Not the cheapest bed and breakfast in the area but surely the best. The room was light and airy and had clearly been recently refurbished. Their were lovely touches like books relating to the Bell Rock lighthouse (pictured on the wall of the room) and for those too tired to flick through this information, there is the usual obligatory digital television, WiFi access and even an i-Pod dock on the bedside radio. A really nice and unexpected touch was the provision of a pair of good binoculars found on/in the window sill of the room - helpful if you wish to enjoy to its fullest, the beauty of the adjacent nature reserve.
The large bed was very comfortable as was the other room furniture. The shower room was spotless, modern and with all comforts (except a bath) and having some mobility difficulties, I was delighted not to have to climb over the dies of a bath in order to have a shower. The workings of the shower were as is often the case, not immediately clear, but were easily worked out. Likewise, the bathroom sink had some eccentricity in relation to the waste plug (or apparent lack of one) and I was on the point of asking for instructions when all became clear.!
All in all a cosy and comfortable modern room with good facilities.
As for the breakfast part of the stay, times were reasonably flexible and the owner (or more particularly his wife) was on hand to provide a pleasant greeting and provide tea or coffee and toast (white or brown) when you were ready. Before the toast came the breakfast. For those so minded a full 'Scottish' cooked breakfast was available but notwithstanding my greedy nature, I never got that far! Fruit juice, packet cereals or muesli/granola and marvellous fresh fruit, as much as possible locally grown. Strawberries every morning (they were in season), raspberries, blueberries, plums peaches bananas and every delight awaits you.
Service was first class and went beyond the call of duty. Not that I am suggesting that this would be done for everybody, but my wife's white trousers and top which had red wine spilt on them, were saved by the good landlady who gratuitously washed both.
Kindly, pleasant and helpful all service added to the positive experience.
Add the breathtaking views and and you have the ingredients of a most enjoyable stay..
We would certainly go back for more!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated next to the beach on the edge of St. Cyrus National Nature Reserve, The Old Fishing Station is a former salmon fishing bothy which has been refurbished to a high standard. All accommodation is en-suite and has beautiful views of the dunes and the sea beyond. At the moment we offer three doubles and one twin bedroom - the twin and one double are on the first floor and accessed via a separate external stone staircase. The double rooms on the ground floor also have separate access. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Old Fishing Station St Cyrus, Scotland