I chose the second in the row of six chalets that we had been allocated at Portsonachan, next to my friends who, because they had a dog with them, had chosen the first one, furthest away from the hotel that the chalets were attached to. We were not expecting them to be of such a high standard. Converted cottages, purposely redesigned for self-catering, with a large bedroom-cum-bathroom upstairs, and a sitting room / kitchen / diner downstairs. An added bonus was the wonderful wet-room downstairs, accessed via a fairly spacious hallway. Mirror tiles on two walls meeting at the corner of both walls meant that if one looked into the mirror whilst on the loo, one looked like a cyclops, with only one eye!
A treat was in store through the patio doors in the sitting room. A walled patio area with a view to die for! I literally thought I had died and gone to heaven. Loch Awe on a windless day was like a giant mirror. It brings tears to my eyes every time I see this view. I lost count of the number of times I took a photo of the view from my patio, but this one takes the biscuit – it had me in tears the day I got out of bed and looked out of my bedroom window at this tranquil view. This was my home for a week. I wished it could be my home for ever.
I always say that I would never go back in case it wasn’t as good as before, as I would hate to spoil the memory of a perfect holiday that the twelve of us who were there in 2007 enjoyed, in case the place had deteriorated, or the weather was dreadful. But oh dear, I have just seen the 8 reviews from last year on Google maps. What a pity people have to write such bad reviews, just because a couple of things weren’t quite right – it can be so damaging. However, having looked at more recent reviews on Trip Advisor, out of the 572 reviews, 302 were either Excellent or Very Good. The majority of the reviews in 2012 were good. Needless to say, I have today added a review on Google Maps, asking people to ignore the 8 bad reviews and look at Trip Advisor instead.