My boyfriend took me here on a surprise romantic trip away. I completely forgot to break my Tripadvisor virginity after our stay a few months ago, so want to begin by apologising to the lovely couple who run Blarcreen! Despite the delay in my review, the memories of the weekend will be with me forever. Picking Blarcreen House as our place of rest for the weekend completely exceeded my expectations of the surprise weekend. As I hadn't a clue where we going, the winding road we took to the guesthouse (which was, perhaps, the long way round) was dark and secluded. Just before I began to panic that we might be lost, the warm lights of Blarcreen shone through the dark!
Gobsmacked, we were welcomed by the proprietors, and shown the drawing room and breakfast room, before being led to our suite. We were bought up two glasses and an ice bucket for the bottle we had brought with us, and very kindly wished a good evening. The room, like the rest of the house, mixed antique furniture with tasteful contemporary accoutrements. After taking an obligatory power-shower, sampling all the luxury toiletries, we slipped in to the dressing gowns provided, and put music on the iPod dock.
My first night in a four poster, I was awoken by the light 'baaaas' of the sheep in the fields outside. By daylight, the place managed to be twice as beautiful. Our room looked over Loch Etive, and the sun was shining for us. The interiors across the house were put together with such finesse, yet still the rooms downstairs retained the charming quirkiness of a place that is proudly lived in. Once downstairs, we had two equally good breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Homemade jams, freshly baked bread, and all the options for a fry-up under the sun were offered to us. Being foodies, my boyfriend and I tried everything! To this day, I am adamant I ate the most delicious breakfasts I've ever had.
With Oban being a scenic drive away, we spent a beautiful, sunny Saturday morning strolling around it. Before lunch, surprise number two was the ferry to Mull! We ate in Tobermory, had a walk along the coastline, then returned to Oban for a fresh seafood supper. The second night we spent at Blarcreen was warm and peaceful.
I would be delighted to visit the house again, and would recommend it to anyone seeking a country retreat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Blarcreen House is a Victorian granite farmhouse in beautiful, peaceful surroundings on the shore of Loch Etive, 12 miles from Oban. 5 star rating from the AA. Home cooking and Licensed with king size four poster rooms. ... more less
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