Briar Steading and Little Briar Cottage

Self Catering

Briar Cottages, Easter Achraw, Lochearnhead, Perthshire, FK19 8PU

    Welcome to Briar Cottages on Loch Earn, Lochearnhead where fishing, petanque and a shot in the hot tub are inclusive. Choose luxury 2 bedroom en suite Briar Steading or pet friendly Little Briar for holidays and short breaks all year round.

    A Warm Welcome To Briar Cottages:

    • Kim and Fraser Proven will welcome you to Briar Cottages self catering on the naturally beautiful banks of Loch Earn in the village of Lochearnhead, whether you book a week, fortnight or short breaks from 3 nights. Choose spacious luxury cottage Briar Steading with 2 bedrooms en-suite or pet friendly cottage Little Briar. Both cottages sleep 4 plus a baby in 2 bedrooms. Briar Steading has a King size bed and bathroom / power shower ensuite plus a twin bedroom with a large walk in wet shower room.  Little Briar offers a double and twin bedroom with a shared bathroom and power shower. Both cottages face south over Loch Earn with views of Edinample Castle, Ben Our, Glenample and Stuc A Chroin Munro.

    Loch Earn sunrise Briar Cottages Lochearnhead

    Picture:  Sunrise January 2014 from Briar Cottages slipway and garden on Loch Earn

    Naturally Beautiful Ancient Crofting Lands

    • Briar Cottages face south, boasting exceptional views over Loch Earn to Edinample Castle, Glenample and Stuch A Chroin. The cottages sit within three acre landscaped gardens (including a 250ft loch garden) on the ancient site of a B Listed thatched cottage (known as Easter Achraw until 1900); once home to MacGregors, McLarens and other crofting families from regional clans, who were tenants of The Earls of Breadalbane (Campbells) within the Parish of Balquhidder. In the 17th century Easter Achraw farm land was owned by The Earl of Atholl and was within the Parish of Comrie.

    Thatched Cottages, B Listed Briar Cottage Lochearnhead

    Picture: B Listed Briar Cottage's distinctive thatched roof and 250ft garden on Loch Earn in high waters.

    Three Acre Landscaped Gardens, Loch Garden and a B Listed Thatched Cottage.  

    • The Proven's invite guests to see inside Briar Cottage to marvel at the original Scots Pine timber cruck frame ceiling in the lounge under the thatch and to hear stories of past tenants and Lochearnhead folklore. Guests are also invited to use the 250ft garden and jetty on Loch Earn for trout fishing (15th March to October 6th), boat launching from the slipway,  mooring, Petanque (Bocce Ball)and lawn putting. There is a summer house (heated in winter) and picnic tables around the grounds. Pets enjoy the large paddock to the rear of the cottages leading up to an old railway walkway and they love to splash in the stream that runs the length of the gardens. Pets can also swim from the garden on Loch Earn. There is a hot tub on the grounds in a wooden out building and anyone who wants to use it simply has to let the Proven's know and agree a time.

    Cruck Ceiling in Briar Cottages, a b listed thatched cottage on A85 Lochearnhead

    Picture: Briar Cottage owners lounge with original cow tether in the wall and scots pine cruck ceiling under the thatched roof

    Things To Do in This Pet Friendly Village and Area. 

