My resolution to concentrate more on my own wellbeing was off to a good start in January when The Other Half bought me an overnight spa break at Loch Fyne Hotel in Inverary. Bless him, he could obviously see that I was in need of a break after December’s birthday & Christmas chaos. And he wasn’t wrong. I was running on empty so the promise of a massage & a bed to myself was gratefully received!

It was a miserable day as we drove along the lochside to the hotel but the weather certainly didn’t dampen my spirits and we all piled in to reception to warm ourselves by the roaring fire. We were planning to have lunch & swim with the kids before I checked in so we headed in to the lounge to find a table.

There was only one other table dining so we were quickly greeted by the friendly waitress who gave us menus and told us the specials. As you’d imagine there is an abundance of seafood on offer so it seemed appropriate to go for the langoustines, which were so delicious. There was a good selection for the kiddos as well and Madeleine soon polished off her portion of fish goujons & chips.

As well as the restaurant to the right and the swimming pool to the left, there is a large extension to the rear which houses the majority of the bedrooms and the spa. We headed to my room so I could dump my bags and get changed before going for a much anticipated massage & facial. I merrily waved off the kids & The Other Half as they went for a quick swim before heading home and leaving me in peace. No teatime dramas, no bedtime tantrums; just me, a six course taster menu and a big comfy bed!

I put on my swimming costume, complimentary bath robe & slippers and padded down to the spa for my scheduled massage and facial. I was led down a candlelit corridor to the Relaxation Room which contains the rather blissful combination of comfy chairs, magazines and soothing music. I was almost a little disappointed when I was told it was time to enter the treatment room!

To be honest I can’t tell you too much about the massage as I had soon zoned out. All I know is that there was a comfy bed, some heavenly scented oils and a rather talented masseuse. I’m pretty sure I nodded off a couple of times and I was so relaxed that I struggled to move when I was asked to turn over for my facial.

 

Once the lovely staff had finished with me and I’d managed to drag myself from the cosy comfort of the treatment room, I decided to head for a swim. If you have kids you’ll know that very little swimming actually gets done when you take the little folk to the pool so I was looking forward to the prospect of getting some laps in. Turns out that was a little ambitious and after a measly 3 lengths I was ready for a rest in the jacuzzi. There is also an outdoor hot tub but I was a little put off by both the January weather and the canoodling couple that had taken up residence in it. Three’s a crowd and all that! I did, however, make good use of the sauna & steam room before heading back to my room to shower & dress for the evening meal.

If you read about our 24 hours in Glasgow’s West End then you’ll know all about my love of a good shower. No piddly drippiness for me thank you, I want full-on rainstorm! Thankfully that’s what I got at the Loch Fyne Hotel but unfortunately the shower curtain wasn’t very well equipped to deal with it and I struggled to stop water getting on the floor.

It was obviously an ongoing problem as the wooden bath panel looked to be water stained and slightly mouldy. That said, and despite the fact there had been a pair of goggles left on the bedside table from the previous residents, the rest of the room appeared to be clean. The only other issue I had was that one of window catches was broken. Like the bath panel, the old wooden windows could certainly do with replacing.

As part of my spa package I was booked into the restaurant for a six course taster meal. I am a self-confessed food snob but had heard good things about the food at Loch Fyne Hotel so was excited to see if it would live up to the hype!

I needn’t have worried. Despite the fact the menu was a bit vague, I thoroughly enjoyed each of the 6 courses I chose. There was an amuse bouche of caponata followed by duck terrine served on brioche with candied pecans, celeriac remoulade & pear chutney. I then enjoyed a taster of artichoke velouté before the main course arrived. The loin of venison was perfectly cooked as was the veg (I can’t stand overcooked veg!) and the dauphinoise potatoes were to die for.

Now, at this point the buttons on my dress were starting to groan but in the interest of research I ploughed on. Selfless of me, I know. Next up was a lovely green apple mousse with winter berry sorbet & toasted oats followed by the 6th and final course, a little plate of cheese & biscuits. Phew! All that was left to do was to toddle back to my room, put on my PJs, make a hot chocolate camomile tea and settle in for a peaceful evening of blogging. Hurrah!

I had planned to get loads done that evening but in reality I whiled away a good hour on social media and then watched Endeavor on the telly! Ah well. It turned out that I didn’t sleep very well that night but it was nothing to do with the bed which was super comfy. I always have a restless night if I’ve eaten sugary food during the evening so I was kind of expecting it. Bloody annoying, though!

The next morning I chucked some clothes on and made my way back down to The Clansman Restaurant for breakfast. There was quite a spread but unfortunately my phone decided to start playing up so I didn’t get any photos of the generous buffet. There was lots of choice with tables full of juices, fruit, yogurts, cereals, pastries, cheese, plus a leg of ham just waiting for you to carve a slice or two.

I was still pretty full from the previous evening so I’m afraid I couldn’t do it justice and just got myself a glass of water and some fruit before ordering Eggs Florentine from the cooked menu. It was delicious and the eggs were perfectly cooked. Hard yolks are another no-no for me!

 
The rest of the morning consisted of a leisurely swim & steam before packing up and checking out. I had to wait for an hour or so to be picked up so I made myself comfy in the lounge and took advantage of the free wifi. It gave me chance to catch up on all the work I had neglected the night before!
 
 

Overall, it was a very enjoyable stay. I was definitely more relaxed when I left than I had been 24 hours earlier! Yes, the room could benefit from a bit of a refurb in order meet the standards expected from (and the price tag of) a 4 star hotel but it certainly didn’t ruin the experience for me. The staff were cheery & efficient, the leisure facilities were clean & well maintained and the food was great. As was the peace and quiet!

Do you ever book yourself a day off to unwind? I can highly recommend it! Check out my 5 tips for self care for some more ideas.

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