I have photos that I will post when I get the chance -- but it's summer and Zofia deserves to do as much business during high season as possible, so I don't want to wait!
I have been travelling to Scotland since 1983 -- maybe 15 trips of 2 weeks or longer. I know the standard of bed-and-breakfasts in Scotland, which -- at least based on my experience -- is generally very good.
I'd never stayed in Elgin. When we got to Elgin -- arriving late and tired -- Zofia's lovely, beautiful, gracious, elegant, spotless home was heavenly to come to. (By the way -- for some reason, most B&B's do not have a top sheet -- only a duvet. This is NOT good -- esp. of it's warm, because you either have to throw off the heavy duvet or sweat, esp. if it's on a noisy street. Also - -I don't believe that people actually wash a duvet cover every day so -- eesh!) Zofia DOES have a top sheet (great, since it was lovely and warm in Elgin). Of cousre, knowing Zofia, I am 100% certain she WOULD wash the duvet cover each day!
We only intended to stay one night, stayed two - -and wished we could have stayed longer. It's really one of the very best B&B's I've ever stayed in. And I have high (but reasonable) standards.
She is wonderful -- and takes real pride in her home and providing beautiful accommodation to her guests. Cannot recommend it highly enough -- esp. if you are a couple and looking for something a bit...lovely to make you feel pampered on your trip. Our room was LARGE and beautiful!
If you like Indian food, DO NOT MISS "Spice" which is about 2 blocks away. It's beautiful and the food is exceptional (and San Francisco is known as a food city - -and has any kind of cuisine you can imagine). Also, there is a new pub called the Drouthy Tailor. It is great! (and how surprised were we to find Anchor Steam beer from San Francisco in bottles there?! It's our very local brew...) It has a very friendly, local, low-key and very pleasant atmosphere -- all ages (we are in our 50s, but had a great time with the very polite and nice young men tending bar and the clientele...) And I understand they have music on the weekends, too.
Elgin has sadly been pedestrianized and a shopping mall at one side (like Perth, another bad decision).
The first time I was there (last year, but didn't stay in the town), I drove completely around it. Didn't look like anything was there! You have to go in, walk through the center, really look closely at the stunning Georgian buildings, go to the cathedral (which was one of the two greatest in all of Britain before the Wolf of Badenoch destroyed it...) Elgin grows on you...you really have to spend some time there. We didn't think too much of it after Day 1...after Day 2, we were really sorry to leave. And the environs (Speyside distilleries, the Pictish fort at Burghead, Findhorn, Pluscarden Abbey -- which is fabulous and the drive is so beautiful in and of itself! etc) are lovely to just wander through... Very nice people in Elgin. And surprinsingly, a lot of people who are not from there, just liked the place and stayed... But back to Zofia - -HUGE rooms. Lovely. Wonderful breakfast. And we loved Zofia, too!
- Also Known As:
- Moray Bank Bed & Breakfast Elgin