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Donan House
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

Unfortunately, we arrived after leaving one of the most wonderful places we've ever stayed. We were on our honeymoon and seeing the castle was one of the highlights as my partner is a McKenzie and the castle is a part of his clan history.

Jim and Dot were nice enough, but seemed completely indifferent to us as guests. We got up early both mornings, once to go hiking on the Isle of Skye and once because we had ten hours of driving in front of us. The sign in the room says, "Breakfast earlier by request," but it's definitely lying. When we asked for 6:30, Dot said "Absolutely not." Jim got up and laid out milk and cereal and toast, but for the price we paid it was less than impressive. We didn't settle on the final cost before we left for the Isle, and when we came back we were informed it was cash only. My partner had to drive back into town (10 miles) and return with money.

We got the feeling that if they like you, they are probably very nice and wonderful. Jim made a point to ask the other guests how their day was and what they had done. He did not make the same point with us, even after speaking with us for ten minutes about money. They were entirely disengaged from us as guests, and it was just as expensive as staying at a 3 bedroom chalet where the owner was the most accommodating, helpful hostess I've seen.

If it's just for a night or two and an you aren't planning on getting up early, this might suit you well and the views are truly spectacular. If you are looking for good service and a warm welcome...well it depends on who you are!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Nancy S
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donanhouseowner, Owner at Donan House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2013

Well this is the first time i have responded to a review,
When you booked in to Donan House for two days you were told by email on booking that we dont accept credit cards, cheque or cash only, all bookings are answered by sorry we dont take credit cards so no deposit required, so please why tell lies on that one, Breakfast is from 8am to 8.30am or later and for early, yes cooked from 7.30am, But to ask for a cooked breakfast at 6am is a little cheeky as you were, i did get up early and did give you breakfast of all sorts and was very nice to you, also showed you where to go on skye, i also gave you a map on where to visit and you came back and thanked me, You say on your review you had breakfast early and only conti & this was agreed by you so you could leave early which you did, so how couuld you see me talking to and giving other guests info at 8am to 8.30am
i rest my case,
OK if you must leave a review leave a honest one and not just because you coudnt get breakfast at 6am as requested, maybe its a 24hr hotel you want to book next time,

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Reviewed 29 June 2013

We stayed at Donan house just for one night but could have stayed far longer if our schedule had allowed. Jim and Dot where great hosts and very friendly and welcoming from the moment we arrived, We felt that nothing was too much trouble for them.
Our room have the most spectacular view of the castle which during daylight hours is stunning but when the castle lights up at night it certainly becomes magical, Staying at Donan house you couldn't ask for a better view.
Our bedroom had everything you could have possibly needed for a good nights sleep and breakfast was lovely a great start to the day.
We would stay here again and wish Jim and Dot every success

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank lourogclay
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Reviewed 7 April 2013

From the moment we drive into Dornie, I knew it was a winner. Dot and Jim are lovely people and have a beautiful bed and breakfast. The setting is superb - being able to see the Castle from my room and also from the bathroom made my stay the best.

The information regarding food was great and they let us know what was in the vicinity. The second night Jim actually phoned along to the restaurant to let them know we were hoping to eat there - again wonderful service.

Jim also gave us a page from his map book to show us the way to go to see some stunning views.

Their hospitality is first class - hope to be back next year.

Room Tip: Ask for The View
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Cate1405
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Reviewed 4 April 2013

A highlight for us in Dornie is always the view of Eileen Donan Castle. The view from our room and the breakfast room looked straight out to the Castle. My Grandfather helped to restore the Castle as a young teenager so it holds a special place in my heart. We were warmly welcomed by both Dot and Jim and were taken to a large room with comfortable bathroom and facilities. The breakfast in the morning was cooked to perfection. This will definitely be our place of choice on any further trips to Dornie. Payment is by cash so please be prepared.

Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
1  Thank Morag R
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Reviewed 26 October 2012

My husband and I had the extreme pleasure of staying at Donan House mid September but sadly for only 2 nights. From the moment we were warmly welcomed by Jim and Dot and saw their beautiful B and B we knew we would have a wonderful stay there..and we did! Spotlessly clean and so comfortable..it really felt like a home from home. It is perfectly placed right across the street from Eilean Donan Castle. Our view of the Castle from our bedroom window (3#) was spectacular. Jim was incredibly kind to us and took us to a wonderful view point above the castle. Breakfast was great and Jim and Dot recommended a lovely pub down the road for fantastic food. Our stay there could not have been more magical. We live in NYC and we cannot wait to go back and stay there. We highly recommend Donan House.Sincerely,many thanks Jim and Dot and hope to see you soon.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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2  Thank redgerri
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