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The Garden Cottage

(Ref. 957483)

Kilbryde near Dunblane, Perthshire, Angus & Fife Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


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

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48 Customer Reviews

  • "Loved the fact it was so quiet and peaceful."

    Was not too keen on the long, single track road to reach the property especially when meeting large vehicles coming the other way!

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Mar 2024

  • "It's a lovely, well-appointed cottage in very peaceful surroundings."

    The castle grounds are wonderful. We saw carpets of snowdrops, and I would imagine the rhododendrons will be just as spectacular later in the season. If, as we did, you want to dine out, the local Dunblane taxi driver was very efficient. Our only complaint was that there was no heating on for our arrival, and although the underfloor heating does become very effective, it is not quick

    Reviewed by Gordon4.7Feb 2024

  • "A lovely cottage with comfortabler furniture and bed and very good facilities."

    The underfloor central heating was very effective in ensuring a cosy stay. The environs are really lovely with a small ravine below and tree lined avenue on the approach to the castle which lies 100 metres beyond the converted farm buildings where we stayed.

    Reviewed by Geoff5.0Jan 2024

  • "Thanks for hosting us."

    The apartment was cozy, comfortable and in good condition. On the arriving date, we had everything we need - thanks for the food in the cooler. This was really kind. We had a nice stay and will come back for sure :O)

    Reviewed by Antje5.0Jan 2024

  • "This was absolutely amazing."

    We rented both the studio and the cottage. Both were perfect! I would go back in a heartbeat. Our host even had eggs, bread, cheese and butter for us to make a great breakfast. We wandered the beautiful garden area and I couldn't have been happier.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Nov 2023

  • "We’ve enjoyed our stay very much"

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Oct 2023

  • "This is a cosy cottage in a great location."

    Reviewed by Kenneth5.0Oct 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at the cottage, it was exactly as it appeared on the website and had everything we needed."

    The location was good for visiting various attractions, which made it a good base. The cottage was located in a quiet area and so after a day's sightseeing it was a pleasure to return to and take in the beautiful countryside. We visited with our French friends, it was their first visit to Scotland and they were not disappointed they loved it.

    Reviewed by Lily5.0Sep 2023

  • "Very nice place to stay, clean, tidy and peaceful."

    The basic food items left for us on arrival were much appreciated, we could manage without going to the shops until the next day. Good location for us to explore the amazing scenery of Trossachs and local area. We were able to take a couple of photos of the red squirrels that visit the garden most days. Very enjoyable holiday.

    That’s very kind of you and much appreciated. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, totally recommend it."

    It is in a beautiful setting

    Reviewed by Donald5.0Apr 2023

  • "We enjoyed our week in this lovely cottage set in beautiful grounds."

    We enjoyed the thoughtful food items left for us and we had everything we needed in this well appointed home from home.

    Reviewed by Clair5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a peaceful location, good facilities, kitchen had everything I needed, white goods were modern and well maintained."

    Bed was a little hard but maybe my preference, shower had low pressure and couldn't adjust temp, but there were alternatives available so had a few baths. Lovely decor, appreciated welcoming touches, having basic food in the fridge, milk etc. Good access to nearby A roads and motorway. Central location with good access to the East and West. All in all enjoyed my stay and holiday. Cottage is surrounded by wildlife and very tranquil. Cottage is all on one level and suitable for people with mobility problems like myself. Drive is gravel and there are two small steps into the doorway.

    Reviewed by Chris4.7Mar 2023

  • "Beautiful setting and comfortable cottage."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our week here. The spring bulbs along the castle road and grounds were so pretty.

    Reviewed by Paula3.8Feb 2023

  • "Excellent Cottage in a very beautiful location."

    Everything was perfect from arrival to departure. The owners were very helpful and friendly. A wonderful week . We highly recommend a stay at Garden Cottage. Plan to return next year.

    Reviewed by Duncan5.0Feb 2023

  • "Beautifully furnished cottage in stunning surroundings."

    Owners have thought of all the little things you might need for a homely feel, with underfloor heating making it even more cosy than it looks in photos. Thanks for welcome gift in the fridge, much appreciated. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by Ivona5.0Dec 2022

  • "Fantastic property in a great location."

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Dec 2022

  • "This place was wonderful had everything we needed the location was beautiful a ..."

    This place was wonderful had everything we needed the location was beautiful a very big thank you to the owners and the welcome gift of milk butter eggs cheese and bread

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Sep 2022

  • "Very nice cottage with enough space for our family of four."

    It is well equiped and clean. The location is quite and calm and we really enjoyed our stay at the countryside. Nevertheless, it's not far to visit Stirling, Glasgow or Edinburgh. Full recommondation.

    Reviewed by Gerrit5.0Jul 2022

  • "Fantastic location (easy access to places with Edinburgh 1 hour away by train)."

