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Briar Cottages on Loch Earn, luxury self catering, Lochearnhead, Scotland

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Thistle sculpture by blacksmith artist Kev Paxton in the garden on Loch Earn
Stan the Stag at sunrise on Loch Earn in Briar Cottages garden, Lochearnhead
King size bedding at Briar Steading in the rutting season- Lochearnhead

Overview
2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
4 guests
Minimum stay varies 
The minimum stay for this property changes depending on the dates selected
Cottage
Briar Steading is a luxury holiday cottage on Loch Earn, built on ancient crofting lands, boasting exceptional views south looking to, Edinample Castle, Ben Our and Stuc A Chroin. NB:We take our duty of care to all guests seriously. Our 'We're Good To Go' and COVID 19 holiday Let cleaning competence certificates, mean that we are adhering to Government and public health protocols. The three acre landscaped gardens, include a 250 foot loch garden for petanque, putting, fishing, mooring and launching small boats or kayaks from the slipway. The spacious open plan living area separates the king and twin bedrooms for maximum privacy. The living area offers comfy leather lounge seating, a wood burning stove and a dining table with 6 chairs next to a modern kitchen with integrated appliances...Briar Steading is a luxury holiday cottage on Loch Earn, built on ancient crofting lands, boasting exceptional views south looking to, Edinample Castle, Ben Our and Stuc A Chroin. NB:We take our duty of care to all guests seriously. Our 'We're Good To Go' and COVID 19 holiday Let cleaning competence certificates, mean that we are adhering to Government and public health protocols. The three acre landscaped gardens, include a 250 foot loch garden for petanque, putting, fishing, mooring and launching small boats or kayaks from the slipway. The spacious open plan living area separates the king and twin bedrooms for maximum privacy. The living area offers comfy leather lounge seating, a wood burning stove and a dining table with 6 chairs next to a modern kitchen with integrated appliances, Ipod docking, Superfast broadband with free Wifi throughout the house and patio and Sky Sports TV. NB: BRIAR COTTAGES IS A 2019 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNER FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE JOINING AN ELITE GROUP OF BUSINESSES TO ACHIEVE THE MAXIMUM 5 OUT OF 5 BUBBLE RATING The layout enables everyone to interact whether cooking eating, reading or watching films. The bedrooms and both en suite bathrooms are on the gable ends of the building for evening privacy. The front elevation was built using the same local stone as the owners b listed thatched cottage. Briar Steading' has full length glass patio doors in the lounge and in both bedrooms offering ever changing stunning views of Loch Earn and access to the south facing patio and BBQ area throughout the seasons. Fraser and Kim Proven will welcome you on arrival to ensure that you are familiar with the property and equipment and are on hand if you need to contact them about the cottage, ground facilities or the area in general. Guests staying for 7 nights or more will be invited to see inside the original thatched cottage to view the incredible Scots Pine cruck ceiling and to hear stories of MacGregors and McLarens who were the original tenant crofters. An excellent central location for touring Scotland. 58 miles from Glasgow and Edinburgh. Briar Cottages is an ideal base for touring other attractions, towns and cities in all directions, for example; Skiing at Glencoe, The Falkirk Wheel and Kelpies at The Helix, Loch Lomond, Kenmore, Crieff, Oban and Mull, Doune Castle, Glenturret Distillery and Auchingarrich Wildlife Park. There are two hotels within 200m of the garden and many more within 2 -15 miles, Outdoor activities nearby include St Fillans and Killin Golf Clubs, National cycle route 7, Munro's (Ben Vorlich and Stuc A Chroin, Drummond Estates fishing boat hire, The Rob Roy Way water sports, forest parks, Rob Roy MacGregor's resting place and more. There is an abundance of wildlife in this area, Deer visit the garden and osprey pairs fish near the loch garden all summer. Tourist License / Licencia de turismo N °: ST00072F
House Rules
Pets not allowedKid friendlyNo smoking
Guests are welcome to smoke outside on the three acre grounds and in the garden on Loch Earn
Bedrooms
1 Queen2 Twins1 Crib
Bathrooms
2 Attached (ensuite)

Meet the host
Kim P
Hosting since December 2011
Languages spoken: English, French
Response Rate: 100%
Response Time: Within a few hours
Interaction with guestsFraser and I (Kim) will meet you on arrival and show you around your cottage to ensure that you are familiar with switches and gadgets and to answer any questions that you may have about the cottage, garden facilities,shopping, the area and more. Do not hesitate to contact us during your stay if you have any questions or if we can help with any advice on the area, things to do, places to eat and more. You can reach us by phone and text or knock on the door of the old thatched cottage. You may even see us pottering around on the three acre site. We are happy to assist in any way that we can.

