Situated by Loch Creran, in the wonderful west of Scotland, the luxurious five star Ardtorna Bed and Breakfast has a list of awards longer than both of your arms. The Scottish Hotel Awards have awarded Ardtorna their ‘Scotland’s Best B&B’ accolade six times in the last seven years. Quite impressive given it only opened in 2010… My expectations were, quite understandably, sky high![embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQLH5dyTrU8[/embedyt]
One of my favourite parts of staying here happens right after checking in. A warm scone straight out of the oven upon arrival, with jam and some fresh cream. What a way to start your stay! Another nice touch is the fact that complimentary whisky and a homemade whisky cream liqueur was included in the standard package.
I reckon all hotels should offer warm scones and free alcohol!
The B&B has just four rooms but each one is beautifully presented and the floor to ceiling windows give an excellent view of the loch. The beds are all super-king sized with memory foam mattresses topped with a deluxe mattress topper. They are exceptionally comfy! The rooms are largely the same except some come with a spa bath and others come with a colour changing wet room. There are Molton Brown toiletries for your use in the bathroom along with bathrobes too.
That’s not all though, there are also hand made chocolates available in each room with a fridge stocked with some complimentary snacks. There is also underfloor heating in your room with a Dyson heater/cooler to get the room temperature just right. If you need to dry your hair then Ardtorna also provide Dyson hair dryers in each room for your use.
There’s also the option of having a pillow mist added to your bedding to help enhance your sleeping experience.
Food at the B&B
To start off, the breakfast at Ardtorna is amazing! The B&B won the Best Breakfast Award at the Scottish Food Awards and Academy 2017 and it’s easy to see why!
The only downside is having to choose your breakfast the evening before. However when you see the food and the preparation that’s gone into it you’ll realise why. The menu has a great selection with the traditional Scottish breakfast hard to turn down. The Ardtorna speciality is poached eggs on a bed of bacon with grilled halloumi which sounds lovely! You can have a look at the menu on their website here. It’s served between 8am and 9am so if you’re wanting a longer lazy lie in then you might struggle here.
Unfortunately Ardtorna doesn’t offer any other dining options so you will have to go elsewhere for dinner. Due to the high standard of furnishings there is also a no hot food policy in the rooms. There are many options for dinner though but, given the excellent location of the B&B, these can really only be reached by car. The lovely owners Sean and Karen can arrange bookings at local restaurants and also provide cheaper transport rates with a local taxi driver.
Now I would 100% recommend a visit to the Isle of Eriska Hotel & Spa for dinner. Wow!
It is around a 15 minute drive from the B&B and it costs around £25 for a return taxi provided by the owners of Ardtorna. The hotel is also a five star luxury hotel with dining options that are excellent for a special occasion. The hotel itself sits on it’s own private island which is pretty cool!
The A La Carte 3 course dinner is £67 per person and each course was absolutely amazing, really lovely food! If you like cheese there’s also a fairly sizeable cheese trolley to round off your meal! If you’d like more variety there is the option of a five course tasting menu which is available upon request.
There are many other dining options in Oban which is around a 20 minute drive from Ardtorna. There is a lot of parking available in Oban depending on where you end up. With Oban being right on the sea then why not try out some seafood? There are seafood restaurants like Ee-usk, Oban Seafood Hut and Coast Restaurant. There is also Piazza for some Italian food or The Manor House for some fine dining.
There are a range of activities and packages that you can add or book through Ardtorna. One of which are archery lessons. One of the owners, Sean, is a former longbow world champion and offers lessons starting at £25 per person for an adult for an hour. There is also a reduced rate of £20 per person (from £45 pp) for full day access to the spa and golf facilities at the Isle of Eriska.
If you’re looking at add to your B&B experience at Ardtorna then you can book one of their butler or romantic packages. The butler packages range from £75 to £125 and the B&B will unpack your luggage, press your first night’s clothes, assist with activities and restaurant bookings plus there is an additional option for champagne on the £125 package. The romantic packages start at £40 and go up to £75. The packages include wine, prosecco and champagne options plus fresh flowers and rose petals on your bed upon arrival. These packages are only available direct so they wouldn’t be available on your usual hotel website.
The price of staying at Ardtorna ranges from £70 to £90 per person per night depending on the time of the year. This is just the room rate however there are also special offers available. These special offers include a range of alcoholic options and additional extras detailed above. Overnight stays including these additional extras start at £225, two night stays start at £299, the three nights offer is £560 with a week totalling £1,250.
Would I stay here again? Yes
I would definitely stay at Ardtorna again. The owners really think about every small detail and it was a wonderful place to stay, with the loch view an added bonus. It’s a great base for exploring more of the west of Scotland too if you’re visiting to explore Oban and the surrounding areas.