I'll start with the delicious coffee bread and tea provided by Catriona on our arrival. The house is 150 years old and has been modernized without sacrificing the charm. We strolled through the garden, marveling at how John and Catriona have utilized their acre to provide a self sustaining operation that has been recognized for its "green" contributions to the environment. They have chickens, a mulch area, photovoltaic cells placed so you don't really see them (except for the small array on the tipi, which has an adjoining toilet), in the garden. Their garden is amazing.
The rooms are clean and comfortable, the hospitality never ending. They made reservations for us at a popular Chippie in Helmsdale and John sat up with us and answered all our questions until we finally went to bed.
The food is outstanding. Excellent Full Scottish Breakfast as well as delicious continental offerings and smoked salmon. I can't say enough about this B&B. It all sounds quite expensive, but it isn't. It was the best value we had on our 2 week jaunt around the highlands.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Originally built in 1850 as a farmhouse for Sutherland Estates, Culgower House lies between Helmsdale and Brora on the scenic East Sutherland coast of northern Scotland and has glorious views over the sea. We offer tranquil, contemporary, high quality bed and breakfast. A great base for touring the north Highlands, en-route to Orkney or whilst driving the NorthCoast500. We look forward to welcoming you to our home and sharing with you the wonders of this very special part of the Scottish Highlands. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Culgower House Helmsdale, Scotland