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Boath House
Ranked #7 of 9 Hotels in Nairn
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 January 2012

From the moment we came up the drive, Boath House was an epic refuge in the storm. A warm fire, a great living room, and immediate attention awaited us.

The art throughout the house is incredible. As incredible is the taste and care with which it is located. The house feels uncluttered but full of treasure.

The Orangery, in which we stayed, could not have been more to our taste. The quality and placement of furniture and decor were perfect, and all the little touches were there to help us relax.

The dinner was well worth it to us - the best food we had on our trip.

Thank you, Boath House, for making our last night in Scotland!

Room Tip: Make use of the photos on the website to choose your taste. The Orangery is below ground, but does...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 January 2012

From the moment you arrive, the staff is attentive, charming and caring. The 20 acres surrounding (with lake, english garden, herb garden and walking paths) are relaxing and beautiful. From Charlie's kitchen come an amazing array of offerings that are of "Top Chef" quality and presentation. A visit to the Boath House is a total refreshment of body, soul, and spirit!!

Room Tip: Room 3 overlooks the lake and grounds, has a lavish bathroom, and is purely elegant. Every room has...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 December 2011

or better still get someone else to treat you!! My son bought me and my wife a dinner for two at Boath House for my 60th birthday. We had never eaten in a Michelin star restaurant before but if this is truly the standard you get then it will not be the last time. The standard of food and service was just first class and as an earlier reviewer pointed out the wine list has some very reasonably priced bottles for this quality of establishment. Boath House is a beautiful building and I would be quite sure that we will visit again but hopefully in the spring/summer when we could take advantage of the surrounding grounds. Unlike some earlier reviewers we did not feel the need to whisper whilst in the dining room and the detailed description of each course by the staff really made for good conversation.
My wife left her gloves behind when we left and they were duly delivered to the nearby hotel where we were staying. Next time we will be staying at Boath House. Well done to Johnny and all other staff.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 November 2011

Just returned from an amazing two nights at this hotel. The surrounding are truly luxurious - we were in room 3 and the two baths are the ultimate in self-indulgence! Although the weather was extremely inhospitable this was more than compensated for by the whole experience. From the moment we arrived we felt looked after and special and sitting in the lounge in front of a roaring fire was made even better by the wind whistling outside. We both had massages which we thoroughly recommend. The food - wow! I am quite a fussy eater but loved everything - definitely worth all the commendations the chef has received.
We desperately needed a stress busting, pampering experience and that is exactly what we got. The staff were all superb: professional but friendly; always there when you needed them but not intrusive. If I had to make any negative comment - and it is a very minor one - we had been given a bottle of cava to have whilst luxuriating in our baths & were going to ask to get it chilled until we read that it would cost us £10 corkage - much more than it cost and a bit steep when you consider how much the room costs! Still would not hesitate for a second to recommend this hotel and hope that we will be back.

Room Tip: Room 3 for the ultimate romantic night away!
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 November 2011

My wife and I were looking for somewhere different to go for a wedding anniversary and chanced upon Boath House by accident. We were attracted by the Michelin star and the rooms looked good on the website.
It far exceeded our expectations and was really rather special. We have stayed in lots of excellent country house hotels and eaten in lots of Michelin starred restaurants, but Boath House is different. It is an elegant establishment, with very good quality furnishings and fitments,plus an excellent art collection, but it manages to still feel very homely and comfortable. Our room was very spacious, comfortable and quite funkily fitted, particularly the bathroom.
The dining room is elegant and the food is top quality - the most delicate scallop I have ever eaten, and certainly the best rabbit course I have ever eaten. A very, very good wine list at fantastically reasonable prices.
The service throughout is absolutely charming. We were greeted by the manager, who took our bags down to our room, whilst the owner parked our car. When I asked for a half bottle of Veuve Clicquot to be sent to our room, they had run out but the manager offered me a considerably more expensive bottle for the same price. A very nice touch!
Breakfast was divine - all locally sourced produce and perfectly cooked.
Boath House was impossible to fault and we shall be returning on a regular basis.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 November 2011

After celebrating our Civil Partnership at Boath House last year, we could think of nowehere better to celebrate our first anniversary.
Jonny, was marvellous as ever and made us feel truly at home.
Charlie provided us with a spectacular menu which we thoroughly enjoyed and made our anniversary truly wonderful.
The breakfast was great - the scrambled eggs are a thing of beauty.
Our only regret was that we couldnt stay any longer.
We're already looking forward to our next visit.

