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Strone House

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Loch Lomand & Trosschs National Park, Loch Lomond & Trossachs Show on map

4.8

Sykes rating

  • 14 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 4 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes

Features

  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Sauna
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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38 Customer Reviews

  • "Yes the cottage is quirky and old, and the place itself is stunning, the cottage was dirty when we arrived, the kitchen floor looked like it hadn’t been cleaned for months."

    There was nowhere to put rubbish and considering the cottage sleeps 14, we struggled with 8, we were driving into the town daily to get rid of our rubbish. There were also two leaks one in the kitchen and one in the room next to the kitchen. Would i stay again, no probably not for the price we payed i just expected better.

    Reviewed by Julie2.2Dec 2023

  • "This is the home I wish we all had that we could retreat to when the madness of the city and the hustle and bustle gets too much."

    I loved our stay here. I will tell you now, a weekend is just not enough!! If you are reading this, book at least 3-5 nights to really enjoy this place. Our hosts were the loveliest couple you could ever meet. They thought of everything, and I mean EVERYTHING!!!! From setting the dining table for our whole party, to every cooking or baking utensil you need. The hot tub was blissful and the scenery was lovely. We went for walks and enjoyed the games room and nothing beats chilling at the end of the day with a nice glass of wine in front of a huge roaring fireplace to keep warm. There were even blankets on each sofa or chair to snuggle up with.

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Dec 2023

  • "We all had a fantastic week, the house has absolutely everything you need."

    Nothing is scrimped, grounds are immaculate, the house is absolutely charming as are Julie and Mac. Can't recommend it highly enough, we'll be back.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Oct 2023

  • "Following an unforgettable journey across Scotland from four different locations, with flooded roads, landslides, fallen trees, blocked roads and multiple diversions, we and our family finally arrived at Strone House just before dark to be met by Julie, Mac, a blazing fire, cosy kitchen, wine and cake!"

    Our hosts had been out checking the surrounding access roads, and keeping in contact throughout the day with updates. What a relief to finally arrive to such a lovely, warm welcome. And what an amazing place Strone House is, full of history with loads to do. We were there to celebrate our ruby wedding with our three sons, their wives, and our two grandsons. The house was perfect. Conservatory was modern and bright, with an excellent heating system - a great place for board games or art; kitchen was always warm and the cooks among us enjoyed getting to grips with the Aga; smaller lounge was cosy and well heated by the log burner; the large sitting room was packed full of atmosphere; games room, hot tub and sauna were used daily; and the BBQ hut was a big success. We even managed some garden games, in spite of the mixed weather. Challenge for the week was to list our five favourite items in the house, and to count the number of chairs. Slight controversy over the eventual winner, as does a stool count, and if so, at what height does a creepie become a stool? It was a toss up between 81 and 85! Thanks so much to Julie and Mac for making us feel so welcome. My husband has Parkinson's and they couldn't have been more accommodating and helpful. Never intrusive, but there if we needed them and a very special couple. Hopefully we'll make it back some day.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Oct 2023

  • "Strone house was absolutely wonderful, what a beautiful place with lots of history dotted about this fantastic cottage."

    The garden and facilities outstanding and the owners have thought of and supply everything you need. Thank you to the lovely owners who helped us with everything we needed and are never far away if you need any help. Loved it and will definitely be back xxx

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0Sep 2023

  • "Beautiful house in a fantastic location."

    Julie and Mac made us very welcome and were very helpful catering for our every need. Plenty to do and see, even if you don't leave the house. All in all we had a fabulous week and can't recommend Strone House enough.

    Reviewed by William5.0Aug 2023

  • "Complete five star reviews!"

    The most amazing place we have stayed in. Our group consisted of 5 couples, elderly mother and 2 little ones under 3. Perfect for all ages. Well equipped with everything including playroom hot tub sauna and bbq hut. Owners were wonderful even giving me a card and little present for my birthday.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a wonderful time, super cool property!"

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2023

  • "The house and grounds were absolutely beautiful."

    Facilities were excellent, including the hot tub and sauna. The house was equipped with everything you could possibly need and more. We really couldn't have asked for more. The owners were charming, and extremely helpful . A wonderful place indeed.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0May 2023

  • "Had a great week at the house celebrating my husbands 30th with friends and family!"

    Perfect for a big group celebration with lots of space for socialising and an amazing garden for the good weather. Julie and Mac are great hosts - right next door for anything needed but give you privacy for your break!

