We (two adults, three children aged 8-14, one dog) had a lovely week based in Myrtle Cottage, and would recommend it highly. Dan and Heather were excellent hosts, welcoming but not intrusive, and gave us a quick tour and a few local pointers for shops and paths when we arrived. We enjoyed the welcome pack until we had a chance to get shopping too!
The galley kitchen looked a bit small to start with, but was more than adequate for a week's family cooking (and breakfast pancakes!) and the lounge/diner was fine for the five of us (plus dog) to collapse after a day's exercise and watch a DVD.
The bedrooms and upstairs are bright and spacious, and the beds were comfortable, always a pleasant surprise in a holiday house! The bathroom is also a good size, and very welcome after a long ride/walk, the only problem we had was having to climb stairs to get to it with tired legs, maybe we should have gone to a bungalow!
The location is ideal, right on the main road (wasn't a noise problem, it's not that busy!) with lots of parking space and a great view across to Ben Ledi.
About 100m along the main road (walking away from Callander) is a path leading up to a well-used pedestrian/cycle path along the old railway. That gives a nice bicycle or walking route right in to Callander and from there on Sustrans National Cycle Route 7 for as far as you want to go (we got as far as Strathyre, 20km each way, but saw bits of the path as it continued North), it's great to be able to ride out from and back to the house! Going the other way along the path is a shorter route, 4km of quiet path through woods before you have to turn at a quarry entrance.
During the week, we also took the bikes over to Loch Katrine, another lovely cycle route (and a steamship enabling a one-way bike ride from the end of May through the summer months), and had walks up Ben Ledi and Ben Vorlich, both easily reached from the cottage.
One concern we had was that there was only one review on here before we booked, Heather explained that the cottage has been rented out for seven years but has only got on tripadvisor in the last year, so don't let the lack of reviews put you off! And one final thing to be aware of, there is a website for the cottage which mentioned a coffee shop adjacent, but that's not there any more, however there is a petrol station shop at the far side of the car park so you can always get last minute snacks if needed! There is a Tesco and Co-op in the centre of Callander for bigger shopping.
Overall, highly recommended, we'll certainly be back to Callander and will definitely be booking again at Myrtle Cottage if it's available!
Myrtle Cottage is a fantastic cosy 3 bedroomed cottage just on the outskirts of Callander. My husband, daughter and autistic son have just returned from a long weekend here and we returned home feeling chilled out and relaxed. We found it particularly helpful only having one door into Myrtle Cottage which could be securley locked something that is always a worry for autistic parents. Inside it is beautifully decorated with large spacious bedrooms and everything you need for a relaxing stress free stay. Even our jack russell Zac enjoyed his holiday. Heather also left a really nice welcome pack of eggs bread butter milk and jam . For the nice weather there is a decking area to the side of the house . It is also situated within a few miles of Blair Drummond Safari Park . Stirling is 12 miles away but there is also plenty gift shops in Callander itself and a co-op and tesco extra.There is a garage with a spar shop next door to Myrtle Cottage. Loch Lomond is approximatley an hour's drive away .