After a 6-hour drive from Warwickshire to Larkhall in Scotland, we were very happy to find that Len’s R.A.F. friend, whom he hadn’t seen in more than 40 years, had arranged for us to stay in the Carlin Cottage B & B.
It was just outside the main town area and had parking in front of the building. Upon opening the door it felt as if we were walking into a cozy home. Sheila, the owner, greeted us and we chatted for a few minutes. Then she showed us to our room.
We only had one flight of stairs and her sons helped us with the luggage. The room was a nice size. It had a single bed and a double, a basin, wardrobe, a chest of drawers, 2 side tables, one with a kettle, coffee, teabags, and snacks on it and 2 side lamps.
The bathroom was along the hallway and we thought we might have a problem if there were several guests. We were told there was only one other person and we never saw him. They had an instant water heater that you switched on outside the bathroom. Inside was nice and big. There was a shower in the bathtub and it all looked new including a pretty shower curtain. The tiling was clean, bright, and the bathroom looked cheerful. Upon leaving the bathroom we were asked to turn the water heater off.
Sheila asked us what time we would like breakfast in the mornings and as we were on holiday decided on 9.00 a.m. She asked if we wanted a full English breakfast and of course we said, “Yes”.
She gave us a front door key and one for the room. Yes, the real old fashioned type of key. We were in room 2.
The dining room had a small television set in the corner, a clock, some pretty pictures, 3 tables that seated 11 people, a small aquarium, bookshelf, and beautiful plates on the walls.
When we went down for breakfast there was a jug of orange juice waiting for us. On the side was a good selection of cereals for us to help ourselves. Sheila then came in with a pot of coffee.
Shortly after we were served our full English breakfast of an egg, 1 plump English sausage (called a banger), 2 rashers of back bacon, 2 halves of grilled tomato, mushrooms and toast. We so enjoyed this.
That evening we were asked if we wanted the same breakfast the next day. I asked if I could have more grilled tomatoes and Sheila gave me 6 halves after that. She even gave us Scottish sausage and potato cakes to try.
She made us really welcome and we had a great stay there. Nothing was too much trouble for her. I highly recommend this B & B if you are going to be in the Larkhall area of Scotland.
109 Machan Road,