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The Old Church of Urquhart
Ranked #2 of 22 Elgin B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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“Great place to stay”
Reviewed September 14, 2013

Have just enjoyed 4 night stay in self catering apartment in group of three attending conference in Elgin. Ideal location - once we had found our way assat nav led us to neighbouring village. Fortunately we had a map & good sense of direction. Apartment is well equipped and comfortable, with own entrance at back of the Church, entering through former vestry area. We did our own cooking as time was limited and we had to have evening meals in Elgin, but we would have loved to have breakfast & dinner made for us next time.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Waterdown, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

Our stay at the Old Church was indeed memorable, comfortable, and tranquil. A charming community, Peter and Kris offer splendid care and attention to their clients' needs. While we only had one night in the area, another family used this location as the home base for 5 days of wider travels - and clearly found the Old Church most delightful and an excellent base for their stay. I very highly recommend The Old Church of Urquhart. Thank you so much :-)
Brian and Virginia W, and Sarah.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Quedlinburg, Germany
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

We spend 14 unforgettable days in this Old Church of Urquhart. Andreas welcomed us friendly and gave us an interesting and detailed Tour through that old and amazing Building with lots of Facts to it's History.
The habitable Room invited to spend some relaxing Hours with Wine and Whiskey after our big
Tours during the Day and to enjoy the wonderful Lunch Kris made for us.
The lovely designed Garden also invited to Walkes and to let Thoughts and Soul run free.
The Old Church of Urquhart ist exactly right Adress for everyone Looking for a special Place to spend a wonderful Holiday in Scotland's beautiful Nature.
We arrived as Strangers und left as Friends. Thank you VERY much Kris and Andreas.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

Very nice accomodation and surrounding with warm and friendly hosts. We can only recommend the 3-course Dinner, which is fantastic to eat in the living room under the original Church cealing. Great atmosphere! We stayed here twice and would come anytime again. Thank you.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Neu-Isenburg, Germany
2 reviews
Reviewed September 1, 2013

Very friendly welcome and a pleasant stay in this unique location. Quiet surroundings and beutiful and cosy garden. Nice talk with owners and other guests,cery nice that all guests meet for dinner and breakfast, especially with the very good food. Would love to visit again someday.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Stuttgart, Germany
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

The highlight of our Scotland trip! Andreas and Kris are very warm and welcoming hosts! We very much liked the idea that all guests would gather for dinner and for breakfast in their private living/dining room to eat the meals at two tables all together. We were a lovely party of people and had very good chats. The menu for the Scottish breakfast and dinner was very carefully and thoughtfully selected. Both hosts created a very warm and family-like atmosphere. The room we had was tiny, however, very well equipped in terms of racks, shelves, power plugs (close to the mirror in super height :)), hot water would come immediately from the shower and the tap. The rooms very super clean! The surrounding garden very well looked after and we found lots of literature, music and information about the church in the lounges and living rooms about Scotland and Scottish tradition.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

We booked this B& B because of the 4.5 rating but how did they earnt it we wounder. We booked the family room, it was cold, dusty, the beds and mattress are old and dirty, worse nights sleep on our tour. The electrical equipment inspection tags years out of date, unsealed tea bags in a dirty container, kettle dangerously sited on the floor, toilet loose, shower cold and bad, ( COLD ensuite). only given one time for breakfast , must order night before. Breakfast arrvied cold. Internet intermittent it kept dropping out. Very tired interior. Thier answer to every complaint? " We are only a B & B AND its an old church", both facts we already knew! Less than welcoming hosts. Fortunately next night in the Old Vicarage with a 4 rating was the best ever and cheaper too...

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Parrandier, Owner at The Old Church of Urquhart, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
The question should be 'How could guests see The Old Church of Urquhart as terrible like these guests, whilst 106 as EXCELLENT and 22 as very good?' causing a 'Certificate of Excellence' by TripAdvisor...

It comes as well as a surprise to get reviewed this way whilst receiving of the same guests a lovely comment at welcome for the room and the spectacular main lounge (guests just enjoyed their candlelight dinner at their arrival), a further 'lovely' for the soft boiled egg in the morning and having a very friendly chat about the guests' home country and their ScotlandTrip with sharing quite intimate personal details!?

Well, I have to admit their aggressive verbal attack at night towards my partner as he tried to help with the internet connection (which had been weak this day in general and is not always strong enough in each corner of the building eg. for SKYPE communication!).
An attack we understand based on their expectations like

- InternetConnection in bedroom which is not advertised by us but best & for guarantee in the main lounge upstairs available

- no VeganBreakfast available (having declared during booking process we only cater for vegetarian with a VeggieOmelette) and no gluten free bread available (which we can't see us being able to provide without early enough notice upfront)

- no fresh milk (but UHT as this is our policy to secure best quality of food)

...also we have prepared just for them a porridge with water and NO salt as like as grilled tomato and mushrooms without use of butter, only oil in respect to their diet...

As much as we are emotionally touched by this comment, keeping on facts we declare that nothing they mentioned is true as many others will easily proof...important is that in August heating is not running and it was not cold in any part of the building at all & even more important is that the electrical equipment has been tested in accordance with regulations and the kettle is sitting on a side table close to the socket.

The room they stayed is the most admired SUITE at ground floor with a floor space of appr. 23 sqm plus the en suite of 8 sqm (plus the 2nd guest lounge of 40 sqm right in front of the bedroom) offering a queen-size bed, a 2-seater sofa, a big glass coffee table, plenty lights to choose from, a spacious cherry-wood wardrobe with large mirror and in the spacious en suite a full-size bath tub with high quality MIRA-shower above bath...finally only t mention the highly efficient hot water fully pressurized system in place!
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Property: The Old Church of Urquhart
Address: Parrandier Meft Road | Urquhart, Elgin IV30 8NH, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Moray > Elgin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in Elgin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Old Church of Urquhart 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Find your own little island of peace in this comfortable converted scottish church on top of its own wee hillock!The church is ideally placed inmidst Malt Whisky Country close to both, The Grampian Highlands and the sea shore of the Moray Firth with white sandy beaches and its residents, The Moray Dolphins.Dinner available at 7.00 pm under the original church ceiling; please book latest same day in the morning giving advise of any dislikes/allergies you might have because of the 3-course set menu.We are as well licensed to serve alcohol and for civil marriages (also religious, humanist and interfaith ceremonies are as well taken place here!). ... more   less 
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