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Torcastle House B&B
Ranked #1 of 3 Banavie B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Bedfordshire
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52 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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“Fabulous Find”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

If you are looking for a great place to stay in the west of Scotland, Torcastle House B and B has got to be the place. Nestling, as it does, with a handful of other cottages and chalets on a little 'island' between the Caledonian Canal and the Rive Lochy, just north of Fort William, the approach is quite unique. Reminiscent of a scene from The Italian Job, when the three minis are chased down the city's drains, the only way in and out of 'the island' is through a stone built culvert that passes under the canal. Once through you are greeted with the magnificent peaks of the Ben Nevis Range right before you. A few more twists and turns and you arrive at the newly built Torcastle House.

You will not be disappointed, the accommodation is all brand new and first class with great attention to detail. Our double bedroom, called Heather, had a large comfortable bed with a duvet that seemed to grow thicker as we slept. An amazing breakfast of whatever you want, at whatever time you want it, is served in the comfortable lounge / dining room with the view of those majestic snow topped mountains through the patio doors.

Free range chickens, who provide the eggs for breakfast, roam the grounds freely and look in through the doors. Primrose, the sheep is in the field below the house along with two brown and black pigs. There are also three wonderful dogs who love any attention you give them and a six day old lamb called Rue. Beyond the field you can access the pebble beach by the river and the ruins of the original Torcastle, although there is not much left!

If you walk left from the house you can pass through a recently felled forest to the tow path alongside the canal. We saw deer running through the trees alongside the canal and all manner of birds. With the mountains as your backdrop, this is beautiful spot to spend some quality time.

Ilona and her husband Gavin run a fantastic home from home, where nothing is too much trouble. They are great hosts and we look forward to enjoying their hospitality again soon.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2012

Excellent B&B. Very quiet. Great views onto Ben Nevis. Excellent breakfast with own free range eggs and own sausage. Warm and friendly hosts. Our parents have also enjoyed our 4 night stay.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2012

Torcastle House was the first B&B we stayed at on our trip to Scotland and it was one of the most comfortable and enjoyable stays ever.

I especially remember the sumptuous breakfasts every morning with eggs fresh from their own hens, baked beans, sausages, black pudding and some great tea. My daughter (then 3) loved sitting by the window and looking at the hens wandering about outside.

The rooms are very comfortable with a personal touch and the place provides a very peaceful sleep at night.

I would unreservedly recommend this place and look forward to staying here again some time in the future.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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glasgow
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2012

I stayed here in September and returned at the beginning of January with friends from Northern Ireland for an overnight stay. We were given the warmest of welcomes and enjoyed the same high standards of accommodation as I had experienced before. Breakfast was beautifully cooked and presented - the view from the breakfast table is stunning, looking across to Aonach Mor, Carn Mor Dearg and Ben Nevis.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2011

It takes a bit of driving to get to it, but the view and the warmth of the welcome are well worth it. All the family made us feel very much at home and told us everything about the place - and probably enjoyed our look of surprise when we discovered that the little tunnel we drove through was actually under the Caledonian Canal.

Very highly recommended.

  • Stayed September 2011
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Suisse
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2011

We had a very nice and peaceful stay at this bed and breakfast in august 2011.

It is true that this b&b is away form the main roads, but when we arrived near Banavie, we simply called and the owner nicely came to show us the way. Moreover, this slightly remote location really adds to the charm of this quiet place where you can really enjoy some rest. Rooms are very spacious and well-kept.

Of note, apart from the owners which are very thoughtful and immediately make you feel like home, we were also welcomed by the great dogs, and a few moments later even took them for a nice walk in the countryside to a river and old ruins!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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glasgow
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2011

Our stay here has been a complete pleasure. We were welcomed very warmly by Ilona on our arrival and shown into such comfortable, clean and attractive accommodation that we knew we were on to a winner. Everything was to a very high standard – comfortable beds, lovely bedding, fluffy towels and a thoughtful welcome tray. Nothing was too much trouble for Ilona and Gavin who did their utmost to ensure our stay was relaxed and enjoyable.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Torcastle House B&B
Address: Torcastle | Banavie Fort William, Banavie, Fort William PH33 7PB, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Lochaber > Fort William > Banavie
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Banavie
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Torcastle House B&B 4*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Torcastle House is our family home. Newly built in 2010, we offer a high standard of accommodation and welcome you to stay with us to enjoy the stunning and peaceful setting at Torcastle. Torcastle is accessed through a tunnel under the Caledonian Canal, nestled between the Canal and the River Lochy. Although we are only 5 miles from Fort William it feels like world of its own. Perfect for spotting wildlife including Deer, Red squirrel, Pine Marten, Otter, Heron and stunning natural woodlands to wander through listening to the Owls and Woodpecker. ... more   less 
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