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“Overpriced, does not deliver 4 star service.”
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Cawdor House
Ranked #1 of 37 Nairn B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 7, 2011

Frankly, I am amazed at some of the glowing reviews I have read here and question their legitimacy. I booked on the strength of these and feel badly let down. This place is in my opinion a somewhat adequate 3 star B&B however it is priced as a 4 star B&B and does not deliver value for that money.

Cons:

The room was TINY, just enough room for one person to shimmy around the rock hard double bed.
There is no parking, you will have to hope you can find a space on the busy residential street.
The bed was so uncomfortable, I had probably 4 hours sleep over the two nights we were there.
The walls are paper thin and you can hear everything going on in the next rooms, particularly toilet noises. I'm guessing that goes both ways.
There is obviously major building work going on right now, judging by the materials piled around.
Possibly the most miserly breakfast I have ever eaten at a B&B. I am impressed at how half a mushroom was cut so paper thin it could have been used as a microscope slide.
The number of electrical outlets in the room was woefully insufficient. We were only able to find one outlet that was completely overburdened with every electrical item in the room. If you want to charge your mobile up or dry your hair, you have to unplug other things.
The proprietors will request that you fill in a form containing all sorts of intrusive information, and if you don't fill it in you can expect a pointed reminder.

Pros:

Generally clean, except for the ageing long pile carpet. Thank god we brought slippers.

Friendly if somewhat distant.

Finally:

We were charged 80 pounds per night when we were quoted 76. That's a 5% hidden charge even though we paid by cash. Also, there are other hidden charges that apply to paying by card that were not disclosed at the time of booking.

Overall, I would not go back, even if this place were much cheaper. It had a real negative effect on the last two days of what was a very enjoyable holiday up until then, staying at other 4 star B&Bs in the Highlands. I left tired and drained, not just in my wallet. There is much, much better accommodation at this price.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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MairiBanks, Owner at Cawdor House, responded to this reviewResponded August 11, 2011

I am very sorry that you should have felt that way, and do wish that at some point during the 2 days you were with us, that you had raised your concerns with us. Visit Scotland has awarded us 4 stars for 4 years running, and 5 star marks for both the cleanliness of the house, and standard of our breakfasts. We wish to assure other readers of this review that all our other reviews are entirely genuine.

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Reviewed July 30, 2011

Fantastic B & B. Clean & bright, friendly & helpful. Nice relaxed atmosphere. Great position in town & the lack of traffic wardens means parking is fine! Breakfast is fab, cooked to order & plenty of it. Have recommended to others already! We will be back.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 28, 2011

The accomodation is second to none clean and well maimtained and the hosts are welcoming and extremly friendly. They have a wealth of knowledge about the local area and places to visit further a field.
The range of choice on the breakfast menu will suit ever taste, I personally enjoy the full scottish breakfast freshly cooked to order and always served with a smile. We always look forward to our stay at cawdor house and know it will be a pleasant one.
We travel all over the world and have yet to find a Bed and Breakfast to beat Cawdor House. Simply the best.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 26, 2011

Second stay and as good as the first one (July 2010). The expectations are delivered.
The furnishing in the house is tasteful, warm and friendly . The rooms are individual and aesthetic furnished.
Breakfast is a successful mix of traditional and international food. The ingredients are from local farmers and Mairi does the preparation, for breakfast and dinner - delicious, with dedication. Paul always knows a interessting themes on scothish history and literature to tell while doing the service. The "adress to a haggis" for example.
Both are available all the time and help you with information and tips for a successful trip.
The guesthouse is located close to the center of Nairn and shops, pubs and the beach can be reached within a few minutes by foot. We never had problems to get a parking space close to the house. Thank you very much and we will come a third time ;-)

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank orientperle
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Reviewed July 21, 2011

The place was suggested to us by other kind lodger, besides being on some different guides. Our special host, Mr. Paul, immediately proved to be a sweet and very kind, thoroughly Scottish gentleman.
The rooms were very clean and deliciously furnished. and both confortable and silent as well. Also the breakfast was very well prepared both in the traditional menu and in the international style. The thing we appreciated even more, was at the time we asked Paul to kindly suggest us about a small whisky producer. He was nearly emotioned at talking to us with a special sparkle in kis eyes, about the land of whisky and some of its most special producers. Thanks to him, we had the wonderful opportunity to visit one of the most interesting producers, last in this wonderful and plaesant land, but much more to look into the heart of a passioned man for the peculiarities of the unbetrayed traditions of Scotland. Great Paul!

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 14, 2011

We cannot fault Cawdor house on any level. Superb service, delicious food, and a friendly welcome into a spotlessly clean, comfortable room.

Having stayed previously we knew what to expect and needless to say this visit was also excellent. Can only repeat our thanks and unhesitatingly recommend to anyone.

Samantha and James

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 6, 2011

The house was as charming and lovely as could be. Mairi and Paul were the perfect hosts. The food was spectacular, and I will definitely stay there again if I get a chance.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank kbcollie
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Additional Information about Cawdor House

Address: 7 Cawdor Street, Nairn IV12 4QD, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Nairn
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 37 B&Bs / Inns in Nairn
Price Range: $108 - $158 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Cawdor House 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Close to the town center of Nairn, and within easy walking distance of the beach, Cawdor House is an elegant Victorian Manse, lovingly restored to it's former glory. It is an ideal location for exploring the Highlands, with excellent communications. Enjoy a cup of tea and home-baking by the fire when you arrive, and a fantastic highland breakfast to set you up for a day admiring the beautiful scenery and history, golf, fishing, riding- just a few activities to be found close by. ... more   less 
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