Welcome to Briar Cottages luxury and pet friendly self catering in Lochearnhead village where fishing (in season), petanque and fun putting are inclusive in the garden on Loch Earn. Choose luxury 2 bedroom en suite Briar Steading or pet friendly Little Briar for holidays and short breaks with exceptional south facing views - available all year round. Owners Fraser and Kim Proven were awarded the maximum 5 out of 5 rated TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2018 for customer excellence.
A Warm Welcome Awaits - Book now for Loch Earn luxury and pet friendly holiday cottages 2019, www.stayatbriar.co.uk, 07917 416 497
Naturally Beautiful Ancient Crofting Lands
Three Acre Landscaped Gardens, Loch Garden fun and our B Listed Thatched Cottage #IAD2016.
Things To Do in This Pet Friendly Village and Area.
Four Season Destination Attracts Artists, Photographers and Stargazers
Briar Cottages are open all year round for weekly holidays and short breaks from 3 nights. Each 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 our 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).Tow of the Scottish Thistle Award winning art installations are in Briar Cottages garden omn Loch Earn. They light up against the dark skies. Visit photogenic Stan The Stag whose image has appeard on STV weather and BBC The One Show as well as thistles sculpture Blawn Wi The Wind by ArtFe blacksmith artist Kev Paxton, Photographs of this sculpture have appeared on BBC Countryfile weather update. Visit the BLiSS trail audio tour at https://geotourist.com/tours/2040
An Abundance of Wildlife All Year Long
Lochearnhead Residents are Friendly and Welcoming
Shopping and Gifts
Eating and Drinking
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.
YEAR OF INNOVATION, ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN 2016
The 2016 theme for tourism in Scotland is Innovation, Architecture and Design. Find out more and look out for the YIAD16 logo designed by 23 year old graphic designer Maria Garcia Tena from Edinburgh.
There are many fine examples of old historic buildings to ponder here for example, Edinample Castle and Ardvorlich House on the south Loch Earn Road, our B Listed thatched cottage once known as Easter Achraw and the neighbouring cottages of Wester Auchraw, Stonvar House, The Drummond Family houses at St Fillans, ancient sheilings on the drove road and the "new" Victorian layout of Strathyre.
New for 2016 is the BLiSS Art Installation trail. 13 art installations and 10 ornamental features can be discovered around Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, Strathyre and St Fillans. .
The name BLiSS - suggested by LETi member Kenny Higgins of the Strathyre Outdoors Community Interest Company - is made up of the first letters of the four villages with the letter ‘i’ representing both innovation and the universal tourism information symbol. The collection includes works by artists Rob Mulholland, Kev Paxton, Heather Gray, June McEwan, Iain Chalmers, Lynne Schroder and Jeremy Cunningham as well as architects Ruairidh Moir, Daniel Tyler and Angus Ritchie. In addition a group of third year art students from Perth College, University of The Highlands and Islands, is developing a conceptual art team project as part of a new degree course. The artworks will be promoted beside Loch Lubnaig, The Broch Café and recreation area, Airlie House B&B, Balquhidder Village Hall, Monachyle Mhor, The Golden Larches, Mansewood Country House, The Lochearnhead Hotel, Lochside Cottages, Loch Earn, Briar Cottages, The Four Seasons Hotel and The Achray House Hotel. Follow the map here www.robroycountry.com/blisstrail and visit http://www.robroycountry.com/year-of-innovation-architecture-and-design-2016/137-may-iad2016-bliss-trail-installations.html
Events in Scotland
Open All Year Round in Four Seasons
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 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
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|Briar Steading||£800 Per unit per week|
|Little Briar||£600 Per unit per week|
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.
Late availability for Lochearnhead holiday cottage between Januaryand March 31st 2019. Book a romantic short break or a week or two. Book any 3 to 7 night break and we will welcome you with a bottle of prosecco. If you prefer wine, simply tell us red, white or rose when you book.
To take up the offer, book any 3 to 7 nights that are available from £348 to £670 throughout January to March. Call Kim NOW 07917 416 497 or 01567 830443 and quote VSP-offer. See www.stayatbriar.co.uk for photos, directions, reviews, where to eat, what's on and more information.
Briar Cottages earned a 5 out of 5 Certificate of Excllence from TripAdvisor for 2018 and a 10 out of 10 certificate from Hotels Combined.
