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Briar Cottage Easter Achraw what3words:///Trickling Poems Scout, Lochearnhead, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park FK19 8PU Scotland
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Luxury and pet friendly self catering holiday cottages on the banks of Loch Earn in Lochearnhead village; rated excellent by previous guests. Briar Steading sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms en-suite and is a pet free environment. Dog friendly Little Briar sleeps 3 and 2 pets.(Awarded Best Pet Holiday Home in Europe 2019 by EHHA). Both cottages offer outstanding views south over Loch Earn, Edinample Castle and Stuc A Chroin Munro. The three acre gardens include, petanque, putting, free trout fishing in season, a jetty and slipway for small boats, open water swimming or paddleboarding. Two sculptures in the loch garden are part of the award winning BLiSS art trail. The cottages are close to Sustrans NCR7, the Rob Roy Way and The Glen Ogle Trail . Enjoy the central location for easy access to other tourist attractions. 200m from two dog friendly hotels and a water sports hire centre. 2 miles from fishing boat hire plus a golf club in St Fillans east Loch Earn. Pets will enjoy the acre run around paddock, splash in stream and loch for swimming. Guests are invited to see the original cruck ceiling in the owners B listed thatched cottage, once home to tenants from ancient local clan MacLaren. The site is hosted by Kim and Fraser Proven who are passionate about tourism and knowledgeable about the area with excellent contacts. They will show you around your cottage and assist in any way that they can to make your stay safe, comfortable, enjoyable and memorable.
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Hope C wrote a review Jun 2022
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I've stayed here twice now and never want leave. It is the most beautiful location right on the loch, with stunning views from the cottage. The whole cottage has views out over the water. There is plenty to do around with lots of lovely places to eat just a short drive away. We took our paddle board this time and it was amazing just being able to get up and walk straight down to the loch and go for a paddle. Bonus is there is a watersports place just 150m down the road offering all-sorts of fun activities. Also a putting green for the guests to use that sits right by the water. The hosts are both just incredible. Such warm and welcoming people who truly make this such a special place to come and stay. We can't wait to come stay again.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Kim Proven, Owner at Briar Cottages
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you very much for your kind words. We are delighted that you enjoyed yourself in Briar Steading and it was our pleasure to welcome your family back again. It was lovely to see you utilising the garden on Loch Earn for paddle boarding and fishing too. We agree it is very convenient to be able to hire equiplement and wetsuits from the Loch Earn Wakeschool just a stroll away. Have a great summer and do get in touch any time when you are ready to have another lochside adventure. Our very best wishes Kim and Fraser
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James O wrote a review May 2022
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Little Briar cottage was the perfect location for us to explore the beautiful surroundings of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park and further afield. No end of mountain walking, as well as lower level and forest tracks. Cosy and well equipped cottage with beautiful views across Loch Earn, made all the more welcoming by Fraser and Kim, the perfect hosts! (Photo: View down Loch Earn from above St. Fillans)
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Kim Proven, Owner at Briar Cottages
Responded 31 May 2022
We are delighted that you discovered and enjoyed so many walks and tracks in this area of our National Park. There are plenty to choose from. As per your lovely photograph, the high points enable superb views over Loch Earn. As you now know, the beautiful south facing loch views from the cottages change all the time. Each season brings a differnt light, colours and magic along with a variety of birds and wildlife. We are pleased that you enjoyed the comforts of Little Briar. We worked hard on upgrades and improvements over the last year or two including the new fenced stone patio and awning, a new kitchen and equipment plus soft furnishings flooring and furniture. Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure to meet you and we are truly grateful to you for taking the time to share your experiences and photographs around Little Briar Cottage and Loch Earn.
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LAllsopp13 wrote a review May 2022
Bolton, United Kingdom8 contributions
I don’t normally do this and write reviews, but on this occasion, I felt it was what I should do, and tell you of a place like no other... We have never been to the same place, in the whole wide world, more than once... Part from visiting my family in Eastbourne, I cant forget them... But this place, this haven, this beautiful part of the world, that Kim and Fraser have so kindly created, and shared with us... We have now had our 11th, wonderful and amazing holiday here... and this time we brought our family to show them why we have tried to come back here every year ! We would normally just stay in the Steading, the bigger of the 2x cottages, but this time we had both of them, Little Briar and the Steading, plenty of room for 5x adults. Both have been created to a very high standard, and are so nice and very cosy, like being home from home, everything that you could need, if needed, and the views from either cottage are absolutely spectacular ! I celebrated my 40th birthday here, a few years ago now, but my partner has just celebrated his 50th birthday here... Kim and Fraser, are the fonts of all knowledge of the surrounding areas, and happy to suggest somewhere new to try or visit... They welcome us each time, with open arms, and make us feel like we are part of their lovely gorgeous extended family... Their neighbours are pretty great too ! I would like to say a huge thank you to Kim and Fraser, and hope that we can continue to visit Briar Cottages, for many more years to come...
