Welcome to Sydney House Bed & Breakfast in Cromarty, run by Alasdair & Shirley Matheson. Situated on the High Street, Sydney House is a traditional Georgian House. Built in 1849, it was once known as “Watt’s Temperance Hotel”. It reverted to being used as a farm house for the local farm in the early 20th Century. Sydney House has recently been renovated to a high standard. Great care has been taken to provide comfortable furnishing in the guest rooms.
We have 2 bedrooms available to guests.
Miller Room is a beautiful, bright and spacious king size en-suite room. It retains some of the original Georgian features, including the fireplace, which is no longer in use, and the window shutters. It has views to the back and front. The back window overlooks the garden and on to the fields behind with the Gaelic Chapel and Hugh Miller's statue at the top of the hill. The front window looks on to the High Street. It is furnished with a comfortable king size wrought iron bed and antique furniture. It has a seating area with a comfortable large sofa.
Sutor Room is a comfortable double en-suite room. The en-suite has a power shower. It retains original features including the window shutters. This spacious room looks on to the High Street. Furnishings consist of a comfy double bed with matching wooden furniture. The seating area has a cosy two-seater sofa.
On a cold morning what better way to start the day than by having your traditional Scottish breakfast by the coal fire in the dining room. Alasdair provides a wonderful cooked breakfast with locally sourced products.
Go for a stroll around the town, wander along one of the beaches and visit the harbour or go for a bracing walk around the Sutors and onto Macfarquhars Bed. You can visit the award winning Cromarty Courthouse Museum, see Hugh Miller's Cottage and the new Miller House Museum and visit the finalist in Restoration Village 2007 - Cromarty's East Church.
Take a wander around the interesting shops, which include antique shops, the Cromarty Pottery and the Emporium Bookshop with it's wide range of new and used books plus jewellery, toys, unusual cards and interesting gifts. Cromarty also has a bakery which supplies wonderful break and cakes to many establishments throughout the Highlands, a post office and a general store.
The great outdoors are on the doorstep making Cromarty a great destination for outdoor activities. Ecoventures offer dolphin spotting trips from the revamped Cromarty harbour on their brand new rib (rigid inflatable boat). If you don't want to venture too far - you could always try Cromarty's "grey ground". The only park in the Highlands with outdoor gym equipment. It was recently opened by Cromarty's oldest resident Mrs Jean Newell on her 100th birthday.
Rates: From £30 per person per night.
Children are welcome.
No smoking. Sorry, no pets.
3 Star Visit Scotland.