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The Garden Cottage

Kilbryde near Dunblane, Perthshire, Angus & Fife (Ref. 957483)

4.8

Excellent

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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Features

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

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29 Customer Reviews

  • "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 AnneMay 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 WilliamApr 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 VictoriaApr 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 GillianMar 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 DianeOct 2021

  • "Good facilities."

    Everything needed for a good self catering holiday.

    Reviewed by DavidSep 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 PeterOct 2020

  • "We were so pleased !"

    The cottage was everything and more! Excellent site for birdwatching and wildlife...red 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 KevinSep 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 JeffreyOct 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 TerenceSep 2019

  • "Quiet yet accessible location."

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

    Reviewed by PatJul 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 MarkMay 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 KarenFeb 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 PeterJan 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 AnnalisaDec 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 MariaDec 2018

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

    It has everything needed to make for a comfortable stay.

    Reviewed by LesleyOct 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 WilliamOct 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 JohnAug 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 HelenJul 2018

  • "Lovely cottage"

    Reviewed by EmmanuelJul 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 SatishJul 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 LesleyJun 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 ColinJun 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 SheilaMay 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 EvelynApr 2018

  • "It was in such a peaceful setting."

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

    Reviewed by MaryApr 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 HazelApr 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 AlisonDec 2017

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Summary

  • 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...

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

DUNBLANE

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