We first visited Crubenbeg in 2005 with Arthur our Austin A30.
We were on our way from John O Groats to Land's End and this was just an overnight stay. The welcome was warm and friendly and we instantly felt we needed to visit again, if not to experience more of Irene's excellent cuisine, then to enjoy more of John's humour – I would like to call it unique but as it was so close to Hugh's (and other guests' we have since met) there is definitely nothing unique about it – enjoyable though it is! We made our second visit later that year and the rest is history, as they say.
Over the years we have met a myriad of visitors gathered around the huge dining table and shared life stories, whilst in the background John and Irene have beavered away to ensure all guests have an enjoyable time. We haven't visited another place where the hosts have gone to so much trouble in such a discreet manner to look after the needs of their guests. All dietary requirements, allergies, likes, dislikes are carefully recorded for return visits – Hugh even has a personal designer breakfast – the "Hughbenbeg" – a variation on the Crubenbeg with all the bits he doesn't like omitted! As if the breakfast menu isn't diverse enough already!
Over the years we have been sent off with packed lunches on walks suggested by Irene, map and guide dog provided – yes Raja plays his part to the same high standard too. Nothing is too much trouble for this trio. This year was probably the most special visit we have had. Hugh had enquired about the possibility of us renewing our wedding vows and as you would expect, a contact for the occasion was sorted and John and Irene helped with the logisitical planning, keeping all the secrets surrounding the event , including the arrival of our family.
Our vows were renewed at Insh Church and we were honoured that John, Irene and Raja found the time in their busy schedule to join us.
A further point about Crubenbeg and well worth a mention, is the very well appointed disabled room which has also been given the same careful consideration in planning as the rest of the house,
Whenever you arrive at Crubenbeg, earlier than expected or late, you get exactly what it says on the website, "a very warm welcome" from caring hosts and you do arrive as guests and leave as true friends.