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Briar Cottages
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Manama, Bahrain
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3 reviews
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“Spectacular”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2013 via mobile

Everything about our stay was wonderful.

The cottage was equipped with all the essentials, with two bedrooms and a spacious living area, divided into dining , kitchen and a living room , but what I loved most ; was the cleanness of the cottage..

The view from the living room was spectacular ; i read many reviews about how beautiful the view is , but i think there are no words that can justify that beauty ..You must see it to really appreciate it..

The owners; Kim & Fraser were warm welcoming people, they didn't spare any effort to help us finding what we needed or answer any query we had.

And just before we leave , we ran into Gerard Butler ( YES !! Gerard Butler ) few miles away from the cottage while we were having our dinner in a place recommended by Kim and Fraser , and that was What I call the perfect end for a perfect holiday :)

Overall , the place z a must see , and would strongly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a scape from the city .

One important note , having your own car is strongly recommended .

Fareshta

  • Stayed July 2013
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briarinfo, Owner at Briar Cottages, responded to this review, 24 July 2013
Thank you for sharing your experience and observations and I love the photo showing the gable end of Briar Cottage and Little Briar cottage. I am glad that your first family holiday in Scotland was enjoyable and yes what a bonus that your sons spotted Gerard Butler along the road. He would be here visiting his mum who lives nearby. I am delighted that he took time to chat with you and that your sons had their photo taken with him. Kindest wishes Kim (+Fraser)
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Manama, Bahrain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2013 via mobile

Everything about our stay was wonderful.

The cottage was equipped with all the essentials, with two bedrooms and a spacious living area, divided into dining , kitchen and a living room , but what I loved most ; was the cleanness of the cottage..

The view from the living room was spectacular ; i read many reviews about how beautiful the view is , but i think there are no words that can justify that beauty ..You must see it to really appreciate it..

The owners; Kim & Fraser were warm welcoming people, they didn't spare any effort to help us finding what we needed or answer any query we had.

And just before we leave , we ran into Gerard Butler ( YES !! Gerard Butler ) few miles away from the cottage while we were having our dinner in a place recommended by Kim and Fraser , and that was What I call the perfect end for a perfect holiday :)

Overall , the place z a must see , and would strongly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a scape from the city .

One important note , having your own car is strongly recommended .

Fareshta

  • Stayed July 2013
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2013

Gorgeous Cottages - Little Briar was fine for our 3 adults and 2 kids (1 in a travel cot). Clean, beautifully furnished, with lovely views of the Loch from main bedroom and living room windows. A main road runs past the front of the property, between the cottages and the lawn on the Loch (where we enjoyed games with the kids), but it's not busy and the area was quiet. We spotted deer on the hill above the property several times. Kim and Fraser were lovely and had some good recommendations. We enjoyed a coffee at the small water sports centre cafe, a 5 min walk down the road, and there is a good playground opposite. There's a wildlife park about half an hours' drive away which the kids loved. The highlight of the National Park was it's amazing scenery. A drive up through Glen Coe is absolutely fabulous too.

Room Tip: The bigger luxury cottage has much more spacious living areas and bedrooms if you need more room.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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briarinfo, Owner at Briar Cottages, responded to this review, 1 June 2013
Delighted that you enjoyed the charms of Little Briar Cottage. Yes, the wildlife here is like living in an episode of BBC Springwatch and in addition guests can visit nearby Auchingarrich Wildlife Park which is charming and full of interesting critters or Blair Drummond Safari Park. Thank you for your lovely photographs of that ever changing picture across from the cottages and garden on Loch Earn. The snow has finally melted from the north side of Ben Our and Stuc A Chroin and we are enjoying sunny weather with mallards, oyster catchers, a swan and Canadian Geese, wagtails, sand martins and more visiting the loch garden. Ospreys fish in front of us daily now and some guests have spotted an eagle and red kites on the hill behind us. The water sports café is now serving customers inside and out as they watch the water ski events, wake boarders and kayakers. Thank you for choosing to stay here and for sharing your experience and photographs of Briar Cottages Lochearnhead.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2013

We all thoroughly enjoyed our week of very mixed weather at Little Briar Cottage, we being 3 adults and a dog.
The location could not have been bettered, such a beautiful place, and such wonderful views. We explored all of the area, and the cottage itself was lovely to come home to every evening. Kim and Fraser were so welcoming and friendly, we may return some day.
I have given 4 stars to the rooms, which are lovely, but necessarily small.

Room Tip: We also saw The Steading, a much larger, beautiful property, on the same site, where pets are not al...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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briarinfo, Owner at Briar Cottages, responded to this review, 23 May 2013
Thank you for sharing your experience and we are pleased that you enjoyed Little Briar Cottage, the grounds and area. Yes, Little Briar is very compact in its layout. It is popular with 2 adults, couples with young families, or family and friends that know each other well enough. Many choose it in winter months because it is small and cosy. You mention Briar Steading our luxury cottage. It is fair to say that Little Briar could fit into the open plan living area of our luxury cottage. We built that one with bedrooms en-suite on each gable end to enable space and privacy. We decided to allow dogs in Little Briar and not in the luxury cottage so that there is a choice for those that prefer a pet free environment for allergies or other reasons. Thanks again for your comments and your positive feedback. It was lovely to meet and chat with you and we hope that you do return some day.

