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“Great accomadation”

Review of Newholme House

Set within a beautiful gardens, Newholme House is a luxurious and spacious 6 bedroom home that has p
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Set within a beautiful gardens, Newholme House is a luxurious and spacious 6 bedroom home that has p
Large Sitting Room
Double bedroom.  Suitable for one or two guests.
Extra large, open plan, fully fitted kitchen.
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6 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12
Stirling, Scotland

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Melissa A
Caribbean
1 review
“Great accomadation”
Reviewed 15 September 2014 for a stay in September 2014

Newholme was the perfect house to stay in. All 11 of our party had comfortable, clean sleeping arrangements. The house was sparkling clean and the caretaker very helpful. We are definitely returning next year!

Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
18 Sep 2014
Very glad you enjoyed your stay and you are already in the book for next year so hope to see you again.
David
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island-ga...
New Jersey
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
61 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Wonderful, clean, spacious home”
Reviewed 16 August 2014 for a stay in July 2014
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person found this review helpful

Newholme is as stated above, clean, spacious and comfortable for a group who wants to stay together.

The house was not ready when we arrived due to an extended cleaning being done after the previous guests checked out late. However, we were able to leave our luggage and head to the supermarket for groceries. On our return, we found that the kitchen was all one could ask for - lots of storage space for groceries, drink, etc. Composting and recycling are done for environmentally conscious guests!

The kitchen is well appointed with everything you need. There is no automatic coffee maker - just a French press.....the stove is industrial sized, but the markings are erased, so a bit of guessing was required.....same for the microwave, but they worked well after the trial and error period was over!

Flick, Newholme's in house chef, prepared 2 wonderful meals for us. She was ready at the time we had agreed on, served sumptuous portions of delicious, fresh fish and vegetables and cleaned up before heading out....for me, these meals were the highlight of our stay....Flick was extremely flexible (we changed our plan for meals) and fit us right in.....how wonderful is it to walk in after a day of sightseeing and be greeted by enticing aromas coming from the kitchen?? Even a picky eater in the group decided to try a dish since it smelled so good...and she proceeded to thoroughly enjoy it all!! If you stay here, I highly recommend having Flick prepare at least one meal for you.....

The washer and dryer worked well - the length of the wash cycle took some adjusting on our part. There is a large hanging rack in the laundry room for your delicates or if the weather is inclement and you are unable to use to outdoor clothes line.

The king and twin bedrooms are spacious and airy. One double is actually connected on one of the king bedrooms (was that bedroom 3 and bedroom 6?)....so very nice if there is a small child (or children) who you want to keep close. Our bed (twins aka king) was a bit uncomfortable in the middle where the seam was...and it seemed as if the mattresses sloped downwards to the seam.....moving to the middle of each mattress yield more comfortable space though!

Each of the king bedrooms has a wash basin - a nice touch which also relieved congestion in the morning when everyone is trying to get ready to leave at the same time. Here is the breakdown of the bathroom facilities:
Downstairs - newly remodeled - toilet, sink, shower stall
Upstairs - room 1 - an older bathroom - toilet, sink and bathtub with hand held shower
Upstairs - room 2 - toilet
Upstairs - room 3 - sink, bathtub, shower stall

Each bathroom had a towel warmer which I do not think any of us used.......and for those traveling from outside the UK, the switches for the warmers are outside the bathrooms! The first night, I ran out of hot water during my shower.....only to learn from David the next morning that the water heater is on a timer and since some of us shower very late at night, he adjusted the timer so that it would be nice and hot in the morning for showers and again, in the evening and late into the night. So, if you have late night shower people, be sure to let him know on your first day!

WiFi worked well in the sitting and living rooms...our bedroom had a weak signal so we had to go into the hallway for better signal.

Overall, a great stay and I would highly recommend staying here - we certainly would without any hesitation!

