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Eriska - Top 10 Island Escapes

Posted by Elizabeth Todd on Mar 15, 2014 5:14:00 PM

We are so pleased to see the Isle of Eriska highlights in You and Your Wedding as one of the top 10 islands escapes to visit!

Isle of Eriska island EscapeEriska is ranked in the top 10 along with some other stunning island escapes from all over the world, including the Carribean, Fiji and Tanzania to name just a few.

Just take a look for yourself by clicking here - Top 10 Island Escapes.

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An Island to Call Your Own - Great Location for the Incentive Stay

Posted by Christina Jacobsen on Oct 16, 2013 11:38:00 AM

"Many people in the world have a dream of ‘getting away from it all’ and escaping to their own private island. There is something enchanting about an island and in Scotland there are hundreds for the intrepid traveller to choose from. That said, not all have their own five star hotel with spa and golf course! Welcome to the Isle or Eriska, a dream come true for any incentive group"

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Eriska Awarded 'Taste our Best' by Visit Scotland

Posted by Christina Jacobsen on Oct 16, 2013 11:34:00 AM

describe the imageEriska 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.

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Try our Popular Bond Package at Eriska

Posted by Christina Jacobsen on Oct 16, 2013 11:19:00 AM

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 blogDo you feel like driving an Aston Martin and attending a Martini masterclass? 

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Buchanan-Smith 40th Anniversary at Isle of Eriska

Posted by Christina Jacobsen on Oct 16, 2013 11:16:00 AM

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."

Beppo Buchanan-Smith 

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Best Hotel in Scotland - 2013

Posted by Christina Jacobsen on Oct 16, 2013 11:14:00 AM

We are so pleased to have been crowned one of the 'Best Hotels in Scotland' courtesy of The Hotel Guru's latest article recently published.

It's great to be next to some other great hotels and we considered one of the top 3 hotels in Scotland for 'pure luxury'. We certainly have to agree with them at The Hotel Guru!

To read the full article, please click here. And don't forget to have a look at the exciting packages we have to indulge in at the Isle of Eriska throughout 2013... 

Click here for further details. 

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