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Holiday Rental House -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Galashiels, Borders, Scotland

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kathymayo...
Inverness, United Kingdom
1 review
“Fantastic”
Reviewed 26 July 2016 for a stay in July 2016

I have stayed in cottages in Ireland, Wales England and Scotland and this was the best cottage I stayed in. I got lost finding the cottage and John was helpful on the phone and waited outside for me to arrive. The cottage was handy to many sites. Including Holy Island/ Lindesfarne and the train to Edinburgh.

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Liked best: Position and layout of cottage. Bed so comfotable
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Solo Traveller
Your age range 65+
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers
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Management Response
27 Jul 2016
Good afternoon
Thank you for your review following your recent stay at Galabank. We are delighted you had such a fantastic stay and felt this was the best cottage you've stayed in throughout the UK! We hope to welcome you again in the future.
Kind regards
Lakes Cottage Holidays
017687 74060
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Karren194...
Spennymoor
Level 5 Contributor
76 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Cosy and comfortable”
Reviewed 7 June 2015 for a stay in May 2015

A lovely cottage in a lovely area. I typical one up and one down from the outside but most definitely not typical inside. Refurbished keeping the best of the old but with modern and very tasteful finishes. The gorgeous oak flooring, the super white cotton bedding and the very tasteful decor sum this up for me. Everything that is used is quality and well thought out. The woodburner was just so easy to use. The area is full of walks and lots of small towns to visit. We walked in the Pentland Hills and could see the Forth Bridge from the top. We will be back. John was a very attentive host but not intrusive.

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Liked best: The bedroom
Liked least: Nothing, not even the wild weather
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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Roberts_F...
Dudley, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“A Beautiful Cottage”
Reviewed 28 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015

Writing this review on our last full day at Galabank Cottage while drinking coffee and looking out over the hills!

The people who own this cottage 'go out their way' to make this home from home. We were met by John on arrival who showed us around a spotlessly clean: open plan lounge/kitchen/diner which is cosy and has absolutely everything you need. Beautiful, spacious bedroom with a nice view over back garden and hills and through the velux window at front of bedroom...WOW, what a view!


Situated on the A7, you do get a fair amount of traffic, but I'll be honest and say it hasn't bothered us at all. We actually sat out the front one gorgeous evening and watched the world rush by us. The bus stops across from the cottage and the bus will take you directly into the magnificent Edinburgh!

You'll be hoping for a chilly night just so you can get that wood burning fire lit...which was wonderful!

Back garden is elevated, but again is beautiful with access over a stile and onto the hills.

The owners are obviously very knowledgeable about the area and they've provided plenty of literature about history of area and local walks.

We did the route 3 walk (details in cottage) which took us about 5hrs, but will expose you to some amazing views! In addition, we took the bus to Edinburgh where we visited the castle...hmmmmm and climbed Arthur's Seat....fantastic! Also spoilt for choice in city for places to eat!

Galabank Cottage has picturesque surroundings and we'd both move in tomorrow (except Scotland to The Midlands commute is a bit far). A big thank you to the owners for contributing to making our stay so enjoyable.

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Liked best: Everything
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers
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Management Response
18 Sep 2015
Good Evening
Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased to hear you had an enjoyable stay and that it felt like home from home. We hope to welcome you to a Cottage Holiday Group property again in the future

Regards
Lakes Cottage Holidays
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Heedchef
Durham
Level 4 Contributor
13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Perfect hideaway....but in luxury!!!”
Reviewed 3 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015

If you ever just want to get away from real life and hide for a couple of days but want to maintain your standard of living choose No. 9 Galabank.

We arrived late on the Friday of the May Bank Holiday having travelled the 90 or so miles from Durham to find Allwin & John had waited for us even though they were going to visit family, they are the most perfect hosts, explaining what we needed to know and then leaving us to get on with it.

Our first impression was that the place is immaculately clean and furnished to a very high standard, this includes the high spec kitchen which took up part of the main living area along with a small dining table and chairs. Upstairs a small but well equipped bathroom complete with miniatures and the bedroom which in our case was a super kingsize bed but which could be set as 2 singles if preferred, the bedding was again immaculately turned out. In short, there was nothing out of place.

Our hosts had left instant coffee, ground coffee, tea, milk and sugar as well as a pack of shortbread biscuits.

There was more than enough wood and kindling for the wood burner in the lounge area.

Outside, as we found the next morning, the garden is huge with a nice decked area and picnic style table, there is a barbecue but at the time we were visiting it was still in the wood shed. One thing I would say is that the stairs are steep, not really suitable for anyone with serious mobility problems but easily manageable for anyone else if care is taken.

