If I could give this cottage 6 stars I would. Everything was quality - accommodation, location and hospitality. We were visiting friends and family in the area and this was just the most comfortable well equipped property to come 'home' to after lovely days out. Hope to return for longer next time.
This is a lovely cottage, more than ample space for 4 people and everything has been thought of, even a candle for a birthday cake and matches! There are a few quirks to the cottage and Anne explains them on arrival. The property is in an ideal location for exploring the Loch Lomond area and beyond. We had wonderful days out in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park including the Three Lochs Forest Drive and The Lodge. We took a trip from Balloch to Luss on the boat and Luss is a beautiful village. We spent one day at Falkirk and the fabulous Falkirk Wheel and a visit to the Kelpies.
Anne is a wonderful host and full of local information and giving advice on where to go. We didn't have time to do all her suggestions but we did go up to Inversnaid and saw 8 eagles - perfect timing on our part.
If we get to holiday in this area again we would certainly stay here again.
We have just returned from a 7 night stay at the cottage and can honestly say that it was fabulous. Central location for exploring some beautiful places. A hospitable host who had included everything from toiletries to a lovely welcome pack. Nothing left out. The perfect place for a break in absolutely beautiful surroundings. Thanks so much.
We spent 1 week in this beautiful cottage and straight away it feld like a home from home. Anne the owner is very friendly and welcoming. the cottage is really pretty and very comfortable (the beds in particular!) it has everything you need including decent wifi and you even get a welcome pack with a few food goodies.
we spent a week visiting the area and its a perfect base as you are only 20 minutes from places such as Stirling, Balloch etc.. we did a day trip to Edinburgh and it only took 1h30 to get there from the cottage. There are local shops available only 5 minutes drive away which is very handy as well as lovely pubs such as the oldest one in Scotland in nearby Drymen.
we highly recommend this cottage in this really beautiful part of Scotland
The Ballat Smithy is the ideal location for exploring the Loch Lomond area and is also within easy reach of Glasgow, Sterling and Edinburgh.
The two bedroomed Smithy was surprisingly spacious, very clean and had all the amenities we required for a great week long holiday.
The nearby town of Dryman is constantly busy with many hikers and travellers making their way to Loch Lomond and the Highlands. There are quite a few good eateries, particularly The Clachan Pub and Skoosh coffee shop in Dryman, and The Oaks on Loch Lomond shores.
Anne, the owner of Ballat Smithy, was very helpful with local information and provided us with a lovely welcome parcel of local eggs, bacon, cheese, bread and homemade jam.
We wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.
The cottage is perfectly situated for easy access to The Trossachs and Loch Lomond (especially the more beautiful but less accessible eastern side). It is also only an hour from the bright lights of Glasgow. The cottage has a large parking space and inside is immaculately clean and has everything one could reasonably want or expect. I often have trouble sleeping but had no problem doing so in the large double bedroom at the back which was perfectly quiet. The twin room at the front is also spacious and well laid out. The owner, Anne, and her family were most friendly and helpful. I couldn't fault this place. Definitely on my list for a return visit.
Stayed here for 3 nights together with our 13 month old daughter. Lovely cottage. Very cosy but enough space. Had a warm welcome an received a welcome package. The cottage is a perfect place to stay for a few days to explore the region. Be sure that you exactly know where to find it, because not so easy to find in the dark.
Perfect parking in front of the cottage. Even if it lays just beside the road, you don't have any inconvenience from the noise. Would definitely stay here again when back in the region!