We've visited Skye several times over the last couple of years and stayed in several different B&Bs. This year we decided to try something different and decided on Greshornish House Hotel which is located about 25 minutes from Portree close to Dunvegan. This beautiful house is set in a stunning location and sat right on the edge of Loch Greshornish.
Checking in was nice and simple and our bags were taken to our room. When I spoke to the proprietor on the phone to book the room, he enquired if we would require a meal on our first night and I said we'd be eating in Portree and if we did require a meal on subsequent evenings, I would give him plenty of notice. Despite this, he did ask again when we arrived (This was now the second time he'd asked.....).
We had one of the rooms to the rear of the house (Oronsay) and it was clean and cosy and It appeared to have been refurbished fairly recently. Bathroom was a good size and spotless. No separate shower cubicle though.... you have to climb and stand in the bath to make use of it.
The strangest feature was the bed. A lovely large comfortable bed that appears to have been placed the wrong way around..... I may be wrong but it did seem slightly strange! There were tea & coffee facilities in the room along with a couple of pieces of homemade shortbread which had clearly been sitting there for several days / weeks / months uncovered (and was still sitting there when we left)
The next morning breakfast was nice with plenty of choice and no problems asking for additional toast. Upon leaving the dining room, we were again asked if we'd require a meal that evening and again, we declined (number three!). Again the following morning we were asked (number 4) and when I replied we'd not be requiring a meal, the owner curtly asked 'WHY' we didn't want to eat in the restaurant! I've never been asked to justify something like that before!
In the evenings, the room was comfortable to relax in. The TV was old and temperamental (not hugely important, although in a hotel costing this much, you'd expect better). This was however marred by the fact the house was noisy. There was a barking dog below our room, which started up well after 11pm and other guest's noise was clearly audible.
I've rated this poor overall because it's of a standard I wouldn't expect in a £140 a night hotel on Skye, in London or anywhere else in the world. Three things stood out as good.... the Room, the Breakfast and the nice guy who took our bags to the room and served breakfast. The rest of it, quite frankly, was seriously lacking.
The continual harassment to eat in the restaurant was just irritating. If the owner was to read the reviews on this site about his restaurant, he'd realise why we (and other guests we talked to) didn't want to eat there. On an island of a 1001 quality places to eat we certainly weren't going to waste our time or money eating there. I was also unfortunate enough to witness the owner's wife ripping into a supplier on the telephone while she infront of guests, again, something I really wouldn't expect in a hotel such as this.
So in summary... Greshornish House Hotel has such massive potential and could really be one of Skye's gems but in my opinion, the owners let it down. Please don't get me wrong, they are perfectly polite and cordial, I just feel they are out of touch with the pulse of the Island. At £140 a night it's grossly overpriced for the standard offered and there are far far better places to stay on Skye for the same (or less) money.. ask me if you'd like a recommendation.
Needless to say we won't be going back to what could have been something special. Overall, very disappointing.
- Also Known As:
- Greshornish House Hotel Edinbane, Isle Of Skye, Scotland