Both born in Oban, Robert and Morven bought Hawthornbank in the summer of 2007. They pride themselves on offering a warm welcome to all their guests and providing a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and a homely feel.
Both born in Oban, Robert and Morven bought Hawthornbank in the summer of 2007. They pride themselves on offering a warm welcome to all their guests and providing a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and a homely feel. Their house is a charming Victorian Villa which enjoys lots of its original features both inside and out. It is situated in a quiet street but has the best of both worlds in that it is only a short walk from all amenities. There is a convenient short cut from the garden which leads on to the town’s main street (George Street) so guests can be at the shops, bars, restaurants and esplanade in less than 5 minutes.
Closeby, and only a 10 minute walk or so, is McCaig’s Tower – Oban’s famous landmark. Well worth a visit with its amazing panoramic views from the viewing deck and beautiful landscape within. Hawthornbank is directly across the road from the town’s very popular bowling club and a few yards down the road is Oban’s Leisure Centre, Atlantis. So any guests wishing an early morning swim do not have far to go! The ferry terminal and train station are roughly a 10 minute walk.
A private on site off-street car park is available for guests with cars or motorbikes.
Hawthornbank is totally non-smoking and all bedrooms have en-suite shower rooms and as the house benefits from an elevated position in the town, there are lovely sea views out to Oban Bay, the Island of Kerrera and Isle of Mull beyond from some of the rooms. Other rooms have very pleasant and open outlooks across to the bowling green.
The rooms vary in design and size but all are tastefully decorated and furnished for a comfortable stay. A seating area is provided in every room with a hospitality tray for tea, coffee and biscuits. Also provided is a range of toiletries, bottled water and of course a few sweeties! Each room has Freeview TV and radio alarm. Wi-fi is available in public areas of the house.
Discounts are offered for stays of 3 nights or more and standard double rooms are available at a sole occupancy rate for single travellers. Room only rates are also available if breakfast is not required.
All guests are provided with their own house key, so they have the freedom to come and go as they please.
There is a lovely garden area at the front of the property with seating. A great sun trap right through into the evening, so perfect for the guests to enjoy an outdoor glass of wine whilst waiting on the beautiful sunsets that Oban has to offer.
Hawthornbank’s dining room is on the ground floor with original cornicing and ceiling rose, often a talking point amongst the guests. A continental breakfast is available from 7am for those who require an early departure and cooked breakfasts are served from 8am – 9am. A buffet is on offer including fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, croissants. As well as the traditional cooked breakfast, there is also the lighter option of a tasty plate of smoked salmon with scrambled eggs.
Robert and Morven are delighted that the Scottish Tourist Board has, each year, awarded them with 4 stars for their guest house and also a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor.
For those who would like to know a little about Oban, it has a population of around 8000 people and is roughly a 2 hour drive from Glasgow. It is known as the Gateway to the Isles and is a stop-over for visitors to the islands, eg. Isle of Mull, Isle of Colonsay and Isle of Tiree. It is a lovely little town to spend time in, with many great restaurants, most of which have tasty fresh seafood on their menu. There are some lovely scenic walks in and around Oban too, and also the Island of Kerrera, which is only 5 minutes on the ferry.
There are day trips to the islands from Oban throughout the summer to Mull, Iona and Staffa. This is a very popular day out and very well organised by the local tour operators. Staffa is well known for its population of puffins who are usually there for a good part of the summer. There are also shorter trips which leave from the esplanade and take day trippers to see the local wildlife and the seals!
For those with cars who fancy a day away, Inveraray is a town well worth visiting and only an hour or so to drive. There you will find activities such as Inveraray Jail and Inveraray Castle. Also, a trip south of the town is definitely recommended. The scenery is amazing and there are many small villages to visit including Easdale with its museum, tea room and exciting boat trips.
So, if a visit to Oban is part of your holiday plans, Robert and Morven would be delighted to welcome you into their home. Whether it is a one night stay as you pass through, or if it is a longer visit so you can enjoy the town and its surroundings, Hawthornbank is an excellent base with a convenient location and the comforts of home.