The original part of the hotel is a big white building in a beautiful country setting with a mixture of maintained and "wild medow" gardens running down the couple of hundred yards to the cliff tops. There is also a more modern anex beyond.
The views in every direction are pretty spectacular and the first thing you notice getting out of the car is the peace. I don't just mean quiet, there seems to be a sort of "calm" about the place, at least there does to me.
Once inside you are surrounded by the sort of wood panneling you might expect in the entrance to a building of this type. Beyond this the interior is decortated in a manor which seems in keeping with the age of the building and again just strikes me as peaceful and relaxing.
The next thing you see will probably be Larry and he'll probably greet you like one of the family. I suspect checking in will be pretty informal and you'll soon be ready to start to unwind.
Running off the reception area there are a couple of large lounges which are very light and airy with views straight out to sea as well as the breakfast room and the bar.
I'd guess they have a dozen or so bedrooms of varying sizes and rates. Again the large rooms all appear to be in the style of the rest of the building. The singles seem very slightly more modern in the way they are furnished but are still very nice. All rooms have tea/coffee etc and now, thanks to the switchover, a brand new digital TV.
Breakfast can be just about anything you want (we want tattie scones, we want tattie scones) form cereals through fruits to the full cooked kick starter. I recommend the latter!
If you treat Navidale like a travel inn then you'll probably think the above a bit over the top but you'd be missing the point. Granted a lot depends on the weather but give yourself time to take in the surroundings. Walk down to the village (or drive down) then you can walk along the beach. In the opposite direction there is a pleasant walk to the old cemetary (not as morbid as it sounds). Check out the night sky (cloud permitting) and be up early enough to see the tail end of the sun comming up. In other words relax!
If you want somewhere to chill out with a certain amount of style then Navidale house should fit the bill nicely!
- Also Known As:
- Navidale House Hotel Helmsdale, Scotland