Good Hotel Guide Review
Zesty colours and a cheery atmosphere fill the Cowap family’s restored Victorian shooting lodge in the Cairngorms national park. Come in to wood-panelled public areas decorated with local artwork, bright modern furnishings and Scottish flourishes; on fine days, find a seat under a large parasol on the slated terrace overlooking pond and pastureland. Named for the region’s whisky centres, glamorous heather-toned bedrooms are styled with a crystal chandelier and textured wallpaper; each is supplied with bathrobes, a hospitality tray and the latest gadgetry (smart TV, iPod dock, ceiling speakers). A coffee shop by day, the conservatory doubles as restaurant by night; come dinnertime, book a candlelit table for chef Rayner Muller’s ‘home-style cooking with a twist’. Whisky is taken seriously here: in the low-lit bar, work your way through more than 70 choices – perhaps with a haggis bonbon or two. Drawing room, library, bar, conservatory restaurant/coffee shop (open to non-residents). Meeting room. Private dining room. Free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview). Background music. Weddings. 1-acre garden, terraced patio. Drying room. Fishing, shooting, cycling, walking, birdwatching. Children (cots; extra bed £50 charge) and well-behaved dogs (£35 charge) welcomed. 5 miles from Grantown-on-Spey. 13 bedrooms (2 interconnecting rooms suitable for a family; 2 dog-friendly rooms in adjacent building). Per room B&B £99–£309. Dinner £27.
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