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2 nights (Jun 20 - Jun 22)
2 adults

Willowbarn Self-Catering Rafford

4.9 (68 reviews)
Dava House Rafford
Tel: 07703649313

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Upstairs Barn style self-catering Apartment, in a beautiful rural location cl... more >

Upstairs Barn style self-catering Apartment, in a beautiful rural location close to all town facilities and beautiful beaches.Room Facilities:

  • Additional Adult guests chargeable at £30 per day
  • Bath Tub
  • Central Heating
  • Ceramic Hob
  • Cooker
  • Dining Area
  • DVD Player
  • Ensuite Bath/Shower Room In Unit
  • Extra Linen On Request
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hairdryer
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Kitchen
  • LCD/Plasma Television
  • Linen & Towels Supplied
  • Living Room
  • Microwave
  • Private Car Space
  • Shower Room
  • Tea/Coffee
  • Underfloor Heating
  • Dishwasher
  • Crockery & Utensils Supplied
  • Digital Television Channels
  • Coastal Location
  • Rainfall Shower

Policies

Check In: Between 16:00 and 20:00
Check Out: Between 9:00 and 10:00
Wi-fi: Wireless internet is available and is free of charge.
Smoking: There is no smoking permitted anywhere within the property.
Parking: Parking for all guests is available on site and is free of charge.

Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Pets: Pets are allowed at a charge of £15.00 per stay.
Groups: All groups are accepted.

Average

4.9
out of 5
68 reviews

100% recommend

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4.8
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10th October 2020:

Great location. Owner very friendly and helpful. Loved how peaceful the place was, apartment lovely and spacious. Highly recommend. Would like to stay again in the future.

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5
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1st September 2020:

Loved absolutely everything, the garden, lochs, the barn is absolutely stunning. The owners are amazing, excellent customer service at its finest. Will definitely recommend them!

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5
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25th July 2020:

We would definitely recommend Willowbarn Rafford to other travellers. The accommodation is spacious and clean and in a fantastic location. We enjoyed every minute of staying here and will be back again as soon as we can.

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We visited just after lockdown was lifted and although some restaurants and attractions were still closed, the majority were open.

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Owner Response:

Thank you for booking at Willowbarn, it was great having guests Back visiting post lockdown.

4.8
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22nd July 2020:

Lovely property and owners

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Findhorn Bay a lovely place to visit

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5
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19th July 2020:

Fantantsic hosts, professional and friendly . Wonderful facilties . Just excellent. thank you.

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Findhorn and Roselisle beaches are beautiful , especially the sunsets. Forres very near, Inverness worth a visit also.

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4.8
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17th October 2019:

Excellent stay away! Very comfortable, warm and spacious for a family of 4. The accommodation is equipped with everything you need and a nice wee bottle of wine on arrival was greatly appreciated.

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Great location for walking the Moray Coastal Trail and visiting all the towns round about. Beautiful part of Scotland and easily accessible by car.

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5
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2nd October 2019:

This we our 3rd visit, and the 1st for a friend. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and the weather was great.Hopefully will be back next year.

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There are plenty of places to visit in Moray, lovely beaches, parks and you have the wonderful Cairngorm. Would readily recommend Kristoffs Restaurant, great meals, and friendly service.

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5
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10th September 2019:

An absolute gem - of a property...and a host couple! We could not have been made to feel more comfortable and welcome by Carlo and Fiona (and their gorgeous dogs). The barn feels cosy but has enough space for four people to find their own space (especially two year olds playing hide and seek!). The space is bright and modern and has absolutely everything we needed. The location is stunning - close to all amenities but a world away from the bustle. We had to deal with an medical emergency when we were there and the kindness and support offered by Carlo and Fiona at a tough time was incredible. It is at times like that when you really appreciate the difference between a host and a business owner. We were so touched by their kindness.

Tips:

Findhorn beach for a show stopping view on a morning walk; The Kimberley Inn for a cold beer and hot, fresh seafood afterwards; and, a visit to Brodie for some great gifts and a great cuppa and baking for the afternoon.

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Owner Response:

Thank you so much for your kind comments. We were more than delighted to help in any way we could and just so relieved that it all worked out so well in the end. You were delightful guests and a pleasure to have met you and your lovely family

5
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31st July 2019:

Great place to stay, we travelled for work and the accommodation was like a home from home, everything we needed and the host was extremely helpful and friendly, look forward to staying again!

