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Puidrac Cottage

(Ref. 1109865)

Balquhidder, Perthshire, Angus & Fife Show on map

4.9

Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No

Features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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  • location (9)
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20 Customer Reviews

  • "A lovely quiet cottage with fabulous one of a kind views."

    The owners were great. The garden was visited by red deer, pheasant, red squirrels, and countless birds so binoculars are a must. There are walks from the doorstep and the nearby lochs of Lubnaig and voil are perfect for swimming and paddleboarding. Mhor 84 is within walking distance, as is Monacle mhor!

    Reviewed by Stewart5.0Feb 2024

  • "Enjoyed the peace of Balquhidder, the comfort of the cottage, and some great walks."

    Amazing bird life from the cottage, a red squirrel quite at home, and friendly and helpful owners.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Jan 2024

  • "We found the location and the cottage superb with fantastic hosts."

    Had the most enjoyable time. Wonderful place to switch off and re - charge. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by David5.0Dec 2023

  • "We absolutely loved our stay!"

    We will definitely be returning as soon as we can! We didn’t actually want to leave! From being in 13+ airbnbs this is the best place to be! We were able to feed horses carrots, it was so quiet and private and the walk near by (rob roys grave) was amazing! (A walk that’s in walking distance from the place) Nigel was the best host and was so incredibly kind. We have encountered some really nasty hosts and it was just such a breath of fresh air! Thank you Nigel and family for making it so comfortable for us. Also the welcome pack and cleanliness was top notch!

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Dec 2023

  • "Wonderful stay in a special little cottage."

    Peace and tranquility was just what we needed. The abundance of wild life from the windows was spectacular. The hosts were very welcoming and friendly. Great welcome pack was a lovely surprise too. The landscape is stunning. With great places to visit almost on your doorstep made a great location. We can't wait to return. Thank you Julie and Gavin.

    Reviewed by Gavin4.7Nov 2023

  • "Absolutely perfect, we could not have asked for more"

    Oh thank you so much Andrew and Kathleen, we really appreciate your feedback. You were the perfect guests and it would be wonderful to welcome you back again another time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Oct 2023

  • "We received a wonderful warm welcome from our hosts, with some lovely treats to start our holiday."

    The cottage is warm and cosy with a beautiful outlook and the added bonus of the historic stone in the field. We spent many hours with our binoculars watching the wild deer cross the fields at dawn & dusk and enjoyed watching the wild hare grazing in front of the window. The red squirrels were frequent visitors and a pleasure to watch along with many other little birds on the feeders on the tree just outside. There were some lovely walks locally and a great base for seeing the beautiful Scottish countryside. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Sep 2023

  • "The owners are lovely and live on site."

    Fantastic bird watching, hares, deer, red squirrels, horses in the field belonging to the owners. The views are great from the patio. There is a standing stone in the next field which attracts lots of visitors who try to lift the smaller boulders onto the plinth .It's very interesting to watch. The house is very warm and has all you need for a comfortable stay.

    Reviewed by Rebecca3.4Sep 2023

  • "A wonderful property in a stunning setting ."

    Owners very welcoming. The cottage is clean and warm with a comfy bed. The location is perfect with Red Squirrels, Deer and numerous birds to watch from the living room. We have had a fantastic week and would love to return.

    Thank you so much for the great feedback. You two were the perfect guests and we look forward to seeing you again sometime soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a wonderful, relaxing time at Puidrac Cottage."

    Very comfortable and well equipped. Lovely surroundings and views. The hosts were very welcoming and accommodating and we would definitely recommend staying here. Thank you!

    We are so glad you enjoyed your stay in Puidrac Cottage and it’s lovely to know that you were so comfortable. We look forward to welcoming you back to Balquhidder in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susannah5.0Aug 2023

  • "Thank you for this great time, everything was perfect."

    The Welcome with fresh food and wine, and the birds in front of the windows...

    Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback, please come back again! I hope you enjoyed Mull. Lindsay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anne-dominique5.0Aug 2023

  • "We first visited the cottage in March and were so happy with the whole package that we returned in June."

    The scenery from the cottage is breathtaking and the walks in the surrounding area were great. The cottage is extremely comfortable with everything you need for a lovely stay. The welcome pack was very much appreciated We will return again at some point., Thank you everyone

    Thank you so much, Iain and Alison, for your wonderful comments. You are the perfect guests and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Lindsay and Nigel Property Owner

    Reviewed by James5.0Jun 2023

  • "Extraordinary accommodation in idyllic location."

