all year (residents only, 25 Dec).
lounge, bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi in reception, in-room TV (Freeview), wedding facilities, small beer garden, yacht moorings.
in public areas, occasional live music.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in bedrooms, public rooms, not in restaurant.
Diners, MasterCard, Visa.
per room B&B single £85–£140, double £99–£185. A la carte £35.
Good Hotel Guide Review
Yachting folk can moor at Patricia Watt’s small hotel in a coastal village on the edge of Loch Lomond national park. A former shooting lodge for the Marquis of Bute, it is today the community hub. Next door is the store/post office, also run by the ‘welcoming and friendly’ Ms Watt. Trusted readers this year had ‘a very enjoyable and relaxing stay’. The most expensive of four bedrooms was ‘large, with dual-aspect windows and lovely views across the Kyles to Bute’. Named Attenborough in honour of a famous guest, the late Sir Richard, it had period furnishings, an open fireplace, original artwork, home-made biscuits. In the ‘homely’ bar, a log fire burns on cold days, while in the small dining room, with ‘fresh wild flowers on every table’, chef David Cumming cooks locally sourced ‘very good’ food – langoustine, scallops, fish, meat, game. ‘The steak-and-Guinness pie was full of tender beef and carrots, and topped with airy puff pastry.’ Cooked breakfast lacked smoked haddock or kipper, ‘but I probably had only to ask’. Dogs are welcome; come unaccompanied, and black Labrador Caesar will happily take you for walkies. (David Birnie, CE)
This hotel accepts room upgrade vouchers which entitle readers to a space available room upgrade. The voucher must be presented at check-in and is entirely at the hotelier’s discretion.