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Balmeanoch

Callander, Perthshire, Angus & Fife (Ref. 1009730)

3.8

Good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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Features

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

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19 Customer Reviews

  • "Just such a wonderful peaceful place."

    Fabulous for wildlife watching, you don't have to go any further thank sitting out in the Garden :-) . Brilliant stove for lovely comfortable evenings. It could do with a better fridge freezer as the size means you have to shop a bit more often. Our second visit and definitely one of our favourite places to stay.

    Reviewed by AndyJun 2022

  • "This was a lovely holiday cottage."

    We so enjoyed our stay. It was simply perfect for our needs and loved the fact it wasn’t really done up and over manicured. Simple, cosy and quiet.

    Reviewed by JessicaMay 2022

  • "A great property set in spectacular scenery ."

    This is probably what people imagine thinking of a quaint Scottish cottage . It does tick all the boxes . Thoroughly enjoyed watching the antics of sheep and lambs from the window . Lots of wildlife on view . Hares , Pheasant, Grouse even Deer . There’s plenty of space outside too for dining if the weather or midges allow! Trickling stream by side of property ,it really is idyllic . Only point to note is that property is up a reasonably long and climbing farm track . That’s what gives it its spectacular location . However if you have a low slung car or one that’s well laden you could have difficulties , certainly something to consider . No problem for an SUV though. Only other feedback for owners is that a fridge with a larger freezer compartment would be useful. Overall a superb stay .

    Reviewed by RussellMay 2022

  • "If you like simplicity and solitude (which we do) and you have a car that can handle a bit of off-roading (which we had!"

    ) then this place comes highly recommended. We had such a grand time, loads of wildlife to see, very friendly and helpful owners, nature a feast for your eyes.

    Reviewed by FrancoiseMay 2022

  • "Lovely little cottage with stunning views."

    Had everything we needed. It is very out of the way which is exactly what we wanted but it is something to consider if your looking for some with a bit more of a built up area close by. The walks are stunning with a large variety of wildlife to marvel at. The only negative I would say is that the cottage itself is in need of a lick of paint and a little sprucing up but this is a very minor issue and in no way detracted from our stay and I would most definitely consider coming back again.

    Reviewed by NeilApr 2022

  • "Property was lovely and amenities were good,only concern was that there were many cobwebs throughout and we spent a couple of hours dusting and hoovering otherwise all was satisfactory."

    Reviewed by MichaelMar 2022

  • "Balmeanoch is a lovely cosy cottage set in the most beautiful of settings."

    We were apprehensive after reading a very long negative review of the cottage on the Sykes website, however none of the review appeared to relate to our experience. The cottage was clean, tidy, and warm, with an enclosed garden and beautiful views. The bedrooms were spacious with very comfy beds and the kitchen had everything needed for us to enjoy home cooked meals every night. If you want modern, luxurious furnishings and state of the art utilities then Balmeanoch is not the place for you, but if you want a warm, comfortable and cosy highland hideaway this is the perfect place and we will definitely be returning. The drive up the track to the cottage was a challenge in the snow and ice which may not suit everyone, but for us is all part of the adventure of a highland holiday. The owners were the perfect hosts, leaving welcome treats, giving us the space to enjoy our holiday in privacy, but also calling us to check we were ok when snowed in.

    Reviewed by AlieFeb 2022

  • "Balmeanoch is a characterful but, very sadly, dirty cottage."

