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Review of Willowbarn Rafford

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Master Bedroom
Master Bathroom En-Suite
Twin bedded Room
Main Bathroom
Lounge kitchen
Lounge
Lounge
Aerial view of grounds
Especially for taking our younger guests for a cycle in Moray
Bike selection at Willowbarn, free usage for our guests
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Condo/Apartment -
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Forres, Moray, Scotland

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Karen T
Orkney Islands, United Kingdom
1 review
“Simply Perfect”
Reviewed April 15, 2015 for a stay in April 2015

Enjoyed our stay at Willowbarn. Quiet, scenic location. Warm, comfortable, beautifully furnished and very well equipped accommodation. Carlo and Fiona are very welcoming and friendly making the stay even more special. Our children aged 9 and 14 loved it too - especially the 9 year old as he was able to make use of the available bikes and DVDs!
Thank you!

Date of stay: April 2015
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Liked best: Quiet location and beautiful property
Liked least: nothing to dislike
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway
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Management Response
Apr 17, 2015
Thank your for your kind comments. We were delighted to have met you all and thrilled you were so happy with your stay in Willowbarn. We look forward to you returning in the future. Fiona and Carlo
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jackie h
East Linton, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“A fantastic, relaxing break !”
Reviewed February 19, 2015 for a stay in February 2015

We have just returned from Willowbarn and we all enjoyed the beautiful barn . The facilities were super,the beds comfy and the kitchen was well equipped.
We spent a relaxing few days exploring the surrounding area and the weather was not to bad at all! Fiona and Carlo were very helpful offering advice about the area.
Our teenage daughter even said she would love to come back ! High praise indeed.
We hope to return in the near future.

Date of stay: February 2015
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Liked best: The high standard of accommodation
Liked least: Missing the Aurora Borealis!
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway Families with young children
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Management Response
Feb 20, 2015
Thank you for your lovely comments. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back again
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MadamePri...
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Absolutely Wonderful”
Reviewed January 7, 2015 for a stay in December 2014

We stayed at Willowbarn with Rebecca (the review below!) - And I can only echo what she has said. It really was perfect and Fiona and Carlo were the ideal hosts. I would highly recommend staying here.

Date of stay: December 2014
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Liked best: The hosts, the beds and the location!
Liked least: Nothing.
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Jan 9, 2015
We are delighted you all enjoyed Willowbarn over New Year and look forward to welcoming you all back again soon. Fiona and Carlo
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Rebecca H
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful stay!....couldn't' have been any better”
Reviewed January 5, 2015 for a stay in December 2014

Where to start! Firstly the accommodation itself was beautifully done with great taste and it appeared brand new. Huge bathroom and sleeping area with comfortable beds and everything we could possibly need in the kitchen and living areas. It really is the ideal place to spend with family and friends.
The grounds were gorgeous and it's the type of place you wake up with a smile. Proximity to Forres was also spot on however beware if you don't have a car (the kind hosts did provide Bikes however)
Fiona and Carlo were the icing on the cake and couldn't have been better hosts, from providing Prosecco for our New year celebrations to being on hand to make everything we wanted to do happen....it was refreshing to find two people that really do know what being a host truly means!
A BIG THANKS from all of us and we can't wait to send other people your way!

Date of stay: December 2014
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Liked best: The hosts/the accommodation
Liked least: I loved it all!
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Jan 5, 2015
Thank you for your lovely comments. We are so thrilled you enjoyed your stay at Willowbarn and hope that we will welcome you all back in the future.
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MikeMorri...
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
1 review
“A true gem”
Reviewed November 10, 2014 for a stay in October 2014

We had a wonderful week in October with our three teenage boys and spaniel. We have stayed in countless cottages over the years and this quite easily is the best. Great open plan kitchen, dining and living room furnished with taste and fresh flowers (my wife noticed). Kitchen appliances and utensils up to chef's exacting standards. All important wide screen TV, sound system and wi fi to allow our boys to survive and do what they do. I now hate our bedroom and en suite at home as it is not a patch on what we had at Willowbarn! Beautiful grounds for an early morning walk with our dog. Carlo and Fiona could not have been more attentive. It is simply a true gem. And the surrounding area has so much to offer....Inverness thirty minutes, Aviemore little more, Findhorn Bay, Culloden, Brodie Castle, Landmark adventure park, whisky distilleries galore, many great cafes and restaurants..........

Date of stay: October 2014
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Liked best: Beautiful cottage and attentive owners who stay next door
Traveling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Nov 15, 2014
Thank you for your wonderful feedback; we are so delighted when our guests appreciate Willowbarn. We very much hope we can welcome you back in the near future.
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Hazelynne
Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Another excellant week at Willow Barn, Forres”
Reviewed September 15, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

Our second visit to Willow Barn. Fiona and Carlo have maintained and improved the high standard of accommodation. They are very generous and friendly hosts who take a lot of trouble to ensure that everything runs smoothly during your stay.
We cycled to Findhorn again and had another good meal at the Kimberley Inn. A very good lunch at the Olive Tree at Logie Steading, which we thought was well deserved after cycling there and walking to Randolph's Leap.
We didn't see any dolphins this year but we did see Ospreys at Spey Bay and seals at Buckie.
We also had good food at the Old Mill Inn, Brodie, Forres

Date of stay: August 2014
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Liked best: The use of bicycles
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Sep 16, 2014
thank you for your kind comments. We are so delighted you all had such a good holiday again. Moray has so much to offer and its great that you have enjoyed your time exploring the area, and of course enjoying Willowbarn too!
Fiona and Carlo
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Tyene
Milan, Italy
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Fantastic!”
Reviewed August 20, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

The Willows in Rafford is a perfect location for a quite stay with family or friends! In a good position to explore the Moray Firth, it has a natural park itself. We stayed with our two children for only few days (next time will stay longer!). The barn is absolutely fantastic: there is a lot of space in the two bedrooms and two bathrooms; it is very clean and comfortable. The kitchen has more than needed and all the rooms are full of light. Carlo and Fiona take care of their guests perfectly. Highly recommended.

Date of stay: August 2014
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Liked best: The premises
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Sep 16, 2014
Thank you for your kind comments. We are always so delighted when our guests have a wonderful relaxing time at Willowbarn. Your feedback is very much appreciated. Fiona and Carlo
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