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Reviews (33)
Anne H
Anne H
Sun Lakes, AZ200 contributions
I wish I could have given it more than 5 stars
What a wonderful place. Views, hospitality, location all great. Very clean, nicely furnished, immaculately maintained. Looks just like the photos. Weather wasn't that great while we were there for 12 days so we appreciated the comfortable cottage. Short drive to Killin to the Co-op for groceries and lunch at The Falls of Dochart Inn for lunch. There are also 2 hotels serving meals a couple of minutes walk from the cottage. We also enjoyed the beautiful private loch frontage. Husband enjoyed casting his line even although the fish weren't biting. And we had fun putting. First class place. Kim and Fraser are wonderful hosts. Were there to greet us and show us around and offer any help. We appreciated their friendship and enjoyed their wonderful hospitality. Would certainly recommend.
Visited July 2023
Written August 7, 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Alison T
Alison T
7 contributions
Wonderful house in a perfect location
The house is situated in a beautiful location and is very well equipped. The views from the house over the loch are stunning. The owners, Kim and Fraser, were incredibly welcoming and kind. The house provided us with a great base to explore and visit many interesting places. We had a wonderful holiday.
Visited July 2021
Written August 2, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
briarinfo
briarinfo
Thank you very much for sharing your experience of our Steading cottage's comfort and views over Loch Earn. It was our pleasure to meet you and your lovely family. We are delighted that you enjoyed exploring the surrounding areas and local activities and that you ventured further afield on the "Harry Potter" train :) Enjoy the rest of the summer. Kindest wishes, Kim and Fraser
Written August 30, 2021. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Aileen O
Aileen O
Glasgow, United Kingdom18 contributions
Mes
My husband and I stayed at Briar Steading with our 2 teenage girls for the February mid term break. The cottage itself is very well equipped and spotlessly clean. It was a cold and snowy weekend but the cottage is cozy with plenty of heaters and the log burner. The view over the Loch is spectacular and it is such a good location as you feel like you’re in the Highlands, but it’s only over an hours drive from Glasgow. Plenty of lovely walks in the area and lots of great places to eat with Mhor 84 being our favourite. We’ll definitely be back!
Visited February 2020
Written February 13, 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
briarinfo
briarinfo
Thank you for sharing your family experience of a mid term break at Briar Cottages on Loch Earn on our TripAdvisor review site. We are delighted that you enjoyed your family time together in the comfort of the cottage, the stunning winter views and the scenic local walks. We are lucky to be so near to quality restaurants like MHOR84 which is open for fresh and tasty food choices all day long, serving up to 9pm - thank you for recommending it. Lochearnhead is very central and only 75 minutes from Edinburgh and Glasgow by car yet the terrain changes to lochs and towering mountains offering a change of scene for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities, wildlife, food and drink as well as total relaxation away from the daily routine. We look forward to your return visit. Thanks again, Kim and Fraser Proven
Written February 29, 2020. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Thomas D
Thomas D
Harpenden, United Kingdom15 contributions
A Wonderful Bubble !
We visited for nine nights; myself, partner, and dog, and stayed in Little Briar Cottage. The location is magnificent, set in about three acres facing the loch with Kim and Frazer's own cottage plus a large cottage sharing the site. Booking communication was first class, the web site is full of useful information, and Kim and Frazer are amazing hosts - very friendly, informative, and really nice people. The cottage is well appointed, clean, all the amenities are spot on, and the garden space is fabulous ( we saw two deer in the the garden one day ). We found Lochearnhead an ideal base for us with fabulous scenery and wonderful walks ( including direct from the cottage ) all around without having to travel long distances although of course you can go further if you like. We enjoyed good food and drink in the local bar ( The Clachan ), and lovely meals in MHOR84 which is walkable if you want ), and The Falls of Dochart in Killin. We felt the whole area was a terrific ' away from it all ' bubble and we were sad to leave ! Overall we thoroughly enjoyed Scotland and its hospitality. Would definitely recommend location, the Briar Cottages, and Kim and Frazer !
Visited March 2019
Written March 21, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
briarinfo
briarinfo
Thank you. We are delighted that you enjoyed your holiday break at pet friendly Little Briar cottage on Loch Earn and the area in and around Lochearnhead. Thank you for your detailed review and for recommendations including local eateries. We do regularly update our website with photos and information on things to do, where to eat and more. So it is helpful to hear that it is informative. It was a pleasure to have you here and we hope to see you all back again some day. Kindest wishes, Kim and Fraser
Written March 23, 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Maureen Jarvis
Maureen Jarvis
6 contributions
Little Briar Cottage
We visited Little Briar with our Labrador Dexter, from 29th Dec to 3rd Jan. The location is stunning with great views across Loch Earn & ideal for walking, hiking or visiting many beautiful towns close by. Kim & Fraser were the most welcoming & accommodating hosts ever & we have rented many dog friendly cottages over the years. The cottage is as the name suggests, little. It was smaller than we expected from the images on the website but cosy & comfortable enough for the two of us plus doggy. The kitchen was well stocked with equipment & we received some Prosecco & shortbread which was a lovely touch. The gardens are beautiful & something Kim & Fraser are quite rightly proud of. Stan the Stag is a joy & the Summer House on the loch bank is delightful. If we were to visit again we would likely request Summer when we would spend more time outdoors. To bring the rating to excellent it is our opinion that the cottage would benefit from updating the kitchen area & bathroom as well as the furniture to achieve better use of the small space in the open plan living / dining area. Kim did say they had plans to refurbish the bathroom shortly which is great & I believe this is under way. We would highly recommend Briar Cottages for a great short break.
Visited December 2018
Written February 25, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
briarinfo
briarinfo
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay in pet friendly Little Briar Cottage over New Year and for recommending short breaks to other potential guests. We offer short breaks from a minimum of 3 nights starting any day of the week.. We are delighted that you enjoyed the grounds,views and location and thank you for your thoughts on things that would make the cottage more comfortable. Continuous improvement for guest comfort is very important to us so we are grateful for all impressions and ideas that we can consider. Since your visit, we have replaced the electric heaters with modern digital thermal; energy efficient heaters . The bathroom suite is being ripped out tomorrow and a new steel bath, Roca bowl and sink with modern taps will be fitted on Monday. There will be a new heated towel rail and an LED ceiling light too. We have also added a new mini freezer box to upgrade from the ice box in the fridge. Once these jobs are complete we will re-write the list of top priorities. Briar Steading is significantly larger with 2 en-suite bathrooms for those that enjoy more space however we can not allow pets to stay there as per our commitment to allergy suffers since it was made available in 2011 Both cottages are already booked for New Year 2020. Thanks again for your feedback and have a great year..Kindest regards Kim and Fraser
Written February 27, 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Lisa C
Lisa C
3 contributions
Another great stay at Briar Cottages
This is the fifth or sixth time we have stayed at Briar Cottages and that is testament to how much we love the cottage, location and fabulous hosts Kim and Fraser. The cottages are very comfortable with everything you could need for a relaxing week away. The views from the cottage are outstanding across the Loch, and Kim and Fraser couldn’t be any more friendly and welcoming. We’ll definitely be back again.
Visited February 2019
Written February 23, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
briarinfo
briarinfo
Thank you very much Lisa. Always lovely to welcome you, your mum + family to Briar Steading on Loch Earn. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with others, especially after so many visits over the last 9 years since the cottage was built. We look forward to welcoming you and your family back any time. Kindest wishes Kim & Fraser
Written February 24, 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Marc
Marc
1 contribution
Best holiday ever.
I have to be honest and say that Briar cottages are by far the best we have ever stayed in. Cottages are beautifully presented and the location is breathtaking. Kim and Fraser are wonderful people who will do anything to keep you happy. Put it like this as soon as we left we were already planning our next visit.
Visited February 2019
Written February 23, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
briarinfo
briarinfo
Thank you for taking the time to share your impression of Little Briar and Briar Cottages location on Loch Earn. We are delighted that you and your family enjoyed your holiday week. We also enjoyed your company and stories. The photo of your daughter with Stan the Stag in the loch garden, now has pride of place on the home page of our website. We look forward to welcoming you all back again. Our very best wishes Kim and Fraser
Written February 24, 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Renan E
Renan E
3 contributions
Stunning cottage in a beautiful area
We had a great stay in a beautiful, spotless cottage with every amenity you could wish but it’s the view from every room, which is so fabulous , that makes the cottage really special! Kim and Fraser could not be better hosts. They go the extra mile to ensure your visit is enjoyable.(in our case literally). Perfect in every way.
Visited July 2018
Written August 1, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
briarinfo
briarinfo
Thank you very much for sharing your experience. We are delighted that you enjoyed the cottage and the many views of the loch and mountains as well as, the gardens that Fraser tends. Each season brings different plants, colours and wildlife so its an ever changing picture. It was our pleasure to assist in a way that was helpful for your family. Our very best wishes and thank you for choosing to stay in Briar Steading on Loch Earn, Kim and Fraser
Written August 2, 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