    Cottage excellent. Downsides virtually nil - shower head loose due to crack. The gardens absolutely beautiful with full access. Thanks for the lovely stay

    Reviewed by Eleanor4.7Jul 2022

  • "A lovely cottage, welcoming owners and in a beautiful setting."

    Thank you for your feedback. It is very much appreciated. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. Kind regards Carola Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anne5.0May 2022

  • "This is a warm, comfortable, well-equipped property beautifully situated in the castle grounds which are great to walk in."

    There are many walks in the surrounding area and the castle is a great centre for exploring Perthshire, the Trossachs, Stirling etc. There was a lot of useful info provided. We visited Edinburgh very conveniently by train from Bridge of Allan. We received a nice welcome and our hosts were very attentive. Strongly recommended.

    Thank you for your positive feedback, it is much appreciated. We are glad you enjoyed your holiday with us. Kind regards Carola Property Owner

    Reviewed by William5.0Apr 2022

  • "What an absolutely gorgeous location and beautiful cottage!"

    The cottage was immaculately presented and filled to bursting with essentials and more which were greatly appreciated. Tesco actually deliver to the cottage so we’d done an order but half of the things were already provided! The fridge was stocked with milk, eggs, butter and cheese as well as bread and shortbread fingers provided too. There were also hand wash, cleaning products, dishwasher tablets and washing products to be used in the washing machine and even more! Two bedrooms are at either side of the living area with a bathroom in each and comfortable beds, bedding and towels. There is also A LOT of storage space- essential for us as a family of four. The overall attention to detail was second to none with jigsaws, books and DVDs readily available for your entertainment but the setting is so beautiful so losing yourself in the nearby nature is really all you need. The location is great for access to many attractions that are within driving distance and is close to the motorway. Blair Drummond Safari Park is one of the closest and a great trip, especially for children. The only downside to this cottage is that the underfloor heating takes a while to warm up but also a while to cool down so we struggled to get the right temperature. Also, the hot water runs very hot so you need to take great care of you have children with you. Overall a fantastic cottage and it would be hard to be anything other than pleased with it.

    Thank you for your review. We will try to remedy the couple of hiccups. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Apr 2022

  • "A wonderful cottage in beautiful surroundings."

    Well equipped, comfortable and warm. A tasty welcome pack of milk, bread, butter, eggs, cheese and shortbread was much appreciated. The castle grounds were full of snowdrops and provided a delightful setting for some peaceful walks. Our first visit but we hope it won't be our last!

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Mar 2022

  • "This cottage was excellent and exactly what we were looking for, peace and quiet making for a relaxing holiday."

    The surroundings to the cottage were phenomenal in spite of the weather. The provisions left by the owners was very welcoming. We would certainly book again at a different time of year and we would recommend it. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Oct 2021

  • "Good facilities."

    Everything needed for a good self catering holiday.

    Reviewed by David3.8Sep 2021

  • "A great setting, peaceful and quiet, a wonderful location to explore the area."

    The cottage was well equipped, clean, comfortable and set in beautiful surroundings.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Oct 2020

  • "We were so pleased !"

    The cottage was everything and more! Excellent site for birdwatching and kite and red squirrel..what more do you need! Loved it and have recommended it to our friends and will come again! Hope there is a bird table facing the door by the table!

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Sep 2020

  • "The Cottage was absolutely lovely, nice a comfortable, very nice surroundings, lovely decorated, a place to come home from home to, enjoy the week there."

    will tell friends about it and the website.

    Reviewed by Jeffrey5.0Oct 2019

  • "Our negatives were minimal - no egg cups (already mentioned to proprietor), and one shower continuously ran hot then cold, while the other shower head wouldn't stay in place."

    Forgot to mention that to the proprietor. Also, given that the cottage is for four people, there were insufficient pots and pans of a suitable size to cater for four.

    Reviewed by Terence3.4Sep 2019

  • "Quiet yet accessible location."

    Comfortable beds, well-equipped kitchen. Helpful hosts. An all-round excellent week. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Pat5.0Jul 2019

  • "Perfect for our needs."

    Central location for travelling to the Trossachs or Cairngorms. The gardens of Castle Kilbryde are fantastic to walk round. The provisions left for us on arrival were much appreciated. We would book Garden Cottage again.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0May 2019

  • "The Garden Cottage is a lovely little home from home - very well equipped with everything you could need."

