REDEFINING what it means to be a B&B, in Scotland a combination of good old-fashioned values, spectacular scenery and contemporary design flair have all come together to being guests some of the most spectacular accommodation.
Whether you’re looking for a place in the city or a family friendly escape, these places are so much more than somewhere to lay your head.
Here are 10 of the Good Hotel Guide’s most stylish B&Bs in Scotland…
Craigatin House and Courtyard, Pitlochry
A former surgeon’s home that dates back to the early 1800s, Craigatin House and Courtyard is a B&B where everything is done with superb style. Outside it’s all peaceful countryside, but inside it’s a wonderfully chic destination where rooms are individually decorated and are split between the main house and converted stables Start the day with apple pancakes and grilled bacon complete with fruit from the garden and it’s the perfect mini break.
In a conservation village surrounded by bluebell woods with the River Tay flowing by, Riverwood offers guests spacious bedrooms with garden views. Thoughtful details include Scottish toiletries in the rooms, while individual features include a private deck in one room, and a living space in another. Dinner is also available for the select few, so make sure you book if you can!
The Sheiling, Ullapool
With views over Loch Broom and the mountains beyond, The Sheiling is an understated B&B where the location really speaks for itself. Little extras include sherry and sweets, and while good weather invites you to explore the great outdoors, cooler days offer entertainment in the form of a board game in the lounge or curling up by the open fire with a book or magazine off the shelves.
Kilmeny Country House, Ballygrant
Elegant four poster beds, swathes of rich fabrics, and a welcome of tea and home baked cakes makes Kilmeny Country House a superb B&B to escape to at any time of the year. Surrounded by 300 acres of farmland on the isle of Islay, it is uniquely peaceful – the perfect place to write your next novel or simply take in the beauty of the surrounding area.
Tigh an Dochais, Broadford
Take in Broadford Bay and the Cuillin mountains when you visit Tigh an Dochais – a B&B with unique features such as a galvanised footbridge to reach the open plan lounge and dining area. In short, this uniquely contemporary hotel has been elegantly designed to make the most of its spectacular location, with plenty of glass blended into the architecture alongside traditional Scottish features such as tartan fabrics and of course, local produce served at breakfast. An evening meal can be arranged in advance.
Loch Gorm House, Bruichladdich
Another beautiful B&B on the shores of Islay, Loch Gorm House is a spotless destination with spectacular views of the bay. Welcoming dogs and families, it redefines the concept of a B&B offering breakfast feasts, local attractions such as walks and distilleries, beaches and historic sites, and wellies, coats and beach towels are all provided.
Powis House, Stirling
An elegant Georgian mansion just 10 minutes from the city of Stirling, Powis House itself is surrounded by fields and is reached down a long driveway. Its history dating back to 1746 is well documented and the property has been restored with an eye that’s sympathetic to its history. Rooms are bedecked with Harris tweed and a fresh bowl of fruit, there are board games and DVDs to borrow in the fire-warmed lounge, and there are vast grounds to wander in as well.
Ultra modern and super chic, Ardtorna brings Scandi style to Scotland in an eco-friendly house overlooking Loch Creran. Floor to ceiling windows let in plenty of light as well as the spectacular views, while cosy details such as sweet pastries served on arrival, make you feel completely at home. It is not short on good old-fashioned Scottish favourites however, just wait to try the Stornoway black pudding and tattie scones.
Pairc an t-Srath, Borve
In the heart of the Outer Hebrides, Pairc an t-Srath is a haven for hill walking, golf and golden beaches on the Isle of Harris. The B&B’s four suites are tastefully decorated, books abound for quiet entertainment, and there is a newly installed sauna to soothe muscles after long walks.
23 Mayfield, Edinburgh
A magnificent, three storey property with exquisitely good taste, 23 Mayfield is an award winning, luxury guest house. All rooms are uniquely decorated with handcrafted solid mahogany furniture according to the theme of the room and thoughtful touches such as the Georgian chess board to play on, a hand made oversized Connect Four, a selection of rare books and a communal laptop to use are all part of the meticulous experience.
Another award-winning B&B, this time in Glasgow, 15Glasgow is situated on the edge of the city centre, a stone’s throw from the West End. The 19th century terrace retains many of its original features such as fireplaces, intricate cornicing and working wooden shutters, but they are all alongside contemporary design and hospitality features. There is a private garden and dogs are welcome, and you’re just a few minutes’ walk from all the city’s attractions and restaurants.