Sunday, February 18, 2018

Reviews. Testimonials. Guest comments

4/5 feeling like home porridge Germany/Weser.Date Submitted: November 13, 2008
Although we travelled with a little child (always an unpredictable adventure!) we felt very comfortable because we found everything we need in this charming ,well equiped cottage.
Every family member (at age from 18 month up to 52 years old) felt like home and we were very satisfied with the choose of this property. Nice atmosphere, decorated with much loving care and a good base for many day-trips.... Ich wäre froh, wenn es so herrlich bequeme Matratzen auch in Deutschland gäbe, ich habe herrlich geschlafen! Unser 8-jähriger Sohn hat beim Abschied heiße Tränen vergossen und wir mussten ihm versprechen, wieder zu kommen. Braucht es da noch weitere Empfehlungen?
Recommended for: Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers
Owners Response: Always delighted to have appreciative families.

Upgrade Cottage (next door)
Mandyp Mansfield Woodhouse.Date Submitted: October 30, 2008 Date of Stay: October 2008
We have just spent 5 wonderful days in the upgraded cottage. It is a beautiful cosy traditional cottage with lots of wonderful old features and a delightful wooden conservatory, my husband had a great time lighting the log burning fire each evening. The cottage has every amenity you can imagine, there is also an excellent selection of books and games and lovely gardens. The owners are very friendly and helpful and are well informed about the local area. The property was very clean and had some lovely touchs like fresh flowers, fruit, wine and a hospitality basket. The cottage backs onto woodland that belongs to the owners and the children had a lot of fun exploring this, definately take your wellies though. This property is a short drive from the centre of Edinburgh, parking was easy but we managed to get lost driving out of Edinburgh every time, the train was much more relaxing and stress free. The Edinburgh Bus Tour was worth doing, this is a hop on hop off bus that takes you around the main tourist sites in the city, the ticket lasts for 24 hours and entitals you to discounts off other attractions. This cottage is a wonderful find, you would be daft to miss it.
Recommended for: Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers

Woodland Retreat
peasonsea Norwich, Norfolk.Date Submitted: September 27, 2008 Date of Stay: September 2008
This is our second stay at this cottage and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone. It's location is ideal for visiting Edinburgh, plus many other locations (this time we visited Edinburgh, Dunfermline, Stirling, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs). But the location of the cottage in an amazing woodland plot is perhaps it's best feature. We have two young sons and they love adventuring around the woodland. There is a brilliant badger hide (although the boys wouldn't sit still long enough to spot anything!) and also a playing field (where we did see a stag on our last visit). The owners, Yvonne and Chris have made this property extra special with the bespoke wood fittings and they will go out of their way to ensure you have everything you need. The weather was pretty poor when we visited but we didn't feel that this distracted too much from having fun - although you will need wellies for exploting the woodland! The cottage was warm enough but there are two gorgeous woodburning fires in the lounge and in the wooden conservatory and we lit the woodburner in the lounge 'for effect'! We only stayed 5 days on this occasion but it wasn't long enough. Because of the property and the location (in relation to touring) two weeks would be about right and I think we'll try for that next visit as there are still so many places we didn't get to see.
Recommended for: Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owners Response: Thanks Peter and family. Look forward to having you return. 

Rustic, cosy and well equipped.
Polly46 Northumberland.Date Submitted: August 25, 2008 Date of Stay: August 2008
Myself, husband and two young daughters have just returned from our first visit to this wonderful ' home from home'. When we were looking for a place to stay near Edinburgh, we were all drawn to the description and facilities on offer here and can say we weren't disappointed. The back garden is a safe and secure environment for children, with lots of things supplied to keep adults and children entertained, this is before we ventured into the wildlife paradise!!! Going for a walk, exploring was thoroughly enjoyed by us all, (even though it was very muddy - wellies to the rescue),
 The cottage itself has everything you could ever need and the flag system is a great idea for attracting Chris/Yvonne's attention, although we didn't have to use it. We hope to return, when hopefully the weather is not so tempremental and look forward to be given another friendly welcome.
Recommended for: Age 55+, People with Disabilities, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Tourists without a Car, Romantic Getaway, Pet-friendly, Families with Teenagers
Owners Response: Thank you to another lovely family. 

