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Luxury cottages created within a 19th ct. steading, set in private parkland. - Sycamore cottage

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Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Four cottages with one or two bedrooms sleeping up to 7

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The cottages have been created round the courtyard of the beautiful 19th Century red sandstone steading which has recently undergone a total renovation programme. Each cottage has been rebuilt to the highest standards of convenience and comfort while retaining the character and features of the old buildings. In addition to the landscaped courtyard with its large communal games room, each cottage has access to an outdoor patio with views out over the woods and fields.

Each cottage is furnished and equipped to the highest standard with a large living area and wooden floors, a modern fully equipped kitchen, a dining area and a living area with comfortable sofa beds and armchairs. All windows are double glazed with full length curtains or blinds and all are equipped with Sky TV, DVD/CD player and wifi. Each unit has a separate central heating system with ample supplies of hot water for the luxuriously fitted bathrooms and showers. There is a shared laundry and drying room with facilities for ironing.

Details for Sycamore cottage 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, 1 Bathroom

Perfectly placed to make the most of Loch Lomond, Sycamore Cottage is a charming conversion of an old steading bakery. The holiday cottage is newly and freshly renovated and consists of a double bedroom with a king sized bed and a shower room with a large powerful corner shower.

The pretty new kitchen leads into the open plan living room with a dining table and chairs, comfortable sofa and easy chair, TV, DVD and audio equipment. A large glazed door leads onto the paved patio with lawns and old trees stretching away into Finnich's parkland.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

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About On line booking at

Andrew and Marguerite Dewar Durie bought this estate when Andrew moved to Scotland to run a large Whisky Company based in Dumbarton . His Family originally came from Fife and Andrew is the Chief of the Duries. He is also a member of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs.

If you are interested to trace back your ancestry, this is where you should base yourself.

Marguerite is Austrian and is an Interior Designer. She has planned and designed the beautiful cottages.

On line booking at purchased this cottage in 1992

Why On line booking at chose Scotland

Finnich Malise Estate had been little cared for for many years and presented a major and exciting challenge to us when we bought it. First priority was to repair and re-decorate the beautiful Georgian house and then to start recovering the parkland with its 200 year old trees. A separate project was to completely re build the derelict 19th century Steading buildings and convert them into 4 holiday cottages.

The projects continue with the recent planting of 9 ha of mixed Scottish woodland.

What makes this cottage unique

The uniqueness of the Finnich Malise estate which was evident to us when we first saw it, was its location. Close enough to Glasgow and Stirling but positioned in its own 200 acres of grounds to give total peace and tranquillity, with stunning views to the western North over the National Park and with easy access to Loch Lomond , 5 miles away.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Whether it has been the cottage,the setting the countryside and the weather ( mostly), Marguerite and Andrew went out of their way to ensure this week of our holidays were memorable. they even went to the trouble of ensuring a film production team were on hand for our enjoyment, and a change from the routine . The fact that a feature film was being shot at Finnich Malise at the same time we were here has enhanced our holiday with something a little bit out of the ordinary. It may take another 3 to 4 years for our next holiday in UK , but we will be back.
Jun 2013
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Sycamore cottage
average rating of 4.714286 based on 17 reviews

we found it very clean&it comfortable great place

  • 5 of 5

a great place lovely countryside

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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A modern, comfortable cottage in a beautiful location

  • 4 of 5

The apartment was one of four, converted from a 'steading' in the grounds of a country house. The location is superb - a meadow, surrounded by woodland to the rear and a view over open land to the hills and mountains around Loch Lomond to the front. The accommodation was modern, clean and contained everything we might need. There is a patio area of which we would have made use if the weather had been kinder!. On arrival, we were met by the man who did the conversion. He showed us round, told us the history of the place and all about the making of a film there (they have a copy of it on DVD, which you can borrow. We did, and thoroughly enjoyed it!). The owners also called in to welcome us and make sure we had everything we needed. All in all, they could not have been more helpful. There is a visitors book, which contains useful information from other guests on what they have found to do and where they have eaten out. We took their 'advice' on a few occasions and weren't disappointed.

The only problem we had was finding somewhere to buy food. We tend to prepare our own meals at least half the time we are away, and in Scotland hve become used to there being a Co-operative supermarket within the vicinity wherever we have been. Drymen, although a very pretty village, didn't have a supermarket (at least, we didn't find one) and we had to take the opportunity to stock up at the one in Aberfoyle as we passed though on a day out at Loch Ard.

