An exceptional B&B in a place where we've not had a recommendation until now. Dornoch, on the east coast of Scotland, north of Inverness, is a stopping post on the way to the far north and The Orkneys. It is also home to one of the largest golf courses in the world; whose springy turf is a particular pleasure to play on. Don't come here only if you're a golfer, but consider an unusual weekend away in this interesting place on its own merits as well.
When we first stepped inside 2Quail, an attractive sandstone terrace in the heart of town, we felt as though we had entered a perfect time warp. Much of the furniture – dainty, brown and cream upholstered armchairs, side tables, standard lamps with fringed sides – are family pieces. The residence is neat as a pin and soberly furnished in a way that says ‘Edwardian’ or ‘40s’ or somewhere in between; idiosyncratic, consistent, well executed and refreshingly different from the norm.
There are three bedrooms. Ours was soberly furnished, as downstairs, yet arresting, with its antique wrought iron bedstead and comfortable mattress.
Owners of 2Quail – Kerensa Carr and her husband, Michael – run a tiny but well regarded restaurant for guests here as well. After a period working as head chef at the nearby Royal Dornoch Golf Club, Michael is now back at 2Quail. Dinner is not available every night, but Michael's excellent cooking will leave you wishing it was.