Stay: 7th – 11th September, 2017
Tricia and I decided to have a few days in the North-East of Scotland, an area we have not explored before to any great extent. I did my usual search on “booking.com” and came up with what looked like a nice option, Lys Na Greyne in Aboyne. After my usual trawl of the reviews, concentrating on the negative as always, there seemed to be few negatives relating to this accommodation and we decided to give it a go.
On arrival, we were greeted by Cathy, the mother of one of the owners, Garry Welsh. The welcome was warm and friendly and put us totally at ease. We were given a tour of the accommodation, which on first impression was luxurious and very well-appointed. We were shown to our room and invited down for afternoon tea at our ‘leisure’.
We were very impressed with the accommodation and the attention to detail, even to the extent of providing bluetooth speakers, allowing us to link our phones and access music services such as ‘Spotify’, providing a sewing kit and even a torch to use in the case of power cuts etc. I have detailed the ‘little’ things, but these are so important and make all the difference, however, they have not ignored the other aspects and the rooms are excellent and fully represent 5 star accommodation.
The afternoon tea was a bit of an occasion whilst were we staying there and provided an opportunity for us to meet the other residents and allowed interaction between us all, something that is often absent when you stay in one of the larger anonymous hotel chains. There was good conversation and it allowed us to make several ‘friends’, although I appreciate that not all travellers will crave this type of interaction.
The catering was super, from the hot cakes provided during afternoon tea, through to the excellent breakfasts served with a happy smile and an attention to detail.
The atmosphere throughout our stay was friendly and homely and we could not have asked any more from our host Joyce, who seems to have managed to hit the perfect balance of luxurious first class accommodation and friendly and supportive hosting.
Many of the so-called luxury accommodation providers, would do well to visit this B&B and learn how to provide a quality service.
I would recommend this accommodation to anyone who is looking to explore the north-east of Scotland, or indeed anyone, who just wants to enjoy a relaxing holiday in excellent accommodation.