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Richmond Hotel
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Strathpeffer
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Reviewed August 1, 2012

A very warm welcome from Phil and Sarina was the start of a gorgeous three days at the Richmond Hotel. We were offered the Rose Quartz room, which is beautifully created with two armchairs offering stunning views across the glen. Very close to the Village centre and with easy access to the surrounding hills. The traditional Mauritian food is definitely worth asking for...and free WiFi for those that need it. Excellent.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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richmondhighlandhote, Manager at Richmond Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2012

Thank you, the Rose Quartz room is my favourite bedroom in the hotel and not just becuase Rose Quartz is the crystal of unconditional love. So happy that you liked the Mauritian food, as far as we know we are the only place outside of London that has such a menu. Ours has the benefit of being truely authentic as it is cooked by Mauritians.

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Reviewed August 1, 2012

I visited Crystal House Retreat at the Richmond Hotel last week, I cannot praise the hotel enough. The en suite room was spacious and clean, with gorgeous views of the surrounding countryside, and a beautiful four poster bed :-)
Hosts Sarina and Phil are warm, friendly and helpful and the food was fantastic. Whether you take advantage of the holistic therapies on offer, or just use the hotel as a base for exploring the area, I cannot recommend this hotel enough. Thank you.

Room Tip: Rooms at the front of the hotel have fantastic views
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled solo
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richmondhighlandhote, Manager at Richmond Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2012

Thank you, it is lovely to know that people appreciate our warm and welcoming nature. Whether guests choose to take advantage of the many different therapies that are on offer or not the level of service remains the same. The beautiful peaceful location is one of the reasons that the hotel can also be a retreat and why we enjoy living here.

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Reviewed July 1, 2012

The hotel is full of character and beatifully located in amongst the surroundind countryside and hills,
When we arrived we were greeted by the very friendly owner Phil. When I explained to him that we were on a return visit to the hotel for my wife's birthday he upgraded us to his 'best room' free of charge which was a lovely gesture.
The room was spacious and comfortable with two armchairs that had stunning views over the surrounding hills.
We stayed for dinner/bed and breakfast and although the portion sizes were quite small, the food was very tasty. Again the views from the restaurant were stunning.
There was also a good selection of bottled beers and wines.
All in all we had a very pleasant stay.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Tony_Christine
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Reviewed September 28, 2011

Comfortable bed with ensuite bath/shower overhead. No central heating in the room so I'm glad it wasn't later in the year. No tv in the room so if that's important to you take note. Good breakfast choice.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled on business
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3  Thank caleygirl
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Reviewed September 14, 2011

My wife and I stayed here for two nights while on holiday in Scotland.

The hotel is comfortable and well maintained. It is almost in the centre of Strathpeffer, just up the hill from the town square. It is a small hotel with around half a dozen rooms and is mercifully free of the coach tour trade that dominates most of Strathpeffer's hotels.

Phil and Sarina, who took over the hotel earlier this year, were welcoming and engaging. Sarina is originally from Mauritius and offers Mauritian food alongside a more traditional dinner menu.

We had a spacious superior deluxe room with a great view over the town. The room was well furnished with two excellent arm chairs, a coffee table and a radio/CD set, though oddly not a TV. The bathroom was good and we found the free wifi useful.

We did find a few things a bit puzzling.  We were asked to make our breakfast order by 9.30 each night, which is more "institutional" than we are used to. There was a good range of breakfast choices, including all the components of a full Scottish breakfast, but strangely no bacon. Most unexpectedly, when our room was serviced after our first night's stay our bed was left untouched. We later deduced we were expected to make it ourselves, which wasn't a problem, but isn't what we expect in a proper hotel.

So a few quirks, but overall a decent stay and we wish Phil and Sarina well.

  • Stayed: September 2011
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Reviewed July 27, 2011

Strathpeffer is a lovely highland spa village, in a glorious setting which is often host to a few coach tour operators similar to other Spa towns south of the border. Staying here you dont notice the coach trips though.

The Richmond is a charming building full of character, with warm welcoming hosts who focus on making their guests welcome. The setting adds to the feeling of getting away from it.

The food is spot on and the choice of beers and ales in the cosy bar could keep you in their all night (unfortunately I had to go to work the next day). I will certainly keep the Richmond on my list of stop overs.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 5, 2011

This place has a slightly shabby appearance, but is absolutely charming - probably the best place I stayed during a ten-day tour of Scotland. Everything was clean, there was a very calm air about the place, and the owners could not have been more helpful. I was even asked what consistency I wanted for my breakfast porridge.... you can't ask for more than that. IUt gets my enthusiastic recommendation. The price was very reasonable, too.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled solo
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richmondhighlandhote, Manager at Richmond Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2012

Thank you. Our first review since taking over the lease to the Richmond. Good to know that we are offering a good level of customer service. Since this review was first wriiten the exterior of the hotel has been painted and the appearance is considerable different from you were here last. Please check out our web pages for the lastest look of The Richmond.

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Address: Church Brae, Strathpeffer IV14 9AW, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Ross and Cromarty > Strathpeffer
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Strathpeffer
Price Range: $50 - $70 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A charming Victorian house built in 1885 The Richmond Hotel (also known as Crystal House)retains many original features, whilst providing comfortable modern en-suite accommodation. Guests enjoy a warm welcome, a hearty breakfast and can enjoy the benefits of a licensed hotel for evening meals. Phil and Sarina aim to make your visit as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. We try to create a home from home atmosphere and are sure that you will enjoy your stay with us. While you are here why not ask about one of our complementary therapies that are available to hotel and retreat guests. ... more   less 
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