The Roost

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May, 2014

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It might sound strange but the words 'a full English (or Scottish) breakfast' don't fill me with glee. The thing is, I like to try out restaurants and cafes when I'm away and a mega breakfast scuppers that. So when I saw that the a fabulous looking B&B had just opened self-catering accommodation, I was keen to stay. We were wanting to visit New Lanark and Craigend B&B, about 20 minutes away, came up in my internet search. The location looked lovely, and I liked their 'green' credentials, so we booked in for The Roost, their new self catering studio and set off on a bank holiday weekend – three nights stay is the minimum. The website says it is situated above an existing outbuilding – basically the roof of the garage which has been transformed into the most amazing, well-planned and equipped little studio room. We loved it! Once up the outside stairs and into The Roost you have everything you need. A very well-equipped corner kitchen with fridge, microwave (that does loads more), toaster, kettle and all the little things, like washing up liquid and can openers. At the other end is the bathroom with a very efficient shower. Only little gripe from My Other Half was he would have liked a mirror that was easier to use when shaving but that was minor. The bed was very comfy and faces the sloping roof windows so although there were blinds we didn't use them, preferring to wake up and see the sky and the swallows which were everywhere. The view is across fields to some woods and we enjoyed watching the lambs. A small table and chairs meant we could cook and eat quite easily – no balancing plates on laps. A TV and DVDs make sure guests don't get bored, but we didn't even switch them on, although we did use the free wifi, which was very efficient. The place is beautifully decorated, with cream-themed fittings. I'd say it was a home from home, but it was better. Heather at the B&B was very helpful and friendly. There when needed but otherwise we didn't see her. Once you're in The Roost everything is on one level and easily accessible, but there are outside stairs so not suitable for everyone. The location is also great. Despite being in lovely countryside, the main road to Glasgow is just minutes away so it's well located for touring the area. Getting three nights away for us is not too easy, but we both agreed that we'd love to return and would definitely recommend a stay here – up on the roof at The Roost.


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