We stayed for a weekend in the spring, as a couple.
You can book online, which is useful. The booking info said to let them know if you were going to arrive after a certain time (6pm, I think). That seemed quite early but it's a fairly small family run place so not unreasonable. We let them know we'd be later arriving and it was fine.
Our room was on the top floor with a fantastic panoramic view over the Forth towards the Isle of May - breathtaking. The payment for the view is several flights of stairs to the room, of course! The window in the room was strangely small but it did the job! Furniture and decor fairly basic but clean and pleasant (new, I think). I was surprised that the bed wasn't made up for our 2nd night but it wasn't a problem. Bed was comfy, tea and coffee making facilities provided. Again, no new tea and coffee for the 2nd night but I'm sure if I'd bothered to ask we could have got more.
The ensuite bathroom had shower, sink and loo. I would say the fittings were fairly old and there were a few marks in the corners of the floor where people have left puddles of water after showering. I haven't seen a green suite for years but it still worked fine! There is a sign warning you to run the shower for a while because the water takes time to reach the top floor - this was true, but when it arrived the water was hot and had surprisingly good pressure. The first time we failed to get hot water at all although we waited - there's just one control for both pressure and temperature and we were probably being dim in adjusting it because it worked fine after that!
Breakfast is served between 8 and 9.30. Each room has a table assigned in the breakfast room, so no looking for a space (but no choosing your favourite seat either!). There is a choice of cereals, some tinned fruit, fruit juices and coffee on a "help yourself" basis, and once you arrive you can order tea, toast, and a full cooked breakfast. The cooked breakfast was lovely - well cooked and not greasy. Portions were good but not huge (or maybe I'm a greedy pig).
Service was friendly and competent. Plenty of car parking (gravelled, not tarmac), and there is a bar downstairs which also serves food - we didn't eat there as we had other plans.
I loved the classic cheesy pictures of Victorian Scotsmen in various Highland dress on the stairs with tartan carpet! Cheesy stairs but simple decor in the bedrooms - definitely the right way round!
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