    • There are 2 dog friendly hotels within 200m of Briar Cottages garden gates plus The Lochearnhead Water Sports centre and cafe that opens in the summer season.  The trout fishing season run from 15th March to 6th October and guests can fish without a permit from the Proven's 250ft garden on Loch Earn or hire a boat with a permit to fish on the loch. National Cycle route 7 runs past the village offering a picturesque walk and cycle track off road. The route leads from Lochearnhead via Balquhidder to Strathyre and Callander or to Killin and beyond in the opposite direction. Bikes can be delivered for hire from a dial a bike service or hired via Strathyre Outdoors based in Strathyre and the Killin Mountain Shop. There are 2 golf courses within 10 minutes, St Fillans Golf Club at the east end of Loch Earn (local golfer Sandy Lyle's favourite inland course) and Killin Golf Club. There are many Munro's to choose including Ben Vorlich and Stuc A Chroin on the south side of Loch Earn. They can be accessed from the side of Ardvorlich House, home to the Ardvorlich Stewarts for centuries. Rob Roy McGregors gravestone is a 10 minute drive away at Balquhidder Kirk as is The Falls Of Dochart in Killin via Glen Ogle. Glencoe Mountain Resort is less than an hours drive up the A85. Perfect for skiing and snowboarding in winter and walking in other seasons. Ask Kim and Fraser about the nearest horse riding centre, scenic private tours, clay pigeon shooting, stalking, wildlife safari's, antiques trail, castles, distilleries and more. Receive two, 2 for 1 entry vouchers for The Famous Grouse Experience at Scotlands oldest distillery, Glenturret on arrival to Briar Cottages. The Loch Earn Brewery hotel and cafe will be open in St Fillans at the east end of Loch Earn during summer 2105  with plans to start  producing Loch Earn Beer and cider when the brewing rooms and visitor centre open. For bike, hire, canoe safaris, bat watching, bushcraft, tennis, orienteering, a picnic butler and a whole host of activities, contact Strathyre Outdoors - a community interest company,

    Picture: Guest cockapoo Oscar admires Briar Cottages pet friendly grounds and the stunning view of cottages, loch, castle and mountains

    Four Season Destination Attracts Artists, Photographers and Stargazers

    Briar Cottages are open all year round for weekly holidays and short breaks from 3 nights. EacAphrodite Briar Cottages Garden Lochearnheadh season has its charms and photographers are treated to an ever changing picture of hues, different lights and sky patterns,  whether the mountains are snow capped,  purple from the heathers or rusty with Autumn bracken.  There are no street lights outside Briar Cottages enabling guests to sleep soundly in winter and to benefit from the star and moonscapes that are quite fantastic. (security and outdoor lighting will guide you safely to your cottage on black nights). 

    An Abundance of Wildlife All Year Long

    • Wildlife enthusiasts will think that they are living in an episode of BBC Springwatch here as it is possible to spot  a wealth of critters that share Briar Cottages and Lochearnhead's habitat all year round, throughout the seasons.  Red and roe deer and stags visit the gardens as do oyster catchers, Canadian Geese, sandpipers, pied wagtails, swallows and martins. Herons, red kites, golden eagles sea eagles, bats and woodpeckers have all been seen. Red squirrels and pine martens have been spotted in the area too. Mallards hatch ducklings on the grounds and bring them to the loch garden to feed. Osprey pairs display their distinctive wings and fishing skills close to Briar Cottages loch garden all summer, to the delight of many and otters have been seen on a few occasions.  Fraser and Kim are members of The Loch Earn Tourism Initiative group who are alos members of Wild Scotland.  Guests who prefer a personal service can book a Hidden Glen Safari tour. Guide Alan Sneddon will pick you up from Briar Cottages in a Landrover and share his telescope and knowledge on where to spot local wildlife around the Braes O Balquhidder (Rob Roy MacGregor's stomping ground and final resting place).    Picture: Aphrodite at Briar Cottages slipway

     

     

         Loch Earn Events 

    • Loch Earn is shared by water sports enthusiasts, fishermen, the local yacht club,  scout groups, birds and visiting sea plane's taking off and landing. Lochearnhead is home to many great events like The Balquhidder, Strathyre and Lochearnhead Highland Games in July,  Other local events include; The annual Great Loch Earn Boat Race, The Lochearn Shears sheep shearing championships, open water swimming, The Village fete, married versus singles male and female charity football match, SAA model water plane flying, wake board competitions,  power boat water skiing, the horticultural show and The New Year dance in the village Hall

    Picture: Mallard Ducklings eating porridge at Briar Cottages.

