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On the Ninth Day of Christmas

Posted by Elizabeth Todd on Dec 23, 2014 3:46:17 PM

…my true love gave to me, a 9 hole golf course with incredible views out over Loch Creran and Loch Linnhe towards the mountains in the distance. 

Our 9 hole golf course is having a well deserved rest this winter and our team are ready to work hard to ensure it is on track for the start of the season in 2015.

Take a look for yourself at the stunning views you can see out over the golf couse here at Eriska as you leisurely play a round of golf, or simply stroll round the golf course.

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On the Eight Day of Christmas

Posted by Elizabeth Todd on Dec 23, 2014 3:37:40 PM

…my true love gave to me, not one, but EIGHT different types of potatoes – all grown right here on Eriska in our very own gardens. 

Our Head Chef Ross and his kitchen team have been busy this year looking at different ways and opportunities that they have available to them here on Eriska to grow their own produce that can then be used in the delicious creations coming out of Eriska’s kitchen. 

As a result, we have created and nurtured a little vegetable patch on Eriska to develop what we can grow ourselves here on the island.

This year we also welcomed some piglets, who proved a great attraction for many of our guests, as well as quails that proved delicious eggs for our guests to enjoy at breakfast time. 

With 2015 just around the corner, we're looking forward to experimenting with what else we can produce here on Eriska and give our guests unique experiences.

Look out for our daily changing menu when you next visit Eriska and ask our staff what has been grown in Eriska’s grounds.

Christmas is Almost Upon us at Eriska...

Posted by Elizabeth Todd on Dec 21, 2014 4:52:00 PM

EriskaChristmas_2010_SMALLIn just two days time, Eriska will be re-opening its doors to welcome guests for some pre-Christmas pampering. We know how stressful it can be in the run up to Christmas and even moreso on Christmas day, so we know exactly how much needed it can be to grab a couple of days away with your loved one before the madness commences once again.

From 23rd December, we’ll be welcoming those who’ll be staying with us over Christmas for our 4 night Christmas package – many of whom have spent Christmas at Eriska for a number of years and brought their families as they’ve grown up. As always, Santa will make an appearance and leave gifts ready for our guests on Christmas day morning.   

Then after a couple of days rest of the team here at Eriska, we’ll be ready to welcome our Hogmanay and New Year guests from Monday 29th December and look forward to another celebration with great company and of course Eriska’s annual fireworks and Hogmanay Ceilidh.

We’re sure many of you will already be well prepared for Christmas, however should you still be looking for that perfect present… tomorrow is the last date to catch the 2nd class post, so let us take the stress out of it all and call us to arrange your Eriska Experience gift vouchers01631 720371.  

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On the Seventh Day of Christmas...

Posted by Elizabeth Todd on Dec 19, 2014 8:18:00 AM

…my true love gave to me, brand new treatment rooms in our modern refurbished spa ready to welcome our guests from February 2015. 

Just incase you missed it, our Stables Spa is just about to undergo a complete refurbishment throughout January 2015 that will result in…

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  • A mud rasule room to complicate our current steam room and sauna offerings
  • Brand new hot tub
  • New Golf Members Room
  • Shop with plenty of new offerings
  • 50 seater glass restaurant to relax in and watch the world go by with incredible views 

Meanwhile, our Spa Therapists have been busy away training to ensure they are up to speed on our new treatments – to become familiar with these treatments and well prepared for the launch of these new treatments along with our refurbished Spa in February 2015.

Excited? We certainly are and look forward to welcoming you to experience it for yourself from February 2015 onwards…

On the Sixth Day of Christmas...

Posted by Elizabeth Todd on Dec 18, 2014 7:36:54 PM

…my true love gave to me, six of our all time favourite pictures of Eriska from throughout the year.

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On the Fifth Day of Christmas...

Posted by Elizabeth Todd on Dec 17, 2014 9:11:19 PM

…my true love gave to me, the ultimate place to book for a few nights of romantic luxury – Eriska’s Spa Suites.

Never stayed in one of our luxury Spa Suites just a few yards from the main house here on Eriska? Let us transport you there...

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Here are our top 5 reasons to book one of our Spa Suites at the Isle of Eriska:

  1. Complete privacy for a romantic break away
  2. Just a few steps away from our ESPA Spa where you let us relax and pamper you even more
  3. Michelin star dining can be served in your very own suite so you don't even need to leave
  4. Your very own Hot Tub that you and your loved one can enjoy no matter what time of year
  5. The feeling of having the whole island to yourself...