    Wonderfully atmospheric with the presence of the Puidrac Stone. Special mention goes to the owners, Lindsay and Nigel. They were very helpful with local knowledge and wanted to be on hand to greet us and to see us off. We are most anxious to return again.

    Thank you so much for the fabulous feedback Eric. It was such a pleasure to meet both yourself and Charisse and we are very excited to welcome you back another time. Lindsay and Nigel Property Owner

    Reviewed by Eric5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely property, lovely location and lovely hosts, would definately recommend a visit"

    Thanks Kate and Sebastien - you were the perfect guests! Congratulations on bagging those 9 Munroes while you were here. Reviens bientôt. Lindsay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kate5.0May 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage in glorious surroundings."

    Maintained to a very high standard, beds super comfy, water pressure amazing. Kitchen has everything and more that you need for self catering. Wifi is super fast, what a plus, smart TV if needed. Some amazing hiking nearby and can recommend the Mhor 84 lager at the local pub. Lesley & Ashley thank you for the warm scottish welcome, superb hosts. The welcome pack, really lovely touch :-)

    We are so glad to hear how much you enjoyed your holiday in our cottage. It was such a pleasure to have you both staying here and thanks so much for your kind words. Please come back and stay with us again and I shall try and encourage the red squirrels to show themselves! Lindsay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Eamonn5.0Apr 2023

  • "A very enjoyable stay at this cottage, the cottage has everything you need to enjoy your stay, very comfortable and warm if needed, a great location, various wildlife to enjoy, also great place to do walking, safe cycling routes on your doorstep and nearby, also plenty of interesting places to visit."

    The hosts were extremely helpful and available, if needed. If I get the opportunity to visit again I will certainly look forward to returning.

    Thanks so much for the review Don . We really enjoyed having you and Terry staying in the cottage and look forward to a return visit from you. Lindsay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Donald5.0Apr 2023

  • "Our stay at Puidrac Cottage was so perfect."

    The Cottage itself was lovely and had everything we needed, and more. The location is peaceful and perfect for some walks with stunning views. My partner attempted to lift the stone and my 8 year old absolutely loved the horses! We were shown into the Cottage by Lindsay and were greeted with some lovely treats! We would definitely return!

    It was such a pleasure having the three of you staying in Puidrac Cottage and we are really glad that you had so much fun. Thank you for the wonderful feedback and we so look forward to seeing you again, hopefully in the very near future. Lindsay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sam5.0Apr 2023

  • "Such a peaceful location, close to the loch and walks, it suited us very well."

    The cottage is well equipped, comfortable and attractive. The owners gave us our privacy but were on hand to answer questions, and really friendly.

    Thank you so much Susan, it was a pleasure to have you and your family staying at Puidrac Cottage. Thank you for your lovely comments and come back again soon. Lindsay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Apr 2023

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Puidrac Cottage, we felt at home as soon as we arrived, greeted by Lindsey when we arrived who showed us around and gave us information on the local area."

    The cottage was cosy, comfortable and had everything required for a perfect stay. Beautiful walks or just sit and watch the visiting Red deer and the abundance of birds in the garden. Lots of history in the area, expecially the Puidrac stone. Highly recommended! Thankyou for sharing your bit of heaven!

    Oh my goodness thank you so much, Alison and Del, for those wonderful words. We really feel like we live in a bit of heaven and are so pleased that we have the opportunity to share it with such excellent guests. Come back and see us again soon. Lindsay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Mar 2023

  • "Excellent location for exploring the beautiful scenery, really clean and comfortable accommodation."

    Very enjoyable stay.

    Thank you so much Neil and Tamsyn, we really appreciate your positive review and are so happy that you enjoyed your stay in Puidrac Cottage. Come back and see us again soon. Lindsay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Mar 2023

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Summary

  • Single-storey
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x bunk
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Range with electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine
  • Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel, power, and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available
  • Off-road parking
  • Rear garden with lawn, patio, furniture and barbecue
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2.3 miles, pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: The garden is not enclosed
  • Note: Guests will have access to a small, wooded forest, heading down to River Balvaig

The property

Callander 13 miles.