     

     

    Loch Earn, Lochearnhead www.stayatbriar.co.uk

    Lochearnhead Residents are Friendly and Welcoming

    • Lochearnhead has a friendly and welcoming community. Local newspaper The Villagers can be purchased from The Local Shop and Post office for local news, events and services.  Lochearnhead has circa 250 residents and you will be made to feel welcome whether you interact in local hotels, retail outlets and events or pass someone walking their dog.  Interact with the local community to get the best advise on what to do and see, where to go, where to eat and more.  There is also an abundance of information on The Loch Earn Tourism Initiative (LETI) group website www.robroycountry.com  representing Lochearnhead and its neighbouring villages BalquhIdder, Strathyre and St Fillans. Or find a list of website contacts for local businesses here

     Picture: On Loch Earn, Glen Ogle in background

     

    Shopping and Gifts

    • Lochearnhead has a village store selling essential groceries, newspapers, fishing permits, bait and floats, hot pies and drinks. The shop is owned by Owen and run by locals. The Post Ofiice also sells animal products, cards, Maps gifts, ice cream and souvenirs.  Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury's deliver to Briar Cottages if you wish to pre arrange your shopping for self catering.  Killin village (7miles has a Co-op open until 10pm most nights and there is a petrol station shop Lix Toll, on route at about 5 miles. Callander (14 mles) has a Tesco open 6am to 11pm, St Fillans Shop (east end of Loch Earn) sells essentials and hires out fishing rods. Comrie Village (12 miles) offers a butcher, baker, vegetable shop, Spar, post office, pharmacy, bank, pet shop, delicatessen and old fashioned sweetie shop. SULA soft furnishing (2 miles on A84) offers bespoke products made from  Harris Tweed and Scottish Wool; a colourful display of produts with an upholstery service. The shop also sells a range of cottage industry products crafted by local talented villagers. New shop in Strathyre, Flutterbuys for interiors and gifts. For something different, check out the Enchanted Cottage magical pop up shop in Balquhidder.  You can also arrange for the owner to come to Briar Cottages and give you an indian head massage in the comfort of your self catering surroundings overlooking Loch Earn

    Eating and Drinking in Year of Food and Drink 2015

     

