We stayed for two nights on a very cheap room only deal and were pleased with our stay. The Lodge itself is excellent, with plenty of character and ambience, and the bedroom was huge with an excellent bathroom.
On our first night we were the only guests and on the second night there was another couple. The two staff on duty were friendly and welcoming but have to agree with an earlier review in that the Manager made no attempt to ask if we wished to make any special arrangements for a tour the next day. It hadn't really been our intention to do so but it would have been nice to have been asked and, might even have booked something, if it had taken our fancy. Regardless they were still helpful in terms of telling us where to go for assorted walks and we certainly were shown all around the Lodge and Spa.
We had pre-dinner drinks in the Lounge both nights and we had dinner at the Lodge the first night ($110 each) and it was very nice but for that much money I was expecting a bit more wow factor. The wine list was extensive and the varieties of scotch available amazing. As we were the only guests the two staff were happy to chat to us which we enjoyed. Part of staying in a place like this is meeting and talking to the other guests but of course, as the only guests on the first night, the staff somewhat filled in that role instead.
On the second night we had dinner at the pub which was fine but nothing special, except that they gave us an excellent cheese platter which they happily set up "to go" and thus spent the rest of the night nibbling ensconsed on top of our enormous bed whilst watching movies.
It is not an area that I would wish to spend too many nights in unless you are into fishing and golf but it was very nice for a short break. It was certainly very peaceful and relaxing which is what we were after.
A couple of small let downs were that the excellent Molton Brown shampoo/conditioner was not replaced after the first morning and the bottles were not big enough for both of us to use the second morning. Also, upon using the rest room off the lounge there was no toilet paper at all which is completely unacceptable.
The continental breakfast was nothing to write home about at all, but the cooked breakfast was fine.
All in all, we found it a great short break for the price we had paid, but probably would have been a bit disappointed if we had paid full price: However I never felt that we were treated at any time as the "cheap" guests. Although we paid only a quarter of what the other couple did the second night there was no difference in their manner towards us.
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