We stayed in the cottage and the Bow Top (not the caravans nb - they do look rather fun).
We were all looking forward to the experience, especially as although we all weekend away often, we dont together so after careful research into where to go
Although the Scottish weather, which you can never bank on, was pretty awful, we all came away feeling disappointed.
Our main point was that the accommodation provided by the cottage was not to the standard expected for the price that we paid, or the ‘comfort’ and ‘tranquillity’ suggested by the website. On entering the "retreat" we want to abandon any thoughts of everyday life etc - it was somewhat strange that there was an abandoned car at the rear of the house.
The hugely overgrown trees blocked out any sunlight that would have come into ‘the bright sitting room’, which had to be lit the entire time – contrary to what the website says “Offering a spacious, bright sitting room with a view of the Eildon Hills” (no view) .
Our first impressions on arrival were coloured by the neglected leaf and moss covered trampoline and the amount of chicken waste on the ground.
Inside, the cottage did not appear to have been cleaned. On entering the house I suffered a dust allergy, so much so we had to leave on the Sunday. The carpets were thick with dust, infact it was visible everywhere.
In the double bedroom – there was no chest of drawers and the closet was ‘fusty’ so you certainly wouldn’t want to hang clothes in there.
In the kitchen, the cooker grill didn’t work.
A rubbish bin, kitchen roll, hand towel and a second tea towel should have been also been supplied.
The bathroom was not a pleasant place to be. The shower mat was unwashed. There was only 1 and a half toilet rolls – more had to be bought on the second day, which we didn’t expect to have to do.
The towels (1 towel each - no second towel) were stale - not fresh, and there was no soap in the bathroom.
The lounge was dark and gloomy, the TV small. The ‘leather’ sofa was plastic and the wood burning stove would not stay alight with the provided fuel. In fact, we discovered there was a wire/ paper Chinese lantern which had been burnt, in the wood burner as well as enough wood to allow us fire for about 30 mins maximum.
Not great on a rainy, cold weekend The cottage was also littered with cobwebs and moths. Despite having a lantern in the accommodation I was a little surprised there were no tea lights either. The cottage was nothing like described on the website.
Generally the decoration and furnishings were very basic, the place didn’t look or feel clean and smelled and felt damp. Floor coverings were basic. This was a more like a bothy than the boutique level of accommodation suggested by the website. – In short we felt mis-sold. We felt no magic and tranquillity. It was certainly not worth £485 for 3 nights!
I did sent back an overview of feedback but the response I recieved was ill considered and rather huffy which was a real shame as this place, with more money injected into it, could be a so great.
- Also Known As:
- Roulotte Retreat Melrose, Scotland