     Cakes and coffee from MHOR84

    Picture : Selection of delicious cakes and tray bakes at MHOR84

    • Celebrate Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015. Briar Cottages grounds have blackcurrants, brambles (blackberries) cherries, gooseberries and sloe berries. 3 apple trees were planted last year in time for Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015. Fraser will plant a herb garden to accompany the magnificent hardy rosemary bushes on the grounds. Guests will be invited to use any of the edible plants and fruit growing within the three acre grounds to enhance their self catering experience whether rosemary with Venison in winter, blackcurrants for juice and sauces in summer or sloes for the gin in October. We have also added some recipe books including "A Feast Of Scotland".   Look out for our promotional offers of food and drink gift vouchers to spend in local restaurants in conjunction with selected holiday weeks.
    • Briar Cottages guests can celebrate food and drink in style around here. We can boast top chefs, award winning restaurants, heavenly cakes and biscuits and a micro brewery with soon to be bottled Loch Earn beer and cider in this area. Variety tea, coffee and cake lovers will enjoy what's on offer whether you are passing through the A84 / A85, out for a day trip, staying here on holiday or recovering after a walk or cycle. Ask us about cafes, hotels and restaurants in the area offering snacks to award winning fine dining. Both Lochearnhead Hotel restaurants and lounge bars are within a 200m stroll of Briar Cottages garden gates. They will welcome well behaved pets in the lounges. The Clachan Cottage Hotel offers bar meals in a sporty lounge with TV's, a jukebox and a pool table. The bar was refurbished in 2013 and there is a dining restaurant option.  The Lochearnhead Hotel is family run. Owner and chef Robert Kerr prepares all the meals receiving consistently high praise reviews for his dishes.  Both hotels face south over Loch Earn and have outdoor seating and tables. (NB The Lochearnhead Water sports centre and cafe is not currently operating). If you want a very quick or casual bite or cuppa, then pies and takeaway beverages are supplied from the Lochearnhead village shop. The St Fillans village shop at the east end of Loch Earn offers a cafe.  Within 3 miles on the A84 is The Golden Larches Restaurant and conservatory offering an extensive menu of all day meals and snacks plus a takeaway menu, e.g. fish and chips at weekends. A great stopping place for home baking. A little further on down the slip road from the A84 signposted Balquhidder / Rob Roys Grave is MHOR84 Motel. This lively bar serves excellent quality dishes using fresh and locally sourced produce from wee and big breakfasts to evening meals.  MHOR cakes and beverages are on display in a glass cabinet as you enter the premises tempting even the strongest willed with an array of delightful scones, tray bakes, tea breads and cakes. One of the hands on owners - creative chef Tom Lewis - is also behind the successful Monachyle MHOR, a luxury boutique hotel in Balquhidder offering fine dining and creative dishes that appeal to foodies worldwide. Further down the A84 is Creagan House in Strathyre village. This is another fine dining experience at an excellent value fixed price. Master Chef owner Gordon Gunn's dishes are served at highly polished mahogany tables in a Baronial style hall.  The restaurant is one of the first in the country to achieve Visit Scotland's "Taste Our Best" accreditation for excellence,  serving dishes that use at least 40% locally sourced, reared and grown ingredients. Travelling East from Lochearnhead to St Fillans you will find the privately owned Four Seasons Hotel offering tempting bar meals, elegant afternoon teas and fine dining with pretty views and sunsets over Loch Earn. Spot Rob Mulholland's Mirrored man sculpture in the loch near the hotels garden and jetty on Loch Earn. The Achray House Hotel on Loch Earn offers delightful food from a friendly  husband and wife team. . The Loch Earn Brewery Hotel is a welcome addition to the area with The Brewers Tap pub serving real ale. The Loch Earn Micro Brewery is under construction and will produce Loch Earn Beer and Cider in 2015  St Fillans Golf club  (Sandy Lyle's favourite inland course) at the head of the loch welcomes visitors into the clubhouse for excellent value meals.  There are many more restaurants in Killin and Callander and further afield.  See this map for more information on Briar Cottage favourites -  http://goo.gl/maps/L2fhF   There are a number of outside caterers in the area who can provide food from nibbles to buffets including Mathew Duncan of Lochearn House -Lochearnhead, Carlotta Fraser of Catering By Carlotta - Killin, and award winning chef Tom Lewis of Monachyle Mhor - Balquhidder.  Why not book a buffet or home cooked meal for delivery to Briar Cottages.  See our local tourism group The Loch Earn Tourism Initiative for seasonal chef recipes, in this on-line recipe calendar for Scotlands Year of Food and Drink 2015.

    Briar Cottages garden on Loch H EA

    • Lochearnhead is so central within Scotland that it makes an ideal base whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, want to relax and enjoy the grounds or wish to explore other villages, towns, cities and attractions within Scotland.  Lochearnhead is only 58 miles from Glasgow and 60 from Edinburgh,  If you were driving from the cities and airports, travel 30 miles M9 Stirling Junction 10 and then 30 miles on the A84 all the way to Lochearnhead through mountains, Loch Lubnaig and picturesque villages.  Popular destinations from Briar Cottages are Rob Roy MacGregor's Gravestone, The McLaren Clan stone Creag an Turc  and The Friends Room at Balquhidder Church, The Falkirk Wheel, Andy Scotts installation art masterpiece The Kelpies at The Helix, Falkirk, Perth city, Stirling Castle, Deanston distillery, Doune Castle, Antique Centre Doune, Auchingarrich Wildlife Park Comrie, Glencoe Ski and Mountain resort, Oban and Mull (Tobermoray), The Crannog at Kenmore, Fort William, Inverness, Loch Lomond, Kenmore, Loch Tay, Oldest Yew tree in Europe at Fortingall, Aberfeldy cinemaf Visitor Centre and The Glenturret Distillery (Famous Grouse),  The Ring Of Breadalbane Explorer Bus Tour, The Falls of Dochart at Killin, Queen Elizabeth 11 forest park in The Trossachs, Pitlochry theatre, House Of Bruar and so much more. Guests who prefer to choose a tour package or create a bespoke private vehicle tour can hire the services of Lochearnhead Villagers George and Helen Cunningham of Highland Glen Travel