    The kitchen area had lots of pots, pans and crockery - and having a dishwasher and washing machine is lovely when having a busy holiday visiting the area. Having a DVD player and the internet keeps the kids happy - although I would recommend taking a copy of Braveheart to ignite their imagination about William Wallace and Robert the Bruce before visiting Bannockburn and Stirling Castle / bridge etc. (even if it is a Hollywood version). Take time to walk around the grounds surrounding the cottage, they are beautiful - we saw red squirrels and three little deer grazing on the hills, as well as the highland cows who were in the field outside our bedroom window every morning. The only advice, is take a toilet roll (minor comment) - it is literally the only thing we really needed to see us through the first night and morning ! We were greeted with cheese, butter, milk, bread, eggs and shortbread - a good breakfast for the first morning, and there is salt, pepper, oil etc to help with any cooking. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Feb 2019

  • "We enjoyed our stay and would go back again,however Sykes never leave us alone."

    In my opinion you go overboard with your e-mails .

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jan 2019

  • "Everything about the stay in The Garden Cottage was fabulous."

    The grounds are picturesque, quiet but conveniently located. Our location meant that we we already located close to a lot of wonderful attractions such as the highlands and even though provisions had been left for us a supermarket is close by. We were lucky enough to have snow during our stay and one of the staff cleared our step and popped past to let us know the roads were safe. The cottage was cosy and warm, and well appointed. The addition of a washing machine was much appreciated as we have been traveling. The two bathrooms and well equipped kitchen really did make it feel like a home away from home. Stay! You won't regret it!.

    Reviewed by Annalisa5.0Dec 2018

  • "This is a great place in a really lovely setting."

    The grounds are beautiful and the host is very friendly and helpful. We greatly enjoyed our time here and hope to go back again soon.

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Dec 2018

  • "This is a lovely cottage in a beautifully peaceful location."

    It has everything needed to make for a comfortable stay.

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Oct 2018

  • "The Cottage was very well equipped and everything worked perfectly."

    The owners had provided essential groceries which were very welcome. As far as location goes this has to be the quietest, most relaxing property I have ever stayed in.

    Reviewed by William5.0Oct 2018

  • "Garden Cottage is in a really peaceful setting."

    Everything was clean and in good order. Although there was no mobile phone signal in the cottage, there is wifi. The mobile phone coverage was available a couple of hundred metres down the road. The location is great for discovering the area around the Trossachs, Stirling, Perth. A really enjoyable stay was had.

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2018

  • "This cottage was beautifully refurbished in a lovely peaceful location."

    We could not have asked for any more. Secluded yet within easy reach of many attractions.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jul 2018

  • "Lovely cottage"

    Reviewed by Emmanuel5.0Jul 2018

  • "Cottage is ideally located near to popular holiday destinations like loch Lomond, Glasgow and Edinburgh."

    ... Cottage has all facilities and utensils needed for stay and maintained beyond the expectations. Could not ask more.

    Reviewed by Satish4.7Jul 2018

  • "We did find the cottage a little further out than we expected."

    There was no contact with the owners which we felt it would have been nice if they had just said "hello". As the weather turned extremely windy and wet on the Thursday we decided to come back home and there was no one to inform of this.

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Jun 2018

  • "The House could have been perfect for our needs, but there were too many niggling complaints which together added up to something more significant."

    Some issues are instantly remediable but others are not. In the interests of proper feedback to assist in improvement for future guests, herewith my list off comments. 1) On arrival one bathroom had not been properly cleaned, with hairs and dust on the floor. The toilet had to be cleaned by us. 2) Both toilet seats were very loose, not to say precarious. 3) The fridge is too small and inadequate for four people staying a week or more. 4) The freezer compartment had clearly not been defrosted for some time and consequently the door would not shut. 5) In one bedroom there was zero storage space, no wardrobe or chest of drawers.. 6) The bathrooms had no shaving sockets which, given the lack of mirrors elsewhere, was a problem. There were no mirrors in the bedrooms making hair drying also a problem. 7) There were only three metal teaspoons (for four people?) 8) No salad or other bowls or plastic containers and no means to spin, dry lettuce. 9) On arrival there were no dishwasher tabs or powder, no plastic liners for the bins, no oil or salt to start us off, no proper cleaning cream for the cooker. 10) In one bathroom the ventilator fan did not switch off at all. On a positive note, we loved the layout of the house, very comfortable, and there were some starter items such as butter, biscuits. If 1) - 10) could be somehow improved, the rating would be much higher

    Reviewed by Colin3.1Jun 2018

  • "We had a very comfortable week in this cosy cottage."

    The weather couldn't have been better. No coats in the middle of May? Unheard of!.

    Reviewed by Sheila4.4May 2018

  • "We (two from New Zealand + two from Holland) were thrilled to bits with this lovely, warm, comfortable cottage."

    The owners were very pleasant and left us a complimentary welcome of oatcakes & cheese! The only thing we found a little 'off' was that the non-stick pans had been used wrongly (never use metal utensils in a teflon-coated pan!) and the teflon was damaged at the edges. Also the stove should only be cleaned with special cleaning cream, but had been damaged by scouring or something. Pity about that! The owners had gone to so much trouble to make everything as comfortable as possible... We loved our stay and intend definitely to return. It's the perfect holiday cottage for two couples, or a couple with two children. Waking up in the morning to see the cows in the field out the back windows, and all the birds flitting around is just so good! I could live there!

