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“Lovely, spacious cottage in a great location”
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Bankend farmhouse.
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Bankend farmhouse.
(Front)
Sitting room with flat screen TV, and wood burning stove.
Sitting room , with wood burning stove.
Sitting room, with TV, and wood burner
View of Ben Lomond from patio area
Kitchen
Kitchen / dinning area  seating 10. with french doors to patio area.
Ariel veiw of Stirling Castle and the Ochill hills
Second reception room. Views to Stirling Castle  and Ochill Hills, overlooking large secure garden.
Lovely old dresser. One of the original pieces in this beautiful house.
Large downstairs shower room .
Bedroomdownstairs king sized bed .
Stirling Castle from bedrooms at Bankend
Twin Bedroom on the ground floor
Downstairs Twin room ,
View from back door .
Twin room , with lovely views
Beautiful room with lovely dressing table , unfortunately my camera skills are  limited.
Upstairs bedroom with 3 beds, super views, large room
Upstairs bedroom with 3 divans ,
Upstairs king bed room
Upstairs king bedroom
Upstairs bathroom with shower.
Some of the horses on the farm. .
View when you leave Bankend and join the main road
Entrance to Bankend from the main road.
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Rental Home -
5 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 11
Stirling, Scotland

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Very good - based on 14 reviews
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Kathryn F
Horley, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Lovely, spacious cottage in a great location”
Reviewed August 5, 2014 for a stay in July 2014

Old Bankend Farm is a very good holiday cottage. There were five adults and four children in our party and we had plenty of space in the five bedrooms, two lounges and big kitchen-diner. Everything was in lovely condition, the kitchen was well equipped and the two bathrooms very nice. The views of Stirling Castle from the cottage were wonderful and it was lovely to see horses in the field next to the cottage every day, as well as to be greeted by the friendly farm dogs.
The booking process was rather "casual" as the owner doesn't seem to believe in paperwork and doesn't provide receipts for deposits, a written rental agreement, inventory of the contents of the cottage or details about when to arrive and leave etc, so you just have to trust that everything will be OK! She was very helpful once we were there, giving directions to the supermarket etc, and we got our deposit back with no bother.
The cottage is very well located for visiting Stirling and Loch Lomond and has good transport links to Glasgow and Edinburgh too.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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guildford
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27 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Lovely house, plenty of space, in great setting”
Reviewed May 9, 2014 for a stay in May 2014

Myself and 12 others used Bankend Farm as our base for a recent stag weekend. I have to say that initially conversation with Val (the owner) via email was a bit slow, but it is a private property and she did get back to me in reasonably timely manner, so no harm done at all (just be aware that it might take a few days, or even a reminder, to hear back). The building itself was fantastic, well equipped and Val herself was extremely nice and helpful - we felt very happy and well taken care of.

The house had plenty of space for all of us (2 slept on a sofa) and the bathrooms and toilets are definitely sufficient. It's great for self catering with a massive Sainsbury's less than a 5 min drive away. This is a beautiful and well priced placed for any time of the year, but spring and summer is probably the best, simply because of the terrace and BBQ area.

I would not hesitate going back to Bankend farm!

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Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Families with young children Large groups
People with pets
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vegasharl...
London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Christmas in Bankend Farm”
Reviewed January 7, 2014 for a stay in December 2013

Large house with good size rooms and car parking just the right distance form Stirling.
After reading some reviews we asked to pay a rent which included having the heating on as much as we liked over Christmas and the house was very warm and toasty. It was decorated for Christmas and met all our needs. We managed to cook Christmas dinner for a party of 12, but that was the maximum. A slight drawback was the very small freezer which may be a problem for some people but only if you are cooking home cooked meals for a large number of people everyday.
I would recommend staying here but be sure of what is included in the rent .

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Mike L
Paignton
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Very spacious and warm”
Reviewed November 14, 2013 for a stay in October 2013

Booking was easy with the owner responding to emails very quickly. 6 of us stayed at the cottage from mid October there was plenty of room for us all and the cottage was very warm. Everything we need for a comfortable stay was in the cottage. Our only concern was that we were not given a door key at the time as the previous guests had taken it away! Val - the owner said not to worry she was always around to keep an eye on the cottage as she lived opposite. The cottage is situated in a quiet spot with easy access to Stirling by car and if travelling further afield is close to all the main roads.

Traveling group: Extended Family
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lightning...
Gateshead, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Under the watch tower”
Reviewed October 31, 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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Very nice cottage, beautifully and comfortably furnished.

Tricky to book though, the owner doesn't respond in a timely fashion to emails.

The owner lives in a new build over the driveway and keeps horses the other side of the cotteg. You feel enveloped under her gaze. She in fact remarked "you've had people coming and going, it's like Piccadilly Circus".

I requested and agreed to pay a supplement for 2 extra guests for 2 nights, the owner then tried to hustle for more money. "you've had nice weather all week and sat outside on the terrace, my brother has a flat in Edinburgh with no outside space - you should pay more"

Upon learning that the electricity was being turned off, (by way of noticing the power cut!) the owner had not given us notice, "it slipped my mind, I'm so busy."
NOT good with a 6 week old baby!

The dishwasher was ineffective meaning LOTS of washing up, and the broadband simply doesn't work.

However, it's a beautiful setting with good access to the Trossachs and beyond. We loved the safari park.

After a somewhat firm and officious email from me restating the terms of our agreement, the owner thrust my deposit cheque in my face in a heated exchange. Heated on her part. The ladies in our party were upset with the owner's manner. (I survived)

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: Very unpleasant owner in very close proximity
Traveling group: Large Group
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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La_S_85_1...
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Lovely place to stay”
Reviewed January 17, 2013 for a stay in December 2012

Very nice house and very spacious.
The rooms are lovely decorated and the kitchen facilities are good.
We stayed in winter and it was very cold during the day until the heating came on at 5pm.
It is a short drive to Stirling city centre therefor shops etc are easily accessible.
Although wifi was advertised with the property it did not work and the owner did not fix it, which we were disappointed at.
We had a lovely view of Stirling castle and the fireworks at new year.

Very nice stay although quite cold!

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Liked best: The style and decoration of the house and the space available
Liked least: No wifi and lack of heat during the day
Traveling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
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Inverness, United Kingdom
Reviewed January 11, 2013 for a stay in December 2012

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Liked best: The style of the house
Liked least: For a winter let it would have been better if the house was warmer
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
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