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A stylish and very comfortable B&B in the centre of Oban, with stunning views.

Not all B&Bs are created equal, a fact you are quickly reminded of when you arrive at this beautifully situated grand old house on a hill above the bay in Oban. The warmness of the welcome and spaciousness of the rooms are only exceeded by the stunning nature of the views – right across to Mull and the smaller isle of Kerrera. Run with style and panache by well-travelled former architects Suzanne and Mark McPhillips, this former cottage hospital is about as comfortable as could be, with a great location right in the centre of town and just a short walk from the waterfront.

It's their second B&B venture, and there's a stylishness to the rooms that perhaps you don't expect in a building of this nature, with contemporary furniture, soft, muted tones and modern art, along with flatscreen TVs and DVD players, wi-fi, high-quality bed linen, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and (a nice thought) glasses and a corkscrew so you can enjoy a glass of wine while getting used to those views. There's a sitting room and library downstairs, and Suzanne and Mark cook up a fabulous breakfast in their turreted dining room every morning – not only a superb cooked Full Scottish, and good quality smoked salmon, but also delicious and unusual alternatives like kedgeree, a frittata or a cheese platter.

As for Oban, it's a busy town with plenty to draw you, from its historic distillery (01631 572 004) to the bizarre colosseum of McCaig's Tower. The Waterfront Fishouse (01631 563110) and Eeusk (01631 565 666) are among the best fish and seafood restaurants on the west coast. For most people it's also the main jumping-off point for ferries (0800 066 5000) to the various islands of the Hebrides.


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