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,
all ages welcomed.
allowed in bedrooms (not on bed or furniture), not in public rooms.
per room B&B single £120-£135, double £145-£165,
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.