“A "lavishly romantic hideaway" and a "typical honeymoon escape", Pool House is "full of passion". Fabulous for exploring the surrounding coast, countryside and nearby Loch Ewe. The views from the restaurant in the house may well distract from the exemplary food on offer. Perhaps so popular because of the welcome given and passion shown by the "charming" owners of the entirely family run guest house. ”
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
Pool House is an historic building having been a court house in the 1700’s, a Victorian fishing lodge and the home of Osgood Mackenzie who founded Inverewe Garden a short stroll away around the bay (Inverewe is the most northerly sub-tropical garden in the world and now belongs to the Scottish National Trust). It was also the WWII Royal Navy Headquarters for the Russian Arctic Convoys from Loch Ewe. The house is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty and with plentiful wildlife visible from the windows. Otters and seals are seen on almost a daily basis. The interiors are quirky and individual reflecting the owners passion for travel. As Pool House is strictly residential, allowing a maximum of only 10 people in the building at any time, a peaceful stay is guaranteed. Facilities include an extensive library and full sized billiard table. Around 250 whiskies are on display in the bar.
What is there to do in the area?
There are several museums, a links golf-course overlooking the Isle of Skye, boat trips to see whales, seals and porpoise, canoeing, shellfish safaris on a fishing boat, craft shops, Nature Reserves, a perfume studio, wood turners, ranger guided climbing or walks, several world class gardens, magnificent sandy beaches, some of the largest Munro mountains in Scotland, abundant waterfalls, rivers and lochs, wildlife, pottery and painting galleries. For a day trip you can visit the fabulous Eilean Donan Castle, or the Glen Ord Distillery.
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
Traditional Scottish breakfast dishes include award winning local black and white pudding, or haggis; duck and hen eggs from our own flocks (particularly good scrambled or in a tasty omelette), smoked salmon or haddock from a Loch Ewe smokehouse, locally made sausages and Scottish bacon. Lighter bites include fresh melon and pineapple, thick natural yoghurt with our own granola, drizzled with heather honey and of course, traditional creamy Hebridean porridge.
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
We serve a daily changing set dinner menu which is £45 for four courses or £49 for five courses. There are a number of good places to eat in the larger fishing village of Gairloch which is approximately 10 minutes’ drive from the house.
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
All our suites are the same size and quality and all have sea and river views. In the summer, those with balconies tend to be most popular, whilst in the cooler months, those with working fireplaces are in demand.
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
Pool House is a private home run by the family and as such reflects their eclectic style. The house is full of antiques, porcelain, paintings and books. Curios, statues and memorabilia are scattered liberally throughout the building resulting in an informal, but decadently comfortable Scottish lodge. We hope you enjoy our relaxed style of hospitality.”