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Owner Response:

Thank you for your positive review, it was a pleasure to have met you both and thank you for booking at Miele Properties

5
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20th July 2019:

I was extremely impressed with the accommodations. Very comfortable with everything anyone could ask for on a holiday. Mornings were the most enjoyable with bird songs to wake to. I would have stayed longer if personal plans could have allowed it.

Tips:

Unfortunately my stay was work oriented and was not able to tour but do know the area is filled with history and local to many activities. Biking, fishing,hiking, site seeing - list could go on.

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4.8
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19th June 2019:

Lovely bright apartment. We really enjoyed our stay and thank you Carlo for the warm welcome, the bottle of wine and the super extra bottle of bubbly for our golden wedding anniversary. Very kind.

Tips:

Went to Findhorn beach and Logie Steading - both definitely worth a visit. Elgin is a very good shopping destination.

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Owner Response:

We are glad that you enjoyed your stay at Willowbarn , it was a pleasure to have met you both and thank yo7 for booking at Miele Properties

4.8
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6th June 2019:

Bright clean and well furnished. Carlo responded quickly to all our queries. Lots of space inside and comfortable beds.

Tips:

Great fish and chips at The Kimberley in Findhorn Bay

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Owner Response:

We are glad that you enjoyed your stay at Willowbarn , it was a pleasure to have met you all and glad the fishing went well

5
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6th May 2019:

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5
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15th April 2019:

very friendly

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Owner Response:

We are glad you enjoyed your stay at Willowbarn and it was a pleasure to have met you and your family

5
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20th March 2019:

Absolutely perfect! Loved the location, loved the house and would come back in a heartbeat. Carlo and Fiona are wonderful host who gave us lots of time and shared local knowledge of the area. Great attention to detail, the house is very well set up with high quality furnishings, lots of thoughtful touches. Thank you so much for a great stay!

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Owner Response:

Thank you for your positive review, we take great pleasure in hearing how much guests enjoy Willowbarn. Lovely to have met you both and the handsome George. Happy home hunting

5
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5th November 2018:

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Owner Response:

Thank you for your positive review, it was a pleasure to have met you and your family

4.8
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31st October 2018:

The barn was perfect. It's in a great, secluded spot but not too far from local amenities. We had everything we needed and were very warm and snug, even when it was freezing outside. Carlo was very welcoming and couldn't do enough to help. Would definitely recommend.

Tips:

Forres is a pretty little town with everything you need. Findhorn is definitely worth a trip too, as is the Glen Moray Distillery and Johnstons of Elgin woollen mill both in Elgin.

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Owner Response:

We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Willowbarn, it was a pleasure to have met you all, thank you for your positive review and hope to welcome you back

5
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27th September 2018:

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Owner Response:

It was a pleasure to have met you and glad that you enjoyed your stay at Willowbarn

5
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17th September 2018:

Lovely peaceful, spacious location

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4
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13th September 2018:

Very friend1y people. Have now been at least 4 times and always look forward to seeing Carlos and his wife

Tips:

Plenty to do. Brodies Brodie 1Castle Findhorn bay Logie Steading Walking - plenty of wildlife

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5
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29th July 2018:

We had a wonderful few days. Will definitely return. Best self catering we have stayed in. Super facilities and fantastic hosts.

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Cullen was beautiful, Roseisle beach is a must visit also

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Owner Response:

Kirstie It was lovely to meet you and your family , so glad you enjoyed your stay at Willowbarn. It was great seeing Oliver play outside. Thank you for being wonderful guests and we look forward to welcoming you back

5
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20th June 2018:

We were greeted at Willowbarn by Carlo who said 'this is your home for the next few days ... enjoy". It certainly was the home of our dreams and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The accommodation and facilities were exceptional and we were sad that our stay was far too short. We hope to return again as soon as possible. It is also refreshing to find excellent accommodation which welcomes dogs.

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We weren't very adventurous as we were visiting family who live nearby so we spent much of our time with them but Willowbarn is conveniently situated for country pursuits at Logie Steading or taking in the sea air at Findhorn. There is something for everyone in this area.

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Owner Response:

Thank you for your positive review, we are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Willowbarn and look forward to meeting you again

5
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1st May 2018:

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Owner Response:

Thank you for your review , it was a pleasure meeting you all again

5
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5th January 2018:

Excellent accommodation in a lovely location on the outskirts of Forres. Carlo and Fiona are lovely hosts.

