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AA Hotel of the Year for Scotland 2001/2002

The Which? Hotel Guide 2002
“Startling transformation of Highland hotel into luxurious hideaway.”

Taste of Scotland 2002
“Without a doubt, Pool House is one of the finest places to eat in one of the most beautiful locations on the West Coast. Award winning Scottish cuisine.”

Best Loved Hotels of the World 2002
“A rare and magical place that everyone should experience at least once.”

New York Times – Gillian Tindall
“For character, food, welcoming staff and views, I like the Pool House Hotel."

Sunday Herald
“Sumptuously decorated suites and first rate cooking… the restored Edwardian bath-shower provided the most luxurious soaking I have ever experienced. John Moir’s award-winning cooking is based mainly on game, fish and seafood (some of which he catches himself) is varied, imaginative, superbly cooked and beautifully presented…-for fortunate guests- a cameo appearance was made by the local otters.”

The Sunday Telegraph – Julie Davidson
“Seldom has washing been such a treat. As I wallow beneath the cascading canopy of the Shanks Independent Spray Bath, I feel a certain kinship with the grey seal idling in the water outside... The Harrisons’ establishment becomes my Hotel of the Decade.”

The Observer – Mariella Frostrup
This tiny hotel sets new standards of luxury in Scottish rural accommodation... With the emphasis so firmly placed on cosseting guests, there can’t be many nicer places to return after a hard day’s walking.

The Sunday Times –The Love Getaway
Rob Ryan finds the most romantic hotels for Valentine’s week
Where?: Way up on the west coast of Scotland, near the famous Inverewe Garden. The Romantic factor: Huge. Just 4 suites (it was once a 16 bedroom hotel) in a beautiful house overlooking a loch frequented by seals and porpoises amid deafening silence. Best Bed: one of the owners is a descended from Captain Smith of the Titanic & the Diadem suite mimics a first class cabin, with working fire place – as on the ship- a huge 1912 bath with glass canopied shower. There’s a bigger bed than those on the boat, though: 7ft square. Just spare us all the Celion Dion in the shower! Food for Love: local lobster, salmon, oysters, scallops, langoustine and hand collected mussels.

Sunday Times Travel Magazine to be launched January 2003 lists Pool House as "one of the top ten most romantic hotels in Britain"

Peter Irvine – Scotland the Best
Awarded one tick – Amongst the very best in Scotland
“Chef John Moir does a fine job with the scallops that come from “just out there”.
Simultaneously special & personable.”

RAC Blue Ribbon Holder 2002

AA Hotel of the Year for Scotland 2001/2002

AA 2 Red Rosettes for Food & RAC 3 Dining Awards

Highlands of Scotland, Poolewe, Wester Ross, Scotland
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Pool House is an exclusive and historic retreat on the sea shore of Loch Ewe and alongside the River Ewe. A short stroll away lies the world famous sub-tropical Inverewe Garden.

The accommodation comprises only sumptuous suites each with private sitting room, bedroom and bathroom. All are richly furnished with beautiful antiques, porcelain and paintings. Bathrooms feature wonderful antique baths beautifully restored. All the rooms have lovely sea views. All of the suites have been named after great naval vessels, many of which have visited the bay in front of the hotel, which for centuries has offered a safe haven to shipping of all kinds.

The library drawing room with its imposing marble fireplace is a traditional Victorian parlour with a huge bookshelf and cabinets with fine glass and porcelain. There is a bar and billiard room with full size antique table for the use of guests and offering a large selection of malt whiskys. The North-by-Northwest dining room is decorated with a nautical theme whilst the smaller "Henry Bacon" room can cater for private parties of ten people.


Pool House has a truly inspiring setting at the head of Loch Ewe and alongside, the River Ewe, which flows past the building on its voyage from beautiful Loch Maree. The house overlooks the world-famous sub-tropical garden of Inverewe, which lies across the bay and whose plants flourish due to the warming effects of the Gulf Stream. These factors combined make Pool House one of the most romantic locations to host a small wedding. To be married on the lawn beneath an old birch tree with the waves lapping on the shore, perhaps watched by a solitary seal is a truly magical experience. Should the Highland weather not be so kind, then the beautifully appointed drawing room with its marble fireplace is just the place to say, "I Do." After toasting the newlyweds with champagne the private dining room, situated just feet from the sea, with its long mahogany table, is the perfect spot for a wedding breakfast for up to 10 people. In the summer months watch the sunset linge! Over the distant hills and in the cooler months you may be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights, known locally as the "Merry Dancers".

Our local wedding co-ordinator, Susan Smith of Highland Wedding Belles, can help arrange just about everything to ensure a flawless wedding day.


The "Henry Bacon" room can function as an informal board room for meetings of 10-12 people around a Victorian mahogany table. This room also benefits from magnificent views being less than 15 feet from the sea.

The Area

Pool House offers an exciting base from which to explore the beauty of Wester Ross. Easy walks begin from the hotel beside the river to Loch Maree or along the sea shore. Ranger guided routes are available during the summer months and include seal searches and shoreline or wooded walks. Across the bay is situated the famous subtropical Inverewe Gardens, now owned by the National Trust for Scotland.

Pool House
Street: By Inverewe Garden
City: Poolewe
Province: Wester Ross
Postal Code: IV22 2LD
Country: Scotland
Phone: +44 (0)1445 781272
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