Good Hotel Guide Review
With views to take the breath away, this former hunting lodge owned by Lord and Lady Macdonald stands on the shores of Loch Na Dal at the foot of densely wooded Kinloch hill. Managed by daughter Isabella, it exudes that ‘air of confidence of a place that knows what it is doing and does it well’. In the past two years, interiors have been given a fresher look, while public rooms retain their charm, with family portraits and heirlooms. ‘Luxurious’ bedrooms are individually styled, some with antiques, some more contemporary, maybe with French doors or a bath under a window. Suites, in a more recent extension, will suit a family. All have a king-size bed and L’Occitane toiletries. In the dining room, local ingredients shine in such dishes as fillet of sea trout, pearl barley, seafood sauce. Roux protégé Marcello Tully has been here since 2007 and holds workshops. Breakfast brings fresh orange juice, home-baked scones, South Uist smoked salmon and kedgeree. A ghillie offers not just fishing, but foraging and bushcraft lessons. ‘All in all, a most rewarding experience, albeit one that comes at a price.’ (DG, and others)
Isle of Skye
19. 10 in North Lodge, 9 in South Lodge, 3 on ground floor, 1 suitable for disabled.
3 drawing rooms, whisky bar, dining room, in-room TV (Sky), wedding facilities, cookery courses, ‘huge’ grounds on edge of loch, public rooms wheelchair accessible.
gentle classical in dining room.
all ages welcomed.
in bedrooms only, and not unattended.
per person, B&B £130–£210, D,B&B £150–£250. Set dinner (5 courses) £85, tasting menu (7 courses) £95.