5 star luxury lodge available to rent week beginning Sunday 26th Aug 2018 (only) for £1199. (Current rental price direct for a similar lodge is £1990 for this week) includes use of leisure centre and during the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe period.
Living area – lounge with leather upholstered 3 piece suite including bed settee, flat screen TV with free access to films and CD player. Free wifi.
– fully equipped kitchen, crockery, cutlery, and crystal glasses (and normal), toaster, kettle and cafetiere and Tassimo.
– Oven, grill, microwave, large fridge freezer and dishwasher.
– Cloths, kitchen roll, dishwasher tablets, towels, oven gloves, bin bags and washing- up liquid provided.
– Dining area with large table and indoor seating for 4
Covered balcony with 4 reclining chairs and table.
Bedroom with King-size bed, wardrobe, drawers and TV. All bedding provided and 2 dressing gowns.
Bathroom with double basin, separate large walk in shower with deluge shower head, bath and WC. All towels, (for 4 people) selection of toiletries and loo rolls provided.
Entry porch with storage cupboards containing separate washer and drier and washing powder provision. Golf clubs/bikes can be stored here.
Outside – dedicated parking for 2 cars, small garden area. Dustbin, emptied 2-3 x week and recycling on site.
The elevated position gives uninterrupted views across the golf course and towards Loch Lomond with Balloch Castle nestling on the far banks. Sun is on the balcony from early morning and still on the end until about 4pm. If it is a beautiful evening, drive round to the other side of the Loch, left at Drymen and on to Balmaha, until you find a nice looking area to park up and get your chairs out to enjoy the sunset over the mountains of the southern Highlands.
The estate has a nine hole golf course (green fees apply) and a marina with an excellent restaurant on the shores.
Paths wind through the grounds and Arboretum, around the back of the walled garden where there are tennis courts, a play area and archery.
Occupancy of the lodge provides free access to the onsite leisure club with a wide range of facilities including swimming pools, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room, squash courts, fully equipped gym and children’s club. http://www.cameronhouse.co.uk/resort/leisure-club.html There are concessionary rates for the amazing Carrick Spa with a superb infinity pool over-looking Ben Lomond and the Highlands and an excellent 18 hole golf course, both at the resort’s ‘sister’ site less than 5 miles away. Courtesy transport is available by booking with hotel concierge. http://www.cameronhouse.co.uk/resort/spa.html
Loch Lomond Shores and village of Balloch are within easy walking distance but you might have too much to carry on the way back! http://www.lochlomondshores.com/ Lovely little Farmers market on Sundays
Balloch is the village at the bottom of the Loch on the mouth of the River Leven, lovely area to wander around in the sunshine, cafes and pubs to sit outside. Balloch castle and country park is a little further round the loch, walkable and definitely ride-able, excellent for kite flying.
Luss is another beautiful little village right on the shores with the excellent Coach House café/restaurant http://www.taste-of-scotland.com/coach_house.html There is a small beach area adjacent to the car park if you fancy a dip!!
Helensburgh boasts the beautiful Charles Rennie Macintosh Hill House and is well worth a visit – approx 20mins away http://www.nts.org.uk/property/the-hill-house/
Arrochar, on the shores of Loch Long is very popular and I can recommend Tom Butcher ceramics at Mansfield Studio http://www.tombutcherceramics.co.uk/index.php?route=common/home
Further west, over the ‘Rest and be Thankful’ you’ll drop down to Loch Fyne and the original Oyster Bar with stunning views down the Loch. Does do some non-seafood dishes and also has an excellent deli.
Beyond this is Inverarry and the bijou but superb Inverarry Castle (location for the Christmas 2013 Downton house party)
Alternatively, head north, all the way up the west bank of Loch Lomond, turn left at Crianlarich for Oban – Highland Games usually on during this week (also games are on for 3 days in Dunoon, further south) or right and then left later for Killin and the Falls of Dochart. http://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/falls-of-dochart-p662781
If you want to be active there is always Ben Lomond to climb. This is on the other side of the loch so can be accessed by a scenic drive round or take the ferry across to Rowardennan.
There are some outstanding places on the eastern side accessed via Aberfoyle where you will also find the Queen Elizabeth Country Park straddling the Highland Boundary Fault. Ride one of the longest zipwires in Europe across the valley which gives you enough time to settle into your harness and enjoy the view before landing at GoApe or take a trip on board the steamship up Loch Katrine. http://www.lochkatrine.com/
Glasgow is a short distance away by train from Balloch or drive right into the city centre. Try the Willow Tea Rooms if you are (or even if you are not) a fan of Charles Rennie Mcintosh and also visit Kelvingrove Museum for many of his original designs and those of his school.
The Burrell Collection in Pollock Park is not to be missed
Edinburgh can be reached by an hour’s drive to Hermiston Gate at the end of the M8 and jump on the park and ride – sit upstairs at the front of the bus for the best view of the city – to get right into the centre along Princes Street. Edinburgh Festival is on during August and the Fringe is usually still going through this week. Buses run half hourly through the night back to Hermiston Gate where the parking is free.
OR you may just want to relax in your comfortable lodge absorbing the ambience of your surroundings.
Arrival hampers can be ordered although I have never done so, so can’t really comment.
Medium sized Co-op in Balloch. Sainsburys in Dunbarton approx. 8 miles away.
Excellent farm shop with local produce about 2 miles towards Tarbet near The Carrick.
Electricity not included
Sorry, no pets