Good Hotel Guide Review
Field-sports fans and whisky aficionados beat a path to this Victorian hunting lodge, in a ‘glorious location’ on a vast wooded estate by Loch Gairloch. Readers returning after a 38-year absence found much had changed – ‘for the better’, though they regretted that the fires were not lit. Refurbishment has been ‘expensively carried out, in a rather austere, masculine style’, with deep leather sofas and modern tartan and tweed furnishings. The lodge is a sister to the very different but similarly characterful Widbrook Grange, Bradford-on-Avon (see entry). Other readers praised the ‘friendly staff’, the ‘tasteful decoration’ and the ‘first-class comfort’. Some bedrooms have a loch view; a suite has a bay window, a hand-carved four-poster, a roll-top bath on a plinth. Jerome Prodanu’s three-course, three-choice menus use estate and home-grown produce to create ‘delicious food’ such as pan-seared pheasant breast with fondant potato and celeriac. Guests shelling out for a shellfish gastro experience board a creel boat for a tour of the bay, returning with the day’s catch to be served up as a feast. (Pauline and David Waterhouse, BW)
lounge, library, bar, restaurant, snooker/private dining room, in-room TV (Freeview), wedding facilities, garden, 26,000-acre estate (fishing, red deer stalking, falconry centre, motor boat for charter), public areas wheelchair accessible.
in lounge, bar and restaurant.
all ages welcomed, family room.
allowed in 2 bedrooms (£20 a night) and bar only.
Amex, MC, Visa.
B&B doubles from £159, singles from £126, family from £190. Set-price menu £49, 5-course tasting menu, on request, £69.