A 19TH-CENTURY guest house in Arrochar has been awarded a Four Star Gold accolade by VisitScotland.

Ashfield House B&B, situated on the shores of Loch Long was upgraded from four-star status by the national tourism organisation’s quality assurance scheme in recognition of its excellent standards and outstanding customer service.

Due to its use of local produce, Ashfield House has received VisitScotland’s Taste Our Best accreditation.

The B&B is also a member of the national tourism organisation’s Walkers and Cyclists Welcome scheme, and Cristina even provides bicycles for guests who are unable to bring their own.

Owner Cristina Sanchez-Navarro said: “I am thrilled to receive this award from VisitScotland.

“Hospitality is in my blood and I’ve always strived to give guests the best experience possible.

“I’ve been determined to achieve the Gold award since my first assessment so it’s wonderful to get this recognition.”

David Adams McGilp, VisitScotland regional director, added: “Congratulations to Ashfield House on this fantastic achievement. Scotland is renowned for being a warm and welcoming country and it’s great to see a local B&B owner going the extra mile to ensure our reputation is well maintained.

“Cristina is a credit to the region and to Scottish tourism.

“Our quality assurance scheme provides a trusted, independent and impartial source of information.

“It is about much more than just a star rating – it is about the entire visitor experience.”