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“The most wonderful place to stay on Skye.” 5 of 5 stars
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Coruisk House
Elgol, Elgol IV49 9BL, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #2 of 3 Elgol B&B and Inns
Worcester, United Kingdom
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“The most wonderful place to stay on Skye.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

My husband and I stayed at Coruisk House for 2 nights and had the most wonderful time. Clare and Iain were excellent hosts. The room was beautiful and the food and service was second to non. All the food was freshly cooked and Clares home made bread was excellent! She has inspired me to start making my own again! There is absolutely nothing I can say against this small and beautiful hotel. It actually makes me wonder if "Seasoned``travellers5" stayed somewhere else, as his review actually bares no resemblance whatsoever to the place that we stayed at!! Well done Clare and Iain.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Halifax, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

We just love to go on Trip Advisor after we travel and give all the wonderful B&Bs we visited our rave reviews. This is the one and only place we will not be able to do that for our Scotland trip.

There is likely not enough room for me to tell you all the things we disliked about Coruisk House. Let's begin with the fact the owner was unwelcoming and unhelpful. She was much more concerned for their own comfort than ours. We asked if the radiator in the room could be turned on and were told they would not turn it on while they were cooking for the restaurant because it made the kitchen too warm. We were assured it would be turned on when the restaurant closed. It never was and we were cold all night.

We had dinner in the restaurant that evening. Just average and extremely overpriced. Yet the owners clearly think they are providing elegant and high class food and service. They are not.

We were asked to remove our shoes in our room because the carpeting does not hold up well to exterior shoes. We did as we were asked, but I cannot help wondering why on earth someone would put carpeting in a B&B that did not tolerate exterior shoes. Makes no sense to us.

We were given a room that had a 4 foot tunnel into the bathroom and were told it was the result of the thick walls and could not be avoided. I had the impression we were supposed to think it was charming. There is nothing charming about duck-walking through 4 feet of tunnel into a bathroom in the dark in the middle of the night when you are trying not to wake your spouse. this feature alone seriously downgrades the room.

The beds and pillows were both uncomfortable. The bedding was inadequate, especially with no heat in the room. The bedside lamps were plugged into an extension cord that ran behind the bed, so you had to get up to turn them off. Sort of defeats the purpose of a "bedside" lamp, doesn't it.

Breakfast was OK, though not the extraordinary meal the hostess clear thought it was. I ordered their Scottish pancakes and received 6 little pancakes on a plate, each the size of a 1.5 inch disk. All together, they made up one pancake. That's not noveau cuisine. That's just cheap.

All in all, a dreadful experience offered up by a cold and unfriendly hostess. We strongly recommend against this B&B. There are not a lot of other options around Elgol, but when we return we shall be staying in Brandford and commuting for any activities we do in Elgol. It's a quick run and not worth the risk of staying in Elgol where the few places there have a captive market and can do what they please.

Definitely not good value - even at half the price.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Clare W, Owner at Coruisk House, responded to this review, May 26, 2013
You were warmly welcomed to Coruisk House. You appear to be writing as your wife but in fact we recall that your wife was perfectly charming and apparently happy with her experience at Coruisk House (despite her illness referred to below). She described you as 'a bit fussy' so I suspect this review is written by the husband of the couple. I remember offering your wife (who was suffering with terrible laryngitis) a steam inhalation to try and ease her throat and terrible cough. This is obviously not an approach that would have been taken by an unwelcoming hostess. It may be that your experience of Coruisk House was coloured by the fact that your wife was extremely unwell with an absolutely dreadful cough. I also recall that you said you thought - sir - that you had booked a twin room and unfortunately I had to explain - which I did courteously - that your email correspondence had not requested a twin room and that in fact it was clear from our web-site and my correspondence with you that both our rooms had king sized double beds. We had a brief discussion as to the meaning of the word 'double' when applied to a bed. You explained that the reason for the request was that you and your wife are 'light sleepers'. Had you asked for a twin bed before making the reservation we would of course have directed you to another B&B. Our beds are more than adequate in terms of bedding - the previous review describes the bed as like 'laying on a cloud'. Your behaviour in relation to the temperature in the house was a little strange. We noticed that despite it being warm (our other guests were wearing T-shirts), you wore a jacket, scarf (and sunglasses - it was warm and sunny after all...) for the duration of your stay. We were also slightly surprised to hear footsteps from your room at 1am in the morning. We were still up so of course you could have told us at this point if the room was not warm enough for you. We only realised the following morning that in fact you had not slept in the room at all (we assume out of consideration for your wife in light of her cough and the fact that apparently you usually have twin beds). Iain opened the front door to you the following morning when it became apparent that you had not slept in the room but rather in your car where it would indeed have been cold. Iain asked you if everything was alright to which you responded 'yes'.. We know from other reviews that our food is not average. You neglect to mention at breakfast the offer of fruit juices, a range of teas, coffee, home-made granola, fresh fruit, natural yoghurt, home-made bread toasted, two other choices of cooked breakfast (smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, or, a full Scottish cooked breakfast). You also neglect to mention that you were offered more Scottish pancakes after the first serving, an offer that you declined, and additional toast and coffee. The heating was on by the time you went to bed (it having been rather warm during the day) and again we heard nothing from you in the morning to suggest that the room had been cold - or from your wife who indeed was the only occupant of the room during the night. With regard to the boots and the room, actually your wife kept her shoes on. You were wearing walking boots which most people would (and do) remove in a foyer, without being asked, before going up to a bedroom with carpet and soft furnishings. Our soft furnishings include sheepskin rugs and indeed you will see from other reviews that no expense has been spared to make the rooms comfortable for our guests. Most of our guests do find the window entrance to the en-suite shower room 'charming'. It shows the thickness of the walls of the 300 year old Coruisk House, how the house has been developed over the years, and offers character and charm. The bed-side lights are not on an extension cable. Each light has a switch on the cable from the light and it is absolutely possible to switch the lights on and off from the side of the bed that you would have occupied had you slept in the bed. Our accommodation and our food are very fairly priced for the quality of the room, breakfast, ingredients and service. We note your comment in relation to ourselves and the other B&Bs in the village. We wonder how you feel qualified to comment on the entire village's accommodation having spent the night in your car outside Coruisk House. Your review I have to say is inaccurate and a misrepresentation of the experience Iain and I offer our guests at Coruisk House. .
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

We stayed for a night in the Coruisk House and this was the best experience we had for many vacations.

