“Decadent retreat whose 7 loch-side bedrooms are set within caber-tossing distance of Inverness”
The hotel’s 7 bedrooms, named after lochs and glens, are all wonderfully opulent, with sumptuous fabrics, cosseting beds and mesmeric loch views. They are divided into 3 categories, with varying colour schemes. layouts and fragrances (yes, each room has its own plug-in aroma!). The 2 Premium Plus rooms are set on the first floor. Affric is winningly romantic room, whose colour scheme blends cream and soft duck egg, and whose furniture includes some lovely period pieces that Scott and Iona have inherited. The main attractions of this room, however, are the the double ended jacuzzi bath and the turret - a sunny perch from which to survey the loch. The other room in the same price category, just down the landing, is golden hued Assynt, which swaps the turret – and therefore a little space - for a custom-built four-poster bed swathed in oyster silks and an elegant roll-top bath. You don’t have to splash out on one of the Premium Plus rooms for a posh occasion, though. Next on the list are the Premium rooms, also on the first floor - scarlet-velveted Maree, golden Carron, and Coruisk, which is decorated in a slightly more masculine style than the other rooms, with bold purple fabrics and a subtle splash of patriotism in the shape of aubergine and gold tartan cushions. Finally, there are the two Superior rooms - ground floor Orrin, with subtle olive green cushions and bedspread, and first floor Oykel, which is dusted with pale heathery shades. Both have (only slightly) less panoramic views of Loch Ness than the other rooms, but given that you enjoy unbroken views elsewhere in the hotel, the resulting dip in price makes these rooms a bargain.
The lodge provides mammoth breakfasts each day, and they prioritise local suppliers when choosing their ingredients so you can rest assured that those eggs come from happy chickens. Hot choices include creamy porridge, a full Highland breakfast, scrambled egg with smoked salmon, smoked haddock with poached egg and homemade pancakes with caramelised banana and maple syrup. There’s also a cold buffet with freshly squeezed orange juice, fresh fruit platter, gourmet muesli and, best of all, a rich stewed fruit compote laced with jasmine syrup. Later in the day, guests gravitate towards the lounge area for complimentary sweet treats at afternoon tea. We reckon a pot of English Breakfast with scones and fresh-baked cakes is the ideal way to unwind after a hike around the loch. If you’re after something more substantial, you’ll have to head out as no other meals are served on-site. Scott and his team are well versed in the local gastronomy scene and will happily make recommendations for eateries in and around Inverness.
When hired as an exclusive use venue (Whole Lodge) children of all ages are welcome. There are no specific children’s facilities but special meals can be arranged on request. The sloping gardens, water features and proximity to road and water mean children should be carefully supervised.
Teens (over 12)
Extra Beds Available