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The cottage with path to the river.
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Cosy retreat. A home away from home. Enjoy playing some board games, listening to the radio and watching DVDs / TV.
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The cottage with path to the river.
Cosy retreat. A home away from home.
Enjoy playing some board games, listening to the radio and watching DVDs / TV.
Relax in front of the fire on the comfy sofa and armchair with a view to the river.
Fully equipped kitchen with essentials: oil, salt and pepper, herbs, fresh milk, teabags and sugar.
A brand new mattress and memory foam pillows and fluffy towels waiting for you.
Shower Room. We provide fluffy towels and shower gel.
Our Guest Guide to tell you about the cottage and what is available locally.
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Newly restored garden.
Decked patio area, ideal for a peaceful morning coffee or an evening toast.
Walk along the river path to reach Loch Lomond or Dumbarton Castle.
'Iron Age' stone circle below the deck.
Enjoy the relaxing sound of the stream.
Relax in the garden while using your instant BBQ.
Driveway and garden in Spring.
A snowy day!
Snow cake.
The driveway covered in snow!
Loch Lomond from the air. Balloch is on the left side of the picture.
A beautiful day on the loch!
Enjoy a walk along the river.
Newly restored railings.
Press the bell and we will welcome you into your home from home.
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Chalet -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Balloch, West Dunbartonshire, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Scotland

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Wales
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“I wouldn't go again”
Reviewed July 26, 2013 for a stay in June 2013

The accommodation is basically a small wooden summer house in the garden of the owners house which has some good and bad points and some general comments:

Good:

Location - On the banks of the Leven a short walk from Balloch, Balloch train station and Loch Lomond.
Price - Very cheap, the reason for which quickly became apparent.
Blinds - Lots of black-out blinds keep out most of the morning light.
Tea, milk and biscuits provided which was very welcome after a 6 hour drive.

Bad:

The accommodation is quite small, approx the same size as a caravan (considerably smaller than the static type) but not as well organised. Wouldn't be good for more than a weekend, or people that really, really like each other.
DAMP - The worst thing was the damp which is obvious as soon as you go in and very noticeable on the bedding, which was not nice, and your clothes by the end of the stay, not for asthmatics. I can't believe the other review didn't mention it as it pretty much smacks you in the face as a first impression.
Bright and contemporary - this actually meant painted orange and blue with the furniture being badly placed around the walls.
Furnishings - The most generous thing I can say is they are dated, they are not laid out particularly well.
DAMP - did I mention the damp, we had to wash all our clothes, including the unworn ones, as soon as we got home.

General

Very little contact with the landlords which is neither good or bad.
Parking - may be an issue if you have mobility problems as there was 150m walk down a gravel path from the area for car parking, this also wouldn't be that suitable for a long car as you park in front of a yacht.
If you do decide to book, plug in the supplied dehumidifier (which should give a hint as to point 2 in the bad section) and leave running, all the time.

All in all I wouldn't book again and is possibly the worst private accommodation I have stayed in, there is far better accomodation available within a 10 minute walk which while slightly more expensive fully justifies the difference.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: Condition of building
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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Management Response
Sep 29, 2013
We appreciate all feedback but feel much of this is irrelevant. Without appearing to shout we have used capitals to address the points. In this case it appears that the person who made the booking was not the person who left the reference, which may explain something...

"The accommodation is basically a small wooden summer house in the garden of the owners house…" OUR DESCRIPTION SAYS: "Set in the wooded grounds of our lovingly restored 1902 house"


"Good: Price - Very cheap, the reason for which quickly became apparent." WE SET THE PRICE TO REFLECT THE VALUE, BUT IT IS NOT "CHEAP" - IN PRICE OR QUALITY.


"Blinds - Lots of black-out blinds keep out most of the morning light." IF YOU MEANT THERE WAS A LACK OF BLACKOUT WE CAN REPORT THERE ARE NEW THICK CURTAINS AT BOTH WINDOWS NEAR THE BED, IF YOU MEANT THAT YOU WANTED THE MORNING LIGHT THE FRENCH DOORS FACE EAST TO GET THE MORNING SUNSHINE AND THE CURTAINS OPEN WIDE.