Clare is a welcoming host and we almost felt like home.

Our room was furnitured with a lot of love for details. The bed is absolutely comfortable you feel like laying onto a cloud.

But what is best in the Coruisk House is the excellent food. For dinner and breakfast we had the feeling that there is so much passion around ingredients and their preparation that I do not know where to start. First of all Clare decently provides information on origin and makings as well as what makes the meal different. Home-made granola, bread and ice cream are only a few examples that the hosts really do care. We had the venison as main course and this was absolutely superb and on the point.

This is a special place to stay and we are literally glad that we found it.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

We were spoiled, pampered and delighted by excellent food, warm beds, great walks, wonderful views (Scotland in microscope) and the most lovable hosts on Skye.

This leaves us with the best memories from Hogmanay.

Catherine and Erich

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Clare W, Owner at Coruisk House, responded to this review, April 24, 2013
....and we so enjoyed having you both to stay! 'Haste ye back' as they say. Very best wishes to you both Clare and Iain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

We recently spent two nights at Coruisk House. The food was very expensive, London prices, but delicious, well presented and from a menu with plenty of variety.

We just have one minus point. When we pay £100 per night for a room, we expect to be able to see out of the window. In our room the double glazing unit had failed. We think it needs changing with expediency.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

We (my boyfriend and I) stayed at Coruisk House for two nights from March 26th. till March 28th, 2013, and was completely blown away by the beauty, not only of the scenery and the location, but also by the decoration and the atmosphere at the Coruisk House.
Arriving, we were greated by Ian, who despite the fact that we hadn't made a reservation, managed to get a room ready for us.
Coruisk House only has two rooms, and it seems to be a bit more of a hotel than a bed & breakfast, but still with the familiar, friendly and cosy atmosphere of a B&B.
The rooms are upstairs in the house overlooking the meadows, moutains and a loch in the far distance. The view is just spectacular, and you can't help feeling stunned. The room we stayed in was clean, beautiful and we did feel a bit like royalties in those stunning surondings.
There are so many wonderful things to say about this place, but one thing that needs not to be forgotten is the food in the the small and lovely restaurant, where Ian cooks some of the most beautiful food we have ever had, and with Clare's gorgeous homemade bread to crown it all.
This is not the cheapest place to stay, but defintitly worth the extra cost.
Thank you very much to both Clare and Ian for contributing to make our stay in Scotland even more special.
Morten & Lena (Denmark)

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Clare W, Owner at Coruisk House, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
Dear Lena - thank you for your really lovely review! Iain and I so enjoyed having you both to stay and we really hope to have the opportunity to welcome you both again. Our very best wishes to you both Iain and Clare
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We stayed in Coruisk House during a trip to Skye in order to see the eponymous Loch nearby. However we weren't prepared for the superb food that was cooked for us by Iain (the chef patron) who, following dinner, took time to advise us on the area and the sights to see. It's an excellent spot from which to take a boat to the Loch. There are two rooms above the restaurant. We stayed in the most westerly one which was quite lovely.

The food was really excellent, the squat lobsters being a highlight.

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Elgol, Elgol IV49 9BL, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > The Hebrides > Isle of Skye > Elgol
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Elgol
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Coruisk House is the Restaurant with Rooms in Elgol. It is situated in the tiny but stunning fishing village of Elgol. Elgol harbour overlooks Loch Scavaig towards the most spectacular view on the Isle of Skye - towards the Cuillin Ridge. Boat trips are available from Elgol Harbour between March to October for visits to Loch Coruisk and the islands of Soay, Rum and Canna (Iain and Clare will book the boat trips for their guests). Outside of these months, and weather dependent, boat trips are available by prior arrangement but guests should enquire well in advance of their visit. The area is renowned for spectacular scenery and is beloved of photographers and artists. There are many amazingly scenic walks that can be made from the house or just a short drive away. There are two rooms for guests at Coruisk House, each with views over towards the Sleat peninsula. Each room has a king size bed (one is a four poster), en-suite shower room and tea and coffee making facilities. The rooms are tastefully furnished, the beds have soft pillows and duck down duvets and the towels are fluffy! There is a cosy residents lounge with wood-burning stove and comfortable sofas to enjoy afternoon tea or a dram from a selection of fine single malts available. There is a television in the lounge. The restaurant (also with an open fire) serves lunch and dinner all year round (by prior arrangement during December, January and February) using local produce (with a focus on seafood and highland game, although catering to specific dietary requirements with prior notice). Fresh shellfish is available having been landed daily (weather permitting) by the fishermen who leave Elgol Harbour early every morning throughout the year. Iain prepares delicious food with close attention to detail and will cater to guests specific requests if at all possible. Clare makes fresh bread daily for guests to enjoy. Afternoon tea is also available for all residents of Coruisk House. Iain and Clare greet all their guests with a warm welcome and make sure that their stay is relaxing and enjoyable in a truly stunning location. ... more   less 
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