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Torguish House - the perfect place from which to explore the highlands of Scotland.
Torguish House B&B (Inverness)
Member Name: NomadSue
Torguish House B&B (Inverness)
Date: 28/08/10, updated on 28/08/10 (109 review reads)
Advantages: A warm welcome, comfortable rooms and amazing breakfast
Disadvantages: We should have stayed for at least a week!
Review: Torguish House, Inverness
Having decided to visit the Orkneys, we needed to consider the various travel options open to us, taking into account cost, convenience, journey duration, etc. We weighed up the respective merits of flight, rail, coach or car, and decided to maintain a degree of independence by driving up there in my rather under-powered, ancient, then almost 'round the clock' Ford Ka. (Yes, we nearly gave it a heart attack, and displeased a lot of other motorists at our slow, tortuous crawl up the mountains. Well, we don't have many mountains in Warrington, so the poor old car didn't really know how to go uphill.)
Suitable stopping-off places on our epic, 1200 miles return journey were sought, Stirling and Inverness seeming good choices. After considerable research, we were delighted to discover that we could stay in the childhood home of the late author, Alistair McClean: Torguish House, four miles south of Inverness, in the beautiful Nairn Valley. Torguis house is set just off the North / South A9, five miles from Inverness Station and a reasonable taxi distance from the airport. Guests come from all over the world.
Having made internet / phone contact with our hosts, Mike, Angie, Ben and Siobhan Moor, we received a comprehensive information pack, including local directions. Now note this - they DID give us a good sketch map and clear, written instructions, so the only reason we nearly ended up in a farm field in the back of nowhere was that our not so trusty sat nav knew better, showing us a good short cut across the fields. So near, yet so far!
Torguis House, a former manse, was built prior to the Jacobite uprisings of 1715. Many of the original features have been retained, although the house has been modernised to provide a luxurious retreat to weary travellers. Detailed information can be obtained from their east-to-navigate website.
The long drive from the main road, leads past two small holiday cottages. Torguish House is a beautiful building, surrounded by mature, extensive gardens, the home of maybe a dozen free range hens, Mr and Mrs Peacock and Gertie, the bad-tempered goose. Gertie looks after the pond and the smooth, green lawn in front of the house, and defends the house from all intruders. (We soon understood why Rome was defended by geese!) Beyond the house is a fascinating collection of mostly ancient items for sale, even a totem pole. And then behind the house are the hen-coops and an amusing wooded walk. Ben's quirky sense of humour and artistic skills are responsible for the ... um...interesting range of items spied on the woodland walk. But if my husband thinks he can use MY treasured piano to decorate OUR garden like that, he has another thought coming!
There are eight letting rooms, including twin beds, double beds, a family room, and rather fetching four-poster bed rooms, all with en-suites and comfortably furnished. "Each room in Torguish is named after a famous Scottish Clan and Alistair Maclean novels are in evidence in each of the rooms." There is a communal dining room, containing three refectory tables. There is also a comfortable lounge for guests to share.
Walking through the grand entrance, we were greeted warmly by Angie, our hostess, and then shown to our ground floor room. This room was clean and comfortable, furnished with the usual items of furniture. The welcome tray was much appreciated, as was the en-suite shower facility. The bedroom was light and airy, with night-time shutters and curtains. The towels were soft and fluffy. The only disadvantage was the poor signal on the tv, which was no problem for us anyway. There was an extra cloakroom suite outside the room, as there was on each floor.
We paid £76 for our twin-bedded room and a sumptuous breakfast. The breakfast choices were pre-ordered, and were fit for a king. Fresh fruit salad, YORKSHIRE style porridge, cereal, free-range eggs served in the style of your choice, black pudding, bacon, sausages, tomatoes, mushrooms, toast, all washed down with self-served fruit juice, coffee / tea. (Well, it saved us the bother of searching for a suitable place for lunch!)
On our departure, we were warmly thanked for our custom and invited to return soon.
Unfortunately, due to a nasty fall by yours truly, our return was sooner than anticipated. A quick phone call confirmed that a room would be available for us that night, even though we hadn't booked in advance. On arrival, we were warmly welcomed back, like old friends, and much sympathy was expressed about my highly visible facial injuries - don't ask! Let's just say that a purple eye, combined with a grey & yellow cheek, and damaged front tooth, led to a very striking appearance.
Angie offered us the choice of the two rooms left: an upstairs, four posted bed (VERY nice) or the honeymoon suite, at a special, last minute discount price.
And so we enjoyed the use of a six foot wide, four poster bed, in the beautifully decorated honeymoon suite, replete with many big mirrors, double shower, and a wash-basin that was so grand that at first we thought it was a special ornament! Having been married for 38 years, we were highly amused and honoured to be given this room and fully appreciated the luxury.
Our departure was made with warm hugs and best wishes for a safe journey home. What a lovely warm experience it was on both occasions to stay at this lovely guesthouse!
Summary: The best guesthouse that we have ever stayed at.
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