    2015 Events in Scotland

    Playing Boule on the Banks of Loch Earn- Briar Cottages Luxury Self Catering Lochearnhead

    Fraser playing Petanque at Briar Cottages on Loch Earn

    • Local annual events: The Lochearn Shears, The BLS Highland Games Lochearnhead, The Great Loch Earn Boat Race, The Stuc A Chroin Hill Race, The Strathyre Music Festival and The annual MHOR festival - see Loch Earn Tourism Initiative Events for dates and other events.

    Open All Year Round in Four Seasons

    Petanque Piste in the Garden on Loch Earn, Briar Cottages Lochearnhead

    Briar Cottages is open all year round in every season. Pick any start day of the week enable maximum flexibility to fit in with your holiday and travel plans.  Our minimum price is based on a 3 night stay. There are great reasons to visit this area in any weather or season.  Wild  mallards feed and hatch their ducklings on our grounds in Spring..  Fish in Loch Earn from March 15th.  Swim in Loch Earn with your pet in summer. Play putting and petanque and sit in the summer house. Go waterfall hunting when rain has been heavy or visit the nearest swimming pool, whisky distilleries, castles, shops and the Scottish Antique Centre. Take photographs of the loch in calm to stormy conditions from sunrise to moonset. Spot the grouse, pheasants and deer rutting in late Autmn when leaves are a stunning mixture of copper, gold and russet. Pick brambles and sloes from our garden and the railway walkway behind. Climb nearby Munro's and spot wild orchids on The Rob Roy Way. Look out for the ospreys, otters, beavers, badgers and red squirrels. Sledge down our garden slopes and make an army of snow men on the three acre grounds or nip up to Glencoe in less than an hour for skiing and snowboarding. Spot stars in the darkness with little light polution interference. Join in with villagers for indoor bowllng, yoga, keep fit amd Scottish Country dancing winter activities. You will be made welcome. Chat up the locals in winter by hotel log fires and suss out the live music nights. Book into Hogmanay,  New Year dances, ceilidhs and firework events.

     

    About Hosts Kim and Fraser Proven: Personal Aims

     Kim Proven hosts Briar Cottages with husband Fraser Proven

    Kim was born in Falkirk in central Scotland during the 1960's. Her childhood love of singing, art and athletics never left her.  She is an ex Scottish and British Universities champion in.........http://www.stayatbriar.co.uk/about-us.html

    Fraser was born and schooled in Edinburgh from the 1940's.  An ex Scottish Champion hurdler,  he still takes an active interest in many sports including athletics and rugby. His career began in.......... http://www.stayatbriar.co.uk/about-us.html

    Fraser and Kim were married in 1991. They spent 20 years enjoying weekend breaks and holidays in their motor cruiser on the west coast of Scotland as well as international holiday adventures. The cruiser was sold to build luxury cottage Briar Steading in 2010 though they kept the tender which they launch now and then from their slipway to Loch Earn.  

    "We aim to ensure guests of an enjoyable, comfortable and memorable experience at Briar Cottages and are always on hand or at the end of a telephone to respond to any queries.  We encourage guests to ask questions, provide feedback and to inform us of anything that needs upgrading".  Kim & Fraser

    Classic Morgan at Briar Cottages Loch Earn

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    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Open Christmas
    Open New Year
    Opening Times 2015
    1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015

    Room Information

    Number of Rooms / Units
    2
    Room / Unit Type
    Room / Unit Tariff*
    Briar Steading
    £800.00 per unit per week
    Little Briar
    £600.00 per unit per week

    Briar Steading ranges from £450 to £950 per week and Little Briar from £250 to £750 per week

