Write UpsMorag Fleming, Travel Writer
Nestling on the banks of Loch Assynt, just a few miles out of Lochinver, Ruddyglow Park is surely a haven for any discerning traveller in the area. There are many activities in the area – shooting, fishing and walking – and as many attractions – from Achiltibuie in the south with its Hydropnicum and boat trips to the Summer Isles; to Lochinver in the West and its pie shop and pottery; to Kylesku in the north passing crags and caves on the way. But once you have set foot in the luxurious accommodation Ruddyglow has to offer, it will be very tempting to skip all of the above and just stay put.
Patricia Filmer-Sankey has designed her bed and breakfast beautifully with no detail overlooked. There are Jacuzzi baths in the bathrooms and Egyptian cotton on the beds. This was my first time sleeping between Egyptian cotton sheets and I am here to tell you you really can tell the difference. Coffee and cookies are aplenty and you are encouraged to cosy up in one of the fluffy bathrobes provided. In short, all is done to ensure that your stay is of the highest standard in luxury and good taste. The only problem is you might get too used to such surroundings and feel the urge to go on a serious shopping spree on your return home.
Breakfast is ordered the night before and is whatever you desire, within reason, and dinner is available on request. The food is homely, seasonal, comforting and well made. And there is plenty of it. Design touches make the difference here too; local pottery from Highland Stoneware, antique furniture and beautiful paintings make both the dining room and the comfy living room a real pleasure. Views across the loch to the hills beyond complete the picture and a stroll in the gardens after dinner finish off a lovely evening perfectly.Nell Nelson, the woman who ate Scotland
After a long day filming – cycling in some amazing and snowy countryside, it was brilliant to end the day at Ruddyglow Park. Patricia was so welcoming and her house so warm; it was hard to leave after our lovely dinner of local venison and vegetables. My too generous helping of banana, rum and peach crumble definitely meant I had to do some extra hard cycling the next day!
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Ruddyglow Park, Assynt, Reviewed by Elizabeth and James Meason, Orkney
Situated under the shelter of Quinag, one of the great mountains of Assynt, Ruddyglow Park has truly enchanting views over Loch Assynt and the surrounding mountains of Canisp and Suilven. This beautifully appointed modern property has stylish antique furniture and boutique ornamentation, but also meets every modern requirement with a range of accommodation including a beautiful suite, a master room, a double room, a twin room and a sumptuous log cabin. Our welcome at Ruddyglow was totally relaxed and very friendly; we immediately felt right at home. Our host, Patricia, had spent many years working abroad and that experience has clearly given
her a great insight into her guests’ requirements. She also has a vast knowledge of Assynt, which is a fantastic part of Scotland in which to see a range of wildlife including otters, seals and a huge variety of birds. Patricia can organise a range of outdoor pursuits including loch or river fishing, stalking, walking, climbing, archaeological pursuits and much more. In Lochinver, six miles away, there is a wealth of pubs and restaurants with fine local seafood menus. Sometimes after I have read a powerful and gripping novel the plot and its characters live with me for some time. Ruddyglow Park is like that. Two days there was simply not enough. B&B from £60 pppn