Excellent location (5 miles from Contin where I was working)
Fantastic breakfast and evening meal
Excellent value for money
Brilliant customer service
Very friendly owners
Comfortable and tidy room
Vestibule upon entrance to my room (so useful for hill walkers, cyclists, people working with PPE)
Can control heating in room
Room 3 is next to the road, may disturb light sleepers.
Room 3 decor was dated
No wifi (however, Didn't ask for access to their personal wireless)
Couldn't get any radio signal in my room
I stayed for 5 nights whilst attending a chainsaw training course in Contin and would highly recommend staying at Birch Cottage. I chose this BnB due to the availability of dinner and I was only expecting to get whatever Ray and Linda were cooking, I wasn't expecting such high class food at a great price.
Dinner was priced at 9, 12 and 16 pounds based on 1, 2 or 3 course meal which is easily cheaper than other options within 15 miles. The food was outstanding, immaculately presented and plentiful. Ray even offered to change the menu for me as I was staying 5 nights, so I was treated to easily the best liver, kidney, bacon and sausage casserole I've had. As a testament to the service provided, I was given a side plate of green veg after Linda realised I didn't like calliflower or carrots which were originally provided - much appreciated!
Breakfast was also very good, I was treated to several options for brekkie including fry up, porridge, omelettes alongside a selection of cereals and fresh fruit.
I was given annex room 3 to sleep in which in hindsight made me wonder why as It was next to the road despite there only being one other guest during my stay. This is one of the areas I could only assign fault, noise from the road was bothersome (not enough however for me to request a room change and I only mention this for really light sleepers out there). Traffic is very light, you are off the main road on the West coast, so it is the odd car and lorry that passes by, there is no constant stream of traffic however vehicles evidently don't follow the 40mph speed limit, so I was awoken 3 times in the early hours by a lorry passing.
In regards to the room, It was very comfortable. I had all the amenities I required; bed which was comfy with plenty of blankets, cupboards/drawers for storage, en-suite bathroom and shower and control over the rooms heating. There even was a small vestibule which was incredibly useful for me for hanging up my wet chainsaw gear and storing equipment. The room's decor and ammenties were somewhat dated but didn't look worn, as an example the TV is old school being a big box of a thing however there was a satellite receiver below so I was (with a bit of tinkering) able to get the usual British freeview channels.
Service was excellent, it was fantastic to get banter in the morning and evening with Ray and Linda. They were really observant of any issues, noticing one night I didn't arrive in my usual shorts for dinner, so offered to put the heating up. Other examples include, providing me with a pint glass for my room and table and lots of water as I don't drink tea or coffee.
Ray and Linda went above the norm, even providing me with sandwiches to take to work which saved me money and meant I had a more enjoyable lunch!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Birch Cottage b&b is now under new ownership. Marc and Debbie look forward to welcoming guests (old & new) to stay in our Victorian railway cottage. Which was built for the workers who constructed the historic 'Kyle' line. We are also conveniently located on the scenic 'NC500' route. We look forward to meeting you! ... more less