The Things That Matter

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We go on self-catering holidays ourselves, so we know what we want, and we aim to provide it at Gelston. Here are some things we think are important - few of them really count in Tourist Board gradings, and in our experience depressingly few places (even with high gradings) get more than half of these things right. You'll get all of them here.

  • Sleep - that means:
    • Top quality mattresses (deep, pocket-sprung), with luxurious Merino toppers and proper cotton bedlinen; all beds likely to be used by young children are discreetly protected by a piece of top grade breathable waterproof fabric hidden beneath the toppers, so you don't need to worry;
    • Fully lined curtains, and/or blackout blinds for west-facing windows.
  • Bath (in addition to a shower!): decent size, and not plastic.
  • Bathtowels that do the job: good quality, generous size, and provision for easy drying, i.e. heated towel-rails, or rails above radiators.
  • Hot water: plenty of it, and rapid recovery times.
  • Drying room and tumble dryers for wet clothes.
  • Spotlighting in kitchens with expensive best-in-class bulbs.
  • Cooker with fast ceramic hob.
  • Solid pots & pans (£90 frying pan!); good kitchen knives with magic sharpeners.
  • Wine glasses of proper shape and size, including champagne flutes!
  • Interior decoration with colour and individuality: not beige and polyester, but heritage paint colours, handmade curtains, etc.
  • Comfort, but not luxury - because luxury makes you worry about what the kids might do, and of course it costs money. When we want luxury, we go to an hotel.

In self-catering accommodation there's a balance to be struck: yes, there are cheaper places than ours, but you know why; and there are more expensive, but they may not be what you want - Villeroy & Boch china is pretty, but expensive to break. We concentrate on what matters to most people, including families. This is not the Ritz. But it's certainly not Travel Inn either.

Related pages

Provided With All Houses - other things we provide as standard.
Our Ethos - explains more fully our resistance to standardisation, and specifically why we have opted out of Tourist Board grading.

Like to talk?

So do we. Ring us:
01556 502211
From abroad:
+44 1556 502211

holidays@gelstoncastle.com

Gelston Castle Holidays, Gelston, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway DG7 1SW
Self-catering holiday cottages Scotland, Luxury holiday accommodation Scotland
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