A more warm welcome could not have been extended, on our arrival at the unassuming highland home of Simon and Fiona, who possess a truly inherent skill with regard to hospitality; so unique and natural, it cannot be learned or replicated.
Their home’s interior opens up to spacious, warm and inviting guest areas; not an establishment where the duration of your stay shall be spent wearing a path between bedroom and dining room, but deliberating whether to relax with a vast choice of reading material in the lounge, the sunny conservatory with wonderful garden outlooks or within one of the garden areas, perhaps beside the pond or looking down the valley, whisky in hand, reflecting on a day gone by and pondering the one coming.
Sitting within prime walking and cycling countryside, The Rumblie is widely known and a secret well kept, to those within one of these fraternities; as, with only three letting rooms, booking a stay at The Rumblie is best undertaken as a well planned break, as calling in unexpectedly may cause disappointment of no availability; only those very fortunate shall find an available room at short notice.
Popular with guests partaking of the comparatively new “East Highland Way”, there are very welcome drying and storage facilities at The Rumblie, where the diverse Scottish weather conditions are understood and catered for!
Almost every aspect of The Rumblie is eco-friendly, where painstaking lengths have been pursued and reached to gain their well earned Gold Award for Green Tourism, without however, compromising on style and luxury. Our bathroom contained all the welcome additions of any 4 star hotel, sleek and modern in style, housing environmentally friendly Italian produced tiles and a bio mass boiler driven shower alongside locally sourced, wonderfully aromatic accessories . Our room catered for every wish with bountiful Fair Trade hospitality trays, plentiful reading material, freeview LCD TV and DVD player and a wonderfully comfortable bed. The Rumblie sets and achieves high reaching standards in terms of facilities, service, comfort and exacting attention to detail; within a valuable Green ethos; yet maintains a cozy, homely environment and an enviable dedication to the cause.
Set within “Monarch of the Glen” country, some interesting memorabilia from the TV series adorns walls, whilst in the garden, a rather memorable prop sits fondly in the driveway, making it a mecca for those die-hard fans who visit to explore the surrounding areas and the Laird’s house – Glenbogle!
Sitting down for dinner was a relaxed and treasured time of the day for us, following a glass of surprisingly divine organic red wine; we were hard nuts to crack but totally converted during the course of a bottle, from the newly arrived stock.
Each thoughtfully considered course was presented to us with a brief annotation surrounding source and preparation; informal, relaxed and unobtrusive, this provided a welcome change and resulted in a leisurely, 90% organic meal, exceptionally prepared and presented from locally sourced fresh produce.
This isn’t just another B+B; The Rumblie has a warm heart, instilling a feeling of vehemence and well-being; it is an established and honest abode, ingenuous within its beliefs – one of the many attributes at The Rumblie which makes Simon and Fiona’s home, your home, even for just one night.