NEWS FROM KENTALLEN SEPTEMBER 2010
Sweet Dreams and Scrambled Eggs for Breakfast
Our Own news first, and you may recall that we once had two lambs called Blackie and Dougie who were rare breeds and got too big to keep at the house. They were donated to a Rare Breeds park outside Edinburgh. After much nagging from the kids about missing their woolly friends, we have recently fenced an area the other side of the house and it is the intention to take the two sheep back now that the kids are a bit older and have promised to look after them. If the kids don’t keep their promise – expect mutton stew to be on the menu as a special! Latest hen joke provided by Josh “A Mother hen crosses the road and passes some scrambled eggs. She shakes her head and says ‘That’s one mixed up kid!’” Worth a mention we thought!
Hotel and Lodges News, and we have ordered some new Super Deluxe mattresses from the Silent Night Company Sealy for all of our original bedrooms and also two new larger beds for the two new ground floor bedrooms and they should all be here in the next week. All the Lodges now have Brand New patio doors and they work like a dream. The view onto the water from the lodges just gets better and better with those long summer nights and beautiful pink sunsets. After various attempts at trying to get a replacement part for the swim jet in the swimming pool, we eventually got the part and its now working. Apologies for the delay.
We are pleased to have donated the sum of £247.50 to Cancer Research UK which was raised by the sale of second hand books in the hotel. Most of the books are our old books but a few have been donated by guests and locals which is great. We find that once everybody has read a book it just takes up space so we are quite willing to sell them on for charity. We donate 100% of the proceeds so if you have any old books, now unwanted, please bring them along to us and we will sell them for charity at the Hotel. Remember 100% of proceeds gets donated and the next donation will be for The British Heart Foundation, another charity very close to our heart. We have some guests who come with a bag of books each visit and that’s very good of them and much appreciated!
We have our Hogmanay band booked for New Year so that should be a great time. The Hotel and the lodges are great fun during that period with everyone in a great holiday mood. Following on from last year we are doing party nights every weekend night in December with live music. Aimed at office or works nights out, we find a few guests get together with families or work colleagues and come and visit for a good party. Very competitive rates for those dates for accommodation.
We have started doing takeaway teas and speciality coffees like lattes cappuccinos etc which is proving very popular. We hope to introduce some more coffee shop ideas later in the year. We now sell Magners Cider on draught which is particularly refreshing and this has sold very well. I do not think it can beat Stella Artois poured perfectly in a branded glass, but that’s a personal opinion!
Locally its been a very busy summer with lots of visitors around. A lot more European cars on the road than in recent years which is maybe due to the weakness of the Pound against the Euro. There is a new Garden Centre opened near Oban which is called Poppies. It has a nice coffee shop which overlooks the water and is well worth a visit on a trip to Oban.
The moorings outside the Hotel have been particularly well used over the summer. A number of Hotel and Lodge guests have taken small boats with them and used the moorings during their stay. There was a RIB here last week who, after a hard days diving, did the “pub run” across the Corran narrows for a quick beer and back….pure decadence!
The skiing centres in Fort William and Glencoe had a particularly busy period with the snow still being good well into May. I don’t think the correct term is Indian Winter but maybe with the great sunny weather in the last week we may well have a prolonged Indian Summer.
The farmer who has sheep on the hill opposite the Hotel hired a couple of helicopters recently to spray the bracken on the hill which was fantastic to watch. It was a glorious day and the helicopters flew really low across the hill and every so often would get to a point where the hill would run vertical and they would have to increase height by hovering upwards. Spectacular stuff. They landed on the pier a couple of times which was great to see.
Last night I was talking to an Irishman on the Hotel pier and saw his catch of eight Mackerel and another fish which some other German guests called a “dolche” fish. Not sure what it was but answers by email please! Needless to say it is very rare for there not to be anyone fishing off the end of the pier in the evening these days.
With the children back to school and the roads a little quieter the Autumn months are a great time to visit the Highlands.
Haste ye back!
Paul and Annette McFatridge and Family