Dochas carers enjoy Saddell’s serenity

The Dochas carers outside Saddell House.

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A group of Dochas Centre carers from across Argyll were treated like royalty during a long weekend break at Saddell House.

As well as being served meals in the magnificent East Kintyre house’s dining room the group were pampered, from head to toe, in a special session by three therapists on the Sunday afternoon.

Dochas manager Maggie McLaren said: ‘They all had a brilliant time in this amazing house and  enjoyed lovely meals in the large dining room lined with stag’s heads and wonderful décor.

‘Some of the carers stated that it was ‘So good to have your food cooked for you but even nicer to share a meal with others.’  ‘The company was brilliant, everyone was included and I got to make new friends’ and ‘I felt so looked after.’

At the house there are no distractions, no Wi-Fi or television and the view is onto the broad beach, where Paul McCartney filmed the video for ‘The Mull of Kintyre.’

In addition all agreed the view across the Kilbrannan Sound to the Ayrshire coast and Arran was truly a wonderful outlook.

Some extra carers joined the group for afternoon tea on the Saturday which allowed more people to experience this beautiful house.

One carer said: ‘I realise how important it is to take care of myself I am going home a different person, I feel so refreshed.’

Ms McLaren added: ‘A huge thank you once again to the Landmark Trust for allowing us to have this experience for the third year running.

‘It means so much to our carers allowing them to recharge their batteries, relax, make new friends and enable them to continue caring for a loved one longer.

‘Also a big thank you to all the helpers and staff that made it so memorable.’

Carers enjoy dinner in Saddell House. NO_c14dochas02

The group outside Saddell House. NO_c14dochas01