Manse resurrected as restaurant with rooms

Carradales chef Steve Reed.

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Words and pictures Mark Davey

A FIVE star chef who has created culinary delight for some of London’s top boardrooms is the menu maestro behind Kintyre’s latest hospitality opening.

Following a year long refit the 1880 manse, formerly known as guest house Kiloran, has  been re-named Carradales by its co-owners Maurice Whelan and chef Steve Reed.

Mr Reed includes brewers Whitbread and the Harrods’ owners on his cooking curriculum vitae.

Carradales offers intimate accommodation of four double, all en suite, luxury bedrooms, two with free standing baths, named after some of the regions’ most famous castles: Skipness, Tarbert, Dunaverty and Saddell.

All bathrooms include under-floor heating and infra-red non-mist mirrors.

The Victorian building’s interior has been styled with exclusive materials from designers including William Morris, Designers Guild and Savile Row and can be previewed at: www.carradales.com

Its owners sourced many antique furnishings from across Argyll and the west of Scotland including the Victorian-styled dining room with many pieces from the Isle of Bute.

In addition Carradales’ keenly priced fine dining is not just available to residents, Steve is happy to take dinner bookings from non-residents who can sample such delights as baked salmon, crayfish sauce, dill mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables.

Steve said: ‘I will be looking to change the menu with the seasons.

‘I think the coconut chicken breast, light curried sauce, savoury rice and pineapple salsa will become popular.’

The bread is home-made and virtually all ingredients are locally sourced including Kintyre beef, seafood, cheese from Campbeltown, Bellochantuy eggs and Kilbrannan preserves.

Steve says that he is looking to put his own special stamp on the Carradales culinary experience and there will be many specials with dinner service starting from 5.30pm, Wednesday to Saturday, although the days will be extended and the restaurant should be licensed from June.

Steve added: ‘We are down to earth at Carradales, although the standards are five star, including Arran Aromatics toiletries, Zing candles, slippers and dressing gowns in the rooms.

‘We want people to have a great time when they visit Carradales, Kintyre has so much potential as a destination.’

The Carradales dining room. 25_c13carradales30

A window seat area at the halfway landing on the Carradales’ stairs. 25_c13carradales36

Saddell bedroom at Carradales. 25_c13carradales39

Carradales hallway. 25_c13carradales35

Steve outside Carradales. 25_c13carradales28