As you walk up the path to Monreale reception, its almost like being in another world. It's so green and the gardens are beautifully manicured with picturesque little bridges, big established trees and even a trout pond - Each cottage is tucked away with completely private views.
It's well off the main drag and when you wake up in the morning its to the sounds of birds chirping and nothing more. Staying in both 'the Sanctuary tower' (Linden Gardens) and 'Lochiel' B&B's, we awoke to trucks blasting past on both occasions.
I have stayed at Linden Gardens, Lochiel, and just about every B&B on the Mountain that has advertised luxury 'frilly bits' free accomodation. I mean, a touch of country is lovely, but doilys under every paded tissue box is just too much. Monreale is the only place to stay that meets every one of my fussy requirements:
*The only one of the mentioned properties NOT located off a main road
* Real wood fire places not gas
* Extremely comfortable spa's with a view to the television
* Tank water so no guilt using the spa's
*Great up to date dvd library
* Really lovely hosts - Cheryl is just wonderful
* Breakfast provisions local, fresh and much better quality than the others.
* Port and choccy's as a gift yummo!
*In-room massages a must.
Have stayed here about 6 times over the last few years and the quality has not wavered. I do not write this review to bring down the other b&b's - they are also very nice, but when I look at trip advisor it is to compare venues of a similar nature.
Lochiel- I didn't even meet the hosts, the key was under the mat and it felt a lot like a hotel. We awoke to traffic.
Linden - Booked on wotif ($290) and as a result was treated extremely second rate. Only booked the day before but felt embarrased when this was pertinently emphasised without a smile in front of other guests at reception. Eggs were microwaved for breakfast. Woke to traffic
Monreale - Hosts Cheryl and Karl delightful and welcoming, remember details about you, accomodation outstanding, peaceful, best outlook and was the best price ($270). There is literally nothing you can think of that is not provided.
Stay here, you will not regret it :)
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