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Spring is just around the corner

Posted by Elizabeth Todd on Mar 31, 2015 6:30:00 PM

It finally feels like the long winter we have endured over the last few months, is finally coming to an end!_I5D4378_Spring_view_towards_morvern_Medium

With the clocks now an hour forward and the evenings seeming that little bit lighter, we're looking forward to enjoying some slightly warmer weather.

Our Stables Spa project has fairly come on over the last few months, with our new treatment rooms ready to welcome you and the work on the new 50 seater glass box restaurant well underway. Our team who have been busy with the project since day one, are certainly happy to welcome less wind and rain and instead, better weather to help them crack on and complete the project, ready for our Spring/Summer guests.

As well as the welcome milder weather, we're also looking forward to the many more opportunities that the better weather will bring us as well as our guests when they visit Eriska. 

Here are just some suggestions we have for those guests joining us over the next few weeks...

  • Head for Eriska's front entrance and grab a pair of wellington boots before exploring the island
  • Brush up on your skills on our driving range before a round of golf on our 9 Hole Golf Course
  • Ask to borrow a set of our binoculars and see what wildlife you can find on the island

Or you could simply soak up the atmosphere in the main house by the fire!

 

Topics: easter

Stress Awareness Month

Posted by Claire Soulsby on Mar 14, 2015 12:07:00 PM

Now that we are ending winter and entering into spring, Stress Awareness Month is arriving or April as some of you may know it as. What would be less stressful than enjoying a weekend away to relax within the tranquillity of the Isle of Eriska?
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With the solar eclipse occurring at the end of March signalling the beginning of the Daffodil life cycle, the spa almost completed its makeover, the fires lit and luxurious bedding awaiting you.

 

 

 

 

Enjoy a Luxury Spa Getaway to relax away from the chaos of home. Book one of our Hilltop Reserve Self Catering and enjoy the view from the Hot Tub looking out through the Island.
You could also have a romantic Champagne dinner with the other half within our Michelin Starred Restaurant.
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Even bring the kids during their Easter Holidays and have them enjoy the indoor heated pool whilst you relax in the sauna. Take advantage of the fresh air and jog around the island to view all our wildlife. 

So call us on 01631 720 371 or email us on office@eriska-hotel.co.uk to enquiry today how to make this dream a reality

Topics: Fine Dining, hilltop reserves, Stress Awareness

Easter at the Isle of Eriska

Posted by Elizabeth Todd on Mar 9, 2015 6:28:00 PM

Each year at the Isle of Eriska, we get ready to welcome back couples as well as families spanning several _I5D2410_Beautiful_Spring_view_of_Eriska_in_2010generations as they choose Eriska as thei 5 star, luxury Easter holiday retreat - recommended as one of the best hotels to visit in the Spring by The Telegraph

Here are just some of our favourite things to look forward to when we think about Easter at Eriska...

  • As the days become lighter and longer, this gives our guests and those who visit Eriska even more opportunity to explore the unique island we're lucky to be based on
  • We have some super spots on the island to 'roll those easter eggs' - just ask a member of our staff when you're here!
  • Whether your here to relax and do absolutely nothing or are looking to keep active and work those chocolate easter eggs off, we've got something for you
  • Most importantly, you've got the opportunity to switch off and spend quality time with your loved ones - away from the busy lives many of us lead
We've still some late availability here at Eriska over the Easter period with our special 3 night rate from as little as £565.50 per person - dinner, bed and breakfast.

Topics: easter

Recipe from our Head Chef: Yogurt Parfait, Poached Rhubarb, Tarragon, Oats

Posted by Elizabeth Todd on Mar 9, 2015 11:48:37 AM

This Easter, try out one of our recipes from our Head Chef - Ross Stovold.