I'm from Scotland first time experince
whatelse switzerland.Date Submitted: August 05, 2008 Date of Stay: July 2008
What else to say, but fantastic will go back again soon first class, like home from home with the holiday feeling. Could'nt ask for more. First time experince, but will not be the last at the colttages. Fantastic place to be, everything you want and more. Close to everything plus being in the middle of nature. Great views, public transports close by. what more can you ask for? Welcome by the most charming people, Loved it would go back again tomorrow so if you get the chance go it really is beautiful. Take my word for it. Sheena and Co. Enjoy nothing else to do........ Thanks again for everything
Recommended for: Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Tourists without a Car, Romantic Getaway, Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Girls Getaway

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happy to help Mansfield, UK.Date Submitted: August 02, 2008 Date of Stay: October 2007
We stayed here when my eldest son was in two plaster casts following surgery because Yvonne told me when I enquired that “Dales Cottage” was accessible for a wheelchair and the price seemed right. What she did not mention was it is IDEAL for a wheelchair user with some mobility issues and the cost was great value for money. We had all modern facilities in a location second to none for a visitor to Edinburgh. The cottage has an in depth local directory but our advice would be use the local train service, they are so helpful especially to a disabled visitor and the local library were helpful too when homework had to be done!!). The local amenities are easy to access but you will need a car. We HAD to return as our boys were upset that they could not visit the woodland when we first visited and after a second visit we realised we could have missed a great adventure. Alas the woodland would be difficult to access for a wheelchair user, but to an able bodied visitor a treat not to be missed. As you may have guest we cannot say anything but positive comments about "Dales Cottage". If you want any detailed, further comments feel free to contact Yvonne and she can pass on my E-mail address. If you haven’t booked after this review WHY NOT. Ian, Mansfield
Recommended for: Age 55+, People with Disabilities, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Girls Getaway

Best of the Best
ktscam Angels Camp, California USA.Date Submitted: July 19, 2008 Date of Stay: July 2007
The description of the property does not do it justice it a a magical place and the wizards Chris and Yvonne are the driving force behind the cottages. The property and grounds (wonderful nature walks) are impeccably clean and well maintained. Chris and Yvonne provide everything you would expect a friend, not a land lord, to provide. Their knowledge of the area and the information they provide in the cottages will keep you as busy as you like for as long as you stay, As a three time renter I would and have, with out reservation, recommended the cottages to friends. The location of the cottages is the best in Scotland, 15 minutes by train to Edinburgh, within an hour to the best golf in the world. The Union Cannel, the Falkirk Water wheel and some of the finest dinning ( the Railroad Bridge Inn South Queensferry, The bridge Inn Ratho) in Scotland are all with easy drive of the cottages. We will be returning in 2010 for another 3 week stay to enjoy the local golf and The open at St. Andrews.
Recommended for: Age 55+, People with Disabilities, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway, Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Girls Getaway

Great Home near Edinburgh
GuyR Comox, BC, Canada.Date Submitted: July 10, 2008 Date of Stay: November 2007
My wife and I stayed for a week in November 2007. The description was very accurate. The place was spotless. We really appreciated the fully equipped kitchen. A mega grocery store is only a few minutes by car or 15 mins by bike. I would highly recommend this property. We used it as a base to explore Edinburgh, St Andrews and the southern Highlands. For our purposes we used a car, but the train station is quite close and offers good connections. The property has a network of short walking trails through a pleasant woodland.
Recommended for: Sightseeing

Comments from Owner Guestbook
E-mail addresses are available on request. Many are returning for their second to tenth holiday.
From Malta 'Felt really at home in your cosy cottage.'
 From U.K Lancs 'Delightful cosy surrounds.' From English 10 year old girl 'When I stepped in, I knew I was warm and safe.'
From Canada 'Enjoyed the golf.' From Vic. Australia 'Simply paradise.' and 'stocked from top to bottom with everything we ever wanted and more, it was magical.'
From London. U.K. 'Stunning place.' From Aberdeen, Scotland 'Woodland was pure magic.'
Qype German review

