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Ben Wyvis Hotel
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Strathpeffer
Tamworth
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17 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Back for a second time - even better value”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2011

Having read some of the reviews that followed mine of September last year I was expecting that the place had fallen down or been taken over by aliens!

The building was opened in 1847 and has gone through many changes. Its an old building and there are bound to be problems. Yes there are areas that need decoration, yes the staff may have the odd 'off' day and yes the food won't suit everyone but some of the reviews are way over the top. It isnt pretending to be a five star palace, its a down to earth, warm, friendly place run by quality approachable people. Look beyond the minor problems and this place is a little gem.

And I found the real story about the get stuffed comment. Its rubbish!

Four nights bed, breakfast, evening meal, afternoon high tea with two nights entertainment. Cost, £129.00 per person. Okay its a 936 mile round trip but it was well worth it. We took friends and split the driving and fuel costs plus Tesco do a useful fuel deal.

Sharon, David and Chrissie who head up the place do a fantastic job. Booking in took seconds. They knew all our names after 24 hours and did their best to sort out our requests with minimal fuss or bother. The waiting staff led by Neil, apart from a blip on Tuesday, had everything running like clockwork.

Breakfast was great, huge choice of piping hot food, breads, pastries, cereals, juices and HAGGIS! The black pudding was,without a doubt some of the best I have ever had. All locally sourced and fresh.

Dinner had three courses, always a soup, three options of main plus a vegi dish, and three sweet dishes with tea or coffee in the bar area. On two nights you sit on tables of four, the other two nights are classed as party nights with large round tables. Great for getting to know people.

Maria and her chum do a great job behind the bar and always have a ready smile and a wicked sense of humour. On the last day the staff presented us with Christmas Day and New Year all in one. The hotel was dressed with a christmas tree and a few decorations and a selection box was placed in the rooms. Nice touch.

The hotel is in a great location. You can (and we did) get to Skye and the whole of the west coast with little trouble. The staff know all the local beauty spots and a few only the locals keep to themselves. Try Channery Point just past Avoch on the Black Isle, bottle nosed dolphins feed off shore and are there most days. Magical. Plenty of distilleries around as well but leave plenty of time to get to Talisker on Skye. We failed. The problem was the scenery, it just gets better with every mile and you have to stop to take it all in.

The majority of the guests were Scots, a race that knows a great deal when they see it. They had all been to the Wyvis on many occasions and told us that they would be back next year. I suppose if you have been trapped in a coach for eight hours and dragged round various places then there is only one place left to vent your anger.

In our view the Ben Wyvis is a great hotel for a break or a longer stay and doesn't deserve some of the comments made on this site.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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DavidCollings, General Manager at Ben Wyvis Hotel, responded to this review, 7 November 2011
Dear Friends

We are extremely delighted you enjoyed you time with us for our re-union, Stuart, Chrissie and I along with all our team thoroughly enjoyed ourselves looking you all. It was a pleasure to see you all enjoy yourselves.

We had a great time on Thursday when we celebrated Christmas and New Year with you all. We are already planning our next re-union and when we have finalised our plans we will be sure to be in touch. We hope you have a great festive season and New Year when it really arrives, take care and best wishes from all at the Ben Wyvis.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2011

Spent a wonderful 4 night relaxing in the very friendly atmosphere. Staff were wonderful, Food was excellent, Bedrooms were excellent. Very good facilities .Set in lovely grounds. Will stay there again if I am in the area on holiday.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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DavidCollings, General Manager at Ben Wyvis Hotel, responded to this review, 7 November 2011
Dear Friends

We are extremely delighted you enjoyed you time with us for our re-union, Stuart, Chrissie and I along with all our team thoroughly enjoyed ourselves looking you all. It was a pleasure to see you all enjoy yourselves.

We had a great time on Thursday when we celebrated Christmas and New Year with you all. We are already planning our next re-union and when we have finalised our plans we will be sure to be in touch. We hope you have a great festive season and New Year when it really arrives, take care and best wishes from all at the Ben Wyvis.
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Western Isles. Scotland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2011

Stayed here last weekend on a training course. Lovely room with Kind size bed overlooking the gardens at the front of the hotel. Excellent shower and bath, plenty of wardrobe space, and a TV. The food was nothing short of excellent and huge portions. Good buns and pastries served with the tea and coffee mid am and pm. All the staff very helpful and friendly. Only one issue, the heating is VERY effective and it was boiling hot.
I would stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank uist15
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DavidCollings, General Manager at Ben Wyvis Hotel, responded to this review, 2 November 2011
Thank you very much for your kind comments concerning your visit to the Ben Wyvis hotel recently during a training weekend. I have passed on to all the staff your great review which we appreciate greatly.
Kind Regards
Sharon and Stuart and all the staff at the Ben Wyvis
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Newcastle Upon Tyne
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2011

We had a great stay here last weekend and the hotel had everything we could wish for. Our room was comfortable and clean, the staff were friendly and polite, the food was delicious and we had a lovely relaxing time. The grounds were beautiful and there were lots of thoughtful touches such as an open fire in the lounge. Our stay was great value and we would highly recommend the hotel to anyone looking to explore the Highlands.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Margaret D
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DavidCollings, General Manager at Ben Wyvis Hotel, responded to this review, 2 November 2011
Thank you very much for your comments concerning your visit to the Ben Wyvis hotel recently. I have passed on to all the staff your great review which we appreciate greatly.
Kind Regards
Sharon and Stuart and all the staff at the Ben Wyvis
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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2011

We stayed here Christmas 2010 and found it to be a lovely place, set in a peaceful area, picturesque town specially in the snow over looked by the Ben it's self. We had the lovely turret bedroom with excellent views which was really comfortable. Couple of jobs needed to be seen to but nothing to upset the festivities that went on over our stay. For a 3 * definitely worth every penny.
The Staff, specifically Stuart the manager paid us a warm welcome on arrival and was only too happy to help and chat when ever around. Neil in the dining room is a great asset as so was the head chef who's food is second to none. Rhona bless her a real trojan and was always around to make people feel comfortable and no task was too big for her. We shall miss not being up with you all this year but certainly hope to come back at some point. A bit late in this review but better than never eh!
We moved on for the New year to the Oban bay (same chain) and wished hadn't of bothered. Thank you for your help though and a great time with you ALL at the Ben Wyvis!

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  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Nuwalks
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DavidCollings, General Manager at Ben Wyvis Hotel, responded to this review, 19 October 2011
Thank you very much for you review, it is great to know that our customers appreciate of all our hard work at the hotel.
We wish you all the best for 2011/12.
Best Regards
Management and Staff at the Ben Wyvis.
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Property: Ben Wyvis Hotel
Address: On the A834 Dingwall To Contin/Garve Road, Strathpeffer IV14 9DN, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Ross and Cromarty > Strathpeffer
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Strathpeffer
Price range (per night): RM332 - RM527
Hotel Class:3 star — Ben Wyvis Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 92
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