The Summer Isles Hotel has a view to die for and you get the full benefit of this from the dining room and sitting room. I felt the decor in the hotel did not really do the place justice. The sitting room was very tired and not in the least Scottish and the dining room very bland and the linen looked very tired and not well ironed.
Our bedroom was one of three log cabins and sadly had no view and was also rather cold and not particularly soundproof. The bathroom was fine with a bath with a shower in it but one of the light bulbs was missing and despite being assured it would be replace this did not happen in the two days we were there and the pop up waste in the basin could only be popped up with the aid of putting something sharp under it to lever it up and again we were told someone would look at it and it didn't happen.
The Set Dinner was delicious and very well prepared but we thought it was sad that over two nights the only seafood to feature was one scallop (two nights running) but served in two ways.
We had been really looking forward to lots of fish positioned as it was right on the sea and looking out to the Summer Isles. The Amuse Bouche were delicious and the Scottish cheeseboard was really interesting but the portions so small you needed a magnifying glass to see them.
Nice canapes were served before dinner and we had a glass of champagne which was fine but it was served in a glass with a cocktail stick precariously balanced across the top with a raspberry, strawberry and blueberry threaded through and the glass had been dipped in a thick layer of brown sugar which spoiled the taste of the champagne. It was not a champagne cocktail so we had no idea why it was served like this. The hotel's suggestions of different wines to drink by the glass with every course were very helpful.
The dining room was very empty the first night despite the hotel being full and when we enquired why we were told a lot of guests were eating next door at the Gastro Pub. We tried this the second night and it was a fun place with a lot of the local fishermen in for a drink and some good seafood, simply served, on the menu. We enjoyed crab, langoustines and salmon at fraction of the price of the restaurant and wondered again why none of it was on the menu next door.
Breakfast was good with a lovely selection of fruit and a hearty Scottish cooked breakfast on offer.
All in all it was a lovely location and interesting and well prepared food but the atmosphere was somewhat cold and the whole place appeared a bit un-loved and run down. It lacked a really passionate and enthusiastic manager.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Summer Isles Achiltibuie
- Hotel Summer Isles
- The Summer Isles Hotel And Restaurant Achiltibuie, Scotland