Monday, 8 July 2013

A List Scottish Hollywood Actor and and other native species captured by Briar Cottages Guests

Deer spotted in the garden by R White

Double rainbow over Briar Cottage from Briar Steading- A Mackenzie
Fraser and I are always humbled by the magnificent photographs and helpful comments that guests take time to send to us and for TripAdvisor and Holiday Lettings review pages.  New guests often comment that reviews and pictures help them to match what they desire from a holiday and location.  Thank you to everyone who has given me permission to use their pictures on my blog and social media sites. Some guests use professional cameras that can capture the ospreys in flight, for example, however we are delighted to see all photos even if they are taken on a mobile phone.

Briar Steading guests meet Gerard Butler at The Four Seasons Hotel, Loch Earn by Fareshta
Guests have captured deer, ospreys and other birds. Last weeks guests managed to photograph a native species that was very special indeed. Having journeyed from Bahrain for their first family holiday in Scotland, they asked where they should go locally to experience Scottish salmon that was "beautifully cooked with a nice recipe"  They had already been wowed by the tasty food at MHOR84 in Balquhidder so I suggested The Four Seasons Hotel at St Fillans overlooking Loch Earn.  They were pleased with the recommendation and enjoyed their meal, however there was a bonus surprise.  The sons in the family spotted a familiar face in the restaurant.  They told their parents that an A list Hollywood actor was in the restaurant.  The parents were sure that they must be mistaken, however the waitress confirmed that it was indeed Gerard Butler.  He was made aware of their presence and invited them to have a chat after dinner.  Even better, he kindly posed with them for the photograph shown. This was their first family holiday in Scotland. They feel very lucky to have met one of Scotland's most successful actors who was approachable and generous with his time in the true spirit of Scottish hospitality.

Some more wonderful guest pics!

Osprey fishing Loch Earn -Merediths
Panoramic View from Briar Steading by S Paton

View from west gable, Briar Steading- Meridiths
Meridith family enjoy Loch Earn from garden

TripAdvisor Comments:

25 May 2013  Utterly perfect 5 of 5 stars 
18 May 2013  Little Briar Cottage 5 of 5 stars 
19-Apr-13 The best cottage view in Scotland 5 of 5 stars 
05-Feb-13 Excellent, Cannot Fault It 5 of 5 stars 
11 Dec 2012  Great wee cottage in perfect location 5 of 5 stars 
10 Dec 2012  5-star accommodation and hosts 5 of 5 stars 
19 Nov 2012  Will take your breath away! 5 of 5 stars 
27-Oct-12 Cosy cottage, picturesque views and... 5 of 5 stars 
05-Sep-12 Beautiful setting, lovely accommodation... 5 of 5 stars 
29-Jul-12 Just what the doctor ordered 5 of 5 stars 
24-Jul-12 Wonderful holiday at Briar Cottages 5 of 5 stars 
20-Jul-12 Marvellous place! 5 of 5 stars 
20-Jul-12 What a place! 5 of 5 stars 
27 May 2012  Bliss! 5 of 5 stars 
21 Mar 2012  Simply the best! 5 of 5 stars 
17 Nov 2011  Superb Accommodation, location and Hosts  5 of 5 stars 
05-Nov-11 It's the real deal 5 of 5 stars 
26-Sep-11 Can't wait to go back 5 of 5 stars 
25-Sep-11 Excellent holiday 5 of 5 stars 
08-Sep-11 Lovely place high quality accommodation 5 of 5 stars 
06-Sep-11 Can't wait to be back! 5 of 5 stars 
27 Aug 2011  We wish we were still there. 5 of 5 stars 
07-Aug-11 Plan to return! 5 of 5 stars 
03-Aug-11 Yet again superb ready to book for the... 5 of 5 stars 
11-Jul-11 Absolutely stunning - could not be... 5 of 5 stars 
04-Jul-11 A truly wonderful wee break 5 of 5 stars 
06-Jun-11 The best 5 of 5 stars 
05-Jun-11 I don't want to go home 5 of 5 stars 
05-Jun-11 What an amazing place! Kim and Frazer...  5 of 5 stars 
04-Jun-11 I don't want to go home 5 of 5 stars 
17-Apr-11 Perfect holiday 5 of 5 stars 
29 Mar 2011  Perfect weekend away! 5 of 5 stars 
27-Feb-11 perfect 5 of 5 stars 
05-Jan-11 Fabulous cottage with beautiful... 5 of 5 stars 
05-Jan-11 I wish I was there now 5 of 5 stars 
13 Nov 2010  Ideal break 5 of 5 stars 
19-Oct-10 Everything just right and better 5 of 5 stars 
19-Sep-10 An unforgettable experience 5 of 5 stars 
30 Aug 2010  Too good to miss 5 of 5 stars 
01-Aug-10 So relaxing, can I come again 5 of 5 stars 
22-Jul-10 Lovely wee cottage in beautiful location 5 of 5 stars 
03-Jul-10 Simply the best cottage, hosts and... 5 of 5 stars 
19-Jun-10 Chance travellers 5 of 5 stars 
29-Apr-10 An exceptional holiday for the whole... 5 of 5 stars 
05-Apr-10 Great break [Again!!!] 5 of 5 stars 
03-Mar-10 a wee piece of heaven 5 of 5 stars 
25-Oct-09 Great location at any time 5 of 5 stars 
02-Sep-09 Best of the best. 5 of 5 stars 
05-May-09 THE PERFECT GETAWAY 5 of 5 stars 
16 Mar 2009  A wonderful view - the best of hosts too 5 of 5 stars 
27-Feb-09 What holidays are meant to be... 5 of 5 stars 
22-Feb-09 A perfect retreat in a postcard... 5 of 5 stars 
04-Jan-09 Better than advertised 5 of 5 stars 
28-Sep-08 A Taste Of Scotland 5 of 5 stars 
23-Sep-08 Fantastic accommodation in a stunning... 5 of 5 stars 
15-Sep-08 Loved our stay 4 of 5 stars 
22-Jun-08 Lovely Cottages On Loch Erin. 5 of 5 stars 

Location, Location, Location!!
5 out of 5
My wife and I and two friends have just returned from a long, bank holiday weekend at Briar Stedding (the larger of the two cottages) under the Briar Cottage banner.

Hosts Kim and Fraser... more

08 May 2013
Fantastically welcoming and with a view
5 out of 5
This is a brilliant place to stay, the view over the loch, and the comfort of the cottage plus the friendly welcome and help received. A stag was a regular visitor, along with many birds including an... more
Fraser and I are delighted that you enjoyed the comfort and scenery that Briar Steading offers and it was a pleasure to have you here. We are lucky to offer an all year round scenic destination... more

26 Jan 2013
If you look up tranquillity in the dictionary you will see a picture of Briar Cottages
5 out of 5
2 couples stayed for the weekend in mid January and loved everything about the place. A modern well equipped cottage that was immaculately clean. What can I say about the views, just loved sitting... more
Thank you very much. We are delighted that you enjoyed the experience and comforts of Briar Steading on your short break. We loved your dictionary reference. Look forward to welcoming you back to... more