11. 1 on ground floor.
all year except 25/26 Dec.
2 lounges, bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), wedding facilities, 1½-acre grounds, access to nearby gym and golf, unsuitable for disabled.
traditional in bar and dining room.
not under 12.
allowed by arrangement, not in public rooms.
all major cards.
 per room B&B £125–£260, D,B&B £205–£340. Set dinner £44, all dishes available à la carte.
Good Hotel Guide Review
Sit on the terrace of Leslie and Margaret Crane’s ‘relaxed, friendly’ Georgian stone mansion overlooking Oban bay, and watch the ferries slip out of the harbour, bound for the Isles. A former ducal dower house, the traditional hotel has ‘lovely, cosy Scottish decor’– winged armchairs, gilt-framed pictures, a grandfather clock. The ‘well-appointed bedrooms’ (some small) are made welcoming with fruit, biscuits and flowers; five, overlooking the harbour, contain a pair of binoculars. The food is highly rated, Guide readers report, ‘from the hearty Scottish breakfasts to well-balanced dinners’ that make use of local produce. Informal lunches (West Highland fish soup; veggie risotto) may be taken in Nelson’s bar. In the dining room, chef Shaun Squire’s daily-changing menu, preceded by ‘delicious canapés’, might include West Coast scallop ceviche, chilli and mango salsa, cucumber gin granita; apple and apricot-stuffed pork, truffle mash, Stornoway black pudding. The harbour and ferry terminal are within easy walking distance: book a ride on the early ferry to spend a day on the Isle of Mull – the ‘helpful staff’ have plenty of local knowledge and are happy to advise.
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