8 of 16 people found this review helpful
Recommended?  DefinitelyDate of visit: 06/2012
Cottage Review:
We stayed in 2 dales cottage and enjoyed our holidays. the cottage is fantastic and we felt very well.It is set up very comfortable and with lovingly details. We had found all what we needed. The cottage is near by Duloch and Inverkeithing.We visited St. Andrews, Edinburgh, Dunfermline and it's possible to go by train or bus.
Make up of party:  family with four persons
Value:exceptionalOverall rating:
Review Added by: �n kieReview Added: 24.07.2012
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9 of 17 people found this review helpful
Recommended?  DefinitelyDate of visit: 05/2012
Cottage Review:
We were in cottage number 2 which is a definate home from home and has the added bonus of a garden room which we loved. Chris and Yvonne were very wecolming and on hand with any advise but not at all intrusive.Having all baby things ie cot, high chair supplied free was excellent and saved over loading the car! Cottage was quaint yet comfortable and very well equipped. It's near enough to Edinburgh but got lots more in the region. Nice beaches and walk nearby and Falkirk Wheel, Dundee, St Andrews and Stirling all within easy reach. Pandas at the zoo a highlight of our holiday. [Added at Editor's discretion since it appears to be a helpful review and the reviewer has been authenticated]
Make up of party:  Family of mum, dad and 3 girls aged 5yrs, 3yrs and 8months.
Value:goodOverall rating:
Review Added by: mych editorReview Added: 12.06.2012
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9 of 17 people found this review helpful
Recommended?  DefinitelyDate of visit: 07/2011
Cottage Review:
Lovely,cosy and rustic cottage in an ideal location with easy access to Edinburgh.The cottage has a home from home feel and the owners are very friendly and attentive to your needs.
Nearby are some nice little beaches with coastal paths and quaint old villages nestled amongst the hills.A definite return.
Make up of party:  Ideal for a family with no more than two children who may want to visit Edinburgh for a few days then escape the hustle of the city to the calmness of the coast/country.
Value:goodOverall rating:
Review Added by: DOLLYReview Added: 30.08.2011
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11 of 19 people found this review helpful
Recommended?  DefinitelyDate of visit: 06/2010
Cottage Review:
really full equiped, very warm welcome from the owners,good situation to visit scotland, park and ride very close for Edinburgh, lovely garden and gardenroom [Added at Editor's discretion since it appears to be a helpful review and the reviewer has been authenticated]
Make up of party:  2 large rooms
Value:goodOverall rating:
Review Added by: mych editorReview Added: 25.07.2010
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Owner response:
Thank you & look forward to seeing you again.

