Our six week trip included staying at fifteen different places. We stayed in all types of hotels, resorts and B&B's. Although many of the places were very nice, our favorite was The Anchorage B&B in John O' Groats.
Admittedly, I didn't think much of the area as we entered John O' Groats. I'm a city girl and the Northern most part of the UK is a full of fields and farms.
It's a beautiful part of Scotland and I love that the farm animal population outnumbers the people population. However, I was immediately worried that I would be bored. Looking around, there didn't seem to be much to do. Dan wasn't worried, he was ready to move us to John O' Groats within minutes of crossing the town border.
In the middle of all of the fields, we drove up to a pretty white house that was our night-stop.
The namesake anchor sat on the lawn and the husband is a fisherman.
Before we could finish parking our car, we were warmly welcomed by the owner, Gail. Gail and her husband, Dave have create a beautiful B&B in their home. The B&B is located on the second floor, which contains two bedrooms and a sitting room. We had the bigger of the two rooms with a king size bed and private bathroom. The room was immaculate and completely done in white. I have no idea how Gail manages to keep it looking so clean!
We were the only guests, so we had the whole B&B section to ourselves. We spent quite a bit of time in the lounge, reading and taking advantage of the free internet.
In the mornings, Gail donned a chef uniform and made awesome cook-breakfasts. It was like being in a restaurant. Gail was exceptionally easy-going and unlike other B&B's, the breakfast times were totally flexible.
Originally, we had only booked one night at The Anchorage B&B. However, after seeing the accommodations and meeting Gail, we booked a second night. We nearly stayed a third and would have, if there had been more to do in John O' Groats.
We've been raving to everyone about The Anchorage B&B. In addition to the ridiculously comfortable, modern room and delicious breakfast, the reason to stay here is the family. It felt like we were guests in the home of a close friend. They were so kind and welcoming. They also grossly undercharge. Seriously, I hope that by the time I've written this, they have raised their prices to earn a fair return for their hospitality. They deserve it.
After spending a few days in John O' Groats, I discovered that there are many things to do in the area. Keep reading the blog for a review of the Castle of Mey and pictures of John O' Groats. The Anchorage B&B is a great home base for the area and would be worth booking, even if you're just looking for a place to escape and relax. You will not stay with a nicer family!