We selected the area of Callander because an earlier inquiry on Trip Advisor suggested that would be a reasonable first day’s drive for us from Birmingham Airport in England. We knew nothing of Callander and had read only a little bit about the Trossachs. The only thing we knew about Westerton was that they had earned 4 stars according to the Scottish Tourist Board. It was to be a resting place for two nights with a day of exploring the area in between. The highlight of this particular short holiday would be the Isle of Skye and a coastal town of Struan where we would stay at a Scottish Tourist Board 5-star “country lodge.”
According to Westerton’s website, we had three rooms from which to choose - blue, green or gold. The gold room looked a bit formal for the tone of this trip and while the green room did look attractive, I liked the looks of the huge windows in blue room as it was pictured on the website, so we selected that room and made our reservations to stay there. We felt that the rate was not over-the-top which it could have been, based simply on their rating.
From the moment we drove into the driveway, when Mike came outdoors to offer his directions for parking and help with our bags, we were made to feel very welcome. The door of their renovated early 19th century Scottish Victorian home opened to warmly restored and finished honey-colored wooden floors and a sweeping staircase that led past a beautiful stained glass window to the guest rooms upstairs. Mike opened the door to the blue room and I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Lush carpeting, rich window treatments, a fabulous king-sized bed, antique armoire and dresser and two comfortable upholstered chairs. While I lingered in the HUGE bathroom, I heard that we also had a flat-screen television with DVD player and DVD’s. There was a hair dryer in the drawer and the makings for tea with wonderful china cups. We were also shown a book that Mike had compiled detailing places to visit, to dine and to explore while in the Trossachs. It must have taken him HOURS to do this. There were driving routes with times and his offer to provide copies of anything we’d like to take with us while we set out to explore.
I mentioned lingering in the bathroom because I really did do that! The lush carpeting did not stop at the bedroom. In fact, it was wall-to-wall, right up to the edge of the bathtub which did have a glass partition and shower. There was a wonderful vanity with lavender soap and bath gel. A Victorian side chair was placed next to one of the two huge windows in the room. The chair was painted white and it was upholstered with blue (of course) and white fabric. On the seat of the chair, there was a lovely bundle of soft, fluffy white towels. They were tied, as a gift would be, with a blue ribbon! Imagine!
The breakfast room doubles as a lounge where there are three round tables draped to the floor with crisp, white linen. (This beautiful room could have been a picture in a magazine.) We were fortunate enough to have taken breakfast at a time when a table that overlooked the fabulous gardens (the same ones we could see from our room above) was available. Even at breakfast time, candles were lit. At this point, I would have been very surprised if there were not fresh flowers on each of the tables!
There is simply not adequate time and space here to go on and on but I must conclude by saying that breakfast was over the top! The previous day I mentioned that I was disappointed to see that porridge was not printed on the menu. In spite of that, a hearty bowl of it appeared before me at breakfast. We had their house specialty – scrambled eggs with Scottish salmon (you need to see this to believe it) and it was so nice to see that they took vegetarians into consideration with an offering of vegetarian sausages! Fresh fruit, fresh yogurt, cereal, toast, coffee – it’s making me hungry to recall all of this. Breakfast was delivered each day by the sweet smiling Lesley who was happy to tell us tales of the restorations to their beautiful home.
Little did we know that the ambiance and charm of our stay at Westerton was not to be surpassed on this trip. In truth, we were disappointed with the 5-star lodging in Struan (we’re still scratching our heads trying to figure out where the 5 stars came from) so we’re taking it upon ourselves to add our own 5th star to the 4 stars given to Westerton by the Scottish Tourist Board. Lesley and Mike’s Westerton B&B is romantic, in a prime location for touring the area, offers antiquity and charm, and hospitality that feels genuine and sincere. Five-star fabulous.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Westerton, a relaxed and friendly country house style Bed & Breakfast set in a large riverbank garden at the west end of Callander. The picturesque Trossachs town of Callander is just a short drive from the historic sites of Stirling and Doune Castle and is an ideal central location to explore and enjoy the stunning scenery of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park and the Scottish Highlands beyond. Choose from three beautifully inviting guest bedrooms, all exclusively for adults, a perfect place to relax and unwind . . . ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Westerton Bed And Breakfast Callander, Scotland