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“Great B&B - Rude Host” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Moorside House

Moorside House
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Moorside House
Ranked #7 of 17 Ballater B&B and Inns
Mechelen, Belgium
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Great B&B - Rude Host”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013

Our 2-night stay would have been a great experience if the host had not behaved like a hyperkinetic Duracell rabbit. Nice rooms, ok bathroom, great breakfast. None of the guests understood why, at 9:40am, he started yelling that "10 o'clock is check-out time" and "people are always waiting until the last minute to leave". Completely uncalled for and extremely rude.

Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2013

We were looking for a B&B in Ballater and chose Moorside House on the basis of previous reviews we had read on trip advisor which made reference to excellent breakfasts. They did not disappoint! Could not have asked for a better start to the day! There was a huge choice of different breakfasts on offer from the menu (how many B&Bs have such a full breakfast menu?!), I can wholly recommend the smoked salmon and the pancakes which come topped with fresh yoghurt, maple syrup and berries. Cereals, toast, tea and fruit were in abundance and the owners were very friendly and gave us excellent advice on good walks and places to visit. They also provide a menu from each of the local restaurants, so you can start thinking about your dinner choices before you go out. We ate at the Pizzeria one night. We were disappointed there didn't seem to be a great choice of pubs in Ballater, but had a nice lunch (if expensive) at the Snails cafe. Ballater is an excellent base for walking. We did a lovely circuit walk of the River Dee around Ballater (2 hours) and then went up the more challenging Lochnagar where the views were fantastic. Loch Muick was also a lovely spot which was well worth a look.

Moorside was definitely an excellent choice of B&B. Rooms were spacious and quiet and we had everything we needed. If we are ever in Ballater I would definitely stay here again. The service was absolutely excellent.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013

Excellent and amusing host who was very friendly and welcoming. The room was lovely, warm and with a brilliant shower. Then breakfast topped off the stay with homemade muesli and bread on offer plus great selection of hot choices including homemade pancakes with bacon and maple syrup. Next time we are in Ballater we will certainly be staying here.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2012 via mobile

Pieter welcomes everyone as if he's an old friend. The best B&B in the whole Scottish holiday, all was clean and breakfast was really good: You all should go! Greetings from the Italian bikers to Pieter and his wife! Marco Manuela Roberta Riccardo

Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2012

Moorside House was our first stop on our recent Highlands tour and it was perfect. Pieter gave us a great recommendation for dinner (Deeside Hotel) and was a delight in every way. Great breakfast, great beds, beautiful house and a perfect location for exploring the area! Highly recommended!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Forfar, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

We love staying at Moorside House as you always receive a warm welcome and the rooms and ensuites are spacious and immaculate. The location is superb for the shops and restaurants, as well as exploring the local area etc. Pieter and Lea are excellent hosts and nothing is too much trouble for them. They are also most helpful with information about different walks in the surrounding area and even supplied us with maps. The breakfast is outstanding with a choice of homemade bread, preserves etc. We also have great crack with Pieter who is always up for plenty of humour. We would thoroughly recommend The Moorside House to any travellers visiting Ballater.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2012

For the past six years we have stayed here and would not consider staying anywhere else in the area. This is the best and most professionally run establishment you could hope for. Not only are all the rooms immaculate, attention to detail is also evident! (cotton buds as well as cotton wool on top of the bathroom usuals - wow!) Pieter is a very entertaining host, particularly at breakfast. Lea's food deserves a Michellin Star, with so many home made delicacies to choose from. She even manages to conjure up double yolk eggs on most occasions. Make sure you try the speciality muffins and bread together with home made jams at breakfast. Having read other reviews about Moorside, I cannot understand why every one of them is not excellent. Keep up the good work Pieter and Lea.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Moorside House

Property: Moorside House
Address: 26 Braemar Road, Ballater AB35 5RL, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Aberdeenshire > Ballater
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Ballater
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Also Known As:
Moorside House Ballater, Scotland

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