A Castle On The Shores Of Loch Fyne
“Your host Helene went above and beyond her remit, and is to be commended.
Stonefield Castle hotel is lovely, if suffering staff shortages. A couple of younger servers somewhat surly, but mainly excellent - even turning out the jolly cleaner to serve dinner one night! The very knowledgable barman also had to serve at table, and did so graciously. It is in a beautiful location, rooms are good and public areas stylish and well appointed.
Rather more coach travel instead of train than we had hoped for, and the hotel’s location a bit far from any of our objectives, but we certainly got around and both driver and coach high-grade.
The main let-down was the school dinners style food at Hotel Indigo in Glasgow, where I feel we were victims of a long ago pegged price. We stayed an extra night, and felt the breakfast fare improved immediately our tour group moved on. But its location and the rooms were really good, so it’s a tricky call to remedy : they had only reopened four weeks previously, and some of the serving staff seemed poorly suited to their role, though most were trying hard and pleasant. The service improved at our second breakfast, when a restaurant manager appeared.
The range of visits was good, Mount Stuart excellent - aided by the sublime Jim’s infectious enthusiasm and depth of knowledge.
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