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“A warm welcome in Ballater”

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Osborne House Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #5 of 17 Ballater B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 17 April 2012

We thoroughly enjoyed our three-night stay at Osborne House thanks to the very warm welcome from Neil and Heather and the excellent hospitality they provided.
Accommodation is as you'd expect for a four-star B&B and nothing was too much trouble.
Location is only a five-minute walk to the heart of Ballater and handy for one of the several town walks (the Seven Bridges Walk passes the front gate).
Breakfast was excellent and the complimentary tea/coffee and home baking on arrival was delicious too.
We'll definitely be coming back and have no hesitation in recommending Neil & Heather to anyone planning to stay in the area.

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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Heather_OsborneHouse, Owner at Osborne House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2012

Thank-you for taking the time to post a review. We enjoyed having you to stay at Osborne House and are pleased that you found your stay relaxing. Our house is in a peaceful spot yet is very convenient both for the village of Ballater and for country walks. We feel a warm welcome is important and try to make sure our guests feel comfortable. Tea and cake in the drawing-room in front of the coal fire makes even the wettest day seem more cheering. We look forward very much to welcoming you again in the future.

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Reviewed 14 March 2012

With only a telephone number to go by, we booked a nights stay an hour or so before arriving at the house whilst on a recent tour of Scotland, and it was a gem of a find. From giving us helpful directions on the phone to find them to the time we left, we were well looked after. In fact we ended up staying a second night there.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Heather_OsborneHouse, Owner at Osborne House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 18 March 2012

Thank-you very much for taking time to post a review. We do appreciate the feedback. We are pleased you found it relaxing to stay with us and decided to extend your visit for a further night. Our aim is to make our guests feel welcome and their stay a comfortable one.

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Reviewed 6 December 2011

Stayed one night recently with my brother and sister in law. Everything was' first class '. Wonderful hosts, rooms and breakfast.We'll be back! Thankyou.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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Donald_OsborneHouse, Owners' Son at Osborne House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2011

Thanks very much for posting your review. We really appreciate the feedback. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay at Osborne House, and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Reviewed 10 October 2011

My wife and I stayed here for one night during our Scotland vacation and came away impressed. We stayed in a room with two single beds and an ensuite bathroom. The bathroom is split into 2 rooms with the shower in one room and the sink and toilet in another. Both rooms are spotless and the water pressure was fantastic. The only suggestion I would make would be to add some type of rack in the shower so you don't have to place your toiletries on the shower floor. The bedroom itself was large, clean, with comfortable beds and linens. Heather also leaves water and some tasty shortbread treats to snack on. When we told Heather her restaurant suggestion didn't quite work out as hoped, she insisted we join her, Neil and the other guests for apple cake in the kitchen. It was very thoughtful not to mention delicious. The breakfast was also good and served in a very nice dining room. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay and Neil & Heather's hospitality.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Donald_OsborneHouse, Owners' son at Osborne House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2011

Thanks for taking time to post a review. We appreciate the feedback, especially the suggestion about the shower rack. It's really helpful for us to hear about the little improvements we can make; it should be simple to get something suitable for this. We're sorry that the evening meal recommendation didn't work out. We have have always enjoyed that restaurant, but we'll bear your comments in mind for future recommendations.

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Reviewed 5 October 2011

My friend and myself arrived after a day of cycling in the rain over the mountains to get Ballater. We arrived to a very warm and friendly welcome from Neil. The house is stunning and our room was perfect. Our breakfast in the morning was first class and set in a stunning dining room overlooking the garden.

I will be back.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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Donald_OsborneHouse, Owners' son at Osborne House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2011

Thanks for taking time to post your review. We are always pleased to get feedback. We're glad you enjoyed your stay and the view of the garden from the dining room. With any luck the weather will be better on your next visit, and you can take breakfast on the verandah.

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Reviewed 3 October 2011

Two Australian couples travelling around Scotland by car,stumbled by chance on this little gem. Neil and Heather had only been open for 10 weeks when we arrived at their lovely home. They welcomed us into their home and beautiful garden. Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness on guest's needs.Lesley C

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Donald_OsborneHouse, Owners' son at Osborne House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2011

Thanks for posting your positive review. We have been busy for our first ten weeks; we have really enjoyed our new business and having so many pleasant and interesting guests. We really appreciate the feedback and are encouraged that we heading in the right direction with the B&B at Osborne House. We're glad you enjoyed your trip to Scotland all the way from Australia; we very much look forward to seeing you next time.

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Reviewed 26 September 2011

When you read such great reviews about a place on Trip advisor you assume that they have been posted by the owners but I have to say that my stay in Osborne house was lovely.

Spent one night there last weekend and it was an absolute pleasure. The bedroom was cozy with fantastic beds and at night it was silent. The double doors into the bedroom via the toilet and shower room entrance meant that you couldnt hear a thing in the rest of the house. The breakfast on Sunday morning was an Aga cooked treat and they even catered for my gluten free diet after only mentioning it is passing once.

Heather and Neil are so relaxed and at ease in running the place you would think they have been doing it for years when in fact its only a fewe months. The lounge area was comfy and the garden was gorgeous. Heather and Neil have a wealth of knowledge about the area with good advice for walks to enjoy the autumn colours and are happy to chat or leave you in peace depending how you feel. With only two rooms and another single if required the place is not too busy and due to its size you feel like the only people there.

All in all the stay was brilliant and I would thoroughly recommend Osborne house if you are looking for a quiet, relaxed and comfortable stay and a base to Explore Deeside.

Head there now and get the best out of the changing trees.

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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Donald_OsborneHouse, Owners' son at Osborne House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2011

Thanks for taking time to post a review. We're glad you enjoyed the tranquility of our location; it is lovely and quiet away from the main road. We were pleased to cater for your gluten-free diet, and glad you enjoyed the breakfast. We look forward to your next visit.

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Additional Information about Osborne House Bed and Breakfast

Address: 4 Dundarroch Road, Ballater AB35 5NP, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Aberdeenshire > Ballater
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Ballater
Price Range: £37 - £50 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Osborne House Bed and Breakfast 4*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Osborne House is a pretty, Victorian house set in a quiet spot close the centre of Ballater. There are two large double/twin bedrooms, both are en suite. There is a single room on the ground floor with its own private facilities. We offer a choice of delicious home-cooked breakfasts: salmon and scrambled eggs, muesli, fresh fruit and yoghurt, porridge and cream or our Aga-cooked hot breakfast with black pudding and bacon. All breakfasts are served with freshly ground coffee, fruit juice and home-baked bread. Guests can relax in the spacious drawing room where there is a television and open fire. Breakfast is served in the dining room which looks out onto the garden.You can be assured of a warm welcome at Osborne House, guests who arrive at tea-time are offered a complimentary slice of home-make cake or a flapjack and coffee and tea. ... more   less 
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