We recently spent two nights at Brockville and this B&B and Helen upped the bar for us for perfection--it is as near to perfection as you are going to find! Not a five-star of its kind but a five-star all the way!
Helen was out when we arrived (and as we later found out was lost when out on a walk and in a bog!) and left a note for us to help us to find our room. We started to bring our things in and there was Helen insisting on helping us with our bags—then we found out about her misadventure—she was helping us when she needed a hot drink and a bath! What a hostess. She offered us a glass of wine with scrumptious cake and helped to orient us to the town. We had reservations at Café Fish which was very, very good—all I wanted was lobster and did I get it!
Our room was spacious with a comfortable seating area, books, and a TV with an excellent choice of stations (not that we watched a lot of TV) and with beautiful views of the harbor. It is located in a small neighborhood which I always think gives you a better idea of the local area and is about a 5 minute walk downhill to the town center. There were fresh flowers, it was comfortably furnished without a lot of the clutter that one often finds in a B&B, and immaculately clean. We loved the tartan throw on the bed! Helen even provides a mat to dry your boots after walking on the somewhat squishy paths of Mull.
The next morning I requested soft-boiled eggs for breakfast and they were done to perfection (not easy to pull off) along with other delectable morsels—including a yoghurt and fruit concoction with a drop of whisky in it--ambrosia. Helen helped us to decide on a walk from Tobermory to Aros Park—very beautiful—and as has been stated before there were several guide books along with a thermos left in a bag in our room—actually too warm for hot liquids in October—we were blessed with incredible weather while in Tobermory. We had lunch in the local pub after our walk as the day trippers in the coaches had descended on the town and had jammed all of the other places that looked so good—but the pub was very good also (if you want to eat in one of the lovely tearooms/lunchrooms plan to eat a little earlier—IF you have room after the Brockville breakfast) We had dinner at Mishnish per Helen’s suggestion and it was excellent (again I had lobster every bit as good as Café Fish)—and wonders of wonders—we had bought the book “The Tobermory Cat” for our grandson that afternoon and who should wander into the restaurant looking for a warm place to sleep—but the Tobermory cat himself!!
We had an early departure in the morning to meet the earliest ferry (regrettably) and Helen provided us with an enormous continental breakfast including pain au chocolat—the only thing in the world that I can absolutely not resist—how did you know Helen? She included crackers and cheeses for our journey and a thermos with milk for my husband’s cereal—along with a coffee press loaded with coffee and just waiting for the hot water from the kettle.
If you plan to go to Tobermory—and believe me it is beautiful and well worth a visit—reserve a room with Helen at Brockville. You will be glad you did. I only wish we lived closer—we would be back soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Brockville Bed and Breakfast accommodation is a modern home set on the peaceful hillside of Tobermory, Isle of Mull, enjoying views across the town and "over the water" to the Morvern hills. Charming Tobermory harbour with its brightly painted shops and houses is only 5 minutes walk down the hill (perhaps a few minutes longer on the return journey, after a dram or two!) ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Brockville Bed And Breakfast Tobermory, Isle Of Mull