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“Short of excellent”
Review of Kylesku Hotel

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Kylesku Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kylesku
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 September 2010

We stayed at the hotel in May and then visited for meals in September. We've been coming to the hotel off and on for 15 years (which says a lot). Through three sets of owners the welcome has been consistently warm, the location is fantastic, the residents' lounge and rooms are cosy, quirky and clean and now renovations are underway - showers in the rooms? Bliss! However, this last trip wasn't the success of previous stays. Table service seemed a bit less attentive - e.g. empties left to stand on the table, having to get up and order our own drinks from the bar at one point. And the food was a bit hit and miss. It's nice to see the menu being more varied than in previous years, but this most recent visit was the first time that we had a mix of both excellent and adequate meals. 'Bistro pub' showing signs of turning to 'pub grub'? I'd still recommend it but some of the lustre has worn off - all three sets of owners having set the bar so high.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled with family
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Thank RichardW68
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Reviewed 15 September 2010

This small hotel stands close beside the former ferry slipway at Kylesku in a setting of exceptional natural beauty in the far north-west of Scotland. This is 'getting away from it' with a capital G. My daughter and I arrived a little frazzled having taken the scenic 25 mile coastal loop north from Lochinver, a roller coaster of a single track road that is most definitely not for the faint-hearted. The smiling Slovakian girl who greeted us smiled knowingly and sympathetically and said she would bring tea to the small lounge overlooking the sea loch after we had taken our bags to our room, so that we could recover. It was the sort of gesture that made you feel welcome. She asked whether we would like to eat in the restaurant or the bar that evening and we decided on the latter as we felt it would be more informal. It was a decision we didn't regret. The bar was warm and welcoming and surprisingly full considering the remote situation of the hotel. We drank a glass of excellent Chilean Sauvignon Blanc whilst considering the menu and were delighted to spot a group of seals in the water below watching us as curiously as we were watching them. Between us we sampled local pan fried scallops and langoustines, and then a divine, velvety Cullen Skink and a piping hot fish pie topped with cheesey mash. All first class. The high standard was repeated at breakfast with perhaps the best rhubarb compote I have ever tasted accompanied by home-made yoghurt.
The rooms are in the process of being done up and en-suite showers installed where once there were shared bathrooms. Our room was perfectly comfortable for a one night stay though if I was to go again I would ask for a room with a view because the views are what this place is about. Mind you we did look out onto a small patch of garden where lots of fresh herbs were growing - obviously for the kitchen. I liked that.
The only jarring note was the fire alarm going off in the middle of the night. Very loudly! It didn't go on for long, and was a false alarm, but I doubt anyone failed to leap out of bed with pounding heart. However at breakfast the next morning one of the owners came round and apologised sincerely to each and every guest and it really did little to spoil our really very pleasant little stay at this special place. It is well worth making the effort to get there, and I am sure the seals will be pleased to see you!

  • Stayed: August 2010
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Reviewed 25 August 2010

Stayed in around Kylesku for several days - first contact with the hotel was when we arrived in the bar hungry and very tired after a 7 hour hike - although the restaurant was closed by the time we got in, Tanya rescued us with soup and sandwiches.. In fact we liked it so much we came back at the end of the our holiday and booked our final night in the hotel. Absolutely magic .. very comfortable rooms, very friendly staff and a very delicious fishy feast .. Lovely place and hope the hotel goes from strength to strength

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 July 2010

we had a lovely stay of 2 nights outstanding scenery it would be hard to beat comfortable rooms and slept well. staff most attentive. food-- well breakfast seemed to be piled up on your plate not very attractive and seemed to have been cooked in same oil.
the choice of menu was rather limited and choice of sweets was 2.
the chips were(possibly frozen) and no real fresh vegs.we really did enjoy our stay
but the food let it down for us--- sorry.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 July 2010

Looking for stunning views, in a child-friendly environment , enjoying excellent food? Then this is the place for you. Kylesku Hotel is on Loch Glendhu, at the junction of three lochs. The place is so calm! We spotted a group of seals playing just opposite the hotel. Idyllic! Food is excellent, especially the fish, straight from loch and deliciously served. Try also he cuisine of the bar: you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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1  Thank SuperJ0
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Reviewed 4 June 2010

We have stayed at this hotel for a few days, once before a few years ago. This time we stayed for a few days. The setting is superb, the views are exceptional. The rooms are very comfortable and clean, no shower though, hopefully the new owners will rectify this however having baths is relaxing! The owners are very pleasant and show an active interest in your day and although we never had any real problems during our stay you felt confident they would deal with any issue. The food is excellent in both the restaraunt and bar, my only criticism would be the restaraunt menu is fairly small and we were told that it is changed weekly - therefore if you wanted to eat in the restaraunt every night, you would run out of things to try after 3 days (assuming you liked all the choices) - this is a shame as the restaraunt has fantastic views really is a lovely place to dine. Do not let this put you off as the bar menu is also very good and if you are quick enough you can also find a table with good views. My only criticism about this hotel is that drinking here is very expensive. We stayed at other hotels during our holiday after this one and became disappointed we had been charged up to double for identical drinks.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank GandPORA
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Reviewed 4 June 2010

Great location, warm, friendly efficient reception, wonderful seafood and whisky served by unobtrusive but attentive staff. The room was fine, if a bit shabby. New shower still having teething troubles at times of high demand. Lovely breakfast. Cosy lounge with books and sofas around the fire, great views from the bar.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled with friends
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Address: Kylesku, Kylesku IV27 4HW, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Caithness and Sutherland > Kylesku
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kylesku
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kylesku Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A warm welcome in the heart of real Highland wilderness. Kylesku is a delightfully peaceful village on the shores of two large sea-lochs, Loch Glendhu & Loch Glencoul. Set in the heart of real Highland wilderness, it makes a perfect base for exploring Sutherland and North West Scotland.The Kylesku Hotel itself is an old coaching inn dating from 1680, and is situated by the former ferry slipway on the shores of the loch. The hotel, bar and restaurant are open to residents & non-residents alike. It is an independently run small hotel with current owners Tanja Lister & Sonia Virechauveix eager to provide a warm welcome.The views from the hotel overlooking the loch and the local mountains are awesome with the bar, restaurant & lounge providing a perfect vantage point for overseeing the local wildlife - an abundance of seals, red deer and birds, or even our more elusive neighbour, the local otter.We are passionate about food, and with local fishing boats landing daily in Kylesku, seafood is a speciality. Fresh langoustines, lobsters, spineys, crabs, mussels and haddock are available, alongside quality meat & game. We also offer a choice of vegetarian options, all of which can be washed down with wide selection of wines, beers & malt whiskies. We are proud to be included in the 2012 Michelin Guide to Eating in Pubs. Our aim is simple: to tempt you with the freshest, local, quality food, in welcoming, friendly and comfortable surroundings. We hope our wealth of local knowledge will help you to get the most out of your stay here. There is something for everyone, be it walking, climbing, fishing, wildlife watching or simply combing the many deserted white sandy beaches of the North West Coast. We are happy to help you to plan your itineraries whether by car, on foot or pedal power.Our hotel is also featured in the 2012 Good Hotel Guide and in Claire MacDonald’s famous recipe book Scottish Highland Hospitality, where she states that “Kylesku Hotel combines everything I consider to be essential for a visitor to the Highlands - comfort, really good food in an old hotel with all the present-day amenities, and truly spectacular scenery wherever you look.” ... more   less 
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