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Beautiful Cottages In The Village Of Alva With A Back Drop Of The Ochil Hills - Ben Cleuch

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights



Ben Cleuch

Ben Cleuch has accommodation on 2 levels.

On the ground floor is the following:

Open plan kitchen, dining & living area.

The patio doors face west with unobstructed views of Wallace Monument & Stirling Castle.

To the right of the property are the imposing Ochil Hills.

There is a patio area beyond the patio doors with seating for 6 people.

Double bedroom with large ensuite bathroom with bath & over bath shower.

There is a grab rail at the side of the bath and moulded toilet seat.

Further bathroom consisting of shower & w/c.

The upper floor has a further double room and twin room. Both rooms have built in wardrobes

Both bedrooms enjoy panoramic views to the west.

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About the property

Boll Holiday Cottages

All our 5 cottages are set in a tranquil village location but only a 5 minute walk to shops, pubs, coffee shops, takeaways, restaurants, banks. post office, hairdressers & newsagents.

We are located 5 miles from Stirling & minutes away from all Scotland's major motorways. We are 1 hour away by car from Dundee, Perth, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Loch Lomond, Gleneagles & St. Andrews.

All the cottages are family friendly & all but one of the cottages are pet friendly.

We are set in large beautiful landscaped gardens complete with pond & their resident ducks. Sometimes the swans pay a visit.

We are located at the foot of the local Ochil Hills where you can go walking, hill walking & paragliding.

The area has 9 golf courses for you keen golfers. There are plenty of fishing sites, one available in Alva itself. The Devon River is a 5 minute stroll away.

There are dedicated cycle & walking paths in the area & a dry ski slope 2 miles away.

If you enjoy horse riding then there are riding schools close by.

Other places of interest include Alloa Tower, Sauchie Tower, Wallace Monument, Stirling Castle, Castle Campbell, Dollar Museum, The Falkirk Wheel, Callendar House, The Safari Park, The Peak leisure centre for swimming & ice skating, Kidzworld , The Trossachs national Park to name but a few.

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Property Manager
Maria Machin
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

About Maria Machin

I grew up in Northern Ireland with my 2 siblings. I finished my schooling and then went and completed my degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. While on holiday in Corfu I met Colin from Alloa in Scotland who is now my husband.

Colin is an architect and has had his own practice now for 24 years. We went on to have our lovely girls and lived in Alloa for a while.

We bought Boll Farm in Alva then a derelict site in early 2000, where we created our home and our 5 holiday Cottages.

I love being here and enjoy meeting all my guests from all parts of the globe.

Maria Machin purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Maria Machin chose Alva

As I said before Colin and I lived in Alloa for the first few years of our marriage.

As Colin was an architect he was always looking for an old building to recreate and put his own stamp on.

We passed by Boll Farm many a time and wished that we could buy it. It eventually cam on the market and we jumped at the chance to purchase it. Boll Cottage is the original old farm house and a very lovely cottage.

What makes this cottage unique

When we saw the farm originally we fell in love with the views and its potential. We knew the site would make a lovely home and also create a business for me to run, hence once our house was built and we had refurbished Boll Cottage we then went on to build a further 4 cottages.

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The rental I have quoted is for 6 sharing Prices will be less for 5 sharing, Please contact me for a quote.


Alva Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom 1 is large enough to manoeuver a wheel chair. It has a bath with grab rail & an over bath shower. The toilet has a moulded seat for comfort. Bathroom 2 has a shower & w/c. Both are on the ground floor.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 1 is on the ground floor. It comprises a double bed, a large wardrobe & 2 bedside cabinets with lamps . Bedroom 2 is on the upper floor and consists of a double bed built in wardrobe, a chest of drawers, 2 bedside cabinets with lamps. bedroom 3 is also on the upper floor and comprises 2 single beds, 2 bedside cabinets with lamps, 2 chest of drawers and a built in wardrobe. There is also a built in wardrobe at the top of the landing.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
We can provide a travel cot, high chair and stair gate free of charge.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Ben Cleuch
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews

Gorgeous Cosy Cottage in a beautiful, peaceful location

  • 5 of 5

The Cottage was comfortable, spacious enough (4 adults + 2 teenagers) for us all.

