Not far off the M90 (although you would never know it) and tucked away down a quiet road, Dalqueich is quite possibly the loveliest B&B experience I've had. I booked here on the strength of the reviews but also because the location was perfect as I was at a nearby gundog training weekend. Although Bob and Helen don't usually accept dogs (although they like them very much), I largely kept mine in the back of the 4x4 and then erected a travelcrate in my room. Even though my dog is very well behaved, unfortunately some owners let us all down.
Bob and Helen came out to welcome me and show me where to park and then I was shown to my lovely bedroom - cosy, warm, tastefully decorated (they have some lovely art on the walls) with Wifi and an Ipod docking station (I had the room with the king size bed). The room also had the little touchs that you would expect at a five star hotel - robes behind the door, a selection of teas and chocolate drinks, choccies, biscuits and bottles of drinking water. The next door bathroom was equally well kitted out with a selection of toiletries for guests' use and a wonderful power shower.
As I was travelling alone, I had booked an evening meal in advance and opted for roasted cod with vine tomatoes, pine nuts and new potatoes which was served with asparagus and was exquisite. They left the whole baking tray on the table so I was free to have seconds ... and thirds! A homemade yoghurt dessert was accompanied by baked cinnamon shotbread -mmmm. The dining room is cosy and relaxing - I dined in front of a roaring log fire (although it is May, it was cold outside) and listened to some lovely music while perusing some of the intriguiing artwork on the walls.
Helen had made up a log fire in the guest lounge too and offered me a vast selection of CDs although I was happy to enjoy the time to read my book with a glass of wine (BYOB).
Breakfast was equally impressive as I plumped for the haddock rarebit which was fantastic (thanks previous reviewer, Louise). This followed red fruit compote and poached pears with star anise washed down with apple, pineapple and lemongrass juice. Award winning marmalde (I bought two of the mulled rum) and homemade bread (honey, rye and cheese) was also on offer.
Helen and Bob (and their daughter) are a lovely couple and nothing is too much trouble. I can say this from the heart as I inadvertently left my dog cushion behind and Bob drove to where I was training to hand it over to me along with a pack of homemade shortbread!
I would love to bring my husband here next time and hope to be back. It's a lesson in hospitality and Bob and Helen deserve recognition for such a wonderful place that goes above and beyond expectation.
Just two rooms which I am sure are equally nice.
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8 May 2012
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Thank you for the review which means a lot to us. We are lucky to be able to share our home, and our love of the area where we live, with lovely people like you. You made it very easy for us, like entertaining a good friend.
Kinross is an excellent touring base (in fact, the guests who stayed the Sunday after your visit hadn't realised how central we were- they had dinner in St Andrews and the next day went to see historic Culross and the iconic Falkirk canal wheel).
There's also a lot going on locally: just recently guests have taken part in orienteering and a cycling event, and next weekend we have continental guests staying for the Loch Leven Half Marathon. You, and your lovely dog Dita, were the first gundog course guests we have had!!
You remarked on the art when you were here, particularly that of Margaret L Smyth. We first saw her work at the Pittenweem festival, and fell in love with it. You will find details on the Scottish Society of arts website: www.s-s-a.org/artists/smyth/index.htm. She, and her equally talented husband, Reinhard Behrens ("Naboland"), will be exhibiting at their house in Pittenweem during the East Neuk Open Studios event in June (16-17th and 23-24 June) - www.eastneukopenstudios.org/pittenweem/pittenweem.htm. We hope to get along, maybe see you there?
It would be lovely if you and your husband Neil, and of course Dita, made it back this way sometime.
Thank you and kind regards
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