Bad: "The accommodation is quite small, approx the same size as a caravan (considerably smaller than the static type) but not as well organised. Wouldn't be good for more than a weekend, or people that really, really like each other." THE PHOTOGRAPHS CLEARLY SHOW THE SPACE AND WE HAVE NOW INCLUDED THE SIZE IN THE DESCRIPTION. LOTS OF PEOPLE HAVE STAYED FOR MORE THAN A WEEK AND LOVED IT, LET THEM DECIDE…


"DAMP - The worst thing was the damp which is obvious as soon as you go in and very noticeable on the bedding, which was not nice, and your clothes by the end of the stay, not for asthmatics. I can't believe the other review didn't mention it as it pretty much smacks you in the face as a first impression." THE COTTAGE IS NOT DAMP, THE FLOOR IS HIGH OFF THE GROUND AND IT IS WATERTIGHT. THE ONLY 'DAMP' COMES FROM TWO PEOPLE LIVING, SHOWERING, COOKING, AND DOING LAUNDRY WITHOUT OPENING A WINDOW. THERE IS AN EXTRACTOR FAN IN THE BATHROOM AND ANOTHER IN THE KITCHEN. WE INCLUDE A DEHUMIDIFIER TO USE WHEN IT IS COLD AND DAMP OUTSIDE AND IN THE GUEST NOTES WE EXPLAIN THIS.



"Parking - may be an issue if you have mobility problems as there was 150m walk down a gravel path from the area for car parking, this also wouldn't be that suitable for a long car as you park in front of a yacht." WE DO NOT LIST THE COTTAGE AS SUITABLE FOR ANYONE WITH MOBILITY PROBLEMS AS THERE IS A STEP UP TO THE DOOR. THERE IS PARKING FOR 2-3 CARS, THE PATH IS TARMAC, THERE IS NO GRAVEL, AND THE PARKING IS ONLY 50M, OR 1 MINUTE AWAY…

WE ARE SORRY THAT YOU WERE UNHAPPY AND WE WOULD HAVE BEEN PLEASED TO DISCUSS THESE POINTS IN PERSON. I CAN ONLY ADD THAT YOUR EXPERIENCE IS FAR FROM TYPICAL.
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louise f
Leven, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Peaceful weekend away!”
Reviewed May 18, 2013 for a stay in May 2013
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Booked this cottage for a peaceful weekend away and was very pleased indeed.

The main area is open plan encompassing sittingroom with table and chairs, TV and soft seating area, and a kitchen with fridge freezer, washing machine, cooker, microwave and full kitchen utensils and crockery all supplied. Bathroom is beyond the bedroom area and is quite a good size with a good sized shower. Layout is great and for one or 2 people is perect.

Heating is GREAT! There is a heater is bathroom, sleeping area and lounge area and has such a nice cosy feel about the place at night with the soft lighting and flame effect on the fire. Blinds keep out the morning sun of your after a lie in too.

Cottage was supplied with everything we needed and was welcomed with tea and biscuits. Only thing we had to supply was our food as the place is more than equiped with everything you need. The bed was comfy and warm which was a bonus and more than anything is was clean and smelled so fresh!

We arrived on a beautiful sunny day so spent most of the night out on the patio that overlooks the marina - so beautiful and peaceful. At night it poured with rain (typical scottish weather) and the cottage remained really warm. There is a stream that runs at the side of the cottage and you can hear the running water if the window is open (such a nice sound) and you are surrounded by wildlife which too is just great.

In the evening this cottage has such a cozy feeling about it and really holds the heat. It was spotlessly clean and really could not fault it at all. The price we paid for 2 nights was £105 which I think is excellent vlue for money. The cottage is within the ground of a large house which you have to enter the drive of the house to access the cottage. We were a dit dubious about haveing our 'quiet weekend away' spoiled by having others nearby but we never saw or heard anyone.

There is a co-op nearby and some great restaurants and take aways. the cottage is supplied with a vast aray of menus, leaflets for day trips, tourist info, books, DVD's and some games.

Would definately visit again and the weather has not out us off one bit because there is nothing better then sitting all cosy in a lovely cottage listening to the rain and peace and quiet :)

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Liked best: Peaceful location and beautiful setting
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Paterleng
Erlangen, Germany
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Reviewed April 20, 2015 for a stay in September 2014
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How easy was it to book the property? How helpful were the directions to the property?
How easy was key pickup/access to the property? Overall condition of the property
Bedding & mattresses Kitchen & utensils
Bathroom cleanliness Other facilities & amenities
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
  • 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?
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Reviewed November 15, 2014 for a stay in November 2014
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