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“A Little Gem”

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Claymore Vegetarian Guest House
Ranked #115 of 392 Edinburgh B&B and Inns
Bangor, Co Down
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“A Little Gem”
Reviewed 19 August 2010

I stayed in this little gem of a guest house for two nights in May whilst visiting Edinburgh. The hostess is very welcoming and friendly always willing to help with good advice especially for me regarding getting around the city on Public Transport. The No 11 bus stops right outside the door which is very handy if the weather isn't so good. The breakfast and the breakfast room are perfect with the sun streaming through the windows and lots of variety for your breakfast. I enjoyed the 2 very large lightly boiled Happy eggs with wholemeal bread toasted. The room was comfortable, clean and spacious with tea and coffee making facilities available in the room. A nice touch is that on the landing you can help yourself to milk, teabags and coffee should you need extras. I will stay again on my next trip to Edinburgh.

C Davidson
Bangor, Co Down

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 August 2010

I can always rely on you guys to look after my visitors when they come to my studio in Edinburgh. Thanks for the great service and flexibility and well appointed rooms you supplied to my clients last week. Well appreciated, I have had great feedback.

Stayed August 2010, travelled on business
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Galway
1 review
Reviewed 3 July 2010

First the standard stuff about the B&B. Personally, I'm delighted whenever I find a vegetarian restaurant, and a vegetarian B&B is even better! The food was perfect, the building and decoration charming, the room comfortable, and possibly most importantly, the hostess was delightful, helpful, and friendly, and while possibly not relevant to this review, she was also passionate, responsible, and engaging, things that I look for not only in accommodation, but more generally in everyone that I interact with.

I'm always surprised that people take the time to fill out reviews like this, and I'm only doing it in response to the slander from the individual from Manchester, who revealed more to us about himself than his dislike of the decoration, namely, a mean-spirited and vindictive nature. Taking the time to write a nice review helps the community and the B&B, but writing such an extensive negative review, instead of say, raking the garden or taking the trash out, illustrates not only a lack of more meaningful things to be doing, but an actual desire to contaminate other peoples' experiences, which is very sad.

Claymore might not be as posh and as elegant as the other B&B's in the block, but posh and elegant accommodation is abundantly available in any city, and we'll all stay in it again and again in our travels. But personally, I plan to stay at Claymore whenever I'm in Edinburgh for all the reasons mentioned above. Accommodation like this is much harder to find.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled on business
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Lichfield, Staffordshire
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Reviewed 24 July 2008

My husband and I had a double room with en-suite for 3 nights in this very comfortable guest house. Our hostess could not have been more welcoming, giving us advice on local transport and attractions. The breakfasts, taken in the sunny dining room, were excellent; generous servings prepared with care. There was a variety of cereals (including porridge), yoghourt, fruit, fruit buns, toast and a cooked vegetarian breakfast. Soya milk was provided on request.

Our rooms were spotlessly clean, with all the little extras that make a stay enjoyable. We had a good comfortable bed.

  • Liked — The welcoming atmosphere.
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled on business
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Manchester
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Reviewed 11 October 2006

I stayed at this Guest House for one night only and was so un-impressed, that I will not be there for a second.
I should have been pre-warned by the crystal decorations in the window that I was about to enter latter-day hippiedom. If a Guest House is run by Vegetarians who impose their lifestyle on their guests, regardless if the are meat-eaters or not, then the establishment should make this fact obvious in their advertising.

The cooked breakfast menu consisted of eggs, from “hens that are kept in organic and humane conditions” (give me a break) fried, boiled, scrambled or poached. Mushrooms (funghi, in case anyone gets confused) and cooked in extra virgin olive oil. The fact remains, you can have anything you want cooked as long as it’s an egg. So I went for the cooked breakfast and had eggs cooked in evoo, ‘hold the funghi’

I have stayed at many guesthouses, all of which offer a vegetarian option, it obviously doesn’t work both ways.

I’m not sure who it was that served breakfast but he looked like he had just “been released” after serving a 10 year stretch and spent the night under a hedge. He could at least run a brush through his hair in the morning.

Now I know it’s an old building but they’re not impossible to maintain. The room was basic with threadbare bed linen, pillows like Cornish wafers, very dodgy electrics and an obvious neglect of DIY and general maintenance. The bathroom………..well let’s leave that for some other poor sod. Having seen the state of the toilet brush, I had a good idea where the organic Funghi were cultivated.

I can only imagine that the review written by the member from Weiterstadt, Germany was written either at gunpoint, during a power cut or under the influence of the wrong kind of mushrooms.

I would not recommend this guesthouse unless you are into new-age living, crystal therapy, astrology or having your charkas centred.

Stayed September 2006
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Reviewed 31 October 2005

This is a very good basic B&B. I stayed in a single room (2 single beds) for 4 nights in October at GBP 35 per night. I was the only guest. It was clean, comfortable, quiet and very well situated. The owner is friendly and provides a good breakfast. The house is cheerfully decorated, although there are some cracks in walls. My room had a sink, good towels and tea/coffee. I found the bed to be comfortable.
Pilrig Street is residential (mixture of flats & guest houses), there is a park opposite the B&B, and local shops 5 minutes walk away. You can walk to the centre of Edinburgh, or to Holyrood House, in about 30 minutes, and the number 11 bus runs very frequently and stops outside the house (1.90 for an all-day ticket).
This is for people looking for good basic accommodation - only 1 star, NOT ensuite (there's a sink in the room and the bathroom is across the hall).

Highly recommended.

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Additional Information about Claymore Vegetarian Guest House

Property: Claymore Vegetarian Guest House
Address: 68 Pilrig St., Edinburgh EH6 5AS, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #115 of 392 B&Bs / Inns in Edinburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a 10-15 minute walk to Princes Street. We offer three things to our guests - enjoyable accommodation, warm and friendly atmosphere and good food and we do it with pleasure. Although our food is vegetarian and vegan, we have had many meat eating guests over the years and most of them have gone home happy! We welcome every kind of people and look forward to welcoming you. ... more   less 
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