Loch Ness Lodge, a Review: The very best of Scottish hospitality

Copyright: Graeme Cameron 2012

The Lodge on Loch Ness was a last minute addition to our Honeymoon itinerary, and even days before we arrived I did not have a good idea what to expect.

Starting from the day we booked by telephone, we had a wonderful experience with the Loch Ness Lodge. When I called, we were looking a third stop on our honeymoon, and our dates weren’t very flexible as the other stops were already booked. When they told me the dates they had available, I misread my calendar and thought we could not do those dates. I called back about 3 hours later, once I had realised that we could in fact take those dates, and Scott remembered me by voice. He offered us a special romance package, and gave us a room upgrade. We felt well looked after already and knew we would have a fabulous stay.

We were greeted by Scott on arrival, and what a welcome we received! Then and throughout our brief stay he and his team we extremely attentive and professional. When you dine or drink at the Lodge, there is no need to mention your room number – the team remember you and greet you by name!

The lodge has been decorated to perfection. Every room is prepared with relaxation and comfort in mind. My fondest memories of the stay are drinking an aperitif in the drawing room, looking through their impressive selection of Scottish photographer collections, with the beautiful Loch Ness out the window.

We did not realise when we booked, but they also have a Jacuzzi and sauna in the hotel, which we made use of. It seems to be brand new, is wonderfully tiled, and very relaxing. Just pop down the corridor in your dressing gown and slippers – so convenient.

They have created an atmosphere of luxury elegance, but without the pretension you find in other 5* hotels. This is like coming home, but to a palace.

The meals in the Lodge are impressive to say the least. Considering their small guest count, the selection of wine and quality of the food is diverse and delicious. The dinner is a 5-course “tasting menu” including pre-dinner canapés, pre-starter (a light veloute usually), starter (choice of two), main course (choice of two options), cheese, dessert course. It was stellar. This is a fine-dining “tasting menu” experience; do not expect it to be like a run-of-the-mill restaurant dinner!

We will always remember the Lodge, and will find an excuse to return again!

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