Chairman's Letter - December 2006
At a time when timeshare is a dirty word I thought that it would be helpful to anyone wondering about spending some of their money to give a personal view on such an outlay and why, in particular, Kenmore has become something rather special to us and our family. First of all, forget all the hype of early days, special prezzies etc and just look at the facts. Nothing is free, you do have to pay upfront to buy, you will have to pay a management fee each year to cover maintenance, refurbishment, recreational facilities etc – it goes up each year and next year will be in the order of £440 for a two bedroomed cottage (sleeping 6). Now we bought in the early days but I worked out recently that our holidays had cost us just over £27 per person, per night over our 20 years. Not bad for holiday facilities in a beautiful spot, our own cottage with up-market furnishings, privacy for never less than 6 of the family! In our case that is forever, and the family love it – down to the grandchildren.
Now why Kenmore, though we also own at Dalfaber in Aviemore, which we equally love? We have swapped abroad – Madeira, Tenerife, Germany, New Zealand, France and the States. In most, apart from dear old France which was diabolical, the apartments were excellent, never as private, but all comfortable though the cooking facilities did not match the British.
So why Kenmore? First the beauty of the setting. Across the bridge over the River Tay the village square is unique, its white washed cottages with pine timber, the church is lovely – go and look at the windows, they are so inspiring. Our resort matches the village cottages in the same style with timber balconies and set right on the Loch with access to fish and to sail. The resort is small with only 48 units, some are apartments but mostly cottages. There is a backdrop of Drummond Hill, thickly wooded but offers red squirrel and fine walks. There are 2 golf courses, a magnificent and challenging 18 hole at Taymouth Castle and a 9 hole, easier for me, just a short walk away. There is a good friendly local shop and an excellent one, more costly across the road. There is a first class restuarant on site and another, again more expensive across the road. Aberfeldy is 6 miles away and Pitlochry, its first class theatre with a good repertory choice about half an hour drive. Perth has a karting/children’s play park.
A suprise about Kenmore is that the resort is empty during the day, testimony to the fact that there is so much to do – Oban and Fort William about two hours drive, it is possible with the judicious use of a train and steamer to get to Iona or Tobermory – remember Balamory- in a day. Of course there are the hills, a magnificent traverse of the Ben Lawers, massif, grim and threatening Glencoe, rockclimbing, the Ice House at Kinlochleven for ice climbs. Certainly there are 15* Munros within reach. I’ve never heard any complaints of boredom! There are many gentler walks for those who want and oh yes, there is a sailing school down the Loch with horse riding. For bird lovers the osprey can be seen for its breakfast many a day. On site there is a swimming pool and an exercise room. Ugh to the last!!
Sorry, I get carried away because I cannot imagine a place more beautiful. Now I forgot. It can rain and how! It can blow, it does snow – but the cottage is warm and dry, the kitchen is excellent, there is a TV there are DVDs and the resort staff are friendly. You could, at a push, try draughts and dominoes – never tell me that is a game for losers. All I would add is that it is well worth a look at the cottages up for sale you could well find a bargain that you will not regret.
Past Chairman Kenmore Club Committee