14 of 23 people found this review helpful
Recommended?  DefinitelyDate of visit: 06/2009
Cottage Review:
Stayed in number 2 which is next door for one week with husband and two children (3 and 10) and in all honesty, it was (and still is!) the warmest, nicest, homliest, best place we have ever stayed in. From the offset, the setting is magical (acres of private woodland), the welcome basket of tea, cakes and Cava went down a treat with both adults and children. It is an excellent base if you want to explore - Loch Ness approx 3 hours drive, Edinburgh city only 15 minute drive. You have to stay here to really experience it. We will definitely be back.
Make up of party:  Family sharing - two adults, two children (3 and 10). Perfect for family - two large rooms.
Value:exceptionalOverall rating:
Review Added by: kilaReview Added: 15.07.2009
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16 of 25 people found this review helpful
Recommended?  DefinitelyDate of visit: 05/2009
Cottage Review:
We had a very good base for our holiday in Scotland at No. 2 Dales Farm Cottage (next door to the advertised cottage photograph). We were very comfortable there, and it was nice to have the house to ourselves after our travels. We were well provided for with a well stocked hospitality basket. We seemed to be in the middle of the countryside, but were still close to the major roads and the railway. We hope to visit the cottages next year. (Note: reviewer didn't complete the sign up process - added at editor's discretion because it appeared to be a helpful review)
Make up of party:  Couple
Value:goodOverall rating:
Review Added by: mych editorReview Added: 01.07.2009
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9 of 25 people found this review helpful
Recommended?  DefinitelyDate of visit: 04/2009
Cottage Review:
We had the next door cottage - it is a fabulous holiday let. After our long journey we were given a warm welcome and a tray of goodies to revive us, I have to mention the tastiest of eggs that were provided! the cottage is set in wonderful surroundings, just perfect. Location was great and really close to 'park and ride' for Edinburgh as well as serving as a good base for touring around. Information regarding the area is comprehensively provided by the owners. We had good weather which was a mild disappointment as we wanted an excuse to be really lazy, bank up the wood burner and spend a day or two reading, watching dvd's and enjoying the cottage - never mind, maybe next time?!
Make up of party:  Family with teenage children
Value:goodOverall rating:
Review Added by: gouldiesReview Added: 31.05.2009
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Thanks also for the mention on FlipKey/Trip Advisor.
Date: 09 May 2011 09:52

Hi Yvonne and Chris,

It was lovely meeting you to,,, i will definately be back, i hope to book
in for the same two weeks for next year.
It was a pleasure leaving you the wine and the Tulips, and also a
pleasure cleaning/ THAT LOVELY COTTAGE.
I was completely rested and feel that it was a total holiday,
I will be passing on your info to every one that is wanting to visit
thankyou for making me so welcome, and enjoy the rest of your summer
My best regards lynn
email address supplied but witheld for privacy.

Hello Yvonne,
.. Your house was perfect: the lovely cosy sittingroom, the kitchen the bedrooms….everything, also the Tesco.
We  love yor country and your way of live. I was very relaxed after this week and I am sure we will come again.
 Regards Annette with family
(From another lovely German family.)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Woodland and garden at holiday cottage near Edinburgh. Fruit

When you book our cottage, these are among the summer
" wild" fruits you can pick f.o.c.:-
 raspberries, gooseberries, white currants and strawberries

Wild woodland  red and yellow raspberries

Brambles from the woodland.
Cooking apples from the holiday cottage garden.

More brambles (6 and a half pounds) when no collecting vessels available

September Victoria plums

September  and October Elderberries, elderflowers

Shaggy ink cap mushrooms on one of our campsite pitches.
 Okay to eat when young and tender in September

Woodland and meadow at holiday cottage near Edinburgh - Wild flowers. Bluebell wood. Snowdrops

Native bluebells

Lesser celandine 

Snowdrops February

 in holiday cottage woodland lane 

Guardian 12.5.12 " whatever our age. Socio-biologists have revealed that there are powerful psychological benefits to spending time in natural environments and that the people in their tests underestimated just how invigorated, peaceful and good they would feel after something as simple as a walk in a woodland…"

Sarah Raven BBC2 8.2.2012 "

Some of our meadow flowers:-
  • yellow vetch
  • self heal
  • 3 types orchid
  • orange hawkbit
  • clover
  • scarlet pimpernell

Some of ourWoodland plants:-
  • lesser celandine
  • bluebell
  • snowdrop
  • ferns
  • dog's mercury
  • lesser stitchwort
  • meadowsweet
Mushrooms:- Puffball, shaggy ink cap, dryad's saddle
Don't be tempted to eat plants and mushrooms you don't know.


Many grasses, rushes.
Wild Fruits:-
raspberries,  strawberries, brambles, elderberries, gooseberries, white currant.
Wild rose, honeysuckle.
These rocks at the base of the silver birch trees were from
the old Donibristle aerodrome runway near Hillend, Fife.
The moss and trees have grown over them in the last few decades
and they form the link from the back Orchid meadow to the upper campers' meadow pitches.

The deer regularly use this route.