YES, I love the awkward charity visit! Those interactions are always awkward on both ends, but I like how they both seem well-meaning yet ill-at-ease. Curiously looking around at how the 'natives' live sounds rather elvish, without being too snobbish/unkind. And it demonstrates to the audience what place Gilraen has in Rivendell. We are prepared for her exasperation with Elrond to be more of a 'last straw' after seeing how she lives a lonely existence in Rivendell with regrets, clinging desperately to her family's pride, and being looked down on by the 'higher' culture all around her.
Knowing that the cottage was built at Gilraen's request suggests that she is accepting a *lot* of charity and has been doing so for some time. It might be better if it was a 'Dunedain guest cottage' that she took up permanent residence in? That way, we would realize that a young Arathorn had once stayed there, and it would seem more a connection to her people. She'd still be a charity case, but a less demanding one.
Also, while I like the way this is shaping up, I am recognizing that the 'reveal' that Estel is Aragorn will be more and more a reveal to Estel only. Everyone in Rivendell knows who he is, and Gilraen and Elrond talk about his chieftain status freely. That's fine, but it means that we can't expect that reveal to hold much weight when we get to it - the climatic moment will have to be Gilraen and Elrond reaching an agreement to mutually raise the boy, rather than the 'reveal.' Not a bad thing, but I'm thinking about how this would play out later.
Ah, the choice of Elros. I would call this one of the saddest moments in Elrond's life, but....Elrond. What personal relationship has he ever had that didn't end in terrible grief? I like that we don't reveal too much of what lead up to that. This scene won't be seen in its entirety until season...10? We name-drop a few famous Men, and get to what we currently need from this scene, but...there are more questions than answers, here. I very much like how the shards of pottery play a real role in the story now, beyond simply 'careless child broke fragile item' to get at the sentimental memory behind it and look at the conflict here in a new way. Gilraen would regret her words if she could have seen this scene...but of course she doesn't know. And the later scene allows her to save face and express a valid concern rather than to angrily snap at someone.