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Pool House
Ranked #1 of 7 Poolewe B&B and Inns
Reviewed July 28, 2012

Wow.. fantastic hotel in a beautiful location. Individually themed rooms, beautiful views (including otters coming out to feed) and lovely food.. yes - it was a long drive from Edinburgh but the welcome and relaxing atmosphere of this hotel was more than worth the effort, and the surrounding area has so much to offer.. thanks to Peter and his family for a great stay..

Room Tip: HMS Campania - luxury, spacious and fab view from every room over Loch Ewe.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 16, 2012

This is no cookie cutter hotel and in my opinion is all the better for it. My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights and loved it. It is very unique and Peter the host and his family are totally friendly and welcoming. There wasn't a question I asked about the area that they couldn't answer and I came away richer for that. It really helped us to feel a part of that area of Scotland.
The decor in rooms is certainly different and quite eclectic, but for some reason it works. You need to embrace the hospitality and service that Peter offers and his lively chats on numerous subjects were thouroughly enjoyable.
We only dined here one night and coming from Australia are still getting used to the Scottish habit of dining in hotels at a set time. Make the effort and join the other guests for a drink first and you will be rewarded with a lovely evening and excellent food.
I love that this hotel has a soul and wish there were more out there that did. This is no formula, this is special and different, and the view is awesome too.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 14, 2012

My wife and I stayed 2 nights as part of a 'foodie' tour of the West Highlands. We can be fussy but this place ticked all the boxes for us. All the rooms are individually themed (and we saw most in anticipation of going back). Our room, the 'Boat House' was separate but adjacent to the main building and had its own hot tub looking out over Loch ewe. The rooms and suites are very large, the work that has gone in to the decor and soft furnishings is incredible.
The food is of a very high standard. I'm not an expert but I would say it compares well with one Michelin star restaurants we've been to. However, because the dining room is only available to residents, they cannot be eligible for stars or AA rosettes. One minor point - there could have been a slightly longer gap between courses.
This is a family run concern and they all work hard to make it an enjoyable and five star experience. We would certainly hope to go back. As far as price is concerned, it is about the middle/upper end of the range for this type of hotel but worth it for us.
This hotel is certainly eccentric and to some this appears to be a negative. To us it was the icing on a very nice cake.

Room Tip: There are no bad or disappointing rooms.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 12, 2012

We stayed in Pool House taking advantage of a two night midweek inclusive package for a room named H.M.S. Diadem. When we arrived we were shown over the public areas of the house and were impressed at the standard of decoration. Our suite was fantastic with bedroom, bathroom and sitting room with the most magnificent views over Loch Ewe. Binoculars were provided and we used them to see an otter one evening. One of the many delights of the suite is the Victorian bath, restored with all its original features including side spray and very steep sides.

The evening meal was quite an event, in a good way. We met in the drawing room for apertifs and canapes, dress was smart casual. We chose our wine and perused the menu. There were five courses with no choices, we had previously given any dietery preferences. We were taken through to the dining room and seated at separate tables in the large dining room. The courses were served at a comfortably leisurely pace while we admired the stunning sunset over Loch Ewe.

After dinner drinks could be taken either in the drawing room or, our preference, in the bar with its full length snooker table and walk-in whisky display area. One evening, we were honoured by the attentions of Splodge, the resident 17 year old cat.

The approach roads to Poolewe are narrow, winding but with picturesque views. The southern route is our favourite albeit with a few miles of single track road with passing places.

It was an excellent stay, we would be happy to return.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 3, 2012

We had the pleasure of staying at the Pool House for only 1 night, but wish we could have stayed longer. The rooms were extremely clean and quite large. We had evening sherry already set up in the rooms, followed by a pre dinner drink downstairs and then onto a delicious dinner. The service was friendly and helpful. It was an absolute delight to experience this part of Scotland and we would highly recommend Pool House for a splurge.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 22, 2012

Many reviewers use the description "quirky" for this place. I can just about get that, but our honest review is that "downright peculiar" might be more accurate. We spent 2 nights there, and had we been paying for and expecting a B&B we might have just smiled at the bizarre decoration and eccentric air of servitude of our host. As it was, we felt completely ripped off - the dinner was truly average (an embarrassingly tough pork steak for the main course) with no flair or creativity, and we would completely agree with other reviewers who said that the dining room atmosphere was strained and uncomfortable. No opportunity for intimate conversations here! It is an orchestrated experience, albeit with a beautiful view.
One concrete piece of information that says a lot about the style of this hotel: each room has a laminated sheet with a long and exhaustive list of rules for the guests! One of these is that bringing any food or drink into the room is forbidden. We rather enjoyed breaking this one in our utterly bizarrely kitted out Titanic themed room - being surrounded by doom and disaster was quite unsettling.
So in the end we agree with another reviewer who said that this was a pretentious B&B rather than a special romantic hideaway. The spectacular ratings are utterly bemusing!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 24, 2012

My husband and myself stayed at the Pool House Hotel for two nights and I just wish it had been for two weeks!!!!!! From the moment we arrived until the moment we left we were treated like royalty by Peter and Margaret Harrison and their wonderful family. Nothing was too much trouble for them and you could not wish to meet nicer people, so I would say to anyone who has read any reviews to the contrary, go and experience the hospitality of the Harrison family for yourself and you will not be disappointed. The food at the hotel is absolutely amazing and I would just like to say a big big thanks to John and also to Mhairi for her wonderful home baking. The accommodation and service is first class and Peter tells some wonderful stories, in fact he should write a book. I could go on and on about the Pool House Hotel and how wonderful it is and how wonderful the Harrison family are, but I will leave it to you to go and experience this fantastic place for yourself.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Diadem Suite, but it really doesn't matter which suite you have because they ar...
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Pool House Highland, Poolewe IV22 2LD, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Ross and Cromarty > Poolewe
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Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Poolewe
Hotel Class:5 star — Pool House 5*
Number of rooms: 7
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