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Gowanbank
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Holiday Rental House -
5 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 11
Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

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Very good - based on 6 reviews
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Angela M
Inverurie, Scotland, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
47 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Lovely house needing upgrading in places so 4 star for house 3 star for lack of cutlery etc”
Reviewed 15 July 2017 for a stay in July 2017
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We booked this for the weekend of our daughters wedding , so the whole family could be together. The sitting room and drawing room were beautiful and perfect for pictures of the bride and her bridesmaids getting ready.
The bedrooms were perfectly sized and comfortable.
The downsides were that there were only 2 showers for coping with 11 possible guests and the one in the roll top bath which was on a step was scary to get out of and no bath mats provided to step out onto , to prevent slipping.
The kitchen was a perfect size but unfortunately some of the drawers are falling off of the rails and it needs updating .
Also , there wasn't enough cutlery to serve 11 guests (7 forks) and having stayed in many places before would have expected there to be 11 of everything and there wasn't. A wee bit of a mismatch with the rest of the house.
The garden was lovely , but again there was not enough seating for the capacity of the house.
We had a lovely time and would recommend , but if we had been staying for longer ( and not out all day Saturday at a wedding ) we would have complained at the time.
We planned a BBQ for the Sunday and took our own as they said they didn't have ( there was a small kettle BBQ at the side of the house ) and also plastic forks etc which solved our lack of fork situation

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
15 Jul 2017
The number of showers in the house is clearly specified in our listing as is the number of beds. If guests do decide to hire extra put you up beds they should expect to have to share the bathrooms amongst more people.
Before we received this review we unfortunately had to complain to these guests about damaged furniture and missing cutlery. The cutlery and crockery should amount to sets of 12 but from time to time items are broken and go missing as was the case with this let. As soon as we are aware of missing or broken items we replace them.
Gowanbank is a beautiful old house which contains many antique items. If guests are not prepared to treat it with the respect that it deserves and take care of it and make sure that all of their party do likewise, we would rather that they did not book to stay.
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“Spacious and comfortable stay in Huntly”
Reviewed 9 July 2017 for a stay in June 2017

Very central and quiet location in Huntly, close to the railway station and shops. Beautiful countryside and coast nearby.
All in the house was perfect although there could have been more small tables in the lounges for tea and coffee cups, and the downstairs shower's heating better regulated.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
28 Jul 2017
We are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Gowanbank. We will have a look at your suggestion for more small tables in the lounges. There are already several tables which of course have lamps on them which we assumed guests would use and the large coffee table footstools in front of the sofas can also be used for cups provided a tray is placed on top. We will certainly consider your suggestion. As for the downstairs shower we will see if it operating correctly and if it is we could perhaps add in clearer instructions for its use. Many thanks for your helpful suggestions and we hope you are able to visit again!
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Susan G
Dundee, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Down memory lane”
Reviewed 25 June 2017 for a stay in June 2017

We rented Gowanbank for 2 reasons. The house used to belong to my grandparents over 30 years ago and wanted to see what it looked like now and as it was my partner's 60th birthday I thought it would be the perfect place. The house is fantastic,very comfortable,within walking distance of all amenities. Only a couple of complaints. As a family of non smokers it was disappointing to see the amount of cigarette ends just outside the back door and although it was no one's fault we were left without electricity for 2 to 3 hours one morning but the fault was soon rectify

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
26 Jun 2017
We're glad that you enjoyed your stay but I shall certainly asking my housekeeper to keep an eye out for cigarette ends outside since as you know our house is non smoking . As for the power cut I think that was due to a furious thunder storm! Glad the power was quickly restored!
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
Reviewed 15 January 2017 for a stay in December 2016

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
Management Response
16 Jan 2017
Thank you for your review.

You are quite right about the oven. Our ultimate aim is to entirely upgrade the whole kitchen which is when we will put in a range oven.

We are very glad that you enjoyed your stay in any case and you clearly fell under the spell of Gowanbank! We look forward to hosting you again in the future!
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