The Haven is a traditional detached cottage in St Fillans, a pretty little village, now designated a conservation area, which borders the roadside at the eastern end of lovely Loch Earn right in the centre of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. This is a spacious and beautifully furbished house with a decking area for sunbathing, sufficient off-road parking for three cars and – perfect for children – its own enclosed paddock where they can play freely.
The house is well-adapted for a family holiday having two good-sized double bedrooms each with a king-sized bed as well as a family bedroom which can sleep up to four. There is an open fire in the open plan living area, a cosy addition to the gas-fired Rayburn which powers the central heating system and ensures overall warmth. Two family bathrooms and a utility room add the final touch to the generous accommodation.
The village looks out over the loch (fishing permits may be obtained locally). It has a shop/café and three hotels, all within walking distance and all serving very good food. The St Fillans Golf Club is also only 5 minutes away on foot and welcomes visitors. It, too, has a small bistro as part of the clubhouse.
If you decide to eat al fresco there are some delightful picnic spots to be found on the little road which runs along the south side of the loch. Loch Earn is well-known for its water sports: sailing, wind-surfing, water-ski-ing etc. It also has a superb marina. There are any number of fine walks along the loch and around the cottage and for those seeking something more energetic Ben Vorlich and Stuc a Chroin lie in wait on the south side.
Such a central location is ideal for touring. 6 miles east is the village of Comrie (all facilities) and from there you can head into the hills through Glenlednock for more, scenic picnic spots. Going south, via Loch Lubnaig at the other end of the loch, you arrive in Callander and the Trossachs. The road north-west will take you to Oban on the west coast in less than two hours. A very popular tourist destination is the attractive little town of Killin, beside the Falls of Dochart, while a splendid day out could include a drive along Loch Tay to Kenmore and Aberfeldy with the return journey through the beautiful Sma' Glen and Crieff.
Bed linen, towels and the first £20 of both gas and electricity are included. Up to two well behaved dogs are welcome by arrangement but should sleep in the utility room. Smoking is not permitted in the cottage. A refundable householder's deposit will be required. Wi-Fi access is available, subject to provider. (Charge.)
Accommodation (sleeps 7(8)):
- Open plan living area with open fire, TV/DVD, CD player, gas Rayburn, gas hob and electric oven, dishwasher, microwave etc.
- Utility room with washing machine and deep freeze
- Double bedroom (king-size)
- Bathroom with bath and hand-held shower, shower, WC and wash basin
- Double bedroom (king size)
- Family room with three single beds, one with bed under which pulls out to form a further single or make a double
- Shower room with shower, WC and wash basin