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

    Accommodation Type

    • Cottage 1 luxury cottage with 1 kings size and 1 twin bedroom ensuite. 1 pet friendly cottage with 1 double , 1 twin and 1 bathroom with electric shower over the bath
    • Holiday Rentals
    • Seasonal Breaks Open all year round for week and short breaks from 3 nights. 3 nights 60%, 4 nights 70%, 5 nights 80%, 6 nights 90% of the weekly tariff with flexible start days.
    • Self Catering Holiday

    Children

    • Children Welcome Children of all ages are welcome at Briar Cottages
    • Cot Available Simply ask when booking and a Redkite travel cot will be in your chosen cottage
    • Highchair Available Simply mention that you require a high chair when booking
    • Outdoor Play Area Adults must supervise children outside at all times as the terrain at the rear is on a slope and rocks, hard surface patio slabs and decking can be slippery. Children must not cross the A85 or enter the loch garden without an adult for safety.

    Facilities

    • 24hr CCTV There is a CCTV Camera at the front and rear of our thatched cottage where we can watch for your arrival.
    • Internet Access Wifi is available in both cottages at the front windows only.
    • Picnic Area There are picnic tables at the top of the garden and at the summer house and loch garden in addition to those at each of the cottages,
    • Smoking Restricted No smoking inside the cottages or summer house however you are welcome to smoke anywhere outside.

    Languages Spoken

    • French Speaking A little school French. Je parle un tout petit peu français and can work with Google Translate.

    Location

    • Lochside Location
    • Mountains area
    • Rural Location
    • Sea/Loch View
    • Village Location
    • Waterfront Location

    Special Requirements

    • Business Travellers
    • Children Welcome
    • Dogs Welcome Dogs are welcome in Little Briar cottage our pet friendly cottage. Bring 1 dog if 4 book and 2 dogs if only 2 people book.
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome
    • No Pets Allowed No pets allowed in Briar Steading (book our pet friendly cottage Little Briar)
    • Pets Allowed
    • Pets Welcome
    • Senior Citizens Briar Steading is ideal for comfort of the elderly. Please note the driveway up is a short 40 degree slope so ensure that you can manage to walk up and down alone or with assistance otherwise take the car up and down.
    • Single Travellers No problem with a single person booking either cottage however there are no supplements as the whole cottage and gardens have to be reset at the end. We have had single travellers and we are on site to assist with any questions + chat if you want company
    • Young People

    Catering

    • Eating Out Facilities within 2 miles The Clachan Cottage Hotel and The Lochearnhead Hotel are 200m from the cottage. Lochearnhead water sports cafe 700m (spring/summer) Golden Larches cafe restaurant and take aways plus MHOR84 all day food on A84.
    • Evening Meal By Arrangement There are companies that will come to the house and prepare a meal for you. We can forward details on request for you to arrange and discuss price terms.
    • Shop within 2 Miles / Mobile Shop There is a village shop in Lochearnhead less than a mile for essential groceries, newspapers, breakfast produce, lottery etc plus they sell fishing bait, logs and kindling and floats. 8-5 closed 1-2, Mobile fish van Tuesdays 4pm
    • Tea & Coffee Available Briar Steading has a starter lot of tea, instant coffee and sugar for your use.

