Loch Melfort Hotel and Restaurant
Child friendly hotel, Argyll – Arduaine, by Oban
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About Loch Melfort Hotel and Restaurant
The Loch Melfort prides itself on offering the very best in service, tranquil accommodation, tasteful decor and a gourmet dining experience (their restaurant has been awarded two Rosettes by the AA every year since 2000) all set amongst the stunning scenery of the Scottish West Highlands. All rooms have magnificent sea views over Asknish Bay towards Jura, Shuna and Scarba which will take your breath away. Given that this lovely hotel is featured on our site it naturally offers a truly child-friendly welcome too.
Reviewed By Gary
Set amongst the stunning scenery of the Scottish West Highlands, The Loch Melfort hotel prides itself on offering the very best in service, accommodation and dining, and it delivers.
This family run hotel is divided into two; the main house and the Cedar wing. The main house has bedrooms of varying sizes and layouts, all en-suit . Of these rooms two are large enough to accommodate 2, 3 or even four kids on fold away beds or there are two rooms that face each other as a double and a twin if you want them in their own space. The Cedar wing is a collection of smaller but adequately sized rooms and can accommodate up to 2 fold away beds comfortably and are also en-suit . All these rooms have either a patio or a small balcony and offer magnificent sea views over Asknish Bay towards the isles of Jura, Shuna and Scarba.
Loch Melfort's owners have a young family themselves so are switched on to families' needs. Baby listening is available, baby monitors can be borrowed from reception and even baby sitters can be arranged with prior notice. There's a stash of toys, books, puzzles and DVD's available (each room as freeview and a DVD player) and they'll happily put a selection in your room if required or show you where they are if kids wish to choose or swap. For those with younger kids I would suggest a room in the main house, especially if you are planning to use the baby monitors, as they are closer to the dining areas. Travel cots are available too.
The hotel offers a choice of dining options. Their bistro is ideal for families to eat in a relaxed atmosphere either inside or out and offers a kids menu for under 12's. Highchairs and baby changing facilities are close at hand here along with toys and games as well as a children's playground just outside where you can keep an eye on them whilst they burn off energy and you relax and eat.
Their second option for eating is the Asknish Bay restaurant which boasts a two rosette AA approval. This is very much a fine dining experience and although there's no dress code it is nice to smarten up for the experience. With baby monitor with you or the kids enjoying a DVD this is a chance to be just the two of you. Well behaved children are welcome here and older kids might like to experience a ‘grown-up' meal. The food here is superb, although not perhaps for a child's palette, which is why the kids' Bistro menu is available here too.
There's lots to do around the immediate area of Loch Melfort. Arduaine Gardens are adjacent to the hotel to be visited and explored, a newly opened playground next to the Bistro or the shoreline to explore the rocks and pools for all manner of sea creatures. The hotel has three Highland Cattle; Campbell, Macdonald and Dougal which children can help feed with parental supervision. Ducks and Hens can also be spotted by eagle eyed wee ones. Further afield there's a myriad of things to visit, see and do in and around Oban.
Loch Melfort is a little bit of luxury the whole family can enjoy and I found all the staff friendly, welcoming, attentive and approachable and will offer any and all assistance to help you enjoy your stay. When booking let them know what requirements you have and they'll do everything they can.
This is an immaculate hotel with a lovely atmosphere, welcoming staff, child friendly facilities and not forgetting stunning views, which is why it's recommended by Away with the Kids.
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