    Reviewed by Laura5.0May 2023

  • "I spent my 60th birthday weekend at Strone."

    We were warmly welcomed by Julie and her husband. It honestly is the perfect setting. We loved the beautiful big conservatory, hot tub, garden, sauna, games room.... absolutely beautiful home. Would 100% recommend it.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Mar 2023

  • "The property was just right for our party but unfortunately due to the weather we were unable to fully enjoy its facilities."

    The owners were very welcoming and helpful in showing us how to make the most of the facilities..

    Reviewed by John3.8Mar 2023

  • "Lovely comfortable dog friendly house."

    Great welcome from owners.

    Reviewed by Tiina5.0Feb 2023

  • "WE had the most brilliant weekend."

    WE loved the cosy fire and the old fashioned quirkiness of the house. The games room was also a bit hit for table tennis and darts . Loved the hot tub and sauna. As the weather was pretty poor we did not use the garden (which was lovely). The only downside (which was not a problem to us ) was having to walk through a bedroom to get to our bedroom. Julie ( the owner was lovely) Hope her husband feels better. 11 adults and 4 children had a great weekend. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Margaret4.7Jan 2023

  • "We all loved everything about this house, it has loads of interesting rooms with a very homely feel with loads of character."

    Our host Julie was lovely really helpful and made us all feel at home . Mac made sure we all knew about the outside spaces. Julie was particularly attentive to my mother who can have problems with stairs so a sofa bed downstairs was arranged which was perfect and cosy for her. We are a big family with some very loud voices so we were happy that we could be ourselves and relax and enjoy the property without feeling we would disturb anyone. Julie and her helpers had gone to loads of trouble setting up a birthday table for us and it was lovely for my brothers 60th celebration. It really made us feel welcome. The BBQ hut was a delight and we had fun cooking in there even though it is January it soon heated up .Hot Tub was a luxury and my mother managed to get into it at 84 years old . She also loved the Sauna as did my brother. We have some lovely photographs to by the open fire to remind us of the holiday. This was for a surprise party booking and I definitely made the right choice with Strone House. We will hopefully get back another time .

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Jan 2023

  • "Strone House is wonderful – very old and full of character, spacious for our family group of 10 and with lovely owners (Julie and Mac) who welcomed us and explained all we needed to know both in advance and when we arrived."

    They also very kindly decorated the house for Christmas. We enjoyed the kitchen including the Aga, watching the birds from the conservatory, the beautiful ‘Christmas’ dining room, the ‘Christmas lounge’ (drawing room) and the more cosy tv lounge. With the bonus of a hot tub, sauna and games room; it was the perfect place for us all to relax. We didn’t manage to use the barbecue hut, but we’re sure it would be lovely in the spring/ summer. We enjoyed dog walks from the house (to the nearby reservoir and to the three lochs way past the memorial to the battle of Glen Fruin). The main shops are a short drive away in Helensburgh and to we had a nice pub meal at the Anchor Inn, Garelochhead where they also welcome dogs.

    Reviewed by David4.7Dec 2022

  • "Wonderful stay in a beautiful house."

    The hosts were truly lovely, so welcoming and explained all we needed. We had a large group starting for a special occasion and Julie and Mac made sure it was. The house has everything and more that you need and was spotlessly clean. Spacious and comfortable and teenagers loved the games room

    Reviewed by Arlene5.0Nov 2022

  • "A huge thanks to Julie and Mac."

    Sorry we had to leave sharp and could not say goodbye. We had a truly magical week. Cheers Suzie Q

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Oct 2022

  • "Very warm welcome from the owners and many extra touches like a beautiful set table on arrival."

    Our group of adults and teenagers had a fabulous long weekend relaxing, walking and taking trips to the hot tub. Nearby Hill House in Helensburgh well worth a visit for a rainy day. The house had everything you could need…and more. We wouldn’t have felt quite so comfortable had our kids been smaller and running around with so many things to crash into and break. Perfect for adults and less energetic teens ;-)

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Sep 2022

  • "This is a unique and quirky property which is very comfortable and suitable for all ages."

    We stayed as a 3 generation family group and there was something for all ages. Owners very helpful and welcoming made our stay extra enjoyable. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Betty5.0Aug 2022

  • "Fantastic house the kids just loved exploring the grounds, the games room and the hot tub."

    We a great house for large family get togethers.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Aug 2022

  • "Strone house is a "get away from it all" home from home."

