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The Old Smiddy Cottage over Ballagan burn
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34 reviews
The Old Smiddy Cottage over Ballagan burn
Old Smiddy cottage
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Cottage sitting room with black watch tartan carpet
Sitting room
Old Smiddy cottage kitchen
Double bedroom
Double bedroom in cottage
Twin bedroom cottage
Cottage double bedroom
Twin bedroom
Twin ensuite
Our Donald in Ballagan burn
Ballagan burn
Beautiful stag at local roundabout
Beautiful walk up Loch Lomond National Park
Balloch Castle
Balloch castle
Ben Lomond at Loch Lomond
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Cottage -
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Balloch, West Dunbartonshire, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Scotland

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Margaret...
Motherwell, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Home from Home”
Reviewed 3 October 2015 for a stay in September 2015

Excellent accommodation spotless ,en suite in both rooms ,everything for self catering . Central for buses,trains to all locations ,beautiful scenery , great walkways ,beautiful Loch Lomond Marina .We got a very warm welcome from Fiona and David and a very relaxed atmosphere , with five star accommodation.

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Liked best: the total comfort of the cottage and its location
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
6 Oct 2015
Thank you so much for the lovely review was so nice to meet you and delighted you liked the cottage x
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Rosiecair...
Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
“Beautiful comfortable home . Easy to get to the beautiful sights.”
Reviewed 29 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015

A beautiful spotless home with everything you need and more. So tranquil next to the burn. The owners are so friendly and helpful. Loved the animals too! We had a lovely weekend exploring different places and would definitely go back.

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Liked best: Cleanliness and setting
Travelling group: Teenagers
Your age range 35-49
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Management Response
30 Sep 2015
Thank you Roseanne for super review was lovely meeting you and the boys glad you enjoyed the cottage kind regards Fiona and David
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Carole C
Green Valley, Arizona, United States
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Loch Lomand Treasure”
Reviewed 26 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015

The cottage looked just like the pictures. It was such a treat. Fiona and her husband couldn't have been better hosts. The cottage had all the conveniences of home. The beds were super comfortable and the surroundings were extremely relaxing. It was such fun to watch their 3 chickens go up into the tree to sleep at night. I didn't know they could do that. The location of the cottage was so convenient. On days when we were not out driving around the country, we could take a leisurely walk to nearby grocery, restaurants, shops and lake. My husband, son, daughter-in-law and I couldn't have been more pleased.

If you have a chance to visit Loch Lomond, do yourself a favor and make reservations at the "Old Smiddy".

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Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
30 Sep 2015
Thank you so much for that lovely review so glad you enjoyed The Old Smiddy it was lovely to meet you all kind regards Fiona and David
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alanC4445...
Walsall, United Kingdom
1 review
“An excellent base for exploring the area”
Reviewed 24 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015

This well-appointed and comfortable cottage is well located for access to local amenities (good choice of places to eat and things to do) as well as public transport links. We used the latter extensively and found them convenient and reliable.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
25 Jul 2015
Many thanks for your lovely review and so glad you liked The Old Smiddy Cottage and also your comment about being near to bus and train services which gives a break from all the driving especially into Glasgow. Lovely to meet you both kind regards Fiona and David
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KentMario...
kent
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Lovely holiday cottage”
Reviewed 16 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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Enjoyed a week at the Old Smiddy last week. We arrived during a really heavy downpour, the weather was atrocious but Fiona gave us such a warm welcome we soon settled in. The weather changed for the better the next day and we managed every evening to sit out in the pretty garden overlooking the burn and surrounded by birds, including the owner's chickens.
There was every convenience and comfort, I couldn't fault anything. You can leave the car and walk down to the local pubs and restaurants which is a bonus. Balloch Castle country park is well worth a visit too.

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
16 Jun 2015
many thanks for the lovely review it was very kind of you and delighted that you had a good week thankfully the weather was kind to you. lovely to meet you and thankyou again kind regards FIONA
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