We arrived early June to spend five nights and four full days at Dunvalanree. As we drove down the "B Ways," we kept repeating to one another, "This place had better be good!" It is a superb house-lovely people there (Milstead family and staff), one of Nature's finest sites (tiny bay, great geology and easy to hike about) and a kitchen to match and more. We've traveled and lived in various places all over Scotland for brief periods over the past 32 years and regard Dunvalanree as a place where one, deservedly or not!, lives among the annointed. Alyson Milstead works magic in her kitchen-we enjoyed food to die for every day-fresh working material, perfect combinations and very smart presentations. To top it all off grand people gathering for drinks before dinner. Alan Milstead enters the lounge, distributes the evening's menue, receives orders for before dinner libations, announces that preparation of the various selections for our meals will take 30-35 minutes or so, leaving guests plenty of time to become acquainted. Curious but true...for us the mix of guests and the conviviality they create was always a marvelous prelude to what turned out to be five nights running of what must be some of Scotlands finest kitchen artistry. Great setting for a Christie plot...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dunvalanree Hotel and Restaurant offers excellent value, high quality accommodation in a tranquil and beautiful setting, with private garden overlooking the bay where Robert the Bruce landed in 1306. Carradale golf course is on the other side of the bay. The mile long beach at Carradale Bay is behind the hotel. Chef-Proprietor Alyson Milstead's menus feature local seafood and farm produce. Dunvalanree is licensed and is the only places in Kintyre listed in the Good Hotel Guide and the Good Food Guide. Dunvalanree is a superb location to explore Kintyre, the birthplace of the Scottish nation. Visit Springbank distillery, visit the sea-bird observatory, explore parts of the Kintyre Way or just walk, barefoot along the sandy beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dunvalanree Carradale, Scotland