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“Scenic and affordable winter break” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Forest Holidays Strathyre, Scotland

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Callander, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park FK17 8HF, Scotland   |  
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“Scenic and affordable winter break”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

Hmm, the access road? horrendous! huge jarring potholes - 4x4 recommended.

We arrived from Lancashire long before the 4pm checking in time as severe weather had been forecast but when we enquired, from the lovely reception staff, 4pm it was, which seems rather late in the day to us, do they really need that six hour turnaround!!? anyway we amused ourselves with Stirling castle (been stripped out and turned into an education centre, imo )

Got the keys, parked up at a designated spot, some distance and down steps and a slope from the cabin, cabin 28 might not be for the less mobile!
Exciting spectacular location, loved being the end cabin - no hot tub or log fire in Copper Beech but at £155.40 Mon to Fri., it was well worth it, however, to have our two dogs with us cost another £64!! which is a complete rip off!

The cabin could do with a bit of a refurb, it's basically good, just a touch shabby, very uncomfortable seating in the lounge, taps don't turn, bulb out, TV didn't work properly, kitchen a tad tired, floors need attention, etc., just smallish niggles but it was clean, comfy and cosy and none of these things affected our pleasure at being there honestly.

There's a distinct lack of light pollution, wonderful view of the sky at night

It had snowed and the views, WOW, deer in the morning, glint off the lake, birds a plenty dense forest, these things alone are worth the trip but there's so very much more - the silence, the surrounding landscapes, walks, drives, places of interest and cute little shops, I didn't realise how wonderful Scotland could be.
I'd go again, potholes or no potholes, lol.

...just a few more things to say, I can't stress enough how important it is to choose your cabin carefully, you could end up with one overlooking the car park! No privacy at all, I'd have hated to be there! - and bear in mind, Mon to Fri means Mon from 4pm till Fri 10am, this is three and a half days in effect, feels very short, so book for longer guys, lol
..and if you want some peace and quiet, bear in mind the term times (there's a play area after all!) I would imagine the site could be rather noisy in summer

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Amanda_Clarke_FH, Guest Relations Manager at Forest Holidays Strathyre, Scotland, responded to this review, April 2, 2013
Thank you for your kind and constructive comments following your recent break at Strathyre. Your description of the forest in the snow and the surrounding views is quite inspiring. We have noted your comments about the need for refurbishment and will be doing so in the near future. I hope you will return soon.
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Perth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

We booked a 4 night break at the end of Jan through the forest holidays website.

We got it for £190 including the dog. This was absolutely outstanding value for the price we paid. However, I would say the cabin was not up to standard for the prices charged in the summer months. Just little bits and bobs such as the freezer door being broken and flipping down on us every time we opened the fridge, the instructions for the cooker were written on the cooker in a marker pen because they'd worn off, stains on the duvet covers and very poor quality bedding. Thankfully we took our own duvets and pillows.

The price without pooch would have been £150 and I fully agree with the other comments on here that forest holidays really cannot justify charging £10 a day to have your dog in your cabin - esp when they don't even clean the cabins through out your stay. They need to reduce this to max £5 as it does feel they are being greedy.

In terms of our contact with staff, they were very friendly and helpful when we saw them. However, when we did report our issue with the fridge, we were told that they were understaff, had lots of issues to fix so might get to us at some point. Not really great customer service as they could have just popped round with some tape. As I said the staff were great, but I think Forest Holidays just need to employ more of them.

There are three lovely walks that you can take from your door step. These were a real plus for the site.

The road does have a lot of pot holes but it is nowhere near as bad as some people on here make it out to be. Yes it is an embarassment to Forest Holidays and you do need to drive along it slowly, but you are coming out to the country and we have had a lot of tarmac wreaking bad winters recently. Thanks to driving slowly we spotted 6 red deer hanging out in a field just off the road. At the price we paid, I have no complaints about the site, but if I was paying the high season rates you would understandably be disappointed with the road.

In short, it is a fab place to some to in the winter when prices are low to read lots of books, watch some movies, have early nights and take your dog for lovely walks. Book a cooper beech and just fill your car with home comforts to take with you.

