The Dower House

There is nothing dour about this ‘pleasant, peaceful’ guest house much loved by Guide readers. More

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The Dower House
Muir Of Ord
01463 870090

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4. All on ground floor




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

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no under-5s at dinner (high tea at 5 pm).


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

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MasterCard, Visa.


[2016] per room B&B from £145, D,B&B £221.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

Cheerful wisteria and flower-filled gardens greet visitors to this Georgian stone cottage-orné, ‘well located outside Inverness’. Guests praise the ‘wonderful hospitality’ from owners Mena and Robyn Aitchison: ‘They are such lovely people, and they try hard to please.’ ‘A home away from home’, the ‘pleasant, peaceful’ guest house has a lived-in feel: the lounge brims with ‘interesting objects’ – antiques, Persian rugs and Chinese vases, well-stocked bookshelves and potted plants. The ‘cosy’ bedrooms are individually decorated, and have a shower or Victorian roll-top bath. Each room faces the gardens, which are ‘wonderful to walk in; there are benches everywhere’. A guest with moderately limited mobility was well accommodated this year. ‘My small room was well suited to me and had an excellent walk-in shower. A handrail leading down three small steps to the bedroom would have been helpful.’. The Dower House is now run on a B&B basis only.   Breakfast is ‘first rate’: proper porridge; eggs from resident hens. (Charles Elliott, Helen Anthony)

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The Dower House
Muir Of Ord

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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