both beautiful surroundings and accommodation we would definitely recommend The Old Farmhouse. We have stayed in many beautiful properties in Scotland but this is undoubtedly one of the best. We very much hope to return and perhaps there still will be cow, which was a new-born calf in June 2017, calling Stephanie. Georg, Elke,Stephanie, Heinz-Josef and Granny Maria from Germany

    Georg, Elke,Stephanie,Heinz-Josef And Granny MariaNov 2018

  • "Absolutely stunning place!"

    The Old Farmhouse is a beautiful home with all the mod-cons. Superb view over the loch and Freda, David & Chris are the most welcoming and friendly people. From the freshly made bread and pancakes, the gorgeous homemade jam and the surprise visit by David, it really was the most wonderful holiday and we cannot wait to return. The speedboat trip run by Chris is a must, it is the only way to see the true loch (you cannot believe how vast it is and all the small islands and their inhabitants). Thank you for making it so special.

    Mandy & Phill AllanNov 2018

  • "This is difficult."

    .. How can I comment on a vacation house that has been commented before as 'close to perfection' and tell website visitor other things than 'close to perfection' in nearly everything... Perhaps by commenting about the lesser than ideal stuff. Well, there is the fact that hiring for one week seemed a mistake. It was our first visit and we feel like having to come back because we had the feeling one week was way too short. There is the fact that some of our visits could have been better - we thought Stirling Castle was quite expensive for a family; we didn't enjoy Luss that much because it was overcrowded. You see: all negative aspects have nothing whatever to do with The Old Farmhouse (perfect), the family Scott-Park (perfect), the cows (perfect)... and so on and on and on... Are you a family / a company of 4 - 6 and are you looking for a holiday home in Scotland: don't hesitate and book as soon as possible for next year's holiday.

    Family De Wachter - Soete (Belgium)Nov 2018

  • "We (a family of four from Germany) have just spent a most wonderful week at The Old Farmhouse."

    It was the best holiday location we've ever been to, with really extraordinary views from every room in this beautiful house (with very good beds, too). Freda, David and Chris made us feel super welcome, with great treats, information, chats, and an unforgettable boat trip (with a good lunch at a nice pub on an island nearby). The kids also particularly enjoyed kayaking and playing with the dogs and we all enjoyed a relaxing holiday with trips to some interesing sights nearby. Thank you for a great holiday!

    Nadja NesselhaufNov 2018

  • "What a fantastic week we had at this lovely farmhouse."

    Very spacious with three large bedrooms, and downstairs has a nice wet room too. The family are extremely friendly and could not do enough for us. We took the kids up to see the cows before they were let out, thanks to David. The speed boat ride was brilliant, with their son Chris taking us out on a very informative tour of the islands. Very friendly and a good laugh too. The views from the front windows over the Loch are to die for, especially in the evenings when you have a red sun set. I would most certainly return here without doubt and would recommend this farm to anyone. Thanks again Freda, David and Chris for making us so welcome. Keith.

    Keith RaeburnNov 2018

  • "Fabulous week spent at The Old Farmhouse last week."

    Glorious sunny weather all week (end of May/beginning of June) whilst the south-east of England (where we live) froze. The house is beautifully done out and equipped with everything you could possibly want. Wonderful location right on the shore of Loch Lomond with a different sunset every evening. A perfect base for exploring far and wide and lovely and peaceful to return to at the end of a busy day. The Scott-Parks are just delightful and we are already thinking about when we could make a return visit! Highly recommended.

    Rosey StoreyNov 2018

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor super-king-size (zip/link, can be twin on request), 2 x super-king-size (zip/link, can be twin on request)
  • Accessible ground-floor shower room with shower, basin, WC, heated towel rail
  • Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Biomass central heating with Biomass ground-floor under-floor heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric double oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • TV, DVD player, WiFi, selection of books
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Garden with decking, furniture and barbecue
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Shop 2.4 miles, pub 5.5 miles
  • Note: All bedrooms are a super-king-size zip-link as standard, if you require this to be twin beds please contact us

The property

Balloch 5.6 miles.

Nestled into the countryside overlooking the dramatic scenery of Gartocharn, near Balloch, Loch Lomond, The Old Farmhouse is perfect for a family getaway for those wishing to explore the scenery and indulge in a wide variety of outdoor activities.

After a day of exploring, leave your car in the convenient off-road parking and head indoors to enjoy the interior of this wonderful property. Recline in a crisp and stylish sitting area equipped with a traditional woodburning stove to warm your feet, a selection of books to be browsed at your leisure, or you can catch up on your favourite TV shows in the spacious sitting room.

When stomachs start to rumble, the amply fitted kitchen adds a contemporary feel to your cottage stay with all the amenities you will need to rustle up a heart-warming dish made from local produce, with seating for six guests, plus a stylish window-seat to sip your morning tea and take in the stunning scenery of the loch. On the ground-floor you will find one of three bedrooms, a super-king-size (zip/link, can be twin on request), boasting a fireplace, tasteful design with adequate storage, and a window-seat/ table with chairs for you to take in the morning views of the loch, with one accessible bathroom with a convenient ground-floor shower room, making this house suitable for those with mobility issues.

On the first floor you will find two super-king-size (zip/link, can be twin on request), one with a window table and chairs, one with a desk and both revealing a wide view of the loch. In need of relaxation, why not make use of the bathroom with jacuzzi bath, perfect to recline and reflect on your day’s adventures, or utilise the shower room when starting your day?

Outside you will find a beautiful seating and decking area, overlooking the lush green spaces leading down to the water, perfect for an outdoor breakfast whilst planning your day’s activities.

When adventures are calling, hire a kayak at the local farm or embark on a speed boat tour of the loch, and even wild swim in the loch itself!

Family walks along the bay are simply stunning and offer so many places to have a picnic and watch the wildlife.

With close proximity to the Highland Railway, steam train tours allow a vintage viewing of the wild and mountainous landscape.

With multiple whisky distilleries nearby, including Deanston, and home baking and tours available on the local farm, there will never be a moment without adventure and excitement.

When in need of a hot meal or tea and cake, head over to the nearby village of Balloch, where you will find an array of shops, cafes and pubs, as well as convenience stores to stock up on essentials, or you can take a day trip to the beautiful city of Edinburgh, exploring museums, galleries and the rich heritage of Scotland. With loch views to take your breath away, lose yourself in the magical landscape of Scotland with a stay at The Old Farmhouse.

EPC Rating: Band C

EPC Rating: Band C

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: WD-00034-P

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Helensburgh 8.5 miles; Glasgow 20 miles.

Known as the gateway to the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, Balloch sits at the south end of Loch Lomond and is on the main road connecting Glasgow to the Western Highlands. Its popularity as a tourist town grew in the 19th century with the increasing number of boats arriving to tour the Loch, as well as foot passengers by rail from Glasgow. Today there are many boats that will tour the loch from Balloch including the elegant paddle steamer The Maid of The Loch. The Loch Lomond Shores shopping complex has a wide range of outlets and cafes and there is also an aquarium and Balloch Castle Country Park with its 200 acres of woodland. As well as the majestic loch, the surrounding scenery includes superb walking and cycling and Ben Lomond at 3196 feet is the most southerly of the Munros. Glasgow and Stirling are both within easy reach and provide a great day trip whether it’s to see castles, galleries or to indulge in superb shopping and dining.

Note: This property has 3 king-size beds all with a zip link that can be set up as a twin room on request. Please specify when booking. Note: This property has a ground-floor king-size and bathroom which is accessible for those with mobility issues. Note: Though electricity is included in the rent, electric for charging cars is not included in the rental.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season