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THE BEST HOTEL
The Tomich Hotel is the finest hotel in Tomich. OK. Yes, it is the only hotel in Tomich, but it is still a nice place to stay. I had the privilege of staying her for 3 nights in business. The hotel is able to offer the 4 most important ingredients any hotel can provide: absolute quiet, reasonable mattresses, good food and a nice bar. The hotel is the hub of the village and serves as the social scene. Given that there are less than 20 houses in this picturesque setting, you can have a relaxing and stress-free stay. I paid a little extra for a room with a ‘Jacuzzi’, but I would not necessarily recommend this. The 3 room grades are fairly similar. You can arrange a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast rate and I would recommend doing so.
The hotel has a nice sort of hunting lodge décor. The Black Pennell Bar downstairs is the life of the area and it is well stocked. In addition to some local and hand-pulled ales, they have a great whiskey assortment. They even give you a tasting chart and they have a great knowledge of single malt whiskies. They have a very good bar menu and the food looked delicious. The Grouse and Claret Restaurant is a cosy and candlelit dining room where the fantastic food is brought from the kitchen next door. I had the chance to thank the Chef personally. I had a range of several special dishes each night and I loved every bite. The Chef buys local produce every day and prepares a new menu every night. I had chicken stuffed with Haggis one night. Not a dish I would normally choose, but the staff recommended this. My meals were always fresh, well presented and devoured with great enjoyment. They even have a good wine list to accompany a really pleasant dining experience.
The 8 bedrooms are fairly modern and have good mattresses. I had plenty of closet space, coffee making facilities and a TV. You don’t get many channels, but you really shouldn’t be spending time in your room given all the sights to see nearby. At night there are no cars around and the other guests are quiet. You really do get absolute silence at night.
Around the hotel you can walk for miles. Interestingly the golden retriever was first bred in Tomich by the 1st Baron Tweedmouth, Dudley Marjoribanks. He purchased the Guisachan Estate in 1854 and then created the current model village of Tomich. He also created the massive Guisachan House and Guisachan Farm, about 1.5 miles from the hotel. Sadly, the last owner, Lady Islington decided to deliberately wreck the palatial house in 1939. You can explore the substantial ruins on a walk to the nearby Ploda Falls. The massive Glen Affric National Nature Reserve is an easy drive away.
If you are looking for a peaceful stay with a top-class 3 star hotel, look no farther. This is a great place to stay and relax. With only 8 rooms, you get a very personalised service. You also need to book in advance as they do fill up.
Closed Christmas and New Years
• 8 en-suite rooms with at least a shower, most with a shower and bath
• Completely quiet at night
• Good rooms with coffee/tea making facilities, good mattresses, towels and furniture
• Steam iron and ironing board available
• Black Pennell Bar and Grouse and Claret Restaurant
• Fresh locally sourced food and menus every night, good wine list
• Full range of single malt whiskies
• Miles of countryside you walk to easily
• Wi-fi in the building (not fast)
• Prices include breakfast
The Tomich Hotel, Tomich, Near Cannich, By Beauly, Inverness-shire, Scotland, IV4 7LY
• 20 minutes drive from Loch Ness, Drumnadrochit, and Beauly
• 45 minutes from Inverness and 55 minutes from Inverness Airport
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