    Mac and Julie are very accommodating and considerate hosts. Hot tub and sauna are fab facilities as is the games room that is full of every game you could imagine so something for everyone. The garden is beautiful and again equipped with outdoor sports. Lovely treats left for the 3 dogs that were with us too so they felt spoiled. Downside to the property is there is no mention of the rooster starting his daily alerts between 2 and 4am so often we were all up before 5am. Location of the cot room is above the fire place (needs a clear out as the smoke enters the room, however cleared with the doors open) so the smoke rises through the ceiling which is not ideal for a baby, simple solution is to have the cot room on the other side of the house. All in all the 10 of us enjoyed our stay and would recommend to anyone looking to get away from everyday life to come here

    Reviewed by Helen4.1Jul 2022

  • "A hidden gem, lovley house, very quirky and full of history."

    Garden is great and outdoor facilities very good. Owners are a delight and so helpful. House not ideal for anyone with mobility issues would be my only point to note.

    Reviewed by Ruth4.7Jun 2022

  • "Absolutely wonderful stay in this truly unique and beautiful home."

    It was incredibly well appointed, the facilities were exceptional, and it was extremely warm and comfortable. We could not have wished for more, and would not hesitate to return and recommend to friends and family. Moreover, the owners of the property were so friendly and welcoming on arrival, left wine for us, and arranged to post some left belongings! Thank you so much for such a memorable holiday!

    Felicity AdamsDec 2021

  • "If you’re looking for a magical property with every extra touch included, then Strone House is for you."

    Julie and Mac are the kindest, most generous of hosts and we had the most wonderful holiday. Thank you so much. We were a party of several adults , three children under ten with four dogs. Everyone, furry friends included, was well and truly spoiled!

    Gill GodfreyNov 2021

  • "We stayed as a family group of 8 adults and 4 girls under 11, in early October."

    Owners Mac and Julie were great in advance, suggesting suitable room layouts and activities for the girls. The house itself is amazing and the location is superb, in the middle of nowhere yet close to all the amenities of the area. The girls loved feeding the chickens, ducks and peacocks every day. Had only limited experience of Aga cooking previously but loads of cookbooks made it an enjoyable task for me. House has many amazing and thoughtful touches, the conservatory is a great area to relax during the day , as were the drawing room and TV lounge in the evenings. Very enjoyable stay, would visit again and would not hesitate to recommend Strone House as a unique and very comfortable home.

    Alan WestwoodOct 2021

  • "Amazing house!"

    Lots of features and character, we loved exploring here. Sauna, hot tub and bbq hut were fab to have on a rainy weekend, we didn’t end up leaving the house much due to weather. Lots of gardens to explore and kids loved feeding the chickens and seeing the peacocks. Very well equipped kitchen too (not that we cooked much!) Keen to plan a return trip.

    JulieOct 2021

  • "A stunning property, magical place, had a fantastic weekend."

    Hosts were lovely, thoughtful and very helpful .

    Elaine O'NeillNov 2019

  • "Hi I stayed at this fantastic magical house 3 years ago over xmas."

    Best ever xmas we have ever had. Would love to go again so glad I found it again on this site. Karen Stockford Oxford x

    Karen Stockford Oxford XNov 2018

  • "The weather was ."

    ... welll .... Scottish but Strone House and Mac and Julie's welcome and kindnesses more than made up for it. This house is quite simply a lovely place to be and easily and flexibly accommodates a large party (1 + 2 + 4 + 4 in our case). The piano's not bad either! Thanks. We may well haste ourselves back.

    Pickard, Villa And Benedetti FamiliesNov 2018

  • "We had a fantastic New Year in this wonderful house."

    It has everything you could want! The owners are so kind and considerate and there were lovely personal touches everywhere. Thank you Strone House

    The Kruegers Et AlNov 2018

  • "Hi, We spent my hen weekend there in May 2008 with a group of German and Scottish girls and it was absolutely amazing."

    The house is beautiful, the garden perfect, the peacocks enchanting and the owners incredibly helpful. I will definitely be back! Eva

    EvaNov 2018

  • "We have just returned from this amazing property having celebrated our wedding anniversary with our extended family."

    Everything you could need is organised by the lovely owners. Nothing was too much trouble and the attention to detail is second to none! Inside and outside the property oozes charmed character. The weather was beautiful and we enjoyed all the wonderful facilities which included hot tub, sauna, barbecue, garden room (kids and adults lived in this). Definitely will recommend this property to friends and family.