Situated within Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, in the small village of Balquhidder near Callander in Stirlingshire, lies this single-storey dwelling, Puidrac Cottage.

The Puidrac Stone lies within the grounds of the cottage, a Neolithic stone platform, where for centuries warriors have tested their strength by lifting a boulder of around 94KG 4 1/2 feet up onto the stone.

"Lifters" still visit the site today to attempt the challenge.

Offering an open-plan living layout, flexible sleeping arrangements, a private patio with access to a small, wooded forest, and the ideal base for exploring the Scottish countryside, the cottage invites four guests, suitable for both families and friends.

Enjoy your time in the social hub of the property, where you can cook, dine, relax, and catch up on your latest programme, whilst gathered around the woodburning stove.

Take a stroll through the small, wooded forest within the owner's grounds or take a walk down to the River Balvaig that borders the property, before enjoying your tranquil outdoor space, completed with furniture to lounge upon and admire your incredible surroundings.

You'll find two well-positioned bedrooms to the interior, a double and a bunk room, suitable for all types of groups, along with a main bathroom, offering both a bath and shower.

Accessed by a single-track road off the A84 you will find the small village of Balquhidder.

Set in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park the village lies at the head of Loch Voil.

Surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery and steeped in history Balquhidder has long had connections with the clans of MacGregor and MacLaren.

Rob Roy MacGregor, a 17th-century Scottish outlaw, has a close association with the glen and his grave can be found in the grounds of the small local church.

Inside the church, which is open to visitors, you can learn about the history of the area.

The village has connections back to the stone age, with a number of pre-historic sites that can still be seen, including, cup stones and the Puidrac Stone.

Balquhidder is popular with hikers and walkers, with the Rob Roy way running through the village and trails up through the forest to Kirkton Glen and Creag an Tuirc, where you will be rewarded with a spectacular view of the glen and its lochs.

For the more energetic the Munros of Ben More and Stob Binnein lie at the end of the glen.

To the west of the village, you will find Loch Voil, an 8km freshwater loch which you can explore by canoe, kayak, or paddle board all available to rent locally.

Small fishing boats can also be sourced for use on the loch.

The area is ideal for cycling on the quiet roads or lanes, with the number seven cycle route close by offering safe predominantly off-road cycling.

Mountain bikes, road bikes and e-bikes can all be hired locally.

A long winding single track road hugs the north shore of the loch for 6-miles to the remote location of Inverlochlarig.

ideal for walking, cycling or a short car journey taking in the splendour of the glen.

For local amenities enjoy a scenic drive to Strathyre 5-miles away, where you will find the Post Office and village store.

Strathyre has a village pub and The Broch Café.

At the head of the glen road, you will find Mhor 84 (2-miles) for a spot of lunch in the sun or for something a little more special, head to the top of the glen (5 miles) for a fine dining experience to remember at Monachyle Mhor.

In the town of Callander, you will find a butchers, bakers, and small supermarkets along with a variety of tourist gift shops, cafes, restaurants, and takeaways.

Balquhidder is a magical, mystical setting in which to enjoy a relaxed holiday or use as a base to tour this beautiful area of Scotland.

Take to the Stirlingshire countryside with Puidrac Cottage as your base.

EPC Rating: Band C

EPC Rating: Band C

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: ST-00246-P

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

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About the location

CALLANDER

Stirling 14 miles, Loch Lomond 30 miles, Perth 37 miles.

The popular tourist town of Callander, in the Stirling region of Scotland, sits on the River Teith and is known as the Gateway to the Highlands. Located on the edge of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, and surrounded by beautiful scenery, Callander has been a favourite stopping point for tourists on their way to the Highlands for over 150 years. There is evidence of a settlement here reaching as far back as the Neolithic period, and to demonstrate this, a little way east of the town is Scotland’s largest chambered cairn, along with several Iron Age forts to the west. A disciple of Columba of Iona, Saint Kessog preached in this area in the 6th century and there is a knoll, Tom na Chessaig or Hill of Kessog, named in his honour, set near the River Teith. The town today is brimming with shops, bars, restaurants, cafes and supermarkets, providing plenty of amenities. There are many walks and cycle paths around the town as well as the many lochs and hills of the nearby National Park. Callander is within easy reach of Stirling and Perth, and even Glasgow and Edinburgh can be found for a pleasant day trip either by car or train from Stirling.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas