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Great area to be, cottage okay
We have spent a week at “Morrone Cottage” with our two kids. The highlights of this cottage are definitely the large garden and the location, which allowed for a really lovely view and for starting excursions straightaway. When we arrived we were a bit surprised of the standard, the rooms, the beds and the extra fee for the power, because we had only seen the pictures and information of the “Morrone”-House at the website prior to booking (an experience we seem to share with other guests, judging by a previous review), which apparently really is of a high standard. However, after booking Anna has sent us a few files by email which we just haven´t read thoroughly enough, so we could have known – our fault. All in all we have spent a lovely time at Braemar and do not regret having stayed there.
Hält nicht, was es verspricht
Die Kommunikation mit der Verwalterin zuvor war freundlich und hilfreich. Die Übergabe war denkbar unkompliziert, die Tür stand offen, der Schlüssel hing im Flur. Das Cottage liegt am Rande des Dorfes in einem großen Garten. Leider entsprach die weitere Wirklichkeit nicht der Beschreibung. Von Luxus konnte keine Rede sein, die Einrichtung ist schlicht und zweckmäßig. Die Sauberkeit ließ zu wünschen übrig. WLAN funktionierte nur an der Verbindungstür zum Haupthaus, selbst unsere Nachfrage erbrachte keine Abhilfe. Auf Einzelbetten waren wir eingestellt, nicht aber auf ein Durchgangszimmer als Schlafzimmer, was in der Beschreibung nirgendwo beschrieben war. Auch dass wir für Strom und Gas extra bezahlen sollten, war weder in der Beschreibung noch in der Kommunikation zuvor erwähnt worden. Für ein Familie mit 2 kleineren Kindern ggf. geeignet, wir würden sie unseren Freunden nicht weiterempfehlen.
When you were there, a few devices found the signal weak.
We have therefore upgraded and the Wi-Fi signal is now specific to the cottage and is excellent (5 bars).
We installed a German Devolo fast router that modulates the signal and sends it along the 240V mains cable to its own separate Wi-Fi sub-router in the cottage where it gives out its own Wi-Fi signal. So there is a very strong signal there!
We stayed there ourselves recently and my husband had several international business Skype video calls to make and so I know it's very good.
Since last year we have also put in a new cooker, new settee, new carpet upstairs and new wood-burning stove.
Not what we hoped for.
Morrone Cottage has many excellent qualities - the position is great, within an easy walk of the village, and the view out to the hills over the garden is enchanting. Unfortunately we relied on the Owners Direct/HomeAway website description. This clearly states the property has two bedrooms. It does not. Two beds are in a separate room, the other two are on a landing/balcony area which is open to the living area and the occupants of the "real" bedroom have to go through it to reach the rest of the property (including the bathroom/toilet). Obviously there is no privacy possible. For our party of two adult couples, it was really not suitable and spoiled our stay. The sleeping areas are both under the roof with limited headroom and storage space.
While on the subject of the website description, it suggests that linen and towels are provided. Only by hovering your mouse over the entry, do you learn you have to request them - for an extra charge.
Some items of equipment were not present n the cottage when we arrived. In fairness they were provided very quickly when we raised the issue - but when the rental includes a hefty service charge, I have to ask why everything was not checked before we moved in?
The kitchen equipment is fine - the cooker is good (electric hob and double oven) and a serviceable microwave and toaster and double sink (one small) are there. The cooking area is quite cramped, though. There is a shortage of work surfaces for food preparation and little room for food storage unless you use the floor level cupboards in the lounge area - OK for us, but if you have difficulty bending this will cause problems. The fridge is small and inconveniently placed, but there is ample extra fridge (and freezer) space in an adjacent outbuilding. The dining table fitted us four comfortably. The lounge is double height, with a decent TV in the corner. The WiFi signal proved strong, fast and reliable.
Parking space is sufficient - you share the drive with Morrone House, and the same drive provides access to the next door property, so considerate parking is needed.
I am writing this review from another holiday rental property in Scotland. It is 30% cheaper, has double the space and has doors on each bedroom. Morrone Cottage just doesn't seem like good value, even allowing a premium for the Braemar area.
Great base for a walking holiday or relaxing
My husband and I had a lovely stay in Morrone Cottage . Very clean, light and comfortable. Great walking base with lots of walks just outside the door. Village within walking distance with everything you need. Near to Balmoral Castle and a wonderful drive across the Cairngorms to feed Reindeers just outside Avimore.
Thank you very much! I'm delighted that you enjoyed it and, of course, you'll be welcome to return any time.
The Cottage is delightful and Braemar is a quiet village with an excellent restaurant (The Braemar Lodge). The Cottage was clean, the wood burning stove worked well and the WiFi was good. The Cottage sits in a pleasant garden and wass very quiet situated near the end of road.
We were surprised to have to pay for the cottage electricity, it is not covered by the rent but it was a reasonable cost. The Cottage has a mezzanine floor with a low roof which didn't suit my 6'2" height, (Banged head), The patio wouldn't lock so we kept valuables in our vehicle, although Braemar appears to be crime free.
There is a Coop for food and the fish and chip shop freshly cooks your order.
The 'HomeAway' adverts can be confusing. Pictures of Morrone House are used to illustrate Morrone Cottage as well (See picture attached to this review).
A very enjoyable break.
Dear Bill, Thank you very much. I'm very glad you enjoyed your stay and liked the cottage. Yes, I agree - the Wi-Fi is good with a strong signal. The patio door does lock - it is a modern double-glazed door and you need to raise the white lever as well as turn the key.
In reply to your question about fuel, the reason we charge for electricity separately is that small parties in the summer use less than, e.g. a larger number in winter. Different people also have quite different usages. So if we averaged the cost out and added it to the rent, then small parties in summer would subsidize larger parties in winter. So we think it is fairer to charge just for what people use exactly according to the meter readings as you would at home. We just use the meter readings at the beginning and end of your stay and since there is a night storage white meter for both heating and hot water, it is reasonably cheap as you say.
A perfect holiday home!
This is lovely house and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a peaceful escape in the Cairngorms. The house is spacious and comfortable: our family of four shared it with a couple of friends with more space to spare. It was spotless and well equipped. The garden is beautiful and HUGE, much to our boys' delight who could play football all day long. The location is also great, a short walk to the village and only few steps away from the stunning views of the Cairngorms and the river Dee. I look forward to our next stay!
Braemar. In einer wunderschönen, ruhigen geräumigen Lage in fußläufiger Entfernung von der Mitte des Dorfes von Braemar im Cairngorms Nationalpark. In der Nähe von Balmoral Schloss entfernt bietet das Braemar einen wunderschönen Golfplatz in den Bergen und liegt in der Nähe Mar Lodge und den schönen Fluss Quoich. Unser großer Garten schaut nach Süden und Westen über Morrone und der Garten hinter dem Haus verfügt über ein eigenes Tor, die direkt hinaus auf die Heideland mit spektakulärer Aussicht auf die Cairngorms. Das Royal Braemar Highland Versammlung findet jedes Jahr 500 m im September.