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Issue 36 - Tee time at Cameron House

Scotland Magazine Issue 36
December 2007


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Tee time at Cameron House

Vivien Devlin visits a luxury hotel on the shores of Loch Lomond that has much to offer the golf enthusiast.

Sir Walter Scott called Loch Lomond “The Queen of Scottish lochs,” and today it is still a majestic and enchanting place. With pine forests, mountain springs, tiny islands and the dramatic peak of Ben Lomond, this natural landscape was designated Scotland’s first National Park.

Here is the tranquil location for De Vere Cameron House. This gracious 18th century baronial mansion has long been renowned for its romantic setting, first class hospitality and leisure facilities including nine hole golf course, tennis, archery and watersports.

Following a multi million pound development project, the Carrick Golf Resort has now opened just a mile north of the hotel on the loch shore. The Carrick is named after the Canadian golf course architect Douglas Carrick. His Celtic surname coincidentally means ‘rocky place’ which aptly suits this Scottish heathland course bordered by gorse, heather and woodland.

The par 71, 18 hole championship course follows an inspiring route around meadows, rolling hills, lagoons and a specially created nature reserve to protect the habitat of water voles, otters, kingfishers, ospreys and buzzards. And at every turn, those spectacular Highland scenes of mountain and loch. The signature – and seriously challenging – 14th hole stretches from the summit of a hill down to a green on the shore.

Challenge, variety and playability are an integral part of the design to suit golfers of all abilities. “Golf is not only a game of shot making,” says Carrick. “It is a visual experience that unfolds as you walk the course.” The magnificent timber, stainless steel and glass Carrick Country Club incorporates golf shop, bar, restaurant and luxurious Health Spa. This is an oasis of calm for the mind, body and spirit. Spend the day relaxing around the outdoor hydro pool, fully glazed saunas (overlooking the 18th), thermal suite, 18 metre pool, fitness gym and 17 treatments rooms.

Indulge yourself with a facial, warm stone treatment or aromatherapy massage.

For the ultimate private retreat, stay in a self-catering lodge or apartment available for short break rental (three to seven days) or time-share. These are ideal holiday residences for golfing groups, families and couples. Architecturally designed in local stone, timber and slate, the contemporary Highland Lodges are comfortable and homely: two-four bedrooms, open plan living space, leather and tweed fabrics, fully fitted kitchens, TV/DVD/CD and balcony.

Alternatively, the Mansion House Apartments are beautifully furnished with views over the 15th fairway.

The colonial-style Claret Jug Bar and Brasserie serves all meals, specialising in classic Scottish produce: cullen skink, oysters, salmon, red deer and Ballindalloch beef. A popular option for private dining is to book a chef to prepare dinner in your lodge.

Over at Cameron House a rejuvenating face-lift has unveiled fashionably chic new bedrooms amidst sumptuous, moderngothic interior design. Observe the quirky sculpted hare and grouse heads around the lobby before you enter the velvet-draped candlelit drawing room for pre-dinner drinks (230 bottles in the whisky bar).

Upstairs to Lomonds, the glamorous gourmet restaurant: exquisite French cuisine with exemplary service. Dine at the new Chop House, lunch at the Boathouse or the cosy Great Scots Bar.

It’s just a five minute drive between Cameron House and the resort – travel in style by complimentary shuttle car or take the water taxi, a 1937 Belle Epoque launch for a leisurely cruise with glass of bubbly.

Everything about the new-look De Vere Deluxe Cameron House is relaxing, stressfree and seductive. Combining the quintessential ambience of a grand Scottish country house, contemporary luxury lifestyle and a world class leisure resort, this is a golfer’s paradise and romantic Highland retreat on the banks of Loch Lomond.