Well, what can we say here that hasn't already been said?! We have just had THE most amazing week of relaxation, looked after very well by our host Niall and his staff/family.
I have read a good many of the previous reviews and had to smile when I read that having little or no mobile phone signal was a problem ... not so for us, as it was a welcome disconnection from the 'outside world' at a time when we needed to 'recharge our batteries'. Besides, if making a call was necessary, it was only a short walk to a point where a signal could be obtained.
For us, the log-fired hot tub was without doubt the jewel in the crown of Garden Cottage and as we were in it so often, we were starting to get wrinkled skin by the end of the week (or is it just our age?!). The cottage itself is lovely and is a bit like stepping back in time when you enter. This is NOT a criticism ... in fact I hope it is never 'modernised' to look like so many other holiday cottages which make you feel you are still at home! No, Garden Cottage fits perfectly into it's role as a 'get away from it all' cottage. It is clean, comfortable (the king-size bed so luxurious), warm (logs and electricity supplied at no extra cost) and is situated amidst the most beautiful natural woodland, home to an abundance of flora and fauna. While relaxing in the hot tub, we had many buzzards fly low overhead and on one occasion had a sparrow-hawk in a tree near to us.
We took our bicycles with us and made good use of the many and varied tracks through the estate, safe in the knowledge that there were no lorries about to scare us!
I hope we can return for another wonderful holiday soon and do not hesitate to recommend this experience to others.
Many thanks again to all at Torrisdale Castle.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our superb range of self-catering properties on Kintyre's east coast provide accommodation for groups of between 2 and 10 people. The estate offers the perfect opportunity to experience the comforts of modern day living whilst relaxing within a stunning and stress-free environment. Breaks are available for a minimum of 3 nights throughout the year.We are also embracing green technology, and have installed a biomass boiler to serve several properties on the estate, and a small hydro scheme which will generate enough electricity for 90 houses. In addition, our innovative tree planting scheme allows you, as our guest, to plant a tree for every holiday taken. Within the ground floor of the castle is a beautifully furnished self-catering apartment and set within the peaceful wooded grounds are a further four superb cottages and houses.The Kintyre Way passes through the estate, which is an ideal base for those looking to complete the long distance walk in individual stretches, being almost halfway on the 87 mile route.Of special interest at Torrisdale is the organic tannery, specialising in natural coloured sheepskins and deer skins using an ancient tanning method to produce a superior skin. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Torrisdale Castle Carradale, Scotland