I won a stay in Craiglea Lodge and can't believe how lucky I was. The scenery was breathtaking the area amazing. The rooms were comfortable and the pool was brilliant, really warm, loads of toys for the kids. who spent hours playing. It was the perfect place for a family holiday at any time of the year and I would happily recommend it to anyone considering renting the cottages.
We've just arrived home from a fun filled few days at Craiglea Lodge. We were a family group ranging from ten to seventy plus in age. The end of October can be tricky with the weather, but we did get some sun! It wouldn't have mattered if it was wet because the children spent hours in the pool. The pool area is lovely and warm and a pleasant place to sit. The rooms were toasty and warm. Having a fire to light in the evenings was an added extra. There's plenty of room for everyone to get together and space if you just want some peace. There's some great walks which everyone enjoyed. The butcher's shop was very close and sold an amazing variety for such tiny premises. It's a great part of Scotland and very friendly.
I feel churlish to write a somewhat critical review as I'm staying here as guest of my niece who won 5 nights at Craiglea in a competition, so the stay is free.
The good things: wonderful location, fantastic swimming pool, comfortable and enjoyable place for a family holiday. There are 11 of us, including 3 youngsters (14, 13 and 10) who are spending every spare moment in the pool. The place is easily big enough for a relaxing stay for a family ranging in age from 10 to 75.
The not so good things: so many niggly little things that need attention. Blinds warped and in need of replacement in the pool area. Curtains halfway falling off (reported by previous reviewers but not fixed). Broken windows in the barn (no ingress of water as the outer pane of double glazing but still unsightly). Dishwasher broken in the barn kitchen. Many lightbulbs blown and in need of replacement. Eccentric distribution of crockery, cutlery, glassware and cooking pots/utensils between the barn and main kitchen, necessitating dashing between the two kitchens whilst in middle of cooking. Extractor fan in the "disabled" bathroom not working. No disabled shower or bath so hardly a proper disabled bathroom. Garden in ruinous state. Barbecue rusted away. Dead flies on the floor of one of the sitting rooms when we arrived. Sticky floor in the kitchen when we arrived. Dirty rug in the sitting room nearest the kitchen. Big pile of religious books in a foreign script in one of the sitting rooms (the Koran, the Torah, the Guru Granth Sahib, I'm not sure???) - that one is just a bit odd. Paintwork outside needs attention. Shower in the only en suite has no shower head and scolded my sister.
Overall there's somewhat a feeling of neglect which is very sad. I'm glad my niece isn't paying for this stay as otherwise I think we'd feel hard done by. Since its a free holiday we are just very happy to be here and are having a great time.
Our second time here and again we all thoroughly enjoyed it, great to wake up and look out at all the deer in the fields, then pop down for a swim, the location is just perfect for a quiet and relaxing break
Stayed here to celebrate 40th birthday 9 adults and 9 children. The house and barn are well equipped and offered plenty of space. Kids had a great time in the pool. Laura was welcoming and coped well with the kids following her around trying to pick the their room!
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