SingaporeToothfairy
SingaporeToothfairy
Singapore, Singapore36 contributions
Idyllic Holiday Cottage, Lovely hosts
I booked this cottage because of the photographs, the reviews, and the promise of fishing. I have to say that my expectations were met and exceeded. The cottage is spotless and well equipped, and every room looks out to the beautiful loch in front. There are heaters, and a log fire and the kitchen has everything you'd need to cook a good meal. Surrounding the cottage are beautiful grounds including charming woodland animals that come visiting : wild rabbits, deer, geese from the lake and ducks too. Kim and Fraser were wonderful hosts. Not only did i get great restaurant recommendations to celebrate our son's 21st, Kim and Fraser also gave him a card and bottle of wine for the occasion. They were so generous and welcoming that we felt like we were visiting old friends. Thank you Kim and Fraser for a lovely visit. We would definitely want to come back again!
Visited June 2018
Written July 7, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
briarinfo
briarinfo
Thank you. I am so pleased to hear that our website photographs spoke to you and that you enjoyed the comforts of Briar Steading cottage as well as the landscape around Loch Earn, seasonal wildlife and fishing. We are lucky to be able to offer fishing for trout during the season March 15 to October 6th. . It was our pleasure to welcome you and your charming family and we are always happy to help with area advice and contacts. You were our first guests from Singapore and will hopefully not be the last. It was also our honour that you chose our holiday cottage to celebrate your sons 21st birthday and many thanks for sharing the delicious cake made locally at MHOR84 . Many Scottish people adopt the philosophy that strangers are only good friends that you have not met yet We therefore hope that you will return some day... just like old friends. Our very best wishes Kim and Fraser
Written July 9, 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

