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“A Quality Guest House with excellent service”

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The Pines Guest House
Ranked #5 of 22 Elgin B&B and Inns
Isle of Iona
1 review
“A Quality Guest House with excellent service”
Reviewed April 1, 2009

I have stayed at The PInes several times now through being in Elgin with work. The owners Wendy and Colin are friendly and helpful and make you feel at home. I have stayed in 2 different rooms, both large, comfortable and with lovely comfy beds. Both rooms have flat screen tv's, tea and coffee making facilities, thick towels and high quality bed linen. There is a good choice on the menu for breakfast and I can recommend the scrambled egg and smoked salmon. The Pines is easy to find and just minutes walk into town for a good choice of restaurants in Elgin. Elgin is a good base to explore the area and there is so much to see and something to keep everyone happy. Good selection of information in the hall in the house or ask Wendy for ideas.
The Pines is a great house and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for high standard accommodation at a value for money price.

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 1, 2009

The Pines is a beautiful, historic villa with a lovely garden. The house and grounds are so well cared for and retain splendid architectural detail and charm. Absolute gems. As is the most gracious and charming hostess, Wendy. A delightful lady! One is made to feel welcome. The Pines is very clean and comfortable and the rooms are beautifully decorated. Delicious breakfasts! Everything is of fine quality: Furnishings, food, linens, towels, etc. A deluxe Guesthouse at a most reasonable cost. Very convenient to the town center, as well as a good base for exploring the surrounding areas. Complimentary parking too. The Pines is perfect in every way. We are so glad we stayed. Thank you!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Austin, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed March 23, 2009

This B&B is a gem! Waking up in a four-poster bed and looking out over the views was lovely. The gardens were full of colour and interest even in November. Breakfast was tasty and abundant, the room was a good size with everything you need, and the whole B&B is roomy and welcoming with tall ceilings and an impressive staircase. The location is also great. It was really easy to find and only a short walk into town where there is a good selection of restaurants and bars. It is also close to Elgin Cathedral, a beautiful ruin with restored viewing towers that offer great views over the town. The owners have made finding things to do very easy with a large selection of brochures for local tourist sites - and menus for local restaurants, what a treat! We're looking forward to staying here again!

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank travelyall
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Glasgow
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Reviewed March 11, 2009

A most excellent stay. Exceptionally large, well equipped and tastefully furnished room with good linen and fluffy towels. The en-suite was a good size for a B&B. Owners were helpful, and welcoming throughout my stay. Most hotels I stay in aren't his good.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 20, 2008

Wonderful place, and Wendy was very nice! Our room was just beautiful (ensuite) and we had everything we could need or want.

Breakfast was wonderful. It is a short walk in to town, and we ate at an Italian place (sorry don't remember the name)

Would definitely stay here again.

  • Liked — The Hostess!
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with friends
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Thank lovetotravelalot
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed March 18, 2008

I stayed at this B&B for one night recently. If I am honest then I have to say I was pleased it was for only one night.
This was down to nothing else other than the bed! The bed has to be the most creaky bed I have ever slept in! Had I been staying for more than one night I would have definitely asked if there was another room available but unfortuately I did not realise until I went to bed!

Overall the room was ok. The decor is slightly dated but I guess this is in keeping with the style of the building.
Breakfast was the highlight of this stay and quite pleasant.
The owner of the bed and breakfast was friendly and offered us tips on places to go on our trips and the best places to eat in Elgin.

I probably would not consider returning to this B&B purely on the experience with the bed.

Overall this was an average stay but suited our needs for our trip.

  • Liked — Breakfast
  • Disliked — The Bed
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
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Thank SJB100
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clemco, Owner at The Pines Guest House, responded to this review, July 28, 2008
We only wish that the guest had made us aware of this issue. Shortly after their stay the problem was raised by another guest. We did find a fault with the bed and it was immediatley replaced. We make a point of staying in all our rooms at least once a year, but we still hope that our guests will inform us if something is not as expected.

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Property: The Pines Guest House
Address: The Pines East Road, Elgin IV30 1XG, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Moray > Elgin
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in Elgin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Pines Guest House is a small family run B&B in an impressive Victorian mansion in historic Elgin. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail, be it in the comfortable, spacious ensuite rooms to the hearty breakfast with locally sourced produce and home baked bread. Private parking. WIFI. ... more   less 
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