We recently spent 3 nights, together with a couple of friends, in this charming hotel in the Northern Highlands, a few miles south of Scourie and approx 100 miles north-west of Inverness.
It was excellent in every respect, and many thanks to Richard (English) and his spouse, Isabelle (French), the owners of this hotel for the last nine years.
From the moment when we entered the reception, Richard made us feel at home while he welcomed us, and showed us our room, No. 1, on the ground floor with a beautiful view directly on Badcall Bay.
The bar/lounge, with an EXCELLENT selection of more than 140 different scotch whiskies, together with an admirable wine list as well as a wide choice of beers and ale, was a friendly gathering spot for friends and guests, with cheery fireplaces at each end of the room.
The dining room, in the "Conservatory" with its view over Badcall Bay, was a special place because it permitted us each evening to savour the fresh culinary creations prepared by Isabelle and her team, ranging from succulent starters, through delicious main courses, and finishing with mouth-watering deserts and/or an excellent cheese selection, each day offering a different selection.
The Buffet Breakfast, served in the Breakfast Room, was also a delight, ranging from a choice of a full Scottish breakfast to lighter "continental" fare.
There are many returning clients, many of whom reserve 12 months in advance. We were very fortunate to have a "choice" room during our stay, since it was already booked for the days after our departure. Our travel plans for next year are still uncertain, but we don't want to delay too long to reserve!
We recommend this delightful hotel without hesitation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A small, seasonal Highlands hotel with a quality restaurant, and magnificent sea views overlooking Badcall Bay, in NW Sutherland. A place to escape to, a chance to experience the far North. Originally a church manse dating to the eighteenth century, the property was remodelled and sympathetically extended in the later twentieth century. It now provides a 10 bedroom (all ensuite) small hotel and restaurant. Owners since March 2016 Richard and Fiona are gradually putting their own stamp on Eddrachilles, while being careful not to change the simple, honest character of this charming but remote property. The main restaurant with original flagstone floors and stone walls, overlooks a courtyard garden. Here are served both table d'hôte and tasting menus prepared by our chefs from local fresh ingredients, including seafood bought directly from the boats in the bay, lamb from local crofts and venison from local estates. Our room-rates include a cooked to order delicious Highland breakfast and complimentary teas & coffees and munchies throughout your stay while lunches (seated or packed) and a more formal afternoon tea can be arranged for residents on request. Special diets, constraints, allergies and choices can be catered for with prior notice. The lounge and sun lounge look seaward and have an open fire and cosy wood burning stoves for those days and nights when the Highland weather is less inviting. The bar has a respectable malt whisky collection while local craft gins, beers and even vodkas offer an intriguing journey through the Tastes of the North. Eddrachilles is in one of Europe's last remaining wildernesses, at the heart of the NW Highlands Geopark and close to bird watchers' favourite Handa Island. There are opportunities for independent or expert guided hillwalking, fishing, mountaineering, sea kayaking and open canoeing, although it is best to book guides in advance. Well behaved pets are very welcome, and the hotel grounds provide pleasant walks to the shore for both two and four legged guests. The hotel can be found 2 miles south of village of Scourie, the hotel's driveway leads directly off the A894. Fiona and Richard look forward to welcoming you to Eddrachilles. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Eddrachilles Hotel Badcall Bay, Scotland