If we return to the Loch Lomond area, we would be more than happy to stay at Finnich Cottages again.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear guest, Thank you very much fir your nice review. We were glad to hear that you had enjoyed your stay at Finnich Cottages We are very sorry however that you did not find a supermarket near by. We have an information book in each cottage which lists all the various kinds of super markets and especiall it is listing the Co-op in Killearn, only 3 m away. I am sorry that you did not aks us to help you with this problem. Our contact numbers are all in the welcome book. A lot of our gests get food delivery from near by supermarkets before they arrive, which seems a good idea in the holidays. Best regards Marguerite
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  • 5 of 5

Very beautiful location for cottage with very helpful information folder provided. Very nice to meet owner on arrival. Problem with one appliance sorted out fully by helpful staff. Excellent point for touring mid Scotland. Price very reasonable. Would visit again.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind review Regards Marguerite
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Excellent séjour !

  • 4 of 5

Très agréable séjour, dans un bel environnement

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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A perfect holoday location

  • 5 of 5

We spent a 3 weeks holiday at Sycamore Cottage. We enjoyed it very much. The cottage was just perfect for two persons - a nice bedroom with a large bed, an open kitchen and a comfortable living-rooom leading to a patio with table and garden chairs.

Finnich Malise is perfect for discovering south Scotland-we even went to Skye.

The owners, Marguerite and Andrew, who live only 100 yards from the cottage, were very friendly and helpful.

We enjoyed our stay very much and are sure to come back soon..We'll recommend the cottage to our family and all our friends.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your nice review. We are so happy that your time with us at Finnich cottage was such an enjoyable one. Maybe you will return to us one day. Best regards Marguerite
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Very good

  • 4 of 5

Beautifully restored stable cottages, amazingly we'll landscaped, lovely plants in pots, stupendous views from cottages of countryside and mountains, fantastic grounds and walks, such a huge variety of places to visit, strongly recommend staying here. Really enjoyable,peaceful, relaxing and very comfortable.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely words. We are happy that you had such a good time here at Finnich cottages. All the best Marguerite
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
in village of Croftamie
Nearest Ferry
55 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Strathendrick Golf Club, Buchanan Castle Golf Clu
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Main Station Glasgow
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
The Old Mill , Killearn
Nearest Beach
60 Miles
Car: necessary

Finnich Steading cottages are perfectly placed for visitors to explore some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland. The Loch Lomond National Park provides a huge range of outdoor activities including water sports, hiking and biking. The famous West Highalnd Way passes through the charming village of Drymen a short distance away. Riding, golf on a variety of courses and fishing on the river Endrick can all be arranged nearby. The local area provides a range of friendly pubs and small restaurants, art galleries, a range of shops, and an excellent medical centre.

Glengoyne Distillery is only 3 miles away and caters for visitors seven days a week. Alternatively visitors may just want to relax in the peaceful surroundings and enjoy the woodlands and countryside of the estate and the many walking paths close by. The cottages are perfect for family holidays. Children will love the freedom the grounds provide and pets are welcome if warning is given in advance.

Other Activities: Boating of all types on Loch Lomond; Walking, West Highalnd Way 4 miles


Rates & Availability

Stirling Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Autumn
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 28 2016
3 night minimum stay
Oct 29 2016 - Dec 16 2016
3 night minimum stay
Feb 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Easter period
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 7 2017
3 night minimum stay
Apr 8 2017 - Apr 21 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early Spring
Apr 22 2017 - May 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
May holidays
May 6 2017 - Jun 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 28 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Peak Season
Jul 29 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Early Autumn
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 29 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
October holidays
Sep 30 2017 - Oct 31 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $26
Refundable damage deposit $61

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For short stays please contact the owner for availability and rates.

Monthly bookings will get a 25% discount

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Stirling Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (terraced)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 44 m²
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Modern bathroom with a corner shower cubicle with strong shower. Basin, vanity unit, some shelves and a WC.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Bedroom with large double bed (can also be separated into twin beds as it is 'zipped and linked' ) two bedside tables with lamps, wardrobe and dressing table
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Beach Chairs
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Finnich Steading Cottages lie at the southern edge of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park which is the 4th largest park in the British Isles. With its romantic scenery, diverse wildlife and vast choice of outdoor activities available, there is something here for everyone! For those who just want to relax, the peace and tranquillity of the Finnich Estate with woodland walks and an easy stroll up to view points to Loch Lomond and the Highlands is all you could wish for. Walking - the National Park and the surrounding hills provide a full range of routes to suit all abilities, from strolls along the shores of Loch Lomond to climbing to the peak of Ben Lomond. The West Highland Way also passes through the nearby village of Drymen. Cycling - Mountain Biking on routes throughout the National Park or more leisurely cycling between the many places of interest including the West Loch Cycle Path. Water Sports - Loch Lomond provides a full range of aquatic sports from sail

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