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The number one guest house in Inverness!
Avalon Guest House (Inverness)
Member Name: jeffjen
Avalon Guest House (Inverness)
Advantages: Lovely rooms, great breakfast and very friendly welcoming hosts.
I had checked the hotel websites such as Premier Inn, Travelodge etc but on finding out about the concert taking place they had hiked their prices up, with Premier Inn actually charging £118 for one night's stay on the night of the concert! I was not prepared to pay their hugely inflated prices so began looking elsewhere.
At this time of year the guest houses in Inverness are busy accomodating the tourists who flock to the area and I was informed that I should book early. The concert was in July and so back in March I began looking at suitable places to stay.
On searching the internet, one of the first places I noticed was the 'Avalon Guest House' and clicking on the link, http://www.inverness-loch-ness.co.uk/ brought up the guest house website. I was impressed with the information and photo's about the Avalon and discovered it has been voted the number one guest house in Inverness on Trip Advisor as well as being rated four stars by the AA. I was also pleased to discover it looked to be a 5-10 minute walk from the concert venue and therefore decided to check availability right away via the website and was pleasantly surprised to find they had one room left available for the dates I wanted. I booked it there and then and received an immediate confirmation of my booking via email. I did not have to pay a deposit, just simply leave valid credit/debit card details. Full information of cancellation terms and conditions were included in the email.
~~ Avalon Guest House, Inverness ~~
The Avalon Guest House is situated on the A82 tourist route into Inverness and is only a ten minute walk away from the city centre along the banks of the River Ness.
If you drive up from Fort William, it is a very scenic route going right alongside Loch Ness and as the road takes you into Inverness, you will find the Avalon guest house on the right. Driving in from the busier A9, takes a little longer but it was still easy enough to locate following the directions provided.
Avalon is set back from the road and has off-street parking. It offers 5 Double Rooms with Double, King or Super King Beds and 1 Twin Room with Single Beds. All room are en-suite with the exception of one which has its own private bathroom right opposite the room. This was the room I had booked as it was the only one left. Bed & Breakfast for myself and partner was £70 per night, which was a lot cheaper than the Premier Inn were charging and also you would have to pay extra for breakfast at the Premier Inn/Travelodge too.
~~ Our Stay ~~
We were greeted very warmly by Jo and Brad the owners and right away I was impressed with the Avalon guest house, from both the inside and outside . Jo ushered us into the guest lounge where I was asked to fill in a small guest details form whilst Jo chatted to us about our journey and why we were visiting Inverness. Right away we felt very welcome and at ease chatting to Jo as she gave us a handy map of Inverness pointing out where the concert was being held as well as where we had arranged to meet friends.
Jo pointed out the guest lounge could be used at any time and there was even a laptop there for guest's use! Wi-fi was also available in our room.
We were then shown to our room on the ground floor which was more than suitable for our needs. The rooms are described as being decorated in a modern contemporary style and ours was no different. Both myself and my partner were very impressed with our room and Jo pointed out a few things to us, before showing us our private bathroom right opposite ensuring we understood it would only be used by us during our stay. Whilst it is nice to have an en-suite, I knew when booking that I was getting the only room without one and it was really no hassle at all to go to the bathroom as it was right opposite our room and as Jo promised, totally exclusive to us.
Our bedroom was decorated in shades of brown and cream and was really lovely. We could find no fault with it at all. The brown leather double bed was very comfortable and made up with crisp white linen and comfortable pillows with contrasting runner and scatter cushions in shades of brown.
Also on the bed were fluffy white towels with an Elizabeth Shaw mint thoughtfully placed on top of each bundle. Indeed it is such attention to detail at Avalon which makes it extra special, such as the inclusion of fresh cut flowers in the bedroom and ipod speaker docks. It certainly looks as if a lot of thought has gone into the design and decoration as well as what to include in the bedrooms here.
Also in the room was a wall-mounted flat screen TV with freeview channles (SKY channels were available on the TV in the guest lounge), a small kettle with coffee, hot chocolate and a variety of teas as well as cookies. You can even request fresh milk for your drinks if required and I liked the fact that even the sachets of tea/coffee etc were stored in a brown leather box, which matched the bin and other items in the room.
Mahogany contemporary bedside cabinets housed twin brown lamps and the ipod speaker dock as well as a brown leather tissue box. Like I said, a lot of attention is given to detail here. The dressing table matched the cabinets and there was also a brown leather bucket-style chair in the corner. A hairdryer was included and you could request straighteners if needed. Reading the guest information provided, stated that Jo would be happy to accomodate a load of washing for you upon request or assist with any other laundry needs.
Clothes hanging space was inside a built in cupboard and there was plenty of room and hangers included. This was where we noticed two white towelling robes provided for our use, which again I thought was a nice touch and came in handy just to pop on when going to the bathroom.
Breakfast was served between 8 and 9am in the dining room just off the guest lounge and again this was decorated in a contemporary style with individual tables and brown leather chairs. I particularly liked the layout and the fact there are individual tables, so you are not sat around one big table with others guests like I have been on occasion at other guest houses. Photo's of Inverness and Loch Ness adorned the walls and small vases of fresh flowers were placed upon the tables, again the attention to detail stood out.
On a long table at the back of the room were cereals, pastries, croissants, cheeses, fruit juices, a large bowl of fresh fruit salad, fresh fruit and a small fridge containing yoghurts. After helping ourselves to what we wanted from the table, Jo asked us what we would like cooked from the breakfast menu. A full Scottish cooked breakfast is provided and you can choose exactly which items you want in any combination you choose, including bacon, sausage, black pudding, tomatoes, beans, eggs and mushrooms, which are then cooked to order. Jo and Brad pride themselves on offering good quality home-cooked breakfasts, using award-winning bacon and sausage sourced from a local provider and our breakfasts were delicious, beautifully cooked and presented.
Jo was very attentive during breakfast and the atmosphere was friendly and relaxed. We particularly enjoyed chatting with Jo during breakfast and also with her husband Brad afterwards. They both asked the guests what they were doing that day and would give a lot of useful help and information.
There is no curfew at the Avalon and guests are free to come and go whenever they wish. If you needed Jo or Brad at anytime during your stay and they weren't around, there was a bell to ring near the front door.
We spent two very comfortable nights at the Avalon Guest House and I can understand why this guest house has been voted number one on Trip Advisor. Nothing is too much trouble for Brad and Jo, we were welcomed warmly into their home and spent two very enjoyable days here. Walking into town along the scenic River Ness only took a few minutes and the concert venue was indeed only a few minutes walk away from the Guest House too.
Although the weather was very warm and often humid throughout our stay, it was unfortunate that the heavens opened on the night of the concert and we got soaked to the skin! Although we didn't let it spoil our enjoyment, we were glad of those fluffy white robes on our return to the guest house that night and enjoyed a good laugh with Jo about it the next morning.
I can highly recommend the Avalon Guest House if you are visiting Inverness and if I visit the area again, I won't hesitate to book a room here.
Avalon Guest House, 79 Glenurquhart Road, Inverness IV3 5PB
Tel: 0044 (01463) 239075 or visit http://www.inverness-loch-ness.co.uk/index.htm for more information.
Summary: It is easy to see why this guest house has been voted number one in Inverness.
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