This place is certainly not terrible - far from it - but it is peculiar. As hinted elsewhere it has the unmistakable whiff of a former care home or hostel, and with minimal attempt at conversion. I could see little sign of ornaments, a few of these - mimsy or otherwise - might have relieved the cavernous empty space in the dayroom-like communal areas.
There are many good points. The staff are clearly making an effort, within their knowledge, to do a good job. The facilities are clean, and service is prompt. The bedroom areas are nicely decorated and well-equipped. Breakfast was top notch, and this was the only place on my trip that provided a jug of cream with the porridge. The mushroom is especially worthy of note - huge, fresh and tasty! My evening meal was predominantly good, though sliced bread with soup is a let-down and I'm not sure the lettuce is the ideal accompaniment for venison casserole with potatoes au gratin!
In my room, some fine-tuning was needed in the bathroom. The shower being attached to the bath-taps was not in itself a problem, but only the hot water was diverted to the shower attachment, not the cold! Also the toilet needed four flushes to dispose of solids, not a problem for me as I was travelling solo, but could make things unsavoury for those sharing a room...
The outside areas had an air of neglect - the rendering of the upper areas of walls had been painted, but the paint allowed to drip onto the ground, including onto the quarry-tiled steps to the main entrance. Even in a remote area someone should realise to use a dustsheet? And the proprieters really should consider making an inside area available for storage of cycles as this was the only place out of 13 I visited where this was not offered.
Overall, a memorable trip and a place I warmed to in many ways, but a few aspects left me mystified...
- Also Known As:
- Kinlochbervie Hotel Scotland