The Gate Lodge is a charming 3 bedroom cottage that comfortably sleeps five. There’s one double bedroom with a king size bed, a twin and a single room however the twin has a zip and link bed so can be converted into a king if needed. An additional child’s bed or cot can be provided too.
The area is dominated by Loch Leven, a beautiful loch best known not only for its wildlife but also for its famous visitor, Mary Queen of Scots who was imprisoned on Castle Island in 1567. Take the boat across from Kinross on a sunny day and have a picnic or eat at the Boathouse Bistro on the loch shores.
The sunroom is bright and cheerful, ideal for relaxing in and enjoying the amazing views over Loch Leven. And the beautiful garden, complete with bbq, Chiminea, garden furniture and a covered patio, is fully enclosed making it safe and easy for those with small children or pets.
As the cottage is all on one level and so it works very well for elderly guests or young children, who may struggle with stairs.
All prices include electricity, bed linen, towels, and logs and coal in the winter. A welcome pack of coffee, tea, sugar, milk, toilet rolls, washing up liquid and general cleaning products is also provided.
Smoking is not permitted inside this property but is allowed in the garden.
|Address: The Gate Lodge, Balgedie House, Easter Balgedie, Kinross|
|Zip/Postal Code: KY13 9HQ|
|Latitude/Longitude: 56.218807797846345 / -3.3375341052246768|
|Nearest airport||Edinburgh||30 miles|
|Nearest beach||Burleigh Sands||2.5 miles|
|Nearest restaurant||The Balgedie Toll Tavern||0.5 miles|
|Nearest train station||Lochgelly||6 miles|
If you're coming from the South, leave the M90 at junction 6, take the exit through Kinross and travel about 4 miles east on the A911, Kinross to Glenrothes road.
If you're coming from the North, leave the M90 at junction 7, take the exit through Milnathort, travel about 4 miles southeast on the A911, Milnathort to Glenrothes road.
Driving along the A911, when you've passed Loch Leven's Larder (on your right) and the Balgedie Toll Tavern (on your left), you're getting close! The Gate Lodge is the first cottage on the left after passing the Easter Balgedie sign. You'll hopefully spot the purple chimney pot! Drive in through the stone and black iron gates and park alongside the cottage in the drive. To get to the front door, just walk round the side, through the garden.
Obviously, if you are coming the other way along the A911, you'll pass through Kinneswood and then, when you get to Easter Balgedie, the Gate Lodge is the last cottage on your right, passed the farm buildings.
Kinross is a small market town with everything you are likely to need during your stay. There are a good selection of restaurants, supermarkets, a great local butcher and some quant little shops. Easter Balgedie is the tiny hamlet where the Gate Lodge nestles, beneath the Lomond Hills and is one of a series of small settlements along the east side of the Loch Leven, making up the parish of Portmoak.
You can walk directly from the cottage up the hill behind for some fantastic views or walk from the cottage down towards the loch and maybe along to Loch Levens Larder for a cup of tea or a coffee. Watch the gliders above the hill and the paragliders jump off it.
Pop along to Kinnesswood just half a mile away to pick up your paper, loaf of bread, dog food, ice cream etc, at the village shop. It’s a pretty wee village that has won the Keep Scotland Beautiful Award from best small village many times over. There are some lovely old cottages and the quaint Michael Bruce(the Gentle Poet of Loch Leven) cottage museum. It is also the start of the Michael Bruce Way, a fabulous scenic walk. There is a ceramic workshop where you can pick up some tasteful Scottish souvenirs and there is a lovely 9 hole golf course. It’s hilly though so isn’t for the faint hearted, although the views from some of the holes are the best around!
At Wester Balgedie, just half a mile away, you can get a beer and delicious meal at The Balgedie Toll Tavern or pop into Loch Levens Larder or meander down to Loch Leven Heritage Trail. In Scotlandwell, just 2km away, you can visit an old Well House and walk round Portmoak Moss, an ancient raised peat bog. The Well Country Inn serves tasty food too.
Below are many day trips to do in the area. Here’s a selection of a few but many more can be found on the website and there are lots of brochures and maps etc in the cottage too:
Experience a day in the life of the Stuart monarchs at Falkland Palace, their country residence for 200 years – and a favourite place of Mary, Queen of Scots. Set in the heart of Falkland conservation village, and surrounded by extensive gardens, this partly restored Renaissance palace is the perfect place to while away an afternoon.
Loch Leven Heritage Trail
Loch Leven Heritage Trail runs 12.5 km round the north side Scotland’s largest lowland loch. Between Kinross Pier and Vane Farm, the trail provides excellent access to the lochside for walkers, cyclists and wheelchair users.
Loch Leven is Scotland’s largest lowland loch and National Nature Reserve. The RSPB have a reserve there at Vane Farm where you can watch the thousands of pink-footed geese that visit each winter.
Standing tall and proud outside the city of Stirling and overlooking the scene of Scotland’s victory at The Battle of Stirling Bridge. This is a place where history is something you can touch and feel, as you follow the story of Sir William Wallace, patriot, martyr, and Guardian of Scotland.
May Islands & Bass Rock
The Bass Rock is home to an incredible 150,000 gannets at the peak of the season. The gannets spend most of the year on the Bass, until the end of October when they set out on their long journey south, with many going as far as the west coast of Africa. The lower ledges of the Bass are home to shags, guillemots and razorbills, with seals hauling up on the rocks below.
Deep Sea World
Deep Sea World is located just under the picturesque Forth Rail Bridge, in the quaint village of North Queensferry. This little village is just 20 minutes from Edinburgh and 40 minutes from Glasgow, Deep Sea World is one of the premier attractions in Scotland, offering fun for the whole family, no matter what their age. Come along and see our full schedule of daily interactive and fun presentations such as our seal feed, meet a reptile and our rock pool sessions.
As well as playing on many of the local courses which are incredibly beautiful and varied, the famous courses of Gleneagles and the Old Course at St Andrews are within easy reach.
For the more adventurous, gliding is available close by at the renowned Portmoak Gliding Club or just watch the gliders from the cottage soaring over Bishop Hill. Trial flights can be arranged with the cottage owner.
There’s a very well equipped kitchen with a dining table and chairs, and a high chair for any smaller guests. The cosy sitting room has an open fireplace, comfortable sofas, a TV and DVD and there’s a piano and guitar if anyone’s feeling musical! There are also loads of board games and books – plenty to keep everyone entertained.
|-||Nightly rate||Weekly rate||Monthly rate||Min. Stay||Change-over|
|Rate summary||£65||£460||-||7 Nights||-|
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