“ Location: Kenmore / Aberfeldy / Perthshire / PH15 2HH „
We booked week at this resort on LochTay around nine months ago as we had enjoyed our last week in Scotland in September/October last year.
The resort consists of self catering cottages on the loch within a walled compound. I am not sure if the walls are genuinely old but they look like old castle walls and within the walled area no cars are allowed to park. You can drive in to unload the car and then after that you park outside the walled area. This makes the residential complex very child friendly and much nicer to look out over. Our cottage was towards the back and we looked over the inner courtyard and could see the loch between the front cottages and of course had a great view of the hills in the background beyond the loch.
OUR COTTAGE FOR TWO
Well it actually slept six if you had two on the sofa bed in the lounge but there were only the two of us staying. The cottages are designed so that the sleeping accommodation is downstairs and the living areas upstairs so you can enjoy the view from the picture window and the balcony off the lounge.
So you have your own front door and hall way. In the hall way is a cupboard for storage which is where we put our bags. There is an inner glass paned door from the entrance hall and from here you can see the two bedrooms and the staircase up to the living areas. Straight in front beside the staircase is a cupboard with hot water tank, vacuum cleaner iron and board and a folding clothes airer.
Bedroom one has a huge kingsize, very comfortable bed, a flat screen TV on the wall, a large wardrobe with some shelves, two bedside tables and a table with another few drawers. The hairdryer hangs on a stand near this table with two mirrors, one above the table and the other a full length one on the wall next to it.
The room is pretty big but we did find it quite dark during the day. This didn't really matter as we didn't use it during the day really. The lights gave enough light to read at night. The walls were a dull neutral khaki sort of colour and the window quite small.
The ensuite had a bath and shower over this, a toilet and basin and was big enough to feel comfortable but not huge. The water was nice and hot and we enjoyed a few nice long soaks in the extra long bath.
This was also quite dark and a similar layout except it had two single beds and the ensuite had a walk in shower. The colour of the décor was similar and the ensuite had the same colour floor tiles and wall tiles. It was all very clean, modern and very nicely done.
This was huge and open area with a lounge dining room with a kitchen off to one side. In the lounge were two very comfortable mustard coloured sofas with red tartan wool covered cushions on each. One was a sofa bed but I didn't investigate and pull it out as we had no need. The bedding was in the second bedroom wardrobe which I did find one day Also in the lounge was a low coffee table with booklets on the local activities and tourist places of interest plus a resort guide. In the corner was a large Sony flat screen TV and dvd player. There was also an iplayer dock stereo.
The dining area had a large wooden table and six high back chairs. In the corner was the desk with phone and internet box, sadly they charged a rip off price of about five quid a day for access so I didn't bother.
To the right of the dining room was yet another bathroom with a large walk in shower, basin and toilet in case you had anyone using the sofa bed in the lounge. In every bathroom there was a mall toiletry pack that you get in every Diamond resort place with a lovely almond scented body lotion, a fruity smelling bath gel and a decent enough shampoo as well as a rather boring soap and a shower cap. The little zip see through plastic case is handy though for tooth brush and tooth paste I find or a little make up bag.
The kitchen was lovely, all modern and well equipped with a grill combi microwave, full oven glass topped hob, dishwasher, washer/dryer, toaster and kettle and a hand held blender and plenty of cupboards. All the china was white, glasses plenty and varied, quality cutlery and plenty of serving dishes, cooking utensils and stainless steel pan. The units were a light coloured wood while the work tops were a black marbled effect laminate. We cooked quite a lot in order to save a bit of money as we had taken a lot of food we had in the house that would have gone to waste.
In the kitchen they left us salt and pepper sachets, tea coffee, sugar, dishwashing liquid and new cloths and sponge for washing up. We also had a few dishwasher tablets and two laundry washing tablets
The floor was carpeted throughout the main lounge dining area, stairs and bedrooms while the kitchen and bathrooms were hard ceramic tiles in a mottled brown colour.
Usually when you are in these self catering resort the unit is left for you to deal with, make the beds and use the same towels etc but we were surprised to have our bed made, clean towels and the bin emptied on the Tuesday and Thursday which was nice but not necessary as I had made the bed and we had enough towels for six people in the unit and the bin was far from full.
ROOM WITH A VIEW?
Our cottage looked over the courtyard and then beyond to the hill and we could just about see the Loch. The cottages at the front had the best view.
N THE RESORT
Obviously you could walk around the resort and the Loch's shores and you could also take a small boat out I believe but we didn't want to so I am not sure how that works. We did see the private jetty for boat access and you could fish from there too but I suspect that required a license.
The bar on site offered drinks at good prices and a quiz was held in the bar on Monday night which we won and got a nice bottle of wine so well worth going. The bar man and other waiting on staff were all very pleasant and friendly. The 'Waterfront' restaurant just next to the bar served a variety of decent sounding dishes and was open from 11 am till 11pm daily ad it was usually quite busy in the evening. There was a sitting area outside with tables and chairs and a couple of BBQs too but I didn't see anyone using them or even sitting at those tables and the weather was not bad while we were there. The restaurant offered food that looked okay at reasonable prices but nothing really excited us so we self catered and ate at a pub in the village of Kenmore reputed to be the oldest Inn in Scotland.
The reception area was just outside the leisure centre where we found the heated indoor pool, hot tub, sauna and solarium. Apart from this leisure centre you could play tennis on one of two courts. Boules or petanque, giant chess, basketball, ping pong or have a go on the putting green and for children there was a nice safe and interesting looking playground.
There were plenty of local walks of varying distance in the local area a well a a number of interesting things in Kenmore and not too far away in Aberfeldy or Pitlochry but you did need a car for those. Anything in Kenmore was within pretty easy walking distance of the resort. The resort had a number of suggested walk on paper as well as self guided drives locally. They also had brochures and a book full of places to visit in the unit. Anything further you could just ask at Reception and they would help.
At reception there was a daily printed paper quiz with the answer on the previous day's quiz on the back. There was also a small book exchange which I always like to check out for any interesting books to read while I am staying or leave my old ones in exchange for one of Nearby there is Loch Tay boating centre, the Crannog centre, Landmark forest theme park, Castle Menzie, Blair Castle, The Highland safari centre, Croft Morag, Killiecrankie visitor centre ( worth it just to say the name!) and so many walks and some guided ones from the resort if you felt less confident of finding your way. There were also at least three distilleries and a winery as well as a hand made luxury chocolate shop.
The resort was beautiful, the setting would be hard to beat and there was plenty to see and do in the close vicinity as well for both families and adults too. We were both very impressed with the place and thought we would certainly return here some time in the future and maybe bring some of the family too.
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