    Balmeanoch's setting is stunning. There are 360 degree glorious hill views from the windows. The cottage is remote and set on a wood and moorland hill side. It is reached by a long, steep rugged track which for us added to the appeal, but may not be a plus point for all. Shops and fuel are 20 minutes away which made the lack of freezer a disadvantage. The loch is immediately accessible at the bottom of the track, and a 3 mile narrow lane runs along the loch to civilisation. The exterior of the cottage is very pretty and appealing. Balmeanoch is amply supplied with efficient radiators and a limitless supply of logs for the woodburner. It is very warm and cosy. There was plenty of silky soft hot water at all times. 2 of the 3 bedrooms and the bathroom are spacious. The back garden is secure and a good size for a dog, or sitting outside. Welcome gifts of jam and biscuits were left for us. Unfortunately there is a big 'however'. The fact that the cottage interior is very dated and in need of decorating throughout was unimportant to us. In fact it added to the character and quirkiness. But the complete lack of proper cleaning and resultant level of dirt and debris definitely did matter. We hesitated to book Balmeanoch (a year before our dates) because of the consistently poor reviews re cleanliness. But the location was very tempting. I rang Sykes and was reassured it would be monitored and addressed. So we booked. But the negative comments re hygiene continued over the following months. 2 further phone calls to Sykes were not productive. The final call a few weeks before we went was antagonistic and hostile. We arrived at 2.45pm armed with cleaning kit. Sykes info stated access was from 3pm. But as we knew we'd be cleaning and the door was open, we made a start. All of the grime in the cottage has clearly built up layer on layer over years. It is not just 1 or 2 sets of guests worth. The fridge was dirty and needed cleaning before I could put the shopping away. Every surface in the cottage needed wiping before use. Not what you need after a 10 hour journey. At 3.05pm the person we assume was the owner (living very close by) appeared to put fire extinguishers in the house and said we were not allowed in until 4pm. I twice tried to say that Sykes had told us 3pm but this was ignored. Strangely the whites in the bathroom were absolutely clean. But the bathroom itself and all other rooms have a thick margin of general debris and grime around the edges of the carpets and on skirting boards and pipes. We were unable to do anything about this as the hoover only picks up light, loose debris sitting on top of the carpet pile. The carpets downstairs were embedded with dog hair. In the corners of all windows and ceilings were dense, ancient cobwebs containing long dead, desiccated large spiders and flies. We removed these. Kitchen cupboards were dirty inside and out. We cleaned sufficient shelves to store our food. Kitchen equipment is limited and some is not clean. Some crockery is chipped. As there is no dishwasher and items are clearly not checked, guests are at the mercy of previous guests! Eg wine glasses had dehydrated red wine at the bottom. The downstairs double has a poor quality, stained mattress and the wardrobe dimensions make it virtually unusable. However there is a good sized chest of drawers. Upstairs there are no wardrobes and limited drawer space. Difficult in winter when bulky clothes are needed. Upstairs mattresses were clean and more comfortable. Light switches, kitchen cupboard doors and other touch points are grey and greasy. None of this is acceptable at any time, but post covid it becomes a safety issue. The area is utterly fabulous and has so much to offer. Ben Vorlich start point is 10 minutes walk from the cottage. There are any number of beautiful walks of all lengths, and for any level. The Potting Shed is a café bistro in the grounds of The Roman Camp Hotel in Callander. It's an absolutely charming, tiny candlelit bistro serving a high standard of food at fair prices. The hosts at The Courie Inn, Killin are so friendly and helpful. The environment and food are super. There's an excellent outdoor equipment shop in Killin. We drove to Dunblane (40 minutes) and took the excellent train service to Edinburgh for the day. Well worth doing. In a day we managed Arthur's Seat, Dean Village and Camera Obscura (a must). Then back to the beautiful wilderness. It's an absolute shame that the cottage is not properly cleaned as it spoils an otherwise gem of a property. We have used Sykes for previous holidays but will not do so again as this is the 2nd Sykes property we have found where consistent reviews indicating a lack of cleanliness have not been acted on. There was an irony to the email from Sykes at the end of the week requesting we leave the property in a 'safe' state for cleaners, and 'as you found it, in a clean and tidy condition'. It was in neither a clean or safe condition when we found it.

    Reviewed by JessicaJan 2022

  • "What a wonderful, tranquil place."

    Beautifully quiet and amazing views all round. Stunning wildlife on your doorstep. We loved every moment and hope to return soon.

    Reviewed by AndyOct 2021

  • "Balmeanoch is a characterful old cottage on a working farm at the end of a track which means you're completely secluded."

    It's ideal for walking and wildlife, and a great place to relax with a book tucked away from the dreich on a gloomy day. It may not be up to hotel standards but it's very comfortable, warm, and reasonably well equipped. We really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by JulianSep 2021

  • "Cottage setting was lovely but it wasn't clean."

    Very dated furnishings that haven't been cleaned for years. Damp in kitchen and bathroom. Dead flies everywhere. Frying pan and tins rusty. Oven not clean.

    Reviewed by TracySep 2021

  • "This is the first time I've visited Scottish Highlands and was looking for a cottage beside a Loch and this fitted the bill perfectly and totally exceeded my expectations in every possible way."

