As we were driving up the road to the hotel, I had serious doubts as to it's location. We drove up a hill that took us away from Oban center. When we checked in and spoke to Angus, he assured us that it was a short walk downhill to the ferry terminal which takes you directly into the center. I must point out that every down-hill becomes an up-hill on your return. It wasn't a very steep hill, but if you have walking issues, it would be difficult. That being said, if we would return to Oban, we would only stay at the Manor House. There is free, reserved parking right by the hotel. We had a large second floor room, (Angus carried our bags up) not an ocean view, facing a quiet street. The bathroom was huge, ultra modern with a step in shower. They provided Molton Brown toiletries which was a top grade luxury.
Since we were at the end of our holiday, we decided to eat at the hotel and booked dinner at the restaurant. Boy, are we grad we did! You don't go directly into the dinning room for dinner. Alan led us into the bar, sat us at a table, and gave us the evening menu and wine list. He asked if we wanted to start with drinks and brought over the evening's amuse bouche which was a vegetarian quiche and quail egg toast. They take your dinner order while you sit and relax in the bar with a harbor view. This is to avoid any long waits between courses, a great idea. My wife had the five course fixed price menu while I ordered ala carte. The menu charges nightly. See my pictures on what we ordered. Everything was delicious including the elegant cheese course we chose for dessert.
Breakfast is included with the room and it was outstanding and totally different from anything else we had during our stay in Scotland (sorry, no pictures, too busy feeding my face). There was a choice of five items on a printed menu along with the normal breakfast items. This was so much nicer than a typical buffet breakfast.
Service for both meals was elegant but not stuffy. It was a great way to end our trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Manor House was built in 1780 as the Duke of Argyll's Oban estate. Great consideration has been given to preserve the elegance, charm and atmosphere of its past. There are eleven tastefully decorated bedrooms each with en-suite bathroom. Informal lunches are served in the Bar and lovely Drawing Room which, like the beautifully restored Dining Room, have magnificent views over Oban Bay, the adjacent islands,the mountains of Morvern and Isle of Mull. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Manor House Hotel Oban, Scotland