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Anvil View Guest House
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Reviewed 2 September 2011

My mother and I stayed at the Anvil View for two nights to attend a wedding at the nearby Smiths Hotel. Price-wise this was amongst the cheapest and included breakfast which is a must for us. However, they appear to not have twin rooms so we plumped for sharing the small double which was £65 per night booked via Laterooms.

We arrived mid afternoon following a long drive from Doncaster. The layout of the guest house is rather confusing, and we drove straight onto the drive to look for a parking space only to find that a large van and a taxi were present, along with another car so we drove back round to the other side of the house, not realising it was in fact the residential part of the house and we’d just let ourselves into the kitchen! The lady owner was nice enough though, and asked us to bring our things to the back of the house (the main entrance) and told us that we may park in a space shortly when the van had left, as they were having a conservatory built and the van belonged to the work men. So do beware that parking is quite limited and the entrance is at the back of the house-not the front or side as we found!

There’s a nice garden at the back of the guest house, and once the conservatory is finished it looks like it may be a lovely breakfast room or shared lounge area, though we didn’t ask at the time what their plans were for it. Inside the house it is cosy and welcoming with what looks like 3 rooms-the first (room 3) is the small double where my mother and I stayed then up a few more stairs to a landing where there are two larger rooms. The breakfast room is on the ground floor-again cosy and welcoming with 4 tables and a little sofa plus an lcd tv.

The room itself was clean but very compact. A small double bed, dressed in clean white cotton sheets and lilac accessories with plentiful pillows is the focal point. Bedside tables with 3 drawers on either side of the bed and a wardrobe-just enough storage space for a night or two. The window faces the road at the front with the Blacksmiths shop to the left and has blinds plus curtains if you like to have a darkened room at night. There was also a small dressing table with mirror, however with the small hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities there is very little room for much else and the mirror is very low down (below the lcd tv) so you’d need to sit on the stool if you wish to use it. There is also a small ensuite bathroom with shower, sink and toilet and Molton Brown hair wash and shower gel inside the cubicle which I thought was a lovely touch. Toilet rolls and hand wash were also provided.

On the first morning at breakfast we were asked if we’d like more towels and at this point we asked for a sheet for my mother who cannot sleep beneath a duvet, plus some additional tea bags. These were promptly provided and left out for us whilst we went across the road to explore the blacksmiths shop and adjoining food hall.

Breakfast itself is lovely and plentiful-the full Scottish breakfast includes potato cakes, haggis and black pudding and is very filling. Tea/Coffee, toast, conserves, juice, cereal and yogurts are also provided along with prunes and grapefruit to set you up for the day. The only downside to breakfast is that it is served at one tine only-8.30am. For some this is a little early when you are on holiday, particularly if you haven’t slept too well either. Nothing to do with the room-just the fact that my mother and I are light, fidgety sleepers, the bed was very small and the toilet flush is extremely noisy!

Gretna centre itself basically appeared to be just a street on the estate with a post office, Bingo hall, Costcutter, hair and beauty salon, a florist, Spar shop and a few other small establishments but ideal for anyone staying in the area on holiday/to attend a wedding. My mother had her hair washed and blow dried at Hype Hair and Beauty on Central Avenue and they did a great job. The Costcutter did not serve alcohol until after 10am though so do bear this in mind if you want to ‘stock up’ before a wedding!

The Anvil View is ideal for bridal couples or for guests attending a wedding either at Smiths-a few doors down, the Hazeldene next door or the Blacksmiths Shop across the road or just as a central base from which to explore Gretna Green and the surrounding area. The bagpipes start across the road at around 10am so do be prepared for this if you like a lie in after breakfast!

Overall-a great little B&B and in the unlikely event that I find myself in Gretna again I shall certainly consider staying here again, although I’d pay a little extra for one of the larger rooms rather than stay in the small double again!

Room Tip: Pay a little extra for one of the larger rooms
  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank Pink
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Reviewed 8 August 2011

Both Jacqui & myself loved our stay lovely breakfasts, room nipping clean & warm welcome from the hosts would definitely stay again & strongly recommend

Regards Ian & Jacqui

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank betsy234
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Reviewed 3 July 2011

Lovely guesthouse, friendly owners, who were also very helpful. We booked a double room which was clean and perfectly fine. Great location for Weddings at Mill Forge, but book your taxi early! (there are only two taxi firms in the area). Breakfast was very good.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Thank Karen190731
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Reviewed 30 June 2011

We were in Gretna Green for a wedding and the Anvil View is located in a perfect spot for any wedding venue only a £6 taxi ride to the Mill Forge. Lovely welcome from Brenda who was also very informative about the availability of taxis, where to eat out etc. The room was very clean and the decor was lovely. (if you are big people ask for a bigger room as the shower cubical/bathroom was quite small in the room we had). Breakfast was great and plenty of it. Would we recomend? yes.
Good value for money.
Ian and Lorna from Perth

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 June 2011

This was the last night of our motorbike touring holiday. We arrived quite late and very tired. A nice welcome from the landlady. The room was large and well appointed - all the comforts of home. Decor was nice throughout the house and breakfast was good. Certainly very nice for a stopover on the way to and from Scotland.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank BabsM13
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