We stayed two nights, one of them in Mathews cottage: a dream! Absoluteley great. We must come again. The dinner, a great menue, was perfect. The staff was warmhearted and friendly, a pleasure to be here! Very nice other rooms like the lounge with a real burning openfire (not an electric one), the bar, where we had a good dinner the second evening. And all this far away from traffic and noise. Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
Our third visit over the past 10 years or so. There’s something special about this place which is more than the sum of its parts – outstanding views, remoteness (oh is it remote!), warmth not only heat-wise but from the staff and very friendly locals, a dash of eccentricity, beautiful dinner, amazing drives to the far north through almost “alien” country until you find something as eccentric as a memorial to John Lennon (of The Beatles, who loved coming to this part of the world with his wife Yoko and who can blame him?) – it’s indefinable. We’ve stayed before in Matthew’s Cottage, which has everything you could want including unsurpassable views particularly during early evening, and the Log Cabin which is arguably even more delightful later on. Both have TVs, but I’ve no idea how good reception is – as if we’ve come all this way to watch TV!
The weather can be variable – on our last visit I noticed in the morning that the wind was travelling in one direction at ground level but the clouds were travelling in the opposite direction – in other words, a cyclone! And so it proved to be – torrential! But that’s all part of the sum of the parts. The weather makes up for it later. It’s amazing how the hotelier and chef do it, in such a remote location. It’s not like you can pop out for a light bulb if one has gone! Run out of pepper? Tough. Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
My husband and I have just returned from a 3 night stay in this lovely hotel. If you want somewhere to relax and chill out this is the place to come. We stayed in the annexe which was very comfortable. There was no TV in the room which was not a problem for us but I can understand if some guests are not too happy regarding this especially if they are not told beforehand. We had the taster menu each night which we both enjoyed. This was served in the very welcoming dining room overlooking the water.
The staff were fantastic . They just couldn’t do enough for us. A special thank you to Anna. Her lovely smile and chat each day really made our day. Thank you all so much for a great stay. Good luck to all the staff heading of to university. Enjoy your time in Scotland.
It would be great if this hotel was opened over Christmas and New Year. It’s exactly the kind of place I would choose over the festive season. Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
A world class hotel and restaurant in the middle of one of the greatest parts of Scotland! Totally unexpected. This was a Michelin-Star quality dining experience, with many local ingredients, served and narrated expertly. Do yourself a favor and experience this for yourself. Stayed September 2014, travelled as a couple
This is a very special part of the world, with some of the most dramatic landscape and beautiful hikes anywhere in the world. This hotel is equally special. The new owners care for you enthusiastically, the hotel is clean and well furnished, the food is good, and 140 single malts are available. While featuring new bathrooms and modern amenities, the hotel has all the character of a place that has been treating guests well for 100 plus years. Be sure to drive along the coast to Lochinver for lunch at The Larder to enjoy their home-made pies. If the weather is decent, climb Stac Pollaidh, a dramatic 2,000′ hike that takes about three hours up and down. This is my fifth visit all the way from the USA to this area and certainly my favorite, because we stayed at the Summer Isles Hotel. We will definitely return. Stayed September 2014, travelled as a couple.