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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- Also Known As:
- Pool Hotel Poolewe
- Pool House Poolewe, Scotland