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The Old Church of Urquhart
Ranked #2 of 23 Elgin B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 12, 2012

We stayed in the Old Church with Andreas and Chris once more this July while traveling in Scotland. This summer was one of the coldest in history, yet the welcome was warm and inviting. We stayed this time in the rooms on the main floor and the beds were comfortable, everything was exceptionally clean, and the food for the dinner (ordered ahead of time) was plentiful and excellent.
We will be back yet again for a 4th time, hopefully next summer.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 31, 2012 via mobile

This is a really exceptional place to stay. I was there for two nights and loved everything: the great food, a unique mix of Polish and Scottish cuisine cooked by one of the owners, the great place, the wonderful scenery and the very familiar atmosphere. The meals are served at one table for all guests at the same time, so you can't avoid making new friends. Very good, very recommendable. No five star standard, but good enough in all respects and perfect in some.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

We had a very warm and friendly welcome and this is also how the overall atmosphere can be described. The hosts were kind and gave a tour of the complete building. As churches use to be, it was a little cold and I was glad when the heating was turned on (although being in the middle of July). Anyway, our room was clean, tidy and cozy. Unfortunately there is no TV in the rooms, only in the big living room and there is no wifi either. The beds and the bathroom are very comfortable. Breakfast is served for all guests at 8am. It is very delicious (recommendation: church porridge, even for porridge haters) and you'll have the time for a nice chat with other guests (sitting at the same table).
The church is located in the fields which makes the stay very quiet and relaxating, yet Elgin is not far and there are many distilleries to see. Secret hint: Lossiemouth - only 8 miles away from the church it has a wonderful beach with sand. The Wildlife Centre in Spey Bay is also worth a visit.
A place recommendable for everyone looking for something very special.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Parrandier, Owner at The Old Church of Urquhart, responded to this reviewResponded November 19, 2012

The Old Church of Urquhart on top of its own wee hillock is advertised as an 'island of peace' and as part of this -as mentioned on our website- '...we have - in respect to other guests - a SAT-/Digital-TV in the main lounge available but 'TV & Co' are not part of the bedroom entertainment...'

Also, WiFi is part of our offer and has reception for guarantee in the main guest lounge (depending on equipment used by guests it might be as well in bedrooms, in 2nd guest lounge and even in the apartment).

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Reviewed July 9, 2012

We really enjoyed our stay in the Church. Especially to mention is the delicious food cooked by Chris and the excellent travel advises we received from Andreas. Thanks to you two for this!!!

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Thank Dorben
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

We stayed here this week, & loved it. The building is beautiful, set is a quiet field about 10 minutes from Elgin. Hosts are friendly, the room was clean and neat (and best of all, we were in the apartment portion, so we had an actual bathtub!), and the church has been carefully converted. The common room was large, with a wood stove & a great selection of whiskey. I would recommend this place highly.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

It's the lovliest and nicest place to stay! Friendly and generous staff, clean rooms, quiet place. The old church is somewhere in the middle of nowhere, but that's extactly the point. If you look for something unusual outside the big touristic cities and monuments, go there!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 19, 2012

We returned for our third visit to this wonderful and unique place at the weekend, this time coming with our three children. The Old Church is a calm and welcoming oasis and the hospitality that Andreas and Kris provide is very special - just the right balance of attentive presence and space to do your own thing - a good mingling of being there when you need them and an awareness of when you need to relax on your own. The Old Church experience embodies calm efficiency in seeing to your needs and a feeling of peace, openness and space. We arrived in the late evening. It was lovely to see the Church again, majestic on it's hill on the outskirts of Urquhart. Andreas met us at the door and showed us to our beautiful room. It is so good to have a place where TV doesn't dominate. Then we settled in the lovely lounge and Andreas brought us drinks. Next day we woke to a delicious breakfast all cooked and served by Kris, and all with a smile! The children were all completely full and happy with all the food so that was great! We can recommend the 'Church Porridge'. After wandering for a while in the beautiful Church gardens and grounds we left for a full and exciting day exploring the Moray countryside. The Old Church is an excellent and special place to stay (a bit of a retreat) and we would highly recommend it (in fact we have recommended it often!). Thank you once again Andreas and Kris! Hope to see you again soon.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Address: Parrandier Meft Road | Urquhart, Elgin IV30 8NH, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Moray > Elgin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Elgin
Price Range: $93 - $134 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Old Church of Urquhart 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Find your own little island of peace in this comfortable converted scottish church on top of its own wee hillock!The church is ideally placed inmidst Malt Whisky Country close to both, The Grampian Highlands and the sea shore of the Moray Firth with white sandy beaches and its residents, The Moray Dolphins.Dinner available at 7.00 pm under the original church ceiling; please book latest same day in the morning giving advise of any dislikes/allergies you might have because of the 3-course set menu.We are as well licensed to serve alcohol and for civil marriages (also religious, humanist and interfaith ceremonies are as well taken place here!). ... more   less 
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