Scotland’s scenery has a distinctive beauty in winter. It’s glorious enough viewed on a romantic lochside walk, and takes on an added charm when you are enjoying the view from a comfortable sofa beside a roaring log fire.
That goes some way to explaining the attraction of today’s Big Deal, an overnight stay in the inviting and splendidly-located Loch Melfort Hotel, near Oban.
This break gives you the chance to relax, enjoy superb local cuisine and take in the picturesque coastal vistas from your hotel room.
The Loch Melfort Hotel is an elegant building dating from the 19th century with a Canadian lodge-style annexe. It enjoys an idyllic setting in 17 acres of landscaped gardens and beach overlooking Loch Melfort. Views extend over the water to the islands of Islay, Jura and Scarba.
Available from Thursday to Monday, this Big Deal is for two people to enjoy an overnight stay in a Cedar Wing sea view double room with Continental breakfast and a two course dinner for two chosen from the Bistro Winter Specials Menu. Alternatively, guests can use a £20 allowance to select from the a la carte menu.
Room with a view
The individually styled, spacious Cedar Wing rooms in the lodge feature refined décor and balconies or terraces with panoramic sea views. Modern amenities include free WiFi, flat-screen TVs and tea and coffee-making facilities.
Subject to availability, the offer includes the option to upgrade to a Superior Room, with some additional luxurious touches, or to a Main House room for a supplement of £15 per night.
The deal includes a two course dinner in the hotel’s restaurant, with more of those spectacular sea views through bay windows. It’s a superb setting for a relaxed meal.
Acclaimed by the guides and reviewers, the restaurant’s inventive contemporary cuisine puts the accent on local produce, particularly the finest West Coast fish and seafood.
Menus are seasonal, making use of the freshest fare. Guests can choose two courses from the Bistro Winter Specials list or opt to use £20 credit to dine from the a la carte menu.
Out and about
The Loch Melfort Hotel is so comfortable that the temptation may be to linger over breakfast and take up a handy vantage point by the log fire, but there is plenty to enjoy in the immediate vicinity.
Beach and lochside walks are a great way to build up an appetite, while the botanically-minded could spend hours in the adjacent NTS Arduaine Garden, with its ornate displays, romantic arboretum walk, ponds, birds and wildlife.
The Loch Melfort Hotel has earned plenty of positive feedback on TripAdvisor, including these recent reviews:
‘The location is hard to beat with the most wonderful views from the restaurant and bedrooms. The service was excellent with special mention to the waiting staff in the bistro and restaurant.’
‘We loved this family run hotel with spectacular views over the loch. We stayed in an upstairs room in the Cedar Wing, which was spotlessly clean and warm, with its own balcony overlooking a field of Highland cattle and the loch beyond.’
This Big Deal to the Loch Melfort Hotel near Oban provides a tranquil and scenic winter escape in gorgeous surroundings with fine cuisine. It would make a great Christmas gift, offering the prospect of a relaxing break in 2016 after the rigours of the festive season.