we visited Natural Retreats in Jan 2014. although website says that they take booking for at least 3 nights, when we walked in we were allowed to stay 1 night only. price very competitive £90 per room of such high standard, whereas the other hotel in village charged £80 for 2 stars only.
the room was very spacious, immaculate, smart, warm, bright and no-nonsense. amazing, very comfy bed, good 'in hotel' Wi-Fi. bathroom modern, clean, bright. view from the window to the harbour and towards the Orkneys. very quiet location. on site café available for hot breakfast.
hotel manager, Janette, very friendly and helpful. we got a hamper bag on arrival: loaf of bread, home made jam, butter, locally produced cakes and bottle of red wine (much appreciated as no shop nor pub was open in 7 miles radius)
hotel was open outside the season -not much accommodation available in winter in the area.
only 'cons' of the hotel are:
- walls are rather thin and we could hear the couple in the other room when they just spoke casually, and their tv.
-breakfast not included in room price
-for hot drinks -only coffee express provided, boiling water for tea was very time consuming
overall: I would be happy to come back anytime, definitely will check availability if in area.
the hotel has a luxurious feel and I do recommend it to everyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Natural Retreats John O'Groats is located in one of the most beautifully diverse landscapes in Britain, combining awe-inspiring costal stacks with dramatic clefts bitten deeply into the cliffs, community managed forest with white sandy beaches and Orca & Minkie Whale watching alongside the largest population of Harbour and Grey seals in the UK. Blessed with such natural beauty, there are an immense and varied range of activities you can take advantage of while on holiday in the Highlands. There's an abundance of natural and historical points of interest just a short walk away from the Retreat, including the famous coastal walk from John O'Groats to Dunnet Head, the true most northerly point, plus miles and miles of exhilarating walks across the diverse terrain offered in the area. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Natural Retreats John O'Groats Scotland, UK