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“Secret hideaway in rural location - yet Inverness very close” 5 of 5 stars
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North Kessock, Inverness IV1 1XG, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #24 of 227 Inverness B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Secret hideaway in rural location - yet Inverness very close”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2011

We had a lovely stay here. Armaminta and Gavin are charming, and make you so welcome. The location is fabulous, very rural and hidden away, but so close to Inverness. Our room was very comfortable and very clean. Breakfasts were delicious, aga cooked, sitting in the big kitchen. Lovely walks from the door and a super country place to stay.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
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maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2011

Minty and Gavin provide a very warm welcome at their cottage beautifully nestled amid the trees and gardens. Their comfortable home also offers a pleasant sitting room, with fireplace, that is overflowing with magazines, maps and other helpful information, or, better yet, enjoy chatting with the owners about the many things to do and see in the area. Be hopeful that during your visit Minty will be there preparing fresh scones and Gavin will be there (he may be away guiding a private garden tour) for your own personal tour around the grounds. Our two-night stay while on a car tour of the Highlands was much too brief (but long enough to see the elusive cats!). We anticipate a return visit and a longer stay!

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2010

We received a warm welcome, even though I had only booked the day before we arived and it was almost out of season. Minty and Gavin gave lots of helpful suggestions and advice for making the best use of our short time in the area. The location was wonderful with views of the sun setting behind the snow kissed mountains of the highlands. I had never been to the Black Isle before, but I will return and would want to stay at this B&B again.

  • Stayed October 2010, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2010

This is a nice place. You need a car and good directions or GPS to find it. My only complaint is that the beds need to be update they were old and uncomfortable. Definitly old style Scotland B&B which is part of its charm. The 2 bedrooms for guests are part of a family home, with nice attention to detail (see lovely flowers in photo) and attentive service. I liked the decor especially bird and flower art work.

Great hiking in the area and it would be a nice place to explore environs. We were on our way to the western isles so only stayed one night. I would happily return if the the squeaky and way too soft beds in the nicer downstairs bedroom were replaced with something comfortable.

One word of caution, do not eat at the North Kessick Hotel, drive a few more minutes into Inverness where there is better quality food.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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, Owner at Craigiewood, responded to this review, November 9, 2010
I am sorry that we were not at Craigiewood to welcome you personally but am glad that you received attentive service from our friend Margaret during your one night stay. Thank you for pointing out in your review the 'squeaky bed' problem which was rectified on our return. The problem had obviously just occured as the guests who stayed with us for 5 nights prior to your arrival told us that they had had the best nights sleep for years! The hardness of beds is a very subjective quality and the current beds that we have seem to suit the vast majority of our guests.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2010

We wanted to stay near Inverness, but out in the country with views - and the owners (Gavin and Minty) gave us just what we wanted. The charming mid-century style home has all the conveniences and has them with charm. Gavin and Minty provided us with great suggestions of what to see and where to eat (in fact, they booked our first night's restaurant for us since we would be arriving late). The B&B is in a beautiful, peaceful area - great for hikers.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 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 Reviewed August 16, 2010

A little gem nestled in spectacular Scottish countryside - only 4 miles from Inverness and easily accessible from the A9. We stayed for 3 nights and used Craigiewood as a base for exploring the Black Isle, Glen Affric and Loch Ness. The house is beautiful - a home away from home. The bedrooms are comfortable and spacious. There is free wi-fi and tea/coffee making facilities in the room. There is a sitting room with fire and 6 acres of meadows and gardens. Gavin and Minty are wonderful hosts. They are most helpful and accommodating - even of well-behaved doggies. They can advise of activities and excursions in the local area, provide maps and make restaurant reservations. They also make an outstanding breakfast!!

Highly recommended! Reservations are a must.

  • Stayed August 2010, 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 Reviewed August 14, 2010

Arriving after a long drive northwards and on our way up to the Orkneys the next day, we wished we had more time to spend at Craigiewood, amidst beautiful trees on the Black Isle. A warm welcome from Minty and Gavin, both good sources of local information (eg. how to hear Rod Stewart sing across the Moray Firth) and a great sense of humour, you really felt you were visiting friends. Craigiewood is a delightful house, really comfortable but not 'B&B-fussy'. Breakfast was first-class. We will return!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 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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Address: North Kessock, Inverness IV1 1XG, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Inverness
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 227 B&Bs / Inns in Inverness
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In a beautiful rural location, yet only 10 minutes from Inverness, Craigiewood is ideally suited for touring the North of Scotland.On the Black Isles, we are between the Cromarty and Moray Firths and are close to Cawdor and Brodie Castles, Fort George and Culloden. The Isle of Skye, Applecross, Torridon and Ullapool are an easy day trip from Craigiewood. ... more   less 
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Craigiewood Inverness, Scotland

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