After finding myself in hospital for our 25th Wedding Anniversary, my hubby Stan and myself Carrie decided to book a last minute deal with Shearings.
At £99 for bed, breakfast, 3 course evening meal and and travel to and from the hotel in Scotland from York and wait for it 4 free drinks from a huge choice each and every day we thought why not..... We did however have a preconceived idea that because it was so cheap the quality would be cheap and the hotel would be like Fawlty Towers.
How wrong we were.....
On arrival lovely Kirsty came on the coach to explain how things ran at the hotel and gave all the health and safety announcements that now have to be made. Straight away we were breathing a sigh of relief at such a warm and lovely welcome.
We had selected the" room with a view upgrade" of £28 each. We were given room 128. As we went into the room we were expecting a little box room with a double bed squeezed in. We were delighted to find a warm radiator churning out heat in a lovely and very clean bedroom. The view was as promiced panaramic and we were absolutely amazed at the facilities given the cheap price. However i now don't feel it necessary to have a room with a view as we didn't spend that long during day light hours in,our room.
We had read previously other reviews which spoke about the creaking floorboards and cold water baths. Yes the floorboards did creak, but this was due to the fact you are stopping in a 400 year old beautifully maintained hotel full of character and charm. However there was not one problem with the water. We had heaps of hot water and the bath was so big my 6ft3 husband fitted in it with room to spare LOL. It became a routine to have a lovely bubble bath before dinner.
Dinner: This takes place between 6.30pm and 7.30pm. The starters varied every day as did the main course and puddings. We found that all the meals were specifically measured for example 3 potatoes 2 pieces of veg per person and this was presented in seperate dishes. This was enough for me but my hubby eats a bit more than that. He was happy to be sat near a couple who would share things they didnt want so he always left feeling full. You could ask for extras if you felt you needed it. The roast chicken was delicious and i asked for extra gravy, which was brought with "neh bother".( the scottish saying we picked up) As there wasnt anything that was too much trouble.
The drinks package was a brilliant inclusive extra. We were given cards with 4 gaps on a day which were crossed off as we got the drinks. I have to recommend the Hot chocolate , which i encouraged lots of our new friends to try. Lashings of whipped cream on top. If you had to pay it was only £1.95.
Coach trips: We were lucky enough to have Graham as our coach driver. It soon became apparent that we were in for a brilliant week as Graham is a native of Glasgow and knows the area like the back of his hand. He was not only informative but had a real scottish sense of humour and i have to say he made the holiday. The trip to Invereray was included in the price as was the trip to Glasgow. The optional trips to see the surroundind area including Luss , where Take the Highroad was filmed and incidently Noel Edmunds 2nd marriage took place and seeing the Submarine base at Faslane, topped off by free entry into the Sealife Centre, and also an extra tour of the other side of Glasgow including The Peoples Palace was worth the price as Grahams local knowledge benefitted us all as we saw sides of Glasgow we would never have seen.
The evenings entertainment was ok. Monday and Wednesday being bingo night for 15 minutes. Then there were singers who based their act on the fact the older generation goes on the holi
days so it was easy listening. We personally didnt stay up that late as it was our 25th after all lol. The lounge area was comfortable, but it had other areas where you could go and read or play cards so there was options for everyone.
Breakfast: Yum yum I loved the fact there was such a great variety of cereals and fruit juices which you helped yourself to. Then there was an option to have Full English breakfast, kippers , poached eggs etc. This set you up for the day.
Loch Lomond is literally across the road from the hotel and we had such lovely weather that Graham set up a trip on the Loch with the local boat hire which was only £8 each for an hours cruise. That was something again i am glad we experiences as the views were stunning.
The staff at the hotel were all friendly and welcoming and you would not be sorry if you booked to come here.
Even travelling from York pick up point wasn't too bad as we had the chance for a coffee stop at Gretna Green. Graham had us arriving at the hotel for 4.30pm so we had chance to unpack ready for our first evening meal. What more can you ask for.
Incidently, if you want to just remain as a couple or travel as a single person thats something that you can do here, but i would recommend you get chatting to the other passengers as they all had a wealth of information about trips they had done or places they had seen. My hubby always seemed to be there when a party of 2 couples were taking photos, so it became a running joke that he would be in them. We all had such a laugh.
Now we are looking for our next Shearings experience.............Go on Book it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated within one of Scotland’s largest national parks, the Tarbet has had a rich history as a resting place for travellers for over 400 years. The present building dates back 250 years and was built in the Baronial style. The exterior has recently been redecorated and the hotel presents an impressive first impression even today. There are a total of 69 rooms arranged over two floors, some of which offer spectacular views. The surrounding scenery is second to none, as the hotel looks out over Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond from its location on the banks of the Loch itself. Admire the beautifully decorated restaurant where some tables overlook the loch and take advantage of the spacious entertainment lounge with bar. The Tarbet also has the benefit of a comfortable residents’ lounge with board games and books to help you relax and unwind. The perfect end to a great day’s sightseeing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tarbet Hotel
- Bay Tarbet Hotel Scotland