Room Tip: We had cooper beech cabin 25. It had lovely views out over the water and we could park our car right...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Amanda_Clarke_FH, Guest Relations Manager at Forest Holidays Strathyre, Scotland, responded to this review, April 2, 2013
Thank you for your review following your recent 4 night break with Forest Holidays at Strathyre. I am pleased you felt the holiday was value for money and that you enjoyed the winter forest. We are aware that the little details matter and we are currently rolling out a programme to refresh and refurbish all of our cabins. We hope you will visit again soon.
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

On first impressions we were slightly disappointed as our view from our Golden Oak cabin was the car park and shop, not what were expected from a 'forest retreat'. Also due to the number of cabins surrounding us we had to keep most of our curtains closed throughout our visit (as did others we saw) as people could see right in the windows. We've used Forest Holidays before and stayed at the cabins in Keldy Forest, and you were nice and secluded, so this was not what we were expecting.

However, apart from that the cabin was lovely and we really enjoyed the hot tub, using it twice most days! You have everything in the kitchen you need and it was very clean (apart from the two huge toe nails on the bedroom floor).

The approach road was definitely as bad as people had warned, however, we took it incredibly slow and were fine.

We did one of the site walks, we started on the red but moved over to the yellow/green as I wanted a more leasurely stroll. The view was stunning. We drove Dukes Pass and we would definitiely recommend it.

It did rain most days we were there however we still had a fantastic time. It really showed us how beautiful Scotland was when it still looked stunning in the rain.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Amanda_Clarke_FH, Guest Relations Manager at Forest Holidays Strathyre, Scotland, responded to this review, April 2, 2013
Thank you for your review following your recent stay with us at Forest Holidays. We have to agree with you, Scotland is beautiful, even in the rain. I am pleased that you found the cabin comfortable and cosy, if a little too open. We do allow guests to specify cabins for a small extra charge so next time you book, please do bear that in mind to guarantee your seclusion and privacy.
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Denbigh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Been twice – February 2011 and February 2012. Pros: Lovely setting, especially siting in the hot tub looking at the snow on the mountain opposite. We’ve visited a number of these forest sites and this is certainly the most scenic. Always stayed in old style golden oaks – sometimes 6 bed, sometimes 4 bed. Golden Oak 6 bed are better than 4 bed –the extra bedroom in the 6 bed is the front over the kitchen and has big window – much nicer than 4 bed – and a nicer bathroom. And the bedroom means the kitchen ceiling is lower which means lighting in the kitchen is better at night. Electric heating is good. Site is accessed down a private drive a mile long so very private, but only a few miles of Callander so not isolated. Good number of walks from the site: along the old railway to Strathyre village or the other way the Callander, several routes in the forest and up the mountain behind the cabins. More on the opposite side of the loch. We loved the chocolate pizzas available from the Retreat which can be delivered to your cabin. Retreat has a shop with small range of items, though expensive – but you expect that. Cons: poor site maintenance; the electrical connector for the heated towel rail in the shower room was broken in 2011, I put some tape on it and reported it to reception. We visited the same cabin 12 months later and they hadn’t replaced my temporary repair. There are always several blown bulbs in every cabin we visit – do they never check them? The drive is in need of maintenance – loads of potholes. Hot tub was leaking so we had to keep topping up. Previous year there was a problem with the pump. Lighting in golden oak lounges very poor at night. Log burner gives off no heat and goes through a bag of logs in no time.

Room Tip: We had a pet friendly gold oak at the far end on the track back up the hill - can't remember if...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Amanda_Clarke_FH, Guest Relations Manager at Forest Holidays Strathyre, Scotland, responded to this review, April 2, 2013
Thank you for such a comprehensive and helpful review of our Strathyre location. As regular Forest Holidays guests your comments are very welcome and I am sure very useful to other holiday makers. With regards to the details that need attention, we are grateful to you for pointing them out. Our ongoing maintenance and repair programmes have been improved and we will continue to look at ways to get even better. I hope we will be welcoming you back to Forest Holidays again soon.
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glasgow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

We had a fantastic stay on the 7th January 2013 from Mon to Fri. We stayed in a golden beech cabin. They were spotless and we loved the open plan feel of the place. We paid 171 pounds through Hoseasons, fantastic value for money. The access road is not a problem what are they all whingeing about, just take it slow. Loved the setting. The weather was quite good for the time of year. We hired bikes on site and cycled to Strathyre and had lunch. Another day we walked to Callander and had lunch. We also visited Stirling castle. Highly recommended and the setting would be hard to beat and the staff were a delight.

