Places that care

I’ve written before about things that make a place special for me. Places that I’ve found particularly friendly. The common factor in all my favourite places, is their genuine care for their guests. So I was very pleased to find another one recently. We  had a short break for MrS’s birthday and stayed at Coul House Hotel in Contin, Ross-shire (that’s north of Inverness and on the road to Ullapool). This hotel is personally owned and managed, and it shows; there was a genuine welcome and interest in making our stay go well. This doesn’t mean that large glossy five stars, or even budget chain hotels can’t provide a friendly welcome. If the staff are well trained and happy in their work then they provide a great guest experience.

So which places have made the cut for me?

The Traddock, Austwick

Spicers Balfour, Brisbane

The Bear’s Paw, Warmingham.

GoGlasgowUrban Hotel, Glasgow

Tiroran House, Mull

are some that come to mind. This is not an exhaustive list, just some places we’ve enjoyed relatively recently. Hopefully I’ll be able to add to the list, and when I do I’ll let you know.

Where have you loved? Don’t let great service go unnoticed. Spread that love.

Marina x

*featured image the view from our room at Coul House.



Autumn. Keats’s “Season of mist and mellow fruitfulness….”. The time for tidying up the garden, bringing in the harvest and beginning to batten down for Winter.


Not for me. That  first nip of Autumnal air, which here in Scotland can sometimes be sniffed  in August, brings excitement. It’s the season of start. Twenty three years of full time education have left their mark,  even though it’s longer since they ended. This article expressed it better than I can.

I don’t buy new pencil cases these days, well maybe sometimes.  But I do look forward to the change in my wardrobe. Swapping sandals for boots, looking out scarves and gloves,  adjusting the colour palette. I know I’ll be desperate to wiggle my toes in the sun come April but for the moment  I’m revelling in the change.

Perhaps at this point I should declare an interest?  September is my birthday month, and MrS’s, then in October it’s MasterS’s and our anniversary. So Autumn is party time too. It’s not that I don’t like the sun but when the sun shines on an Autumn day as well as the warmth you get beautiful long shadows, which coupled with those mists , are a special joy.

And if you’ve been tidying up the garden, isn’t that pile of leaves just begging you to jump right in?


Marina x