My stay was faultless. I was given the big room in the house, despite being miserly and booking one of the cheaper rooms. Now admittedly, I was given this room because there was no one else staying but for whatever price you pay, this room is worth it. A slice of homemade chocolate cake was there on arrival, together with a wee dram of whiskey (the 2nd night, I was presented with a large fruity muffin – equally tasty).
The room itself had a double bed, 2 twin beds and a lounge area. Facilities wise, there was a selection of chocolates, tea and coffee, real milk (not that uht nonsense) in a small provided fridge. The bathroom was a nice size with complimentary toiletries and decent shower. Lighting was good with some relaxing ambient side lights. I think there was a phone charger as well (for Windows / Android). Wi-fi was free and I managed to stream the football , live, through BT Sport with very little problem.
Breakfast is served on a communal table, with cereals and fruit juice available. In addition, there is a menu of cooked to order items, which I availed of on both mornings (scrambled egg and smoked salmon – very nice). Also an abundance of tea and toast!
So, the room and facilities are great.
But what tops it off is the genuinely genial and welcoming host, Claire. Always happy to have a chat and always ensuring everything was alright. When I asked about some local walks, I was given directions to two local routes. Nothing is too much trouble. I think what sets Claire apart from other establishments is a genuine interest in people as individuals, not just as paying customers. This more ‘human’ feel was greatly appreciated by myself.
Location wise, we are almost into the Pentland Hills. It must only be a 15 minute drive or so into Edinburgh itself. Failing that, Kirknewton station is 5 minutes down the road and has a train service that goes directly into Haymarket (well, it looks like it does on Google maps, anyway).