Dalqueich is conveniently located to catch an early flight at Edinburgh Airport, so we used it as a last stopover coming down from the Highlands. That is a pity, as it would have deserved so much more of our time to enjoy its every corner.
It is indeed a lovely, lovely home, and you feel welcome from the first moment. Helen and Bob's effort in making you feel at ease goes well beyond professional care and make you feel that they are really enjoying your presence there, and are proud to show you the details of their home.
And the details are really delightful: with only two rooms, they can personalize them at best, and ours was wonderfully warm and luminous (and impeccably clean). The night tables were packed full of children literature, for the happiness of our little one. She would have leafed through all of them if she hadn't been so busy tormenting Helen and Bob for a chat, as if she had just gained two more grandpas. The comfort in which she moved around the house shows how much she felt at home (and she is only five).
The lucky guests at Dalqueich do not just enjoy their beautiful room: they also have a sitting room at their disposal (again with books and games and teddy bears), a large and airy conservatory, and a warm and cozy dining room for breakfast in the morning. Breakfast itself is a highlight (one of the many of the place), as it is a pleasure to taste fresh fruit, jams and yoghurt after one week of scottish breakfasts (Helen and Bob provide that too, of course: blood sausage and puddings for the adventurous).
And of course there is the garden: the soft carpet of grass of the front garden, and the wonderful confusion of trees and spice plants at the back, with benches overlooking a small river which must be a joy to sit on in warmer weather (the nature is so wild around Dalqueich that we saw a deer in the fields while getting out at night).
And then there is Bertie, which was a lot of fun for our daughter to play with, as warm and welcoming as his owners.
All in all, we really should have planned at least a couple of nights to exploit all the perks of this wonderful little place, and to enjoy the company of Helen, Bob and Bertie. We will certainly do so in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dalqueich Farmhouse is a restored traditional farmhouse in a lovely rural setting, yet convenient for motorway and airport. Accommodation is spacious and of a high quality. Guests have the use of a sitting room (where they can learn about Scotch whisky from an expert!) and the conservatory (winter garden) and eat in the elegant dining room (home-made bread and prize winning marmalades feature). Two rooms are available, an en-suite family room with a double and a single bed and a double room with king size bed and adjoining private shower-room. Set in spacious gardens it is a wildlife paradise with red squirrels, and kingfishers amongst its visitors. Wild deer are commonly seen as are a wide range of birds - both native and migrating. Walking, cycling, and golf can all be enjoyed locally and the Loch Leven Heritage trail has become immensely popular. A great place for touring, with Edinburgh, Perth, Stirling and Glasgow and the beautiful Fife coast and the Highlands all within easy reach (as well as malt distilleries!). Other meals by arrangement. ... more less
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