With their Black Creeks, Hollow Rocks and Bug Hills, Americans sure like their place names to say what they see.
Scotland’s Loch Awe has exactly the same does-what-it-says-on-the-tin quality but with bells on.
Take up today’s Big Deal with the Taychreggan on the banks of Loch Awe and you might wonder why they didn’t just forget the Awe and call it Loch Jaw Dropper.
4 star country house
Today’s Big Deal is for two people to enjoy a relaxing one night, bed and breakfast stay in a junior suite at the white washed Taychreggan, a four star country house hotel near Taynuilt.
Starting life as a drovers’ inn in the 17th century, the Taychreggan is about twenty miles from Oban and surrounded by some of Scotland’s most magnificent scenery.
Majestic mountains; deep forests and stunning lochs make the area a perfect spot for walkers, fishermen, mountain bikers and, of course, romantics. Spend a little time here and it will come as no surprise that the AA awarded the Taychreggan the title ‘One of Britain’s Most Romantic Hotels’.
However you choose to spend your time here, roaring fires, over-stuffed chairs, a snooker room and the Drovers’ Bar mean that the Taychreggan offers plenty of Highland comforts to return to at the end of the day.
The Big Deal is for an overnight stay in one of the luxurious junior suites with a loch view.
They are all ensuite and feature beautiful fabrics, fluffy dressing gowns, flat screen TVs (limited channels), bottled water, tea and coffee making trays, sherry, hairdryer – the list goes on.
A full cooked, Scottish breakfast is included in the Big Deal. You can also choose to take dinner, at an additional cost, in the hotel restaurant which has been awarded two AA Rosettes.
Local produce such as loin of Argyll venison and Strathdon cheese often appear on the regularly changing, five course set menu.
This is a great offer at a splendid hotel but you don’t have to take our word for how good the Taychreggan is. The hotel has many fantastic reviews on Tripadvisor. This is an edited for length version of what a visitor had to say after a stay late last year:
‘We were lucky enough to be there on a crisp autumnal day and the views over Loch Awe were stunning. The five course set dinner in the evening was divine – we actually preferred it to the renowned Three Chimneys on Skye where we had eaten a few days earlier – the lamb just melted in your mouth. The chef is certainly to be commended. The bar prices were very good too.
The breakfast menu was extensive. We both started with yoghurt & home made fruit compote which was really nice. Hot breakfast items ranged from the traditional fry up to haddock & eggs, smoked salmon, or kippers. Fiona, the manager, couldn’t do enough for us. She was very knowledgeable of the local area and recommended some good walks.’