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Summer Isles Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Achiltibuie
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“Great”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

We stayed just one night. The hotel is in a fantastic location, as the name suggests it looks out over the Summer Isles. Unfortunately our room did not have a great view as we looked over the back yard. The room was clean and comfortable although to be honest we were a bit disappointed, because of the lack of view. The bathroom was just ok, we had a massive bath but no shower. There was no fan in the bathroom and we were not able to open a window, this was a slight problem as it was very warm at the time of our stay.
The staff were brilliant,very friendly and helpful. We had the gourmet dinner, it was excellent, we would recommend it. Breakfast the next morning was great, lots of choices, served by friendly staff.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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SummerIsles, Manager at Summer Isles Hotel, responded to this review, July 18, 2013
We are sorry that you did not enjoy the Chaplin room and take your comments on board; unfortunately this is the only room in the Hotel which face 100% inland. The team will nonetheless be delighted with your comments about the Dinner and Breakfast.
Thank You
Neil
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Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

A couple of days peace and quiet at one of our favorite locations on the West coast. Fantastic food - a great selection of local food nicely presented, looked almost too good to eat. A great cheese board full of Scottish cheeses, friendly staff and a wonderful wine selection with every course! A lovely break - Thank you.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Richard S
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SummerIsles, Manager at Summer Isles Hotel, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
Kind supportive comments such as these motivate my small team to try harder to please future visitors to the Summer Isles; we are delighted that you enjoyed the wines!
Thank you
Neil
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Cambridge
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2013

We had dinner at the Summer Isles, on our honeymoon, although we were staying elsewhere. It came with a recommendation - although not as the best in the region. Well, we also attended the 'best' in the region and the Summer Isles was far, far superior. Despite not having a Michelin Star, it was a superior meal in every way to most single Michelin star establishments I have attended. A delicious meal, based on local produce, superb service, outstanding matching food and wine, and a wonderful location. Nothing was too much trouble - there was no complacency or feeling of the management being superior to the guests, just fabulous hospitality. We sat with other delightful guests before and after the meal, all friendly and relaxed - and they seemed to be regulars there which is always a good sign. The drive there and back was a joy in itself. Strongly worth seeking out this place.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank music_travel_wine
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SummerIsles, Manager at Summer Isles Hotel, responded to this review, July 13, 2013
We are so pleased to have made your experience memorable, the team will be happy to know they made an impact on your honeymoon and hope you return soon
Regards
Neil Beech
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Brecon, Wales, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2013

This hotel is something special the food is as close to Michelin Star level as we have experienced anywhere. It is just a evening of delight after delight as the courses arrive with the option of also having carefully selected wines to compliment them. There is no hurry just a leisurely meal. The accommodation is well equipped and the adapted bathroom for disabled guests is excellent. The views are amazing.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Gillian T
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SummerIsles, Manager at Summer Isles Hotel, responded to this review, July 5, 2013
Chef was delighted to see your review, we do not let him out of the kitchen that often !!!! Encouraging words like yours keep him focused on trying to make things special for future guests.
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Ascot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2013

After extensive travelling in the North West Highlands it would be difficult to choose a more beautiful location than the Summer isles hotel at Achiltibuie . Facing south on a fine day it looked at it,s best .We stayed for 3 nights in the tan era Mor room in the annex with a wonderful sea view .A king size bed ,spacious bathroom and separate sitting area made us feel very comfortable.An important factor to be considered in view of ever changing weather .
We chose the tasting menu in the delightful intimate dining room for all 3 evenings . A touch expensive but each evening was memorable. we were granted a wonderful table by the window ( with some glorious sunsets ). The ambience (both inside and out )justified the expense ! We were quite happy to spend close to 3 hours enjoying the fare .After all the midges were waiting outside .
The staff were friendly and helpful and in Terry ,the owner we appreciated his engaging ,relaxed ,yet courteous manner . He made us feel very welcome .
Breakfast was first class .a wide variety of choice enjoyed at a leisurely pace .Thank you to Chris for his welcome on arrival and valuable road directions when returning to Inverness . We missed the traffic jams on the Kessock bridge.
We look forward to returning .

Room Tip: Large room with sea view worth the additional expense . Facing south catches the best light. Privac...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 23wanderer
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SummerIsles, Manager at Summer Isles Hotel, responded to this review, July 5, 2013
Thank you for the super review, we hope you will return soon and give us another opportunity to look after you in our Oasis in the Highlands.
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Chester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2013

We spent two nights plus dog at the Summer Isles Hotel. The situation is magnificent - a mixture of jagged peaks and beautiful views across the sea loch to the multitude of islands ! We
stayed in a Courtyard en-suite room which was spacious and very comfortable. One night we had dinner in the hotel - several courses which were inovative and delicious. The other night we ate in the bistro next door also a great dining experience ! The hotel staff were very polite and helpful, nothing being too much trouble. Definitely worth the extra drive time to stay in the Achiltibuie area.

Room Tip: The courtyard rooms are quite adequate as you'll wanty to spend most time touring/walking around...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank James e
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SummerIsles, Manager at Summer Isles Hotel, responded to this review, July 5, 2013
The team were delighted to see your review, kind words such as yours motivate the team to try and exceed future guest’s expectations
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17 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

We included this hotel in our itinerary for a Scottish tour. In fact, it was significantly below our expectations and by far the poorest hotel of the trip. The location is beautiful. We had a standard room with "loch view". The room was located in annex and was small and in need of refurbishment, the bed was extremely hard and the towels and bed linen were frayed and in need of urgent replacement. The driveway passed within some 10 feet of the window which meant it offered no privacy. Before arrival, we were asked if we wished to take the "fine dining" or eat in the bistro - we chose the former and were asked to join other guests in the lounge at 7 pm for canapés and drinks. The lounge was too small to accommodate all the guests so not everyone was able to join in. We finally got to our table at around 8pm with dinner finishing after 11 pm. It was not fine dining - portions were very small and the cooking was satisfactory but not at all special. Service was poor and, despite asking, I failed to get the wine to go with the fish and main courses before I had finished the respective courses. On the other 2 nights, we ate in the bistro which was altogether more satisfactory. The food was at least as good as the fine dining and the service prompt.
Overall the hotel was tired with management needing to address the poor service urgently.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank rjdMT
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Property: Summer Isles Hotel
Address: Main Street | Achiltibuie, Achiltibuie IV26 2YG, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Ross and Cromarty > Achiltibuie
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Achiltibuie
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Summer Isles Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Originating in the 19th century as a fishing inn and crofters' bar, the hotel has been developed over the last 4 decades into an oasis of civilisation in one of the most remote and beautiful parts of Britain. Renowned for its fine food and wine, it is a destination for foodies as well as those who enjoy walking, climbing and exploring in exotic landscapes. There are 13 letting units ranging from simple log cabin rooms to a sophisticated cottage with 3 en-suite bedrooms. ... more   less 
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