My husband & i stayed at the lodges to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary having travelled in the area before during our 18 years together, but staying in the lodges at Barcaldene. On arriving, we noticed overflowing large bins, which were the same a week later on our departure. The lodge was in a lovely spot, the last one in a row of 8 being the furthest from the hotel where we collected our key. We had to leave the car about 15 meters away from our lodge (we were told of this before booking) we did not mind this, but having a designated parking spot in the same area for that lodge would be a great guarantee as most days we had to park in the car park the other side of the hotel as unthoughtful people parked so as you only got 3 cars in a space sufficient for 4 cars!in pouring rain its no joke! I felt the lodge could have been cleaner! I found the electric fire in the lounge to be very dusty, the taps in the bathroom dirty & in need of a clean, & the grouting in the shower area could do with re whitening. We found a puddle of baked bean juice in the microwave which was burnt on, i had to sort all these things out as i found the young man behind the desk in the hotel to be dour & not very engaging! The facilities were all adequate enough, but having stayed in a cottage from Crabtree&Crabtree in Northumberland in May, which had L'occitane hand/ body cream and shower wash etc, a few items of essentials e.g tea bags, coffee, salt & pepper, extra toilet rolls etc as standard, for 450 for a week, we felt the £595 paid for the week in the lodge was very steep once we realized what the lodge offered. All in all a lovely if rain soaked week, just a few tweeks here & there it would have been perfect!
N.b we eat at the restaurant on the evening of our anniversary, husband had a lovely big fillet steak & i followed 6 oysters with a seafood platter! Overdoing the oysters i think, as i was poorly all night! So my advice is to stick to 6 oysters max!!
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