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The Summer Isles Hotel and Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Achiltibuie
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 22, 2008

I absolutely loved this hotel!

The hotel has the most wonderful location, stunning views, and the drive to the hotel is just beautiful.

We arrived at lunchtime and decided to head to the bar, where we managed to spend a couple of hours sampling lunch and drink! (well it was an awful day outside!). We checked in and was shown the menu for the evening which is a set menu. My other half was not keen on the main course and they were very happy to provide another option.

Our room was fantastic, with views across the Loch, comfortable bed (although not overly big) and a big bathroom with a seperate roll top bath.

Dinner was at 8pm so we headed to the bar earlier for drinks where we met with other diners/residents. Yes everyone went into dinner together but as they do not cater for a huge amount of people then it didn't feel quite like the mass exodous the previous reviewer had commented on. Food was fantastic as expected and the wine list brilliant.

Breakfast was served in the same room so had the views across the bay, which was lovely. It was just a pity we weren't staying for the 2 nights that we had orginially planned...I am already trying to plan when we can next go back.

  • Stayed: October 2008
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1  Thank Claramactri
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Reviewed September 17, 2008

Summer Isles is in a lovely remote location (15 miles along a winding single track road with passing places) and has an excellent restaurant. We weren't keen on the single dining time of 20:00 when there was a mass exodus from the lounge and the bar to the dining room. There was also a set menu with no choice. We stayed in the log cabin suite which could easily have slept five. Our main criticism was the bed which was not of the standard expected from a hotel in this price bracket.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank Mirjo
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Reviewed August 25, 2008

Spent two wonderful nights at this hotel.
We were given one of the cottages with a sea view and what a view.Luckily for us the sun shone for the two days we were there.
The room was spotless and just perfect.
The meals were served in the main hotel. All the diners met in the comfortable lounge before the meal was served. This is a brilliant idea as you get to chat to your fellow guests over a drink.
The food was the best. Although you don't get a choice, you do get to sample all different tastes and flavours. If you really don't like what's on offer you have to let the chef know before lunch time in order for them to make an alternative.
We are looking forward to returning.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank fiftysomething58
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Reviewed August 16, 2008

This is a wonderful hotel in the middle of nowhere. The staff were extremely helpful. We stayed in an annexe room with TV which was delightful overlooking the water. The bathroom was well appointed with plenty of hot water to soak in after a day of walking. Dinner is served prompt at 8pm and the Chef definately deserves his Michelin star. The only problem is doing justice to the breakfast after such a delicious dinner - but we managed!!It was pouring with rain on our check out day and there was no problem in continuing to use the hotels facilities after check out.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank welltraveled_8
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Reviewed August 6, 2008

Having driven the seventeen miles down the single track road ,we were delighted to reach our destination, which was more than the staff appeared when after time someone came to check us in.

The lady explained we were in a cottage across the carpark,gave us a key and disappeared, leaving us to drag our suitcases across a gravel yard , over a catle grid.

Superb room, well appointed, spotlessly clean, but at their prices would have been nice to have had a little help.

Dinner is served at one sitting, set meal, no alterative offered, wine of their choosing, the whole occassion spoil by the somewhat condesending attitude.

Next morning after a very nice breakfast, paid £385.00 lugged our cases back to the car and drove away with a bitter taste,
only to be removed at the Kyleski hotel, where we lunched on king prawns fresh from the loch at a fraction of the cost, and the landlord greeted us like a brother

  • Stayed: June 2007
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4  Thank nomadgolferCheshire
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Reviewed June 19, 2008

