Before I get into the review, I would like to point out that whilst I always read up on a hotel before choosing to stay in it, I have never felt compelled to write a review of it after (Laziness, I know... fortunately most tripadvisor users do not share my attitude). When I read the review first submitted about Stationmasters house, I felt compelled to write one as I felt it did not convey the experience I had there, and I did not want anybody to read it and feel put off staying there.
I travelled to Stromeferry with Wild in Scotland for New Years eve 2009-2010 and can honestly say that it was one of the most relaxing and enjoyable breaks I have ever been on.
Yes, the Stationmaster's house is a 'hostel' not technically a B&B, but to suggest that anybody might feel in anyway unsafe staying there (see alternative review!), quite frankly, is ludicrous!! When I visited I found that the house had been really tastefully decorated with local products as far as possible (I fell in love with the tartan cushions and curtains- absolutely beautiful). Stripped pine floorboards, and well loved antique furniture made for a really homely and cosy feel.
The lounge area had comfy sofas and where you might have expected a television to take centre stage instead was... a fabulous wood pellet heater. Discussing why the wood/natural resin pellets are a better source of heating than lags made conversation easy on our fist night there.
The bedrooms were comfortable and were a mixture of shared and private rooms. I travelled on my own to join the Wild in Scotland tour, and shared a room with people who had up until then been strangers. I can honestly say that I did not once feel in any way nervous about leaving my possessions anywhere in the house. I happily left my iPod/mobile phone/eBook/digital camera plugged into the wall to charge next to my bed, safe in the knowledge that they would not go missing - it simply is not that sort of a place.
Each evening we ate delicious food (Steamed mussels; venison stew; roast free range turkey; lemon rice pudding etc), and afterwards we were happy to help tidy/wash up in the kitchen.
The village of Stromeferry itself is tiny - like 10 houses tiny. There is no shop, pub etc in the village, (zero likelihood of passing nutters looking for trouble) but these were not in any way missed - everybody staying in the house whilst I was there enjoyed spending the evenings chatting, playing some of the plentiful supply of board games, and listening to the exploits of the local Viking whilst sharing a few bottles of whatever wines/beers/spirits we had each brought with us.
Overall, the whole holiday experience was wonderful, and I felt this was largely down to the relaxed, house party feel that the staff at the Stationmasters house had worked hard to create.
I am thoroughly looking forward to returning to Stromeferry with Wild in Scotland this year, and cannot recommend the place highly enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the small village of Stromeferry. Historic house built for the Stationmaster of the Inverness-Kyle railway. Ideal location for day trips to Skye, Torridon, Applecrosss and Glenelg. Woodland walks from the village. Shops and restaurants can be found in Kyle of Lochalsh and Plockton, both about 15 minutes drive away. ... more less