Room Tip: For us Meickle cottage will always be our room of choice, but the rooms in the house are all like so...
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 October 2011

My husband and I stayed in the Boath House Hotel for the last 2 nights of our honeymoon, and we had mixed feelings about or stay here. On arrival, we were greeted by the very polite and friendly Sam, who parked our car and took our bags for us, and offered us tea or coffee, which we appreciated after a long drive. However, we waited for about 20 minutes for someone to come and show us to our room, and eventually had to flag down someone passing in the hall to ask them where it was (who looked more surprised to see us than you'd think they would be, considering we were in a hotel).

We stayed in Lake Room 4, which was beautiful; a very comfortable four poster bed, lovely furnishings and a large free-standing claw-footed bath in a bathroom full of Molton Brown products. When we had phoned to book, the very helpful Nicky had asked if we required feather-free bedding due to allergies without me having to ask (this is very rare), and this had been adhered to. The information book in the room felt a bit more like a list of what the hotel didn't do than what it did (e.g. no turndown service except on request, a high corkage charge if you wanted to drink your own wine anywhere in the hotel but in your room or have it chilled, what you can't wear to dinner etc). After reading it, we felt (for a time) a bit like we were intruders rather than paying guests.

We had dinner and breakfast included as part of our two night stay, and the dining is an experience; make sure you don't have any other plans for the evening, as it takes two to three hours. My husband does not eat meat and he was catered for without demur, although he found a couple of the dishes from the six courses not to his taste. The staff are happy to change and make substitutions to the dinner menu at any time. When my husband had a sore throat, Sam brought him a Beecham's Powder on a silver tray, which was very accommodating and much appreciated. The choices for breakfast are varied and extremely filling. I would echo some other reviewers here and say that I also found the dining room a bit quiet at times; it felt a bit like the quiet in a doctor's waiting room once or twice.

The hotel itself is a lovely building, the rooms are nice and the staff are (mostly) lovely, particularly Sam and Nicky; it was just the small touches that we felt were not quite of the standard we were expecting. The Boath House was the last stop in our honeymoon tour of the Highlands, and the only place out of four in which we did not have a wee note in our room to say congratulations; we were briefly congratulated by Sam when we were having our coffee on arrival, and then it wasn't alluded to again (not that we were expecting fanfares and red carpets, but it would have been nice to have more of an acknowledgement than that). When we left, we noticed on our bill that we had been charged for the coffee we had while fruitlessly waiting for someone to show us to our room; I have never encountered this in an establishment with such high rates as these. Water was not provided on the table with dinner; we would have appreciated that instead of having to order bottles of it. We left feeling somewhat like our stay had been in parts more a money-making exercise for the hotel than a welcome for us.

The Boath House is a wonderful place, but in a hotel with this kind of reputation (and that charges this kind of money), you expect a certain level of service, and it wasn't there at times. Compared to other hotels on the Luxury Scotland website such as Stobo Castle, Turnberry or Cameron House, the small touches that really make a luxurious, restful experience were missing.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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ScotlandIndia, Front Office Manager at Boath House, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2011

Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on your experience here at Boath House. We are glad that you enjoyed your room and hope that you had a pleasurable honeymoon. I'm sorry to hear that you had to wait a while in the lounge before being shown to your room - when we serve guests tea or coffee on arrival, we usually give them time to settle down after a long journey and dont like them to feel rushed. However, the last thing we would want is for our guests to feel neglected and I'm sorry that you felt this way.

In regards to the noise level in the dining room, we prefer not to play music as it is very subjective and we cant predict everybodys musical taste without displeasing someone.

I hope that overall you had a great honeymoon and it would be our pleasure to welcome you here for your anniversary in a year's time.

Sincerely,

Sam Matheson.

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Address: On A96 | Auldearn, Nairn IV12 5TE, Scotland
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Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Nairn
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 9 Hotels in Nairn
Price Range: £290 - £368 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Boath House 5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family owned and run and famous for style, quality, gardens and fine cuisine. We are situated on the north east coast of Scotland on the Moray Firth Coast and the Grade A listed Georgian Mansion has been restored lovingly back to it's original splendour. ... more   less 
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