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Rathan House - the Guesthouse at Eskbank
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

A well maintained, clean comfortable house,with a nice large garden. The bus service was very good with a stop right outside. The breakfasts were beautifully cooked, but they were at 8.30 am and you are there till 10.00 am. The rooms could also benefit from an info leaflet/folder of local amenities too, although the owner had good local knowledge when available. overall, a pleasant stay.

Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
Thank Lynn C
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Ewan M, Owner at Rathan House - the Guesthouse at Eskbank, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2013

Many thanks for taking the time to post a review of your experience at Rathan.

On breakfast. In my late teens I was priviledged to be invited to a large Highland country house weekend houseparty. Breakfast was an amazing experence for me - lots of choice - lots of authentic Highland fare - and an edwardian very formal and highly entertaining atmosphere. We at Rathan try to recreate that sort of atmosphere. We also try to ensure the 10 cooked options are exceptional and freshly cooked by Irene. The Scottish Tourist Board gave us their highest quality grade for our breakfasts. We know too that we take a risk by often asking people to try something entirely new and wholly Highland.

You are right about quickness - it would be easy to change the house style - batch process & cut down on the choices and make it quick. Indeed it would save us time and effort. We try to be wholly tourist oriented and a very high proportion of our guests comment that they loved the intercultural exchange at breakfast. When a guest has a train or plane to catch we make a special effort to make it quick. We cant please those who dont wish to dwell and talk and at the same time set about trying to ensure a leisurely excellent full 3 courses breakies. We do have a need to listen and your observation is food for thought. In the end we cant set out to be different and and interesting.....and then be just the same. A simple expedient would be to cut a course.....then there would be less conversation less food and it would be quicker. We can, when asked, do a 3 course breakies for those in a hurry in 17 minutes. Obviously we do think about it.

There is a guest info package in each room. We also have 3 separate racks of tourist brochures and a 2 tables in the diing room with bus and local brochures. there are 117 attractions we can talk about and 74 activitis. Everybody is different and tastes differ so its difficult not to overload guests. . We try to welcome our guests with local amenity info - such as dining out. Pub grub law for children differs from that in the rest of the UK. Pubgrub is usually cheapest - but the silly law as it applies to children in pubs after 7.30 is better explained rather than written. There is also the issue of room clutter ....there is a balance to be struck and perhaps we shall review the room info package. Certainly the info is all there - either in the room or on the 2 tables in the dining room set aside for information or in the 3 brochure racks. It would actually be great if you could call us and tell us what you would like to see in the room package.

We are pleased you enjoyed your time at Rathan House. thank you for your complimentary score on cleanliness. We try really hard on that front. We hope to see you again soon. You could spend month here and only scratch the surface of the touristy things to do and see.

with best wishes

Ewan & Irene MacRae and the doggies.

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Reviewed 24 July 2013

I have stayed there on more than one occassion and it is ALWAYS worth the effort.....well actually it is no effort :)

Hosts are friendly and knowledgable; breakfast is excellent and plentiful, Staff re all lovely people and do a great job cleaning and preparing the rooms on a daily basis.

Ease of public transport into Edinburgh is a boon whilst access to other attractions is easy; e.g. Rosslyn Chapel, Melrose Abbey, Abbotsford........ I can go on - suggest you try these places for yourself.

I will be back - a real haven.

Room Tip: All are clean and more than adequate - no preference for me :)
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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Thank William D
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

Ewen MacRae, the proprietor, was very welcoming. He has a beautiful Bed and Breakfast with comfortable rooms and a lovely garden. We enjoyed meeting his dogs who were very well behaved and friendly. The B&B is located close to bus stops that make it easy to get to Edinburgh. We would be happy to stay there again.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Beth B
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Ewan M, Owner at Rathan House - the Guesthouse at Eskbank, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2013

How amazing that we both knew the late Marion Bartch of Finlay and I could tell of our amazing experience in Finlay one Christmas. Small world , isnt it.

Very many thanks for your kind words, as Napoleon said ...they act "pour encourager les autres."
Scotland in a heat wave is a good place to be and we are glad you enjoyed your time here.

Ewan, Irene + Willow and Hoolie

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Reviewed 19 July 2013

We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay than what we had at Rathan house the last couple of nights. Spacious room, comfortable bed, great food and interesting conversation around a family style breakfast table.

Ewan, out host was incredibly helpful in providing good useful tips and advice on things to do in the area, good restaurants (and a variety thereof!) etc.

If we hadn't been running around at full speed (seemingly) from dawn to dusk, the back garden would have been a lovely place to relax with a cocktail before dinner.

Of particular note for me as a food lover was the amazing variety of interesting breakfast offerings. As much as I love the traditional big Scottish breakfast, Ewan's table beats it , by far!

We're not often in this part of the world but we know where we'd stay if we came back any time soon.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ewan M, Owner at Rathan House - the Guesthouse at Eskbank, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2013

Irene and I are lost for words. Imagine if someone came to your house and said such nice things.
We keep soldiering on and if everybody was as appreciative we would feel as if we should be giving our service away free. I should say that Margena deserves a lot of thanks for her hard work and dilligence in room preparation.

incidentally, as a golf nut, you will remember the trophy man as one of the other guests. He asked us to guard and look after the "Open Golf Field driving competition " trophy. This additional competition is no longer held at the Open Golf , ( concern about how far modern golfers are able to hit the ball) ......but its an amazing and historic trophy. { silver tankard which can hold 10 pints) I was "allowed to hold it for a photograph" in the dining room.....thus the new photograph on this tripadvisor page.

Anyhow, we do hope to see you once again in Scotland at Rathan House

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Reviewed 15 July 2013

Ideal place to stay with comfortable accomodation and authentic Scottish breakfast. Our rooms were comfortable and clean and our breakfasts of herring, mackeral, and salmon, were different and delicious. Our host Ewan was a wealth of information for what to do and see around Edinburgh. My wife Bev and I could not have made a better choice for our stay.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Ewan M, Owner at Rathan House - the Guesthouse at Eskbank, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2013

It is quite difficult to respond when such nice things are said. What is worth saying is that this business is much about keeping the energy and enthusiasm up. If everybody was as nice, we would end up feeling compelled to offer our acommodation free. I wonder what the bank would say?

Anyhow it was great having you at Rathan House.....aste ye back now that you have got the
Scottish bug.

Irene, Ewan and the doggies

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