The Woodlands sits in a superb position close to Loch Voil and it is surrounded by outstanding countryside and views. The property is located within a small hamlet community and the popular town of Callander is within easy reach. Balquhidder, known in Gaelic as Both Chuidir, meaning 'village with fodder' and sits by the dramatic mountain scenery of the Braes of Balquhidder at the head of Loch Voil. Balquhidder Glen is a popular area for fishing, nature and walking. It was also known by the Celts as a 'thin place', an area where the boundary between the earth and heaven was close, given the dramatic and atmospheric countryside. Since the 9th Century the lands at Balquhidder have seen many turbulent times during clan ownership and one of the many notable residents was Scotland's Robin Hood, Rob Roy MacGregor, the 18th Century patriot, folk hero and outlaw who is now buried in Balquhidder Church yard with his family. The Rob Roy connection is celebrated by the 79 mile Rob Roy Way which passes nearby on its route from Drymen to Pitlochry. Balquhidder also lies on route of the coast to coast walk from Oban to St Andrews which comes over the hills to the north from Glen Dochart. Balquhidder has an active village horse riding association which makes full use of the great variety of riding trails and terrain close by. The village has a strong and active community with many associations and activities for all ages. The village is also host to Balquhidder Bike Fest each year which has three main cycle challenges and family fun and activities. The village hall is also host to a variety of social activities including badminton, yoga and pilates classes, an arts programme and choir practice.
Balquhidder is located in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, the Trossachs are renowned as one of Scotland's most rugged and inspiring areas and provide something for everyone, whether that is adventure, exploring, relaxing, nature or history. The Trossachs offer some of the most stunning scenery with breathtaking mountains and glens and the vast tranquil beauty of Loch Lomond. Balquhidder and the surrounding area offers some of the most diverse and interesting wildlife in the country. When taking advantage of the many fine walks close by, the many species that could be seen include the golden eagle, red and roe deer, red squirrel, pine marten, badgers, otters, osprey, red kite, black grouse, kestrel, kingfisher, peregrine and sparrow hawk. The current owners have the benefit of seeing over 50 species of birds from the windows of the house as well as deer and red squirrels.
Callander is the closest town, which is a bustling tourist town situated on the River Teith, near Stirling, and is often described as the gateway to the highlands. Many shops and services are available including The McLaren leisure centre with a 20m pool, climbing wall & sports club. Every Autumn, Callander hosts The Callander Jazz & Blues Festival bringing many performers to the town. The town offers banks, a post office, petrol station, supermarkets, restaurants, tea rooms, doctors, dentists, library, chemist and a variety of retail shopping. Callander is also home to its own golf course, which consists of wooded parkland with views to the foothills of the highlands. Within beautiful surroundings, the challenging 15th is one of the most famous par 3s in Scotland and the course has some excellent reviews from across the world.
There are a number of popular walks in the area for visitors to explore. The beautiful Bracklinn Falls and the River Keltie have mesmerised people for generations, to the west footpaths and cycle tracks follow the old Callander to Oban railway, and from the summit of Callander Crags there are spectacular sweeping views over the town of Callander and beyond to Stirling and the Forth Estuary.
Stirling, the closest city is well placed for road, rail and bus connections to all the major cities in Scotland. The pivot of the motorway network is only three miles to the west of Stirling, giving quick access to Edinburgh and Glasgow. Both Edinburgh and Glasgow Airports are within easy reach. There is a wide range of private schools within 40 miles of Callander, including Beaconhurst at Bridge of Allan, Dollar Academy, Strathallan, Morrison's Academy, Ardvreck, Glenalmond and Kilgraston (girls only). Stirling University is located in Bridge of Allan. Stirling has a wide range of amenities including major supermarkets, a good selection of independent and high street shops, sporting, recreational and cultural facilities, hospital and a train station providing links to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and many other towns. Glasgow provides all of the facilities expected from a modern and prosperous city, with an excellent selection of shopping, retail parks and associated services, theatres, rail links and airport.
The Woodlands, believed to date from the 1700's is a charming country cottage with an abundance of character features. The Woodlands Gaelic name Tigh-na-Fhaidreach, the Hill/House of the Fair, as mentioned in the book The Braes O Balquhidder was written in the house by Elizabeth Beauchamp and it is also understood the Bloomery Mound was on this same site.
The rear vestibule with a slate floor leads to a utility with a slate floor and shelving. The country style kitchen has a selection of wall and base units, a tiled floor and a Belfast sink with a granite work surface. There are integrated appliance including a Hot Point electric double oven and a Candy electric induction hob. The naturally bright sitting room with a double aspect benefits from an open outlook onto the gardens and a French window onto the terrace. There is a multi fuel stove which runs three radiators and heats the hot water with a brick surround and hearth. The adjacent dining room offers ample space for entertaining and family living with views onto the landscaped gardens. The remaining accommodation on the ground floor includes a double bedroom benefiting from fitted wardrobes and a shower room. The first floor consists of two further double bedrooms both with a dual aspect and a family bathroom.
The property offers a useful studio, which could be used as a workshop, work room for hobbies or artist studio or for additional storage space. There is a separate timber built garage and stables with one loose box and a tack room. Attached to the house is a useful tool shed and workshop which could be used for a variety of purposes. The gardens extend to 3.1 acres, which are mostly laid to lawn with a delightful burn running down one side leading to a pond. Previously paddocks had been created to make full use of the land available with the stables, paddocks could be easily established to home ponies or horses. There are collections of mature coniferous and deciduous trees throughout the gardens together with well planted herbaceous plants and borders. The woodland area is under planted with bluebells and daffodils giving a wonderful array of colour in the Spring months. There is the opportunity to create a new access road into the property adding to the flexibility the house offers. The house would lend itself well to creating B&B accommodation, it has enormous potential for equestrian use and it will offer a peaceful and tranquil lifestyle. The Woodland benefits from having had solar panels installed, which are located within a discreet area of the garden. This offers a sustainable and natural supply of energy to provide electricity to the house.