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Boath House
Ranked #7 of 9 Hotels in Nairn
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 November 2013

On arrival at Boath House we were warmly welcomed into what has been transformed into a truly lovely house allowing you to totally relax. Boath House is an ideal couples destination with roaring fires and candles lit throughout the public rooms and into the dining room, all creating a very lovely atmosphere.

Room 8, in the Orangerie, was stunning with one of the best bathrooms we've seen, complete with a huge assortment of Molton Brown toiletries and fantastic big fluffy towels. The bed was extremely comfortable with high end bedding and pillows resulting in a brilliant sleep. Delighted to find fresh milk in a flask for our tea & coffee but felt they were a tad mean only giving us one packet of (2) small biscuits.

The Dining Room offers Fine Dining, which was presented by very friendly staff. Only a couple of gripes here - it's a small dining room and all tables, except ours, were offered soda bread .... profuse apologises when we asked for some, and then after dinner when our coffee arrived there were no Petit Fours, which the couple opposite were enjoying with their coffee...we didn't dare ask as it was the same person who'd forgotten the bread!!

Boath House do ask if you have any requests regarding food and so I emailed to say that we didn't eat what we call "functioning parts of the body" and I don't eat egg so really was very disappointed when I read the breakfast menu which had egg on every suggestion. As I'm not keen on fish at breakfast I asked if it was possible to have sausage and bacon but was told there were no sausages and was offered black pudding...made from the above, I declined, and hoped Chef would surprise me with something other than what I got - several pieces of bacon formed into a pyramid in the centre of a plate.

While the bacon was excellent I do feel that when you're paying £450 for DBB that if guests make a request for something other than what's listed (especially when they've been told weeks in advance, at time of booking) they should be able to get it rather than what Chef thinks they should be eating. I love a traditional breakfast and do feel let down by what I had at Boath House. Surely if they didn't have any sausages there could have been more effort put into what I was served - such as a latke/rosti or even a round of toast under the bacon.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

Couldn't fault this place. Although more expensive than other accommodation in the area, I thought it was worth it. The attentiveness of staff and owners was brilliant, the food was delicious, the rooms were lovely and the spa treatments a treat! Would definitely come back.

  • Stayed: November 2013
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Thank Cmacleod2110
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

We were here in 2009. it was wonderful then - I was pregnant and Charlie and his team worked the menu round my particular requirements brilliantly.

This time we returned for my 40th birthday. We stayed in room 3 - Lake view, massive room, massive bathroom with matching slipperette baths looking out to the view. GORGEOUS!

The staff were lovely - particularly Sam, the food & wine excellent. Even the breakfast is michelin star. An amazing relaxing rest and such a lovely birthday treat.

Walked through the grounds with swans and ducks, found conkers for our wee boy, lovely old trees, beautiful lake. Back inside with the roaring fire, then an indulgent luxury bath with Molton Brown products and a glass of bubbly. Canapés and aperitifs in the lounge followed by the most exquisite meal. No silly long winded descriptions, just three words per course so still kept an air of mystery! Dinner is the (deserved) main event so dont expect to do anything else other than this.

We will definitely return again and highly, highly recommend it to our friends (in fact we found it upon a friends recommendation)

Room Tip: Look at the pics! Phone/email the hotel - very helpful!
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

Stayed here on friday 18th. We were greeted and sat in the beautiful lounge with a nice fire going, brought coffee, signed the visitors book and then taken to our room after checking that everything on the menu was suitable, which it was.

Once in our room, also amazing, four poster, spacious, lake and garden view. Lovely bathroom, good deep bath, superbly clean, we had a quick lie down then a walk around the grounds and garden. The grounds are very nice, garden which I beleive produces for the kitchen, a lake with swans and ducks.

So after our walk we prepared for dinner. Went downstairs around 7 for aperitifs and canapes in the lounge. Double checked the menu again making sure there was some carbohydrate for my girlfriend who is diabetic, there was, picked wine and relaxed with our drinks, we were then seated.

First course, cauliflower soup with avruga, perfect, light, correctly seasoned.

Next, salmon lightly cured and poached with beetroot, puree, jelly and quail egg again lovely. Fish and egg cooked to perfection.

Then, roe deer carpaccio, tarragon cream, pine nuts, and freshly picked wood sorrel (I asked it comes from round the grounds) good balance of flavour, beutifully presented

After that a main of halibut, rice, fennel with a little foam on top, my favourite dish expertly cooked halibut

I proposed after that to my girl, she said yes so we moved on to the cheese course.

