History of Washington House
Washington House is situated in the West End of Nairn, a five minute walk from the beach. The house was built in 1879 by an American, hence the name, and the Stars and Stripes was flown from a flagpole on the roof every day. The two daughters of the house took in paying guests for some years until the house was sold.
Image courtesy of University of Aberdeen
Image courtesy of Am Baile
It then became a hotel and remained so until 1991. The house was then subdivided to provide four individual homes. Today’s Washington House occupies the main part of the original house containing the staircase, principal rooms and many other fine period features.
Arthur and Aileen moved in to Washington House with their family in 2006 and following some refurbishment opened it as a Boutique B&B in May 2017. They share it now with their friendly Lurcher dog, Connie.
The two guest bedrooms are on the first floor looking out over the Moray Firth and beyond; with the windows open you can hear the waves on the shore.
Breakfast is exceptional. It is served in the dining room where you can choose from a broad menu. Breads, pastries, granola and preserves are all freshly made by Arthur. The eggs are organic free range delivered to the house by a local farmer. Honey, soft fruit and vegetables are locally produced and bought directly from the supplier.
It is commonly said that Washington House is “more than a B&B". Arthur and Aileen strive to provide their guests with a memorably enjoyable stay.