After so many past good reviews, and evidence of a michelin rosette, we decided to visit for two nights in the first week in June, with stunning weather (best for 10 years in Scottish Highlands). We checked that the chef had not changed. But we had not realised that the previously much-in-evidence owner had sold up to an "absentee owner". When we arrived, we felt really done.
The room was across the car park from the main room. There was no telephone concierge, so to obtain room service we had to get dressed and walk into the main house, ring the bell, and wait up to 5 minutes for a response. Tea trays, food tray leftovers, and ice buckets not collected from the room till after breakfast the following morning. The bed had extremely noisy bedsprings, the wardrobe door wouldn;t shut.There was a yellow-stained split in the ceiling above the bed. The roofing material was turf, but it happened to be extremely dry weather when we stayed, thank goodness. The bathroom shelves all sloped away from the wall, so items fell off in the middle of the night with a crash. Pets were allowed in the rooms. So we were woken by barking from the next room, at 0230. Then, unable to sleep, we were unable to make a cup of tea - no kettle, no teamaking stuff in the rooms. To make a request for a pot of tea required - yes - getting dressed and walking over to the main building and ringing on the bell. There was no information pack in the room, so we didn;t know if there even was a concierge? Who can say? Never found out.
The food was extremely disappointing. Unimaginatively prepared and presented, large but plain portions of cold seafood, claws crushed in amateurish blunt force, not correctly cracked open, so meat couldn't be retrieved; no table crushers, one tiny ramekin as a finger bowl for two people, no spare napkins after finger bowls; main course heavily over-spiced, unsubtle, with grey unappetising duck, overwhelmed by cinnamon, fennel, and celeriac, and garlic, and apple, the meat simply tasted of nothing at all. The menu said nothing of the spice fennel and celeriac content, so mediocre wine choice at enormous markup (eg Cissac 1996 current market price £14.00 duty paid was priced at £49) was hopeless at matching the food. Desserts were 80s style cream-rich puds on sweet trolley, globbed on the plate with a distinct lack of finesse. The first night, staff were unable to list the cheeses, nor able to say correctly which were unpasteurised, and whether goats, ewes, or cows' cheese. The second night, when they had obviously decided to smarten up a bit, they were better, but it was an embarrasment to have to sit through the strained efforts of the serving staff explaining which dessert or cheese was what. The beef carpaccio was served as a huge single slice which looked like a roadkill. It tasted very nice.
The atmosphere gave the overwhelming impression of poor management, lack of briefing, poor attention to detail in every way, and poor kitchen ambition. Perhaps a symptom of "absentee onwership"?? We were so disappointed by the first might's meal, that we asked the lead waiter on the first night who the chef was, and whether he had prepared the food, and whether he was the one that had been awarded the michelin rosette. The waiter said the chef was "Chris with a double-barrelled surname, I forget". Erm. Really? Head waiter doesn't know who the chef is? Just about sums up the place now.
Packed lunch the next day was smoked salmon sandwich with cream cheese, a tomato, and a soft rotten apple, and a thermos of orange juice. For £10.00. The sandwich bread was cut so thick that even after discarding one of the slabs, the open sandwich was so dry it stuck in my throat.
We honestly couldn't see where a michelin rosette could be found. Gone past it's expiry date, I think.
For £170.00 per night for two, plus £104 for two for the single-sitting set menu (no a la carte) plus drinks, it was excessively overpriced for the performance, and easily the worst two nights we had spent in a two week tour of Scotland. Beautiful location, true. But if you want to go somewhere really really nice for the same sort of price, try Monachyle Mhor Hotel in the Trossachs, or Three Chimneys in Skye. Neither has a Michelin Rosette, but are orders of magnitude more heavenly than this flawed place which our experience suggests may already be living on its past reputation. I have no hesitation in recommending an immediate review by the Michelin Inspectors.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank EclecticEpicurean
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Reviewed June 10, 2008

For our first wedding anniversary we decided on a trip up north staying in places known for fabulous food. This was the most remote place we went to, and we loved it. We were accommodated in what was the lowest tariff room in the place... and felt like we were being punished for it! The room itself was clean, comfortable although a bit sparse, but the bathroom as a disgrace for such an establishment! It was old, falling apart and had no shower - we were given a plastic shower attachment you stick onto the bath taps to use!
BUT, the food...ahh, the food! My husband is a New Zealander and chatted with the sommelier about wine. Pre dinner drinks and canapes were served in the lounge before dinner and it was lovely - even although we realised that we were bringing down the average age of all the others present by quite a margin by being so much younger than everyone else there! If you like the loud, London hunting, fishing, shooting crowd you would feel very comfortable there!!
Five course dinner was an extravaganza and the staff were helpful, friendly and enthusiastic about the food they were serving which added to the experience.
Would happily eat here again, but not fussed about the accommodation there as felt it was a rip off... of course, the accommodation choices are such that you may not have a choice!! Someone should open up a lovely B & B there, then you could enjoy the food at Summer Isles then retire to a less pretentious and more comfortable accommodation!
Breakfast was amazing, but after all that food at dinner, who wants breakfast!

  • Stayed: June 2003
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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
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Achiltibuie
Price Range: $137 - $344 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Summer Isles Hotel and Restaurant 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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