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Secluded And Stylish Rural Retreat Close To The Hills And The Bright Lights

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 871 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

Stunning rural retreat, 2 bedrm, 2 ensuite, within easy reach of the cities

The Kist (a historic term for a linen box or treasure chest) is a stunning contemporary lodge set in private grounds in a beautiful rural location. A large deck area and a panoramic window in the main room allow visitors to enjoy the country experience whatever the weather. You may well find deer grazing in the garden of a morning.

The Kist is set in glorious countryside, but is close enough to Glasgow to enjoy all the cultural and shopping attractions of a big city. Some of Scotland's most spectacular countryside, including Loch Lomond, the Trossachs and the West Highland Way, are nearby. Historic Stirling is within easy reach and the Castle is definitely worth a look. Both Edinburgh and Perth are about an hour away by car.

The stylish glass fronted open plan living area includes a fully fitted kitchen complete with integrated fridge freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.

The large decked area to the front is the perfect way to enjoy sunny evenings and yes, there is a barbecue if eating al fresco is your thing.

There are two double bedrooms, both en-suite, with one set up as a twin room. The master bedroom has a p shaped bath and Mira shower. The twin room has a Coram quad shower and roomy walk in wardrobe, normally set up with twin beds which can be made in to a double with space to setup the foldaway bed as well.

The modern lodge offers all the advantages of a new home, in a lovely setting. Practical, cosy and stylish, you'll love being 'Kist'.

More Details

Owner
Iona Hordern
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
December 10, 2017

About Iona Hordern

I work from home as an artist and illustrator specialising in botanical illustration (lessons available if you wish) and I often take inspiration from our garden and the many wildflowers around us. The meadow has a wonderful display of wild orchids in the summer.

My husband works in Glasgow during the week, and likes to unwind in the garden where he grows a wide variety of fruit and veg.

Why Iona Hordern chose Balfron

Our home is the perfect combination of location and convenience. We live in glorious countryside, but are close enough to Glasgow to enjoy all the cultural and shopping attractions of a big city. Loch Lomond, the Trossachs and the West Highland Way are nearby so we can enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland whenever we want. Historic Stirling is also nearby and the castle is definitely worth a look. Both Edinburgh and Perth are about an hour away by car.

What makes this cottage unique

We live in the most beautiful spot with all the benefits of having our own space but within easy reach of the villages of Balfron, Fintry and Killearn. Read and relax surrounded by a profusion of bird song or if your lucky catch a glimpse of the local wildlife. Our watchful heron stands over the pond and its not unusual for the hares and hedgehogs to come right up to the house.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a wonderful place to stay! The Kist was like home away from home. We enjoyed skiing near Glencoe, the trip down there was spectacular. The surroundings are simply amazing. Returning to The Kist was a joy everytime. Ioana has been a lovely host. We especially loved the food at The Kippen Inn! We hope we will be able to come again!
Dec 2014
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Map

Nearest Airport
26 Miles
Glasgow
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
The Fintry Inn
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Balfron
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Milngavie
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
M9
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Cross Keys, Kippen
Car: necessary

Close to Loch Lomond National Park, The Trossachs and world class scenery, there are almost unlimited countryside activities to enjoy. Then again, Glasgow - Scotland's shopping capital - is also nearby. And with Bannockburn and Stirling within easy reach, there are some of Scotland's most historic sites almost on your doorstep.

Amenities

Balfron Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 871 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom 1 (1.7m x 2.5m) serves the Master Bedroom. It is fully tiled and incorporates a p-shaped bath with Mira minilux rain shower and screen, heated towel rail, sink with vanity unit and toilet. Bathroom 2 (1.4m x 2.7m) serves the Twin Bedroom. It is fully tiled and has a Corum quad corner shower enclosure, heated towel rail, sink with vanity unit and toilet.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , plus a foldaway camp bed
  • The spacious Master bedroom (3.6m x 3m) has a double bed (6'3' x 4'6') with matching cream bedside tables and lamps. There is plenty of storage space in the walk-in wardrobe (1.2m x 1.6m) and access to the bath/shower en suite (2.5m x 1.7m). Own exterior glazed door opens onto the deck allowing more privacy. The Twin Room has 2 single beds (6'3' x 3') which can be made up as one double. The foldaway bed can be set up in here if necessary. There are matching cream bedside tables and lamps. There is plenty of storage space in the walk-in wardrobe (1.2m x 1.6m). An oak panelled door leads into the en suite shower room (2.5m x 1.7m). Own exterior glazed door leading on to the deck..
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
Attractions:
  • forests
  • library
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

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average rating of 4.95 based on 76 reviews
5

Cosy, relaxing and remote

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful two days at the Kist and I wish it could have been longer. The Kist was warm and tastefully decorated with a very comfy bed. It’s in an ideal location for Loch Lomond, and the surrounding villages are great to explore. We will definitely be back and I highly recommend it! Thank you Iona! Xx

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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5

The property was gorgeous.

  • 5 of 5

The Kist is gorgeous! Good things come in small packages. Its got everything you need. The kitchen is amazing, the bathrooms are lovely and the beds are very comfortable. The scenery is beautiful and the owners are brilliant!

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Just as described

  • 4 of 5

Great location, warm welcome from Owner. Had a very enjoyable few days, would recommend this property.

Regards Dennis

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful modern cottage and perfect hosts.

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely 2 night stay at The Kist. Cottage is spotless and well equiped and we could not fault it.Great for a get away from it all..complete privacy and lovely walks with our dog but also a short drive to many tourist attractions if wanted. Iona was lovely ..the perfect host and can tell has spent a lot of attention to detail in cottage. Iona also was very helpful returning a few items we left behind promptly by post the next day...nothing is a bother...would defo return . Thankyou x

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful setting and unique property

  • 5 of 5

The property is cosy modern and unique and we had a super time. It is clean and had everything we needed

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Absolute gem of a place!!

  • 5 of 5

We've just returned from 'The Kist' having spent 7 nights there exploring the many things the area has to offer. We loved it. Being a family of 4 with 2 young children, the property was perfect for us and accommodated our every need, from gorgeously soft bed linens, a supply of board games to the wine fridge!! Cosy and comfortable and away from it all. The property is secluded enough to enjoy nature at its best (deer in the garden and completely clear star-gazing skies by night) yet is brilliantly positioned to enjoy the countryside, Lochs, castles and cities too.

Iona was lovely and accommodating, but left us alone to enjoy our stay.

We will definitely be coming back!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Full payment is required to secure a 2 night stay. Otherwise we ask a 25% deposit on booking with the balance due 3 weeks before arrival. Please note that nightly rates for stays less than a week may vary from those quoted. We operated a sliding scale for stays of 2-6 nights. Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
All rates are subject to an additional booking fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.