We had been looking forward to this hotel considering all the advance plaudits but we were sadly disappointed. We found the atmosphere “hushed”, (except the music which was too loud in the dining room – right beside us) and a “bit stiff”. The bathroom was one of the smallest ever, one person only – at a squeeze. There was nowhere to leave your wash-bag, bar the floor. There was a tiny shelf above the basin (toothbrush only). There was a shower with a fixed head over the bath, great pressure, but nowhere was there a shower cap to save your hair getting inevitably wet
The choice at Dinner was quite limited – two starters and two main courses (1 fish and 1 meat).
Before dinner we looked for an aperitif, but the bar choice was poor and our whiskies came with two tiny bits of finger food; one a very salty ham concoction, the other I can only describe as a fishy bit of pannacotta (though nice) but neither really suitable as finger food – give me good old fashioned peanuts and crisps anytime.
With dinner came an “amuse bouche”; a teaspoon sized bit of herring on a large white plate – it simply looked ridiculous, (even M Bocuse of nouvelle cuisine fame would have blushed). This was followed by a crab starter which was frankly bland. Then Soup was followed by a game main course (on the tough side), then an extra, very prettily served, strawberry and cream dish and then the official dessert of rhubarb with panacotta and a lemon /lime mousse – the rhubarb was too tart and dry. The extra strawberry bit would have been enough. Why I hear you ask do I give you a blow by blow account of dinner? Well because all that cost £42 sterling (calculate it out in your own currency) and because there was cheese on the menu BUT at an extra charge of £4 and it didn’t specify if that price was for cheese additional to the dessert or for cheese instead of dessert.
This was also the only hotel that had no breakfast buffet, some may like that, but the staff seemed to have difficulty understanding that while I don’t want a warm breakfast I do like my muesli with fruit and yogurt all at the same time.
The grounds were somewhat bleak and a little unkempt.
This was an experience which will not to be repeated by us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Romantic, Boutique Hotel on The Isle of Skye, set in large garden enjoying fine views over the sea. Nine unique bedrooms - feature beds, Sky TV, telephone, en-suite bathrooms complete with fluffy bath towels and luxury toiletries. Mouthwatering menus created using fresh local produce, seafood, lamb, beef and venison. Intimate candle lit evenings relaxing by the fire in the cozy lounge enjoying fine wines and malt whiskeys. Exclusive sailing trips from May to September. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Toravaig House Hotel Isle Of Skye/Sleat, Scotland