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from Kim Proven, Owner at Briar Cottages
Responded 12 May 2022
Wow! What a fabulous review from the heart. We love welcoming people back and it was our honour to have you here to celebrate the 50th and other special occasions over the years. You were one of the first in Briar Steading after it was built in 2011 and will have watched the gardens evolve. Thank you so much for believing in us and for introducing the next generation. You are fefinitely honoury members of the Briar Cottages family! We actively keep up to date with new services, attractions and events. We know local business owners by their first names. Our tourism group and the Village newspaper helps us keep ahead too. I am so pleased that you have met some of our friends and neighbours over the years. You must be honourary villagers by now :). We are proud of our community folk. They make time for people and are ambassadors of local knowledge in Lochearnhead and the neighbouring villages. We respect that reviews are not for everyone and you will know that we also have guest review books in our cottages. So an enoromous thank you for taking the time to share your experiences here. We look forward to seeing you again with open arms and will have a think about new and exciting places for you to experience. We have enjoyed your company and stories over the years. Our very best wishes, have a great summer and pass on our best to the family. Kim and Fraser xx
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Isaac wrote a review May 2022
Stockport, United Kingdom1 contribution1 helpful vote
As beautiful as the pictures, if not more so. We stayed in Little Briar, which was incredibly comfortable for the two of us. Ideal for relaxing and taking in the scenery but also ideal as a base for getting out and exploring Scotland thanks to it being based in right in the middle of the country. Kim & Fraser are the best hosts you could hope for, so friendly, always on hand to make you feel at home and offer their expert advice on trips out and the best food spots. The facilities in Little Briar are everything you’ll need. Immaculate throughout with comfortable beds and a modern kitchen and bathroom, fast and reliable WiFi and radiators that warm the place up in no time, along with a covered outdoor area it sit and take in the view. We (sadly) didn’t have a pet with us ourselves, but there is no compromise on cleanliness, you’d never know a paw had stepped through the door. It was our first stay at Briar on family recommendation but it certainly won’t be our last!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Kim Proven, Owner at Briar Cottages
Responded 12 May 2022
Thank you both very much for your lovely review of Little Briar Cottage on Loch Earn. We are delighted that you enjoyed your first visit on a family recommendation. We are also delighted that you found the cottage comfortable and mentioned facilities like the new kitchen that was fitted this year. We do attract couples with no pets as well as guests with pets and work hard to enure a fresh and clean experience for everyone on arrival. We built the partial awning during lockdown so that guests could choose to sit out on the patio or move back to the sheltered area as desired. Kind of you to share your experience, It was our pleasure to meet you both and good luck with lifes adventures. Kim mand Fraser.
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Angela McKellican wrote a review Apr 2022
Edinburgh, United Kingdom9 contributions
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From the moment we arrived and saw the beautiful loch stretched out in front of us through both bedroom and livingroom room windows we felt relaxed. The luxury accommodation had absolutely everything we could think of or could possibly need and want. We spent time pondering the local villages of Killin, Comrie (beautiful bakery, butcher and green grocer) and Calender (check out all the little shops for loads of bargains). We played pool and had some food (delcious desserts) metres away from the cottage at the local hotels (150 steps!) and enjoyed fishing, watersports (despite the water being chilly!) It was the perfect location for our huge Easter egg hunt. The host could not have been more accommodating and helpful throughout the week and are so cheerful and fun they feel like family! A lovely time had by all spending a week relaxing and rejeuvating in the lovely surroundings. Thank you Briar Cottages.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Kim Proven, Owner at Briar Cottages
Responded 2 May 2022
Thank you for your lovely review and for sharing what you got up to for others to consider. Yes there are some lovely neighbouring villages to visit. We are delighted that your family enjoyed their week in Briar Steading and the three acre gardens on the shores of Loch Earn. Kindest regards Kim and Fraser
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soosieq62 wrote a review Sept 2021
Edinburgh, United Kingdom54 contributions62 helpful votes
We were 3 adults plus baby and a dog, and we had a very happy stay at Little Briar. The accommodation is well thought out, comfortable and practical. Plenty of room for living inside, and also outside with the new covered area; a lovely space to sit, dine or simply enjoy the views. We had friends to visit and made good use of this space. Our dog was safe within the enclosed space but with plenty of room at hand to run and chase some of the toys provided. We enjoyed using the jetty to access the Loch for a swim or paddleboard . Kim and Fraser are perfect hosts, both friendly and responsive. We always look forward to our visits.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Kim Proven, Owner at Briar Cottages
Responded 9 Sept 2021
Thank you for taking the time to review Little Briar Cottage on Loch Earn, especially when you have your hands full with a new and rather gorgeous baby. We are glad that you enjoyed our compact little cottage. We enjoyed having the new paved patio and polycarbonate awning area constructed outside the cottage and are delighted that you enjoyed the experience - making it all the more worthwhile. Thank you for letting us know that pet toys are welcome and useful and that your pet also enjoyed the holiday. Open water swimming and paddle boarding have become more popular recently so it was great to see you making use of the natural swimming pool (Loch Earn) that extends from our 250ft loch garden. 2021 saw the welcome launch of a new water sports equipment and hire company within 150m of our garden gates enabling addition experience options for our guests. It was our pleasure to welcome your family back with a lovely new member. Thanks again for your kind words, Kim and Fraser.
