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Inverness accommodation

Did you know that Bannerman Bed and Breakfast provides child free accommodation?  It’s not that we don’t like children.  It’s just that sometimes it’s nice to stay in child free accommodation that’s exclusively for adults.  We have chosen not to squeeze in extra beds and cots to our lovely bedrooms so we can maximise the comfort for guests.  You can appreciate a comfortable night’s sleep in peace and quiet on your Inverness break and enjoy a relaxing breakfast without interruptions from the little ones.

Grown up Break

Of course there are lots of activities and places of interest to visit in the Highlands whilst getting away from the family.  As well as a vast array of historic venues like Culloden Battlefield, Dunrobin Castle and Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness, there’s stunning scenery to visit in every direction.  We have golden sandy beaches all along the east coast.  Nearby there are opportunities for dolphin spotting from land and at sea.  Wildlife fans can see an array of animals in their natural habitat at Loch Garten including the magnificent ospreys and there are glorious walks for all abilities not far from here.  For a bit of exercise you can hire bikes from Ticket to Ride which is a short walk away.  As well as providing the kit they will also advise you on the best routes and provide maps.

Distilleries and shopping

And when the weather’s a wee bit dreich there’s always a distillery or 2 to visit, the Black Isle Brewery and a bit of retail therapy in the Highland capital, Inverness.  Without the kids you can indulge in a few late nights.  Take in the wonderful selection of restaurants, which are walking distance in the town centre.  MacGregor’s bar has just recently won Scottish Bar of the Year.  As well as an impressive selection of Scottish drinks you can enjoy live music.  You can read more about our favourite Inverness restaurants here.

So go on … treat yourselves to an Inverness break and make the most of time away from the kids.

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    Eilean Donan Castle by Brian A Jackson on Envato

A bed and breakfast owner’s top tips for choosing Inverness holiday accommodation.

As the season is hotting up and visitor numbers are increasing it can be difficult to find suitable holiday accommodation in Inverness.  Particularly when there’s an event or concert taking place demand can be very high.  Wherever you opt to stay here’s my top tips for selecting the right venue at the right price.  Once it’s all booked, you can relax and start looking forward to your holiday.

Location, location, location

So what kind of location are you looking for?  City, rural, suburban, near an event location.  You might want to be in the heart of the action and it might be handy to be near shops, bars, restaurants but will you be disturbed by noise by late-night revellers.  Being on a main road, your b&b will be easy to find but will traffic noise keep you awake.  If you prefer somewhere rural and secluded are you happy to take a drive for the nearest restaurant or shop?

Flexible Dates

If you’re dates are fixed there’s not much to consider but if you have flexibility it’s worth checking what’s going on in the area.  For example, a big event taking place on your first choice of dates could mean a shortage of available rooms and the prices jump up.  Looking at dates nearby could give you a considerable saving and more choice.  You’ll find hotels are more likely to increase their room rates during high demand so they can fluctuate dramatically in the same week.   Whereas if you choose a bed and breakfast or guest house the rates are more consistent.

Hotel or Bed and Breakfast Holiday Accommodation

What kind of place do you want to stay in?  Here in Inverness we have the complete range of places to stay from hostels to 5 star hotels.  Consider what’s important to you – room service, bar, restaurant and leisure facilites in a hotel or the more personal service and recommendations in a guest house.  Maybe you just want somewhere to sleep if you’re going to a special event, so maybe a budget hotel would suit best.

So now it’s time for a little research.  There are so many on-line travel agents to help you find a place to stay, just google Inverness holiday accommodation and they will come up first.  They are great to give you an idea of what’s available and at the click of a button you can find out what’s available on your chosen dates with a price comparison.  You can find out what other travellers think by reading the reviews.  Maybe they’ll highlight features you hadn’t thought about, like access to public transport.   But did you know that they charge hotels a minimum of 15% commission for each booking they receive?  Many hotels pay a higher than 15% commission rate to be ranked higher in the list of available venues.

Always Book Direct

My advice is to use Booking.com or Expedia or any of these sites to find out what’s available and then check the hotel or guest house’s website direct. You will often find the same room is available at a cheaper price or there is more availability of different types of rooms.  If you’re booking for a group it’s always worth contacting the hotel direct and asking for their best price.

Still struggling to find what you’re looking for.  The tourist office provides a great resource and often lists small properties that don’t have their own website.  In Scotland, VisitScotland‘s website is a great one-stop shop.  You can search availability on your chosen dates and refine your search to suit your needs.  Whether it’s Accessibility or Pet Friendly options you’re looking for, this site will help you filter the right venue.

Read more on booking through on-line travel agents and why you should always book direct here

Happy Holidays x

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.

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