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Thistle House, Falkland holiday cottage - 17th century cottage

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2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
6 guests
5 nights minimum
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Thistle House is a beautiful 17th century stone built cottage situated right at the heart of one of Scotland's most beautiful ancient villages with the fabulous Royal Falkland Palace directly across the village square. Was even used as part of a set for the filming of Outlander! The house is very cozy and well equipped with thick stone walls and a lovely warm stove. The American/Scottish owners are very keen for all guests to feel at home in their beloved second home, and the cottage has a real family feel to it. The kitchen contains everything you would need including a toaster, microwave, coffee maker, kettle and lots of cooking spices, and a really cosy dining area with table and chairs. The lovely sitting room next door has a log fire, and both rooms are simply and comfortably decora...Thistle House is a beautiful 17th century stone built cottage situated right at the heart of one of Scotland's most beautiful ancient villages with the fabulous Royal Falkland Palace directly across the village square. Was even used as part of a set for the filming of Outlander! The house is very cozy and well equipped with thick stone walls and a lovely warm stove. The American/Scottish owners are very keen for all guests to feel at home in their beloved second home, and the cottage has a real family feel to it. The kitchen contains everything you would need including a toaster, microwave, coffee maker, kettle and lots of cooking spices, and a really cosy dining area with table and chairs. The lovely sitting room next door has a log fire, and both rooms are simply and comfortably decorated. Upstairs there are two bedrooms plus a family bathroom. The lovely master bedroom is very peaceful and relaxing with wardrobes and plenty of storage. The second bedroom contains a single bed, perfect for a child, or this can be made into a twin bedroom. There is a further sitting room/bedroom 3 at the back of the house with a double sofa bed with an en-suite and access to the private back garden terrace. The sitting room downstairs also has a sofa bed if you needed any extra sleeping space. The back garden is a peaceful south-facing terrace with a seating area and a barbecue. It is totally enclosed, and the perfect spot for a glass of wine in the evenings. The cottage is well equipped for children with a cot, highchair and toys, plus Wii and DVD player all available. There are lots of family board games, movies and children's books. Guests can enjoy unlimited Wifi, phone and FreeSat TV, and laundry machines. There is sometimes access to a parking space, right next to the cottage on the cobbled lane (on the left side of the lane closest to the house). If this is taken park across the road opposite the Stag pub. Watch for restrictions. Falkland itself is a friendly little community and has many boutique shops, pubs, and cafes right on your doorstep, as well as a corner shop, art gallery, hairdressers, post office, chemist and bakers and of course the stunning Falkland Palace right across from the house. There are lots of peaceful walks through the Falkland Estate woods, a tennis club and golf course. Since 2013 Falkland has been used for filming the huge US STARZ TV hit 'Outlander'. The TV series which is based on the series of books by Diana Gabaldon tells the story of Claire Beauchamp who visits Inverness and mysteriously falls back through time to the Jacobite rising, where she meets the young outlaw Jamie Fraser. Falkland is used to re create Inverness itself in the 1940's and many of the houses and shops were re painted and turned into 1940's shops and houses. Our cottage overlooks the monument in the village which featured heavily in the first episode and is just a couple of doors down from 'Farrells' where Claire looked at the blue vase (now the lovely Fayre Earth Gift Shop) and Mrs Baird's B&B (the Covenanter Hotel). During the filming in 2016 the crew built a lean to building against our cottage which was used as part of a scene. Unfortunately it was made from polystyrene so is no longer there! We have welcomed many Outlander fans who have used Thistle House as a base for their Outlander adventures! In the evenings Falkland has plenty to offer with the Covenanter Hotel and its excellent restaurant,as well as the the Bruce Inn which offers draft ale and hearty meals as does The Lomond Tavern, a popular eatery for locals and visitors. The Stag Inn offers regular live music performances as well as tasty bar meals. Just across from the cottage, the Campbell's bistro offers excellent coffee, lovely food and baking and you can even take your own wine in the evenings. During the day Falkland has plenty to occupy you - you can walk through the woodland paths of the Falkland Estate to a lovely organic farm shop and café, called the Pillars of Hercules, where you can stock up on organically grown fruit and vegetables and sample delicious homemade cakes and soups. The Estate has many lovely walks through the woodlands that used to be the private hunting ground of Scotland royalty, up through the Mapsie Den to the beautiful waterfall or even up to the Lomond Hills. Falkland is also a perfect base for many lovely day trips. It takes just half an hour to get to the world famous St Andrews, home of golf and full of historic sites, shops and restaurants, or you could follow the Fife Coastal Path and take in the lovely fishing villages of the East Neuk, such as Crail, Elie, Ansthruther and Pittenweem. Scotlands major cities, Edinburgh, Perth, Glasgow and Stirling are all approximate a one-hour drive away. Superb water sports, fishing, skiing/snowboarding, scenic coastal walking, cycling, and horse-riding are a few of the outdoor activities available and enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.More
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Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a day
Listed Since:September 2014
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We have a local friend who will be able to help with any queries you may have and a lock box will be used for the key handover.
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Reviewed September 3, 2017

