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Garvault House

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Fishing, cycling, walking or just touring, all are welcome at mainland Britain's most remote hotel. Leave the stresses and strains of modern life behind and share Sutherland's wide open spaces, clear skies, lochs and rivers with the golden eagle, red deer, wild salmon and trout
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Free parking
Free breakfast
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Fishing
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Non-smoking hotel
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3.0 of 5 stars
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Charming

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Kinbrace KW11 6UF Scotland
Garvault House
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Wick Airport
37.3 mi
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Inverness Airport
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Jim B wrote a review Mar 2024
Wirral, United Kingdom5 contributions1 helpful vote
Just thought I'd write another brill review. Me and Alsion stayed for another 4 nights in between a trip to Orkney. Unfortunately I injured my ribs on Orkney but the place was great about it when we got back. Who would have thought the least comfy seat in the lou ge wZ the only one I could go to sleep in Thanks for bearing with me Jim
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Room Tip: Its remote the access to out of hours GP care IS amazing. We had to drive for an hour but only...
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Response from Adrian Aderyn, Owner at Garvault House
Responded 1 week ago
Sorry to hear about your ribs James but you should have been warned not to try and play with the Orkney selkies.... Great to have you and Alison visiting again however - and Milo too of course.
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Matty wrote a review Dec 2023
West Yorkshire35 contributions15 helpful votes
Really unique experience . Very isolated and amazing scenery. After a day exploring the area it was lovely to come back to home made cake and tea and relax in the lovely warm lounge. As a previous review has said, it is like being in an Agatha Christie novels surrounding, The highlight for my friend Chris and I was the evening meal, served around a table where all the guests sat and talked. Really was so enjoyable , and the food was superb. The owners, Adrian and Eva really are the most amazing hosts and I was sad to leave. However, I will always have a part of the Garvault with me. As a T-totaler , due to an alcohol allergy, Adrian recommended a soft drink called Gunners from the bar which was fantastic, just ordered two cases for Christmas 🎄. Would recommend a stay without hesitation.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Response from Adrian Aderyn, Owner at Garvault House
Responded 11 Dec 2023
Nice to hear from you Lancs 74. Glad you liked the Gunners ginger ale and lime. I remember your visit with Chris was while we were in the middle of repairing the dining room roof and we were all squeezed into the breakfast room. Hopefully if you visit again (and we hope you do), dinner will be better served; although we cannot garantee the same Swiss, German and French guests.
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Jo B wrote a review Oct 2023
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Second visit. Came in March for 2 days, this time for 7, We had a superb time. Managed to get out everyday and go for a walk without rain every day which was amazing given the storms further south. Brilliant food. Ollie even cooked up the wild mushrooms I found. Field mushrooms, porcine,orange birch boletus an puffball. So cozy friendly and welcoming. It was also great to mingle with the other guests and it was such a great feeling that we would be staying there that long. Great to meet Adrian and Eva who weren’t there last time. They were lovely. Shame Zack was away, he was a hoot last time. Our dog was also really well looked after, she thought it was home by the end. Thanks ever so much and we’ll be back. James (AKA Jim)Alison and Milou
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: As I said before you have to like remote. This is the opposite of a corporate chain hotel
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Response from Adrian Aderyn, Owner at Garvault House
Responded 29 Oct 2023
Glad you enjoyed your second visit James;. You and Alison were good company; and little Milou is a sweet little fella. Look forward to seeing you back, but particularly if it is autumn. Just loved those orange and birch boletus!
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Jim B wrote a review Sept 2023
Wirral, United Kingdom5 contributions1 helpful vote
I really apologise for not reviewing before. In my defence I did, however it was on booking. Com which was not the right place. I can assure you it was brilliant. They sent me a reminder which is why I did. We stayed in March for 2 nights which was brilliant. It included my birthday and that got really well treated. The place is fantastic. So much so that we are going back for a whole week in October. I can’t wait
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: If you like hustle and bustle and access to shops or any other community facilities forget it.