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For the yogurt parfait

Ingredients:

  • 6 Yolks
  • 150g Caster Sugar
  • 10g Glucose                    
  • 50g Water
  • 6 Whites
  • 320g Sugar
  • 100g Water
  • 4 Bronze Leaf Gelatine
  • 200ml whipping cream
  • 500ml low fat live plain yogurt

The Parfait has three stages, called a pate de bombe, it is vital to execute all three stages correctly in order to create the correct texture for when the parfait is frozen.

First in a clean small sauce pan add the first batch of sugar, water and glucose. Slowly dissolve the sugars and increase the heat. When the temperature reaches 100°c start to whip the yolks in a food mixer until doubled in volume, take the sugar mixture to 121°c and slowly pour the mixture into the yolks while still whisking. The mixture will sink initially but the heat from the sugar will stabilise the yolks as they whip up again. When the base of the bowl is cool to touch and yolks have double in volume again they’re ready.

The second stage uses the egg whites left from the yolks. In a clean, cold bowl for a food mixer pour in the whites and set up the machine.

Soak the gelatine in 500ml of cold water and in a clean small sauce pan slowly melt the sugar and water, increase the heat and when the mixture reaches 110°c start to whip up the egg whites. The egg whites should form soft peaks at the same time the sugar reaches 119°c. Remove from the heat and turn off the food mixer, squeeze the gelatine of water and carefully add to the pan of sugar.

Start the whites on half speed and slowly pour in the sugar and gelatine mixture taking care to avoid the whisk as it will create candy floss! Once all the sugar is in the whites apply full speed and whip until the bowl is cool to touch on the bottom, at this point the whites will be stiff and glossy and almost reaching the top of the bowl.

For the final stage semi whip the cream. Carefully fold the meringue in to the yolk mixture in 3 parts; this is to ensure you have an equal mixture. Fold in all the yogurt and to finish carefully fold in the semi whipped cream.

Pour parfait mixture into a mould, lined with clingfilm and freeze for 6 hours.

Poached Rhubarb

2kg Rhubarb

To poach the rhubarb take 1kg and wash it well but don’t peel it.

It’s best to use a juicer but if you don’t have one use a blender and a little water to create juice.

Pass through a clean cloth and bring to a gentle summer. To sweeten the juice you need to add caster sugar, there’s no set amount here as the tartness of the rhubarb will vary throughout the season.

As a rule of thumb it will generally need 35% of the liquid quantity to sugar, but it’s important to add a little and keep tasting it until you’re happy with the balance of sweetness.

With the remanding 1kg of rhubarb wash, peel and cut into 2cm pieces.

Bring the sweetened rhubarb juice to a boil drop in the raw rhubarb, immediately turn off the heat and cover with a tight fitting lid. Leave to cool for 30 minutes remove the rhubarb and reduce the juice by two thirds, allow to cool again and stoke the cooked rhubarb in the juice until ready to serve.

Tarragon Granita

  • 100g fresh tarragon
  • 1 litre of water
  • 200g sugar

Dissolve the sugar and water, chill and blend with the tarragon, pass through a clean cloth and freeze in a container. When frozen solid use a fork to create the granita by scraping across the surface.

Toasted Oats

  • 250g unsalted butter
  • 5g sea salt
  • 400g rolled oats
  • 100g wheat flour
  • 180g golden syrup

Slowly melt the butter in a pan until it turns golden brown, combine all the dry ingredients mix in the brown butter and golden syrup, bake in the oven at 170°c for 30 minutes, turning every 10 minutes to ensure an even colour.

When cooked allow to cool and break-up.

Allow the parfait to sit at room temperature for 5 minutes.

To assemble place the parfait in to a bowl. Spoon over the rhubarb and the reduced syrup. Next add the oats and Granita.

Most importantly - enjoy! If you've tried the recipe above, we'd love to see some images. 

How will you be spoiling your mum this Mother's Day?

Posted by Elizabeth Todd on Feb 22, 2015 6:02:00 PM

Sunday 15th March 2015 marks Mother's Day here in the U.K. 

Possibly the toughest job in the world is being a mum, so taking that one day out a year to truly celebrate how great your mum is and give her the pampering treatment she deserves, we feel is so important. 

