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The property adjoins a family home but has its own entrance and garden area.
Old Abbey Road is a quiet, family-friendly street just 5 minutes from the High Street.
The apartment sits opposite the 800 year-old ruins of North Berwick Priory.
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Condo/Apartment -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland

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Janet B
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“more suited to short break”
Reviewed 25 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014
1
person found this review helpful

This was lovely if compact . Not really suitable for a weeks stay, as unable to relax on sofa bed as it was difficult to take down each time. Also we were unhappy that the owner came in too use the washing machine while we were out. Minor issues though as it was well equipped otherwise.. Unfortunately it was also a little chilly and it was quite difficult to heat the room, the radiator was insufficient for the size. As for shower room it was lovely but towels could have been bigger. WiFi was OK if only one person using it.

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Liked best: shower
Liked least: sofabed
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
13 Sep 2014
Thanks for the review and the 'very good' rating. Sorry there seems to have been some confusion over the washing machine. We only ever use this with the permission of guests and I was sure I had spoken to you about this upon arrival. If not, then that was a bad error on my part and I apologise sincerely. As for the towels, they are standard 'bath towels' and no-one has mentioned this before but I take your point and will now make the extra large 'bath sheet' size available. Had you asked, I would have been happy to do so at the time. I'm a little confused about the broadband comment because we are on the top BT 'unlimited use' package available, and we also have an extra cable into the apartment in case of wi-fi problems - I don't think the cable has ever been used because there has never been a need to, but given your comment, I will double check this. With regard to heating, the boiler is within the apartment and can be turned up by guests themselves ... but perhaps I need to make sure this is fully understood in future. Finally, with regard to the bathroom I can't really comment other than to say it was cleaned to the same standard as usual and every single previous review has given "cleanliness of bathroom" 5 out of 5. Nonetheless, I respect your view and will make doubly sure everything is OK in future. Overall, thanks again and I hope I have answered your points fairly.
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June A
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great wee place”
Reviewed 14 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014
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person found this review helpful

I needed to recharge my batteries and I found that this apartment was ideal for this, it is very open and sunny and very quiet. The amenities are excellent and the little garden to the side is great when the sun is out as there are no obstructions. I would definitely go back next year when I need to recharge again. I found Patrick to be a very friendly person and the eggs and pastries were very much appreciated.

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Liked best: The light and airy feel of the apartment and the quietness
Liked least: There was not anything
Travelling group: Solo Traveller
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers Families with young children
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Management Response
25 Jul 2014
Great to know you enjoyed the peace and quiet while recharging your batteries. We'd be delighted to welcome you back next year of course. Thank you for such a positive review.
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Joe H
Stirling, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Lovely place and everything you need”
Reviewed 9 June 2014 for a stay in June 2014
1
person found this review helpful

North Berwick is a beautiful place to visit and this is a fantastic wee place to stay, all of the amenities are top quality, the host couldn't be more helpful. It is on a quiet street a lovely garden and parking and fresh eggs a lovely bonus!

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Liked best: The peace and quiet of the location
Travelling group: Solo Traveller
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway
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Management Response
17 Jun 2014
Thank you for your very kind review. We enjoyed having you as a guest and would be delighted to welcome you back any time in the future. Have a great summer.
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JDHR2014
Shoreham-by-Sea, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Warm welcome, perfect host, accomodation & location - fab time - faultless”
Reviewed 8 June 2014 for a stay in May 2014
2
people found this review helpful

Spent near on 30yrs procrastinating how I'd love to go back to North Berwick one day....Missed school friends & the lovely place it still is..- Had no idea how much -....-'Bit on the side' made it just perfect ' ~ Patrick the proprietor is just lovely - relaxed, attentive & v good at leaving you to feel its your own space - Chilled bottle of Prosecco & Mac the beautiful fluffy Golden Retriever on arrival; even though we were 2 hours early without warning!! (my fault) was 'nae bother'-... .. + Fresh eggs from chickens, TV, Power Shower - warm, clean & location gets 10/10 recommendation & a big thank you from me & Caroline..

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Liked best: everything- ticked all the boxes
Liked least: couldnt stay longer
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 35-49
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Management Response
16 Jun 2014
What a lovely review. It's great. Many, many thanks. And we look forward to seeing you again.
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JillRitch...
Glasgow, Scotland
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Lovely studio apartment”
Reviewed 4 June 2014 for a stay in June 2014

We stayed for two nights whilst attending a wedding in north Berwick. The accommodation is beautifully decorated and immaculate throughout. The kitchen area and bathroom are well equipped with everything you might need and living area very comfortable. The owners were exceptionally helpful - especially when we locked ourselves out! I would highly recommend to anyone planning a break in North Berwick.

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Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers Families with young children
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  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
5 Jun 2014
Many thanks for such a kind review. Delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to hosting you again in the future. Best wishes.
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