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Plenty of local sites and places to visit , Castles, Beaches , walks etc.

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Duncan It was a pleasure to have met you and your family. We were pleased that you enjoyed your stay and wish you all the best for 2018

4.8
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30th December 2017:

This is an absolutely fabulous place to spend time, peaceful and relaxing and more than comfortable. We had a very enjoyable stay at Willow Barn whilst visiting family closeby in Forres. We will be visiting again without question.

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Owner Response:

We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Willowbarn, It was a pleasure to have met you all , hopefully see you all again

5
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5th November 2017:

Loved the place ....was impressed from the time we pulled into the drive and seen the stunning grounds..bedrooms kitchen and living rooms and the two bathrooms were all kept up to a high standard well supplied and clean ...these guys offer so much from bbq equipment to bikes..there’s a lovely seating area to the rear and would highly recommend this place to anyone ...carlo was a lovely guy and couldn’t do more to help us with anything and was easy to talk to and approach also made us feel most welcome

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Their are plenty of essentials around like restaurants ,cafes,pubs,shops if you would like to eat out and a cupple of fuel stations in the area also a big Tesco and Lidl’s if you require a shop...tip for traveling up there is not to push your fuel to far as some stretches on the way up you don’t see a fuel station for a while but some of the nicest views you will see in Scotland

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Owner Response:

Thanks for your positive reviews , we get great pleasure from hearing that our guests have enjoyed their stay at Willowbarn

5
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12th October 2017:

Absolutely fantastic accomidation, close to all main routes. Carlo and Fiona are very freindly and great hosts. Couldnt fault a single thing!! 5 star recommendation from us - will definatley book again.

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Lots of walking toutes and only an hour away from Inverness for shopping

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Owner Response:

Thank you for you positive review. We were delighted to meet you and your family and , so pleased that you enjoyed your stay. We shall have you all back any time, and thank you for leaving Willowbarn so clean and tidy

4.8
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27th June 2017:

Best accommodation we have ever stayed at couldn't think of anything that wasn't supplied. So peaceful and the owners where so helpful couldn't do enough for us. The grounds where beautiful with all kinds of wildlife including dear and badgers will definitely be staying here again and the rates were excellent.

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Mosset tavern in Forres is a 10 minute drive and is excellent. Cardamom Splce is excellent for an Indian meal or takeaway there is a large Tesco just a 10 minute drive for your essentials.

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Owner Response:

We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Willowbarn,and hopefully we shall meet again, thank you for leaving everything so tidy

4.8
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28th May 2017:

Fantastic setting with lots of private ground. Accessible walks on the doorstep and plenty of visit options within a short drive. Facilities onsite were excellent. Welcoming hosts who are only to happy to help and give tips on local places of interest, Would definitely go back at some time in the future.

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5
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24th April 2017:

Willowbarn is run by terrific hosts, kind, very friendly and doing their best for the guests’ comfort. The facility is modern, spacious, elegant, clean, very peaceful and with a large safe and well-kept outside space all providing a wonderful homely feel. All this is available at a very affordable price. When looking somewhere to stay North of Scotland, this is the place to be!

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There are numerous activities one can undertake close by starting with the whisky trail next door, golfing, museums and castles visits, beach activities along the Morray Firth; an endless list really.

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Owner Response:

Thank you for your kind comments. We are delighted you and your family enjoyed your stay at Willowbarn

5
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15th April 2017:

We really enjoyed our stay and had a great welcome, we appreciated all the little extras that Carlo and Fiona had provided.

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Recommend the Old Mill at Brodie plus the Bakehouse in Findhorn and Bothy Cafe at Burghead. Cycling from the barn was a real treat too.

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Owner Response:

Thank you for you review, we are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Willowbarn

4.8
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11th April 2017:

Very helpful, everything was there for us to use

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Very relaxing, great short walks

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Owner Response:

Thank you for your review , we are glad that you enjoyed your stay

5
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22nd January 2017:

big thumbs up to carlo who was not only so helpfull but a good guy and we will be back again sometime this year. cheers carlo.

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4.5
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7th November 2016:

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5
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25th September 2016:

Fiona and Carlo are a very friendly and welcoming couple. Nothing I's too much trouble for them. The accommodation is wonderful, it is very well appointed and furnished to a high standard. Very light and airy, with videos and games to amuse if weather is not as one would expect. We were very lucky weather was very good, didn't really want to come home.

