Here’s the latest on the refurbishment of two ensuite rooms.  So far so good, the fabulous team of workmen have worked very hard for the last week and might even manage to finish the project early.  Don’t want to speak too soon but you’ll have to wait a little while longer for the finished look.  Here’s the progress so far in the Fraser Room.

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New Ensuite Shower-Rooms

We’re very excited that work has started on the refurbishment of the Macintosh and Fraser Rooms.  Next month we will have brand new ensuite shower-rooms for guests to enjoy.  Today has already been a productive day and the rooms have been stripped bare but we can’t wait to see the end result.

As you can see everything from the original ensuites has gone.  So we’ll be replacing the shower, basin and toilet with a more modern style.  We will also replace the radiators with a stylish chrome heated towel rail.  In addition we’ve invested in better lighting and storage for all your toiletries and wash-bags.

Local plumber, Bryan Murray of BPM Plumbing, is managing the project and has recommended a team of joiners and tilers to get the job done.  He has also recommended the local branch of Plumbase for the majority of the new facilities and has helped me get the best design for the project.

Ideally it would have been great to refurbish all four bathrooms at the same time but it’s an expensive business.  Since the rooms have to be closed for 3 weeks whilst the work is done it’s important to do it right and we’ve opted for a major update rather than a cosmetic improvement.    So we’re doing the two double rooms, Macintosh and Fraser, now and as soon as the funds are available we will be updating single and twin ensuites for the Snug and the Eden rooms.  As any of the guests who have stayed here more than once will have witnessed, we believe in re-investing in the facilities and have strived to continually improve this bed and breakfast wherever possible.

So from a very dusty Bannerman Bed and Breakfast look out for the big reveal in a few weeks.

The work so far!

The work so far!

There’s only 3 days left until entries close for competing in this years Loch Ness Half Marathon, which takes place on 17th March this year.  Entries have to be received by midnight on Tuesday 26th February 2013.  This exceptionally well organised event is open to all abilities and is in a beautiful setting.  And of course you can rest your weary legs at Bannerman Bed and Breakfast as the finish line is only a few hundred metres away.  http://www.invernesshalfmarathon.co.uk/event/3/1-2-marathon/

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It’s not too late to book a Valentine’s break.  Treat yourselves to a romantic break in the beautiful Scottish Highlands and enjoy a relaxing stay at Bannerman Bed and Breakfast, Inverness.  To make the most of the fabulous sights and sounds the area has to offer, book a 3 nights stay and you will get 10% off the bed and breakfast rate.

 

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This winter we’re offering you the opportunity of booking a break in the Scottish Highlands at 10% off our published rates.  Simply make a booking for a minimum of 3 nights at Bannerman Bed and Breakfast in any of our rooms staying between 24th January and 28th February 2013 and you will automatically qualify for a 10% reduction in rates.

So that gives you a bit more to spend on all that Inverness and the local area has to offer – like Eden Court Theatre www.eden-court.co.uk, a cruise on Loch Ness for some monster hunting with Jacobite Cruises www.jacobite.co.uk or visit the fascinating Culloden Battlefield www.nts.org.uk/culloden.  Of course if you’re ready for a relaxing break there’s a great selection of restaurants, bars and shops in Inverness and you can spend a cosy evening in making use of the Bannerman DVD library.

 

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Tickets are still available for Eden Court Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in collaboration with Scottish Opera.

The only date is 29th January 2013 at 7.15pm. For more information and booking on line, see www.eden-court.co.uk/whats-on/shows/a-midsummer-night-s-dream-1

And should you need accommodation for visiting Eden Court Theatre, Bannerman B&B is only a few minutes walk.

Our website re-design

Brand New Website

We’re very excited to be launching our brand new website today.  This new site is accessible from your pc, laptop or smartphone and gives you all the information you need about Bannerman Bed and Breakfast and how to book.  There’s a great photo gallery so you can see the rooms for yourself.  You can see what others have already experienced here by reading their reviews.  There’s also key information on prices, where to find us and the all important breakfast menu.

Booking on the Road

With more people  than ever having smart phones or tablets it’s key that you can access the site whilst you’re on the road.  You may not have fixed plans for your trip so you may want to book accommodation at short notice.  Now you can check availability and prices and book online with a few clicks.  So you can be re-assured that whatever your plans for the day, you have somewhere to stay at the end of it.

You can also find out what’s on in the area and all the options for exploring the Scottish Highlands. This new site is also interactive so there’s the opportunity for you to comment on news or give us feedback from your stay.

New Blog

New to the site is the Blog, which I promise to try to keep up-to-date.  Here I will let you now about any new facilities or services we’re offering at Bannerman Bed and Breakfast but also let you know about local events and attractions in the area.  If a new restaurant opens, for example, I will tell you all about it, once I’ve sampled it of course – all in the interests of research.

We first started in 2006 and at the time I was delighted with the website we started with but that now looks very old-fashioned in comparison to the new one.

My special thanks to Iain for completely re-designing the website and ensuring the business keeps looking fresh and accessible for visitors.  You can see more f his work at www.iaincameron.dk and if you need a website, I cannot recommend him highly enough.

We can’t wait to hear what you think of the new site!

Loch Ness Marathon 2012

Our congratulations to all those who competed in the Loch Ness Marathon. It was a wonderful day, with beautiful weather, and even Nessie appeared …

The Start

The route must be one of the most scenic in the world, starting in the picturesque village of Dores on the banks of Loch Ness.  The runners start by running towards Inverness and around the city.  They finish along either side of the River Ness coming into the Bught Park for a hero’s welcome.  Spectators lined the route to cheer everyone on no matter what time they managed.  And of course the dress code for runners is ‘anything goes!’.  To enter the marathon most runners are raising money for charity.  As well as completing a physically enduring challenge, vast amounts of money are also raised for good causes.

We’ve hosted runners here many times for both the full marathon in September and also the half-marathon in March each year.  On each occasion most competitors have seemed quiet and nervous when they appear for an early breakfast on race day.  But often when they’ve chatted with other guests with varying running experience.  They are reassured that everyone is feeling slightly anxious at that stage.  Armed with a warming bowl of porridge inside them they leave ready to face the world.

The Finish

Runners leave from here to the pick up point at the Bught Park from where they travel to Dores by coach in time for the start of the race.   And of course when they finish the race they have not far to stagger back to the b&b to relax and recover their weary bodies.

We look forward to seeing our guests who took part again, for next years Loch Ness Marathon.  If you are interested in entering any of the local races check out the Loch Ness Marathon site, where you’ll see there are events for all abilities.

 

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Nessie takes centre stage at the Loch Ness Marathon