We stayed three nights on the Ultimate Skye package; this gave us dinner, bed and breakfast as well as a trip on the owners 50ft yacht. And we chose one evening to dine at the sister hotel Duisdale House. Our stay came at the end of two weeks driving around the Inner and Outer Hebrides so we had hoped to pamper ourselves just a little bit. We were not disappointed!!!
From our arrival to our departure we were treated by the wonderful Rosemary and her team as honoured guests, and by the end as if we were old friends. There was nothing that we threw at them that they couldn't or wouldn't deal with.
The quality of food and service at Toravaig is generally exemplary, and relies heavily on locally sourced fresh ingredients. For example the kedgeree at breakfast is to die for. The kitchen aspires to win awards one suspects. It is jolly good but for me not quite what wins awards for hotels in the more populated parts of the country. And probably shouldn't be given its location. If they all aimed at a simpler offer it might be better all round. Wine List is OTT and also could be simplified and made more reasonable.
On one occasion the dessert - a deconstructed rhubarb crumble - was tasteless and the chef later admitted it was unacceptable but it shouldn't have got out the kitchen. Service on the first nights dinner was poor. It turned out they were shortstaffed in the kitchen but no-one told the diners!
Our experience at Duisdale was less satisfactory - more a hotel than a home-away-from-home. The menus at the two hotels are pretty similar so if we went again we would only eat at Toravaig I think.
It was great to get out on the yacht and experience Skye from the sea. Obviously the experience is weather dependent and we were fortunate to have a day of bright blue sky and a little wind. But just as it was great to see the sea and the sky and the mainland and the islands from the luxury of the yacht, it was a real privilege to spend time with Ken and Ann the hotels' owners as well as fellow guests John and Lynn.
We would not hesitate but go back and stay if we were in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Romantic, Boutique Hotel on The Isle of Skye, set in large garden enjoying fine views over the sea. Nine unique bedrooms - feature beds, Sky TV, telephone, en-suite bathrooms complete with fluffy bath towels and luxury toiletries. Mouthwatering menus created using fresh local produce, seafood, lamb, beef and venison. Intimate candle lit evenings relaxing by the fire in the cozy lounge enjoying fine wines and malt whiskeys. Exclusive sailing trips from May to September. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Toravaig House Hotel Isle Of Skye/Sleat, Scotland