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We love Findhorn, there's plenty to see in Forres, Nelson Tower, Grant Park, Sueno Stone and of course the delightful Benromach distillery and Dallas Dhu. The Bothy at Burghead is a good place to eat, as too is the Sunninghill at Elgin. Nairn, and Lossiemouth are within easy distance, and aapprox 38mls there is Aviemore and the lovely Loch Morlich for water sport walking etc, plus ski lift. We love it in Scotland and I've enjoyed every holiday there for the last 60 years, if you've not been to Scotland, you don't know what you are missing.

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Owner Response:

We were delighted to have you all stay at Willowbarn. Thank you for your kind comments and we hope to welcome you all back soon Carlo and Fiona

5
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2nd September 2016:

Amazing place to stay and great hosts.

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Do the cycle trails in the local area.

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5
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25th July 2016:

Carlo and Fiona are incredibly welcoming and we found Willowbarn to be beautifully decorated with luxurious bathrooms and very comfortable beds. Would highly recommend a holiday in Willowbarn! Really loved the cycle runs we took which are easily accessible and scenic. Thanks Fiona and Carlo for a lovely stay :)

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Cycles to Forres, visit sea village Findhorn and various beaches such as Nairn beach and Rose Isle beach. Brodie castle is fun to see too.

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5
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20th July 2016:

Fiona and Miele were really warm and gave us a lovely welcome including fresh flowers, wine and biscuits waiting for us in the barn. Sorted out the wifi issue quickly which saved us from too much moaning from our teenagers! Great customer service.

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This is a fantastic place if you have a dog. We took our 1 yr Golden Retriever and he was in his element. Great forest walks at Culbin and Roseisle has the beach and forest to explore. Only issue we had was finding places to eat where we could take both dog and kids. Pub in Forres lets dogs into bar but not kids and let's kids into lounge area but not dogs!! Other than that perfect location to explore villages on Moray coast. The Dolphin centre at Spey Bay is worth a visit. We spotted the Dolphins which was great.

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5
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23rd June 2016:

We had a lovely trip to Willowbarn for a family wedding. The facilities were top notch and extremely comfortable. We will return in the future, there is no doubt about that.

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Owner Response:

Thank you for your lovely review and we look forward to your next visit, perhaps we may get to meet your dogs next time

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11th April 2016:

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4.8
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25th October 2015:

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4.8
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14th September 2015:

Couldn't be better.

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5
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25th August 2015:

We feel we found a gem of a place to stay,Carlo and Fiona were so welcoming and helpful.the apartment is in a beautiful situation,and being allowed to look around and use the garden was areal bonus .We were able to use the good quality bikes to ride into Forres or to go on the Dava Way into Grantown We will certainly return next year when we sort out the fishing dates, hope you can fit us in.

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The old mill at Brodie. The Kimberley at FIndhorn. Hopeman beach. burg head Nairn swimming pool leisure centre and pool at Inverness

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Owner Response:

Thank you for your wonderful comments. We get such pleasure from knowing that you have enjoyed your stay at Willowbarn and that the whole family had a great time. We would love to welcome you all back again. Kind regards Carlo and Fiona

4.8
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16th August 2015:

Enjoyed a very comfortable week here. Accommodation is excellent with extremely comfortable beds. Hosts very helpful and provided suggestions for activities. Facilities were very good but we would suggest a patio area or raised deck / balcony out behind the barn to enjoy sitting out as the present area is more of a yard. The grounds are lovely but a designated guest area would be a plus.

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Kimberley inn is good for lunch/ supper. N58 sea life cruise is fun. Plenty of good beaches. If you have long haired dogs then treat with tick repellant. We forgot and our dogs seem to have been on a tick collecting mission!

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5
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22nd June 2015:

Willowbarn was in beautiful suroundings. The accomodation was very clean, well appointed and with every facility needed. The hosts were very friendly and helpful.

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Local beaches, Findhorn bay and Hopeman were stunning.

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Owner Response:

Thank you for the lovely review, we very much appreciate your feedback. Kind regards, Fiona and Carlo

5
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10th May 2015:

We completely enjoyed our stay and the hosts were great; lots of good advice and willing to help with whatever we needed.

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5
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20th February 2015:

We had a super stay at Willowbarn. It was all that we had hoped for. The ratings above say it all. We hope to stay again.