    You couldn't ask for a more cosy cottage. The welcoming gifts of shortbread biscuits and jam went down a treat. The views were simply breathtaking. Very large main bedroom that you can light a log fire in which is a nice touch. The single bedroom is a good size as is the twin. It's a shame you can't post pictures to go with reviews on here . Bed was really comfy and cosy as was the lounge and it had a lovely log burner in which was lovely. Bathroom is massive and has a lovely bath and shower. There's another toilet downstairs if needed. Kitchen is large and well appointed and has everything you really need . I cooked most days and found equipment very good. The garden area is great with a large wooden table and chairs and there's a charcoal kettle style bbq and previous occupants had also used as a fire pit which is a good idea. Cushions for the patio chairs are kept on the windowsill just as you go in the first doorway. In response to a couple of previous reviews by previous occupants, I found none of the issues raised but each one of us is different I suppose. If there were any recommendations to make for improvements it would be to fix the bathroom and lounge windows so they can.open again purely for ventilation particularly in bathroom but it's a minor point and I'd have no hesitation in recommending Bslmeanoch to anyone after a lovely holiday in this area. I've fallen in love with this place and can't wait to book again but Sykes, please allow it so people can post pictures

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2021

  • "We banged our heads on the door frames, so anyone over 5'9" beware!"

    The TV was small. We understand peoples concerns about the track to the cottage, but we had no problems driving carefully in a conventional car. It was a bonus to find two munros (mountains over 3000'), that could be walked from the front door. The cottage is also good for a cycling base, there is a disused railway close by (and Scottish drivers are much more courteous and patient than the English or the Welsh). The cottage is in a great location (secluded from crowds that may be on the shore of Loch Earn).

    Reviewed by JamesMay 2021

  • "Cottage is very comfortable although I dudnt give it top Mark's for cleanliness it was because cottage is old and paintwork could di with a lick of paint and dirt sticks to paintwork kitchen units could do with a good clean inside of them."

    Apart from that rest of house was spotless .Its a very warm house fantastic scenery your a 5 minute walk away from the loch my 4 year old grandson loved it .We will definately be back

    Reviewed by MarjoryOct 2020

  • "The cottage was comfortable, the location stunning = idyllic."

    I don’t think the Sykes website does it justice.

    Reviewed by AnnAug 2020

  • "Nice touch to leave some eggs and honey when we arrived."

    Everything was in good order and clean on arrival. The house has everything you need, quite spacious, decent value for money and we really enjoyed our stay. Some great walks and anyone into fishing or water sports has the loch almost on their doorstep. The fridge has a missing salad compartment which made putting some things in a bit awkward. Location is attractive as well as private. The drive up from the road is quite steep and I’d be nervous if my car had a lowered suspension!

    Reviewed by MarekJul 2020

  • "Email complaint already submitted and acknowledged."

    Summary as follows: 1)the kitchen needed a good clean. 2)There was dust everywhere. 3)The cupboard under the sink was filthy and full of what I believe to be mouse droppings. 4)Some of the cupboards were falling off, 5)the toaster was needing a good clean out. 6)Walls, door and radiators were dirty too. 7)A few of the windows opened but not all. 8)The single toilet made a horrendous noise when flushed. 9)A number of light bulbs didn’t work and we had to move bulbs from other places. I had read the review from what I am assuming was the previous holiday maker back in March who had pointed out that things needed a good clean and so we were disappointed to find that this had not happened. I really don’t understand why this wasn’t done. The price of the cottage is not cheap and to be honest I would expect a much higher standard of accommodation for the price asked, even before there is a discussion around cleaning. Finally I would urge you to also point out to prospective clients that the road to get to the house is very much a steep rough track and not in great repair.

    Reviewed by DavidJul 2020

  • "Road to COTTAGE is not very safe for cars no frezzer cooker filfy oven and grill not fit to use toaster not any better pillows disgusting no warning about steps down into property."

    Onthe whole the COTTAGE needs a deep clean

    Reviewed by LizMar 2020

  • "This is just the place to go if you are looking to get away from it all."

    Cosy, secluded and in such an amazing setting you won't want to leave. The extremely efficient log burner and lashings of hot water are an added bonus. There are plenty of walks for all abilities in the vicinity and distillery tours for when the weather is inclement.

    Reviewed by JudithNov 2019

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Summary

  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor double bedroom, 1 x twin, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with shower over bath, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Electric storage heaters with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge, washing machine and TV
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking
  • Garden area with table and chairs
  • Pub within 3.4 miles, shop within 3.2 miles.

The property

Balmeanach is a quaint cottage set on the hillside, on the quiet shore of the Village.

The property provides a great base for a family or group of friends to explore Scotland’s southern Highlands.

After a long hike in the hills, return to the...

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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.

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