“ Address: Station Rd. / Carrbridge / Inverness Shire / PH23 3AN / Scotland „
We have just had a lovely stay at the Mellon Patch and couldn't agree more with the 5 star review. A beautiful en-suite room, immaculate house and such a warm welcome, not to mention the fabulous location and beautiful walks and scenery right on the doorstep.
The MellonPatch B&B is located in the lovely little village of Carrbridge, just off the A9 near Aviemore. Carrbridge is conveniently situated for access to Inverness, the Cairngorms, and Loch Ness, so is an ideal base for exploring the Highlands.
The MellonPatch is a large house and has a delightful setting; nestled on the banks of the River Dulnain, where dippers and goosanders can be seen, and next to the lovely Ellan Woods where many woodland trails can be followed to track down crested tits and Scottish Crossbills.
The B&B is run by Jane and Charles Mellon, who pride themselves on offering sumptuous, high quality accommodation. There are three rooms available, all in a separate wing of the house, with a day room for the use of the guests, too.
We've stayed at the MellonPatch twice now, and on our last visit, took all three rooms, so I know how each of the rooms is set out and furnished. All rooms are decorated to a very high standard. They each have a colour theme; blue, yellow and green, with matching furnishings and bedding.
The blue and yellow rooms look out over the front garden with the Ellan Woods beyond. Red squirrels can be seen feeding on the bird and squirrel feeders only feet away from the bedroom windows.
The green room has a good view of the rushing, peaty River Dulnain, and with the windows open, its hurrying waters gives a lovely, soothing background noise.
The furnishings in each room consist of high quality pieces, with gorgeous wooden chests of drawers, and tables. Each room has beautiful wall mounted pictures, too and these, with the furniture and décor, give a luxurious but friendly feel to each room. It goes without saying that, unlike many establishments, all of the rooms were tidy and spotlessly clean.
I am a very light sleeper, and struggle to get to sleep even in my own bed. Well, I don't know if it was the comfortable beds or the pure Highland air, but in the six nights I've spent at the MellonPatch, I've had no trouble getting a good night's sleep. I think that the main reason I was able to sleep well might be that the rooms were so homely; I felt at ease and as comfortable as if I was at home.
The breakfast was one of the highlights of both of our stays. The dining room is beautifully furnished. The room has a very large, extremely beautiful dining table with seating for at least six people. The room looks out over the front garden; a lovely distraction during breakfast was seeing the red squirrels feeding only a few feet away!
My normal breakfast consists of a cup of tea, so tucking in to fruit, bacon, eggs, sausage, toast, potato cakes, and tomatoes, was a bit of a challenge (and I declined the offer of cereal)! I'm glad to say, I ate well each morning. The beautifully cooked breakfast, using good quality, locally sourced ingredients really set me up for the day wandering around the Highlands.
In our latest stay, one of our party had a gluten intolerance. Jane kindly took the time to shop for gluten free bread so that she could have toast; a lovely thought and one that was really appreciated.
Of all the B&B's I've stayed in, the MellonPatch stands out as being the best. Jane takes great pride in looking after her guests. The two times we have stayed there, she's arranged bookings for our evening meal, suggested places to go for walks, and answered all of our questions about the area. Her friendly, helpful manner, really made us feel at home, rather than a guest in a hotel.
All too soon, our latest three days in the Highlands were over. We were sorry to leave the area, and particularly sorry to leave the MellonPatch and Jane's wonderful care. The area has so much to offer visitors that I'm sure we will be back before long. Our first choice will, of course, be the MellonPatch.