All the best,

Kim and Fraser Proven
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Airdrie
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2013

I have read the excellent reviews here and can only concur with them. I have stayed in many places throughout this beautiful country of ours and can safely say that the location, standard of accommodation, view and hosts are second to none. This is the perfect site for a young or old family or a group of walkers. I have recommended this cottage to my friends and family with no hesitation.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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briarinfo, Owner at Briar Cottages, responded to this review, 28 April 2013
Thank you very much for your kind comments. We are delighted that you enjoyed the ever changing views over Loch Earn and the mountains and how kind of you to email me with copies of your lovely landscape photographs. The one of the stream meandering down the side of Briar Cottages gardens is better than any that I have. Kindest regards Kim and Fraser
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Rhyl, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2013

We have just returned from an amazing long weekend at Briar Cottages. Fantastic place!! Great Location. We stayed in Briar Steading (the larger of the two cottages) It was perfect, clean and spacious. We viewed the smaller cottge which is also great. Kim and Fraser are amazing hosts and so welcoming. Fraser showed us his lochside summerhouse well equiped with beer fridge! Cannot recommed more!!! Will definatly be returning!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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briarinfo, Owner at Briar Cottages, responded to this review, 21 February 2013
Thank you for your enthusiasm and for sharing your feedback here and on our Twitter page @Briarcottages. Even a short break can be good for the soul whether you want to release happy endorphins looking at the stunning landscapes and wildlife or get an adrenaline rush from outdoor activities in the area. The summer house is a great spot. Many a fun night has been had in there at difference times of the year. The fridge and heater are definitely a bonus. It was a pleasure to meet you all and we hope that you do return some day soon
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2012

The glowing reviews do pay justice to this lovely place. As many have already pointed out, the location is perfect; the views breathtaking; the hosts are among the friendliest and most helpful you'll come across.
We stayed in Little Briar with our one-year old son and found it to be perfect for a small family. The large garden and the proximity to the loch and to the watersports centre make this an ideal location for any type of break (sporty or romantic, for couple, family or friends).
And if you tend towards the antisocial type, have no fear: the hosts, Kim and Fraser, are happy to offer help, advice and a few anecdotes and will happily share a glass (or two) with you, but they'll only do so if you're up for it.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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briarinfo, Owner at Briar Cottages, responded to this review, 16 December 2012
Thank you kindly. It is never too late to add a review and we really value your comments on Little Briar Cottage and our three acre gardens and loch garden. We do appreciate how lucky we are to be so close to The Lochearnhead Water Sports centre and cafe; a popular venue for visitors. We do love to show off the b listed thatched cottage that we live in and to share the history of its crofting tenants over a drink or tea, however, we will always aim to be sensitive to individual requirements and space. We are sure that santa will be good to your wee one. Have a Merry Christmas.

Kim and Fraser
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Property: Briar Cottages
Address: Lochearnhead, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park FK19 8PU, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park > Lochearnhead
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Lochearnhead
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE 5 OUT OF 5 bubble rating, 2016 AWARD WINNER: We (Kim and Fraser) will welcome you on arrival at Briar Cottages where we offer a spacious luxury holiday cottage for 4 (plus baby) and a charming pet friendly cottage for 4 plus 1 dog or 2 plus 2 pets in the friendly village of Lochearnhead. The cottages and grounds offer outstanding views south over Loch Earn to Glenample and Stuc A Chroin behind Edinample Castle, free trout fishing in season, a petanque piste with boule and cochinette, fun 6 flag lawn putting in the loch garden, a jetty, summerhouse, slipway, #BLiSStrail sculptures, moorings and picnic tables within 3 acre landscaped gardens. Detached and finished in local stone to complement our B listed thatched cottage, both holiday cottages are elevated within the gardens and are 60 metres apart. Briar Steading sleeps 4 in king and twin bedrooms both with en-suite bathrooms (one offering a spacious walk in wet shower room). A travel cot and high chair are available in Briar Steading. Completed in winter 2010, the bedrooms are separated by an open plan lounge for comfort and privacy. Glass windows and doors lead to the patio garden from the lounge and bedrooms enabling plenty of light, stunning views all year round and individual access to and from the patio. The comfortable 26 foot open plan living space includes a wood-burning stove, dining area, and a fully fitted kitchen with integrated appliances. The interior is tastefully decorated in natural and warm hues reflecting the mixed colours within our local stone which can be seen in the waterfall that sits behind the self-catering property. Free WiFi can be accessed in all rooms and on the patio outside. Briar Steading is a pet-free environment, however our dog-friendly cottage Little Briar is charming and cosy with a kitchen dining and lounge area overlooking the loch. The pet friendly cottage sleeps 2-4 in one double and one twin room with a bathroom/shower. Dogs adore the run around space behind the cottage. One couple can bring up to 2 dogs and 4 people may bring one pet. Both cottages are WiFi enabled. Guests can access the Proven's loch garden for free trout fishing in season plus there are moorings, a slipway and jetty, petanque piste (bocce ball), picnic tables and summer house. Pets are welcome to swim if you let them. When you are booked in for 7 nights or more you will be invited to view inside Briar Cottage's lounge, once the old byre or cow shed in our restored b-listed thatched cottage. See a fine example of an original Scots pine cruck framed ceiling. We will be delighted to share stories of past tenants from local clans MacGregor and McLaren. Descendants of these clans often return to the area to see the house and grounds and to take part in the traditional Highland Games in Lochearnhead in July. Briar Cottages offer excellent view points for photography - from the top of the garden near the old Lochearnhead to Comrie railway walkway - to the jetty on Loch Earn. This is a terrific area for outdoor sports, wildlife, touring Scotland and relaxation. There are two hotels just 200m from the garden gates and many more wonderful places to eat and drink within a short drive. I (Kim) am a member of the Federation of Small Businesses, have Association of Self Catering Scotland Quality Assurance grading and am Chair of The Loch Earn Tourism Information group. I will be delighted to assist with any queries. We aim to offer you a comfortable, enjoyable and memorable holiday experience at Briar Cottages and look forward to welcoming you soon. ... more   less 
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