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“Lovely, homely atmosphere” 5 of 5 stars
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Walston, Carnwath, Lanark, Biggar ML11 8NF , Scotland   |  
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Ranked #11 of 14 Biggar B&B and Inns
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“Lovely, homely atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

This was our first stay at Walston Mansion Farmhouse, and I was booking 3 rooms in total - one for me & my Husband, another for a family of 3 & 3rd room for another friend. However, I needn't have worried as to doing the wrong thing - everyone agreed it had been a lovely place to stay.
Margaret is just so lovely - and her little touches such as the home made cake upon arrival, the offer of a 4 course dinner (all homemade - even the bread - and at a very reasonable price), and the mince pies etc made it such a homely atmosphere.
Whilst some may find the decor a little 'dated', the rooms were spotlessly clean and comfortable - indeed, I think if you're booking a farmhouse (rather than eg an inner city hotel), the rooms are exactly as you should expect them to be - homely, and welcoming.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2011

Having read earlier reviews I would like to give a more up to date one! I arrived on a very wet miserable day having been at a dog show and was greeted with a warm welcome and an immediate offer of a hot drink. I declined the drink as I needed to walk my dog but the offer stood and an hour or so later I was sat in the living room infront of a roaring log fire with a hot cup of tea and a huge slice of home made cake. My room was nice clean and warm infact I had to turn the radiator down and the bed very comfortable and the water red hot. I knew I would be using a bathroom down the hall as that was agreed when I booked but the shower was hot and powerful and the bathroom was clean. A choice of a full english breakfast or continental was given and having seen both I would say they were excellent breakfasts.............so yes I will stay again!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chaddesley Corbett, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2010

If you are someone who loves smart, modern and plush B&Bs then this one is not for you. What you will get is a warm welcome in this rather quirky but delightful B&B. Mrs Kirby is always welcoming and nothing is usually too problematic even if you wanted breakfast at some unearthly early hour in the morning. Yes, it is somewhat tired but that is part of the character, yes the breakfasts are not the greatest but for some reason it has charm. Oh and by the way, you will hear the strange warblings of Mrs Kirby's grey parrot.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2010

Just returned from a 5 night stay at Walston Mansion Farmhouse. It is run by Margaret and Norman, a hard-working couple in their 70s (hard to believe, when you see Margaret's get-up-and-go).

We were welcomed with a steaming pot of tea and coffee and a plate of home-baking in front of the roaring coal fire in the sitting room. The bed was comfy and the room was clean and cosy. Breakfasts were huge, delicious and served with a smile! We took the evening meal on 2 of the nights and it was delicious - all freshly cooked and at amazingly reasonable prices.

At breakfast on Easter Sunday, all the guests were presented with an Easter egg and the farmhouse was suitably decorated with chicks and eggs!

On arrival home last night Margaret had sent us an e-mail hoping we had travelled safely......

If you are looking for a bland, impersonal hotel room, don't go to Walston Manor Farmhouse - this is all about homely, friendly Scottish hospitality. Oh, and I forgot to mention, that of course the area is beautiful and well situated for visiting the Borders and Edinburgh.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2009

We have now stayed at Walston Mansion Farmhouse which is set in beautiful surroundings, 3 times and we have certainly not been disappointed. It is a very old farmhouse and it it true to say that the standards of furnishing etc is not what you would find in a 'cookie cutter' hotel but the owner can't do enough to care for the guests and does this all for absolute rock bottom prices. We have always enjoyed the breakfasts ( eggs are collected daily from their own free range hens). The 4 course dinners are amazing for an extremely low price and are home cooked using fresh ingredients. We could smell the bread baking when we first arrived on our latest visit, and this was served with homemade soup, followed by stuffed chicken breast wrapped in bacon and then homemade apple sponge with custard and cheese and biscuits to follow. Huge pot of freshly brewed coffee served in the lounge where a log fire is kept burning all evening. The owner will even offer a second pot if you stay up later and doesn't charge. She is amazing... what more could you want for the money she charges? Kettles, tea, coffee, biscuits etc are kept in a sitting area on the landing... we just took a kettle, 2 mugs with tea bags and asked the owner for a jug of milk and took all into the room ready for a morning drink but perhaps the previous reviewer was also expecting room service Get real.....I am a very frequent business traveller and stay in some great hotels but for a holiday break or a long stay for work , this very homely B & B gives both excellent hospitality and the best value for money that I have ever found !

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2007

Terrible B&B the worst - it really spoilt our holiday. Room was dirty and worn looking, the breakfast always tasted stale, the tea and coffee making facilites are kept in the communical landing so you have to walk back and forth to make drinks (every time we brought one of the kettles into our room the owner would remove it) Also had really bad problems with our water - basically no hot water and the shower had no power. Dont stay here it really spoilt our holiday.

  • Liked — Leaving
  • Disliked — Everthing
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Argyll
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2007

Stayed at this guesthouse for one night, but found it a major disappointment. The four-poster bed and ceiling had cobwebs, and the whole room looked grubby and tatty. The en-suite was dirty and we had to clean the wash-hand basin before using - didn't even attempt to have a shower! The toilet is fitted with a macerator which is extremely noisy, especially during the night. The beds themselves did seem to be OK, but I would not have wanted to stay another night. In the morning, we had our breakfast then returned to our room, only to find the water had been turned off as a plumber was working in another part of the establishment - no warning given. The guesthouse is in a remote location which is badly signposted, and transport is required to travel the several miles to the nearest village/town for an evening meal.

  • Liked — Comfy bed
  • Disliked — Lack of cleanliness
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Walston, Carnwath, Lanark, Biggar ML11 8NF , Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > South Lanarkshire > Biggar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Biggar
Number of rooms: 4
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Walston Mansion Farmhouse Biggar, Scotland

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