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Balvaig River Log Cabin, with wood burning stove, alpine charm on water's edge

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2 bedrooms
1 bathroom
5 guests
Minimum stay varies
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Our lovely log cabin is situated in a wonderful setting, overlooking a river a stroll from the beautiful highland village of Strathyre. Nestled amongst majestic mountains with magical woods and scenic lochs, you’ll find yourself immersed in the best rugged beauty and wild landscapes that the Trossachs National Park has to offer. This is a location where you can truly unwind and enjoy life’s simple pleasures but once refreshed and restored, it provides a great base for exploring. The open beamed accommodation is over two floors with a comfortable lounge with log burner, dining area, modern kitchen and shower room on the ground floor. This open plan layout is great for allowing everyone to interact whilst catering and kids can escape upstairs. A spiral staircase leads to two bedrooms, ...Our lovely log cabin is situated in a wonderful setting, overlooking a river a stroll from the beautiful highland village of Strathyre. Nestled amongst majestic mountains with magical woods and scenic lochs, you’ll find yourself immersed in the best rugged beauty and wild landscapes that the Trossachs National Park has to offer. This is a location where you can truly unwind and enjoy life’s simple pleasures but once refreshed and restored, it provides a great base for exploring. The open beamed accommodation is over two floors with a comfortable lounge with log burner, dining area, modern kitchen and shower room on the ground floor. This open plan layout is great for allowing everyone to interact whilst catering and kids can escape upstairs. A spiral staircase leads to two bedrooms, the double bedroom has a lovely balcony with a splendid outlook to the mountains and seating for enjoying your morning coffee or to take in some amazing star gazing. The triple bedroom has fabulous views over the river and towards the village. The wonderful wood burning stove is the focal point, radiating warmth throughout and adding to the rustic alpine ambience. A veritable home from home, we can't think of anything you might miss. We provide logs for your stay and our cupboards are well stocked with all your kitchen staples. Even in poor weather there's plenty of entertainment with smart tvs, fibre broadband and a great selection of dvds, Wii, Playstation and board games. Set in a tranquil picturesque estate, in an area of outstanding natural beauty, it's a great place to relax and just drink in the scenery. Red squirrels are frequent visitors to our bird feeders. Children love exploring the grounds which offer lots of space to run around enjoying the wild, rural countryside. Around the cabin there are extensive grassy areas and the River Balvaig flows by our door where you can cast a line. You are licensed to use two rods from the river bank, mostly for brown trout. There's a little shingle beach by the cabin where you can launch kayaks, with nearby sailing and other watersports at Loch Earn. The cabin is also in a superb location for cycling so bring (or hire) bikes since the tracks leave right from the door. You can take up the Bliss Trail from here - an award winning sculpture trail. If walking's your thing, you have access to gentle walks along the loch or to the neighbouring village of Balquhidder or more challenging hikes uphill! The woods around Strathyre are dog heaven too! The Cabin is located very close to local amenities with shop/off licence, three lively hostelries, cafe, etc, just a short stroll away. For families, there's a playpark, tennis/recreation ground and an indoor pool/spa, sports courts and climbing wall in the bustling Trossachs metropolis of Callander with its plentiful tearooms and shops. Safari park, wildlife centres and working/petting farm are just a short drive. Water sports centres and canoe and bike hire nearby. Indeed, all the sporting and wildlife watching opportunities of the national park are easily accessible. There's all manner of sighting opportunities with bushcraft, tracking, navigation and wildlife observation days available or you could try a landrover safari outing to spot deer or maybe an eagle. The area offers a wide range of activities for families and children, including: Junior Ranger trails and Bushman fun in the forest. Wilderness trails, Twilight walk, Bike Hire, Canoe Safari and Geocaching and much more. 'Total Wipeout' fans can don a wetsuit and have a go at conquering an iceberg themselves at 'Go Country' and for a bit of monkey business there's 'Go Ape', an aerial treetop walkway with UK's biggest zip wire. Excellent golf courses afford fantastic views and pony trekking can be arranged. For foodies, a visit to Monachyle Mhor and Mhor 84 (Scottish gastropub of the year with its weekly folk sessions) in Balquhidder glen (2 mile walk) is a must (as well as their fish and bakery outposts in Callander). Strathyre is well served locally having three pubs, all serving great food, cafe and even an ice cream parlour in the village. The cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Perth are easily reached and it's perfectly possible to visit a west coast island, Glencoe or Loch Ness for the day. With numerous delightful villages and attractive towns to visit, you'll find a myriad of sights to see and things to do. There are umpteen delightful days out to different lochs but of special note is the paddle steamer around Loch Katrine or a cruise on Loch Lomond. Uncover the history by visiting an impressive selection of castles and don't miss Rob Roy's grave when you're in the heart of his homeland.More
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About the Owner
Karen K
Languages spoken:English, French
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:April 2012
Interaction with guests
I look forward to greeting you personally on arrival and will be able to give you some pointers on what there is to see and do in the area. Before you arrive, I'm happy to provide you with lots of info and links to help you with your advance research. I am contactable throughout your stay to answer any queries and, in the unlikely event of any arising, to resolve any problems.
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Reviewed 2 September 2019 via mobile

