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“Perfect base for our family adventures in Arran”
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Merlin House
Decking at Merlin House
Comfy and cosy, warm and inviting living room
Kitchen with lots of equipment inc. slo cooker, juicer,coffee machine, washer etc
Living/dining room. Dine with family and friends looking out over panoramic views over the Clyde
Master bedroom
Driveway to Merlin House
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Brodick, Isle of Arran, Scotland

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Rachel T
2 reviews
“Perfect base for our family adventures in Arran”
Reviewed 30 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015

We had a great time at Merlin House, it's just a couple of miles up the road from Brodick but felt really peaceful and secluded. The views were great from the decking at the front.

The owner Lesley lives on site in the next house and was very friendly and welcoming. The house was very spacious and idea for a family with 2 children. There are friendly cats living on the site and chickens roaming free which the kids loved.

It was our first visit to Arran and this was a great place to have as a base for exploring the island. You would definitely need to be a traveller with a car though as there is a steep track up the house.

We would definitely consider staying at Merlin House again if we come back to Arran and would not hesitate to recommend it to friends with young kids.

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Liked best: The view
Liked least: The track up to the house.
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Families with young children
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Management Response
1 Oct 2015
Really glad you had a good time here and we would love to welcome you all back again. Perhaps we'll have even more chicks by then! Hope the track wasn't too daunting but remember if there wasn't the track up then you wouldn't get the great views! It's more of a winding steady rise up rather than one straight track but a plan of improvement for the tarmac is on the cards!
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Mavis o
2 reviews
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“Breathtaking”
Reviewed 13 September 2015 for a stay in August 2015
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We had a lovely stay at Merlin House, peaceful and relaxing with a fantastic view of Brodick Bay. The owners were very friendly and helpful and made us feel at home. We loved watching the hens and the cats always came round to see us. We would definitely go back again.

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Management Response
14 Sep 2015
We are really pleased the folks had a good time and would definitely welcome them back again
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4Wanderin...
Boston, Massachusetts
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“Wonderful experience”
Reviewed 11 August 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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My sisters, cousin, and I stayed at Merlin House at the start of June and we had the most fantastic time. Lesley was incredibly helpful and thoughtful-- picking us up at the ferry terminal even though we were hours late, providing advice and lifts, and generally just being the most friendly and attentive host we've ever experienced. She and her husband even took us out to their local pub on our first evening to join their pub quiz. The house is great and equipped with everything you need for self-catering (although the climb up the long drive in not for the faint of heart). We never figured out how to work the shower so that it wasn't too hot--but we put that down to not understanding British taps and were too embarrassed to ask what we were doing wrong-- so we advise that you ask Lesley upon arrival and don't muddle through on your own. You can catch the bus at the bottom of the drive and be on your way to exploring the island. We would return in a heartbeat. Thank you again Lesley for a lovely stay in your home!

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Travelling group: Extended Family
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Management Response
14 Aug 2015
it is a shame the girls didn't ask about the shower. Probably just the control on 'medium' easily mistaken. We are always here for help and advice. We're really pleased they had a wonderful time and would, to quote, ' welcome them back in a heartbeat'
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scbedinbu...
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Lovely place to stay”
Reviewed 26 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015

We had a great few days on Arran and there was loads to see and do, especially with a 2 year old. Merlin house was a great location and with amazing views. This suited our needs, it was very clean and the owners were very helpful and were there to meet us when we arrived. Shame we had to leave a day early because of the ferry strike!

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Management Response
14 Sep 2015
It was a shame the ferry strike meant they had to leave a day early. However, as they had a great time and were pleased with the property, hopefully it made leaving a day earlier not quite so hard! Would love to see them again.
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John W
Northumberland, United Kingdom
1 review
“Relaxing and pleasant”
Reviewed 28 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015

Lesley and her family made us welcome. Always available for local knowledge.
Very clean and tidy house which was well equipped for our needs.
Good location for peace and quiet but also not far into Brodick Town centre.
Hill walks close by too, overall well worth a visit if you need to get away for a relaxing break.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
14 Sep 2015
We always like people to feel 'at home'and nothing is too much trouble for us to make their holiday or short break memorable for all the right reasons and we genuinely would love people to return.
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