My sister booked the entire lodge for a weekend to celebrate her husband's surprise 65th birthday. All the family were invited and we arrived earlier that day to drop off food and belongings for the party.
We had a good look around and noticed some issues with the place but overall thought it was nice. The pool area was clean and warm but there is no separate jacuzzi, it's built into a corner of the pool. The sauna was hot but tiny and was no bigger than a chicken house! We used the pool on the Saturday and it really was freezing. Strange thing was it was warmer on the Sunday??
The bedrooms were clean and there is loads of space. Plenty of bathrooms and very clean. There are no double beds in the rooms, it all single beds. Two bedrooms have on - suite showers but don't use them. The showers are tiny, built into the corner and you can't easily turn the shower on without water everywhere. I started the shower and selected the heat, it's a power shower, and was fine for a minute. It suddenly turned scaldingly hot and I was caught in the corner not able to get the shower door open. My arm was scalded and my husband took me to Caithness General A&E. There is no need for the water temperature to be set so high and there should be anti scalding installed in all the showers.
The curtains were hanging off in several rooms and made it look very neglected. The furniture was nice but the tables need thoroughly cleaned. We had to clean the fridges before we could store the food, which is bad!
We did actually have a good time and would recommend it, but not at the price that's charged. We all live locally and we expected a higher level of standards for the cost. We don't need to pay for the view, which possibly can attract the higher prices for visitors, but left us feeling cold. All the other reviews are correct about the standard of the garden etc but as it was sleet, we wouldn't be going out anyway.
we stayed at craiglea as 10 adults and 10 children! The pool was by far the best feature and very glad we had this, but there were issues with this. The first two days the pool was at right temperature but after that it was freezing however this didn't discourage the children and a maintenance person was sent out but it took days to get the pool back up to temperature. The sauna is falling apart although still useable and most of the inflatables for the pool were mouldy!
The outside of the lodge could be beautiful if kept right! When we arrived the trampoline was missing a leg and very bent but the adults managed to fix it. There was a bbq to use but they hadn't been cleaned hence had an interesting mould problem! And large bits of brick all outside from the house.
The inside of the main house was fantastic clean and plenty of space! The other cottage some appliances didn't work and had mould on their sheets but other than that was clean!It is in a good location and perfect if your going away to relax!
We stayed here for 7 nights from the 3rd of November in a group of 20. 10 adults and 10 children. The pool was a great hit with the children and adults and we had a pool party for my daughters birthday. The cottage was cleanand set out perfect for us. Also some great walks in the area.
However there was a few issues,the garden was very untidy and badly kept, the bbq was in such bad condition it could not be used. The website needs updated as the quad bikes advertised no longer exist. In need of maintenance on the outside. Apart from this we all had a great holiday and would go back.
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