Excellent in almost every respect. The environment is beautiful, and the room was extremely comfortable. Home grown and made ingredients for breakfast were far above expectations. And the hospitality was great without being intrusive. Only a few extremely minor negatives:
- Limited dining opportunities close by
- Be a little more generous with the shampoo etc. guys. Everything else was so great, but ...
Highly and enthusiastically recommended.
Home away from Home
We have been to many B&B's over the years, but this is the first one we have been to that truly felt like home. John and Glen are so warm and friendly and they make you feel so welcome. We have a 1 year old son and it can be very difficult to travel with him but they made him feel so welcome as well, and he loved his stay at the Pottery House. We all did! There are very few places we would love to come back to again, but we are already in the process of trying to book another trip to stay there! A trip to the Highlands would not be complete without a stay at Pottery House!!!
Quite simply one of the best B&B's in the Scottish Highlands. Situated on the shore of Loch Ness in the beautiful village of Dorres 8 miles south of Inverness. The rooms are bright and spacious with all amenities and stunning views. John and Glen made us feel really welcome, cannot wait for a return visit.
Five star accomodation indeed. Everything was almost perfect: very comfortable rooms with spacious bathroom, satellite TV and Wireless LAN, excelent breakfast with home made ingredients (with a different cooked speciality each day of week!) and also great hospitality.
The place (Dores) is perfect to explore the Loch Ness and to relax with the sound of the birds.
Because it was by far the best place in UK of our holidays I highly recommend this B&B.
Pottery House is in an excellent location for Loch Ness and Inverness. Only 8 miles along a scenic road from Inverness, yet a tranquil and beautiful setting along the shores of the loch. The room was comfortable and spacious, with cable TV and there is full internet access in the hallway. The shower was the best of all the terrible, terrible showers in the UK. The house is surrounded by forest and owls can be heard hooting at night, and deer are frequently seen in the garden. The hosts were friendly and helpful. The breakfasts were good with fresh homemade rolls on offer as well as daily breakfast specials. No fruit though - stewed or fresh. Dinner at the Dores Inn - ten minutes walk from the B&B was excellent. All in all recommended for it's location and overall comfort. A good place to stay.
A peaceful haven in the Highlands
My husband and I were married in the Highlands in October and spent 2 weeks travelling Scotland. The Pottery House was a favourite stay in the middle of our honeymoon.
The spacious, well-appointed room was just what we needed after staying at a number of cramped and dingy B&Bs. The bed and linens were very cosy and the bathroom and shower were the best of any B&B we've seen.
The Pottery House is set in a lovely wooded lot overlooking Loch Ness and a short jaunt to a great pub (The Dores Inn) where we had dinner eat night. John and Glen were wonderful hosts - pleasant and accommodating and served us yummy fresh rolls and delicious omelettes in the morning. After days of fried eggs and sausage, it was a wonderful treat!
We hope to go back to Scotland in the future and with any luck John and Glen are still operating The Pottery House so we can return for another stay!
Wonderful and friendly!
We spent four nights at Pottery House during our recent trip to Scotland, and I can not recommend it highly enough. The accommodations were far better than the two hotels we stayed in while in other parts of Scotland. The room was neat, clean, and very comfortable. The en-suite bathroom had everything we needed and was very clean and spacious. The room had tv with satellite (though we only watched the news in the morning and just before retiring) and a pot for heating water with all the fixiings for morning coffee and tea. Internet was available, and our hosts, John and Glen, graciously allowed us to use their phone.
The breakfast portion of this B&B was excellent as well. There is a beautiful little dining room in the front portion of the house with a wonderful view of the woods and the loch. While John cooked the very tasty meals, Glen would come in and chat, asking about our plans for the day and giving helpful suggestions when he could, several of which we followed. And, on a day when we left out early and had to miss breakfast, John made us delicious packed lunches.
The B&B is located on the southern route along Loch Ness in an area of amazing natural beauty. It is ideally situated for exploring the Loch Ness area. We spent a day just wandering the Loch edge (though we never saw Nessie). The rest of our stay we took day trips to the North coast, the Isle of Skye, and Dufftown/Elgin. Pottery House's central location in the Highlands makes it quite a good jumping-off point for day trips.
If there was one criticism, it was the lack of nearby restaurants. The Dores Inn is pretty much the only game in town, and, while it served decent, affordable meals, it has limited hours of service, and was a bit boring. And if you want snacks, be sure to hit a Tesco in Inverness because there were no convenience stores in the village.
All in all, I highly, highly recommend Pottery House. It's very comfortable, in a beautiful location, and the hosts are very friendly and helpful. Much better than an impersonal motel in Inverness.
Lovely - a nature lover's haven
(Stayed here in September 2006.)
The house is in a lovely wooded location on a hill overlooking Loch Ness. Our room was lovely - clean, comfortable and spacious. There was a vase of freshly cut sweet peas on our windowsill! Owners are excellent gardeners and cooks - very friendly and helpful too. Definitely book dinner at the nearby Dores Inn. A short drive from Inverness.
We still remember the Pottery House
My boyfriend and I stayed there last March (2006) and still remember the Pottery House with fond memories. We loved the fresh baked potato bread and and just made the recipe you sent us this year for the anniversary of our stay in Loch Ness. We did miss your fresh eggs for omlets and the beautiful gardens outside the Pottery House. There is a very nice waterfall a few miles away that we hiked to as well. The rooms were very clean and spacious and the hosts were very kind and friendly. We really liked the voting system where you could vote for which bread you wanted baked the next day. Sorry for the tardy review guys. We really loved our stay here.
Loved the Pottery House!
We absolutely loved our stay at The Pottery House! The accommodation was splendid, the rooms being lovely and big and the breakfast was great. The location of The Pottery House is excellent for exploring Loch Ness, as it is literally across the road from the infamous loch.
The little town of Dores is also lovely and we recommend eating
dinner at The Dores Inn. We would highly recommend The Pottery
House to anyone who is wanting to visit Loch Ness, and we will definitely be back in the future.