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Craiglea Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #4 of 8 Braemar B&B and Inns
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Southport, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Disappointed”
Reviewed December 21, 2011

This review is not as positive as the others. The location is excellent, but did not find the atmosphere as positive as conveyed by the web pages and other reviews.

We stayed two nights, but had to cancel the third night due to an injury.
The owners were very formal about the cancellation and caught up with extracting the full payment for the cancelled night, rather than really expressing any sympathy.

Also, two minor points: the web was not working for the visitors and reprimanded for leaving the door on the latch when loading and unloading the car. This might seem petty, but not the more positive atmosphere we were expecting.

Overall, left feeling disappointed and would look elsewhere next time round.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 2, 2011

We stayed recently at this B&B we felt very comfortable and we had a lovely room and bathroom very clean and fresh. The breakfast was lovely too especially the Porridge!Thank you for a lovely stay.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Peak District, UK
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Reviewed July 28, 2011

David and Angela are very friendly and know the area well. Lots of nice guidebooks to browse through in the dining room. In addition they were very generous with sharing their knowledge of the area.
Rooms clean and comfortable.
Breakfast and evening meal excellent.
Good atmosphere in the dining room every morning with everyone sharing their stories from the day before.
Why previous reviewers felt the need to post photos of renovation work going on at the back of the house is beyond me.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 24, 2011

We found this BB to be comfortable and friendly. Breakfast was also very nice. The room was a bit small but for our one night stay it was comfortable.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Gouda, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed May 29, 2011

This B&B offers a warm and friendly place to stay. The keepers are more then willing to share information on what to do in and around town, breakfast is good, rooms are clean and quiet. Very handy is the drying room ;-)

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 22, 2010

Lovely location, excellent service. extensive knowledge of the area. Everything about our holiday was excellent and this was due to the wonderful service and welcome from a lovely family.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 11, 2010

We were advised to park at the back of the house. On approaching the house the first we saw was a room filled with clutter. Garden was overgrown and not well kept. The entrance/reception area is very small and unwelcoming. The host certainly needs upgrading of his interpersonal communication/conflict skills. (On entering a private area - kitchen-, due to no attention bell, I was abruptly, first escorted out to the entrance area and then my problem was addressed, instead of first, diplomatically addressing my problem and then politely being advised of the notice on the open door, which clearly was missed by me.) The room and en-suite, although very spacious, was clearly a DIY job. It needs a professional hand to upgrade and decorate the room. For a 3 star rating, I found the following unacceptable. Curtains inferior and needed stretching to the limit to cover the windows - why a circular (plastic) rail if it is a square window? No net curtaining. No valance sheet. No hand mirror in the bathroom. Windows frames moldy. Mirror light in the bathroom not working. One bulb missing in bathroom roof lighting. No mirror close to the hairdryer. Tile chipped and unsightly in bathroom. Why is there a door leading from the bathroom into the corridor? Why is the bathroom not tiled to the top of the ceiling? Brown tiles and green wall paper do not match.
For £45 - £50 per night this would be an acceptable deal but for £72 a night, I expect much more and of better quality.
Charles and Charmaine

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Davetill, Owner at Craiglea Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, September 14, 2010
We are very sorry you had cause to complain about your stay. We offer a 3*** standard which is classed as VERY GOOD by Visitscotland and our prices reflect that standard. The guest house is open to our guests but my private house is open to my family and people i invite in. There are 2 signs ( 1 on each door saying private) and a bell on the desk in reception which if rang is answered. Im sure you wouldnt like strangers walking around your house so i did what anyone would do which was to ask you to go into the reception. As for the various comments if you had plugged the hairdryer in in the socket in the wall by the mirror you would have been able to use the mirror. Tiles to the ceiling.........they are upto dado level. The door in the bathroom has been there since we moved in which is locked and at an end of a corridor where only guests to that room would go. If you want ONLY THE VERY BEST as your profile suggests, we suggest you try 5*****
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Property: Craiglea Bed & Breakfast
Address: Craiglea Hillside Road, Braemar AB35 5YU, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Aberdeenshire > Braemar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Braemar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A warm,friendly family run Bed & Breakfast in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. We provide comfortable en-suite rooms with fresh linen, hotel quality white fluffy towels and a substantial breakfast. Try our renowned delicious porridge or smoked salmon to start your day, before you explore in and around our traditional highland village of Braemar. Plan your day in our quiet cosy snug where we serve a welcome drink and home bake on arrival. We are ideally located for outdoor activities or just a relaxing weekend away in beautiful Royal Deeside. ... more   less 
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Craiglea Bed & Breakfast Braemar, Scotland

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