The Dower House

‘What a gem! More

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Muir of Ord
01463 870090

Hotel information


3. All on ground floor, plus small self-contained 2-bed flat.




lounge, dining room, snug/TV room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), wedding facilities, 5-acre grounds, unsuitable for disabled,

Background music



all ages welcomed.


allowed in bedrooms (not on bed or furniture), not in public rooms.

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MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B single £120–£135, double £145–£165,

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Good Hotel Guide Review

‘What a gem!’ Robyn and Mena Aitchison, the ‘charming’ owners, run this ‘extremely pleasant small B&B’ with ‘wonderful hospitality’. Guests are following in esteemed footsteps. The former thatched farmhouse – converted into a romantic cottage for the lady dowager of the Mackenzies of Highfield House – was used as a shooting lodge by Prime Minister Gladstone in the late 19th century. Nowadays it’s more peaceful, the ‘lovely garden’ filled with wild flowers, snowdrops, cherry blossom, native bluebells and rhododendrons, depending on the season. The bedrooms bring the outside indoors, with fresh flowers and garden views, as well as a ‘huge’ Victorian roll-top bath or a shower. The interior hosts antiques, oriental vases, Persian rugs, groaning bookshelves. Some call it ‘a treasure chest’, others ‘very cluttered, but with mostly interesting objects’. The lounge has a wood-burning stove, board games, while in the dining room, where a baby grand piano sits by the open fire, ‘first-rate’ breakfasts are served, including eggs from the house’s free-range hens. In sum, ‘a truly memorable stay’ in a spot well positioned for the North Coast 500, top-notch golf, salmon fishing and the Whisky Trail.

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The Dower House
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Guest comments

'Extremely pleasant small b&b/hotel well-located outside Inverness. The food is really exceptional--Robyn Aitchison cooked a superb dinner for just the two of us and the breakfast (included) was first-rate too. ' - Charles Elliott - September, 2015
'A delightful stay with wonderful hospitality from the hosts who made us extremely welcome. Our two nights was like staying in a private club, being joined by other interesting guests all of combined to make a truly memorable stay. A shower in our room would have been helpful in washing hair! ' - Ralph Wilson - August, 2015
'A pleasant, peaceful stay. My small room was well suited for single occupancy, and suitable for disabled. The gardens are wonderful, with benches everywhere. The food was good, lots of herbs and spices. The house is indeed cluttered - but with interesting objects. The owners are lovely people, trying so hard to please., ' - Helen Anthony - August, 2015
'What a gem!. We'd hate the clutter in our own home but in the Dower House it is a “treasure chest”. The lovely garden should be mentioned. The no-choice dinner menu wasn’t discussed in advance, at least not with us, and might have been a problem. However it wasn’t and quality was very high. The suite was good value, though a shower attachment would have been useful in the bathroom . Both the Aitchisons are charming ' - Elspeth and John Gibbon - August, 2014

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Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide