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“Cosy and comfortable in a fabulous location”
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Review of Willowbarn Rafford

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Master Bedroom
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Twin bedded Room
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Forres, Moray, Scotland

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LoisLane4...
Linlithgow
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34 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Cosy and comfortable in a fabulous location”
Reviewed 26 October 2013 for a stay in October 2013
1
person found this review helpful

We had a lovely relaxing few days at Willowbarn. The property is beautifully presented and well equipped for cooking and the use of the bikes made our holiday all the better. The fishing gear was a great touch and our son was delighted to catch his first trout! Carlo and Fiona were so friendly and helpful, they really made the effort to ensure our holiday was perfect.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
26 Oct 2013
Thank you for the lovely comments. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay at Willowbarn and hope to welcome you back in the future.
Kind regards
Fiona and Carlo
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Connecticut USA
Reviewed 29 August 2013 for a stay in July 2013

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Would I recommend this holiday rental to my best friend?  
Recommended for:
A romantic getaway Older travelers
Luxury-minded travelers
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Management Response
29 Aug 2013
Thank you James for your very positive review. We are so glad you had a good golfing trip and hope you return to play again!

Fiona and Carlo
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Gill_Dund...
Dundee, Scotland
Level Contributor
12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Beautiful Barn, Stunning Location, Wonderful Hosts!”
Reviewed 21 August 2013 for a stay in July 2013

Stayed by myself at Willowbarn in July because I was doing a course in Forres. And so glad I booked! Fiona and Carlo were perfect hosts - Fiona came round on my first evening with flowers and milk (wow!) and Carlo drew me a map to a local beauty spot....nothing seemed too much bother for them, a truly special couple.

And that is all before I mention the barn itself. Beautifully finished, clean, everything you need for a great stay, and in a stunning location. (Must admit to wanting to move there and stay for ever!)

Can absolutely recommend a stay here - hope to go back on holiday at some point and enjoy all that the area has to offer.

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Liked best: Attention to detail and the warm hosts
Liked least: problems with wifi, but sure Carlo would have fixed it had I been overy concerned!
Travelling group: Solo Traveller
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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Management Response
21 Aug 2013
Thank you for your lovely review. We really appreciate our comments and we would be delighted to welcome you back to Willowbarn for a relaxing break.
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Phil B
Stotfold, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Terrific holiday let, friendly, spacious, beautifully furnished”
Reviewed 19 August 2013 for a stay in August 2013
1
person found this review helpful

Great place. Eight of us stayed for a week. Its clean, thoughtfully furnished to an excellent standard. Full kitchen meant catering for large numbers was easy. There's even a dining table for 8 people comfortably. Loads of outdoor space, including 2 ponds for fishing. You are the only let in the 12 acres, so a real sense of freedom. Forres is a couple of miles away, with Tesco's so shopping was easy. Plenty of parking, outdoor seating and large barbeque. We had a barbie for 22 with ease.

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Liked best: The main living area was great
Liked least: Wifi was a little intermittent, but it did work most of the time.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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Management Response
19 Aug 2013
We were delighted that you and your lovely family enjoyed their stay at Willowbarn. It is a perfect place for families to have fun and relax! I hope we are able to welcome you all back in the future
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mariemcw
Scotland
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13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“An absolute gem - not to be missed!”
Reviewed 13 July 2013 for a stay in July 2013

Willowbarn is an amazing place and needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. The location is just superb, so peaceful and tranquil. There is plenty of parking there and an outside seating area if you're lucky enough with the weather. There are also bikes to use although we didn't get a chance to get out on them unfortunately. Inside it is modern, extremely comfortable and can easily sleep 6. Pets are welcome there too, the owners have 2 gorgeous dogs themselves. It has good wi-fi connection but it's nice just to switch off as it is so relaxing there. The barn itself is so light and spacious with absolutely everything you require (even a hairdryer) and I'm sure that even if you had forgotten something, the owners Carlo and Fiona would be on hand to sort you out! They really have thought of everything and cannot do enough to ensure your stay is as perfect as can be. They are amazing hosts and super people. We got married there a week ago and it was absolutely thanks to them that it was such an amazing day - we are so lucky that they allowed us to use their fabulous place for the day. We loved our time there and it will always hold very special memories - we just can't wait to go back again!

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Liked best: Location, it is so peaceful and relaxing
Liked least: Having to leave :-(
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
People with pets
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Management Response
13 Jul 2013
Thank you for your wonderful comments, we are so delighted that we were able to be a small part of your very special day; for us it was a real privilege that you chose our garden to be married in, as we love to share our garden with our guests.
We are looking forward to seeing your photographs of your special day!
We are sure we will meet you all again.......
Carlo and Fiona
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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.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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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 Contributor
7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 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.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
People with pets
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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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