We booked this trip at the last minute not having done any research on the area for myself and my family with 2 children under 15 years old. Karen provided loads of information on activities in the area. The location did not disappoint. The lodge...More

Date of stay: August 2019
Thank Thebeefmyster
Reviewed 4 February 2019 via mobile

Thank you for a warm welcome and ensuring all our needs were met. Karen and Alex are fantastic hosts and we had a great week at the cabin. A truly wonderful Christmas break and one we will remember for a long time. Thank you for...More

Date of stay: December 2018
Thank Cheryl H
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Date of stay: September 2018
Reviewed 14 August 2018

Balvaig is a lovely fully equipped log cabin set in the quite village of Strathyre. Next to the fast-flowing river, the forests, the hills. Our Kids had a great time paddling, fishing and exploring the nature all around, and had day trips to Stirling Castle,...More

Date of stay: August 2018
Thank Donald E
Reviewed 10 August 2018 via mobile

On arrival, we were met by the owners who diligently explained the day to day runnings of their lodge. We were instantly made to feel welcome with their warm hospitality and from their relaxed interior decor. Living abroad means we regularly rent properties when we...More

Date of stay: July 2018
Thank Melody F
Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Highchair
Towels Provided
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Private Garden
Cycling Trips
Water Park Nearby
Hairdryer
TV
Parking
Shared Garden
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Playground
Horse Riding Nearby
Shared Tennis Court
Internet Access
VCR
Toaster
Swingset
Cooker
Grill
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Private Fishing Lake/River
Fishing Nearby
Water Views
Dryer
Dishwasher
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Iron
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Balcony
Mountain Views
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Watersports Nearby
Terrace
Fireplace
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About the neighbourhood
The hills, glens and rivers of this gorgeous area afford vistas that will stop you in your tracks - bring your camera! However, these magnificent highland landscapes are not just for looking at, they offer terrific outdoor adventures, for example: Cycling - explore a section of the Glasgow-Inverness cycleway. Mountain bikers are spoilt for choice. Rent a mountain bike from the outdoor centre. Ski touring and climbing equipment is also available. Kayakers can enjoy testing their paddling mettle A treasure trove of wildlife experiences to be discovered, try a Highland Safari trip where you're bound to see deer or spot an osprey swoop for trout on the lochs Visit the old spa town of Crieff, the conservation village of Comrie in Strathearn, historic Dunkeld and Birnam (of Shakespea...
Getting around
Travellers from the south M6 onto A74(M) then M74 heading towards Glasgow. Exit M74 at J4 onto the M73 signposted Stirling, Glasgow. Take M80 signposted 'Stirling'. Merge onto the M9 signposted 'Perth'. Leave the M9 at J10. Take 2nd exit A84 on roundabout signposted 'Crainlarich/Callander'. Continue for 25 miles (40 km) through Doune and Callander until you reach Strathyre. From the South via Edinburgh: A720 City By-pass headed for Glasgow M8 and Stirling M9. Take the M8 turn-off towards Glasgow. At J2 leave M8 and take the M9 towards Stirling. Leave M9 at J10. Ferries: Amsterdam to Newcastle upon Tyne (with DFDS) By Air: Both Edinburgh and Glasgow are well served by Ryanair and Easyjet.
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