Fantastic location to explore wonderful east coast beaches and attractions. Lorna was a great host and was happy to have our Dog Murphy stay in her beautiful lodge. Spacious and luxurious lodging had everything we needed.
Very nice stay during great weather at the end of May. Accommodation had everything both outside and in.
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Rowanlea is an immaculate lodge.
I stayed here with my 3 sons in April, this lodge far exceeded my expectations. It was beautifully presented on our arrival, (after our epic drive from Wiltshire) The log burner was already lit and posies of flowers in the vases were a lovely touch.
Immediately felt relaxed.
All of the rooms were so tastefully decorated with a Scottish contemporary feel, the beds were so comfortable and the bedding luxurious.
The kitchen had everything you could need and more, from a coffee percolator, (complimentary ground coffee) a cheese knife to pizza cutter! so no need to bring our stash of essentials! The outside area was also welcoming with pretty flower pots to bespoke wooden furniture.
My favourite memory of our stay was looking out of the patio windows and watching the morning mist rise to reveal the stunning Cairn O Mount in the distance with uninterrupted views and a mug of fresh coffee before the children awoke ( anyone with young children would actually pay just for that!)
A special thank you must go to our host named Lorna for her knowledge of the area and her 'nothing is too much bother 'attitude, both invaluable.
I cannot wait for our next visit to the North East of Scotland when we will definitely be returning to Rowanlea Lodge.
Rowanlea lodge is beautifully decorated, spotlessly clean ,very comfortable and cosey with a log burning stove and every well equipped with all the mod cons you will need. Lorna the owner is very welcoming and helpful. The location is quiet with lovely countryside views but near enough to towns and places of interest to explore. We will highly recommend the lodge to friends and family looking for a wee break away to unwind in comfortable surroundings. Hopefully we will visit again soon!
Stayed here for a couple days with family. Having two young girls aged 1 and 4 we absolutely loaded the car. We realized when we got there we didn't need to. The cabin is loaded with everything you could ever need. We received a warm welcome from Lorna and were given plenty information of things to do in the area. The view from the cabin is stunning. We were also treated to a fabulous cheese and wine hamper as we booked in February. Would recommend to anyone looking for a peaceful and luxurious stay.
A huge thank you to Lorna for making our Christmas at Rowanlea Lodge totally unforgettable. Upon arrival the fire was blazing, and the festivities were out. We quickly settled in and felt at home. The lodge is set in an amazing location, we went for walks in the mountains (Glen Clova) and strolled down on the sea front (Lunan Bay and St Cyrus nature reserve.) B, our miniature dachshund, was thrilled by all of this too, especially the wood burning stove! She's never slept so much!! Would highly recommend for short getaways or longer holidays. But be warned, you won't want to leave!!
I have stayed in so many forms and styles of short term holiday/travel accommodation over my 70+ years that I cannot give a definite number. But what I can do is remember the bad ones and the good ones, while the mediocore ones blend into an homogeneous calidascope of images. So, my memory images of Rowanlea lodge (as defined by the owner) are as follows... The documentation confirming our booking included the advice to 'phone the owner prior to arriving at the lodge. This proved to be vital as the details that we were given took us directly to the door. On arrival, we found the owner clearing autumn leaves from the grounds. The first sight of the lodge is breathtakingly beautiful. Then the owner comes and greets us at the car. She is a warm, welcoming, genuine individual. We are then invited inside. The time is 4pm (ish), it is late autumn/early winter, almost dark, temperature 2 degrees C. We enter via the rear door and a warm flush of air envelopes us. We progress through a short area with doors on all four sides, one of which leads us to the kitchen/dining/lounge area. On the far side of the room is a small, but extremely efficient, wood fired heater with a clear glass door.
The lodge is, without doubt, the most comprehensively equipped, self catering accommodation I have ever encountered. From the two wicker baskets of fire wood, to the tea maker in the downstairs bedroom. From the abundant towels and face clothes to the child's cot complete with fluffy toys. Complimentary tea/coffee/sugar. Smart TV with 'Netflix', You Tube, inter alia. From the wonderful liquid soaps/body washes to the shower with abundant hot water and simple controls. It has a dishwasher (with detergent pods), a washing machine (with detergent pods), a microwave, a four hob elec. stove/oven, elec. kettle, a huge variety of crockery/cutlery and other kitchen implements. I loved the upstairs environment. It is open plan, it encompasses the entire floor plan of the building. It has a double bed with the most comfortable mattress, wardrobe, a cot for an infant complete with fluffy toys, books, sofa, etc, etc. It is a wonderful place of tranquillity and comfort. Now, for some people, heating may present a problem. Both of the sleeping areas have electric heating. The open area relies on that wonderful wood fired heater. This fire does not burn all night. So, if you cannot light a fire. If you cannot maintain that fire throughout the day, if you are reluctant to get up in the morning and set and light the fire, then it is best that you avoid this place in the colder months. But, for those of us who have been brought up with wood fired apparatus then this is the place to spend a few days of placid, perfectly peaceful, tranquillity. I could go on extolling the virtues of this small, secluded lodging but to do so would become boring, and this place is anything but boring.
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