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“An excellent base for exploring the area”
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The Old Smiddy Cottage over Ballagan burn
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35 reviews
The Old Smiddy Cottage over Ballagan burn
Old Smiddy cottage
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Cottage sitting room with black watch tartan carpet
Sitting room
Old Smiddy cottage kitchen
Double bedroom
Double bedroom in cottage
Twin bedroom cottage
Cottage double bedroom
Twin bedroom
Twin ensuite
Our Donald in Ballagan burn
Ballagan burn
Beautiful stag at local roundabout
Beautiful walk up Loch Lomond National Park
Balloch Castle
Balloch castle
Ben Lomond at Loch Lomond
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Cottage -
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Balloch, West Dunbartonshire, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Scotland

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alanC4445...
Walsall, United Kingdom
1 review
“An excellent base for exploring the area”
Reviewed July 24, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

This well-appointed and comfortable cottage is well located for access to local amenities (good choice of places to eat and things to do) as well as public transport links. We used the latter extensively and found them convenient and reliable.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Jul 25, 2015
Many thanks for your lovely review and so glad you liked The Old Smiddy Cottage and also your comment about being near to bus and train services which gives a break from all the driving especially into Glasgow. Lovely to meet you both kind regards Fiona and David
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KentMario...
kent
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Lovely holiday cottage”
Reviewed June 15, 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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Enjoyed a week at the Old Smiddy last week. We arrived during a really heavy downpour, the weather was atrocious but Fiona gave us such a warm welcome we soon settled in. The weather changed for the better the next day and we managed every evening to sit out in the pretty garden overlooking the burn and surrounded by birds, including the owner's chickens.
There was every convenience and comfort, I couldn't fault anything. You can leave the car and walk down to the local pubs and restaurants which is a bonus. Balloch Castle country park is well worth a visit too.

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers
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Management Response
Jun 16, 2015
many thanks for the lovely review it was very kind of you and delighted that you had a good week thankfully the weather was kind to you. lovely to meet you and thankyou again kind regards FIONA
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f m
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Very comfortable cottage”
Reviewed April 7, 2015 for a stay in March 2015

The owner of The Old Smiddy was very helpful, even before we arrived.
The cottage is located next door to the owner, on the edge of Balloch, about a 15 minute walk from Loch Lomond. There is parking on the driveway, and Fiona (the owner) requested that we close the gates when coming and going to stop the chickens escaping! There were 3 chickens, a cat and a dog, although we didn't see them much as the weather wasn't kind to us!
On arrival, Fiona and David greeted us and showed us around the cottage, which comprised of a spacious kitchen, a living room, a double ensuite bedroom and a twin ensuite bedroom. It was very well equipped with some nice touches such as boxes of tissues, washing up liquid and clothe, gravy granules and cooking oil. It was centrally heated which was appreciated. In the kitchen was everything you might need for self catering - gas hob and electric grill/oven, fridge, freezer, washing machine/drier, dishwasher and half a dozen cleaning tablets, loads of dishes, pots and pans, etc.
Balloch itself is a good location, right on the edge of Loch Lomond, and within travel distance of several places of interest. The train times to Glasgow are frequent, allowing a good day out. We also visited Stirling, Greenock, Luss and Alexandria. Our experience of the restaurants in Balloch was good.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Apr 17, 2015
Thankyou for your review of The Old Smiddy Cottage and nice to meet you and your family regards Fiona and David
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Theresa W
Mandurah, Australia
1 review
“The perfect home from home, loved our time there.”
Reviewed March 22, 2015 for a stay in February 2015

This was the perfect spot, easy walking distance to shops, restaurants and public transport. The cottage was warm and welcoming with everything we could possibly want or need. We wouldn't consider any other place to stay now if we come back. We enjoyed very minute.

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Liked best: Feeling like we had our own place.
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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Management Response
Mar 24, 2015
Thank you Theresa and Paul for that lovely review so glad everything was to your liking it was lovely to meet you both and would love to see you back anytime. Chocs were delicious x
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Robyn C
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Fantastic cottage”
Reviewed November 10, 2014 for a stay in November 2014

Rented this cottage while attending a family wedding, really impressed!! Clean,spacious and well equipped. Friendly owners and would thoroughly recommend!!

Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Nov 12, 2014
Thankyou for great review it was lovely to meet you all and glad you enjoyed cottage and your wedding went so well. Regard Fiona
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Brock1969
Beverley, United Kingdom
1 review
“Excellent property and great location.”
Reviewed November 4, 2014 for a stay in October 2014

The property was really clean and tidy, rooms were all a good size and well equipped. The property was well located for easy access around Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.

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Liked best: Great Location
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
  • 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 this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Management Response
Nov 8, 2014
Many thanks for lovely review so glad you enjoyed the cottage and lovely to meet you kind regards Fiona
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
IanFromOx...
Oxford, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“We had a wonderful time”
Reviewed August 19, 2014 for a stay in August 2014
1
person found this review helpful

I stayed at Old Smiddy with my family of 4 for over a week in August 2014. The cottage was very well maintained and had everything one could wish for. Fiona was kind and professional and made us feel very welcome. Highly recommended.

Traveling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Nov 8, 2014
Thankyou so much for your lovely comments I am glad you enjoyed your time at The Old Smiddy it was a pleasure to have you stay. Kind regards Fiona
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