So whether you are looking to spend some quality time with your mum, or give her a present you know she'll love, let us help you out here at the Isle of Eriska...

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Book in to enjoy afternoon tea on Eriska

Enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches, delicious homemade shortbread, a variety of cakes and homemade scones, jam and clotted cream in the comfort of our main house here at Eriska from £15 per person. Or make it that extra bit special with our Champagne afternoon tea - £25.00 per person. Booking necessary.

Mother & Daughter Spa Days 

Opt for a mother and daughter day with one of our Spa Day Packages and experience our recently refurbished Spa and Spa facilities complete with indoor swimming pool, hot tub, steam room, sauna and mud rasual room. Visit our Spa section to find out more about our Spa Day Packages and Treatments available. Booking necessary.

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Treat your mum to a dinner to remember in our michelin star, fine dining restaurant on the Isle of Eriska. Our team look forward to welcoming you, however we recommend that you book your table as soon as possible to avoid disappointment - 01631 720371.

Would you like to give your mum the option to choose? 

Our Eriska Experience Gift Vouchers are the perfect gift to give your mum the freedom to choose just how she would like to experience Eriska. Simply visit our Gift Voucher page, or alternatively call us on 01631 720371.

 

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However you decide to spend Mother's Day, we hope your mum has a wonderful day! 

 

Topics: ESPA spa, Spa, michelin star, mother's day

Ease yourself out of Winter and into Spring with a March Getaway

Posted by Elizabeth Todd on Feb 17, 2015 8:09:00 PM

With the warmth of Valentine's weekend behind us, and summer looking still a long way away, we know our DSC_2939__old_rustic_bridge_from_spring_flowers__SMALLguests need something to put a smile on their face. As we approach March, and welcome longer days, we've put together some of our top reasons what bring a smile to our face here at Eriska in Spring. 

Our 5 reasons to look forward to March...

  1. As the temperature begins to pick up, we're re-introduced to more colours outside which brightens up our mood. Look out for photos coming soon of the wonderful colours you can expect here at Eriska and the surrounding area on the west coast of Scotland.
  2. The short walk from any of our luxury accommodation to the Stables Spa is even more pleasant as you make your way for a morning or relaxation in our newly refurbished, luxury leisure facilities.
  3. Our michelin star, fine dining restaurant will have the opportunity to bring new tastes to the table for our guests as our own garden offerings expand as we move into the Spring/Summer months
  4. The frost has shifted from our greens, and our team is busy at work getting out 9 hole golf course in ship shape for guests looking for a leisurely game of golf complimented by incredible views.
  5. As the days, once again, grow longer, our guests have the opportunity to explore even more of the island and the wildlife we're lucky to have here at Eriska.

Many of our guests have their own reasons, and we'd love to hear them. Simply leave your comments below...

 

Topics: scottish spring break, spring special offer, march break

Top 10 Romantic Activities at Eriska

Posted by Claire Soulsby on Feb 9, 2015 11:53:00 AM

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So now we have moved into New Year and it is time to think about the future. In less than one week, Valentine's Day is upon us and how better to spend the weekend than in the romantic setting of the Isle of Eriska completing our top 10 romantic activities with the one you love?

1. Enjoy afternoon tea in the main house while curled up on the sofa beside one of our cosy open fires with your loved one.

2. Explore Eriska as you walk our 300 acre tranquil island and discover another world - just remember to pack a jacket, hat and scarf at this time of year! (We've got wellington boots waiting for you at our reception.)

3. Order a picnic from our kitchen and enjoy it within the grounds of our island, complimented by a bottle of your favourite wine from our selection. 

4. Relax and unwind in our refurbished spa and choose from our vast selection of relaxing spa treatments

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5. Let yourself and your loved one be truly spoiled with breakfast in bed during your stay at the Isle of Eriska.

6. Make yourself at home beside the fire within our Library bar before enjoying one or two of 50 quality whiskies available at Eriska.

