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“Shows the boutique country house hotels how it should be done” 5 of 5 stars
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Pool House
5.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Highland, Poolewe IV22 2LD, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #1 of 6 Poolewe B&B and Inns
Oxford, UK
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Shows the boutique country house hotels how it should be done”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2011

Managers and would-be owners of (ex-) Von Essen hotels, listen up! These guys, despite apparently being technically a guesthouse and not a hotel, provide the definitive luxury country house hotel experience. In my experience, this is the benchmark.

Pool House has an extraordinary Tardis-like quality. Unremarkable from the outside, the extraordinary decor inside manages to be striking, unique, beautiful, idiosyncratic, yet charming and instantly comfortable. The service is the perfect blend of attentiveness, professionalism and personal warmth (I guess their secret of consistently delivering this level of service may be that they're a family business). The dinner provides the kind of astounding, gobsmacking sensory experience more usually recognised with Michelin stars, with a wine list to match. The views from the windows over Loch Ewe are somehow more beautiful than from outside, as if a landscape photographer supervised the precise positioning of the windows. The suites, if HMS Bramble is typical, are beautifully and uniquely designed and decorated, and extremely spacious. HMS Bramble lacks a terrace, but with its pale white and blue decor, is filled with beautiful soft light reflected off the surface of the loch (and anyway, we're not sure we'd enjoy a terrace in midgie season). The suite was perfect in every detail - and all at less than half the price of the same size and quality of suite in southern England.

We booked our return visit on the day we reluctantly departed.

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  • Stayed August 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
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2011

I desided to take my girlfriend (now fiancee) away on a romantic break, I looked for somewhere that would have the wow factor. I was so nervous as i had only seen the pool house on pictures, After arrival we were greeted by one of Peters daughters, this family run peice of tranquil heaven was such a delight to experience. We staid in the boat house which was seperated from the main house and looked directly on to Loch ewe, the room was gracious, well thought out and cosy, the bathroom was stylish, classy and had a bath for 2, the outside hot tub was great for a relaxing, romantic night. We had some drinks and a few games of snooker whilst hearing some great stories from Peter the owner, what an informative man who has over 50 years experience in creating the perfect romantic getaway. I wanted to pick something that was special for my girlfriends birthday, it was so special that I proposed outside the boathouse on the banks of the Ewe so my girlfriend is now my Fiancee and we will definately be returning.

Its hard to pick any fault in the hotel, the only negative was there isn't anywhere to eat in the local area although we did go to Gairloch which was 6 miles away, the food was good but only have a short time to book a table.

Peter thank you and your family for your hospitality and thank you for your friendly approach, your years of experience reflect in the way people feel at ease around you.

Scott & Donna Hall

  • Stayed August 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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Sydney
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2011 via mobile

Set where the river Ewe flows into Loch Ewe, the hotel is beautifully placed at the waterfront. Traditional Highland way of operating - dinner is at 7.30 and the menu is fixed (but it's easy to let them know anything you don't like and they alter your meal) as is the way in so many relatively remote highland lodges, but the menus were varied and the food superbly prepared and presented. Great wine list as well!
Decor is quite traditional, but the Boathouse has a funky bathroom and a strange mix of traditional decor and the "clean" decor of a boathouse. It also has a hot tub on the deck outside overlooking the loch and river and a table and bench chair for relaxing.
The place is run to high standards like the best hotels (the price is reasonably expensive for the region but overall worth it) but is a family affair, you literally are staying in a (luxury) home.
The house has a great bar and billiard room for post-dinner conversation and the atmosphere encourages socialising with fellow guests, although you do eat dinner in smaller parties.
Plenty of good walks and beaches nearby, it's a fantastic place in one of the great parts of the world.

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 4 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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the hague, netherlands
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2011

Family run hotel with lots of attention for the clients, excellent food served. Father Peter is an absolute angel. It was a privilege to have met him and to have stayed at the hotel. Location really feet away from the sea. very quiet at night. A real treat if you stay here.

  • Stayed July 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2011

at nearly £900 for 2 days for 2 people including half board you expect the excellence so often provided by Mr & Mrs Smith endorsed establishmenmts but i am afraid that it falls sadly short. Ok...the food was better than average and the room was nice (nicer if it had had duvets rather than old fashioned uncomfortable sheets and blankets). The sherry in the room is a mix of Morrison's own and Bristol Cream! The service leaves one feeling uncomfortable and the atmosphere was not conducive to a relaxing stay.

I agree with previous reviewers who say it is a glorified B&B and overpriced

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2011

Amazing. If you can stay here please do. The rooms are spectacular, the dinner seemed pricey at £48 a head, until it was server, it was one if the best meals I've ever had! Also Breakfast was beautiful. The dining rooms looks direclty onto Loch Ewe and what a view!! Spectacualr hotel and spectacular staff. A must stay.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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South Australia, Australia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2011

Staying at Pool House is an experience. Guest rooms and the whole house is decorated in a very over stated fashion so if you are wanting a minimalistic, no fuss, no clutter feel B&B this is NOT the place for you. The owners are super friendly and will go out of their way for you, breakfast was great, rooms are comfortable with all the faclities you could want and more. Definitely an unforgettable experience to stay at Pool House. Billiard room is fun, sitting room is packed full of books and the gardens are lovely. I would stay again.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Highland, Poolewe IV22 2LD, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Ross and Cromarty > Poolewe
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Poolewe
Hotel Class:5 star — Pool House 5*
Number of rooms: 7
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