We chose Aspen Lodge based upon the other reviews here and were not disappointed. Upon arriving we were given a very warm Scottish welcome from our host Audrey who showed us to our room which was very spacious and carefully designed.
When we booked there was only a twin room left and my concern had been that the beds would be small single ones. I need not have worried, the beds were large and comfortable with firm springy mattresses and good quality bed linen. As someone who always struggles with sleep when away from home, this was extremely reassuring. It is quite apparent that Audrey takes a great pride in the accommodation she provides for her guests and ensures that their stay is as comfortable as possible.
Aspen Lodge is a relatively new extension onto the main house with a separate entrance which means that we didn't feel we were intruding upon our hosts. It has been purpose built and all the furniture was of good, solid quality and felt expensive. The bathroom was large and stylish with a walk in shower and plenty of space for hanging bathrobes and storing toiletries. There was also a lovely fresh smelling collection of toiletries supplied. I love these luxurious extras which were certainly a treat. We also had two little boxes of handmade chocolates left on the dressing table.
The views from our room by the way, were stunning. We had patio doors which opened up onto a decked terrace with chairs. A great place to enjoy a glass of wine and watch the changing light over the fells. One evening was not enough.
It is about 2 miles from Aspen Lodge into Oban and as we intended to get a taxi into the town for our evening meal, Audrey very kindly offered to give us a lift. I have never received such a considerate service from anywhere I have previously stayed. We ate at Ee-usk in Oban located on the harbour which is also recommended but booking essential as people who arrived after us were being turned away. The taxi back cost about £7 plus tip.
Our breakfast the following morning was absolutely delicious. Again, the quality of produce prevailed, from the nutty granola and fresh fruit to the smoked salmon, it certainly set us up for the day. There was an excellent choice which we had pre ordered the evening before.
I think it is fair to say that our stay was most definitely enhanced by the friendliness and helpfulness of our host, we felt that nothing was too much trouble for Audrey in ensuring our stay was extra special. We would definitely recommend Aspen Lodge, it is like having a privileged glimpse into another world.
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