Good Hotel Guide Review
‘A haven of comfort and good food,’ writes one regular reviewer of this small hotel on Oban Bay. Built for the Duke of Argyll in the 18th century, the stone manor house is also the former home of one Admiral HC Otter who painted Bible texts on the rocks of Lorne, and had the words ‘Jehovah Shammah’ carved above the back door. The building’s listed status means that bedrooms are fairly cosy, but all offer ‘really good furnishings’ and ‘lovely views’, particularly those overlooking the harbour and bay, where otters of the marine variety, as well as basking seals and a variety of birdlife, may be spotted (binoculars are provided). Bathrooms are compact but well stocked with large bottles of Molton Brown toiletries. Chef Mandy Todd joined the team in 2019 and her eclectic daily-changing menu mixes Scottish ingredients with more exotic flavours picked up on her travels. An ‘excellent dinner’ might include a goat’s cheese mousse followed by harissa-marinated lamb, or perhaps scallops with pork cheeks. ‘Friendly staff’ and a ‘good breakfast’ complete the picture. (Tony Hall)
Argyll and Bute
11. 1 on ground floor.
all year except 24–26 Dec.
lounge, bar, restaurant, in-room TV (Freeview), wedding facilities, 1½-acre grounds, private car park, deep-water mooring, access to nearby gym and golf.
traditional in bar and restaurant.
not under 12.
allowed in bedroom by arrangement, not unattended, not in public rooms.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B £140–£295, D,B&B £230–£393. Set dinner (5 courses) £49, à la carte £45.