This post is quite overdue, but I wanted to tell you about a fantastic place that Mark and I stayed at for our 4th wedding anniversary. It’s called Balkissock Lodge and it’s a 4 star bed and breakfast situated on the South West coast of Scotland. I’ve been following Cordelia for quite a while on Twitter and love Howard’s photographs of the local wildlife and breathtaking sunsets on Facebook.
We were given a very warm welcome. Afternoon tea was served in the lounge with freshly baked cupcakes (whilst watching Murray lose to Nadal at Wimbledon!). Howard gave us a tour of the beautiful gardens surrounded by woodland and we drank champagne on the lawn as we waited for our evening meal (Balkissock lodge does not have a licence for alcohol but they welcome you to take your own).
If you give Cordelia and Howard a minimum of 24 hrs notice you can have an evening meal at the lodge (it’s a fair trip to the supermarket – it is also preferable if you choose the same items from the menu as a couple). The food was absolutely fantastic! I especially loved Cordelia’s lemon meringue pie made with her homemade lemon curd.
Our room was incredibly comfortable and peaceful, all rooms have en-suite facilities. We felt very relaxed during our stay, the usual hum of suburban living was replaced by silence, occasionally interrupted by the moo of a cow. For us, the relative isolation was blissful.
It was wonderful to see that Cordelia and Howard both have a cottage industry from their talents. Cordelia sells her beautiful hand knitted baby clothes called “Balkissock Baby” I think that she should have her own Folksy page. Howard sells prints of stunning photographs of sunsets along the South West coast of Scotland.
During our stay, Howard recommended visiting the Logan Botanic Garden. We were not disappointed. The garden was the best we’d ever seen, beautifully maintained with a huge variety of plants – in my opinion it is far superior to RHS Harlow Carr in the quality of presentation of both the plants and space in general. From there we went up the coast and watched the seals on the rocks. Our only regret about our stay was that we should’ve booked another night. There is so much to see and do, Cordelia and Howard’s home provide a wonderful and cosy base to explore the beautiful coastline. We would highly recommend them and hope to visit again.
One other thing, Cordelia has a wonderful blog called Scottish Country House that is well worth a read and is now on my “blogs I like to read” list.