Farmhouse in Gartmore, Stirlingshire, Central Scotland - Peaceful Rural Location
About Rosie Lang
Back Borland Holiday Cottages is run by Rosie Lang and her husband Dave. We provide great holiday accommodation, friendly service, in an amazing location.
Rosie Lang purchased this Farmhouse in 2003
Why Rosie Lang chose Stirling
Stunning location with high degree of privacy. Extremely centrally located. Loch Lomond 20 mins / 10 miles Glasgow 45 mins / 26 miles Stirling 30 mins / 20 miles Edinburgh 1 hour / 50 miles
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Peace and quiet, coupled with excellent leisure facilities seldom found shared between only 2 cottages.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
What a location!
Nice property overall. Clean and comfy. Could be nicer if the garden was weeded and the exterior painted etc. Also, conservatory is unbearably hot and could benefit from blinds. Owners are lovely and the hot tub and pool were great for our family. The track is poor but as long as you go really slow you should be ok (even in a low vehicle).
The location is superb. So many lovely day trips available and the lakeside amenities are so clean and organised yet quiet. Really impressed.
Perfect stay if you want to visit the nearby lochs.
A fantastic stay for two families.
Our group comprised two couples with infants. The excellent layout of the house ensured we had near perfect stay - a big open light space in the 'heart' of the house meant we could socialise together in a way that never felt cramped - hanging out in the kitchen, dining area and living room, but also being able to enjoy the privacy and peace of having the bedrooms well apart. This meant that once the kids were in bed we didn't have to worry about keeping the noise down!
The pool and hot tub were excellent features and brilliant for the grown ups and the 5 month old baby to use.
Other thoughts... it's a fairly remote area and (pleasingly, for us) challenging to reach! I'd probably recommend a 4 wheel drive for the track, but it's not essential. We would also like to have had a fly zapper installed, as the wet summer weather certainly brought the flies out in their droves! If the weather had been warmer, we would have used the pretty outdoor space at the rear of the property, although this might have been curtailed by the smell from the neighbouring chicken coop. It is a farm, so you're going to get that I suppose.
It's stunning and unique and I recommend it.
Would recommend for a chill out break
Lovely accommodation, clean, comfortable, spacious and homely. Fire was amazing. Great touch with the home made pancakes and bottle of prosecco on arrival. Exercise pool and jacuzzi was great. The path from the house to the pool/jacuzzi, due to the rain, was muddy and slippy and the pool room could do with a bit of TLC. We will definitely go back. Oh, and as mentioned in other reviews the road leading to the house is bad with pot holes but it's worth it when you get there.
Lovely place to stay for relaxing
Road to byre from main road is really bad.
Thanks for the review, and we're glad you liked the cottage and had a relaxing time.
We are aware that the track is a rough farm track, which is why it's mentioned in all our advertising. As it doesn't belong to us, we are very limited by what we can do to improve matters, but most normal cars cope with it fine as long as it's taken slowly. The upside is that when you arrive, there's a very high degree of privacy, complete peace and quiet, and stunning views - especially from the hot tub!
A brilliant family cottage
The house was perfect for 8 adults and looked just like the photos. The open plan living space was perfect to keep everyone together, whether cooking, relaxing or playing games. There was plenty of crockery and cutlery for everybody, the beds were comfortable and the welcome freshly made warm carrot cake made by Rosie was so nice. The sitting area had plenty of tables and seats and the log burner kept the room warm and toasty too. The kitchen area was well equipped, and it was great to have a big fridge and freezer for 8 hungry people. However the icing on the week was the pool and hot tub. Sitting in the rain or snow and feeling warm and relaxed was a great way to unwind after long walks, GoApe or any of the many activities in the area. We would also recommend the Black Bull and community run shop in Gartmore, as well as the amazing butchers in Aberfoyle. We would definitely come back to Back Borland Cottages!
Thanks so much for your warm and heartfelt review, Gill! It was lovely to meet you all, and it’s a joy to see people enjoying themselves as much as you clearly did! We look forward to welcoming you back next time.
Rosie and Dave
perfect family getaway house
8 of my family had an amazing long weekend in this fabulous home. It is extremely spacious and plenty of privacy for multiple couples sharing.
The house is gorgeous and is kitted out with a brilliant wood burner and even better outdoor hot-tub with epic views.
We went on various different walks each with incredible viewpoints. Everybody had a fantastic time. I highly recommend.
The owner Rosie is extremely nice to deal with.
Glasgow and Edinburgh airports both about 1 hours drive. Car essential. Free parking.
Stirling 20 miles
Glasgow 26 miles
Edinburgh 50 miles
Fantastic central location for reaching lochs, mountains, cities, castles. Loch Lomond just 15 minutes drive; water sports and pony trekking both available locally. Good village pub.