We are happy to share with you Ms Burkitt's Editor's pick for Aspire last week;
"Despite the excitement of spotting a kettle of sea eagles during the day, it was in fact the stacked cheese trolley which caused audible squeals when it rolled our way after dinner. Try Prince Charles’s favourite Dunsyre Blue, or Loch Arbor if you can bear the smell of kippers.
You may blame this dairy indulgence for any subsequent dreams – but I can assure you the badgers (Bertie and Brock) who drop by the conservatory for bread and milk every night are real".
Eriska was yesterday Awarded its latest award by Visit Scotland of "Taste our Best". This is a new scheme both supported and backed by the Scottish Government which highlights properties which showcase more than 40% of their menu from the locality. Although apparently the locality to the customer ranges greatly but for ease in this excersise - and I am sure nothing to do with the push for independence- Local means Scottish!
However the scheme does not stop a simply awarding a plaque but also offers feedback to business about where they could make a difference Scotland of Food & Drink is a website that helps businesses identify other potential producers which may currently be anonymous and unknown. We were delighted to not only be one of the first to be recognised but more imporantly that this recognition aligns so clearly with our principles. Hopefully the scheme will take off and be a great success and that will require the customers to grasp and support it too.
We are going to the Wee Beauty Photography wedding exhibition in Connel next Saturday. If you would like to learn more about the island, the hotel or the spa for your wedding you can come along to the exhibition at the Oyster Inn at 13:00 on the 7th September! If you don't get the chance have a look here!
We were also mentioned as one of the Top 5 Intimate Hotel Venues in Scotland!
In August we welcomed Alice from Alice & Co to Eriska, traveling with her partner and journalist. She has included the west coast travels and the island life in her fashion blog! We even lent her the resident dogs Blue and Dibley for the shoot.
Alice & Co
With a career in theatre and costume design, Alice created Alice & Co after a trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway! Alice & Co was a made-to-measure clothing business for women that also offered colour and style consultations.
Now Alice & Co is suddenly 21 years old and has grown to include Designer Raincoats, which is devoted to magnificent macs made in bold PVC colours with a rich oriental brocade inside, and Madame Tra La La, which takes vintage clothes and remakes them to fit the modern woman.
Reading Alice's blog certainly gives us a few nifty ideas for travelling in style without too much luggage - in other words perfect for the weekend getaways and short breaks!
Have you seen our 3 Night Romance Package?
So You think you can beat that??
We know our guests love our indoor heated ozone filtered pool at Eriska, but this is something for the more adventurous! Did you know that the record for a swimming circumnavigation of our private island is 2 hours and 21 minutes??
"In front is a croquet lawn, where swallows swoop and blackbirds hop, and round the corner a huge ancient oak tree with a swing seat plenty big enough for two".
Last week Eriska was featured in Cosmopolitan Online's 'Weekend - Breaks', by Suzanne King after having spent a few days at Eriska away from the city stress.
Recommended for couples to enjoy a weekend of spa luxury and time together in peace and quiet, dine in our award winning restaurant and enjoy wine's you wouldn't find on the ordinary wine list..
Or, a trip with the girls to come and explore the west coast with an exhilarating boat trip around Loch Linnhe with Coastal Connection (run by two very handsome twin brothers according to Ms King herself), to see dolphins, basking sharks and baby seals. Let's not forget that the spa would also be on the door step offering full day packages, treatment progreammes and other finishing touches, for you to feel transformed and ready for a luxurious meal in our award-winning 3AA Rosette restaurant accompanied with wine's for every taste.
Or, for the perfect 'mother & daughter' excursions. See what Karen Bowerman had to say about her mother & daughter weekend at Eriska.
We are thrilled to see our Bond Package receiving so much positive attention. Being published in the Telegraph Travel section, and in the the Daily Mail Online, people have been very interested to experience the Bond lifestyle for themselves for a weekend. Last month we received Aston Martin for a few days as part of their 100th anniversary tour, which you can read obout in our blog. Do you feel like driving an Aston Martin and attending a Martini masterclass?
We hope you've all had a fantastic June! It has been rather wet and windy at Eriska the last few weeks as we have come into July. As some of you may know, our 40th anniversary is this month and I sat reminiscing with my mother about when we first arrived to Eriska. Although me and Chay arrived two days later, my parents very first day on the island was quite a memorable experience looking nothing like the 5 star property it is today:
"1st July 1973... it was a rainy day and the rain seemed to get even heavier as we approached Eriska and more importantly opened a new chapter in our lives. The drive was overgrown and the bushed brushed the sides of the car as we rounded the bend and saw the 'Big house' before us. The lawn was waist high in grass and it looked, and more importantly felt, a very different place from the one we had viewed and visited earlier in the year. It was now in our stewardship to look after Eriska and we were so excited and full of anticipation but most of all dreams, for the challenges lying ahead of us.
Opening the large front door with a massive key, one's dreams were faltering and illusions changed as the house was cold, empty, and unlived but most surprisingly it did not feel unfriendly or scary, just a bit daunting! we set off for a look through all the rooms... the kitchen had not been used for 18 years but a stove had been placed in the morning room, now the dining room with the wallpaper hanging off the walls. Upstairs, only one bathroom was operational with running water - it was time to again reflect on what we had taken on!
We set about getting some furniture carried from Lilac Cottage, where we had been allowed to store it prior to our official arrival, to the main house. A bed, an electric heater and small table were carried to Kerrera on the first floor, then as the sun began to set, Robin took to his bed having arrived with a bad bout of flu and now forced to succumb. During the night, we had to place a bin under the light in the bedroom as the rain began to drip off the light bulb and the house began to feel empty - we realised we were very much alone!
Downstairs the Library, which was the only other room with a chair and the smallest room to try and heat, I pulled back the cardboard covering the fireplace and to my amazement uncovered four logs in the grate. I managed to light them, only for it to last 5 minutes as the wood was so dry, but the lack of smoke at least proved that the chimney was functioning. Thankfully, I then managed to find a store of logs outside in a garage and got a bit more heat from it, and certainly a more welcoming feel to the house, as well as the chance to think about preparing a meal which ironically due to the time and lack of implements turned out to be a picking in the middle of the floor with a hot drink for the patient upstairs.
So ended the first day on Eriska and so began both our new future and new page in the history of this wonderful island, and as if by magic, the next day saw the end of rain as the dawn brought bright sunshine with not a cloud in the sky and with it, the real work could begin."