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“A perfect home for our Speyside visit”
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Review of Willowbarn Rafford

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33 reviews
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First Visitors of 2014
Kitchen Dining Area
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Master Bedroom
Master Bathroom En-Suite
Twin bedded Room
Main Bathroom
Lounge kitchen
Lounge
Lounge
Aerial view of grounds
Especially for taking our younger guests for a cycle in Moray
Bike selection at Willowbarn, free usage for our guests
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Condo/Apartment -
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Forres, Moray, Scotland

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Venus S
Toronto, Canada
1 review
“A perfect home for our Speyside visit”
Reviewed 11 July 2013 for a stay in May 2013

We have wonderful memories of Willowbarn Rafford and of hosts, Carlo and Fiona for being so kind and welcoming.

The barn is a newly renovated upstairs space situated in very pretty countryside. It’s everything the website says it is – beautiful, spacious and contemporary!

We began every day with our own personal wake-up call from the resident pheasant, visited nearby favourite Whisky distilleries and castles, walked the breathtaking Findhorn bay, enjoyed shopping in the historical burgh of Forres, and ended every day back at the barn, with a hot bath under the stars! Needless to say, we were exhausted and exhilarated from having had such a great time exploring all the Scottish offerings that Willowbarn is so favourably situated.

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Liked best: Carlo and Fiona are lovely people and offer such a great space in the countryside.
Liked least: We stayed for too short a time! We didn't have a chance to ride the bikes that Carlo fitted to us.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
11 Jul 2013
We loved having you as our guests at Willowbarn and we are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us. We really do hope that if you ever return to Bonny Scotland we will be able to welcome you again - I'm sure there are a few distilleries you have yet to conquer!
Thank you for your wonderful comments, they are much appreciated.

Carlo and Fiona
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faithcant...
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Stunning!”
Reviewed 17 June 2013 for a stay in June 2013

Willowbarn is a stunning property, very spacious and in a stunning location. Beautifully decorated, well maintained, dogs allowed, lovely grounds, lovely hosts, close to Forres and beautiful Findhorn, great walks near by, what more could you want?
Very pleased all round =0)

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Liked best: The property & the surroundings
Liked least: There was honestly nothing I liked least
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
17 Jun 2013
Thank you for your positive feedback. We are delighted that you had such a wonderful holiday and enjoyed Willowbarn. We look forward to welcoming you back again.
Fiona and Carlo
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crwood87
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Perfect short stay”
Reviewed 13 June 2013 for a stay in June 2013
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Some of my friends and I spent a very enjoyable stay for a couple of nights. The accommodation was finished to a very high standard and set in a very peaceful location. The rooms and bathrooms are lovely and comfortable and the kitchen living room is very spacious and light. I would definitely recommend Willowbarn for any groups wanting somewhere nice to stay up near Forres and Inverness etc.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Andy_1199
Heswall, England, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Absolutely Superb!”
Reviewed 25 April 2013 for a stay in April 2013

We stayed for four nights at Willowbarn and the place was fantastic. Ideal for us as a base for the local Salmon Fishing as well as everything else on offer in the area. Fiona and Carlo couldn't do enough for you to make sure the stay was perfect. And it was. Its very rare that some thing actually exceeds your expectations when you finally arrive but this does. Fab location, fab hosts, fab barn. Couldn't have been happier with it.

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Liked best: the quality of the interior in the barn and the superb location
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
25 Apr 2013
Thank you for your positive feedback. We love it when our guests enjoy our little corner of the world as much as we do! It really is a little gem. We were delighted to have met you both and were bowled over with your beautiful dogs, Jake and Bella. We do hope to meet you all again

Carlo and Fiona
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Tjmac18
Ellon, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Luxury accommodation”
Reviewed 24 April 2013 for a stay in April 2013
1
person found this review helpful

Stayed for three nights with my husband & little boy. Accommodation is finished to a very high standard & we were made to feel very welcome on our arrival. Situated in a peaceful rural setting, and only a short journey to everything you need locally.

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Liked best: Standard & cleanliness of property
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Julie M
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Beautiful Spacious Property”
Reviewed 7 April 2013 for a stay in April 2013

We stayed for 3 nights in early April ( 2 adults plus 2 kids aged 8 and 10). The property is beautiful and the owners have given a great deal of thought to ensure a very pleasant stay for guests. Small touches like the provision of toilet rolls and kitchen cleaning materials were much appreciated. The kids loved the games and the TV in the bedroom! The area is lovely with plenty to do.

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Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
7 Apr 2013
Thank you for your positive comments. We really appreciate it when our guests take time to give us such great feedback. We are delighted you had such a great time and look forward to welcoming you back to Willowbarn.

Fiona and Carlo
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StuartPSc...
Scotland
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great Holiday Property”
Reviewed 2 April 2013 for a stay in March 2013

Just spent a few days staying at Willowbarn with our friendly hosts Fiona and Carlo. Beautifully kept property in a lovely country setting just outside Forres. Plenty of room in the property and nicely decorated. The area is of Morayshire has lots to do and great beeches nearby. We will be back, thanks.

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Liked best: Location
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
2 Apr 2013
Thank you for your lovely comments. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay at Willowbarn and look forward to your return. Carlo and Fiona
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