    Reviewed by Evelyn5.0Apr 2018

  • "It was in such a peaceful setting."

    Will certainly book it again next year. Really really enjoyed the cottage.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Apr 2018

  • "We had a lovely week in this beautiful cottage."

    perfectly located to be in the middle of nowhere, yet only a 10 minute drive from Dunblane. the owner was extremely helpful and the welcome pack on the first evening was very much appreciated. we hope to be back one day.

    Reviewed by Hazel4.7Apr 2018

  • "The cottage was a great base for visiting my family in the area."

    It's in a beautiful setting and the approach road was well maintained and gritted. The kitchen is well kitted out and the wi fi works well. We were given welcome provisions on our first night-time thank you.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Dec 2017

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with ensuite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x twin with ensuite shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Oil underfloor heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking
  • Front sitting area and access to owner's castle grounds
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Pub 2.5 miles, shop 3 miles
  • Note: Mobile phone reception is very limited at this property
  • Note: Cot and Highchair available
  • Note: Steep gorge down to river close to property and children should be accompanied at all times
  • Note: This property has a private water supply.

The property

This delightful end terrace cottage in the grounds of the owner’s castle can accommodate up to four people.

There is a double room with an ensuite bathroom while the twin room has an ensuite shower room.

The bedrooms are at opposite ends of the central open plan living accommodation, which is spacious and light and, like the rest of the cottage, benefits from underfloor heating.

There is a small seating area outside alongside where you park and you can wander from here around the castle gardens and woodland.

A superb Dunblane cottage set in beautiful surroundings and the perfect place for exploring central Scotland.

Note: This property can be booked with ref 957484 and together they accommodate 6 people.

EPC Rating: Band C

Kilbryde Castle Cottages

These lovely cottages sit with others in the grounds of the owner’s castle in the countryside outside the cathedral city of Dunblane in Stirlingshire. The castle and the cottages nestle on the side of a gorge with the river Ardoch flowing at its base. These Dunblane cottages have been lovingly created from existing farm buildings and each has been uniquely furnished and decorated to provide a boutique mix of traditional character and modern amenities. Each property has an outdoor seating area and guests can enjoy roaming in the 15 acres of beautiful gardens and woodland that surround the castle. These cottages are approximately 100 yards apart and can be booked together, accommodating a total of six people. Dunblane is an attractive town sitting on the Allan Water dominated by its stunning cathedral, dating mostly from the 13th century. The station provides good rail links to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth. Visit central Scotland’s only Red Kite feeding station nearby and marvel at these wonderful birds in action. Why not enjoy the country walk or cycle to the village of Doune and explore its ancient castle or taste some malt whisky at the Deanston distillery and visitor centre. Delve into history in Stirling with its spectacular castle and the stunning monument to William Wallace. These properties are ideally located for exploring central Scotland with Fife and St Andrews, the Trossachs with their beautiful glens and lochs and even Loch Lomond all within easy reach.

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About the location


Stirling 5.9 miles; Perth 28.5 miles; Edinburgh 41.6 miles; Glasgow 31.3 miles

Dunblane is a small cathedral town situated six miles north of Stirling just off the A9 road which has been bypassed since 1991. Its main landmark is Dunblane Cathedral and the Allan Water runs through the town centre, with the Cathedral and the High Street on the east side. The nearby Victorian spa town of Bridge of Allan three miles away is a former spa town at the foot of the Ochil Hills near Stirling. It is named after the Allan Water, which flows through the town and on into the River Forth. With a history dating back to the Iron Age, the village formed in the 16th century when the ford was replaced by a stone bridge and mining of copper, silver and gold took place in the hills above. Today, the main street bears Alexander Henderson’s name and the town is prosperous and home to Stirling University, a golf club and many shops and restaurants. So much of central Scotland is within easy reach of Dunblane, and it has good road and rail links to Glasgow, Edinburgh and St Andrews. The beautiful scenery of this area makes it a haven for walkers, cyclists, anglers and nature lovers, and golfers are especially well served with Gleneagles about 20 minutes' drive away, along with Carnoustie and St Andrews, about an hour’s drive away. The Ochil Hills are on the doorstep, and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park a short drive to the north. Also nearby is the city of Stirling, Scotland’s youngest city and yet one that has so much history, specifically Mary Queen of Scots and William Wallace, with the historic Stirling Castle and the National Wallace Monument being well worth a visit. Dunblane offers an excellent central touring location, while closer to home is the historic Bridge of Allan.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas