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Review of Glenlaurel - A Scottish Inn & Cottages

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Glenlaurel - A Scottish Inn & Cottages
Ranked #1 of 1 Rockbridge B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
29 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“wonderful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

Cottage was wonderful..small but comfortable. Nice and private. Hot tub was nice in the snow. Bed was comfortable. Decor was nice. Food and service as always was excellent. Many areas for easy hikes in the vicinity and on the property.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Columbus, Ohio
Level Contributor
85 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

This past weekend marked the second visit of my husband and I to Glenlaurel. We stayed in the MacKay cottage, which is a lovely place to spend a couple of nights! The bed is extremely cozy with excellent linens, and we watched a couple of movies while lounging in total comfort. Having fireplaces in both the living room and the bedroom is a very nice extra touch. I love the robes! The kitchenette is a great feature, making wine, cheese and a few snacks very easy to manage. The hot tub is on a deck located off the bedroom, which is completely private and so relaxing after hiking in the parks. We went to Ash Cave and Cedar Falls, both very easy to access and beautiful. Overall, we love the privacy at Glenlaurel, which you sometimes do not find at other inns or B&Bs. Breakfast comes with the room, and we found both our breakfasts to be tasty. The service was ok, but not as good as on our past visit. The servers were friendly enough, but very immature. It might be better if the inn attempted a less formal approach to their food service, which might make the inexperienced staff more at ease. The same issues were true at dinner Saturday night. The food was delicious and well prepared but the service was a little clumsy and the server didn't seem to be quite certain what she was presenting to us. She was really trying, however, and that made a world of difference. We will definitely be back to Glenlaurel. For couples, it's the best place to stay in Hocking Hills.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Michelle S
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GlenlaurelInn, Owner at Glenlaurel - A Scottish Inn & Cottages, responded to this review, April 2, 2013
We really appreciate your positive review and are so glad you had an exceptional experience during your stay. We value your opinion and strive to always make Glenlaurel a special place so guests can create magical memories.

Regarding our dining room service…we have been undergoing staff changes and a training program. Needless to say, your comments were upsetting and we hope you’ll give us another try and can be blown away by our service on your next visit. We are adding a 3-course dinner so perhaps you can try that next time. We take great pride in the service, as well as the quality of food, that we extend to our guests and hope you’ll experience that on your next visit.
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Rockbridge, Ohio
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2013

Our dining experience was marvelous as always. Starting out at the Pub for a drink is nice, the space is warm and cozy, enjoyed a drink or two and then we headed up to dinner. The night we were there, the appetizer was a crabcake that was delicious. Coming from me, that says a great deal as I love crabcakes and have tasted many of them. The simple but flavorful mushroom barley soup was a pleasant surpise and the filet was exquisite. The sides were the perfect portion and well prepared. Everyone at the table was happy with how their filets were prepared, just as they asked. Loved the strawerry sorbet palate cleanser and the dried cherry/almond creme brulee was the perfect ending to a fantastic dining experience.

Do not hesitate to take advantage of this gourmet dining experience when visiting the Hocking Hills. You will not find anything like it for miles!

Kris L

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Kristina L
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GlenlaurelInn, Owner at Glenlaurel - A Scottish Inn & Cottages, responded to this review, April 2, 2013
We really appreciate your positive review and are so glad you had a nice dining experience. We take great pride in the service as well as the quality of food that we serve and we feel privileged to have such a wonderful and talented staff. We offer nightly dinner service at 7pm, which is available to both guests and non-guests. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
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Logan, Ohio
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

I've lived in Logan/Hocking Hills area for a few months. I asked my boyfriend if he would take me to a nice restaurant for my birthday. I thought that we would have to go all the way up to Columbus to go out to a place that doesn't blare sports on televisions. He surprised me with a dinner here at the GlenLaurel Inn.

I was so delighted with the decor of the grounds: it was around Christmas and a few trees decorated with lights led our way to the entrance. The buildings are so cute and the inside even better.

There were a couple other guests and we mingled as we drank a beer and waited for dinner to be announced. Once dinner was ready we went upstairs and the wait staff, a younger gentleman, read us a poem after seating.

We were afraid we wouldn't be full with the amount of food that was served, but to my delight, the seven courses was more than plenty and VERY delicious. My favorite was the pumpkin soup. If the place wasn't so "fancy" I would have asked for the recipe.

I give this a five star rating because the people were nice, the food was great and the atmosphere was awesome. Happy birthday to me.

The only thing I would change, and it doesn't bring any changes to my rating, would be that it was a little difficult to find except for the lit trees.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Jami M
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Aiken, South Carolina
Level Contributor
34 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

Staying at Glenlaurel with a fresh snowfall really was a winter wonderland! Lots of trails to explore in a perfectly beautiful setting was a real treat. Dinner was delicious and served by candlelight in a very romatic setting! Wine by the bottle is reasonably priced but not a great selection. We were disappointed that the pub was only open for a short period of time before dinner as we would have enjoyed an after dinner drink or night cap in the pub. We loved the fireplace in the room and didn't miss TV at all. It was nice to disconnect from the world and enjoy time as a couple. We did feel some of the staff didn't seem to enjoy their work which was obvious in their interactions with guests with lack of enthusiasm or attention to details such as failing to return to refill water glasses. At breakfast we had to request eating utensils twice as our plates of food sat on the table getting cold. Overall our experience was above average but did not WOW us as we had expected.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank lphallrd
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Columbus, OH
Level Contributor
61 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013

New Year's Eve at Glenlaurel. The food was creative and amazing, as always with Chef Eric in the kitchen. (Even the ceremonial haggis, served at midnight with a selection of Scotch whiskeys, was quite tasty!). The inn now serves wine and spirits, and prices charged for wine by the bottle were reasonable, but the wine list was disappointing, and the staff did not know enough to provide any guidance (our waitress pronounced "merlot" as "mare-lot.") The complimentary glass of champagne served to guests before dinner on New Year's Eve was bottom shelf, unpleasant on the palate. We were happy to find that the inn now offers new flat screen TVs, blue-ray dvd players and a good selection of DVD movies. Still no cable, however. Our biggest complaint: the inn was not prepared for the snowfall which arrived the night before, and the property's driveways and paths were treacherous with packed snow and ice. Our car repeatedly got stuck and needed pushes just to get between our croft and the manor house, creating a great deal of stress and inconvenience. In fact, on the morning of our departure, we arrived 20 minutes late for breakfast due to our car getting stuck again. Under such circumstances a wintertime visit is inadvisable unless you have 4-wheel drive. This was a management problem. On the other hand, I can say that the employees who gave us help were uniformly friendly, curteous and prompt. There have been some management changes at Glenlaurel this year, and I think they have a few things to work out.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank EpicureanLawyer
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GlenlaurelInn, Owner at Glenlaurel - A Scottish Inn & Cottages, responded to this review, January 15, 2013
Thank you very much for your feedback. We’re glad you enjoyed the new flat screen TV’s and Blu-Ray players. We value your opinion and strive to always make Glenlaurel a more special experience for all of our guests. We are disappointed to read that you were not pleased with our wine list. We have been working with several distributors and wine specialists to build a nice blended list that all guests would enjoy. The list will change frequently and we’re confident all guests will find something to enjoy. On-going server training is also on the top of our list for the bar service.

We strive to exceed expectations and 9 times out of 10, we do. Although the snow kept coming and was beyond our control, we kept all of the paths, sidewalks, and main guest areas cleared. The driveways are another area to contend with, but we do recommend a 4-wheel drive vehicle during inclement weather. We have shared your comments with our dining room supervisor and our maintenance and operation managers and hope your next visit is easier to navigate. See you soon!
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Ohio
Level Contributor
171 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013

My Boyfriend and I stayed in mid December in the MacDonald Room which is in the main building. They do have coupons in the entertainment book for a good deal which is what we used. The room was very clean and bigger than I expected it to be. The couch in the living room was very comfy. I liked using the fire place but then it seemed like the bedroom was a little chilly after doing so. I also like the music playing throughout the entrie room and the choice of cds to play. If I had to make a complaint, and this would be my only one is that the bed wasn't very comfy. It was a firmer bed which I don't really care for.

I like that there were journals in the room to read about who else stayed there. We also did leave an entry.

The food was probably my favorite part about staying here. They left some little snacks for us in the room. And then had a cheese and cracker social before hand in the basement pub. The bartender was great and made sure we were tended to. Then we went up to the main floor for dinner. I liked that there was a place card with our name on it. Seemed very personal. Which the same was left in our room as well. Dinner was five courses all of which were amazing. It was also fun drinking out of metal goblets for dinner and we got to try some new foods we had never had before. For Breakfast we had scones, omlets, and porridge. All of which were great as well.

Thanks for a wonderful stay and for being able to upkeep the rooms and the property the way you have.

Room Tip: In the winter I would suggest staying in the main building because once you check in you can do ever...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank wohdonkey
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GlenlaurelInn, Owner at Glenlaurel - A Scottish Inn & Cottages, responded to this review, January 14, 2013
Thank you for being our guest! The MacDonald Master Suite is indeed a guest favorite! We’re happy to hear your stay was delightful and that you enjoyed the fine dining. Most guests are very impressed with our rooms and our meals (specifically our six & seven course dinner service). We’re sorry to hear you thought the bed was hard. It’s difficult for any guest to compare their own bed to one away from home, but in light of your comment, we have made some changes and expect you will find it more comfortable on your next visit. Thanks for your feedback.
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Property: Glenlaurel - A Scottish Inn & Cottages
Address: 14940 Mount Olive Rd, Rockbridge, OH 43149-9736
Location: United States > Ohio > Rockbridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Rockbridge
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A visit to Glenlaurel is laced with romance; from the moment the Manor House comes into view at the driveway entrance until it fades into the tree line from the rearview mirror at departure...the warm welcome at the front door feels like arriving at the stately home of a distant but approachable relative where the children are all grown or away for the weekend. Welcome into the Legend...the Legend of Glenlaurel. Experience the look of the Scottish countryside and the feel of times gone by at our luxurious Hocking Hills accommodations (rooms, suites, crofts, and cottages) that are perfect for romantics and dreamers. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Glen Laurel Hotel Rockbridge
Country Inn Rockbridge
Rockbridge Country Inn
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