A room with a view
Looking for a place to stop on our first night in Scotland and after a few dissastrous attempts due to how late it was in the evening, we came across this Victorian Lochside Hotel, built in 1890 as a private residence for the wife of the Episcopalian bishop of Argyll and the Isles. This was worth a looking into. Outside lighting was pretty poor so had no idea what the area was like. Only the actual lodge was lit. We liked what we saw, there were rooms available, the cheepest £40. We went for the £60 rooms. John the owner greeted us with warmth and friendliness that was in itself an invitation for us wanting to stay. He recommended a place nearby where we could go and have something to eat before closing... he just told us to go and we would sort everything out later, otherwise no one was going to serve us food at that time of night. I didn't think it was that late but I suppose in these towns eight o'clock in the evening is late...!!! John just gave us the keys to our rooms, showed us where the sitting room was, told us to help ourselves to the bar and just let him know in the morning whether we consumed anything...!!! So sweet and trusting... this is what Scotland is all about. I loved this place and yes if you need to find a place to stay in this area this is it. There is a sauna and Hot Tub room available if you wish to use it. The rooms were huge.. the furnishings were perfect, the bathroom suite was more than what we could have wanted. Perfect!
First thing in the morning my husband opened the curtains...he said "Angie, come and have a look at this." My face lit up at the views from the window. The sun was shining, the lodge stood on a hill and at the bottom of the drive was a small road, on the oposite side a small hedge and behind that a lake with it's amazing mountains on the horizon that just took your breath away.
We just had breakfast in the morning and made our way. We chatted with John and Ingrid (his wife) before living for quite some time. John and Ingrid go to Spain every year for their holiday. Ingrid gave us a few hints on where to go from here... including where us girls could get retail therapy, which I will mention on my other pages.