I am grateful to the ghastly hotel Ben Wyvis just a few miles away in Strathpeffer for causing me to seek alternative accommodation (see my review), as I found myself staying at what must be the best kept hotel secret in the Dingwall and Inverness region. The initial welcome was typically Scottish, being warm and sincere and it was immediately evident that the proud owners, Stuart and Susannah Macpherson put their very souls into creating the highest possible standard in every aspect of caring for their guests.
Nothing particularly elaborate about the rooms, but they are pristine in their cleanliness and the beds and bedding are of a very high quality. The dining room is comfortable and well furnished and the food that comes from the kitchen would not be out of place in a Michelin star restaurant. Pets are welcome and this adds considerable charm to the hotel. A story that was told by a lady guest referred to her writing to the Coul House to ask if she could bring her dog with her. Seemingly, the reply said that the dog was most welcome and if she promised to behave, the lady was also most welcome. Probably not entirely true, but the general atmosphere at the hotel simply oozed that type of delightful charm.
If you are in the region, a stay at the Coul House is an absolute must and the difficulty will be in finding good reasons to leave.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful Georgian house built 1821 loving restored to create a warm and comfortable country house hotel. Log fires in each of the public rooms, stunning mountain views and lots of natural light. A unique octagonal shaped restaurant that offers an extensive a la carte menu including several vegetarian options however, it is the service that the staff provide that is the most memorable aspect of ones visit to Coul House genuinely warm, friendly and relaxed. Even your four legged friend is made welcome. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Coul Hotel Strathpeffer