The views are stunning from the front of the property but even more so from the top of the rear garden (llamas and Sherpas are available for rental). At the time we were here the lambs were in the field opposite and we had hours of fun watching them bouncing about the place.

The owners have amassed a mountain of information about the locale which is very useful, we had come purely for a rest but did look at the guides for future reference and the info on local eateries was good. It is all there from routes of local walks to gardens and afternoon teas.

Negatives: not really any, some people have mentioned the road (Main A7 to Edinburgh) but it never bothered us even though we are used to a very quiet area at home. Access to the garden, we had no problem but I can see that it may be a problem to with walking difficulties but this said my Mother is 87, has had both hips replaced and I firmly believe she would have made it up there if she set her mind on it.

Positives: Excellent hosts, a lovely property well maintained and immaculately clean in beautiful surroundings close to Galashiels, Edinburgh and Peebles. Lovely gardens which if the weather was good would be great for a barby and a few beers. There was never a shortage of heat or hot water and I think if anything had gone wrong John and Allwin would have had it sorted out 15 minutes before it even happened!!

To John and Allwin - many thanks for allowing us in to enjoy your wonderful property, we would recommend this to anyone and would also like to congratulate you on the exceptional standard you maintain in the property. You made us feel very welcome and this started our weekend perfectly. We will return but we would like to wish you all the success in the world.

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Liked best: Cosy and comfortable, great for a couple of cold nights with the wood burner
Liked least: Nothing, all was absolutely fine
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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Management Response
18 Sep 2015
Good Evening,
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Thank you for your review.

We are pleased to hear the hosts provided you with the information you would need for your stay and that the property was a perfect hideaway.

We hope to welcome you to another of our properties in the future
Regards
Lakes Cottage Holidays
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Abissx
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Lovely cosy cottage!”
Reviewed 15 February 2015 for a stay in February 2015

My boyfriend and I spent the weekend at Galabank over Valentine's weekend and we loved it; the cottage is so cosy and picturesque, not to mention spotlessly clean and well presented on arrival. The owners added nice personal touches such as the tray of tea and biscuits and a bottle of fizz in the fridge! We loved the log burner fire and had it on almost constant over the whole weekend. There is access to the hills and fields through the garden over a small style and the views from there are truly amazing; there is also acces to Edinburgh city centre via bus which stops right outside regularly. We would 100% recommend and would happily go back to stay at Galabank again!

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
16 Feb 2015
Thank you for your feedback following your stay at Galabank Cottage.

Thank you for recommending Galabank Cottage to others!

We are delighted to hear you found the cottage to be cosy, clean and enjoyed the location of the cottage.

Cottage Holiday Group hope to welcome you back to Galabank Cottage or another Cottage Holiday Group property in the future.

Kind Regards,

Cottage Holiday Group
017687 74060
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Lichfield
Reviewed 16 January 2014 for a stay in December 2013

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A romantic getaway Rugged travelers
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Management Response
16 Jan 2014
Thank you for your lovely review on Galabank Cottage

We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay at this property and found its location to your liking.

We will look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

Kind Regards
Cottage Holiday Group
Tel 017687 74060
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ecosse68
Dortmund
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Cosy, comfy and cute as a doll house :)”
Reviewed 28 March 2013 for a stay in March 2013

We, my very best friend and me, did spend 4 nights at Galabank Cottage. The cottage is an absolutely lovely place and highly to recommend. Even if it's a small one it is refurbished and equipped to a very high standard. The beds are very comfy and you'll find everything you need in the cottage (I really would say you'll find more than you can expect). The whole place it spotlessly clean and John and Allwin, the lovely owners, did very well to make this cottage a second home from home. The tray with coffee, tea and shortbread which we did find by arrival was really appreaciated as well as the little bottle of milk in the fridge. Even if we had really bad weather during our stay (snow, coldness and a permanently blowing icey wind) we enjoyed it very much to come back after one of our trips to sit in the cute living room, cuddling on the comfy sofa and enjoying the nice, warm log fire by drinking a glass of wine.
The setting is perfect for excursions through the Scottish and English Borders and for trips to Scotland's capitol as well.
Even if the cottage lays nearby the A7 the traffic didn't bother us. You don't hear much about it inside.
John and Allwin, lots of thanks for a lovely stay. We surely come back one day.

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Liked best: The whole package was perfect.
Liked least: The wifi connection was sometimes a bit complicated
Travelling group: Freunden
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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