We loved the garden and the views. We visited Edinburgh (by train) Stirling and Wallace Monument whilst there. Great Chinese take out (Capital Chinese).Convenient Co-op for items needed within walking distance. Host Maria was lovely and communicative. Helpful that host lives on site. Everything we needed was provided for.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely accommodations near the Wallace Monument

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoy this apartment which is part of a farm turned into vacation flats near Stirling and the William Wallace Monument. Our house for lovely, and the accommodations were just right for a family of six. Our hosts/the owners were very hospitable. The nearby village was quiet and peaceful, with a lovely highland cattle farm across the street from our flat. I would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Taumhaft schöne Lage, sehr gute Ausstattung

  • 5 of 5

Sehr schönes kuschliges Ferienhaus mit allem was man braucht. Aussicht ist phänomenal man hat immer das Stirling Castle und Wallace Monument im Griff. Garten sehr gepflegt. Was ich sehr toll fand, war der Ordner mit Infos von Maria was mn unternehmen kann und auch das Vertrauen das von ihr entgegengebracht wird. Wenn ich wieder in der Nähe von Stirling bin, gerne wieder.

Liebe Grüße aus Stuttgart

Evelyn Arnold

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Good Morning Evelyn, thank you for your kind comments and I am delighted you enjoyed your stay with us. I look forward to welcoming you and your family back again very soon. Kind regards, Maria
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El alojamiento está bastante bien. Maria es muy amable

  • 4 of 5

La estancia estuvo muy bien. La localización es muy buena entre Edimburgo y Glasgow. Todo perfecto

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jose & Familia, Muchos gracias por sus amables comentarios. Espero que me recomiende a sus amigos y familiars Saludos cordials, Maria
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Sehr schöner Urlaub

  • 5 of 5

Gemütliches Ferienhaus mit sehr schönem Garten und Terrasse mit Grillmöglichkeit. Sehr schöne Umgebung mit Blick aufs Hochland. Gute Einkaufsmöglichkeiten. Nette Vermieterin. Sehr gute Ausflugsmöglichkeiten nach Alloa und Stirling und viele weitere Sehenswürdigkeiten zum Beispiel der Wasserfall von Alva....

Alles in allem ein sehr schöner Urlaub mit schönem Ferienhaus.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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muy bien situadas y muy tranquilo

  • 5 of 5

Hemos estado cuatro moches y lo mejor la tranquilidad y comodidad la parcela de cesped es preciosa con un pequeño lago.

la Sr.Machin nos atendio perfectamente.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Senor Contrares, Muchos Gracias. I realty appreciate you taking time out of your day to write such a wonderful review. Thank you so much and please tell your friends and family about us. Kind regards, Maria
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Nearest Ferry
45 Miles
Loch Lomond
Nearest Golf
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Nearest Ski
2 Miles
Dry ski slope
Nearest Beach
40 Miles
Fife beaches including St. Andrews
Car: not necessary

We are located in the village of Alva, 5 miles from Stirling.

We are situated at the foot of the Ochil Hills for walking, hill climbing and para gliding.There is also a dry ski ski slope 2 miles away.

There are many cycle paths for walking and cycling.You can also contact ranger Events & Walks 01259 452 478 or email

There are 9 golf courses in Alva. The closest is Alva Golf Club. In addition there is Tillicoultry golf club, Schawpark golf couse, Brae head golf club, Tulliallan golf club, Sunnylaw, Falkirk Tryst, Bruce fields, family golf & Airthrey golf course.

There is horse riding available at Nowton Fishcross, Devon Equestrian Centre.Alloa.both 2 miles away.

Fishing is readily available in theses areas: Frandy Fishery, Gartmorn dam, Castle hill Reservoir, GlensherrupTrout Fishery, Harviestoun Fishery Alva, The River Devon. these are all located 1-4 miles away.

Other places to visit are Castle Campbell, Stirling Castle, Sauchie Tower, Alloa Tower, Dollar Museum, Wallace Monument, Church of the Holy Rude, Cambuskenneth Abbey, Stirling Smith Museum, The Falkirk Wheel, Callendar House, Bannockburn Center, Bair Drummond Safari Park, Kidzworld, Loch Lomond National Park.

There are plenty of restaurants in the vicinity, Bollinis of Alva, The No. 5 Inn, The Woodsman, Alva Tandoori, Aldos The Birds & Bees, The Meadow Park, Corrieries, Jam Jar, Barga, The Torbrex Inn.

These have all been recommended by ourselves, friends and family.


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