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“My favourite B&B! Wish we could've stayed longer.” 5 of 5 stars
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Auchencarroch Road, Balloch, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G83 9LU, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #1 of 24 Balloch B&B and Inns
Toronto, Canada
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“My favourite B&B! Wish we could've stayed longer.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013 via mobile

Hands-down the best place to stay if you want to be doing things in the Loch Lomond area. We had the pleasure of meeting everyone in the family, and all of them made us feel completely at home. Margaret wasn't in when we arrived, so Kirsty (her daughter) and Kenny (her husband) showed us to our twin room (which was really a family room, with a double and a twin).

There are ample resources in the little foyer for guests who haven't yet firmed up their plans or who are looking for a place to dine.

The rooms are clean and cutely furnished, and you can even ask for fresh milk for your tea or coffee instead of using the prepackaged stuff. Kirsty made us some tea when we arrived and even sliced us some carrot cake and what appeared to be a variation on the nanaimo bar. Delicious!

There was ample room to put everything--and we had two large suitcases, a carry-on suitcase, a backpack, a side sling, and another smaller sling. Lots of sockets to charge your electronics, free Wifi, and lovely showers that don't require endless tweaking to get the temperature right. After bagging Ben Lomond, you'll want a nice hot one!

Breakfast is incredible: huge and traditional, with the inclusion of homemade jams, fresh eggs from the chickens, and homegrown tomatoes and courgettes (that's zucchini for us North Americans). Margaret will ask you if you'd like to try black pudding and haggis. We stayed for two nights and one morning we got regular breakfast sausages and the other we had Lorne sausage. Both quite good.

I could go on and on about the cottage and the lovely living room and the stunning view and the beautiful gardens, but what really sticks with me about Braeburn Cottage is the family who lives there.

Margaret sincerely wants to provide for her guests an excellent place to stay, and openly welcomes her guests into her home and family unlike any other place we stayed at. Her husband Kenny chatted with us at length about curling when he heard we'd played the previous year. Craig, her son, took us on a tour of the farm, although the sheep and cows were out in the fields. He picked up chickens so we could get good photos of them, showed us the enormous pig they'd just purchased, led us through the vegetable gardens in and outside of the greenhouse, herded the ducks so we could see them, and picked fresh plums from the trees so we could try.

They really are lovely folks. Everyone needs to meet them.

We really enjoyed staying with this family, even if it was only for two nights. I'd definitely go back if I were given the chance. Margaret, Kenny, Craig, Kirsty--I miss you guys already!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

We stayed overnight at Braeburn Cottage at the end of our vacation. It is a beautiful spot in the country and we could not have asked for better. Margaret our host, was very welcoming and helpful with suggestions of where to eat and what to visit on our return journey. The room was very comfortable and the access to the family sitting room was appreciated. The breakfast was very generous and what a selection to choose from. Our only regret was not having time to stay longer and explore the beautiful countryside here. We enjoyed speaking with Margaret and Kenny and learning about the building of there beautiful cottage and about the farm and area. Always great to bring away a bit of history from where you visit. Thanks for everything! Karyn, Jim and Andrew

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

We stayed for 5 nights at Braeburn cottage and we knew that we had made the right choice from the moment we pulled up outside the well presented bungalow. We were welcomed in by Margaret who showed us to her lovely sitting room and wasted no time in bringing us a pot of tea and homemade cakes. Our double room was immaculate, spacious and well furnished with lots of storage space, the adjoining ensuite was also spacious and like the bedroom immaculate. There was a tea and coffee tray on the dresser and plenty of easily accessible sockets to charge phones etc. When we decided to go and explore the local area Margaret was on hand to provide directions, maps, leaflets and advice on things to see and places to eat. Breakfast was excellent with a choice of cereals, fruit, yoghurts, fruit juices and plenty of tea, coffee and toast with homemade jams. Of course there was also a freshly prepared full Scottish breakfast with lorne sausage, fresh tomatoes and courgettes from the garden, mushrooms, tattie scones and a choice of eggs all of which was cooked to perfection. We made the most of the fantastic area surrounding Braeburn Cottage to sightsee and when we returned each evening we found our room and bathroom clean and tidy with fresh towels on the rail. On the one day that we did return early, the only day it really rained, we took refuge in the cosy sitting room and chatted with Margaret for ages about the farm and local area where she grew up. We know exactly where we will stay on our next trip to Scotland. Thanks to Margaret, Kenny, Kirsty and Craig for sharing your home with us.

  • Stayed August 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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Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Margaret, the owner, was very welcoming and helpful. Plenty of choice for breakfast and a very quiet room. Our family of four, two adults and two girls (aged 4 and 6) stayed comfortably at the family room. In the morning we had the chance to see parts of the farm, including the vegetable and flowers greenhouse, and the ducks. The girls played in the trampolin.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

A very warm welcome from Margaret Kay and her lovely family. Tea and delicious home made cakes when we arrived. A very comfortable room with lots of storage, a double bed and a good size ensuite bathroom. Breakfast was outstanding with so much choice including home made jams. Lovely gardens and a spectacular view from the cottage. Very good value for money

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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Bergen, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

We had a 2 nights lovely stay in Braeburn Cottage. The view from the cottage was wonderful. Margaret Kay and her family gave us a very warm welcome. The bedroom had a double-bed, a large wardrobe and ensuite bathroom. Both rooms where very clean and tidy and the rooms were tidied up and cleaned and we got new towels every day. The breakfast was nice with eggs from the farm; traditional scottish breakfast. The cottage was situated 5 minutes from Balloch with car. It was too long to walk. We used taxi in the evenings and payed around 7 £ one way. We will thank Margaret for her hospitality and good guidance in what too see and where to eat.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Satnav took us right to the cottage. We were welcomed with a nice cup of tea and home made cake. Rooms were clean and tidy beds were very comfortable. Breakfast was outstanding with lots of variety,we were spoilt for choice. Views from all round the farm were spectacular. Margaret and Kenny are excellent hosts and make you welcome from start to finish. They have plenty of ideas of places to visit and where to eat. We as a family will definitely be going back on our next trip up to Scotland.

Room Tip: All rooms are very spacious and have large en-suite facilities,
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Auchencarroch Road, Balloch, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G83 9LU, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park > West Dunbartonshire > Balloch
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Balloch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Braeburn Cottage is on our family working farm, we have beef and sheep, enjoy fresh eggs for breakfast from our free range chickens and a good Scottish breakfast cooked on the Rayburn to start your day.Spectacular views from our cottage, set in peacefully landscaped gardens. ... more   less 
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Braeburn Cottage Balloch, Scotland

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