Travelling nowadays is all the rage and when logging onto Social Media you see endless pictures of what could be described as Paradise. With this comes wanderlust but in reality, the majority of us don’t have the time to be travelling around the world on a weekly basis. In order to combat the constant urge to travel, more and more people are turning to stay-cations which give freedom and curb that travel bug at a fraction of the cost of luxury overseas travel.
I said in a previous post that I planned to get out and see a lot more of my homeland, Scotland in 2018 and to date I have been largely successful so far. One area I wanted to explore more was the West Coast of Scotland, namely Argyll and Bute and thanks to Red Letter Days I was given the perfect opportunity to choose a stay-cation of my choosing in the UK, and of course I chose to head up to Argyll and Bute, specifically to Loch Melfort Hotel, situated on the tranquil and stunning Arduaine Peninsula.
Loch Melfort Hotel looks out over the Loch and is set in seventeen acres of pristine gardens, bordered by its very own beach. The hotel itself is family run and is home to Suites, Sea View Rooms and Accessible Rooms which are all comfortable and the majority have views to die for. All members of staff that we came in contact with were extremely chatty and helpful and could not do enough for us which put us at ease which in turn meant the whole experience was relaxed with nothing to think or worry about. We stayed on a Bed & Breakfast basis which included a bottle of house wine and some complimentary Tunnocks Teacakes which for me are a total winner. Our room was situated in the main house and featured a king size bed and views out over the stunning Loch Melfort. The lounge areas of the hotel are homely and relaxed, and are decorated in keeping with the rest of the hotel in an older style but with little modern twists thrown in.
For our evening meal we ate in the hotel’s Bistro and the food was absolutely delicious. Myself and the missus both had the Fish and Chips as our main which was a little taste of heaven. Due to the main’s being so good we decided that even though already stuffed we would have a dessert each which again really hit the spot. I went for the Lemon Tart and Tash went for the Sticky Toffee Pudding which she is still talking about as I type. As well as the Bistro the hotel also offers a 2 AA Rosette Fine Dining Experience in their Main Restaurant. As well as the excellent food choices, the hotel offers a large selection of drinks, from local Ale’s and Lagers to a large collection of Scottish Malt Whisky and Gin as well as numerous others to keep everyone including kids happy.
Being situated where it is on the Arduaine Peninsula, Loch Melfort Hotel is surrounded by nothing but natural beauty which may make you think that there isn’t much to do but you would be wrong. The area is home to a mix of mountains, lochs, islands and loads of nature which makes it perfect for those seeking to explore the great outdoors or those simply looking for a relaxing break away the city life. Due to the pesky Storm Calum being in full force during our visit the 17 acres of gardens adjoining the hotel were closed, but we braved the elements to say hello to the local Highland Cow’s and also took a wander down to the coastal viewpoint which offers next level views over Loch Melfort and the surrounding areas.
Our stay at Loch Melfort Hotel was one of complete and utter relaxation which was exactly what we needed after a long and busy October so far. The hotel staff were thoroughly accommodating throughout and made our stay as stress free as you could want and we would return to the Loch Melfort Hotel hopefully in better weather to get some climbing in as well as to take in the views without Storm Calum blowing us away. Red Letter Days offer a huge amount of opportunities across the UK, ranging from overnight stays to activity days at affordable prices. Why not start planning your Red Letter Day now??
*This stay was gifted by Red Letter Days in return for a review. All thoughts and images are my own.