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The Three Chimneys House-Over-By
Ranked #2 of 4 Colbost B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 17, 2013

This review has nothing to do with the quality of the food at the Three Chimneys as were we never able to enjoy it. Rather, I'm disappointed in this restaurant's cruel and unforgiving cancellation policy.

We had a table booked during our recent holiday in the area. Unfortunately, just before we were meant to dine at the Three Chimneys, our dog ran away. Given the vast and rugged Scottish landscape, we felt that it was more important to look for the dog than go to the restaurant. Any dog owner would have done the same. The Three Chimneys moved our reservation to the next day, but when the next day came along, the dog had not returned. As dog lovers, there was just no way we could leave our rented cottage for a meal when the dog was missing. Unfortunately, the Three Chinmeys did not sympathise.

We were charged £40 per head for a meal we never ate. This came to £400 for our group.

Thankfully our little dog came back a day later. We loved the area and plan on returning. But we do not plan on eating at the Three Chimneys because any establishment so unforgiving that they would impose a fee on a group of people already in crisis is not a place we ever want to eat.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Three Chimneys came highly recommended and certainly lived up to our expectations. Yes, it's pricey, but the food is outstanding and the service first rate. It compares favorably with outstanding restaurants we have enjoyed on the Continent. Finding it is a bit of a challenge - if you're not staying at the adjoining hotel be sure to have precise directions.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
Thank 389davidh
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

My husband & I booked lunch at the Three Chimneys while we were on the Isle of Skye. I was disappointed I wasn't able to get in for dinner, but lunch lived up to the great reputation The Three Chimneys has! The dining area is very cozy and the restaurant is set amongst some of Scotland's the most fabulous scenery! Our table boasted a wonderful view! We both decided to go with the seafood platter & we were not disappointed there were lots of interesting and tasty treats! Yes, Yes, Yes it is pricey but very well worth it!!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank bakerswoodfox
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

We treated ourselves to dinner at the Three Chimneys. The service was amazing and the meal very interesting. We are glad we went but felt overall it was a very expensive experience. Not sure we would go again but glad we went just once.

Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
1  Thank HornchurchPop
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

The Kitchen Table!!! I returned to Three Chimneys on Saturday evening after a three and a half year gap. It was a treat for my boyfriends birthday and we were offered the kitchen table. WOW. I really recommend it. I wont sit "in front" again. The food and wine were fantastic. Take your camera. Observe and enjoy from the moment you arrive. We were greeted at the "House over by" for pre dinner drinks and to meet our other dinner guests as we were a party of two joining two other couples. We all got on great and chatted all evening. You are shown through the kitchen to your table at the rear in a lovely bright, big oak table setting. We watched our food be prepared, asked questions, learned a lot about food and wine. The Wine Flight was great and the sommelier fantastic. Mike the Head Chef, man in charge, was a great teacher as we experienced "assisting head chef",was attentive and glad to speak to us over dessert wine, answering lots of questions. Even cucumber sorbet recipe from 3 yrs ago. It was awesome. Can't wait to go back. Thank u Thank u Thank u. I have now ran out of space.......

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Mollie K
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Reviewed September 27, 2013 via mobile

I enjoyed dinner and lunch at the Three Chimneys during a glorious week on Skye. The location is simply beautiful. The menu was really interesting and the food excellent. The welome was warm and the service was exceptionally good - attentive but not oppressive, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about the menu. This was impressive given that many of the staff seem quite young. Eating at the Three Chimneys fulfilled a long held ambition - it more than lived up to my expectations - I loved it and look forward to my next visit

  • Stayed: September 2013
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1  Thank Ford65
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

There are some rare places where as soon as you have entered the premises, you know everything is going to be outstanding. This is the case for the Three Chimney Restaurant in Scotland.
We booked a table for two just 3 days in advance because a hotel receptionist in Edinburgh strongly advised us to go for diner there. We were expecting the restaurant to be fully booked but they managed to get a table for us at 9:30 pm, this was on a Sunday evening. We got there a good hour in advance, as they told us they had a lounge where we could have a drink before dinner, so we had the opportunity to have a look at the whole "complex" which looks very nice. Fortunately for us, our table was ready 10 minutes after we arrived so we managed to have diner earlier than scheduled and our drinks were transferred to the main dining room. The dining restaurant is very cosy and intimate and very simple as well, with great staff that make you feel like you are at home, so no need to be impressed or embarrassed, and it is a perfect romantic spot. We took the seven course menu made exclusively of local produce and that menu was just perfect, the wine list was good too, and personal attention all the way long that made this evening the best restaurant experience of all our vacations in Scotland. Would definitely return and advise any couple to spend an evening there. A true gem in the middle of nowhere in the Isle of Skye

Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
2  Thank kikoubun
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Address: Colbost | Isle of Skye, Colbost IV55 8ZT, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > The Hebrides > Isle of Skye > Colbost
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Colbost
Price Range: $295 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Three Chimneys House-Over-By 5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Three Chimneys and The House Over-By is a Gold 5-Star Restaurant with Rooms in a stunning, remote location beside the sea in the north west corner of the Isle of Skye, Scotland. Colbost is situated on the shores of Loch Dunvegan, a wide sea loch that opens into The Minch, the narrow stretch of sea between Skye and the Outer Hebrides. The views are stunning whatever the time of year. The Three Chimneys is one of Scotland's most famous restaurants, specialising in the freshest local produce including wonderful seafood from the immediate coastal waters. Head Chef, Scott Davies, is well-known for his passion for Scottish ingredients, cooked simply to allow the flavours to sing for themselves. Providing very skilful, professional, but friendly and welcoming service at all times is what the Restaurant and Reception teams strive to achieve. Standards of cleanliness and comfort in the bedroom suites in The House Over-By are meticulous. The rooms have wonderful sea views and breakfasts (all-inclusive in the room rate) are served in the Morning Room with its panoramic views across the loch, where seals can be seen clearly on frequent occasions. Eddie and Shirley Spear have owned the business for 31 years and remain pro-active within their business daily. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
3 Chimneys Restaurant With Rooms
Three Chimneys Restaurant With Rooms Hotel Colbost
The Three Chimneys House-Over-By Scotland/Isle Of Skye - Colbost

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