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Response from Adrian Aderyn, Owner at Garvault House
Responded 3 Oct 2023
Thank you for this review Jim. Unfortunately Eva and I were not here when you and Alison came in June, so we look forward to meeting you later this month. All the best, Adrian
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Curious58362312558 wrote a review Sept 2023
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Great location and hosts ! Bed was comfy and views were amazing from top floor en-suite room. Food was innovative as supplies must be challenging. Eating refectory style was fun but tables for 2 were also made available. Local outings were easy once you had found the hotel location ie Durness and the fabulous Cocoa Mountain !.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Simon T wrote a review Sept 2023
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We chose Garvault House because of it's location and we weren't disappointed: it is simply beautiful and stunning. The house is quirky and interesting, filled with books and objects collected from all over the world. From the warm welcome until our departure all the staff were friendly and attentive. The bar was well stocked with a choice of bottled beers and the wine choices, though small, were varied. The selection of whisky was amazing. The food was simple and there was no choice, which I had known when booking. All 8 guests ate together and we had a really convivial evening including a few whiskies in the bar after dinner. Breakfast was really good with delicious porridge followed by gorgeous scrambled eggs with bacon, all cooked by Olly. Lovely coffee and great homemade jams.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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David C wrote a review Jun 2023
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For a place in the middle of nowhere we thoroughly enjoyed our one night stay. Rather than quiet tables for two the communal dining arrangement leads to interesting chats with the other guests. I would recommend a visit. Next time we would go when there are dark skies.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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John G wrote a review May 2023
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When I planned to cycle the NC500 The Garvault was always going to be a place to stay. I wasn’t disappointed it’s really like staying in an Agatha Christy Novel. All the Staff are brilliant. This is a very Unique place to stay In wonderful surroundings.
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Don’t expect a TV you are in the wilderness so enjoy nature.
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Response from Adrian Aderyn, Owner at Garvault House
Responded 30 May 2023
Thank you John for this review. We enjoyed having you and Ken's company - enjoyable and interesting conversation over dinner and thank you for telling me about our Highland cuckoo's different 'accent' from the Lowland ones. We're happy being like an Agatha Christy novel - as long as there are not too many murders.
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James L wrote a review May 2023
Chester, United Kingdom29 contributions3 helpful votes
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Well, what can I say...firstly I was not expecting the Garvault Lodge to be so remote, beautiful, peaceful and surprising. Ollie made us all so welcome, he is a great guy and can't do enough for you. We stayed in the bothy and absolutely loved it, had everything you could need. The location...wow!! Off grid style living at its finest. And if that wasn't enough...we had the Garvault bar, which is basically a pub...perfect! Thanks to all the workaway guys helping out they were so accommodating and friendly. We'll be back...James, Jim, Kenny and Simon aka the bikers.
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Response from Adrian Aderyn, Owner at Garvault House
Responded 21 May 2023
Thanks Jim for taking the trouble to write a review - and such a positive one too! Ollie will be pleased; he told me about your visit and how well you fitted in with the other guests and, hm, visited the bar. It's a long way from Chester, but you're welcome back anytime
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C B wrote a review Apr 2023
Washington DC, District of Columbia9 contributions2 helpful votes
The Garvault House is a truly unique home in which to spend a day or, better, longer. I arrived late but Ollie welcomed me and showed me to my very comfortable and beautiful room upstairs. After a delicious breakfast including locally home-made jam, I had a chance to wander the house and enjoy its many items of interest, from books to artifacts from all over the world, as well as an opportunity to sit outside at the picnic bench and do some quick watercolor sketching. My car needed attention and while I waited for assistance, Ollie and his staff could not have been more helpful and kind, making up a fire for me and leaving me the house phone in case my cell reception was weak. A magnificent location in the bleak and beautiful Flow Country and lovely cherry trees outside the house, along with the sheep, are only some of the features that make life at Garvault House warm and rewarding.
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Date of stay: April 2023
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United KingdomScotlandScottish HighlandsKinbrace
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Frequently Asked Questions about Garvault House
What are some of the property amenities at Garvault House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Garvault House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Garvault House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Is Garvault House located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.03 miles away from the centre of Kinbrace.
Are pets allowed at Garvault House?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.