Barcaldine House Luxury Hotel Oban – Review

Review – At the weekend I was given the opportunity to stay at Barcaldine House luxury hotel which is 9 miles outside of Oban Scotland. I stayed for two nights dinner bed a breakfast and this posting is my review of the hotel.

I have broken my review down into a number of areas – accommodation, facilities, food and service. In my opinion these are the four key elements that are the makeup to every good hotel.

To give some background Barcaldine house was originally a country house which has gone through a number of transformations over the years and now happily resides as a luxury hotel.

Located in the small town of Barcaldine outside of Oban it is perfectly situated for exploring the west coast of Scotland. There are a number of walks around the hotel, but if you want to fully explore the area you do need a car.

Accommodation

The hotel has 8 bedrooms so it is small by many hotels standards, but there is plenty of space in the hotel so you feel like it’s almost your own house from the moment you arrive.

We stayed in a superior room facing the back of the hotel. The room was lovely and spacious, the bathroom was traditional with a cast iron roll top bath and traditional sink.

The room had sky TV, and an Ipod docking station so you can bring your own music to listen too. One nice touch that I really liked is that they have a DVD collection that you are free to use at any time, there was a good selection of films so something to suit most people.

There are also a good selection of teas and fresh coffee in your room and complementary still and sparking water.

Food

Food is where the Barcaldine sets itself apart from many hotels I have been too. I really cannot express how good the food was. I am vegetarian and often this is something of an afterthought to many chefs, but on both nights the menu changed and on both nights the food was outstanding.

The restaurant has two AA rosettes and won a number of awards. The head Chef Oskar previously worked at Andrew Fairlie’s restaurant in Gleneagles so this is the quality of food to expect.

What we did on both nights was to have a pre dinner drink in the study next to the restaurant. I can imagine in winter the study being magical with a roaring log fire and Christmas music playing. With our drinks we were given canapés which were hand-made and different on both nights.

We then went through to the dining room and had our meal. I really like the fact you got a pre starter soup and sorbet between courses. I also loved the fact that you got homemade tablet at the end of the meal too with your coffee. Lovely touches.

Breaksfast was fantastic too – it is served in the dining room and there is a selection of cereals, muesli and porridge to start, as well as fruit juice, coffee, tea and toast. You can then order a full cooked breakfast, I opted for eggs Benedicta minis the ham. All delicious and kept me full till well into the afternoon.

Service

Again service is really important and the hotel pulled this off very well. All the staff were extremely friendly and very helpful. They had lots of suggestions about things to see and do in the area, and were a pleasure to be served by in the evening.  And I liked the fact that they didn’t have a cocktail menu but they made a perfect cosmopolitan for me regardless (It did cost £15 however)

Facilities

Barcaldine House is a hotel to come and relax in – the study had a daily supply of news papers, I also loved the billiards room, will full sized snooker table and large selection of board games, including family favourites (cluedo, monopoly) in addition to chess, backgammon and a cards table.

Outside the hotel there are some nice walks to take which will let you explore some of the nearby countryside.

Things To See And Do

This part of Scotland is quite a treasure trove if you have not been before.  Oban is the main gateway to some of Scotland most iconic islands including Mull, Iona, Jura and Scappa and you can get daily ferries to them from the ferry terminal in the town. Oban itself has a selection of shops, restaurants, bars and places to chill out during the day.

However having been to Oban many times we decided to explore some of the surrounding areas and saw the following.

1. Atlantic Bridge
2. Arduaine Gardens (National Trust)
3. Port Appin
4. Glencoe

Overall Outcomes

I stayed in a superior room which was £215 a night (high season) and dinner was £50 per person a night for food.

This is a really special hotel and definately one to keep an eye on if you are looking for somewhere unique to go to for a relaxing weekend with excellent food!

http://www.barcaldinehouse.co.uk/

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