Room Tip: Cant remember the number.. 28 maybe but was the very last cabin heading into the forest.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Amanda_Clarke_FH, Guest Relations Manager at Forest Holidays Strathyre, Scotland, responded to this review, April 2, 2013
Thank you for your review following your stay at Strathyre at the beginning of the year. I am pleased you enjoyed the cabin, the setting and the location, and got such a bargain too! I hope you will be visiting us again soon.
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

We returned home on 25th january after our third year in a row staying at the cabins. We chose a Golden Oak over our usual Silver Birch as a hot tub & log burner are necessities for us & I was made aware that log burners are being removed from the cheaper cabin type (I think this is a mistake as we go as one couple & this could put us off in future as the stays become more expensive). The Golden Oak's main bedroom & en-suite bathroom are lovely cosy rooms & waking up to that snowy view will stay with us. The setting & staff are excellent but a couple of issues mean the cabins fall short of 5 stars. Although the cabins are solid & well built they are becoming increasingly shabby with damaged decor & missing items. For example there were lamps & shades missing & the lights in the hottub were broken. The main issue for us other than having to book the more expensive cabin type has to be the access road. You obviously can't expect a pefect tarred road but the surface has worsened over the last 3 visits to the point where I was concerned I would damage my car no matter how slow I took it. This will put us off extending our breaks here to a fourth year until we are sure this has been remedied. We do have sympathy for the staff who have to travel the road every day.

We stayed in Cabin 2 & were also visited daily by a wee Robin that has obviously worked out how to get a good feed the easy way! We would also recommend either a scenic hour's walk or a short drive to the Lade Inn for a meal & a pint. Easily my wife's favourite boozer.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amanda_Clarke_FH, Guest Relations Manager at Forest Holidays Strathyre, Scotland, responded to this review, April 2, 2013
Thank you for your review following your recent stay with us in Strathyre. It is always a pleasure to welcome returning guests and I am pleased that you enjoyed your holiday. Your comments with regard to the general maintenance of the cabins and the driveway have been noted and you will be pleased to hear that we are rolling out a programme of refurbishment over the coming months. We are keeping an eye on the driveway and will take steps to improve it, although, as you point out, we want to keep it natural.
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Having enjoyed many holidays at both Strathyre and Argyle went to book again today to find that have increased their 'dog surcharge" form £3 per night which we paid in January 2012 to £10 per night.

I phoned customer services and they claimed the rate increased this month (jan 2013) from £8- £10. Friends booked cabin at Strathyre in October 2012 and paid inly £21 for their dog for the week.
Iam astounded at Forest Holidays stance. I could book my dogs into kennels where they are fed and walked 3 times a day for £10. What do forest holidays supply for £10. Absolutely nothing.

Whilst I accept the needs for a nominal fee to cover additional cleaning £10 per dog per day is exorbitant.

I suspect Forest Holidays are trying to pice dog owners out of their properties why else charge so much,

Having stayed at Strathyre several times previously the level of cleaning has always left something to be desired so I for one will not be holidaying with them again and will be shouting long and hard about this form of doggie discrimination.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Amanda_Clarke_FH, Guest Relations Manager at Forest Holidays Strathyre, Scotland, responded to this review, April 2, 2013
Thank you for your review following your recent stay with Forest Holidays at Strathyre. I am sorry to hear that our charges for dogs have put you off. Please may I assure you that we absolutely welcome dogs, but we have found that our costs associated with cleaning and maintaining our dog friendly cabins were not being covered by the charges. We certainly don’t have a plan to price dogs out of our sites! One way around the issue is to keep an eye on our website for special deals and offers, which we update on a regular basis. These can offer great value for money even when you add in the extra cost of bringing the dog. I do hope you will come back to us again in the future.
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Address: Callander, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park FK17 8HF, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park > Callander
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #2 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Callander
Number of rooms: 35
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