The house was spacious and very well appointed. You instantly feel at home and we were very sad to leave. It allowed all of us to have some space but easily accomodated us all for meals and watching dvds in the evening. The kitchen contains...More

Date of stay: August 2017
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deesweet77, VR Owner at Thistle House, Falkland holiday cottage - 17th century cottage, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2017

Thanks so much for the lovely review Nicola. We were delighted to have you stay with us again.

Reviewed August 21, 2017 via mobile

Absolutely stunning location with lots of things to do to keep everybody happy. Thistle house was welcoming, spacious and had lots of game etc to keep adults and children occupied on a rainy day. Would definitely stay there again

Date of stay: August 2017
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deesweet77, VR Owner at Thistle House, Falkland holiday cottage - 17th century cottage, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2017

Thank you so much Ruth, we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and that the rain didn't put you off! You are welcome back anytime

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Reviewed April 23, 2017

Thistle House is a wonderfully cosy and well appointed cottage in the heart of this stunning village. A very comfortable 'home from home' with real character. A peaceful retreat with a Royal Place within 100m and wonderful walks and paths to explore from the village......More

Date of stay: October 2016
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deesweet77, VR Owner at Thistle House, Falkland holiday cottage - 17th century cottage, responded to this reviewResponded April 24, 2017

Thank you so much for your lovely review!

Reviewed April 14, 2017

I stayed at the Thistle House for about a week and absolutely loved everything about my visit! I was escaping Edinburgh for some quiet time in the country and that's exactly what I found. Public transit from Edinburgh was super easy, which was a plus!...More

Date of stay: April 2017
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deesweet77, VR Owner at Thistle House, Falkland holiday cottage - 17th century cottage, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2017

Thank you so much for your lovely review!

Reviewed April 6, 2017 via mobile

We loved staying here and exploring Falkland and the surrounding area. The house was really cosy, our 3 boys were in their element with the games room and pool table. The house was well equipped, clean, homely and in a fantastic situation in the centre...More

Date of stay: March 2017
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deesweet77, VR Owner at Thistle House, Falkland holiday cottage - 17th century cottage, responded to this reviewResponded April 7, 2017

Thank you for the lovely review. We loved having you to stay.

Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Highchair
Outdoor Dining Area
Towels Provided
Private Yard
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Golf Course Is On Site Or Within 15 Mins Walk
Cycling Trips
Books
Hairdryer
TV
Corporate Bookings
Parking
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
VCR
Telephone
Toaster
Stove
Grill
Local Guides/Maps
Fishing Nearby
Alarm Clock
Long Term Rentals (Over 1 Month)
Central Heating
Dryer
Dishwasher
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Iron
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Balcony
Mountain Views
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Watersports Nearby
Terrace
Patio
Fireplace
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About the neighborhood
Walking through Falkland, it’s easy to imagine how villages must have looked in the past. For this reason it was made Scotland’s first conservation village in 1970 and Falkland holds an important place in Scotland’s history. A walk around Falkland is a remarkable experience with no fewer than 28 listed buildings in the village. Fine buildings sit next to winding wynds and the beautiful central Bruce Fountain, all set against the backdrop of the Lomond Hill and the woods of the Falkland Estate. Falkland Palace sits at the heart of the village and was the country residence of the Stuart monarchs and a favourite place of Mary Queen of Scots. Surrounded by gardens, this restored Renaissance palace is the perfect place to spend a few hours
Getting around
Edinburgh, Stirling and Perth are between 25 - 45 minutes drive away with all the cultural, historical and shopping activities you could wish for. Edinburgh and Dundee have airports that will connect with many UK and European/Worldwide airports, with the local train station at Markinch just 8 kms away, which connects with Perth, Dundee and Edinburgh. We recommend you hire a car to take advantage of all the local sites and places to visit.
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