Showing posts from 2014

Cold, Crisp Day

It was a beauitful cold, crisp winters day here in Dores, perfect for a walk after the excesses of Christmas.

Gold Finches

There seems to be lots of gold finches in the garden at the moment, more than we've ever seen at one time before. They are beautiful little birds, the guests enjoyed watching them at breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Choices

At Pottery House breakfast is always special and vegetarian dishes are for carnivores too.

How about this mornings tarragon mushrooms on toast, topped with poached eggs. Beautiful golden yolks, eggs from our own hens in the garden.


Home Made Mince Pies

If you've stayed with us over the past year or so you probably found a welcome treat of cup cakes in your room when you arrived.

Over the next couple of weeks it will be home made mince pies, hope you enjoy them.

Fishermen used our sign for firewood.

Fishermen used our sign for firewood.

Yes, you read that right, a few weeks ago our 6' roadside sign disappeared overnight. If you've stayed with us you probably remember the old red and yellow sign, it's been there since long before we bought Pottery House and that was 10+ years ago.

We searched up and down the road thinking someone might have carried it off but can't have got far because it was so heavy, no luck. So we went down by the waters edge to see if it was there and we found some remains of our sign in a fisherman's fire.

So as of this morning we have a brand new sign. It's cream and green this time, looks more stylish than the old red/yellow. We think it looks great, we're very pleased with it.

Halloween May Be Over...

Halloween may be over but the pumpkin still looks good nice under the copper beech tree with it's autumnal colours.

Falls Of Foyers at their most spectacular !!

We had a couple of days of heavy rain early this week, which meant the Falls Of Foyers, a few miles down the road, where at their most spectacular!!

On The Way Back From Fort Augustus

We had a lovely afternoon at the Falls Of Foyers and Fort Augustus a couple of days ago. As it was getting dark we drove along side Loch Tarff and couldn't resist stopping to see and photograph the sunset over the water.


We've been seeing the most amazing rainbows over Loch Ness this morning, all the guests have been taking photos out of the breakfast room window.

Vivid colours, full arcs and doubles.

Unusual Sunset Over Loch Ness

We do get many beautiful sunsets over Loch Ness, especially in the autumn and winter as the sun sets further down the Loch.

Last week there were beautiful sunbeams all across the Loch, making it look quite magical.

What A Difference A Day Makes

Yesterday was a horrible day here, didn't stop raining all day.

However today is the exact opposite.

Lemon Marmalade

Something new at the Pottery House breakfast table. Lemon Marmalade, never made it before but it's turned out really nice.

Lots Of Breakfast Choices at Pottery House

Not everyone wants a large cooked breakfast in the morning, at Pottery House we have lighter choices too. How about soft granary rolls, baked fresh each morning, spread with fine Scottish butter and home made blackcurrant jam. Yum!!!

More Jams

It's fruit time again. Been to Tollie fruit farm this afternoon. Lots of strawberries and blackcurrants. Now it's time to make more jam. I love black currant jam, it's my favourite.

Promised the lady there a jar of our grapefruit marmalade. Must remember to take one with us when we go back for gooseberries next week.

Tollie Fruit Farm

Strawberry Jam Season

It's that time of year to make the strawberry jam for the next 12 months.

Only this year the strawberries are extra special as we grew them ourselves, on our allotment.

They are super sweet and flavoursom so the jam should be gorgeous.

Watch out for the jam at breakfast time, and if it's not strawberry out in the morning and you'd like to try it ask Glen.

This mornings rolls.

This mornings rolls are wholemeal and polenta, I find wholemeal rolls don't usually rise as well as white, but this mornings look delicious though I say it myself.

If the guests don't come down to breakfast soon they're going to "disappear" before they get here 

Fairy Glen and The Black Isle

We had a trip out on Saturday, to visit The Black Isle. Although the weather was a little dull we still had a great day. 
Our first aim was to have lunch in Sutor Creek, which is a lovely restaurant in Cromarty that specializes in pizzas cooked in a wood fired over. Unfortunately they were full ( must remember to book next time ) so we had a very nice lunch in their new tea room on Church Street.
After a walk around Cromarty we headed for a walk around the RSBP nature reserve, Fairy Glen. It's great to see the pond there looking so mature, we remember when they first dug that out. 

After Fairy Glen we stopped off at Chanonry Point, bought ice creams (a 99 each), and sat on the beach to see if we could spot the dolphins, alas only a couple of quick glimpses quite a way out.
Then it was back to Base, if you're stopping at Pottery House, The Black Isle is definitely worth a look around.

Trip Advisor Certificate Of Excellence for 2014

Wahoo!!!  Just found out we've received a certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor for 2014. Thank you to all those who left reviews.

The 2nd B is for breakfast

So many hotels charge extra for breakfast, and then it's dried up cheapo items sitting in hot trays for hours.

At Pottery House B&B the 2nd B stands for Breakfast and that means it should be a treat to start the day.

One of this mornings options was home made potato scones with scrambled eggs and bacon.

 That's bacon from a local family butcher, fresh eggs from our own hens and potato scones made from potatoes we grew ourselves. Yes, the potatoes used to make these scones came off our own allotment in Dores.

Ten Years Later

Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of the day we collected the keys to Pottery House and moved in.

It's been a wonderful time and I can't believe how quickly it has gone.

Amazing Loch Ness Sunset

Yesterday evening there was a hill side fire on the other side of Loch Ness from us, combined with a spectacular sunset.

The effect was like something out of a Sci-fi movie, I've never seen anything like it.

New USB Charger Points On The Wall Sockets

We're always on the lookout for gizmos to make life a little bit easier for travelers and our visitors. The latest...

We've just installed wall sockets in all our guest rooms with built in USB charging points. No need to remember your charger, just plug the USB cable straight into the wall. And because each socket has two USB ports you can charge your phone and your tablet at the same time.

How cool is that!!!

Beautfil Easter Weekend at Loch Ness

We've had beautiful weather this Easter weekend, even Dores beach was busy with people enjoying the sunshine.

 And the wild flowers are starting to show through too. 

Red Squirrels Back In The Garden

Haven't seen any red squirrels in the garden for a few weeks, but they were back today.

Took this photo this morning.

Premium Front Double Refurbished

We've been planning for a while to upgrade the front premium double (the old twin room) and over the past week it has all come together.

We think it looks brilliant, we hope you do too.

What have we done?

In the bedroom:-
New bedNew furnitureWe've moved the radiator so it's not behind the bed head anymore, and replaced it with a sleek, stylish typeNew carpetRedecoratedAdded a seating area with two tub chairs and coffee table

 In the bathroom there's:

New hand basin with cascade style mixer tapNew mirror with LED lighting and shaver socketBigger shower, with powerful overhead jet storm shower headNew flooring

Marmalade Time

The marmalade oranges are currently in the shops, but they don't last long. So now is the time for us to make marmalade for the summer season.

Tried a new recipe this year, hope it's ok, tastes great to me.

We even have a few jars left over for sale, if any guests would like them.

£105 To Go To Dores Beach Fund

We've supported the Destnation Loch Ness "Together Let's Care" campaign since it's inception and we are delighted to announce that in 2013 our guests kindly donated a total of £105 to this cause.

If you've visited pottery House I'm sure at some point during your stay you visited Dores beach with it's fantastic views down Loch Ness and of course the ever popular Dores Inn.

I'm sure you'll therefore be please to hear that the total £105 will be donated to the Dores Beach Fund. This fund is run by Dores & Essich Community Council and is used to ensure that Dores Beach is kept free of litter and rubbish, for the enjoyment of all.

A Huge thank you to all those that donated in 2013.