    Carol McCullochNov 2018

  • "We booked Strone House this summer for my girlfriends 30th Birthday weekend and it was simply perfect!"

    The house itself is absolutely beautiful with so many different and quirky, yet utterly brilliant rooms to enjoy. The surrounding gardens and hot tub, wildlife / pets, and games made sure that there was plenty to do during the day and what a perfect kitchen / dining room for a large group to have a meal. All of this, added to the lovely welcome we received from the owners created a weekend with so many great memories which we shall have forever! Thank you Mr & Mrs Ayres!!

    Craig MenziesNov 2018

  • "We had a Golden Wedding party here and it was simply wonderful!"

    The house is amazing and the gardens, with flamboyant peacocks strutting around, are lovely - not to mention the hot tub, which was well used by the immediate family who were staying at the house. The owners, Julie and Mac are incredible. They just couldn't do enough for us and even went to the trouble of arranging the parking for 70/80 guests for the Saturday night party! We decorated the house with fairy lights and lit the huge log fire in the elegant drawing room. Our daughters, who had organised the whole event, arranged for there to be a hog roast outside (such a good idea!), a live band and a film screening on a loop. Our party guests had a great time and loved everything about the house. It was an amazing experience and we thank Julie and Mac for all they did to make our stay so memorable.

    Jim And Valerie LangNov 2018

  • "Stayed at Strone House with four children plus partners and five grandchildren ages between 4and a half and seven months."

    The welcome was warm and owners considerate. The setting is lovely. The house is quirky and steeped in history which particularly entranced the Canadian contingent. The down side was the house is really not child friendly there are many lovely items of china and glass sitiing within reach. We did not want to use the dining room because of the lovely china so used the kitchen which is not really big enough for a large party. There is an electric aga from which we had to keep the children. There is a problem with getting enough hot water although there is an electric shower. The fire in the large living room filled the room with smoke think it needs the chimney swept. A good experience on the whole but better if you have fine weather and can spend time in the exceptional grounds.

    Irene EdgarNov 2018

  • "Stayed in Strone House 3 nights with a group of 10 friends."

    We had a great time. House is very quirky but beautiful. We cooked in and Aga was easy to use. Beds very comfortable. Spotless and although a 400 yr old house it had all the mod cons. Also loved to sit in conservatory and watch the peacocks and chickens. Loved it.

    Anne FleetwoodNov 2018

  • "We stayed at Strone House as a group of 5 couples."

    We used the house as a base for exploring the surrounding area and attending two Scotland football internationals in Glasgow. Our group thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The rooms were spacious and very comfortable, the facilities in the house and outside were very good. The fire in the drawing room caused the room to become very smoky and the smoke filled the upstairs bedrooms, which was unfortunate as the fire looked great when lit. We also found ourselves using the downstairs shower as the one in the ensuite room and the adjacent one would not keep a steady temperature. I would like to thank the owners for their own hospitality which was fantastic and I think our group may visit again. A thoroughly good week...

    Andrew FindlayNov 2018

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Summary

  • Five bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size with en-suite with walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size, 1 x family bedroom with super-king (zip/link, can be twin on request) and 2 x singles, 1 x family room with super-king-size (zip/link, can be twin on request) and 1 x single, 1 x family room with double and single bed
  • Bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room with open fire
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Drawing room with open fire
  • Conservatory/dining room
  • Games room
  • Piano room (with small double sofa bed)
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove and 2 x open fires
  • Four oven Aga, microwave, 2 x fridges, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher
  • TV, DVD player, CD player, WiFi, a selection of books and games, piano, table football, table tennis
  • Fuel, power, and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen, towels and cot linen inc. in rent
  • 2 x highchairs available on request
  • Off-road parking for 5 cars
  • Garden with lawn, stream, furniture, hot tub, barbecue hut with seating, sauna
  • BBQ Hut in the field is equipped with picnic plates, cutlery, roasting dishes, and plastic glasses
  • Peacocks, geese, ducks, chickens and a rooster roam freely
  • Pet-friendly
  • Separate enclosed areas for dogs
  • Chef available by prior arrangements
  • Spacious garage space for bikes, boats, prams, pushchairs, wet suits, camping equipment, a wet clothing rack, and further good storage space (no cars please)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3.8 miles, pub 3.5 miles
  • Note: Linen for the travel cot is not provided
  • Note: Nearby Faslane military base may conduct exercises that may be loud
  • Note: Children must not be unsupervised by the stream
  • Note: The beds in bedrooms 3 and 4 are super-king-size zip-link as standard if you require them to be a twin, please contact us to advise If you are booking a stag, hen or similar party, please let us know before hand on 01244345700

The property

Garelochhead 3.6 miles.

