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Osborne House Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #5 of 17 Ballater B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 10, 2011

My wife and I stayed here for one night during our Scotland vacation and came away impressed. We stayed in a room with two single beds and an ensuite bathroom. The bathroom is split into 2 rooms with the shower in one room and the sink and toilet in another. Both rooms are spotless and the water pressure was fantastic. The only suggestion I would make would be to add some type of rack in the shower so you don't have to place your toiletries on the shower floor. The bedroom itself was large, clean, with comfortable beds and linens. Heather also leaves water and some tasty shortbread treats to snack on. When we told Heather her restaurant suggestion didn't quite work out as hoped, she insisted we join her, Neil and the other guests for apple cake in the kitchen. It was very thoughtful not to mention delicious. The breakfast was also good and served in a very nice dining room. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay and Neil & Heather's hospitality.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Donald_OsborneHouse, Owners' son at Osborne House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2011

Thanks for taking time to post a review. We appreciate the feedback, especially the suggestion about the shower rack. It's really helpful for us to hear about the little improvements we can make; it should be simple to get something suitable for this. We're sorry that the evening meal recommendation didn't work out. We have have always enjoyed that restaurant, but we'll bear your comments in mind for future recommendations.

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Reviewed October 5, 2011

My friend and myself arrived after a day of cycling in the rain over the mountains to get Ballater. We arrived to a very warm and friendly welcome from Neil. The house is stunning and our room was perfect. Our breakfast in the morning was first class and set in a stunning dining room overlooking the garden.

I will be back.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank Gary R
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Donald_OsborneHouse, Owners' son at Osborne House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2011

Thanks for taking time to post your review. We are always pleased to get feedback. We're glad you enjoyed your stay and the view of the garden from the dining room. With any luck the weather will be better on your next visit, and you can take breakfast on the verandah.

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Reviewed October 3, 2011

Two Australian couples travelling around Scotland by car,stumbled by chance on this little gem. Neil and Heather had only been open for 10 weeks when we arrived at their lovely home. They welcomed us into their home and beautiful garden. Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness on guest's needs.Lesley C

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank Ronald Andrew C
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Donald_OsborneHouse, Owners' son at Osborne House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2011

Thanks for posting your positive review. We have been busy for our first ten weeks; we have really enjoyed our new business and having so many pleasant and interesting guests. We really appreciate the feedback and are encouraged that we heading in the right direction with the B&B at Osborne House. We're glad you enjoyed your trip to Scotland all the way from Australia; we very much look forward to seeing you next time.

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Reviewed September 26, 2011

When you read such great reviews about a place on Trip advisor you assume that they have been posted by the owners but I have to say that my stay in Osborne house was lovely.

Spent one night there last weekend and it was an absolute pleasure. The bedroom was cozy with fantastic beds and at night it was silent. The double doors into the bedroom via the toilet and shower room entrance meant that you couldnt hear a thing in the rest of the house. The breakfast on Sunday morning was an Aga cooked treat and they even catered for my gluten free diet after only mentioning it is passing once.

Heather and Neil are so relaxed and at ease in running the place you would think they have been doing it for years when in fact its only a fewe months. The lounge area was comfy and the garden was gorgeous. Heather and Neil have a wealth of knowledge about the area with good advice for walks to enjoy the autumn colours and are happy to chat or leave you in peace depending how you feel. With only two rooms and another single if required the place is not too busy and due to its size you feel like the only people there.

All in all the stay was brilliant and I would thoroughly recommend Osborne house if you are looking for a quiet, relaxed and comfortable stay and a base to Explore Deeside.

Head there now and get the best out of the changing trees.

Room Tip: If you are a light sleeper take the East bedroom, pure silence.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank Andrew A
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Donald_OsborneHouse, Owners' son at Osborne House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2011

Thanks for taking time to post a review. We're glad you enjoyed the tranquility of our location; it is lovely and quiet away from the main road. We were pleased to cater for your gluten-free diet, and glad you enjoyed the breakfast. We look forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed September 23, 2011

Heather and Neil may only have been doing B&B for a few months but you wouldn't know it. From the warm welcome; the tea and home bakes in the lounge; the excellent breakfast; and general "feel good" atmosphere about Osborne House, one would think they were seasoned professionals.

The ensuite room was very comfortable and well appointed and we appreciated the fresh milk and lemon water provided with the tea/coffee tray.

Havng arrived very wet after cycling to Ballater, the use of the garage for our bikes and drying facilities were also very welcome.

Breakfast was excellent - delicious porridge with cream and lovely scrambled eggs to mention but two of the selection available.

Looking forward to our next visit.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Donald_OsborneHouse, Owners' son at Osborne House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2011

Thanks for taking time to post a review; we really appreciate the feedback. It's a shame the weather had been so wet, but no trouble to store the bikes and use the boiler room and drier. We're glad you enjoyed the breakfast. We look forward to seeing you again.

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Reviewed September 19, 2011

Osborne House is the greatest place in Scotland and it was a pleasure to stay there.

Neil and Heather are very lovely, helpful and careful people and we loved the familiar atmosphere in Osborne House, with great discussions, evenings and activities.

Osborne House is a fantastic plase to relax and have a great time.

The Breakfast was absolutely delicious, fresh and lovingly prepared, the garden, the house and the rooms lovingly designed.

Further, the rooms are very comfortable with everything for successful holidays.

We would like to come back and hope, that Neil and Heather make the B&B for a long time.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Donald_OsborneHouse, Owners' son at Osborne House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded September 20, 2011

Many thanks for this review. We have been busy since opening in July, and appreciate the positive response to the effort we have made establishing Osborne House as a B&B. It was a pleasure to have you stay for a fortnight; we're glad you enjoyed it so much. We look forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed September 1, 2011

A very nice place! Heather and Neil are fantastic persons: it seems to be at home. They gently prepare the "tea time" and the breakfast was very good!!! I loved to stay in the beautiful room with view!We plan to return and to spend more time in Ballater!We strongly reccomend the Osborne House, if you plan a trip in Scotland!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Donald_OsborneHouse, Owners' son at Osborne House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded September 2, 2011

Many thanks for the kind feedback and recommendation. We always prepare a freshly cooked breakfast, which we're glad you appreciated. We look forward to your return visit and seeing you again.

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Additional Information about Osborne House Bed and Breakfast

Address: 4 Dundarroch Road, Ballater AB35 5NP, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Aberdeenshire > Ballater
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Ballater
Price Range: $52 - $70 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Osborne House Bed and Breakfast 4*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Osborne House is a pretty, Victorian house set in a quiet spot close the centre of Ballater. There are two large double/twin bedrooms, both are en suite. There is a single room on the ground floor with its own private facilities. We offer a choice of delicious home-cooked breakfasts: salmon and scrambled eggs, muesli, fresh fruit and yoghurt, porridge and cream or our Aga-cooked hot breakfast with black pudding and bacon. All breakfasts are served with freshly ground coffee, fruit juice and home-baked bread. Guests can relax in the spacious drawing room where there is a television and open fire. Breakfast is served in the dining room which looks out onto the garden.You can be assured of a warm welcome at Osborne House, guests who arrive at tea-time are offered a complimentary slice of home-make cake or a flapjack and coffee and tea. ... more   less 
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Osborne House Bed And Breakfast Ballater, Scotland

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