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First impressions of Melfort Village, Scotland

In a tiny corner of Scotland’s west coast, down a single-track lane, around a sea loch and set by a rushing river lies Melfort Village – a resort giving you a real taste of life in the Scottish countryside.

Though Glasgow is closer, we’d driven from Edinburgh. And the journey to Melfort Village itself was an eye opener – serene scenes, charming villages and cosy hamlets marked our drive through Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.

As we approached Melfort Village, just south of Oban, we meandered alongside Loch Melfort, through flower-strewn woodlands, past lambs and watchful ewes in surrounding pastures.

Road to Melfort Village

From the moment we stepped through the door of our cottage we felt at home. Quarry Cottage, on a hilltop at Melfort Village, is a quaint two-bedroom, two-bathroom accommodation looking out over the resort’s gardens and on to the hills beyond.

Quarry Cottage at Melfort Village

The cottage has an open-plan living room, dining area and kitchen with plenty of Denby crockery, and all the equipment you could need, including a full oven and dishwasher. In the living room there was a flatscreen Sky Freeview TV and DVD player, central heating, wood-burning log fire, and sofas.

As you’d imagine, as regular travellers we sleep in many beds around the world, but it’s rare to find one of note. However the beds at Melfort Village – one double, and twin beds in the second room, were very comfortable. It has been a long time since we slept so well on our travels.

There are 32 cottages at the resort and each has its own individual character – some, like Quarry Cottage, standalone, while others are in the floral surrounds of the walled garden, or look onto the loch from the pier. If you’re a dog lover, you can also bring your pet on holiday at the resort.

Cottages at the Walled Garden, Melfort Village, Scotland

Melfort Village is perfect for nature lovers. Outside our cottage there was a table and seating where you could sit and enjoy the broad views. On the first morning we were visited by rare red squirrels, who came for nuts at a table set aside for them, and colourful bird life gathering at their own feeding station.

Birds feeding at Quarry Cottage, Melfort Village

Red Squirrel at Melfort Village, Scotland









As a resort, Melfort Village is well-maintained, with an array of facilities including a swimming pool, sauna, tennis courts, gym, a newly-expanded children’s playground, games room, Wi-Fi (at £10 a week), and a gift shop.

The Walled Gardens at Melfort Village

The on-site restaurant, The Shower of Herring, is more than an unusual name. It’s also a very good restaurant, with attentive staff such as Kerry, Robbie and Rebecca, serving generous portions of well-thought out dishes. Our favourites were mussels in a cream and chorizo sauce, and a layered dish of grey sole with potted prawns.

It also has a weekly music night – a toe-tapping mixture of light and fun, Scottish and Irish folk songs with a good injection of modern classics thrown in.

Music night at Melfort Village

The peaceful surrounds of Melfort Village

The local village of Kilmelford, population 200, is hardly a metropolis, yet Melfort Village resort, one-and-quarter miles down the road, is a perfectly peaceful corner. You’ll need a car to get around, but it won’t sit parked outside your cottage for long. From Oban, to the Hebridean Islands, there are historic villages and landscapes just begging to be explored, and with a number of more adventurous pursuits from sailing to scuba diving, you’ll find plenty to see and do in the area.

Loch Melfort from the road to Degnish

All around Melfort Village there are vast areas of woodland – hillsides carpeted with moss, ferns and trees where wildlife flourishes, while lochside we spotted eagles and heron. We also heard that deer were regular visitors to the area – though didn’t catch any ourselves.

Melfort Village is a RCI Gold Crown resort, the highest reward rating – only gained after RCI members who have stayed have rated it highly.

The staff were helpful and incredibly friendly – those in reception always had great tips and advice on things to do. While the other guests we met were also welcoming. There were families with children, outdoorsy types, and those simply seeking a relaxed holiday in the countryside.

Melfort Village is a very successful timeshare resort with quality accommodation in a peaceful and quiet location, available for exchange with RCI and DAE. However you don’t have to own timeshare to visit – you can book directly with Melfort Village for a short break, or a few week’s holiday.

And we’d recommend it. For us Melfort Village was the epitome of blissful relaxation in a spectacular location.

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LiveShareTravel's co-founder Terry has never met a country he didn't like. In fact the more he has travelled the more he appreciates the world, and realises that people are largely reassuringly similar. He also enjoys discovering new cultures and has an endless wanderlust only matched by his passion for bathing in beer with new friends. Oh yes, he's most at home in the spa. Terry is also co-author of the The Luxury Traveller's Handbook.

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6 Responses to First impressions of Melfort Village, Scotland

  1. Excellent! Putting this on my list of places to visit in Scotland. I’ve been there several times, always staying in B&Bs. This looks like a great alternative. I especially like the music evenings!

    • Thanks Christopher. It was our first visit to the west coast of Scotland and we were taken aback at how beautiful and relaxing Melfort Village is. The music night was really entertaining and great fun.

  2. Your writeup is wonderful as are your beautiful photos. We’ll be going to Melfort Sept 2015. I wondered if you took any day trips from the timeshare resort. I particularly wonder whether it is realistic to take a day trip to Islay with visits to whisky distilleries. From the resort, I calculate it is about 3 hours each way (1 hour driving, 2 hours by ferry). That’s a lot, but it’s not exactly strenuous. Appreciate your thoughts. ~Kay

    • Thank you Kay, we’re pleased you liked the articles and photos. Melfort Village and the surrounding areas are very beautiful and I’m sure you will enjoy it as much as we did.
      We didn’t visit Islay, but did take the ferry for the Three island tour, Mull, Iona and Staffa. If you’re good for a 3 hour journey each way than Islay sounds great. The scenery in this part of Scotland is certainly worth it.
      There is a distillery in Oban that we visited – but it does no harm to visit a few.
      We drove past Inveraray Castle on our way home, but didn’t have time to visit, though it looked fabulous and we would certainly go there in future.

      • Thanks for your reply, Terry. In addition to the distilleries (and our love of peaty whisky) and some photos that we’ve seen, we decided it is definitely worth spending a couple of days on Islay. We also plan to visit the distillery in Oban, the Inveraray Castle and take the ferry to Mull and Iona. We’re also looking forward to the music evening at Melfort.

        • Sounds like you’re going to have a great time. Do let us know what Islay is like and also Inverarary Castle, maybe next time we’ll get there. The distilleries are always a good idea, the Oban one is quite small but interesting. Yes, enjoy the music evening, we loved it.

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