Abbot’s Brae lures you into total holiday relaxing mode; so don’t expect to get any work done. Unpretentious, welcoming, and very quiet. Rooms have everything you would expect from a 4 star establishment but without the unnecessary extras that most corporate hotels seem to think are essential – I don’t want a flat screen TV and loads of wardrobe space. Instead Abbot’s Brae concentrates on comfort and functionality. The bed was one of those rare ones where you fall asleep without thinking about anything except how comfy you are, and you stay asleep, a decent bathroom with a large tub and Molton Brown toiletries an unexpected treat. Free wifi (throughout including room on top floor) was much appreciated – bandwidth sufficient for BBC IPlayer etc. Essential to eat dinner here –no where else in Dunoon comes close. Three course meal quite pricey at £27 but worth it, local ingredients, straightforward dishes transformed into something special – I’m still salivating over the smoked salmon with rocket salad and chilli jam, 3 or 4 mains including fish, and I think a vegetarian option. I can recommend the duck which came as a robust ¼ - meltingly tender with the most gorgeous crispy skin (duck fat is definitely of the healthy variety) – no boring clinically sliced lean breast. Just about had room for a small slice of pear and almond tart- light and very yummy. Can’t comment on the wine list – jug of iced tap water (did not have to ask) did just the job. Decaf coffee best I’ve ever had – and, yes it was decaf, accompanied by mints ( and then later the chocs I found on the pillow). Full breakfast looked delicious but could only manage 2 perfectly light boiled eggs and several cups of strong but smooth coffee. If you have time amble around the huge and sprawling garden, go running along the esplanade, and do some hill work using the long and winding driveway. Finally good to see Fair Trade products used, and look out for the knitted afternoon tea. Thanks to Christine and Colin for a lovely interlude in the working week.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled high amongst established woodland with sensational views over the Firth of Clyde and surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery you will ever see, Abbot's Brae has earned for itself an enviable reputation as a luxurious home away from home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Abbots Brae Dunoon
- Hotel Abbots Brae
- Abbot's Brae Hotel Dunoon, Argyll And Bute