Farr Cottage Lodge and Activity Centre


Farr Cottage Lodge and Activity Centre

Corpach, Fort William PH33 7LR
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(01397) 772 315
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Nice relaxed and friendly place to stay
24 July 2012
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Other inconsiderate guests
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Friendly informative and chilled out staff, relaxed atmosphere
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This was my first stay in a hostel so I cannot compare it to any others. I stayed for 2 nights in June 2012. On arrival nice young girl booked us in, showed us around, explained bar opening hours etc, was very friendly and helpful and made us give details of when we would return after climbing Ben Nevis to ensure we got back safely. It was quite busy while we where there, a croud of students who seemed to take over the whole place with no respect for others staying and spent about 4 hours cooking a 5 course banquet in the kitchen and didnt clean up after themselves etc But, these peoples ignorance was not the fault of the Managers or staff. Nice friendly atmosphere in the bar in the evenings, it had everything one could need and draft beer and cider etc I had a warm cosy double room and slept very well there. The management where polite and attending and I would certainly go back again. Reading the other reviews about Farr Cottage I am amazed that some of them seem to expect a 5 star hotel service intead of basic hostel facilities and one wonders why didnt they actually book a hotel instead and stop complaining and wingeing, I mean did they not ask in advance regarding room sharing and toilet/shower availability? There is a covered outside smoking area and a carpark behind the Hostel. If any breakfasts or meals are required I would advise 2 days notice for this, or if you are cooking your own be respectful and clean up afterwards, as I think would be the same for most Hostels yes? I wouldnt say it was a place for kids but I thought it was a lovely place to stay.

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Stay was adequate but felt unwelcome - the word inhospitable springs to mind. Owners are weird.
22 April 2011
Cons
Lack of bathroom facilities. Being watched. No single sex rooms or rooms set aside for under 18s.
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Its location.
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Initially felt welcomed to the hostel but found the fact that they had no child protection policy strange as we had a large number of under 18s with us in our group this was not satisfactory. One night adult males (not connected with the group) were put in with our under aged girls even though there were empty beds upstairs in other rooms. We asked politely for a swop round but were refused. Other hostels have accommodated us on this issue. The first night was really bad as everyone in the hostel (which wasn't full) wanted to cook in the small kitchen area and it was like a rota on the 2 eating tables. At 10.30 pm each night the lounge is locked because of the bar, so everyone was stuck in the small kitchen area or had to go to their rooms to queue for the one loo/shower to 10 people or go around the outside of the building to get back to allocated our second room which was one loo to 8 people. An ensuite room which accommodates 10 people with one combined shower and loo is ridiculous and we were all known to each other! Other evenings the lounge room was shut at 6.00 pm onwards and not opened until after 10.30 am the following day when all the users had gone out which meant at breakfast time we were left with 2 small tables to sit at for a group of 18. Rooms were never cleaned in 6 days - toilet paper, shower floor towels, washing up liquid, etc had to be asked for even though they were meant to be provided. Generally the owners watched over the users and pottered around the socialising area pretending to be busy or on the computer or just drinking from the bar. We later discovered the cctv watching us .... Asked for local information about activities and they were useless and looked on the internet. We weren't even thanked for our business or said goodbye to when leaving even though they had had a lot of money from us. I suppose based on other reviews we were lucky the fire alarm was set off to get rid of us. Our advice is don't go and stay unless you are really desperate!

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WOULD NOT RECOMMEND AT ALL !!!
19 September 2010
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VERY RUDE STAFF WHO IGNORED OUR GROUP - QUITE CREEPY THEY WATCHED US EAT
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NONE I WOULD NOT STAY HERE EVER EVER AGAIN
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This place was the pits. The owner sat us down and gave us a do's and dont's treated us like we were 5. They sat on Youtube and watched our every movement. They even watched everyone when we cooked our meal and ate it. The drinks were awful, staff very very rude. God knows how they got the 4* visit scotland. I would never stay here again if I was paid. Take a wide berth from this place. :(

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Basic and cramped if full.
16 February 2009
Cons
The staff were a little moody, and charged
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Heaters don't cost extra. Let us arrive late at night (1am)
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The staff seemed friendly enough over the phone and reduced our booking from 18 to 15 (only 10 of us were staying in the end). When we got there we only had access to 10 bed however, so things were a little cramped. Even though they reduced the booking in numbers they charged us

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The way we were treated at Farr Cottage was disgusting. The owners were extremely rude to us.
3 January 2009
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Threw us out on new year with nowhere to go, they set off a fire alarm and said it was us.
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The people who run this cottage are wierd. The young girl has an attitude problem she is english and she informed me she hates scotland and the people in it. The family hang about all the time and they are never happy. The drink available at the bar is very limited and the pictures on there website are very misleading. The girl and her boyfriend sat about all day and felt each other up. It was rather rude. I didnt enjoy my stay and wouldnt advise any fellow backpacker to stay here. There are a many much better hostels in Fort William I have stayed in.

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Staff are HORRENDOUS!
2 January 2009
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The staff.
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The company you come with.
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The staff in this hostel are an absolute joke. As a group of 30 young adults, the staff were unwelcoming from the start and simply would not leave us alone even though we paid the money to rent the cottage. They moaned about everything and finally we were chucked out, simply because the fire alarm went off! And we werent even cooking at the time! They became violent by swearing, shouting and physically aggressive. We had a good time as a group of friends but the staff made us feel uncomfortable and at times scared, the whole hostel was freezing and the bathroom facillities were rubbish. Do not stay here.

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davy boy
amazing place to stay
11 October 2005
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WOW i had such a good time the staff are really friendly and i really felt at home everything i needed was there from infomation to a pure brill power shower also everyone try your hand at the braveheart challenge i faild arrr!! and the food was of high standards.......

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Anonymous
trashy hosts and cold showers
23 March 2005
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i recently stayed at this hostel as part of a group and was sorely disappointed. the only lounge area was stuffy with smoke. they made the group a tasteless meal, which they charged 5 pounds for and in the evening, the staff did a quiz for us, during which the "physical challenges" included lap dances and pole dances...for the staff!! to make things worse, there was only enough hot water for 2 of the 15 of us to shower in:( this hostel is under new management; sounds as though it may have been a decent place prior to this.

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Anonymous
Macical Place!!
14 April 2004
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Fantastic place with great staff who really know the whole history of Scotland and where to travel all over the Country. History one night, whisky tasting the next, and a quiz night too !! Ideal for all group types and single travellers

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