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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Banchory, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

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Morris359
Seaford, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Perfect countryside retreat”
Reviewed July 13, 2016 for a stay in July 2016

We enjoyed a recent wonderful stay at the Pine Cone - a perfect, tranquil retreat with its own woodland at the end of the garden. The accommodation was very attractive, comfortable and cosy. Matti and Bill, our hosts, were so welcoming, friendly and helpful and extremely hospitable, providing plentiful provisions for breakfast, as well as tea and coffee etc. for their guests. We cannot recommend the cottage highly enough and hope very much to return.

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Jul 14, 2016
Thank you so much for your encouraging feedback. We would be delighted to welcome back any time in the future. Kind regards Bill and matti
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globetrot...
Cairns, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great stay!! ”
Reviewed May 30, 2016 for a stay in May 2016

We recently stayed for 3 nights at The Pine Cone and we found this to be a great little place for stay. Bill and matti were very welcoming and accommodating. Self contained kitchen, good size bedroom and living area. Great location too, including your own little parking space! Definitley recommended!

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Management Response
May 31, 2016
Andy - many thanks for your kind remarks. It was a pleasure to have you both stay with us and delighted that you were here on what was the warmest day in 2016. Kindest regards Matti The Pine Cone at Pine Lodge
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Colin W
Auckland Central, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Ideal and well looked after by our hosts”
Reviewed April 29, 2016 for a stay in April 2016

We had a lovely time staying at the Pine Cone. Bill and Mattie looked after us very well, even to the extent of supplying non-dairy mild and marg for these two vegan travellers. We had a mix up over payment and Bill and Mattie were very understanding and patient while we sorted it out. We'd definitely stay here again and recommend it as a bas for anyone exploring Deeside.

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Apr 30, 2016
Colin many thanks for your kind words- it was a delight to welcome visitors from New Zealand even if one had an Irish lilt! Enjoy the rest of your trip.regards Matti
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jennyalla...
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
1 review
“Brilliant”
Reviewed December 8, 2015 for a stay in November 2015

I couldn't have chosen a better place to stay. Bill and Mattie were lovely hosts who made my stay so comfortable and welcoming. The attention to detail made to make guests feel relaxed and at home is evident and I would definitely recommend this lodge to anyone looking for a holiday in the area.

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Liked best: the excellent hosts
Liked least: the weather
Traveling group: Solo Traveler
Your age range 65+
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Phil S
Dorking, Surrey, England
Level 6 Contributor
121 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Excellent Bijou 2 room apartment + bathroom”
Reviewed October 6, 2015 for a stay in September 2015

We returned to the Pine Cone for a second stay as we so enjoyed our first visit.
It is effectively a 'Granny annexe' to Pine Lodge and provides a large double bedroom with Shower room/ basin/WC. The second room is the combined living room/kitchen / diner.

The small kitchenette is cleverly designed with sink, preparation area, two burner hob and microwave. There is a large fridge which the owner generously stocked with local eggs, bread milk and home made jam.

The welcome was so warm - we could't wait to come back

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Liked best: The welcome
Liked least: The noise from the kitchen extractor fan!
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Sue M
Newbridge-on-Wye, United Kingdom
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Perfect holiday retreat”
Reviewed September 15, 2015 for a stay in September 2015
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The Pine Cone is great accommodation and Bill & Mattie are fantastic hosts. Daisy the Wheaten Terrier was a joy & made Izzie our Border Terrier most welcome :)
Mattie was most helpful giving us details of the local area & the facilities in Banchory which is a short walk away.

Thank you Bill, Mattie & Daisy for a lovely short break, we will hopefully see you again.

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Liked best: Fantastic location & very peaceful
Liked least: Nothing at all to dislike
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
Nov 18, 2015
Sue - many thanks for your very kind remarks. It was a pleasure to have you all stay at the Pine Cone
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Tyke004
Algoz, Portugal
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A Peaceful, tranquil haven”
Reviewed July 23, 2015 for a stay in July 2015
1
person found this review helpful

What a lovely place to stay and we will definitely come back. Tyke our wee dog loves the open space and the wood at the bottom of the enormous garden. The Pine Cone has everything you could ever need and Bill and Matti are lovely and generous hosts. I love the way the kitchen is concealed behind lovely wooden doors and the shower is something else. As I say we will be back again at some stage.

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing we didn't like
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway Older travelers
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Management Response
Nov 18, 2015
Many thanks for your very kind remarks.it was a pleasure to have you stay at The Pine Cone. Daisy has misses Tyke!
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