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Issue 98 - Where to Stay

Scotland Magazine Issue 98
April 2018

 

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Where to Stay

No vacation in Scotland is complete without experiencing the comfortable surroundings, delicious food and warm hospitality for which the country is famous. Whether you are searching for urban luxury, an island retreat, exquisite cuisine, some trout or salmon fishing, a few rounds of golf or even your own castle, on these pages you will find some of the very best places to stay, eat and drink in Scotland.

All of these hotels are members of the prestigious Scottish Hotel Awards. This means that they receive at least two overnight review visits per year by a member of the organisation’s expert research panel, which is made up solely of hospitality industry veterans and seasoned travel journalists. As you might guess, only hotels that are bursting with confidence and provide the very best standard of guest experience put themselves forward for assessment. As the Scottish Hotel Awards’ official media partner, we are proud to recommend these fine establishments.

1. CROSS KEYS HOTEL

The Square, Kelso, TD5 7HL

The Cross Keys Hotel commands a major location in the beautiful Borders Georgian town of Kelso. The hotel, built in 1769 has a fascinating history and has always been at the heart of the social scene in the centre of the large square.

With 26 bedrooms, comfortable lounge and a restaurant to be proud of, the hotel serves a wide range of dishes made from locally sourced ingredients and an abundance of lighter bites available throughout the day. The area is rich with places to visit:

the beautiful Floors Castle and the ruins of Kelso Abbey are just two of the many historical houses and Abbeys in the area. With Edinburgh just an hour away, Cross Keys is a superb base from which to explore the Borders and relax in a 'home from home'.

Conference & Wedding Hotel of the Year 2018 (Borders)

+44 (0) 1573 223 303 www.cross-keys-hotel.co.uk

2. DAVIOT LODGE

Daviot, Inverness-shire, IV2 5ER

Just a few miles south of Inverness, this beautifully designed country lodge is a contemporary house but looks like an Arts and Crafts period mansion. Surrounded by a pretty garden and acres of fields, Daviot Lodge is just a mile down a lane off the A9 but feels truly rural. Owners Margaret and Alex Hutcheson welcome guests to their most comfortable and charming home, where the ambience is all about leisure and relaxation.

Guests are greeted by a spacious lounge with two huge sofas in front of a log fire (blazing during winter), a coffee table with piles of glossy magazines and a bowl of treats. Whether you would like a cup of tea, a glass of wine, beer or whisky, your hosts will be more than happy to serve you refreshments.

Seven immaculately decorated bedrooms vary in size and furnishings, but all offer a touch of luxury: sumptuous bed linen, tartan throws, soft towels, fragrant toiletries, tea trays with shortbread, decanters of sherry, and chocolates are all in evidence. Attention to detail is marvellous, while housekeeping and cleanliness is immaculate. Views from the Lodge are just stunning too, with miles of farmland beyond the garden hedge.

The Hutchesons have owned and managed guesthouse accommodation since 1983, previously at their former farmhouse nearby. In fact, Margaret grew up on a farm where her mother ran a B&B so you can be assured of most professional, hands on hosts. Nothing is too much trouble so don’t be afraid to ask!

B&B of the Year 2018 (Highlands) +44 (0) 1463 772 215 www.daviotlodge.co.uk

3. ENTERKINE HOUSE HOTEL Annbank, South Ayrshire, KA6 5AL

Enterkine House Hotel is a privately-owned country house hotel in the heart of Ayrshire. Minutes from Prestwick Airport and only 40 minutes from Glasgow, it offers the very best in accommodation, fine dining and relaxing views. Enjoy award-winning food created by Head Chef Paul Moffat in the beautiful surroundings of one of Ayrshire’s finest restaurants: Browne's. Paul has retained two AA Rosettes for over 10 years and it is easy to see why.

Paul’s gourmet taster menu is both of excellent quality and value, he follows the latest trends and regularly visits restaurants that are making the headlines in other major cities. Having experienced the gourmet taster menu at Enterkine, we would not be surprised to find that a few chefs have come to experience Paul’s quality offering to learn a thing or two themselves!

Beyond the fabulous F&B offering, Enterkine House can be an exceptional venue for weddings and parties – or simply a great place to get away from it all.

Country House Hotel of the Year 2018 (South West) +44 (0) 1292 520 580 www.enterkine.com

4. THE GEORGE HOTEL

1 Main Street E, Inveraray, Argyll, PA32 8TT

Hotel-keeping at The George Hotel dates back to 1860, in buildings dating from 1770, and you feel all of that history the minute you walk through the doors. Kris Clark and his team have preserved a little bit of Highland history for everyone to enjoy.

The George is a remarkable step back in time (in a good way) and really allows the guest to escape from the pace and pressure of modern day life. Want to feel like you’re in your own Outlander adventure but enjoy the luxuries of modern life? Then this is the hotel for you!

It is fair to say that The George is all about great food and drink and the team’s passion for this is self-evident from each dish you try. The accommodation at the George keeps you in the ‘other world of yesteryear’ and the non-reproduction, antique furniture that has been in the hotel through the owning family’s six generations of running The George make for a truly special atmosphere.

Town Hotel of the Year 2018 +44 (0) 1499 302 111 www.thegeorgehotel.co.uk

5. LODGE ON LOCH LOMOND

Luss, Argyll, G83 8PA

The Lodge on Loch Lomond is a wellknown hotel with an enviable position on the bonnie banks of one of Scotland’s most famous lochs. The hotel has been heavily invested in over the past couple of years and now boasts a contemporary and chic style in all of its bedrooms and particularly the loch-facing bar lounge and restaurant. The reception area retains the charm of the lodge design and all told the hotel is a wonderfully relaxing place to unwind.

As well as an investment in the physical aspect of the hotel, the owners have also strongly developed the food and drink offering with a new management team in that area. This has delivered two AA rosettes in their first year! The style and balance of both the food and drink offering really does cater for everyone, with menus featuring popular, comforting and sustaining dishes alongside more adventurous items on their market menu. The bar, with its beautiful copper clad features, offers an exciting mix of whiskies, Scottish gins and some really inventive cocktails.

In short, the Lodge of Loch Lomond is truly back on the hotel and culinary map.

Hotel Lodges of the Year 2018 (Argyll & Lomond) +44 (0) 1436 860 201 www.loch-lomond.co.uk

 

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