W2482ELmichellew
W2482ELmichellew
Bedfordshire, United Kingdom2 contributions
Beautiful cottage with spectacular views
The cottage was absolutely beautiful well equipped and spacious with spectacular views from every window of the lock and surrounding mountains. The owners were lovely friendly and warm Kim and Fraser made the trip better. It was private comfortable and great location to go out and explore the rest of Scotland with lots of local amenities and activities whilst also feeling secluded and private. One of the most beautiful places I have visited so far and will definitely visit again.
Visited December 2017
Written December 13, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
briarinfo
briarinfo
Thank you for taking the time to share this. We are delighted that you enjoyed the space, comforts and privacy of Briar Steading and the snow capped mountains and view of Loch Earn. Winter brings its own special magic to the scene and you experienced sun and snow with stars on a clear night. Hopefully the festive flags, trees and sculptures that light up in the garden, helped to get you in the mood for Christmas. As you said, this is an ideal location for visiting other areas and attractions in Scotland.. We hope that you will return to experience Briar Cottages and the surrounding area in the future, whether for the same special birthday getaway or during a different season. All the best to you for Christmas and New Year 2018 , Kindest wishes, Kim & Fraser
Written December 14, 2017. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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What this rental offers
Indoor amenities
  • Fireplace
  • Internet access
  • Cable television
Wi-fi and internet
  • Wi-fi
Living spaces
  • Highchair
Entertainment
  • DVD player
  • Television
Parking
  • Secure parking available
Nearby
  • Golf course (within 30 mins drive)
  • Horse riding facilities
  • Hiking areas
  • Countryside area
Scenic views
  • Mountain views
  • Waterfront views
Kitchen and dining
  • Grill
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Location info
  • Kid friendly
  • Beachfront/Lakeside
Things to do
  • Fishing spots available
  • Watersports
  • Cycling areas
Outdoor amenities
  • Balcony
  • Patio
  • Private yard
  • Terrace
Location features
  • Waterfront location
Bathroom and laundry
  • Iron
  • Linens provided
  • Towels provided
  • Washer

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About the neighborhood
Lochearnhead village has 2 hotels. The village has some interesting annual events like a boat race, swim race, wakeboarding events, a village fete, model aeroplane flying, horticultural shows and the Balquhidder Strathyre and Lochearnhead Highland Games. The village is a popular meeting place for bikers and car touring clubs. This is an excellent base for anyone wishing to explore central Scotland from East to West and it is known as The Gateway To The Highlands. The area boasts some fine places to eat and drink from cafes to fine dining. Regular deer, ospreys, red squirrels and other wildlife make it a popular place to return. Golfers will enjoy the proximity to 20 courses within an hour the nearest being St Fillans and Killin within a 15 minute drive.
Access
Car required
How to get there
Best to reach Briar Cottages by car. You can fly into Glasgow or Edinburgh and hire a car from there. There are local taxi companies that offer pick up and drop off services from the airport.
Activities nearby
Fishing spots availableGolf course (within 30 mins drive)Horse riding facilitiesWatersports

Things to know
Check in / out timings
Check in after 4 PM Check out by 11 AM
Cancellation policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • No refund available once booking is confirmed
Notes from owner
NB We are offering 7 nights only from Saturdays unless otherwise indicated. Rents range from 700 to 1180 GBP throughout the year. We occassionally offer short breaks with a minimum of 5 nights during festive breaks. Start dates will be restricted to enable a Christmas and A New Year week do check first.

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