Pool House is not a conventional hotel but a private family home set in spectacular scenery and run by the Harrison's who have welcomed guests to Poolewe for over twenty years.
Residing on the shores of Loch Ewe, Pool House is steeped in history and filled with an eclectic selection of furnishings, memorabilia and collectables from around the world. The house served as Court House in the early 1700’s and during the Victorian era was home to Osgood Mackenzie, founder of the NTS Inverewe Garden across the bay (the most northerly sub-tropical garden in the world). During WWII, the house was requisitioned by the Royal Navy and became the Command Headquarters for the Russian Arctic Convoys. Lord Rowallan also used the house at this time as his Headquarters for the Highland Fieldcraft Training Centre putting young officers through vigorous winter training in the local mountains. The location provides stunning views of not only the Loch but also where the river meets the sea. It is the perfect place to venture for a bit of rest and relaxation and has attracted many celebrities over the years.
It is lovingly run by the Harrison family, who will do all they can to make your time with them memorable. The family can trace their history back over 1000 years and ancestors include a notable Viking; a warrior who fought alongside Robert the Bruce; Edward Smith (Captain of the Titanic) and the actor John Wayne.
Each of the large suites, which are named after a WWII warship, comprises bedroom, bathroom with period fittings and a spacious private sitting room. Each suite is made distinctive by one feature or another: a balcony overlooking the sea and river, a rare glass canopied Edwardian bathing machine; a working fireplace or a seven-foot four-poster bed. All have spectacular sea views. Each afternoon, the family make available the billiard room where guests can enjoy a game on the full size table or instead relax in front of the fire in the oak panelled library. There's also a dedicated massage treatment room where the therapist offers Swedish, warm bamboo and Thai foot massages, as well as natural facelift treatments using Botanical oils.
Breakfast is served between 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and offers an expansive choice of dishes. A continental breakfast can be provided for guests requiring an earlier start. On Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evening, a four-course set dinner menu is available for guests with an advance booking. Specialised dietary requirements must also be advised seven days in advance in order to be accommodated. Pool House is fully licenced and also has an extensive wine list.
Poolewe village is a picturesque hamlet on the shore of Loch Ewe and with a backdrop of magnificent mountains. Amenities include an inn, village shop and post office, a wonderful coffee shop offering superb home baking, a weekly craft and produce market, a heated indoor swimming pool, second-hand bookshop and the world-famous NTS Inverewe Garden with its gift shop, restaurant and café. Daily boat trips depart from the pier at Inverewe. A short distance beyond the village “Garden Cottage Nursery” offers the chance to buy a wide range of beautiful plants including unusual varieties. Loch Ewe is also home to “Ewe Canoe” if you would like to try your hand at canoeing or kayaking with friendly, qualified and experienced instructors to ensure your paddling adventure is fun, informative and memorable. Keen archaeologists will find plenty to study in and around the village which has Pictish, Iron/Bronze Age and Viking sites. More recent history includes a plethora of WWII sites around the loch including one of the finest examples of an emergency coastal battery in the British Isles. A visit to the Russian Arctic Convoy Museum 6 miles away in the village of Aultbea is well advised for those interested in Loch Ewe’s wartime history.
Six miles away is the larger village of Gairloch which has many restaurants, cafes and inns offering a wide range of dining experiences. There is also a heritage museum, 9-hole links golf course, tourist information centre, marine cruises to spot whales, porpoise, seals and puffins, and a magnificent sandy beach. You can also stroll along the path to the spectacular Flowerdale Waterfall.
If you plan to be away from your home this coming season, welcome to ours!
|Bramble||£250 Per room per night (breakfast inc.)|
|Campania||£250 Per room per night (breakfast inc.)|
|Diadem||£250 Per room per night (breakfast inc.)|
|Scharnhorst||£250 Per room per night (breakfast inc.)|
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.