Traditional, homely, and fascinating, take a glimpse into the past with a stay at Strone House, resting near Garelochhead in Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute in Scotland.

Perfect for groups of friends or large families, this original 16th-century house stays close to its historical roots whilst offering all of the home comforts of any contemporary holiday home.

When arriving at Strone House, you will find this amazing property shrouded amongst the picturesque countryside, with black wooden beams across a white painted stone, this property makes you feel as though you are taking a step back in time.

When in need of a relaxing afternoon or a social gathering with your guests, utilise one of three rooms within the house; a spacious drawing room with traditional stone walls and an open fire and homely décor, wooden ceiling and roof beams, a sitting room with a TV and woodburning stove and a conservatory with a sitting/dining space to enjoy breakfast whilst watching the chickens and ducks waddle about in the stunning gardens.

When mealtimes call, there is an amply fitted kitchen with a dining room seating fourteen people; there is no shortage of space for social mealtimes, and you can also use the eggs from the chickens for breakfast! In need of entertainment, head over to the games room where you will find table football and table tennis, or the piano room where you can put your musical skills to the test.

With so many bedrooms, this property leaves you spoilt for choice when looking to rest, offering a homely super-king-size with en-suite shower room, three family rooms and a king-size, while a bathroom, a shower room, and a ground-floor shower provide somewhere for the whole family to freshen up.

Outside, you will find a beautiful garden with a seating area and a stream running through the lawn, leading straight to Loch Lomond, but the property’s amenities don’t stop there, you will be surprised to find a hot tub to soak away a long day of exploring the neighbouring villages, a sauna to give a luxury feel to your stay and a barbecue hut for you and the family to enjoy dining alfresco and cooking with some local produce.

Situated at the head of Glen Fruin, in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, there is an endless supply of stunning scenery and historical sites, including the house itself which was built on the site of a major battle between the MacGregors and the Colquhouns in 1603.

With Loch Lomond only eight miles away, this property offers an easy reach to watersports and hillside hikes for those with a taste for the outdoors, offering splendid wildlife along the way.

Enjoy award winning restaurants in Helensburgh, Hill House, Helensburgh by Rennie Mackintosh.

The history of the area can be explored through visits to Hillbrook House, Balloch Castle and Geilston Garden.

You can also spend the day beachcombing or wild-swimming, before enjoying a refreshing walk along the bay with your family and four-legged friend in nearby beaches such as Cove Bay and Culag Beach.

Historical, beautiful and with so much to offer, a stay at Strone House is sure to be one you and your family will remember.

EPC Rating: Band F

EPC Rating: Band F

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

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About the location

HELENSBURGH

Arden 5 miles; Glasgow 30 miles; Edinburgh 83.7 miles.

Helensburgh is a superb, Victorian holiday resort situated close to Loch Lomond in Scotland. Within this town, you will find stunning buildings, wide elegant tree-lined streets, a long promenade, beautiful gardens, as well as an array of shops, restaurants and pubs to explore. Visitors can also enjoy the sand and shingle beach, which plays host to stunning views and excellent windsurfing and boating trips. Moreover, within the surrounding area you will find a number of impressive attractions including Hillbrook House, Balloch Castle and Geilston Garden. Further afield is the city of Glasgow, home to Victorian and art nouveau architecture, as well as a rich legacy. Helensburgh promises an exciting holiday destination.

Note: Nearby Faslane military base may conduct exercises that may be loud.
Note: Children must not be unsupervised by the stream.
Note: Please specify whether you would like zip-link beds to be set up as king-size or twins.
Note: The beds in bedrooms 3 and 4 are super-king-size zip-link as standard, if you require them to be a twin, please contact us to advise.
Note: Though oil and electricity is included in the rent, electric for charging cars is not included in the rental.
Note: There will be an additional charge of £25 per dog per booking.
Note: Peacocks, geese, ducks, chickens and a rooster roam freely.
If you are booking a stag, hen or similar party, please let us know before hand on 01244345700

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter