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Very good
21 reviews
Stunning open plan dining area
Open plan kitchen
Dining table to seat up to 8 guests
Snug sitting room with wood burning stove
Ground floor bathroom with roll top bath
Shower room on first floor level
First floor landing
Family bedroom with high loft bed and a super king sized bed
High loft bed suitable for little ones.
Double bedroom on first floor
Smart TV
Perfect dining area outside
Front garden
Decked patio which is accessed directly though large sliding doors
Patio area with plenty of seating round the fire pit
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Cottage -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
East Linton, East Lothian, Scotland

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Very good - based on 21 reviews
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Paul Y
Alnwick, England, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Beautiful Holiday Home”
Reviewed September 1, 2015 for a stay in August 2015

Driftwood cottage is deceptively spacious, with three good sized bedrooms, and a large sitting room. Also surprisingly quiet as it's set well back from the busy village road it's situated on. Extremely large, well kept garden at the rear of the property which was lovely to sit in during the recent sunny weather. The cottage is also well maintained and equipped with wi-fi provided as standard. Great central location for exploring East Lothian and only 30 minutes from Edinburgh itself. Highly recommended.

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Liked best: Light and airy sitting room
Liked least: Parking was sometimes an issue
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
People with pets
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Louise S
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Loved this cottage”
Reviewed August 30, 2015 for a stay in August 2015

The cottage is lovely , we particularly enjoyed sitting relaxing in the lounge with the double doors to the lovely garden open . Beds very comfortable . Property clean and garden well-maintained . Made some suggestions about kitchen equipment which the owner has undertaken to provide . Traditional cottage with sensitive modernisation which has made the property light and spacious .
Very convenient and lovely location , near to North Berwick , and lots of lovely walks , countryside and tea rooms nearby . A bit concerned that car parking would be a problem esp as we had visitors who lived in area , but the there was plenty of on-street parking & it wasn't an issue .
Would certainly stay in this property again .

Traveling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Sep 1, 2015
We are delighted you loved Driftwood. Thank you too for letting me know that the kitchen scissors were missing and not enough wooden spoons. I have made sure they are in place now. Look forward to seeing you again
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Skislopef...
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Unusually spacious period cottage with enticingly tiered garden”
Reviewed August 13, 2015 for a stay in June 2015

In need of a much needed break Driftwood Cottage gave us what we needed. There were a couple of problems on arrival which were quickly dealt with by Gillian. The only negative comment would be that a couple of wooden spoons and a pair of scissors would have been helpful. The book selection was the best we have ever encountered in a cottage and something for everyone. There were up to date games and the old family favourites too had been well thought about to keep everyone happy. The upstairs double bed was very comfortable with spotless linen. The furnishings were comfortable and clean. The garden was a delight and well planned with plenty of space for outside eating and with a large table for a family. It is an old cottage so could be cool in winter but since it was one of the hottest weeks for years we never had a chance to try the stove. Parking although limited was available for a single car within a short distance. East Linton is a pretty village with many amenities and trains run from nearby Drem or North Berwick to Edinburgh in 20 minutes.

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Liked best: Bright sunny lounge opening to south facing garden.
Liked least: Back door awkward to lock
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
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Management Response
Aug 17, 2015
I am delighted you enjoyed your much needed break at Driftwood Cottage. It is so important to us that our guests enjoy the cottage. The woodburning stove in the snug room is wonderful and really would only be needed should you wish to add to the atmosphere, the central heating is very good. We would love to welcome you back
Gillian
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Haslingden, United Kingdom
Reviewed August 10, 2015 for a stay in August 2015

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Aug 17, 2015
So pleased you enjoyed your week at Driftwood Cottage. East Linton is just a fantastic place to visit and perfect if you are bringing a dog. I hope to see you again
Gillian
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andrep736
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Stunning, magnificent stay”
Reviewed July 9, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

What a beautiful cottage ... So much more than we expected .. Perfectly groomed & kept gardens ... Magnificently in full bloom ... Inside was spotless ... Everything immaculately presented ... Fresh crisp white linen ... Spacious & stylishly decorated & furnished ... Lots of attention to detail ... Delicious welcome box of chocolates on arrival .. We filled the house to capacity with our visiting family & we loved every moment of our stay. Built puzzles & played board games. Thanku for providing a home away from home.