The luxury spacious cottage sleeps 4 guests in 2 spacious loch view bedrooms with TV's and en-suites. There is a travel cot and high chair if you want to add an additional wee one.
Relax in the comfort of Briar Steading. Enjoy exeptional views over Loch Earn and take photos of our loch garden stag, lovingly known as Stan. He lights up at night against the dark skies and Loch Earn. Don't forget your camera. Our thistle sculpture, Blawn Wi The Wind by Kev Paxton which is part of the award winning BLiSS trail of art installations, also lights up.
Enjoy the space inside the cottage and throughout the grounds. Sit by the wood burning stove and be amazed by the views over Stuc A Chroin Munro and Glen Ample behind Edinample Castle. Glen Ample was featured on Chanel 5's "A Year In The Wild" nature programme with Gordon Buchanan.
Watch Sky Sports on TV or a film like Rob Roy (MacGregor) from the wide DVD selection for all age groups.
Read the latest Scottish Field and Scots Magazine's and a selection of books or bring your own and curl up on the sofa. Use the binoculars to look out for the deer, stags and birds that visit the garden and on Glen Ample across the water. Go for a walk or cycle on the old railway walkway (Sustrans Scotland cycle route 7). Play golf at St Fillans (where we can get you £2 OFF PER ROUND) - Sandy Lyle's favourite inland course - where members are extremely welcoming and the green keeper's experience is from attending the Gleneagles Hotel golf greens. Visit whisky distilleries in Crieff (where we can get you 10% off a tour) or Deanston Distillery Doune.
Eat in. Order groceries from major supermarkets or buy fresh fish from the van that visits from Buckie on a Tuesday. Eat out in local hotels -including 2 within 200m - or book a local taxi to eat further afield. Briar Steading is ideal for rekindling romance, celebrating an anniversary or a special birthday and for recuperation. Lochearnhead is an ideal location for visiting other towns and attractions and winter scenes at the gateway to the Highlands are breathtaking. Glencoe is a 40 minute drive and Oban on the west coast of Scotland is only 55 miles away.
Rural relaxation, the great outdoors and an abundance of wildlife is proven to be good for your health.
Play petanque and putting in the garden all year round or fish for trout during the March 15th to October 6th fishing season. Launch a small boat from the garden, slipway and jetty. Use the loch-side summer house.
Book your preferred dates with us direct or enquire about other 2019 holiday weeks and short breaks from 3 nights.
Tel Kim 07917 416 497 (UK) OR 00 44 (0)1567830 443. www.stayatbriar.co.uk for more information.
You will be invited to take a peak inside the b listed thatched cottage on the grounds to take a photo of the original cruck framed scots pine timber ceiling and hear stories of past clan tenants including MacGregors and McLarens.
We look forward to welcoming you to Briar Cottages.
NB: Briar Steading is a pet free environment in respect of allergy sufferers, though ask about Little Briar our opet friendly cottage.
Dog friendly cottage on Loch Earn? Exceptional views and large doggy run around area! Enjoy a bottle of Prosecco with any 3 to 7 nights in pet friendly Little Briar Cottage throughout January to March 2019. The cottage sleeps 2 to 3 guests in a double an a single bedroom, with up to two dogs welcome.-. Enjoy breathtaking views south over Loch Earn. Dogs adore the splash in stream, the garden run-around grassy paddock and swimming from the loch garden into Loch Earn if you allow them. Visit the loch garden summer house and pet friendly hotels within 150m. Walks in the area include the off road, old railway walk way - Sustrans Route 7 - from Lochearnhead to Balquhidder and Strathyre or in the direction of Killin. and The Falls of Dochart. Recent guests described the off road walk as "Like walking through Narnia" because of the birds, brooks, bridges, forest carpet, deer and sculptures spotted along the route.
See Little Briar here www.stayatbriar.co.uk/little-briar-pets.html and contact Kim to book 07917 416 497. QUOTEVSProsecco when booking or enquiring. If you prefer wine, simply let us know if red, white or rose is your preference., We look forward to your email or phone call and welcoming you to Briar Cottages on Loch Earn. NB: You will be invited to peak at the original cruck ceiling in the lounge of our B Listed thatched cottage.