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katiefrombolton wrote a review Aug 2021
Bolton, United Kingdom93 contributions33 helpful votes
We had a week booked in Briar Steadings which sadly we had to cut short due to illness. Kim and Frazer have created the most magnificent place set beautifully in fabulous slopping grounds with a Loch side garden just across the road. The views are sensational. If you are looking for comfort, welcoming hosts and a fantastic setting then you have found it. The previous reviews say everything. Get it booked. Thanks to Kim and Frazer for being so caring.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Response from Kim Proven, Owner at Briar Cottages
Responded 30 Aug 2021
Dear Katie, Thank you so much for your kind words. We were so sorry that you had to leave early however health always comes. It was lovely to chat to you in the time that we had and thank you for your suggestions to add to our continuous improvement list. Most helpful. Best wishes for continued good health and relaxation while the extended summer lasts. Kim and Fraser.
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NorthernMinky wrote a review Jun 2021
Barnsley, United Kingdom36 contributions8 helpful votes
Ok so we were blessed with fabulous weather but I would have still given this place top marks if the weather hadn't been as kind! We stayed in Little Briar and our dog had the most amazing time in the newly built secure run, she cried in the morning to be let out to sit and watch the rabbits. It really is a walker's paradise with fantastic access to lots of walks to see the wildlife (stag, numerous does, red squirrels). To us, that access was priceless, we haven't walked as much. And the view, oh the view, so many photos of the loch - and each one different. The cottage is really lovely, it was just right for us, everything we needed was there, and it was really comfortable for relaxing after those long walks. It felt like a little home from home - not just a holiday place. Covid restricted us a little as we didn't eat out, but it didn't detract from having the most wonderful holiday. We were able to visit Callander, Cowrie, Killin and St Fillans for sightseeing and walks as well as undertaking some of the local outdoor challenges - Ben Vorlich and the more gentle Glen Ogle Way. Kim and Fraser are such welcoming, helpful hosts, friendly and chatty but definitely not pushy. I cannot recommend this place enough, it really is magical.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Responded 17 Jun 2021
Thank you for sharing your first experience of Little Briar at Briar Cottages, Lochearnhead. We are delighted that you and your pet enjoyed relaxing there and that you made the most of the walks and Munros, exploring local villages and the surrounding area. Covid 19 has held us all back one way or another however I hope that you will be able to return one day to enjoy some of the local restaurants and hospitality. We really appreciate your kind and helpful comments. Kindest regards, Kim and Fraser
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Bryn R wrote a review May 2021
Deeside, United Kingdom95 contributions96 helpful votes
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Yet again Kim and Frazer have done it again 2017 i went here for a chill break and they somehow managed to improve on that, Excellent stay such a beautiful peaceful place. In the perfect spot for exploring Perthshire and Loch Lomond.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Responded 17 Jun 2021
We are delighted that you enjoyed your second experience relaxing at Little Briar Cottage on Loch Earn and exploring the area. Thank you for your kind words.
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GILLIAN S wrote a review Aug 2020
Edinburgh, United Kingdom31 contributions10 helpful votes
We have just returned home after a very relaxing week staying in Little Briar Cottage. Kim and Fraser are wonderful hosts and made us feel so welcome and safe during our stay. We so appreciated their gift of Prosecco when they heard it was our wedding anniversary! The cottage is very private and comfortable and the grounds are amazing. The views can’t be beaten and watching the Loch change colour through different weather was fascinating. We explored the area around and the scenery along each route we took just reminded us of why the area is so loved by visitors. We ate out a few times at local restaurants but also barbecued and cooked at the cottage. Everything is provided that you’ll need for your stay. The outdoor fire pits are great for keeping cosy when the night air cools but you want to still enjoy the outdoor areas. We hope we’ll visit again. Thanks Kim & Fraser!
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Response from Kim Proven, Owner at Briar Cottages
Responded 11 Oct 2020
Gillian, how kind of you . We do indeed live in a very scenic place and the changing colours, from weather, light, seasons and cloud formations are rarely the same twice. We are delighted that you chose to eat out offering much needed support to local rural restaurants. Thank you for sharing your experience of Little Briar Cottage and for your kind words. Best wishes, Kim and Fraser
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Frequently Asked Questions about Briar Cottages
Which popular attractions are close to Briar Cottages?
Nearby attractions include Balquhidder Church Ruins (4.3 miles), Glen Ogle (2.6 miles), and Lochearnhead War Memorial (0.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Briar Cottages?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and kids activities.
Which room amenities are available at Briar Cottages?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and a dishwasher.
What food & drink options are available at Briar Cottages?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Briar Cottages?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Briar Cottages?
Conveniently located restaurants include Mhor 84, The Golden Larches, and The Lochearnhead Hotel.
Is Briar Cottages located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 miles away from the centre of Lochearnhead.
Are any cleaning services offered at Briar Cottages?
Yes, a clothes dryer and a washing machine are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Briar Cottages?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Briar Cottages?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Killin Railway Viaduct (5.7 miles).
Does Briar Cottages have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.