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Callater Lodge Guest House
Ranked #1 of 8 Braemar B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 30, 2009

We had room 5, the twin room. This was dark and dingy, and the ensuite was built into one corner of the room space. The ensuite itself (not a place to linger) reminded us of a Portacabin-style construction at a campsite or marina.

When the lodge's central heating was turned on it made a noise which drowned out the TV and conversation . Thankfully the hosts did turn it off upon our request (it was July), but you would not want to be staying in this room during the winter..

The beds were the worst feature of the room: saggy and with mattress springs poking into you in whatever position you chose. We eventually slept but only by sleeping on top of the duvets for extra padding.

Had we been travelling by car (we were cycling) we would have moved on and gone elsewhere.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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oakleypilgrim, owner at Callater Lodge Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2009

This is an inaccurate review of this room. Yes it is a 'darker' room but certainly not dingy! The noise from the heating has never been commented on before and as for being on in July, we are in the Cairngorms and evening temperatures can be well below 10 degrees and we would prefer guests to have the option of having a warm room...all rooms have thermostatic conrol. While the shower room is in need of some updating, which is on our programme, it certainly does not resemble a portacabin.

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Reviewed June 23, 2009

We stayed at the Callater for 2 nights. The staff were friendly and keen to serve. Bar drinks were brought up to our rooms almost immediately upon arrival, nice touch, and reasonable prices. Room was big, comfy for 2, decor a little old-fashioned, but clean and fresh. Bathroom sink leaked and shower was nothing to write home about but it worked. The ensuite could do with refurbishment, but that's often the case even in bigger places. The 2 breakfasts were very satisfying, the aforementioned scrambled eggs and salmon was an incredibly generous and well-presented portion, and the next day we had delicious porridge with maple syrup. No complaints at all. Braemar suffers from a lack of good places to eat - except for the Gathering Bistro. 1st class. Should have eaten there again the 2nd night, but mistakenly went across the road to the opposite hotel. Although the staff was friendly and the whisky selection excellent, the steaks were a bitter disappointment. Not one of the 4 we ordered was served as per request. Sigh. Similar price to the Bistro, but markedly lower standards. Perhaps the chef had an off night? I would stay at the Lodge again, although I did think the price was a tad on the steep side.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 8, 2009

We stayed at the Callater Lodge during our roadtrip around Scotland in the first week of June. The hotel is located on a main road (A-road) so it can be noisy during the day (not great for afternoon naps) but there weren't any cars at night so it was fine.

My husband and I stayed in room 4, which faced the garden but you could still hear the main road. Room was ensuite and quite small. Generally clean and basic accomodation for one night but there was nothing special about the house, the rooms or the service. Decoration in our room was a bit kitchy. Our two friends stayed in room 3 which was a larger room but faced directly to the main road and pretty noisy during the day and into the early evening as cars drove past.

We all tried the cooked Scottish breakfast. It was not as good as the other B&Bs that we stayed in during our trip. Portions were huge but quality was so-so. Sausages and eggs tasted like 'industrial' products rather than fresh locally sourced foods. The place definitely felt more like a basic 2-3 star hotel than the 4 star that has.

We had dinner late in the evening (around 9pm) and one of the two places open for food was the lodge across the street from Callater Lodge (can't remember the name). Food was OK (steak pie was the best dish at our table).

As a quick one-night stay, it was fine, but we probably wouldn't stay at the Callater Lodge again (or in Braemar in general) considering the other very excellent B&Bs that we stayed in around Scotland in the same week and for around the same price.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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oakleypilgrim, Owner at Callater Lodge Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2009

I would challenge this guest to try a 'basic' two star guest out before making such inappropriate comments. Both the AA and Visit Scotland have consistantly awarded us four stars, which are not given lightly! Please note the bacon and sausages we use are sourced from the local butcher who has won numerous awards for his sausages.
Most guests comments refer to the peace and quiet of the guest house!

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Reviewed August 1, 2006

Just back from 2 nights at Callater Lodge and it was lovely. Spotless, tasteful, very good value, great breakfast (vegetarians well catered for) and nice to be able to get sandwiches, soup and hot drinks in the evening. The hotel/pub across the road does a decent evening meal (above average pub grub rather than gourmet). The staff were very friendly and discreet - if you need a drink or service, you can ring a bell. Watched a red squirrel from the bedroom window every day as well as a variety of birds in the lovely garden.

  • Stayed: July 2006, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 22, 2004

We have recently stayed at the Callater Lodge Hotel. It was a wonderful place. The accommodation was first class - the room spacious and beautifully appointed with lots of extras - shortbread biscuits, chocolates and top quality toiletries. The hospitality was second to none - Sharman and Laura are superb hosts. The food is excellent and nothing is too much trouble. Everything has been thought of. The fresh flowers on the tables to welcome you in the morning are lovely. It was lovely to have butter, marmalade and sauces in little dishes and not in containers or packets. We also sampled the snacks which are served throughout the day - wonderful, very tasty and well presented. The library/bar is a lovely room in which to sample the many malt whiskies on offer and to chat to Phil about the area where to go and walk etc. I recommend this guest house to anyone who is looking for the perfect place to stay. We shall be returning very soon.

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Reviewed August 27, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: August 2017, traveled as a couple
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Katy F, Owner at Callater Lodge Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2017

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Reviewed August 11, 2017
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  • Stayed: July 2017, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Callater Lodge Guest House

Address: 9 Glenshee Road, Braemar AB35 5YQ, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Aberdeenshire > Braemar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Braemar
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
After a good night's sleep in our newly-renovated bedrooms, start the day with our legendary breakfast - locally-sourced ingredients, home-made tattie scones, fantastic porridge. Set out with a generous packed lunch, including our famous home-baking. In the evening relax in front of the cosy wood-burner with a malt whisky, glass of wine or local beer. ... more   less 
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