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Kimberley Inn at Findhorn Mosset Tavern in Forres Brodie Country Fayre Johnstons of Elgin

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5
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5th January 2015:

An absolutely fantastic New Years break ... fantastic accommodation and hosts.

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Bring your car ... there's so much to see locally but you need the car.

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5
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27th September 2014:

See Guestbook

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4.8
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11th August 2014:

Had another wonderful stay here in July to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary - brought back many lovely memories as we got married on the grounds of this amazing place. Willowbarn was as inviting and homely as we remembered and it was a great few days relaxing. As always, lots to see and do in the area - bikes were there for our use although we didn't make the most of them as husband had a sore knee...! Many thanks again to Carlo and Fiona for the kindness they always extend, they are incredibly friendly and generous hosts!

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10th August 2014:

Fiona & Carlo were very friendly, helpful and welcoming - the flowers, wine and cookies were a lovely surprise when we arrived. Willowbarn gave us a touch of luxury for our week's holiday - everything you could possibly want and more (we loved the underfloor heating in the bathrooms!) The location is stunning - we couldn't believe the variety of wildlife we saw wandering round the grounds! Being on the outskirts of Forres was ideal, being so close to both the coast and the mountains there was so much to do. We will be back - thank you!

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We enjoyed good food at the Mosset Tavern (make sure you book first!) and Logie Steading. Favourite places to visit - Culbin and Roseisle (Forestry Commission owned) Findhorn beach and the Dolphin Centre at Spey Bay. Our son (14) also enjoyed Landmark Park at Carrbridge. Everywhere we visited was well presented, clean and tidy and reasonably priced (if not free!)

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2nd August 2014:

So welcoming ,friendly and very helpful.

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Tips; include seeing the Findhorn marina and visiting Findhorn and Roseiele beaches/bay: sunset particularly spectacular), River tube and White water rafting and Cranloch riding centre is excellent. Inverness on a rainy day and Eden Court theatre.

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22nd July 2014:

Absolutely fantastic. Willowbarn truly is luxury in every sense - comfortable, clean, well appointed and well situated to enjoy all that the Moray area has to offer. Carlo and Fiona are the most welcoming of hosts and could not do enough for you, Fiona even let our daughter borrow her hybrid bike for the weekend, although they provide a great selection of other bikes. I urge anyone seeking a peaceful luxury break to book Willowbarn.

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The beaches we visited - Findhorn, Roseisle etc - were stunning. Unfortunately as we were heavily committed family wise this weekend we did not explore as much as we would have liked. Culloden battlefield was interesting and atmospheric. Recommend the fish and chips from Carlo's shop in Forres.

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22nd April 2014:

Superb accommodation with wonderful facilities and the most friendly and helpful hosts you could wish for. Certainly the best place we have stayed in Scotland to date. The position of the property and surrounding landscape is fantastic as well.

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Ideally located to explore everything along the Moray coast and beyond. We even went to see the polar bears in Kincraig only 30 mins away. Ideal for salmon fishing too with Altyre Estate, Forres Association and Moray Estates water on your doorstep.

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14th April 2014:

Just fantastic. Lovely spacious, clean, warm, comfortable and modern accommodation with so many extras thrown in. Loved the bikes and touring the area. Fiona and Carlo very welcoming and helpful.

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Willowbarn is right next to the disused Dava railway line. Excellent for walking into Forres or mountain biking the other direction.

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4th November 2013:

Loved every moment - plenty to do in the surrounding areas but also a lovely place to relax in. We will definitely be back.

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Findhorn Beach is stunning but if you prefer sand it 's worth venturing to Nairn. Forres town is very pretty and for convenience there is a large supermarket and it's only 2 miles away. The beautiful old railway walk is only 2 1/2 miles from Willowbarn into Forres - highly recommended.

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26th October 2013:

Accommodation was beautifully presented, cosy and comfortable. Carlo and Fiona were friendly and went out of their way to be welcoming and helpful.

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Using the bikes provided we cycled to Findhorn and had a great day on the beach, lunch at the Kimberley Inn by the fire. Fishing in the lochans was fun and rewarding too! Locally, dinner at the Mosset Tavern was lovely.

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22nd October 2013:

Great stay here! Fantastic place!

