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Bower Old Free Church Manse

Brabsterdorran | Thurso, Bower KW1 4TT, Scotland
Bower Old Free Church Manse
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Bottom of a mountain Scotland
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105 reviews 105 reviews
28 hotel reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

We were greeted as if friends to this lovely warm guest house. Our room downstairs was beautiful and we loved the comfortable bed, huge tv and log burner. The bathroom is not en suite but just outside the bedroom door, it's to shared and is a good size, we did find it a little cold though. At night the curtains... More 

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3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

What a lovely B&B! Charming, unique accommodation and surroundings. Warm and helpful owners who were very understanding. The breakfast was great and overall couldn't be faulted. Highly recommended to all, Thanks again!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

We stayed 2 nights while touring in Scotland. The location of the house was central to Caithness and provided easy access to everything, but tucked away in a very quiet spot. The room was lovely and Chris and family very welcoming. It's a shame that evening meals are no longer available, but Chris had written to us and warned of... More 

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Keswick, United Kingdom
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34 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2011

Well worth the effort to visit this part of the UK lots of great scenery, historic houses and castles. We a lovely room with everything we needed. Our visit in the area was based around staying here and we weren't disappointed.

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5 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2011

Stayed one night on our way to the Orkneys. The location is certainly off the beaten track and very quiet as we expected. The house is interesting and has obviously been lovingly restored. A quick phone call to Chris soon sorted out the directions and he is a welcoming and chatty host who obviously loves this house. Our room was... More 

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Oldfcmanse, Owner at Bower Old Free Church Manse, responded to this review

Many thanks for your feedback, we do of course take all responses seriously. We are very sorry that you were not 100% satisfied with your stay, however are also a little disappointed that you at no point raised any of these concerns whilst you were here with us? Had the issues been brought to our attention, we could have either... More 

Forres, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2011

Stayed here for one night wish it could have been longer. The B and B was fantastic! We stayed in the Winter Suite which has a gorgeous little private lounge downstairs and the bedroom and bathroom upstairs. The room was clean and comfortable and decorated to a high standard. Chris the host made us feel very welcome and at home.... More 

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2011

We stayed two nights at the Old Manse and it was faultless. The room was beautiful and the setting exquisite. Chris, our host was wonderful. He saw to our every need, served a wonderful breakfast, lent us a touring map and gave us lots of tips about places to visit. The room was cosy, and a nice touch was that... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2011

Chris and Elizabeth are great host's and Chris has legendary fire lighting skills. The B & B is spotlessly clean and has great facilities and after a long journey the evening meal was particularly welcome and fantastic value for money (don't forget to bring a bottle of wine). The cooked breakfast was great - just right for the crossing over... More 

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Uxbridge, Canada
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17 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2011

We only stayed one night at the Bower Old Free Church Manse, but wished we could have spent longer. Chris and Elizabeth are very friendly hosts and enthusiastic about the B&B they have created through a lot of hard work over a period of the last four years. They have every right to be proud of this place - it... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2011

We stayed here for one night before catching the morning ferry to Orkney from nearby Scrabster. From the start the owner, Chris, was a very welcoming and enthusiastic host and nothing was too much trouble. On arrival we were offered a cup of tea and this arrived with yummy shortbread. We chose to have an evening meal at the Manse... More 

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