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Management Response
Jul 13, 2015
Thank you so much for your lovely review, it makes it all worth while. It is so important to us that our guests enjoy the cottage. We have a gardener now who looks after the garden and very good cleaners too. I will pass on your comments to them. Driftwood is looking amazing just now with all the flowers , summer is a beautiful time to visit us.

Gillian
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apett2015
Markinch, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Pleasant, but in need of a deep clean”
Reviewed May 28, 2015 for a stay in May 2015

My bridal party and myself stayed at Driftwood, for the run up to our wedding in East Lothian. First impressions are all that count they say. My first impression was that the front garden was untended, and in need of a good seeing to, including painting the front gate, and weeding. This trend continued to some degree inside the house. The house reeks of a rushed DIY job, with paint on most surfaces, where it shouldn't be, like wood work etc.
I found most of the things in the kitchen sticky....and the up stairs carpets where quite stained..
The oven was also so covered in grease it smoked the whole house out!

Second impression, was that there was no welcome note, wifi info/other info. Or even a bottle of wine like I have received in so many other places. Some rentals give you a whole hamper!

I would say, there was an over all lack of personal touch.

It comes down to standard, at the end of the day. You might think a bit of paint splatter, cooking grease or dusty bookshelves are ok in your own home. But when renting a property, I for one have higher standers.
However the décor is very tasteful and modern, with great big windows at the rear of the property. The bathroom fittings are good, with excellent water pressure for a good shower. The fridge is nice and big, and the beds are comfortable.

I would stress that the property really needs a deep and thorough clean, which frankly as a paying costumer, I shouldn't have to point out.

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Liked best: The spacious light decor.
Liked least: the need for a good clean
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with pets
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Management Response
Jun 12, 2015
I am so sorry that the cottage did not reach the standards for this bridal party. I really wish I had known that the cottage was going to be used prior to their wedding and as the honeymoon venue, I certainly would have ensured that lots of little extras were put into place for their arrival. The price for this particular booking was for a 4 night break was only £400.00 for 7 guests, we provided high chairs and travel cots free of charge too.

I think the brides suggestions of additional items, like chocolates, flowers and a hamper is a really lovely idea and something I will do, for the next bridal party. I do understand that standards need to be high not only for a wedding party but for everyone. My cottage is a two hundred year old cottage with loads of charm there is a beautiful garden and as such does need regular attention. The cottage has had a deep clean and I employ a professional team of cleaners. There is a gardener too employed to attend to the garden every Saturday. I know a wedding is one of the most special days and that everything must be perfect for this bridal party. I hope that we can accommodate many more wedding parties in the future, however please let me know so I can make sure there are lots of little extras for you to enjoy.
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amesthomp
Amble, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
114 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Not great.”
Reviewed December 29, 2014 for a stay in November 2014
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There was a group of six of us (plus dog) stayed here for my fathers 60th birthday. East Linton is a lovely village with plenty of walks nearby, two lovely pubs and a few shops too. The cottage is pretty easy to find, on the street along from the Co-op, it's a pretty busy street so parking was a hassle sometimes but I suppose we did have three cars.

The cottage is a great size, plenty of room in the bedrooms and living room area, but the decor was pretty poor. The downstairs bedroom was painted terrible, it looked like it had been done in the dark, there were also patches like this in the sitting room too. The kitchen was pretty well equipped but every cup had a chip/crack in it and a lot of other things were grubby looking.

There is a yurt in the garden which we all thought would be nice to sit in but it was in a very bad state and smelt very foisty so this never happened.

I have stayed in cottages before and you quite often get a welcome letter left, even flowers or bottles of wine, biscuits etc but there was nothing left at all.

I would not stay here again, it is a shame as the cottage could be so much better.

Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Dec 31, 2014
Thank you for your review, I am so sorry that Driftwood Cottage was not as it normally.would be and that your experience has been disappointing. The cottage is scheduled for repainting and will be completed by February 2015. We have had some problems with the yurt during the torrential rain and unfortunately some guests left the yurt door open again causing rain to come in. The yurt, really is best used during dry weather at the moment, We are considering the best way forward with the yurt, either it will be removed and replaced with a round house or upgraded to ensure it withstands the Scottish winters.

Gillian , Owner
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