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Kimberley Inn is lovely for food and drinks

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21st October 2013:

High standard accommodation. Flexibility of dates (i.e. not full week) really helpful, as was the use of the bikes , specially as the area is best explored on 2 wheels. The hosts were attentive and hospitable without being intrusive. Being allowed to cast on the large ponds was great fun- but the trout were always safe!

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Culbin forrest and walk at Logie Steadings to Randolph's Leap were highlights but we just loved the Dava Way north to Forres and south too. A night walk along this was an adventure for our boys. Be mindful that some attractions have reduced opening hours/days from October!

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3rd October 2013:

Very nice barn in a peaceful location with lots of freedom for kids to explore the surrounding garden. Easy access to a nice cycle path into Forress. The accommodation was a highlight of the trip.

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Beaches at Findhorn and Nairn were both excellent and only 15 minutes by car. If you want to go to the Mosset tavern on a Sunday afternoon book or you will be disappointed. They have free face painting and kids activities so it's very popular. We drove along to Banff and and Pennan (local hero ) not sure either were worth the trip. we dropped into Loggie Steading on the way out of Forres and liked it all including the coffee shop and play park. Didn't have time for river walk but it looked nice. If you are going down the A9 stop at the watermill in Blair Atholl for lunch. Soup and sandwiches all great.

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23rd September 2013:

Willowbarn is comfortable and beautifully presented. A real home from home. The location is great. A quiet hideaway, but you have easy access to the beaches, castles and up to the highlands.

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Findhorn beach! Endless sand beaches where you can walk for hours with incredible views to the Moray Firth. Excellent coffee at the Marina.

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31st August 2013:

Willowbarn provided us with lovely, modern, spacious accommodation. We had good weather and were able to make full use of the bikes that Carlo and Fiona have provided for the use of their guests. We all really enjoyed our stay at Willowbarn and hope that we will return again.

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We used the bikes to explore the area and found this a really good way to see local sites. The cycle route 1 goes through Forres and we found the country lanes were quiet. We would recommend coffee at Brodie Castle and then Basil's at Nairn harbour for lunch.

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19th August 2013:

Very friendly and welcoming. The accomodation is very thoroughly and thoughtfully furnished. All sorts of little things that make the stay so much easier. A full kitchen which meant cooking for a large family or group is easy. Comfy large beds and big showers, always a winner for me. The whole place is new, so spotless and modern. No complaints, a terrific holiday let which everyone loved from the toddler to Grandad. Thanks again to Carlo and Fiona

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The grounds are huge and you have the freedom to use them, including the fishing lakes. We had dinner at the Mosset Tavern in Forres which was lovely. Good food, very friendly. The beaches at Findhorn and Roseisle are terrific, definately worth a visit with.

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5th August 2013:

Very welcoming and concerned about everything being correct. Excellent communication leading up to the visit, and making sure everything is fine, without being intrusive. Highly recommended.

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Rafford is on the start of the recommended tourist distillery route. Cardhu was an excellent tour. The beach at Kinloss was fantastic.

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13th July 2013:

Willowbarn is an absolute find - peaceful, tranquil location, immaculately clean and spacious with everything you need - Carlo and Fiona have thought of everything and really cannot do enough to ensure your stay is as perfect as can be. They are amazing hosts and super people. We got married there a week ago and it was absolutely thanks to them that it was such an amazing day. We loved our time there and it will always hold very special memories - just can't wait to go back again!

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There are loads of things to do in the area - boat trips, Pluscarden Abbey, Califer Viewpoint, Brodie Castle, Findhorn, Dallas Dhu distillery (lovely whisky), Elgin. You could easily spend a week or more here and still find lots to do. Local restaurant I recommend is Knockomie Hotel, amazingly helpful and friendly staff and fantastic food.

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1st July 2013:

Willowbarn is in a lovely quiet location. The accommodation is beautiful, modern and very clean. The owners are very friendly, helpful and go the extra mile to make your stay enjoyable without being intrusive.We wish we could have stayed longer, will be back next year hopefully! and will definitely recommend willowbarn to friends and family.

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We borrowed the owners bikes and enjoyed the short cycle to Forres to watch the European pipe band championships which was a great day out, well organised and most enjoyable.

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26th April 2013:

Superb accommodation. Great location and lovely hosts. Couldn't be better! A real find.

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Ideal for Salmon fishing on the Altyre beat of the Findhorn as the beat is only five minutes away.

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19th February 2013:

A lovely, well kitted out property set in a beautiful garden.

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We would recommend a visit to Brodie Castle.

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