Loved this little cottage in a perfect location. Brilliant place for two with everything you’d need (bedroom is a little small but we spread upstairs with our stuff!!).
We enjoyed a meal out on the decking, especially since the weather was SO HOT - could only sit in the living room for 1/2 hour even with all the velux windows open!! Strange to be so hot in Scotland!
Aberfoyle is fine with a decent sized Co-op, various cafes and pubs. We hired bikes and explored the area too.
Ps. We love what Dukes Cottage was before - brilliant reuse!!
Stayed at Duke's cottage for 4 nights. For the most part the accomodation was good, functional and had everything we needed. However, we think the house needs a little TLC, looking cruffy in places. Also, the house could have been cleaned more thoroughly prior to our arrival, there were hairs in the shower plughole and rug in bedroom, several areas with dust and cobwebs, and grill dirty. Saying that, we enjoyed the lounge area and the location is fine, although Aberfoyle also a bit shabby.
Me and my husband stayed for 9 nights at Duke's Cottage. It was very lovely and we enjoyed the nature around. The cottage is well equiped, very clean and we had all what we needed.Thanks to Sarah and Andy for our lovely holidays. We want to come back!
A lovely little base to explore the area from. You'll get an email the day before with details to access the cottage which unfortunately I missed in the rush to get ready and a frantic phone call to the owner as we arrived after a delayed 7 hour drive here was promptly returned by the owner and all was well, so check your emails! If you want amazing views from your holiday accommodation this probably isn't the place for you, looking out of the velux windows there's some nice views of the hills and again on the decking area but we wanted a base to come back to at the end of the day and wander to the pub/ shop without driving and that'd be cosy if we just wanted to stay in- so it's exactly that. The cottage is over 3 levels and has everything you need, lots of towels, hairdryer (gets a bit hot so be careful) which is good and it's handy having a washing machine. The log burner makes the lounge lovely and cosy. You can buy extra fuel from the village. There is wifi and lots of useful leaflets to plan days out/ walks. The cottage is bright and airy(the velux windows are lovely) and the space is cleverly used and perfect for us as a couple (and Kizzy the dog). Parking is on the street but on the opposite side of the road and no issue. The shower isn't particularly great (more of a drizzle than the powerful blast you'd appreciate after a day walking) and the mattress on the bed isn't particularly comfortable, neither is the futon one in the living area upstairs. The upstairs toilet is a great idea. If the owners sorted the shower/ mattresses out it'd be 5 stars for me as a great base. In terms of location, Aberfoyle is small but again has all you really need. If you want pub crawls/ lots of places to eat it's not for you as there's only one pub- but it's a great pub (the Forth Inn) with decent food (@£20for a steak and @£10 for a burger so more like restaurant prices) and they do a cracking full Scottish breakfast for @£7.00. Very friendly and very dog friendly. There's a great cafe for amazing cake/ lunches, a bistro/ bar (not been in yet) a chippy (nice) the butchers do lovely meat and pies and generally good grub, the Co op stocks all you'll likely need and is only 2 min walk away and doesn't shut until 10pm. Sadly the garden centre is closing down. There's the Wool centre for gifts etc. Amazing scenery can be found a brief drive up the road the cottage sits on, the 3 Lochs drive (one way road) is stunning, as is Loch Katrine and try The Lodge for coffee with a real view. Drive the other way away from the cottage past the village school towards Loch Lomond and the MacDonald Hotel, again, stunning views. All in all a brilliant location to explore a wonderful place from. We'll be back unless I win the lottery, in which case we're relocating!!