Balgedie Lodge - one of the most beautiful places we have ever been. Homely, cosy, warm. I loved the smell of the old piano in the living room. Whilst playing on it I wondered how many hearts his beautiful sound touched. We adored the tender light and warmth of the fireplace in the windy evenings. And I never enjoyed washing the dishes so much as in Balgedie Lodge (although there was a dishwasher ;)) with for me the most beautiful view in the world, the view on Loch Leven. The house welcomed us warmly in any possible way and we felt like home there. Thank you Shona for your kindness and patience you had with all of my requests and questions :) And thank you Mary for your warm welcome and your help during our stay there. We had a perfect time and I recommend it to everyone from all of my hearth. Thank you again for everything, thank you Scotland for welcoming us so open hearted and friendly, hugs and kisses from Slovenia :) Nina, Denis, Tin and Tevž
Shona and Mary were gems to work with. They were accomodating and offered information that was so helpful to us as foreign visitors. The cottage was comfortable and plenty of space for our family of 4. On the few days it rained, staying in to relax in such a cozy place was a perfect option. The grounds were nicely kept and although a bit of a drive from the airport it was nice to get away from the hussle and bussle of Edinburgh. I would gladly rent the cottage again and will pass along 5 star recommendations to everyone I know visiting Scotland.
A few pointers for those visiting from the states (absolutely nothing against the cottage or owner), be prepared to have electrical converters, I came with 3 and a power strip. It was just enought due to multiple rooms. Grocery stores ask you for number of bags you will need and charge about 5 pence each. If you have reusable totes bring them along. I bought some bags at a store and left them in my car rental in case I stopped while out and about. in the US most people use reusable totes just to back off on landfill, so not that big of a deal. Be aware if you are visiting during any festival that there are multiple streets that are blocked from traffic. The GPS we rented sent us down many of those so we needed to reroute multiple times.
The accommodation at Balgedie Lodge was excellent - very spacious and comfortable with lots of attention to detail. The sun room had fantastic views over the loch and was a great room to relax in after long walks in the area; the sunsets were fantastic. Lots to do around Kinross - plenty of good walks, Loch Leven Castle is worth a visit, and the Kelpies and Falkirk Wheel are close by. We were a large family group staying at both the lodge and the house and both properties easily accommodated all 19 of us. Both properties were immaculate. We would definitely stay here again. and would highly recommend both Balgedie Lodge and Balgedie House.
We - a family of 4 - spend a great time in Gate Lodge which - in contrary to many other cottages we stayed before - became a holiday-home for us. The cottage offers plenty of space and is tastefully furnished.
But let me describe the lodge in detail:
All beds are very comfortable, the master bedroom has a very nice view to the garden.
I must admit that I really enjoyed cooking there (usually I don't like it....) It was fully equipped with everything we needed and even more (a sandwich-maker, how cool is that?!) The big fridge and the big freezer were very useful as we could do a weekly shopping and store all the stuff in the kitchen. And of course a dishwasher and a washing machine (both very clean) make life easy while you're on holiday ;-) The view from the kitchen window even turned the washing up into delight :-)
It's a bright clean bathroom... for Germans the pull switches for light and shower are quite uncommon and without Shona's help we would probably not have been able to switch on the electric heater (yes, switches in a socket are also quite uncommon for us) but it was all working fine.
The living room:
2 comfortable sofas, a rocking chair, a TV, a ready-to-use- fireplace and a piano even with sheet music for beginners.... the kids had fun
The sun room:
Our favourite room. The views down to the lake are simply stunning and it was fascinating to see how they changed during the course of the day. We absolutely enjoyed sitting there, having a cup of tea, reading or playing one of the board games.
A charming well kept garden with lots and lots of colourful flowers - and of course - thistles. Unfortunately it was too cold to sit outside and make a BBQ or have lunch at the sheltered sitting area but I'm sure it would have been nice....
Many different attractions can be reached within 20 min (e.g. Falkland Palace, Loch Leven Castle, Dunfermline). Much to our surprise we found that even Edinburgh is only 35 minutes away. We went to North Queensferry by car (about 20 min), got on the train, crossed the amazing Forth Rail Bridge and arrived in Waverly Station within 15 minutes, it was just perfect. (Before our stay at Gate Lodge we spent 3 days in Edinburgh. We had a hotel in Leith and the bus took 30 minutes to take us to the old town....)
Many thanks to Shona for such a warm welcome and the tasty basket on the kitchen table. She was a perfect host, always helpful and even our daughter could understand her without any problems. We were all sad when we left and would absolutely not hesitate to come back on our next Scotland trip.
We had a wonderful stay! The weather was great, almost sunny and blue skies. We did a couple of trips to explore Scotland: In Fort William we took the Jacobite Steam Train; we saw Eilean Donan Castle; and at Loch Ness we found Nessie only in the souvenir shop! The cities of Edinburgh and St Andrews were great to visit too. Every day we were happy to return to the lovely and warm designed cottage with its great view over Loch Leven. The house as well as the garden is very well maintained. We really enjoyed the time here with our three children. The contact with Shona was always good and friendly and we always got a prompt answer. We will definitely recommend this to our friends. Thanks again for the wonderful week!