Bannerman Bathrooms go live ahead of schedule

We are delighted to be welcoming our first guests this weekend into our newly refurbished rooms.  Both the Fraser and Macintosh Rooms have had brand new shower-rooms refitted with all new appliances and a new modern and fresh look.  We welcome your comments on the new facilities.

Our business was closed for 3 weeks whilst the extensive work took place.  As you can imagine there was a great deal of mess, dust and upheaval.  Two plumbers, 3 electricians, 1 joiner, 1 tiler and 2 painters all worked like clockwork as they coordinated the tasks between them.  This followed a massive clean up to find 2 brand new sparkly ensuite bathrooms.

Touches of luxury

It was quite difficult to choose the new fittings but we’re delighted with the white furniture with chrome fittings.  The heated chrome towel rail and fluffy white towels add a touch of luxury.  We’ve opted for toiletries from Scottish Fine Soap.  Handwash, body lotion, shampoo and body wash come in large dispensers so we’ve cut down in plastic.  My favourite detail is the mirror, which has a light, a demister pad and an electric socket for your toothbrush.

A few guests commented before about having two separate taps in the basins and how difficult it is to get the right temperature.  This seems to be typical in buildings in the UK traditionally from piping infrastructure.  Now you’ll be pleased to know we have mixer taps, so the temperature can be adjusted.

As before we’re lucky to have good water pressure.  The showers are easy to use and provide a much needed blast to wake you up in the morning.  After a comfortable night’s sleep you can relax in our lovely bathrooms whilst you get ready for the day ahead.  Want to try them for yourself?  Book Bannerman Bed and Breakfast to see for yourself.

So the next project will be the bathrooms in the other two rooms.  Can’t wait to get started despite the mess.

Ensuite bathroom Bannerman Bathroom Bannerman EnsuiteScottish Fine Soaps at Bannerman Bed and Breakfast

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!

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!

Accommodation walking distance from Bught Park

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.

 

Loch Ness Marathon

Nessie takes centre stage at the Loch Ness Marathon

special diets, Inverness accommodation

All hot choices are cooked to order and include healthy and traditional options.

delicious breakfast, Inverness b&b

We pride ourselves on our Full Highland breakfast at Bannerman Bed and Breakfast. Including locally sourced produce where ever possible, our full Highland breakfast is the perfect way to set you up for the day.

There is also the buffet with a range of options to choose from. Tea, coffee, juices, fruit, cereals and toast.

Highland breakfast room

The dining room is open between 8am and 9am. Should you require an earlier breakfast or a take away breakfast this can be arranged in advance.