Black bomber from snowdonia with oat biscuits very buttery and crumbly and fresh fig. Great cheese

Dessert was hot chocolate pudding, salted caramel ice cream and chocolate espuma. Very very tasty

We finished up with coffee, petit fours and a few drinks in the lounge, then champagne in the room and off to bed ..

Good nights sleep. Breakfast just what we needed porridge, freshly squeezed juice the missus had a smoothie. Then black pudding, duck egg and bacon, a good dose of caffeine and back for another sleep for an hour then check out.

Good wifi. Wasnt disturbed at all, value for money...? I dont really think you can put a price tag on perfection.

Thanks to everyone for making emily and myselfs stay and engagement perfect.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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1  Thank nick999999999
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

There are alot of things that this hotel does right, but given how expensive the hotel is, one would expect everything to be done right. First, the good - - the hotel is gorgeous, the drawing room is very comfortable, and the staff is outstanding. We loved the "check in" process. You sit in the drawing room and are given a cold drink - - no paperwork. Just like arriving at someone's country home as a guest. And, I have reviewed the restaurant separately. It is a truly excellent restaurant in every regard.

Now for the bad. We booked our room based on the photos on the hotel's website. We selected the Orangerie, which looked lovely. What the website does not indicate is that the room is in the basement. It has a door to an enclosed greenhouse type area, but there is no way to get any fresh air in the room. There is one small high window that did not appear to open. We had expected a room on the first floor, with windows that we could open. We felt that the description on the website was misleading.

Also, there is virtually no intenet service in the hotel, except intermittently in the drawing room. Thus, when we wanted to check our e mails or the opening time at Cawdor Castle, we could not do it in our room. Moreover, because we were in the basement, we did not have cell service in our room. In order to check messages on our cells, we had to walk outside. This may sound like a minor complaint, but it does take away from what should be a very relaxing sojourn at a beautiful hotel.

Next time in Nairn, we will be staying elsewhere although we will try to get dinner reservations at the Boath House.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank jscottjoplin
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

The House is lovingly cared for by a dedicated staff. We were warmly welcomed and ushered into the drawing room for checkin. At 7 PM each night cocktails and hors d'oeuvres are served here before being seated in the dining room at 7:30 PM. This one star Michelin - rated restaurant is intimate and outstanding. A 6-course prix fixe dinner is an adventure in tasting. A few examples: Jerusalem artichoke soup with caviar, foie gras with balsamic meringue and cherries, roe deer with salsify and hazelnut puree, Ticklemore goat cheese, plum puree and oat crackers. The service is excellent. You can view the menu ahead and if there is anything you prefer not to eat, they will accommodate your wishes. We usually prefer to eat at 8 or 8:30 but can understand why this 8-table restaurant needs to contain the hours of service. We never had afternoon tea, and the house is quiet at that time of day. Breakfasts are filling and delicious and they will accommodate your wishes if you'd like something that's not on the menu. The grounds are beautiful and peaceful. Some of the many mature trees are 400 years old. A pond is home to a swan family, ducks and other wildlife. A walled garden is a pleasure to wander through. From here one can visit castles - we loved Cawdor. We also took a short drive to Findhorn and its spectacular beach which was almost empty in September. Coastal walks go on for miles. We were sad to leave. Expensive but worth it. Forgot to mention that the rooms are beautiful. We had one of the smaller ones and it was still grand.

Room Tip: All the rooms we were able to glimpse were just beautiful - our smaller one was #2. No air conditi...
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Laurie G
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Reviewed 8 September 2013

Booked not that far in advance and there was only 1 room available which we took. It was one of the smaller rooms but none the less was spacious and very well furnished.
On arrival we were promptly greeted and escorted to the superb lounge area while we completed check-in and our bags taken to our room. The room, as you would expect, had top end furnishings, toiletries, superb bed, etc. After we unpacked we went back to the lounge where we were provided with tea and coffee together with some homemade shortbread type biscuits. All very nice.
Grounds are also superb with a walled garden and a very large pond/small lake. Lovely to explore and walk around.
Staff were very attentive and looked after our every need.
Expensive but recommended.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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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:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Nairn
#4 Family Hotel in Nairn
#4 Luxury Hotel in Nairn
Price Range: £281 - £365 (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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