    Domestic

    • Bath Ensuite
    • Dishwasher Dishwasher in Briar Steading only
    • Electric Cooker Electric fan oven and ceramic hobs in both cottages
    • Electric Shaver Point Briar Steading has electric shaver points in both en suite bathrooms (not available in Little Briar cottage)
    • Freezer Briar Steading has 70/30 Full fridge, freezer. Little Briar has undercounter fridge and ice box only. Use of chest freezer in the garage on request
    • Fridge Little Briar has an under counter fridge and ice box. Luxury Briar Steading has a 70/30 full size fridge freezer
    • Hairdryer Available 2 hairdryers in Briar Steading and 1 in Little Briar
    • Heating Throughout Property
    • Indoor Drying Facility
    • Iron Available Iron and ironing board in both cottages. Pat tested annually
    • Ironing Facilities
    • Kitchen
    • Laundry Facilities not on Complex There are coin operated washing and drying machines in neighbouring Killin. There is a dry cleaner in Killin.
    • Laundry Facilities on Complex In extreme weather and circumstances we can assist with our own tumble dryer.
    • Linen Provided
    • Lounge Large open plan lounge with wood burner, glass patio doors face Loch Earn. iPod docking station and WiFi with Edimax repeater. Merges with kitchen and dining area. Games, books, DVD;s, binoculars
    • Microwave
    • Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove
    • Outdoor Drying Facility Whirly Gig at both cottages plus laundry basket, pegs and portable clothes horse's. Ask Kim and Fraser if you ever have cause to request use of their tumble dryer in the house.
    • Private Bathroom
    • Shared Bathroom Little Briar Cottage has a shared bathroom with a shower over the bath
    • Shower Briar Steading has 1 ensuite bath with shower and 1 ensuite large walk in wet shower area. Little Briar has a shower over the bath in shared bathroom
    • Shower Ensuite
    • Toilets We have a treatment plant for digesting waster (not on main sewars) therefore only natural waste and every day tioilet tissue can be placed in the lavatory. No dental floss, wipes or alternative products that can block the treatment system and drains.
    • Towels Provided
    • Tumble Dryer There are no tumble dryers in the cottages however we can assist in any circumstance where you need to dry off clothes quickly. For example we have helped guests who had been travelling for 4 weeks and needed clothes freshened and dried before departure.
    • WC EnSuite
    • Washing Machine

    Health & Wellbeing

    • Fitness Training Guests are welcome to join in any fitness sessions taking place in the local village halls. Information in the Villagers Newspaper on sale locally
    • Spa Pool Available The hot tub is available on request. Ask us to prepare it for you at an agreed time. We will ensure that it is ready. It is inside a wooden building on the grounds near the thatched cottage. Towelling dressing gowns can be borrowed.

    Leisure Facilities

    • DVD Player
    • Garden
    • Outdoor Recreational Facilities Fishing in 250ft garden in season. Petanque Boulodrome in the loch garden with 16 pairs of boule. 4 putting flags, 2 putters and balls. Summer house, jstty, slipway, moorings. Picnic tables, use of hot tub on the grounds on request.
    • Radio
    • Satellite / Cable TV
    • TV In Room
    • TV Lounge
    • Television Sky and Sky Sport in Briar Steading lounge and bed 1 plus freesat in Bed 2 SKY Freesat in Little Briar- 1 TV in lounge
    • WiFi

    Payment Methods

    • Debit Card
    • Delta Card
    • Diners Card
    • Electron
    • JCB Card
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • Solo Card
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card

    Transport

    • Bike Storage Available Bikes can be stored in our double garage on request.
    • Cycle Hire Nearby Bikes can be delivered on site by Comrie Croft or hired from The Outdoor Shop in Killin.
    • Free Parking On-Site
    • On Public Transport Route There are buses in the summer from Perth, Edinburgh and Stirling and Demand Responsive Transport to neighbouring villages from 9am to 9pm
    • Parking Dedicated parking spaces are outside each cottage however we are flexible about parking anywhere on the grounds as long as space is left to allow passage.
    • Private Car Space Parking for 2 cars and a boat and trailer at both cottages
    • Private Parking
    • Public Parking Nearby You can park in the public car park on the A85 at any time. Also beside St Angus Church if you want to park nearer when walking or cycling Sustrans Route 7
    • Taxi Rank < 100m from station Taxi rank outside Stirling rail station. Also there is a private taxi service in Lochearnhead - Highland Glen Travel Lochearnhead and Kingshouse Taxis in Balquhidder beside MHOR84 Motel

