|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
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.
On line booking on own website : www.finnichcottages.com
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.
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 finnichcottages.com purchased this cottage in 1992
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.
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.
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.
a great place lovely countryside
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.
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.
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.
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.
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