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An early 20th century photo of Pool House

A Brief History of Pool House

Nestled on the seashore and alongside a river, Pool House is a fascinating, quirky and characterful Highland home. Move through 300 years of rich history and discover the dramatic events that have taken place within these walls and the many notable people that visited the house over the years.

Thought to have been built originally as the Londubh Inn back in the eighteenth century, a number of different landlords and innkeepers appear in the records for Pool House up to the mid-nineteenth century when it became part of the Gairloch Estate. From this point it began its transformation into a comodious Victorian Hunting Lodge for members of high society and the nobility to enjoy at their leisure. The house was transformed, extended multiple times becoming ever grander. It then became the setting for a high profile marital battle that scandalised Victorian society.

At the outbreak of WW2 the house was requisitioned by the armed forces and became the Command Headquarters of the Russian Arctic and North Atlantic Convoys that departed from Loch Ewe. Although predominantly used by the Royal Navy, there was also a small contingent of RAF looking after the barrage balloons that were protecting the loch from aerial attack. Lord Rowallan was also in the house as commanding officer of the Highland Field Training Regiment. The HFTC was formed to put officers through rigorous training in mountain areas and winter conditions to prepare them physically for battle.

After this turbulent period the house became a hotel, during which time it welcomed many high profile guests. In 2020 it ceased offering accommodation and now its doors are open to the public so that its opulent furnishings and curious antiques can be enjoyed by a wider audience. Every room has something to delight, engage and captivate all ages. We look forward to welcoming you.