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The Dower House
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Reviewed May 7, 2011

We stayed there for two nights and enjoyed our stay. The beds are comfortable and the rooms are clean. Dont expect a shower! It is a bath and you manually add a small shower head. It is also not possible to stand while showering.
When we arrived we got tea and were asked if we like to have dinner that night. We said yes without having seen the prices and the proper menu. The next morning we had breakfast which was nice.
The big surprise was when we received the bill and realised that dinner was £42 per person (drinks extra) and that two teas were £7. Dinner was nice but completely over charged for what it was. Chicken fennel soup, small piece of halibut with vegis and pineapple with ice cream and chocolate sauce. Far too expensive for a b&b in Scotland. Prices should be communicated!

  • Stayed: April 2011
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2  Thank DomEurope
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Reviewed April 12, 2011

The Dower House is really a lovely place to have a break. I travel a lot and stay in formulaic hotels, and at the core of its charm is the simple truth that the Dower House is very far from being formulaic. If your think that a Marriott is the perfect hotel, then I suspect the Dower House isn't for you.

Mena Aitchison was out host and provided faultless service from the moment of our arrival to our departure. We enjoyed the suite, and had a great nights sleep. Breakfast was very good, with delicious muesli and an excellent choice of cooked breakfast. Alas, we didn't eat dinner there due to other commitments, but will do so next time we stay.

The gardens are lovely, although I was clearly not seeing them at their best due to both the early season and the very harsh winter. Sitting out in the summer must be a real joy however.

For overseas travelers looking for a somewhat quirky Scottish country house experience, I would definitely recommend the Dower House.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Stenhouse_1
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Reviewed April 6, 2011

Dower house lived up to its review as one of the top 10 cosiest places to stay in the UK - and then some. The rooms were comfortable, nicely furnished with good beds and linens. There were wonderful views of the gardens from every window. We made good use of the study for access to the internet. The cuisine is authentic and traditional fare, locally sourced (berries from bushes on the grounds!) expertly and deliciously prepared. Our hosts were absolutely charming; accommodating and friendly.
We can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank linnae7
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Reviewed March 16, 2011

Went to the Dower House with 3 children, all in their 30's. Wonderful service at mealtime, delicious meals that were a treat to anticipate and taste, quality rooms that provided every comfort and privacy, wonderful afternoon bar arrangement in the living room around the fireplace, and warm and friendly hosts. We couldn't have asked for anything better. Took day trips out from the Dower House exploring and felt warm and welcomed upon our return. Furnishings in the house are comfortable and interresting - very appealing. Breakfast was fantastic as were the optional night time meals - a must if you are staying there.

  • Stayed: March 2011
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Reviewed January 25, 2011

I almost didn't review because I think we must have caught the proprietor on an off day, but my visit to the Dower House really wasn't as positive as other reviews. We went for a romantic night on the way elsewhere. On arrival the owner looked totally taken aback (I felt like I'd just walked into a stranger's home unannounced) despite our booking, and was far from friendly. We were the only guests and I generally felt unwelcome. We weren't shown anything but straight to our room - presumably there are communal areas, like a lounge or something, but i still don't know! The room was fine, if compact. The bathroom was absolutely stunning, straight out of an interiors magazine. Breakfast the next day was delicious, but again the service took the sheen off it, and we left quite quickly. Good service is really important to me, especially in a small, family-run establishment, and the lovely interiors didn't compensate for the lack of welcome. We are young and were dressed for the outdoors - maybe she felt we weren't the right sort of guest or something? Either way, I wouldn't go back.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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