Nice looking old building in a leafy location, with spacious public rooms, refreshingly NOT minimalist decor and furnishings, but comfortable furniture, prints on the walls, nice window-dressing, all in good taste and there was a warmth about the place thanks to the lovely Christmas decorations;
Breakfast tables were beautifully set on white pressed linen and a good and plentiful breakfast was served by an efficient and discreet perfect waitress, which gave class to the whole experience;
All the hotel staff were friendly;
Our room looked inviting and comfortable with a nice bathroom
Loudly creaking floorboards in the room and in the corridor, every step was accompanied by the sound of groaning, crackling wood;
Double duvets on single beds that hung down touching the carpet on one side and almost touching it on the other side. Apparently they are supplied to accommodate bull elephant sized people who wouldn't find single duvets sufficient. I wonder how children would find sleeping under the weight of these over-sized duvets;
We were staying only for two nights to attend a funeral and then a reception in the Strathaven Hotel. In the function room we were seated at very large circular tables, so that the people more than two seats away were more or less out of earshot, unless we shouted. All the guests at the reception occupied altogether three of these large tables that were quite far from each other. The result: we were involuntarily separated into three groups and missed out on mixing with most of the guests until we were at the door saying good byes, so that was disappointing as this occasion was the last of the "Gathering of the Clans" in this case. A different arrangement of tables could have worked better, seeing that everyone in the room were related and not strangers.
Although there were 2 chairs supplied in our room, only one was a comfortable one, a small armchair, the other one was a very uncomfortable chair, that couldn't really be used to watch TV from for any length of time. We do not sit in bed, it's detrimental to the mattress!