Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa and Island
Great Britain | Europe: Atlantic
- Country/State Great Britain
- Region Europe: Atlantic
Living on your own private island is a dream to many, however, a stay at the Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa and Island allows you to turn this fantasy into reality. Enjoy the unique levels of personal service, the award-winning cuisine and the fantastic facilities of your own private retreat during your stay! Peace, tranquility and comfort have remained pre-eminent aims, and are indeed the very attributes which draw people back to the island again and again.
Nestling on the eastern side of one of the world's most celebrated rift valleys, and born of the cataclysmic upheavals of more than 600 million years ago, the formation of the island is largely of schist and slate with the lower ground to the west as a raised beach from the island. The partly submerged Crannog, or fortified dwelling, dating from the Bronze Age around 200 B.C and situated some 200 metres in the channel to the east of the bridge, marks the earliest recorded human history of the island.
From GBP 310 per night for a standard room, incl. breakfast and access to all facilities.
From GBP 375 per night for a deluxe room.
The Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa and Island is a unique 300 acre private island with a 25 bedroom hotel and world renowned restaurant. Situated on the stunning Argyll coast and nestling on the eastern side of a beautiful rift valley this island hideaway is just two hours from Glasgow and Edinburgh.
The Big House was built in 1884. The main family to occupy Eriska were the Blairs and Clark Hutchisons who still play a leading role in national life. They also built the bridge at the turn of the century, access before that was only by ford at low tide. In essence, the Big House remains the same, with the old billiard room and courtyard area converted to provide two bedrooms on the ground floor for those who find climbing stairs a disadvatage. The dining room has been enhanced by the addition of air-conditioning and a conservatory and all the surrounding buildings have now been converted to become part of the hotel resort complex.
As with any older house the bedrooms all vary in shapes and sizes but all have the same facilities and amenities one would expect from a world-class 5 star hotel.
In the main house there are two main categories of bedrooms, deluxe: slightly larger and tending towards the front of the house, and standard: a little smaller and located towards the east of the house.
Beyond the main house in the surrounding gardens lie the spa suites and two bedroom cottage suites. These offer more privacy and seclusion but not at the expense of service or style as they also offer 24-hour room service and all other facilities. The rooms outide the main house also have a greater degree of space set in private gardens with their own hot tubs.
The public rooms at Eriska all exude the comfort, warmth and hospitality one would expect from a house of this era. Open fireplaces dominate the ground floor, in the hall the fire burns constantly every day of the year. The main hall was wood paneled in 1913 with Burr Oak in an attempt to conceal the new wiring in the house. The Piano Room is the first room entered from the front door and is light and bright as is the drawing room which has soft bright furnishing and sofas and chairs which would tempt any visitor to simply relax and set their mind at ease.
The Library has changed minimally since the turn of the century with an art deco fireplace with very risqué, in those days, figurines dressing the edges of the fireplace and a wonderful selection of whiskies, cocktails and house wines available throughout the day.
Robert MacPherson, our Head Chef, joined the team at Eriska in 1987 and was immediately recognized with the awarding of AA 3 Rosettes and a mark of 7 out of 10 in the Good Food Guide. This year Eriska has been shortlisted in final of the Thistle Awards as the "Taste of Scotland".
The dining room is the amalagamation of four areas, firstly the morning room with views over the lawns to the south, secondly the business room which catches the morning sun, then the butler's pantry which joins the two earlier rooms together, and finally the conservatory which was added in 2002, with views under the boughs of the oak planted the year the house was built.
A state-of-the-art air-conditioning system insures a balanced temperature throughout the year, and the policy of not resetting tables and insuring a similar location throughout your stay insures that you do not have any anxiety over your arrival to the dining room.
The ethos behind Eriska has been to offer a wealth of opportunity with low usage of amenities allowing you to walk on the island without seeing another person or swim before breakfast in your own private pool.
Golf Facility: 6 hole par 22 golf course, putting green, teaching academy and driving range
Shooting: clay pigeon shooting
The Stables, beside the old formal garden, house extensive facilities including a 17 m swimming pool, sauna, steam room, spa, treatment rooms, gymnasium and a lounge and balcony with views over the golf facility. Indulge in the luxurious full service Espa Spa and watch the fantastic sunsets over the Western Isles.
Best Time to Travel:
No matter which season you choose, high temperatures are not frequent in Scotland. In July and August the highest temperatures are around 22 °C. Spring is probably the best season in Scotland as far as weather is concerned. Usually, by May the weather settles down and you can spend some excellent days outdoors.
How to Get There:
Flight to Glasgow or Edinburgh, then continue by car to the Isle of Eriska.
"One piece of news on this side is that we were awarded our first Michelin star last week for the restaurant which highlights our consistency and use of the best local produce. As one of only 14 new one stars in the UK tis represents quite an achievement and places us within the top 1% of Uk restaurants and makes us the only one star Michelin restaurant in Relais et Chateau in Scotland!
We have also lodged plans for further self catering units on the island and plans to extend the spa and restaurant at the stables."
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