Monday, 30 July 2007

Gretna Green comes to Kentallen

Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Mark Earnden!

Last weekend we were very proud to host the wedding of Mark and Anna at the Hotel. A large contingent travelled from far and wide for a truly Highland Wedding. The Scottish weather was kind to them and they were able to have the ceremony on the new decking and a great time was had by all.
Mark is a chef to trade and so things had to be top notch to pass the grade. Thanks to the registar for making the ceremony run smoothly and also to Neil MacKay and his band for hosting a memorable ceilidh at night. once again congratulations to Mark and Anna.



In November last year we started work on a major extension of the Hotel and this is now complete. The exciting project consists of ten wonderful new bedrooms, a fully heated indoor swimming pool complete with Finnish style saunarium and a new lounge bar with an outside decking and seating area. As well as the extension we have extensively refurbished our existing bedrooms and bathrooms, and all other areas of the Hotel.

The fantastic new bedrooms all face the loch and six of them have balconies with patio doors leading out to an outside seating area and all are kitted out with luxurious fittings and furnishings. Custom made leather chairs, furniture and headboards, and other lavish furniture and accessories feature. We have made the bathrooms larger than usual and each has a luxurious large shower cubicle and a separate deluxe deep bath. All fittings are deluxe with Grohe and Roca mostly used and the bathrooms are finished with fantastic chrome accessories, fine toiletries and décor. In the existing bedrooms we have replaced furniture, décor, and curtains and have also completely changed the bathrooms using the same high standard of fittings.

The new spacious Captain’s lounge bar also overlooks the sea and has a real Oak wood floor and hand crafted Oak bar. A mixture of relaxing leather sofa’s and chairs combine with superior lighting and décor, as well as large plate glass windows overlooking the loch. There is a door from the bar to an outside decking area with the best sea view in the World (unbiased opinion obviously….). All day refreshments including fine wines, ales as well as teas and speciality coffees will be served, as well as an extensive new daytime food menu. A great place to sit and relax and renew old acquaintances.

The swimming pool is perfect for relaxing in and has large easy access steps rather than a ladder to enter the pool and is complete with underwater lights and a Fluvo underwater water “massager”. The Finnish style saunarium mixes the dry heat of a traditional sauna with the humidity of a steam room by having both a sauna stove and humidifier. The pool and sauna have been professionally installed by professional swimming pool engineers and by special request you can visit the extensive plant room!

We hope shortly to have some photos to be able to send out and also to post onto to our website which has been updated to show the new additions to the Hotel.

In growing the Hotel we have taken great care to keep the same wonderful ambience and small family owned Hotel “feel”. The designs for the extension and renovations have been carried out by the original architect who carried out the original construction of the Hotel. We have also taken great care to use high quality finishing’s, furniture and furnishings throughout the extension to ensure a long lasting high quality experience.