    Public Transport Directions

    • Car: The best mode of transport is by car enabling visitors to explore the region and beyond. Lochearhead is an excellent central location for day tripping in any direction.
    • Bus: Local service from Callander to Killin via Lochearnhead from Kingshouse Coaches. There are cityilink buses in Summer from Perth to Lochearnhead via Crieff and from Edinburgh to Oban via Lochearnhead. 
    • Private Hire and taxi's: Highland Glen Travel are based in Lochearnhead.  The small business offers an airport pick up and transfer service as well as bespoke tours.  Owners Helen and George also operate the local Demand Response Service which means a taxi to 3 local villages for the price of a bus from 9.30am to 9.30pm. Kingshouse Travel in Balquhidder also offer a taxi and coach hire service.
    • Tourist Bus: The Ring of Breadalbane Explorer bus operates in summer on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.   There is a bus stop in Lochearnhead outside The Clachan Cottage Hotel.  The tourist bus operates in both directions stopping off at many tourist venues on the way including Killin, Kenmore, Aberfeldy, Crieff, Comrie and St Fillans.
    • Train:  When travelling to Edinburgh or Glasgow from Lochearnhead, consider driving to Stirling (40minutes) and parking all day at Stirling train station car park for £3.50 then take the train into your chosen city centre. There are also train stations in Dunblane, Bridge of Allen, Crianlarich and Perth. 
    • Boat: Boats can be hired to travel up and down Loch Earn from Drummond Fish Farm, St Fillans Shop and The Lochearnhead Water Sports Centre

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    Access to Public Areas

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds), or access by ramp, lift or stair lift
      • to a public toilet
      • to one or more bedrooms
      • to the lounge

    Building Entrance

    • There is a ramp to the main entrance

    Parking

    • Designated parking provided for guests with disabilities
      • Within about 50 metres from the main entrance
    • Route from the parking area to the entrance is :
      • flat, (i.e. without steps)
      • with a ramp
    • Drop-off point for guests immediately outside the main entrance

    Bedrooms and Bathrooms: General

    • Bedrooms with non-allergic bedding available (e.g. non-feather pillows)
    • Bathrooms available with :
      • bath with shower
      • level entry shower
      • separate shower unit
    • Bedroom furniture can be re-arranged if requested by the guest

    General Questions

    • Non-smoking policy throughout establishment

    Restaurant / Breakfast / Dining Room

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to the restaurant/breakfast/dining-room

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

    Loch Earn Holiday Cottages Perthshire
    Loch Earn self catering
    Accommodation Special Offer
    Valid 14 Aug 2015 to 30 Dec 2015

    Only Little Briar cottage Lochearnhead left for New Year from 30th December.  Book from 4 nights with a bottle of Prosecco to welcome you and start the celebrations. Sleeps 4 NB: New Year is booked at Briar Steading and Christmas fully booked in both cottages.

    Enjoy views south over Loch Earn and watch the stars. Use the pet friendly acre runaround immediately outside the cottage.  Enjoy the Garden and summer house on Loch Earn.  If this sounds good have a closer look at www.stayatbriar.co.uk/little-briar-pets.html and contact Kim to book 07917 416 497

    Little Briar NEW YEAR from 30th Dec =  4 nights £402,    5 nights £536,    6 nights £603,    7 nights £670

    Romantic Package
    Valid 22 Aug 2015 to 31 Oct 2015

    Romantic autumn or winter break?  Only a dew dates left at Briar Steading.  Book an autumn break with exceptional views over Loch Earn. Enjoy the space inside the cottage and throughout the grounds. Sit by the woodburner and be amazed by the view over to Stuc A Chroin Munro and Edinample Castle. Go for a walk or cycle on the old railway walkway.  Play golf at St Fillans where members are extremely welcoming.  Briar Steading is ideal for rekindling romance, celebrating an anniversary or a birthday. We can even take down the international flag and fly the birthday flag.  Rural relaxation, the great outdoors and an abundance of wildlife is proven to be good for your health.  So book a refreshing break now and we will place a boittle of prosecco in the fridge to welcome you.  Romantic breaks with prosecco apply to all October breaks 2015 from 4 nights.  Quote Briar Romance when booking with Kim 07917 416 497 (UK) OR 00 44 (0)1567830 443 iNT.

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