Need to know
Four suites, all with views of the water.
11am, although this is a little flexible; check-in, 3pm. If arriving later than 10.30pm, let the hotel know as far in advance as possible; Pool House is a family home, so they have no night porter, but one of the owners will be there to welcome you.
Double rooms from $248.43 (£188), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates include full Scottish breakfast, tea and sherry.
A car is crucial for exploring: you can rent one from SVR at Inverness airport – they’ll meet you at Arrivals if you pre-book (+44 (0)1463 236694).
The hotel is closed annually from early January until early February.
At the hotel
Full-size billiards table, malt whisky room, library, in-room massages with prior notice, fishing rod for the jetty. In rooms, flatscreen TV, DVD player, WiFi free of charge; some have iPod docks and underfloor heating.
Our favourite rooms
Every quirkily decorated suite is enormous, with heart-melting views. Campania, in the main house, is as big as some city flats, with a fireplace-enhanced lounge, decking area, and Victorian canopied bath. The green, gold and terracotta-hued SMS Scharnhorst suite has a furnished balcony overlooking the river and mountains, perfect for the summer months; and a working coal fireplace for when the Highlands' chill sets in.
Walking boots and binoculars are essential.
Ask for a guided walk or a marine cruise from Gairloch to see Minke whales, dolphins, porpoise and seals. Visit a working perfume studio at Loch Ewe or haul creeds on a fishing boat and have a go at catching some lobster and langoustines.
Over-16s welcomed, but really this is a place for grown-up couples.