Bed and Breakfast
Country House bed and breakfast accommodation
with optional, recommended, dinner.
B&B, and also exclusive use
for house parties (sleeping 10) and weddings.
Automobile Association Guest Accommodation.
Central Scotland, convenient for visiting Stirling (20 mins), Glasgow (30 mins), Edinburgh (60 mins) and Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park (5 miles).
Ballochneck is that happy combination: a grand Scottish country house and estate with wonderfully welcoming and hospitable owners. Fiona and Donnie Allan have set aside some of their best bedrooms (with incredible views over Ballochneck estate to distant hills) to welcome bed and breakfast guests. If you like, Fiona will provide dinner as well - true Scottish country house cooking, fresh, local and organic.
The approach to Ballochneck is along a mile drive, past natural woodland, gently sloping fields, (where you might see the Allan's championship pedigree Suffolk sheep), past the Curling Pond, two acres of trout water where wild duck fly in at dusk, rising up the hill between mature Limes and Wellingtonia to the house itself.
The original Georgian house was added to by the Lord Provost of Glasgow, Sir William McOnie, in 1883, and raised up on a grassy bank to take advantage of exceptional views. Wide stone steps lead up to the front door and entrance hall (right).
At Ballochneck you're welcome to relax in front of a log fire in the Drawing Room, have a morning coffee in the Conservatory, play snooker at the original Edwardian billiard table in the Games Room, walk anywhere on the estate, or picnic by the loch. This is an uplifting place to stay, where you feel on top of the world and well looked after.
Two main double bedrooms both with open fires for romantic winter evenings, and the bathrooms have generous towels and bathrobes. There is also an extra twin room ideal for family or friends travelling together.
Left and right;
This is the handsomest, biggest and most luxurious sleigh bed you've ever seen!
The bathroom, with magnificent views, has a deep cast-iron bath, shower attachment, basin and wc.
In fact every window in the house looks out on idyllic garden, trees, countryside or distant hills.
Left and right;
Ideal for more than two travelling together is 'The Yellow Bedroom Suite' This includes the Yellow Bedroom and its ensuite bathroom shared with the Taggart Bedroom (a small twin room – not shown here).
Smoking is allowed in the Drawing Room.
Dining and Breakfast:
Dinner (by arrangement, and highly recommended) is served either in the Conservatory (right) or in the Dining Room (below right).
Fiona provides a 4 course Table d'Hôte dinner using organic produce wherever possible, local beef and game, Ballochneck lamb and fresh herbs and vegetables.
Please let Fiona know in advance if you would like dinner.
She is also happy to cater for special diets with advance notice.
Breakfast is served in the Dining Room in front of the window (right).
It can be a full cooked traditonal Scottish breakfast including the options of smoked Salmon and scrambled eggs, poached haddock, and Scotch pancakes; or, a lighter Continental breakfast. As you wish.
Per room per night, including full Scottish breakfast:
Please enquire about exclusive use for house parties (sleeping 10) and weddings.
Above; Who is the winged figure carved in marble in the Drawing Room chimney-piece? Is it Iris, winged messenger of the gods, who felt drowsy after her visit to Hypnos, god of sleep?
To enquire or to book:
Fiona and Donnie Allan
Tel: 01360 850 216
or from outside the UK:
Tel: 44 1360 850 216
Please tell Fiona and Donnie you found Ballochneck through About Scotland!