Stayed here for the weekend as I was attending a training course being held there. I was looking forward to experiencing a sense of peace and serenity and reflecting on the philosophy and principles of Buddhism and the training I was undertaking. Instead I found the expensive, ostentatious buildings (a lot of which are still works in progress therefore bits look like a building site), overpriced goods and noisy communal living conditions difficult . The surrounding countryside is beautiful and you can certainly find peace in the hills and by the rivers etc but you could get that in any Scottish country location. Accommodation is sparse (which I didn't mind) but none too clean in some areas e.g. communal showers, which I did mind. Bed linen was washed but had a distinct unwashed body smell, thankfully I had brought my own sleeping bag as I wasn't sure about using the linen provided. The room also smelt the same and even though it was snowing and minus degrees I kept the window open from arrival to help get some fresh air in. The food is nice and well prepared, hence the two stars but otherwise if it wasn't for the fact that I have five more weekends to attend for training I would never be back. It just wasn't for me. However, some people love the place......each to their own!
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