Friday, 25 October 2013

Locholly Lodge

Just build a new site for Locholly Lodge to make it easier for people to feel they can contact us directly:

http://www.lochollylodge.co.uk/

here you will find all the information on the cottage including availability and rates,

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Get Healthy and Fit with Your Family

Finding time to get fit and healthy which bringing up kids can be tough, I found this site http://www.healthywithchildren.com/ has loads of tips on how to get your kids to eat good food and exercise to keep healthy.

Parents have to se the example, showinig kids great habits from the start will help them as adults.

Luxury Self Catering in Scotland

Over the years we have been looking or building Luxury Self Catering Cottages in Scotland if you follow the link you will see our facebook page whic shows how popular they have become.

Below is some more information on our cottages:

Stac Polly Cottage - Sleep 8 - Achiltibuie
Locholly Lodge - Sleep 8 - Achiltibuie
Windyhill Cottage - Sleep 6 - Altandhu near Reiff
Hillview Cottage - Sleep 14 - Glenglivet
Kirkstone Lodge - Sleep 6 - Insh





















Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Bus Party Edinburgh

There is nothing worse than trying to keep a group of lads together while going on a pub crawl in Edinburgh.  Quite often many bars wont let in a group of males in, and for the organiser there is nothing worse than having to try and figure out where to go next.

There are party bus and bar crawl companies out there who can help arrange and guide your group from different bars in the night. http://buspartyedinburgh.co.uk/ is a double deck bus which has been converted with sofa style seating, night club sound system and great lights.

These types of tours have become very popular with stag and hen groups visiting the Scottish Capital, I guess you wont hear many stags complaining about sharing a bus full of hens!

Also uploaded a new one http://buspartylondon.co.uk/ which covers the London area

Monday, 3 June 2013

Tiny Urls

Found a cool little service that will reduce the size of your urls http://tinyurl.com/5starselfcatering

http://tinyurl.com/self-catering-scotland


 These shorter web urls make it easier for customer to remember web addresses
 

Friday, 12 April 2013

Victorias Pitlochry Restaurant

We had food yesterday at Victorias in Pitlochry http://www.victorias-pitlochry.co.uk/ and I have to say the service and food was fantastic.

We had 4 kids with us and nothing was a problem, the lady who served us was brilliant, I would definitely recommend them as a place to eat in Pitlochry.

I know quite often I moan about places and people so my ne leaf is also to promote places and people who do a great job.

Keep up the good work we will be back again!

Thanks
Mark

Monday, 8 April 2013

Visit Scotland vrs The AA Star Rating Quality Assurance

Having avoided Visit Scotland like the plaque after hearing so much negative things about them I decided in 2012 to get help and advertise through them and get my property graded.... Oh what a mistake that was!  It has cost me £1000's in unnecessary changes.  I would avoid using Visit Scotland's quality assurance at all costs.  It may come across as if they are impartial but this is not the case, quite frankly it still comes down to whether the person grading your cottage likes certain things or not.

In our case we had Kirsty Rawle come from Visit Scotland to grade Stac Polly and Locholly, here is her email response:

Hi Mark,

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you, it has been a busy week. Thank you for taking the time to show me round it was interesting to see your development. We discussed what the requirements would be for a 5 star award and at present the area that is lacking and requiring some upgrading is  the bedrooms. A substantial amount of investment has already gone into building the properties.  In order to achieve a 5 star award the quality of the property has to be outstanding throughout; I have made some suggestions below.

I was having a look at a few good examples of a 5 star bedroom. A suggestion is www.skyeboatlodge.co.uk

Bedrooms
We discussed upgrading the decor with the addition of some high quality original artwork. The window blinds are effective however you may wish to consider dressing the windows with voiles / curtains etc which would improve the overall look particularly in the rooms that have views of the dog kennel.

In aiming for a high score for bed linen I would suggest at least a 600 thread count. We discussed providing cushions and high quality throws to dress the beds. I would suggest that you provide excellent quality feather duvets and keep the existing duvets as a back up for guests with allergies.

The bed side lighting is of a modest quality and would suggest that it is upgraded with some excellent quality and tall bed side lamps or perhaps wall mounted lights where appropriate. Dressing table lamps would also be encouraged to give additional task lighting. The overhead lights could also be improved with perhaps some additional spot lights downstairs or a multiple overhead fitment which may be controllable with dimmers.

The master bedroom does not have a dressing table as such and would suggest that some thought is put into having a dedicated area where guests can sit to dry hair, put on make-up / contact lenses etc in comfort.

Bathrooms

The master en-suite would benefit from a integral mirror with lights to give task lighting above the basin. As discussed there is a new light fitting due to be installed into the main bathroom which will give directional light into the shower area.

Public Areas

We discussed the issue with accepting pets and white walls. We agreed that in the longer term you would look to put some form of oak panelling to dado height which would help to protect the walls. The staircase is very patchy and will need re-painted. A nest of tables is to be added to the upstairs lounge for guests comfort. 

It is good to hear that you have arranged for a welcome pack to be delivered which will include some local produce.
I hope this helps, if you have any queries please get in touch. I am out of the office most of next week but should be able to respond at the end of the week.

Kind regards

Kirsty 


I pointed out that there are other cottages in the area that had reached 5 star with half of the facilities that we offer and certainly not the same level of comfort. There was no mention of all the positive things that far out weight the negatives ones. Additionally reading her reply its a very personal opinion, her suggested improvements would have just made our two cottages look very similar to all the other self catering properties that we are trying not to look like, with wood paneling and dado rails. However we did as Kirsty suggested and invested in new linen (even though the linen was 800 thread already) and pictures and a few other aspects, but when she came back again she still did not like our cottage.

Kirsty also made reference to my site how I had written if our cottages were rated then they would probably get 5 star.  I don't think they liked that which is more likely why they did not give me 5 star.  

The AA  rated my property last week and said it is definitely 5 Star, they said after looking at the cottage as a whole it definitely met the criteria!

I would save your money and go with The AA, they seem much more impartial and willing to help.  At the end of the day our customer reviews and responses on facebook are our best adverts and more importantly impartial.  http://www.facebook.com/luxuryselfcateringscotland/posts/496541153727596

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Philip Sweeney Perth And Kinross Council So Un Helpful

Just a note to see if anyone else has dealt with Philip Sweeney from Perth and Kinross, I have to say I found him the most unhelpful person ever in planning.  I was refused planning for our business signs and when I asked why and how we could get them through he was less than helpful.

I honestly don't have the energy to take on the planning department, I was hoping that planning would be keen to help business in this difficult climate but as Phillip said it was not his concern all he cared about was planning and not helping our business!

Having 80% of the buildings around ours with signs I'm not sure why he did not approve ours.  Please let me know if anybody else is having a similar issue with Philip Sweeney.

Thanks