7. Not to be missed is the incredible sunsets over Loch Creran that we know will not leave you disappointed. 

8.Take yourself back in time, and reminise by the swing on our Oak Tree on the main lawn.  

9. Look out for the variety of wildlife that call Eriska 'home' around the island.

10. Simply head on over to our spa facilities and ease all the stress out of your body in our indoor heated pool, steam room, sauna and brand new mud rasal room.

Tempted? Let us help you make this dream your reality this Valentine's getaway! Call us on 01631 720371.

Topics: activities, michelin star, Valentines Day

And Breathe...

Posted by Elizabeth Todd on Dec 27, 2014 5:06:00 PM

We’ve just said goodbye to our Christmas guests and in just 2 days time we’ll be opening Eriska’s doors once again as more guests visit Eriska to celebrate Hogmanay and New Year – many bringing friends and family with them.

Earlier this month, we reflected on our journey and achievements that Eriska and our team has accomplished throughout 2014 – a memorable year not just due to what we have achieved this year, but what our journey has led us to achieve over the last 40 years.

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If you’ve been following us over on FacebookTwitter or our recent e-newsletters and islander, you’ll be aware of the big changes we are preparing for throughout January and early February as our Spa undergoes a complete transformation as we get ready for the 2015 season. 

So for now, all that is left to say is to wish you a very Happy Hogmanay and a prosperous New Year from all of us here at Eriska!

 

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas...

Posted by Elizabeth Todd on Dec 24, 2014 8:34:00 AM

…my true love gave to me, 12 different activity options to leave our guests spoiled for choice during their visit to the Isle of Eriska in 2015!

Wondering what these 12 activities might be? Let us help you out...

  1. Ease those muscles into a gentle work out with lengths in our indoor heated swimming pool at the Stables Spa.
  2. Looking for adventure? Grab our mountain bikes to use on the island or head away for the day and explore local tracks.
  3. Visit our sports hall with your partner or family for a game of tennis - doubles or singles.
  4. How about a game of ondoor bowls? Our multi-purpose sports hall is just the place.
  5. Keep the kids entertained with a friendly game of five-a-side football in our multi-purpose sports hall.
  6. Badminton? Head right on over to our sports hall. We've got equipment to hire so don't worry if you haven't brought your own.
  7. Looking for a walk, hike or just a leisurely scroll? Grab a pair of wellington boots from Eriska's front door and explore the island.
  8. Let some local businesses get you out on the water and give canoeing or kayaking a go
  9. Brush up on your skills or challenge the family to a table tennis tournament over in our sports hall
  10. Leave the partners at the spa and head out for a morning out on Eriska's 9 hole golf course
  11. Get all the family involved in a game of croquet in the front lawn
  12. Test your putting skills over on our putting lawn

There's definitely something there to put a smile on many of our guests face... Or you could simply put your feet up and relax!

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all the team here at the Isle of Eriska. 

 

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas...

Posted by Elizabeth Todd on Dec 23, 2014 4:33:45 PM

…my true love gave to me, 11 hot tubs (one is never enough!) so regardless of the weather, indoor or outdoor, our guests have the opportunity to relax in one of our hot tubs on the island - some might even want one of their own!

eriska-render_(1)-page-001_(126x77)All our guests staying on the Isle of Eriska or using our Spa facilities are welcome to use the Hot Tub situated in the Stables Spa as well as our sauna, steam room, swimming pool as well as our – soon to be added  – mud rasual room. 

But for those who are looking for more privacy, each of our Spa Suites, Cottage Suites, Arnott’s House and Hilltop Reserves come complete with their very own secluded Hot Tub. Now don't say you aren't tempted?!

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And our favourite? It has to be the hot tubs at our Eriska Hilltop Reserves with these views (see below!). Not without a glass of bubbly too!

Tempted? Call us at the Isle of Eriska on 01631 720371 or simply contact us and we hope we will have the pleasure of welcoming you to the Isle of Eriska this winter...