Balgedie House & Lodge
Midway between Edinburgh and Perth, on the edge of the Lomond Hills, Balgedie House and Balgedie Lodge overlook Loch Leven, Scotland's largest lowland loch. Balgedie House is a landmark, six-bedroom historic house; the Lodge is a cosy three-bedroom cottage that was originally a gate house; and both have been sensitively refurbished to make two ultra-comfortable holiday homes that make the most of the spectacular views of the loch and the hills beyond, in the midst of some of central Scotland's most stunning countryside.
Balgedie House sleeps 12, the Lodge 5, and although they are usually rented separately you can rent both if you're looking for somewhere to host a large gathering (together they can, if needed, sleep up to 22 people). Well-behaved pets are welcome as well.
Balgedie House has six bedrooms (3 double, 3 twin) and four bathrooms, a large and well-equipped kitchen-diner (with Nespresso machine and slow cooker among the usual mod cons), a dual-aspect living room and a separate TV and playroom out the back. The Lodge has three bedrooms, a sitting room with open fire, an equally well-equipped kitchen, a sunroom with views over the loch, and a garden with patio and barbecue. Wifi is available in both properties and the owners are happy to lay on anything from a food delivery to sourcing a babysitter or dog-watcher.
Both properties are perfect places to hunker down and do nothing much, though they also make excellent walking holiday cottages. There are more nearby routes and hikes than you could ever possibly do (the Michael Bruce Way, named after the local poet, starts nearby, and there's a heritage trail around the loch), as well as bike rides, fishing and lots of golf courses. You're also within driving distance of the Fife coastline and its beaches and fishing villages, and there are castles, palaces and historic sites galore – the ruins of the island castle where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned are accessible on the loch, as is her favourite country seat, Falkland Palace – while Perth, St Andrews and even Edinburgh and Stirling are all easily seen on day trips.
There is a good local pub just half a mile away, plus a village shop and deli, and it's only 4 miles to the pleasant local market town of Kinross. All in all, it's the perfect location for enjoying one of Scotland's most beautiful regions, and an unusually accessible one too.
Balgedie House costs £1,400–£2,200 per week; short breaks out of peak season cost from £980. Balgedie Lodge costs £410–£620 per week; short breaks from £290. To rent both houses together, and have access to the whole estate, costs £1,750–£2,750 per week; short breaks from £1,225. A supplement applies over Christmas and New Year. Pets cost £20 per animal.
Available all year.
Balgedie House comfortably sleeps 12 in 6 bedrooms (3 double, 3 twins) but they are happy to take less; Balgedie Lodge sleeps 5 in a double, a twin and a single room.
Balgedie House & Lodge, Easter Balgedie Kinross KY13 9HQ
Coming from the South, leave the M90 at junction 6, take the exit through Kinross, following signs to Loch Leven's Larder and travel about 4 miles east on the A911. Coming form the North, leave the M90 at junction 7, take the exit through Milnathort, travel about 4 miles southeast on the A911, Milnathort to Glenrothes road. Once on the A911, pass the Balgedie Toll Tavern (on your left), and the Easter Balgedie sign, and they are the first driveway on the left. Staying at Balgedie Lodge, simply park inside the gates; staying at Balgedie House, continue up the drive all the way to the top.
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