Tempted? Please don't hesitate to get in touch - office@eriska-hotel.co.uk or 01631 720371. 

On the Fourth Day of Christmas...

Posted by Elizabeth Todd on Dec 16, 2014 5:00:00 PM

…my true love gave to me, 4 hotel roaring log fires – the perfect place to relax from this winter weather, don’t Eriska_Whisky_you agree? 

With last week’s #weatherbomb affecting many of us here in Scotland and the U.K., we couldn’t think of anywhere better to curl up in front of this winter in the cosy surroundings of Eriska. 

Here are just some of our recommendations on how to make the most of cosying up indoors this winter:

  • Choose from one of our many books in the Eriska library and take yourself away from the rest of the world
  • Enjoy an after dinner tipple in our library bar whilst enjoying the heat from our library bar fire
  • Put your feet up and enjoy afternoon tea by the fire

Could you ask for anything more?

On the Third Day of Christmas...

Posted by Elizabeth Todd on Dec 15, 2014 8:00:00 AM

…my true love gave to me, three hotel dogs – Dibley, Blue and Sula.

 

Dibley the dog has long been a part of Eriska and even contributes online occasionally in his own blog. Take a read over here! 

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Blue on the other hand, a ‘new character on the block’ so to speak, is a little bit younger than Dibley and hecertainly is a character. One to look out for when walking around the grounds of Eriska – friendly character of course! 

Dibley_the_dog_and_Blue_tea_party_at_the_Isle_of_Eriska,_ScotlandSula has been around for a while as well, better known as Mrs B’s dog, is sometimes spotted after afternoon tea parties with Dibley – she even dresses for the occasion!

Here at Eriska, we understand that its not just owners who want to escape from it all on holiday. Many of our guests who continue to visit Eriska year after year, also bring their well-behaved four legged friends with them – just ask about our pet friendly rules the next time you’re thinking about staying here at Eriska.

On the Second Day of Christmas...

Posted by Elizabeth Todd on Dec 14, 2014 12:20:00 PM

…my true love gave to me, not one but TWO luxury one bedroom retreats – otherwise known at the Eriska Hilltop Reserves, 

What do we love most about the Eriska Hilltop Reserves?

  • They have the most incredible views looking out over the island and beyond – made even better when in Eriska_Hilltop_Reserves_Hot_Tubthe hot tub sipping a glass of champagne.
  • If you’re looking for un interrupted peace and tranquility for you and your loved one, nothing beats our Hilltop Reserves
  • They are just a short walk from the main hotel so you are more than welcome to join us for dinner in our Michelin star fine dining restaurant where Head Chef Ross and his kitchen team will take care of you

Experience Eriska’s Hilltop Reserves for yourself…

'Tis the Season to be Jolly...

Posted by Elizabeth Todd on Dec 13, 2014 8:51:29 PM

We think that all our guests and our blog readers will agree, 2014 has certainly flown by and now, on the 13th December with the Hotel closed until 19th December, and with just 12 days until Christmas and 19 days until the New Year, we thought we’d take a look back at our journey this year…

As normal, Eriska remained closed throughout January 2014 to give our team a much-needed break whilst giving us time to work on various elements of the hotel and island in anticipation for another year ahead. 

We re-opened in February to a fully booked Valentine’s February weekend and a great start to the year. We then went onto hold our bi-annual wine weekend in March and meanwhile we used the next couple of months to work on finalising our 40th birthday celebrations plans and launch a brand new concept...

Eriska_Hilltop_Reserves_Hot_TubEriska’s Hilltop Reserves were launched in July 2014, and we also gave away the opportunity to host your own private celebration on your own island for 2 nights to celebrate the Eriska Hotel reaching the grand age of 40 years since it first opened its doors to the public – one lucky winner was picked!

As always, our time over the summer months was spent ensuring all our guests fully enjoyed their Eriska experience and we were thrilled in September 2014 to be accredited with our first ever Michelin star – huge well done to Head Chef Ross and his team for all their effort and great achievement. 

Now our attention turns to our pre-Christmas, Christmas and New Year guests to ensure that they celebrate in Santa_in_Hot_Tub_(185x123)style and we hope this year’s Festive celebrations will be even better than previous as we clock up another celebration during our 40th year, before a well earned rest for our staff, and our Spa developments…

There’s still time for you to join us for a pre-Christmas winter warmer package or during Christmas or New Year. Call us on 01631 702371 or email office@eriska-hotel.co.uk for further information.