Self-catering rental accommodation
in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.
Glasgow 60 minutes, Stirling 45 mins. Sleeps 7.
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
Above; Geese in the foreground and Blairhullichan seen from across Loch Ard.
Right; The self-catering wing looks onto the garden.
Bridget and John Lewis's home, Blairhullichan, was originally a Victorian shooting lodge. Parts of the garden wing date back even earlier to the 1600's and it is this wing they have set aside to make a comfortable self-contained, self-catering rental for families or friends in parties of up to six or seven.
The Lewises own 40 acres of grassland and ancient oakwoods including about half a mile of the shore of Loch Ard where you can fish for trout, pike and perch. Meadows slope down from the house to the shore where there is a sandy beach and mossy boulders under old oaks and beech. The surrounding Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is one of Scotland's most beautiful areas, and from the house there is almost unlimited walking and climbing, and a labyrinth of cycle tracks in the forested foothills of Ben Lomond (3192 ft) which rise behind the house.
Bridget has counted 52 species of birds (the birdsong at Blairhullichan is remarkable) including a breeding pair of Ospreys which are often seen fishing. This is an ancient and historic place dotted with Neolithic habitations and evidence of lake-dwellers: the remains of a crannog in the loch. At the time the earliest parts of the house were built Rob Roy used to wine and dine at the farm next door.
In summer it is often possible to wade to Eilean Gorm, a small wooded private island in the loch where you can explore and picnic in romantic isolation. Boats can be hired in the village of Kinlochard a short walk away, and there you'll find a good village shop and a tea room. Main provisions can be got in Aberfoyle (5 miles) where there is one of Scotland's best butchers.
Sleeps 7: one double, one twin, one triple.
Below left; Bathroom with bath, 2 basins , wc and separate shower.
Below right; Double Bedroom with bathroom (bath with shower over, basin and wc) en suite (door visible on the right).
Below left; Twin bedroom overlooking the lawn.
Below right; Triple bedroom (with three comfortable full-size single beds) in the gable end overlooking trees and shrubs in the garden.
Below left; Dining room. The oldest part of the house it dates from the 1600's, and was once the game larder, hence the hook in the cieling.
Below right; Sitting room with a wood-burning stove (free logs) and Sky television and DVD. Both these rooms look onto the lawn and garden.
The kitchen widows look onto the lawn.
- Electric cooker
- Microwave oven
There is also a barbeque house outside.
Guests are welcome to share the use of the Lewis's washing room. It has a washing machine and - should it rain - drying facilities for wet clothes.
Prices range between £500 and £800, depending on the season, per week for up to 7.
Short breaks are sometimes available from £400 minimum three nights.
Bed and breakfast is also available at Blairhullichan – please enquire.
Rental is normally Friday to Friday.
Prices include electricity and central heating, linen and towels.
No smoking and no pets please.
At certain times of the year Highland cows graze the meadows in front of the house.
To enquire or to book:
Bridget and John Lewis
Perthshire, FK8 3TN
Tel: 01877 387 341
or from outside the UK:
Tel: 44 1877 387 341
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Map of the area:
Glasgow 60 minutes, Stirling 45 mins, Edinburgh 90 mins, Loch Fyne 90 mins.