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“Wonderful stay!....couldn't' have been any better”
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Master Bedroom
Master Bathroom En-Suite
Twin bedded Room
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Lounge kitchen
Lounge
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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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Rebecca H
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Wonderful stay!....couldn't' have been any better”
Reviewed 5 January 2015 for a stay in December 2014

Where to start! Firstly the accommodation itself was beautifully done with great taste and it appeared brand new. Huge bathroom and sleeping area with comfortable beds and everything we could possibly need in the kitchen and living areas. It really is the ideal place to spend with family and friends.
The grounds were gorgeous and it's the type of place you wake up with a smile. Proximity to Forres was also spot on however beware if you don't have a car (the kind hosts did provide Bikes however)
Fiona and Carlo were the icing on the cake and couldn't have been better hosts, from providing Prosecco for our New year celebrations to being on hand to make everything we wanted to do happen....it was refreshing to find two people that really do know what being a host truly means!
A BIG THANKS from all of us and we can't wait to send other people your way!

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Liked best: The hosts/the accommodation
Liked least: I loved it all!
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
5 Jan 2015
Thank you for your lovely comments. We are so thrilled you enjoyed your stay at Willowbarn and hope that we will welcome you all back in the future.
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MikeMorri...
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“A true gem”
Reviewed 10 November 2014 for a stay in October 2014

We had a wonderful week in October with our three teenage boys and spaniel. We have stayed in countless cottages over the years and this quite easily is the best. Great open plan kitchen, dining and living room furnished with taste and fresh flowers (my wife noticed). Kitchen appliances and utensils up to chef's exacting standards. All important wide screen TV, sound system and wi fi to allow our boys to survive and do what they do. I now hate our bedroom and en suite at home as it is not a patch on what we had at Willowbarn! Beautiful grounds for an early morning walk with our dog. Carlo and Fiona could not have been more attentive. It is simply a true gem. And the surrounding area has so much to offer....Inverness thirty minutes, Aviemore little more, Findhorn Bay, Culloden, Brodie Castle, Landmark adventure park, whisky distilleries galore, many great cafes and restaurants..........

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Liked best: Beautiful cottage and attentive owners who stay next door
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
15 Nov 2014
Thank you for your wonderful feedback; we are so delighted when our guests appreciate Willowbarn. We very much hope we can welcome you back in the near future.
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Hazelynne
Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Another excellant week at Willow Barn, Forres”
Reviewed 15 September 2014 for a stay in August 2014

Our second visit to Willow Barn. Fiona and Carlo have maintained and improved the high standard of accommodation. They are very generous and friendly hosts who take a lot of trouble to ensure that everything runs smoothly during your stay.
We cycled to Findhorn again and had another good meal at the Kimberley Inn. A very good lunch at the Olive Tree at Logie Steading, which we thought was well deserved after cycling there and walking to Randolph's Leap.
We didn't see any dolphins this year but we did see Ospreys at Spey Bay and seals at Buckie.
We also had good food at the Old Mill Inn, Brodie, Forres

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Liked best: The use of bicycles
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
16 Sep 2014
thank you for your kind comments. We are so delighted you all had such a good holiday again. Moray has so much to offer and its great that you have enjoyed your time exploring the area, and of course enjoying Willowbarn too!
Fiona and Carlo
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Tyene
Milan, Italy
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Fantastic!”
Reviewed 20 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014

The Willows in Rafford is a perfect location for a quite stay with family or friends! In a good position to explore the Moray Firth, it has a natural park itself. We stayed with our two children for only few days (next time will stay longer!). The barn is absolutely fantastic: there is a lot of space in the two bedrooms and two bathrooms; it is very clean and comfortable. The kitchen has more than needed and all the rooms are full of light. Carlo and Fiona take care of their guests perfectly. Highly recommended.

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Liked best: The premises
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
16 Sep 2014
Thank you for your kind comments. We are always so delighted when our guests have a wonderful relaxing time at Willowbarn. Your feedback is very much appreciated. Fiona and Carlo
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mariemcw
Scotland
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fabulous....again!”
Reviewed 10 August 2014 for a stay in July 2014

Had another wonderful stay here in July to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary - brought back many lovely memories as we got married on the grounds of this amazing place. Willowbarn was as inviting and homely as we remembered and it was a great few days relaxing. As always, lots to see and do in the area - bikes were there for our use although we didn't make the most of them as husband had a sore knee...! Many thanks again to Carlo and Fiona for the kindness they always extend, they are incredibly friendly and generous hosts!

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Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
11 Aug 2014
Thank you for the lovely review. We were so delighted to welcome you back and thrilled to see the photos of your wedding at Willowbarn. Looking forward to seeing you both again. Fiona and Carlo
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Ross_Fami...
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Wonderful luxury barn conversion”
Reviewed 14 April 2014 for a stay in April 2014

Excellent holiday experience in a very tastefully appointed luxury barn conversion, so many things to do in the local area; house is located 200 yards away from Dava Way, a couple of miles and you are in Forres, Willowbarn is also located very close to the excellent beaches of Findhorn and Burghead. Carlo and Fiona provided every comfort required for our stay, we have stayed in a lot of 5 star holiday cottages but this one was truly that mark. Excellent quality of furnishings and design. Modern, clean and cosy with lots of added extras thrown in.

The affable hosts are truly that, always available to offer advice on the area, keen to offer their guests a lovely holiday experience. Keen cyclists both (ask Carlo for a nice road bike route!) the quality of bikes on offer (well maintained and of very decent quality) was excellent. We will be back! And we never even fished with the supplied rods for trout! Well done Fiona & Carlo. You have created a great holiday experience.

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Liked best: Accommodation and location
Liked least: Going home
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
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Management Response
14 Apr 2014
Thank you for your lovely comments. It is truly a wonderful area to visit and we are so delighted you were able to enjoy so much of it. There is still lots for you to do so it's definitely a return visit, we hope! Thank you for being such wonderful guests.

Fiona and Carlo
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LoisLane4...
Linlithgow
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
12 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
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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.
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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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