Loch Ness Lodge
This gem is totally hidden from the street in a lovingly tended garden, just a 15-minute drive from Inverness (40 minutes from the airport). The romantic ruins of Urquhart Castle and the giggle-making Loch Ness Monster Expertise are only along the street and it’s easy to make day excursions into Cawdor Castle, the Isle of Skye or even Cromarty to get dolphin-spotting. A cab will get one to Drumnadrochit (#12) or Inverness (#20) for supper if you don’t fancy moving teetotal at evening.
Style & personality
A contemporary contemporary home, bombarded with reflected light, but full of personality yet and carefully made to frame the very top views looking across the loch to the hills outside. The design is classic boutique – immaculately realised with sumptuous substances in organic and jewel-like colors to subtly mention the Highland setting.
Service & amenities
You will not find many b&bs that offer a spa with whirlpool tub and sauna, never head reflexology and massage treatments (not weekends). Packed lunches to dictate (#9.50) and you’ll be able to bring your puppy, also. A comfy snug, elegant sofa and sun-washed patio mean there is always someplace pleasing to unwind.
Wonderfully serene (and immaculately kept) bedrooms have comfortable beds with blowsily billowing duvets and silky Egyptian cotton sheets; comfy chairs to sit and admire the view from; tv, DVD and CD player; hairdryer; plus a welcoming decanter of quite excellent sherry. Warm baths in soothing colors of rock with Penhaligon toiletries virtually require a great soak.
Food & beverage
The hotel doesn’t serve dinner, but you might not need it anyhow after a full afternoon day tea: the lightest scones (with cream and jam), towering wedges of light-as-air layer cake or wealthy fruitcake and buttery shortbread.
Breakfast is cooked and attractively presented with everything just somewhat more special than normal: prunes are soaked in orange and port; pancakes include caramelised bananas in addition to maple syrup; smoothies are homemade from refreshing fruit.
Value for cash
Double rooms from #165 in low season; climbing to #210 at large. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi. Self-catering cottages also available.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
Fully adapted rooms accessible.
10 decades or older only.
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