The Creagan Lions Couchant
Just to the north of the village of Strathyre at Creagan House, there are a pair of magnificent lions to welcome guests as they come up the drive from the A84. They were first installed by a former owner, the late John McGregor Blain and his wife Adele, who were resident for a total of nine years. It is thought John bought them at an auction of a country house or castle, but knowing his many skills, it is quite possible he cast them himself.
Upcycling may not have been a word in the 1970's, but John did a wonderful job of creating the grand fireplace in the baronial dining hall, using the stone from an old barn at Creagan, into which he incorporated a pair of seated lions.
In the main car park, to the right of the house, is another much admired feature, a stags head. Charlie as he is known is a useful water feature which provides fresh running hill water for our dog owning guests, as well as the numerous types of wildlife, including red squirrels, that visit us, and is also used to water the garden when required. Not so well known is the fact that it is fed from the overflow of the, now redundant, private water supply, still in use in September 1986 when Gordon and Cherry Gunn purchased the property. Fed by the Creagan Burn and springs on the hillside, it then feeds back into the burn. If Charlie stops spouting Gordon knows he has to go up the hill to sort out the problem.
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"Taste Our Best", Creative Cookery Served on Hand Made Crockery
All meals served at Creagan, which translates as "rocky ground" or "little rocks", are served on pottery made and designed on the Isle of Skye at Westman's Pottery on the Sleat peninsular, by Elizabeth and Tom Westman. They became special friends to Cherry and Gordon and said they would only accept the commission if they could do the work in their own time. It took a year! The cruets and peppermills look and feel like small rocks. The triangular plates were chosen from the portfolio to complement the style of the baronial dining hall and many pieces were decorated with the lion rampant from the shields of the seated lions on the fireplace. Each unique piece was crafted to suit its purpose, from the four section vegetable dishes to the wonderful toast racks, which inspired a guest from Edinburgh to write "The Iconography of the Toast Rack", which is included in the breakfast menu and ends with the following:- To summarise: the circle, eight sections, the lion and the toast itself can all be seen to represent the start of a new day and therefore breakfast.
Creagan House Strathyre - Merits:
- Inspectors Choice
- Highly Commended Restaurant with Rooms
- Michelin Guide
- Good Food Guide - 4
- Good Hotel Guide
- TripAdvisor Five Bubble Rating
- Scotland the Best
- Visit Scotland - Gold Award - 5 stars - Restaurant with Rooms
- Eat Scotland - Silver Award for Fine Dining
- Hotel Review Scotland - Gold Plate Dining, Red H Hospitality, MoMa - Mark Of Merit
- Taste Our Best - (Visit Scotlands, Quality Assurance accreditation), recognises and celebrates businesses that provide locally sourced quality food and drink.
Creagan House, Strathyre, Perthshire, FK18 8ND . Tel: 01877 384 638 www.creaganhouse.co.uk