Roinebhal Country House. Luxury Bed & Breakfast in Argyll, Scotland
It has been such an eventful year for us at Roineabhal!
We have seen Jenny and Mattias tying the knot and celebrating their marriage in the beautiful surroundings of Glencoe. Despite the weather which was in true highland style and a very wet day, the ceremony was unforgettable and I have never seen Jenny look so happy. Although small with just the immediate Soep Clan and most of the Swedish Bengtsson Family present it was still enough to celebrate the event.
As well as the wedding, I celebrated my 60th this summer. Unbeknownst to me Roger had planned a weekend away to the island of Colonsay at the beginning of August. Due to Caledonian MacBrayne (the ferry company) announcing that the boat to the island had broken down and we were unable to sail on the Saturday, we decided to truly embrace the moment and flew out in a chartered plane with another couple. The weather cleared and we had the most amazing 2 days of sunshine. The sea was turquoise and the sands were golden - we couldn’t have been in a more idyllic place.
To top the year off we’re just back, along with Mum (aged 96), from managing a two week trip to India. Basing ourselves in Hyderabad with family friends, Roger and I also managed to leave Mum there while we snuck away to the coast of Kerala for 5 days. There we got to stay on a houseboat in Alleppey, then ventured further down the state staying in a cliff top guest house in Varkala. The fish which was caught daily, was served up in delicious curry sauces with fresh fruit and vegetables served up as accompanying salads which we devoured every evening.
We couldn’t have been treated better, particularly our stay in Hyderabad which was an amazing experience that we will never forget. Our friends are hospital people and are expanding all the time. They now have 3 large Private Maternity Hospitals, which they have built along with 2 other maternity clinics. Their latest hospital resembles more of a 5 star hotel and certainly puts our hospitals at home in a different light.
We managed to visit the market in the oldest part of the city, as well as the impressive Golkanda Fort and Chow Mahalla Palace. We also saw several looms working and weaving silk and cotton. A small factory we visited had just had an order from the V&A Museum - an 8 metre piece of silk material has been commissioned which will take a year to complete. The curator had visited for a day and had stayed for 3 months as there was so much for her to learn.
Everything on the loom is produced by hand and the same patterns, used in Persia more than 350 years ago, are being replicated. It is a dying art but something that I hope will survive as the technique cannot be copied as well on a machine. There is indeed so much to see in the city we will just have to return for another visit.
We returned from our holiday on 6th December and after the apprehension of taking mum all that way, I realised just how resilient she is. She has so much stamina for a 96 year old. She really was treated like royalty throughout the whole of our 13 days away. Age is no barrier and I should have had no concerns.
Kim and Ben will be joining us for Christmas but Jenny and Mattias will be in Lappland in their little cabin away from all the city humdrum of Stockholm.
We hope to be celebrating Hogmanay this year at the newly refurbished Kilchrenan Inn. We are delighted to welcome Lesley and Jordon into the village and wish them all the success in their new venture. Apart from the new plush surroundings, Jordon is an accomplished chef and the dining room is certainly worth a visit. A varied menu is available catering for everyone.
Wishing you all a wonderful time with your loved ones over the festivities!
Maria, Roger and Family