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Cottage -
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Balloch, West Dunbartonshire, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Scotland

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f m
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Very comfortable cottage”
Reviewed 7 April 2015 for a stay in March 2015

The owner of The Old Smiddy was very helpful, even before we arrived.
The cottage is located next door to the owner, on the edge of Balloch, about a 15 minute walk from Loch Lomond. There is parking on the driveway, and Fiona (the owner) requested that we close the gates when coming and going to stop the chickens escaping! There were 3 chickens, a cat and a dog, although we didn't see them much as the weather wasn't kind to us!
On arrival, Fiona and David greeted us and showed us around the cottage, which comprised of a spacious kitchen, a living room, a double ensuite bedroom and a twin ensuite bedroom. It was very well equipped with some nice touches such as boxes of tissues, washing up liquid and clothe, gravy granules and cooking oil. It was centrally heated which was appreciated. In the kitchen was everything you might need for self catering - gas hob and electric grill/oven, fridge, freezer, washing machine/drier, dishwasher and half a dozen cleaning tablets, loads of dishes, pots and pans, etc.
Balloch itself is a good location, right on the edge of Loch Lomond, and within travel distance of several places of interest. The train times to Glasgow are frequent, allowing a good day out. We also visited Stirling, Greenock, Luss and Alexandria. Our experience of the restaurants in Balloch was good.

Date of stay: March 2015
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Management Response
17 Apr 2015
Thankyou for your review of The Old Smiddy Cottage and nice to meet you and your family regards Fiona and David
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Theresa W
Mandurah, Australia
1 review
“The perfect home from home, loved our time there.”
Reviewed 22 March 2015 for a stay in February 2015

This was the perfect spot, easy walking distance to shops, restaurants and public transport. The cottage was warm and welcoming with everything we could possibly want or need. We wouldn't consider any other place to stay now if we come back. We enjoyed very minute.

Date of stay: February 2015
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Liked best: Feeling like we had our own place.
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
24 Mar 2015
Thank you Theresa and Paul for that lovely review so glad everything was to your liking it was lovely to meet you both and would love to see you back anytime. Chocs were delicious x
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Robyn C
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fantastic cottage”
Reviewed 10 November 2014 for a stay in November 2014

Rented this cottage while attending a family wedding, really impressed!! Clean,spacious and well equipped. Friendly owners and would thoroughly recommend!!

Date of stay: November 2014
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
12 Nov 2014
Thankyou for great review it was lovely to meet you all and glad you enjoyed cottage and your wedding went so well. Regard Fiona
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Brock1969
Beverley, United Kingdom
1 review
“Excellent property and great location.”
Reviewed 4 November 2014 for a stay in October 2014

The property was really clean and tidy, rooms were all a good size and well equipped. The property was well located for easy access around Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.

Date of stay: October 2014
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Liked best: Great Location
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
8 Nov 2014
Many thanks for lovely review so glad you enjoyed the cottage and lovely to meet you kind regards Fiona
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IanFromOx...
Oxford, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“We had a wonderful time”
Reviewed 19 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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I stayed at Old Smiddy with my family of 4 for over a week in August 2014. The cottage was very well maintained and had everything one could wish for. Fiona was kind and professional and made us feel very welcome. Highly recommended.

Date of stay: August 2014
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
8 Nov 2014
Thankyou so much for your lovely comments I am glad you enjoyed your time at The Old Smiddy it was a pleasure to have you stay. Kind regards Fiona
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Webb14
Swindon, United Kingdom
1 review
“Excellent, well equipped, and spotlessly clean accommodation,. Ideal for touring the area.”
Reviewed 4 August 2014 for a stay in July 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Balloch. Our main theme was the Commonwealth Games so we were very occupied! The Old Smiddy was ideal accommodation for us all to visit Glasgow and indeed spend time around Loch Lomond. Fiona and David were very helpful and friendly.

Date of stay: July 2014
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Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
13 Aug 2014
Thankyou for lovely review so glad you enjoyed the cottage and also the very successful Commonwealth games in Glasgow. Weather was great for you too which was super. Kind regards Fiona and David
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Jillian C
1 review
“Absolutely Fantastic Holiday and Brilliant Hosts”
Reviewed 30 April 2014 for a stay in April 2014

I would like to say how fantastic our holiday was at The Old Smiddy, Cottage Ballaoch Loch Lomond, we travelled from Beverley East Yorkshire and our first holiday away, The cottage was beautiful and clean, and had everything you could wish for, Fiona and David Crag were brillent and fantastic hosts, We are hoping to go back their again later in the year would reccommend this beautiful cottage over and over again

Date of stay: April 2014
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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
5 May 2014
Oh thankyou so much for the wonderful review we loved meeting you both was sad to see you going and looking forward to your next visit. Take care and keep well x
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