Fortingall, PerthshireGuest Rating
Balnald Farmhouse is an impressive residence set in a small cluster of houses down a private drive, near the historic village of Fortingall and just 8 miles from Aberfeldy in Perthshire.
|Sleeps: 12||Bedrooms: 6|
|Changeover Day: Fri||Pets Allowed: Yes (2)|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 3|
This traditional B-listed house dates back to 1886 and was designed by the well-known architect James MacLaren. Having been converted from the original farm buildings, it has since been lovingly refurbished whilst retaining many period features and plenty of character. The inviting entrance hall leads through to the grand peaked drawing room that is double height with wooden-beams and feature stone pillars that add rustic charm. Comfy seating is centred round the wood-burning stove in its impressive fireplace at the heart of the room and it is all kept very light and bright by large picture windows in the former cart shed arches.
In what was once the milking parlour is a spacious formal dining room that is also double height with a statement exposed stone wall. It is the perfect place to enjoy meals as a group and the dining table converts into a snooker table for further fun after dinner.
The bright, modern kitchen is well-equipped with smart integrated appliances and even a handy wine fridge. There is plenty of space for cooking with a breakfasting area at one end of the room and a large central island providing further seating. Off the kitchen a useful utility room houses the laundry facilities.
Situated above the kitchen wing is a master double bedroom with en suite shower room and a double bedroom and twin bedroom that share a modern shower room. In the other wing are a cosy snug, a library and a handy boot room with two further bedrooms above.
Outside the charming, south-facing patio area (furniture) is ideal for al fresco dining whilst admiring the views out over the garden. There is plenty of parking and within the extensive grounds are a large, enclosed grassed paddock that extends to over half an acre, a tennis court and even a hot tub.
The River Lyon runs along the boundary of the grounds and there is direct access for walking in the hills to the north at the foot of Glen Lyon. Munro baggers will enjoy tackling the Glen Lyon Horseshoe, a 10 mile route that starts in Invervar (5 miles) and manages to take in four different munros along the way.
Fortingall is easily reached on foot just along the quiet road, less than half a mile away. It has a hotel bar and restaurant that has bar meals, formal dining with lots of local produce and live music each week. The village is also home to the famous Fortingall yew tree that is reportedly over 5,000 years old!
There is brown trout and salmon fishing on the River Lyon or on beautiful Loch Tay (3 miles), where there are also various watersports and boat trips that run out for exploring the loch further. The Scottish Crannog Centre just outside the village is a reconstruction of an ancient loch dwelling that gives an interesting insight into what life was like back in the early Iron Age.
There is a lovely sandy beach on the shore of Loch Tay at Kenmore (6 miles) where there are shops, a PO, restaurants and a golf course. There is also an outdoor centre that hires out canoes, kayaks and mountain bikes. Aberfeldy (8.5 miles) is the nearest place to stock up on supermarket supplies and there are a range of small independent shops, as well as a petrol station, cinema and leisure centre.
Killin (15 miles) is best known for the Falls of Dochart that run through the village and there is a bar/restaurant alongside that is a great spot to sit and leisurely admire them from.
Local Events and Attractions
Please note: while we make every effort to be as accurate as possible, the actual position of the cottage indicated on the map above and the proximity of the amenities in the Local Info section cannot be guaranteed to be precise and should be used as a guide only.
Downstairs - Main House
Drawing room with wood-burning stove and TV/DVD
Dining room with snooker table
Kitchen/breakfast room with Aga and fridge/freezer, wine fridge, dishwasher, microwave, etc
Utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer
WC with wash basin.
Upstairs - Main House
Master double bedroom with en suite shower room with WC and wash basin
Shower room with WC and wash basin.
Downstairs - East Wing
WC with wash basin.
Upstairs - East Wing
Bathroom with bath, separate shower, WC and wash basin.
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Linen (Single Bed)
- Sets of towels
- Travel Cot
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. The first £45 of electricity is INCLUDED with any additional usage deducted from the refundable householders deposit following your stay. Heating is by gas central heating (measured automatically via telemetry, the first £30 INCLUDED with any additional usage deducted from the refundable householders deposit following your stay) and wood-burning stove (1 bag of logs INCLUDED). WiFi is INCLUDED (subject to a fair usage policy). A maximum of 2 dogs are welcome (2 large, 2 medium or 2 small). If you wish to bring any other pets please contact us and we will see what we can do. No smoking.
Balnald Farmhouse should not be used for stag parties, hen parties, weddings or any other special event without prior discussion and written agreement, and the total number of people in the property must not exceed the max sleeps stipulated in the property description. Please note - not adhering to these conditions may result in early termination of your holiday and your housekeeping deposit being withheld.
The weekly guide prices for this property are shown below. Use the availability & book sidebar on the right to select your holiday or calculate short break rates (where available).
Changeover Day: Fri
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 12|
|20 Sep 2019 - 10 Oct 2019||£1,495.00|
|11 Oct 2019 - 31 Oct 2019||£1,795.00|
|01 Nov 2019 - 19 Dec 2019||£1,295.00|
|20 Dec 2019 - 27 Dec 2019||£2,495.00|
|28 Dec 2019 - 05 Jan 2020||£2,695.00|
|06 Jan 2020 - 06 Feb 2020||£1,395.00|
|07 Feb 2020 - 02 Apr 2020||£1,595.00|
|03 Apr 2020 - 23 Apr 2020||£1,895.00|
|24 Apr 2020 - 07 May 2020||£1,595.00|
|08 May 2020 - 21 May 2020||£1,895.00|
|22 May 2020 - 28 May 2020||£2,495.00|
|29 May 2020 - 25 Jun 2020||£1,895.00|
|26 Jun 2020 - 27 Aug 2020||£2,495.00|
|28 Aug 2020 - 17 Sep 2020||£1,895.00|
|18 Sep 2020 - 08 Oct 2020||£1,595.00|
|09 Oct 2020 - 29 Oct 2020||£1,895.00|
|30 Oct 2020 - 17 Dec 2020||£1,395.00|
|18 Dec 2020 - 27 Dec 2020||£2,495.00|
|28 Dec 2020 - 05 Jan 2021||£2,695.00|
|06 Jan 2021 - 05 Jan 2022||POA|
|06 Jan 2022 - 05 Jan 2023||POA|
Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking and where more than one tariff is shown, the number of bedrooms made available may vary. This allows us to offer larger properties at lower rates for smaller parties. If your party size changes for any reason after booking please let us know so we can ensure the accommodation provided meets your exact requirements.
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A little bit tired compared to the photographs. Aga cooking was good, though hot, and would not like to have to use it i...
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Wonderful location. Fabulous house. Much bigger than I thought would be. As a family we loved every minute. didnt wan...Read More
A return visit to Balnald. Few plates and glasses required for a house of this size also new cover on hot tub otherwise...Read More
Best holiday ever. Best self catering experience of my life. Just incredible x