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Liked best: Space
Liked least: Wifi signal strength
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Management Response
20 Aug 2014
Dear Karen
many thanks for taking the time to place your review with us, and delighted that you enjoyed your stay. I had noticed the same issue with your bed when i inspected the weekend you left and stripped the whole bed out to find that the foot was broken...hence the lean into the middle. Normally our guests comment on how comfortable the zip and link beds are and so I am very sorry that I did not pick up this issue...you should have told me as it was easy to resolve and has been and I am sorry this detracted from your stay.. Flick and Amanda are very popular and so we think that we will promote them more on the website and next year we hope to be operating our own tours from Newholme, and other local properties so that may well be on the web site soon as well.
We do have instructions for the microwave in the drawer next to the microwave, and i must have not told you...my apologies. We intend to replace the top section of the cooker with ceramic identifications on it to avoid the temperature issue. however this is quite a major job and as we are fully booked then we need to to this in our off peak season, although I am not sure when that will be as we are fully booked now util October!
We will however resolve this issue and hope it did not detract from your stay. We really enjoyed having you here and thank you so much for leaving the house so clean. We were finished by check in time well before the 4.30 pm deadline!!! many thanks.
David and Nikki
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Joan L
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Grand old family house with style.”
Reviewed 9 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014

This is a delightful, comfortable and spacious house , wonderful for children. Back door into the garden keeps wellies and raincoats away from the living room! A terrific kitchen is fun to work in for a big family although the cooker and the microwave both presented a brief challenge as all the instructions had been rubbed off!
The bedrooms are large, airy and very comfortable with excellent linen and towels etc. The property is well equipped and includes an interesting collection of pots and bowls for serving and preparing food. The dining tableware was first class and plenty of it.
We could find no table napkins but solved the need by buying a huge pack of paper ones from Sainsbury's . Supermarkets are very close by car as is the town centre. There is a lovely park within five minutes walk which has a play area for the children.
All in all a really great place to stay . We had a family reunion there and it was a very happy experience as the house felt so welcoming and homely. David and Nikki Callender manage the house very well and are an unobtrusive but effective presence as they are always happy to help.

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Liked best: The space and comfort of the house. Privacy and size of the garden.
Liked least: No cushions for the garden seats!
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 65+
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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Management Response
12 Aug 2014
Dear Joan
Many thanks for your review and as always we are more than happy when we know you enjoyed it so much. we did try supplying paper napkins at the start of last season however we are not sure if some of our guests were using them for what they were supposed to be for or for something else, we went through so many, even though we were buying in bulk , that we decided that it was a very expensive affair. I suppose we could do it again and just leave out a certain amount each week... so Nikki and I will have a look at that.
We hope we might see you again some time.
Regards David and Nikki.
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DStevenso...
Toronto, Canada
1 review
“A perfect location for a family gathering.”
Reviewed 18 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014

Our entire family of 16 from Canada stayed here for a week in July 2014 using both the House and the adjoining annex. We had come to introduce the next generation to Scotland and to explore our family roots. During the week we entertained numerous relatives from the UK and Australia and gave a party for 35. The House was perfect for our purposes. It is spacious with two large sitting rooms and a modern, fully equipped kitchen. We had family dinners each evening with over 20 people in the large dining room. The bedrooms were large with exceptionally comfortable beds, warm comforters and soft Scottish breezes through the open windows. The lawn is wide for the children to play and the garden beautiful for silent contemplation. The caterer for the House provided a traditional Scottish dinner for a party of 35 which elicited many compliments for its variety and quality. Newholme House had been recommended to us by a Scottish friend and we couldn't have made a better choice. It didn't hurt that we had seven successive days of sunny weather !

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Liked best: Having the entire family under one roof in such pleasant surroundings.
Liked least: Stirling is a difficult city to find ones way around.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
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Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
30 Jul 2014
Dear David
I am so glad that it was all worth it, as you must have put in a lot of work to get it all together. Also it looked like the party was a great success and as you said the weather was perfect, and it actually continues to be so!
We hope it will inspire you to come back sooner rather than later, and I am so glad you loved the house.
My best regards David
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Matt W
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Beautiful House!”
Reviewed 24 June 2014 for a stay in June 2014

A group of 9 of us stayed at Newholme House to celebrate a 40th birthday and the house was a perfect venue. Spacious rooms and a lovely garden meant we never felt cramped.

We had a lovely peaceful holiday and the house and surroundings contributed massively.

David and Nikki (who mange the property) were very helpful and always on hand if we needed anything.

Would definitely recommend this house to any type of group or family as the house has the facilities to suit anyone.

Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
2 Jul 2014
Hi Eugene
Really glad you enjoyed your stay and would love to have you back again and thanks for leaving the place so easy to clean. Think you got a little lucky with the weather as well which was great.
regards David and Nikki
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