The Old Stationmasters Home in the Heart of Loch Lomond
Railway Cottage once home to the stationmaster and signalman at the defunct Killin Junction railway station and now sensitively restored, offers one gorgeous historic cottage and bothy set in the beautiful Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park surrounded by rolling hills, forest, curious wildlife and stunning views of Glen Dochart.
Railway Cottage started life in 1886 as two single-storied semi-detached houses, built to accommodate the stationmaster and his signalman at the old Killin Junction railway station which was designed as an interchange station. There was no access to the platforms as passengers (and freight) alighted from trains on the Callander to Crianlarich run, crossed the platform and joined a wee ‘Pug' steam train that puffed its way from the Junction to Killin and on to Loch Tay half a dozen times a day. Not until, 1908 was public access to the station permitted by way of a footbridge spanning the platforms and a pathway in front of the Station Cottages but the drive to make the railway company profitable forced closure of the less profitable routes and in September 1965 it closed. The properties were vacated and soon became derelict.
In 2011 the cottages were bought by the current owners and sensitively restored paying tribute to the original features and fittings wherever possible. The external stone walls, blackened by the soot from the passing steam trains, have been retained untouched save for some remedial pointing.
Stepping inside you will find beautiful furnishings and home comforts perfect for your family holiday. The stone cottage exudes character with a design and wealth of bespoke features that sensitively respect its fascinating railway history. A contemporary larch-clad extension provides an architectural contrast, moulding old with new. Retaining features such as the double height entrance hallway and staircase provides light and space throughout. New high quality furnishings sit alongside interesting antique pieces that recall its Victorian and Edwardian past, while framed photographs on the walls speak of its history.
Cosy up beside an enormous open log fire and pad across warm reclaimed wooden floors with underfloor heating. Double glazed sash and case windows frame spectacular views of the Glen and surrounding forest - perfect to wake up to! The ground floor living area of the cottage is completely open plan with two sumptuous sofas enjoying fabulous views of Glen Dochart through the double sliding doors that step down on to a large decking. A re-upholstered Victorian armchair offers the perfect spot to curl up with a good book and for evening entertainment the house is equipped with a Television, DVD/Blu-Ray player (with a library of films) and bluetooth radio/CD player.
Railway Cottage has a bespoke hand-built kitchen, island and breakfast bar with distressed merlot red painted furniture and reclaimed wood worktops sprinkled with vintage crockery and other culinary paraphernalia housed in the gorgeous antique dresser. An induction hob with electric oven, fridge/freezer and dishwasher provide the mod cons. The breakfast bar enjoys wonderful views of the countryside and if you prefer more formal eating step down to the dining table which enjoys exactly the same views and doors on to the decking. There's also a separate utility room with washing machine, which provides ample space for drying boots and coats.
Upstairs there are two double bedrooms with traditional brass beds (and an additional double Z-bed), and a bathroom with cast iron roll top bath and separate walk-in shower. There is a further shower room downstairs. The cottage will comfortable accommodate four adults and an additional one or two children on the Z-bed in one of the bedrooms.
There is a separate detached bothy - chill area, kitchenette and separate bathroom together with a sleeping area on a mezzanine level - sleeps 2-3 and is ideal for teenagers. The bothy is a separate outbuilding in the corner of the garden which has been custom built to a contemporary design with larch-cladding. Intended as a teenager's hideaway the Bothy appeals to all ages and offers a quiet escape for young and old.
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